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George Killian's Irish Stout - Coors Brewing Company

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George Killian's Irish StoutGeorge Killian's Irish Stout

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 326
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 42 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: barczar on 12-30-2012

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Photo of phoenixrises64
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice chocolate aroma. Opened and let rest for a minute. Again the aroma was good. Used a chilled glass. Dark very Dark. good pour left 1 inch head Carmel color. In comparison to other stouts ever so slight dry taste which makes it better. I do prefer a Red so this was not what I expected. I now have two beers of choice Killian Red and Stout. (343 characters)

Photo of JoLight
4.61/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black, with brown around the edges; thousands of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass; a wet sand-colored head.

Aroma: blood (I shit you not), and a typical stout sweetness.

Taste: Metalic all the way through, but not off-putting, strangely enough. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and some cream.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Finish: semi-dry.

Overall: great beer. I would buy this again. (403 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

George Killian’s Irish Stout has a thick, beige head, a dark brown appearance (almost black), and some nice, heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt and brown bread crust. Taste is of sweet, rich, brown bread and crust, some coffee, a shade of dark cherry, and pleasant, bitter hops. There might even be some cream or milkiness in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and edging on heavy, and the finish is dry, mellow, and delicious. Overall, this is another winner from Molson-Coors. You should try this one, for sure!

RJT (548 characters)

Photo of Yo_Millhouse
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I got this at Piggly wiggly, I drank the first one out of a glass and the others out of a bottle, just as food as Rhodes Scholor stout in my opionion at a fraction of the price. I'm guessing the alchohol is close to 6% judging by my current buzz after 4 of them in about 90 mins. I'll definitely get this again. (311 characters)

Photo of MVF5588
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recently tried Killians Irish Red, Was not overly impressed, However I tried Killians Irish Stout the same afternoon, and I was seriously impressed. To me it had hints of a slightly smoky coffee taste, but that only added to the overal flavor. It was very distinct and flavorful, every sip from start to finish maintains a good body with no nasty aftertaste. It was good overall, I have no complaints. (403 characters)

Photo of dbraz45
4.24/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This Killian's brand extension pours a dark brown, with a cream colored head. There is a mildly complex roasted coffee flavor profile. A nice stream of lacing is left on the pint glass. This is a highly drinkable beer with a smooth finish. Give it a try. (254 characters)

Photo of Mumps
4.19/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I was given this by a family member to try.

Poured into a pint glass. Good black color with no light penetration. One inch light tan head, decent lacing.

Very subdued smell, not muted, but not very strong. Pleasant malty smell, but not what you'd expect of a stout.

The taste blew me away. Initial taste was the malty sweetness and coffee overtones, but the aftertaste was like eating bakers semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate lasts on your tongue well after you've swallowed.

Mouthfell was ok, not overly thin but not as thick and satisfying as I would have liked or expected.

Overall much better than I was expecting from a Killian's product. Although I've all but written off the Irish Red, I believe I will actually grab some more of these. (753 characters)

Photo of StuartCarter
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of people reviewing this beer, I think, have missed out on what makes a Dry Irish Stout different from a "sweet" stout. A Dry Stout is very simple: 2-row barley, roasted barley, gently hopped. The flavour should be just the roasty coffee, not lots of fruit and caramel notes.

This beer hits the style square on. It's simple, easy to drink, with the dry roasty note on the nose and in the mouth, and with a subtle sweetness underlying the coffee roasty taste.

This is a great example of the style and, IMHO, a far better version of the style than Guinness. I will certainly get this beer again. (601 characters)

Photo of LuskusDelph
4/5  rDev +14.6%

!2oz bottle, poured into a nonic glass.
Deep dark color, nearly black (unless held up to strong light, where deep ruby hues show through).
Pours with a respectable and surprisingly lasting slightly off white head.
Less dry as compared to Guinness; more body than Guinness Draft, slightly less body than standard Guinness Extra.
Very nice roasty character, and excellent overall balance.
This one's a nice reminder that the folks at Miller-Coors are certainly capable and skilled at their craft and can make beer with character when they want to.
They also proved it when they first marketed Killian's Red back in the 1980s (when they made and marketed it as an ale...and it tasted like one too. Unfortunately, they've since dumbed it down considerably).
Killian's Stout is quite good and worth trying. Hurry before they dumb this one down too (or discontinue it altogether).
It's actually better and truer to traditional stout than a number of craft stouts I've tried recently. (982 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby black color and off white permanent head and moderate lacing. Aroma is roasted barley/coffee, vanilla and toffee. Flavor is much of the same with a malty sweetness and a balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium ad CO2 is just right. It is not exactly a dry stout but it is a good stout nonetheless. (315 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 12/20/13. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very dark opaque brown, almost black in color with a small beige head. Good lacing was seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation actually for this one. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste was the same and actually pretty easy to drink as I wasn't sure on this one. Just a slight bitterness for the finish but didn't linger and wasn't over done. Overall, a pretty decent brew. (542 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.91/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before July 15, 2013 stamped on the bottle, my pour left me very nearly the perfect pour for a Stout. Black, with a +1 finger head of billowy foam. Very nice.

The smell department is a bit lacking. I made nasal noises trying to pull aromas out but all I can get is a hint of some roasted malt.

The taste, is another thing. Pretty bold flavours here of roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness, a hint or 2 of coffee. A few more sips in and there's kind of a milk stout sweetness that peeks in now and then. This is quite good.

To me, this is close to full bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice surprise here. Not as dry as most of the Irish Dry Stouts I've tried but it's in the ballpark and when I come right down to it, it pleases my palate and is easy drinking. Well done. (811 characters)

Photo of wac9
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a beer that taste good . looks good and one you want to keep around and a great last taste at the bottom of the glass maybe the best i ever had a dark beer in a glass that cant go wrong enjoy the beer enjoy the color enjoy the taste a smoothed very taste that slides down your thoart oh yeah a good one (302 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with BB date on neck of 28 July 2014.

