Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Guinness Ltd.

Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale
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Style:
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #223
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,634
Avg:
3.43 | pDev: 16.62%
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
764
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Year-round
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Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Notes: An "Irish Cream Ale", though this style does not exist on BeerAdvocate.com, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.
Reviews: 176 | Ratings: 764 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.64/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had in a pint at an English pub. Has a dark ruby/mahogany color, half a finger thick creamy head.

Aroma's strongest note is cherries or some other sort of red berries and malts. Other notes of faint spices, honey, caramel, toffee, rock sugar, and malts.

The taste isn't consistent with the aroma and kind of falls flat. Most notable are the grain, caramel, and grass in the flavor with a faintly sweet red fruit. Altogether the aroma does follow the taste but disappointingly it's quite weak. Feel is light.

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Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

De Tercertiempocervezas. En copa Teku. Jugando a Ducktales Remastered. Algo de caramelo y amargor. Quizas algo planilla y aburrida pero sin sufrimiento alguno ya que no tiene notas desagradables

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a tallboy can with the draft insert. Reddish color with a layer of creamy head. Smells of light roasted malt. Thin and watery feel. Caramel sweetness and roasted malt flavors. Pleasant and drinkable, but without much presence.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at P. Duggan's in Dublin.
Dark brick red almost brown in color with a huge frothy bone white head that persists (nitro).
Light caramel bready maltiness bits of earthy hop light astringency.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Like all nitro drafts, it pours a thick cream color that coalesces into a clear chocolate brown body with two fingers of thick white head.

Smell: Mild, sweet malt with a tiny bit of spicy hops.

Taste: Very mild brown malt. Not much else except a light bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, and very gently carbonated.

Overall: A plain, smooth beer that looks stronger than it is.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can
Canned: Dec-12-2018


Crystal clear amber, cascade effect and a nice 1-2 fingers of consistent cream that leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma has redfruits, bready malt and faint spice. The flavor is rich and malty with a hint of the aroma components and a slight earthy/mineral bite. Thin, light and drinkable with nitro feel and a smooth finish. This is a relatively nice, easy drinking lighter Irish style beer. Enjoyable and characterful without being complex.

4.25...3.75...3.5...3.5...3.5

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Photo of dd53grif
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with a minimal tan head that lasts quite a while. No discernable aroma. Tastes of caramel. Smooth but it has a thin mouth feel.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.34/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear mahogany coloration with a large, frothy head. Smells of lightly toasted, caramel malt and hints of red berries and honey. Taste follows the nose, being dominated by very lightly toasted, grainy and caramel malt with hints of red berries, grass and just a tiny hint of citrus. Finishes with a light bitterness and some grainy/caramel malt notes lingering in the aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel with a light body and medium carbonation.

I used to really enjoy this back in the old days before I discovered craft and I have to say it's still ok, if barely. Although it feels quite watery, there are some decent malt and light hop notes to this that make it drinkable enough.

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Photo of Mattandwin
3.08/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Called an irish Red ALe where I had it. Not sure if the "cream" is a factor, but I found its taste worse than similar beers and its body is unpleasingly very thin

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Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. Pours clear amber in color with one third inch head. Taste is caramel and grain. Light bodied, low carbonation and sweet. Nice and easy drinker.

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Photo of Zeteckiller
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml can with widget poured into a non nucleated tulip pint glass.

Reddish brown colour, cloudy with a thick creamy tan coloured head.

Smells faintly malty and sweet.

Tastes slightly sweet, not very hoppy, very slight hint of caramel, malty but not overly so. No real aftertaste to speak of.

Very easy to drink. Feels smooth and silky in the mouth.

Overall, nothing to get excited over but not a bad pint.

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Photo of GoatLender
3.29/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a light copper with a smallish but dense, foamy head with a nice creamy white colour. Thick curtain-like lacing that recedes quickly.

S: Sweet, mildly malty nose.

T: Mild barley, faint undertone of hoppiness, very very mild sweetness. Nice light aftertaste. Not offensive, but a little bit lacking in flavour overall.

F: Very nice, smooth creamy feel as a nitro should be. light-medium body could have a little substance to it. The beer's strongest quality.

O: A very pleasant and drinkable beer, but a bit lacking in substance in terms of flavour. Probably not enough of interset to make me seek it out again.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.61/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap (nitro):
I strange striated amber to brown that might be the glass shape allowing more and less light through the clear beer. Creamy head is awesomely stiff and persistent.

A very lightly grassy to spicy hop note peaks through a near equally light malt.

A creamy feel and taste, with a hint of peat and grass moss bitterness. Nothing is strong, but they are nicely represented. A slight copper metallic shows up occasionally, but not distractiny. A light body is betrayed by that creamy feel (nitro seems like a good choice).

