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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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278 Ratings
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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: barczar on 12-30-2012)
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -10.4%

03-17-2013 18:09:57 | More by djrn2
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

An assumed 'Best By' date on the bottle neck showing JUL1513.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a medium-small, brief, beige head.

Smell: Lightly roasty, faintly chocolaty, a little coffee.

Taste: Again, lightly roasty, faintly chocolaty, a little coffee. Restrained sweetness. Very slight milky tone. Light bittering hop character. Dryish, reasonably smooth finish, minor char in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: George Killian's Irish Stout offers thoughtless, perfunctory quaffability.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 23:04:14 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wait, there's a Killian's stout now? Okay. This stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts...and nothing else. Okay. The taste runs very similarly, just more watered-down. Sadly. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, this is a pretty sad Irish stout, basically a watered-down Guinness (which I think speaks volumes). My disappointment knows no bounds.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 04:57:47 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of flaked oats and chocolate.

T - Sweet chocolate and flaked oats with a touch of caramel. Just enough bitterness to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied stout.

O - This is a nice Irish Stout. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 20:23:46 | More by zeff80
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-17-2013 04:12:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 13:56:19 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.65/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:23:50 | More by WesWes
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kojevergas

Texas

3.14/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired earlier tonight at a L.A. area bottle shop. Best before July 15th, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded twist-off pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are quite low given the brewery; I'm intimately familiar with this style having lived in Ireland for a year and I'm expecting a shite example of it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with extra vigor as overcarbonation is expected and I don't want to dick around waiting for it to settle just right.

A: Pours a surprisingly decent head of one finger thickness and nice light tan colour. Maybe this won't be so bad after all. Decent cream, nice thickness, average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A decent appearance for the style, but not ideal.

Sm: Overly light malts. Some chocolate malt. Artificial coffee. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No real roast. Generic floral hop character. A milky average strength aroma.

T: Milky with some surprisingly decent cream. A bland dark malt body. Chocolate malt. Very limited roast, if any. Lacks good balance, but I expected far worse. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Built okay for the style. Misses the mark, but it's not as artificial as anticipated.

Mf: A bit milky, a bit creamy. Smooth and wet. Way too thin and weak. Lacks body. Poor thickness. Overcarbonated. Bad to okay presence on the palate. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile - and it's completely wrong for the style, which demands dryness and coarseness.

Dr: A mediocre example of the style which I wouldn't bother with again. That said, it's better than you'd expect given the brewery. Really not a poor beer per se, but certainly not worth recommending to friends. It's surprisingly drinkable, but still has its flaws. Great value. I think many reviewers are coming down hard on this one just because of the brewery; it'd fare far better in blind tastings.

C+

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 05:14:23 | More by kojevergas
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Yet another of my local, in-person trader's many drop-offs. Many thanks, tone77! I always marvel at what you manage to latch onto.

From the bottle: "Brewed in the Irish Tradition"; "Estd. 1864"; "Manufactured Under License from Brasseries Pelforth, S.A."

My pour resulted in just over a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with good retention that slllooowwly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep, dark-brown, allowing zero light penetration. Nose had a smoky, chocolaty quality. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was tending towards sweet chocolate, which would be inappropriate for the style. I have a Sweet/Milk Stout on-deck and this was too close to that style for comfort. Finish remained sweet, very chocolaty, which was not bad in and of itself, but not what I want in an Irish DRY Stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 01:44:12 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some garnet red + dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled large patch of very thin film with a couple of small to medium sized slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Better than I was expecting, not sure when this got introduced but since it was the first time I encountered it I thought I would pick it up... Not overly complex but easier enough to drink and enjoy. If I'm at another BMC bar around St.Paddy's Day, I know have something that I can drink besides just Guinness (and Killian's Irish Red).

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 01:03:34 | More by dbrauneis
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

03-31-2013 03:53:52 | More by ejimhof
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plaid75

New York

3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:49:45 | More by plaid75
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

07-15-2013 06:00:16 | More by Mebuzzard
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-30-2014 21:31:36 | More by Latarnik
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a soft cap of frothy, light brown head that fades to a thin lacing

S - initially burnt sugar and caramel followed by a grainy sweetness and some roasted malts

T - roasted malts, caramel, burnt sugar

M - medium bodied, a tad crisp for the style

This definitely exceeded my expectations. I wasn't expecting anything with a good deal of flavor. This definitely has it's merits. I would like a little less caramel presence and tad more roasted malts and perhaps coffee or charcoal notes. The burnt sugar presence was actually enjoyable for me. Overall, this isn't a bad beer. There are definitely "truer" Irish Dry Stouts available, but for an inexpensive beer with a decent flavor this will do.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 00:37:17 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -3%

04-27-2013 09:50:56 | More by Kelp
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 02:22:32 | More by chinchill
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, almost black with ruby highlighting. Slight, light, frothy, off-white head that settles into a ring on the surface. Aromas of smoke and roast, with a coffee backbone and earthy overtones. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a touch of peat to it, overriding a bitter, dry coffee backbone. Good, oaky charring at the end of the palate and into the aftertaste. Bitter and roasty throughout. Light and dry in mouth, with a dry, clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:06:28 | More by GarthDanielson
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 15:09:00 | More by Bitterbill
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

2.86/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Has only light amber hues at the base and a 1/2 inch of mocha head with good lacing. Quite good for a Coors product.

S - Smell is kind of faint with cold coffee and mild roast highlighting. Maybe some chalky yeasts I am not sure.

T - Well it's pretty sub standard. Mild coffee notes like watered down day old Folgers comes to mind. The finish is "dry" with some yeast and bittering hops. No chocolate at all so I guess I hate it.

M - Light to medium not very chewy or full bodied.

Overall avoid if you can I expected something since it's still a craft brewery but it's very basic stout even in Guinness standards. In fact get Guinness this stout is less than adequate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 03:28:06 | More by DrDemento456
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 00:48:18 | More by twiggamortis420
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts., not a lot of aroma.Taste is smokey, roasted malts, very light coffee. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 21:04:41 | More by tone77
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-01-2013 01:52:21 | More by Cynic-ale
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours black with ruby hues when held to a light, foamy tan head sticks around for a while. Aromas are similar to tastes: roasted barley, chocolate, creamed coffee, finishes slightly dry. Medium bodied and smooth. Overall, nothing wrong with this Irish stout, but nothing special about it either.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:50:17 | More by barnzy78
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-07-2013 00:07:38 | More by Haybeerman
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George Killian's Irish Stout from Coors Brewing Company
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