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George Killian's Irish Stout - Coors Brewing Company

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75
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304 Ratings
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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: barczar on 12-30-2012)
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

007deepsouth, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

mtc23, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

LoveStout, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of phoenixrises64
4.75/5  rDev +42.2%
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.

phoenixrises64, Jul 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Wservati, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of StuartCarter
4.11/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

StuartCarter, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
2.3/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of June 17, 2013. A little late on this one, but I'm assuming it hardly matters much. A friend got a case of this stuff for $7.99 on sale. So that's like 30 cents a beer if I'm doing that math correctly.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark opaque black, but a very dark transparent ruby color when held to the light. The head is about two fingers of chocolate milk colored head that fizzles away quickly. Thin tiny ring of lacing at the top but that's it.

S - Light coffee bean roast & some dried dark fruits like figs and plums is pleasant enough, but that's about as complex as it gets. Smells kind of artificially sweet.

T - Taste follows the nose, & falls short of anything good. Doesn't taste bad, by any means, but there is really nothing appealing here. Faint cold coffee and dark fruit, but entirely too thin and watery. Pretty much lacking in any real flavor that you would expect from a stout.

M - The beer is watery and smooth. Light-bodied with poor carbonation.

Overall, this beer is pretty poor excuse for a stout, but take it with a grain of salt. I guess it's not bad for what it is. Not exactly breaking the bank with this one considering what we paid for it. A light stout, if there ever was one. If you're looking for an authentic stout, look elsewhere, away from this foul beverage.

George Killian's Irish Stout ---2.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jul 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

jzlyo, Jul 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

williamjbauer, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very basic irish stout. Considering it's about the same price for a six pack of this as it is for a six pack of Guinness (maybe $1 less at most), I'd probably just stick with Guinness if I felt like picking up some stouts and didn't want to go the craft route.

Pours a near pitch black with a 1/2 inch tan head. The smell is probably its best feature -- a nice sweet chocolate-y, roasted barley aroma. The taste is slightly sweet, a little bitter, and overall pretty mild. Leaves a slight amount of lacing along the glass. Not as smooth as a Guinness, but a nice brew if you were having a burger or brat and wanted to pair it with a stout.

B- overall.

oldirtycaffrey, Jun 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

HowlingTurkey, Jun 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

dren74, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

schoon, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of garymuchow
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
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 .

garymuchow, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Kpitevl, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

TFMyriad, Jun 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

rgille2, Jun 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

bh123, Jun 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

dasunder, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

justinm4bama, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

raizin, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

EagleTalon, Jun 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

jimmah120, May 31, 2013
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2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

woodychandler, May 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

travishardy929, May 26, 2013
George Killian's Irish Stout from Coors Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.