Killians (Coors) origin leads me to expect a competent but probably mild stout. Well, surprise ... this stout is fairly robust and has some character. A wallop of dark chocolate and hint of coffee are in the mix with a moderate amount of dark roasted malts. The aroma is alos stronger than average for style.
Good balance and a fine lingering aftertaste.

Feel: Semi-dry; medium body and carbonation.

O: don't let the Coors affiliation steer you away from this fine Irish Stout. (534 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: SEP0913-810321337. Sampled on July 31, 2013.

It has a decent looking dark brown pour with a big, foamy beige head that lingers for awhile.

The aroma has a notable dark malt ester along with coffee and even a little smoke. It has some fascinating character.

The body is medium but it also has a pleasant creaminess.

The taste is not quite as forward as the aroma might suggest but I still get plenty of dark malts and coffee as well as a mild hop bitterness on the backside. Don't let the Coors/Miller name influence you. Check this beer out on it face value. (598 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint.

Look: Typical oily dark chocolate color. Cream colored head. Decent rings of lacing,

Aroma: Extremely metallic, roasted malts, and coffee.

Taste: Best feature. Chalky dark chocolate, burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium weight, chalky.

Overall: Lots of chalk taste but it's chocolatey. Not bad but it has a stigma as a Coors product, and that's a shame. (379 characters)

Photo of punky796
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark black, about a finger of tan head. Minimal lacing, but the head lasts.

S - Chocolatey, toasty malt, bit of coffee, but not burnt as you might see a lot with this kind of beer.

T - Chocolate and caramel with the light coffee. A touch of biscuity/breadiness, with a touch of hops balancing it all out.

M - Medium-heavy body, not dry, with a bit of cozy oiliness. Medium carbonation.

O - Overall, I was actually impressed considering what I was expecting. It's almost like a light stout. Enjoyed it more than regular Killian's. (580 characters)

Photo of chilidog
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this one twice now, fair price, fair quality to have around the house.

Pours dark black, tan head that does maintain and sticky lace as well.

Aroma of roasted malt, toffee, coffee bean and earth.

Taste is toffee sweet with coffee notes, roasted malt, dark toast, and even buttered biscuit.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, nice though no hop bite.

Overall a smooth drinkable stout at a good price. (405 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown hue with amber edges capped by a two finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured light roasted malts, a light caramel and some charcoal.

The taste consisted of a moderate roasted malt, dry coffee and clean charcoal. Decent residual roastiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of he style with a dry finish.

Overall better than I expected. A nice low cost alternative. (453 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a thin, earthy, black malt scent that's bone dry and bitter and so good. The taste is decent as well. Again, it has a bone dry, black malt flavor. It's pretty one sided and lacks any real complexity, but it drinks fantastic. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very accessible Irish stout that great for those who want something a little lighter than Guiness. (541 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a thin, creamy tan head. Retention and lace are just average.

Nose is roasty, sweet and a little nutty. Sweeter than a Guinness for sure with less roast. Smells like it will be a little fuller bodied.

Taste is actually quite nice, I am a little surprised and impressed. Rich, roasty and sweet...not really to style for an Irish Dry Stout, its a bit on the sweet side, but it is tasty. Im still pretty shocked this Killian (Coors) product is this good. I would take this over a Guinness for sure, maybe even a Murphey's or Beamish too. (583 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up in a mix a six enjoyed chilled from the bottle and allowed to reach cellar temp in a goblet.

The color is ebony and opaque clarity with a thick band of tan foam with fine bead and lace clings to the glass, retention is good. The smell has a strong sweetened coffee scent with caramel notes from the malt and roasted barley contributing an earthy aroma w/ low alcohol odor in general. There is a good amount of sweetness in the first taste with moderately high carbonation giving a lighter impression and mild roasted texure with low alcohol influence on the palate and a dry finish that makes it a pretty by the numbers Irish Stout.

As far as taste goes it is similar to the nose and feel with similar traits to the most popular imports - it has a good malt body but is like the feel in that it does not differentiate itself from the pack it has good flavor but is not bold by any sense. The mild roast and mostly dry body are there but it seems to flatten as it warms with only light bitter flavor lasting. Overall I consider this pretty decent for the style it represents and it is drinkable with good flavor and aroma. I would buy this if in the mood for a dry stout but there are others I would prefer. (1,228 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours opaque black with a tan 2 finger head. Good retention. Leaves behind a thin layer of microbubbles on the surface. Lacing is spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Moderate chocolate tones. Mild roasty aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Moderate notes of chocolate and touches of coffee near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with fair carbonation. Goes down easy, with a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Solid stout. Simple, but a nice, consistent flavor. Decent body. Nice sessionable stout. (504 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours lack with a small lightly colored chocolate head. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma, also has a slight fig smell, very impressed with the aroma. The taste falls off for me after a stellar look and smell. The chocolate and coffee are there it's just on the much lighter side. Which is to be expected, this being less than 5% ABV. I haven't enjoyed many Irish dry stouts but this seems to be a slightly above average version of them. (483 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet chocolate aroma. Very faint and light roast.
Very dark and seems clear with a garnet to burgundy color. Full dense dark head. Looks good. Leaves dark lacing stripes.
Pretty tasty. Low on the roast side and make a little more for the masses, but really it does cover the essence of style. Still bigger on the chocolate and lighter on the bitterness and roast. Kinda' sweet.
Reasonably smooth with some creaminess. On flatter side, but still more gas than I think it should be.
You know, this isn't bad. Perfectly drinkable . (530 characters)

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George Killian's Irish Stout from Coors Brewing Company
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