This beer sort of hit the spot this sitting. Might have to revisit to see if it should be in the rotation.

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Photo of VABA
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At a party, a decent beer for socializing. Not one of my favorites from the Guinness breery, but one can't complain when the price was right, i.e. free.

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Photo of jamesroses
2.62/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle

appearance: amber with little carbonation and almost no head. Poor lacing.

smell: very light caramel malts.

taste: same as the smell.

mouthfeel: watery, not dry nor sweet.

overall: pretty weak, expected a little bit more of this.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.52/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review: 0.33l Bottle of Kilkenny Irish beer: ABV: 4.2%

A lot of the reviews say 4.3%, but mine was 4.2% ABV, maybe different for the German market perhaps.

On pour we get a lovely dark ruby red colour with a nice creamy white head bubbling away. Nice carbonation, it is alive and is looking fantastic.

Unfortunately the head does die and it does go all a bit flat a little while later. Has no lacing to speak of. Looks like a standard red ale, minus the head!

Has a really lovely beery smell, malts and the cream, and hints of some fruits

Deep smelling roasted malts, really nice.

Nice beery smell, yeast ...........

On taste I get a smooth creamy mouthful from the beer, some grains, a bit of caramel, it all tastes nice and very smooth

A good sessionable beer that's for sure, easy to drink and to go down

Its easy to drink, nice and smooth but, apart from the initial tastes, overall there isn't a whole lot to taste, and it is a little dry and flat in the end. I can just about get the malts. Not much of an aftertaste as well, no hops to speak of.

So overall it is easy to drink, good for a light session, but not the best tasting beer in the world with no strong standout tastes or flavours. Not great, not bad, but definitely not anything to compete with Smithwicks, that's for sure!

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Photo of Guppy314
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Dubliner pub in DC, pours a murky brown with a creamy one-finger tan head. Aroma is really subtle sent of toffee malt. Taste is a mild creamy malt with caramel. The hops comes out at the back end, but again, mild. Unoffensive and yup, kinda uninteresting.

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Photo of aleigator
2.83/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a glowing, dark red color with the most beautiful head to it, which appears utmost stable yet fluffy at the same time.

Smells of toffee and earth coated leaves among dried wild berries. Has a coppery undertone together with some orange zest, as well as a rock sugar sweetness.

Drinks very refreshing, with a lively, very light body, which turns out to be borderline watery at the back end with sweet malts defining the taste.

Tastes of old noble hops among earth, rye and a toffee glimps, which turns more profound once the beers fizzy carbonation is in full swing. This leaves back only sweet malts, a superfaint dryness and a watery ending.

Builds up a pleasant balance at first, which vanishes in favor of the malts, producing a monotonous, thin finish.

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Photo of beer-fan-1
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good beer. Looks good on a great pour from a tap. Beertender trained to "write in" the final pour to fill the glass to the top with the perfect head.

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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nitro beer. Red colored ale with a small tan colored head.

Smells sweet and malty with toffee and oak scents.

Starts out malty with the taste of caramel and cork. Strong toffee flavor. Taste of leather and English hops.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a standard UK style ale.

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Photo of beersareonme
4.63/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Winner thru & thru. Nothing but good things to say about this rich cream ale. I like to refer to it as "Guinness Light". When I'm stuck on what to drink, this is always a good go-to pint.

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Photo of Curiosibeer
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The colour is red, rich. The cream (and creamy) head won't last too long. As for the smell, roasty malt. In mouth, is malty, fresh, slightly bitter and roasted malt.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - This beer looks absolutely fantastic. It pours a dark clear copper red with tons of foamy head (nitro can) the head looks smooth and creamy. So in this reguards it gets a high rating even though its artificial.

Aroma - Roasted malts, light chocolate notes, some toffee and dark fruit.

Taste - Very light notes of coffee up front, roasted malts,plum, raisin, nuts and white bread.

Feel - Light bodied and Creamy this is exactly what I expect a cream ale to feel like, Very smooth without much bitterness at all.

Overall - This is not an overly flavorful beer, Its not for someone who wants hops as they are virtually unnoticeable, But if you're the kind of person looking for a smooth creamy light roasy lawnmower beer then you've found it. Cheers!

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Photo of Dentist666
3.01/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

0.44l nitro-can.
Poured into pint.
Pours clear dark copper/amber beer with creamy off-white head, quick reduction to 1-finger layer.
Smell is faint - slightly grassy, cardboard.
Taste - neutral with roasted tones.
Very smooth and creamy, not impressing.

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Photo of stevoj
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Draught can technology pours beautiful silky, thick head. Beer is orange/amber, but taste is overly weak, slightly bitter. Light on the palate with no aftertaste.

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Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 764 ratings