Kilkenny
Guinness Ltd.

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From:
Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
Style:
Red Ale - Irish
Ranked #107
ABV:
4.3%
Score:
78
Ranked #28,163
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 16.57%
Ratings:
788
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 09, 2022
Added:
Aug 23, 2009
Wants:
  66
Gots:
  206
SCORE
78
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KilkennyKilkenny
Notes: Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale, with its deep red hue and rich, creamy head delivers a distinctively smooth and flavourful taste.
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Photo of AlexandraDen
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

Hard to deny that these kind of beers are close to perfect looking in the glass. Poured from a 500mL nitro cab into a classic Smithwick’s pint glass, a truly amber, browned ruby body sits below a finger and a half of incredibly dense, lasting nitro head. Quite beautiful

Very pleasant aromas, the malt and bready smells hit you first. The cereal grain, dense bread smells are very lovely. Bit of caramel and toffee, the mildest hit of bitterness.

Taste follows the nose to a T, it is fairly sweet, a little bit malty, bready. Slightly toasty at the end with caramel malt notes.

The appearance and mouthfeel are where nitro’d beers with typical/regular flavour profiles shine. The base beer is likely a typical Irish Amber Ale, made with nitro it transforms into a creamier, unique experience. Low-medium bodied, with low carbonation of incredibly fine bubbles. This creates an undeniably smooth, easy drinking beer. The finish is not dry if anything, it’s creamy and long, with the typical bready malt notes on the tongue.

I will admit my bias, I am a sucker for nitro beers, and amber ales have always been a favourite. For some reason, I remember years ago having a Kilkenny and the body of the beer was opaque, rather than clear. Maybe I had some sort of special release or something. Regardless, a very pleasant beer. It’s not super expensive, more than a typical macro for sure, but definitely worth a try.

May 09, 2022
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3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On nitro tap at The Banshee in Buffalo, NY.

This looks beautiful in the glass, golden amber, with a big fluffy white head, with beautifully cascading bubbles the whole time. It was poured extremely well.

It doesn't smell like a whole lot though, there's some sweetness and grain, but not much else.

The nitro gives this beer nearly it's entire character. I don't always like nitro, but it works well because the base beer is obviously bland, but the illusion of a big creamy body really helps this one out. It smells generically "malty" I guess, but pretty muddled.

The mouthfeel on this is fantastic, creamy, rich, and very drinkable.

The best way to have this would be properly poured in a good Irish pub. I can't imagine the bottles of this are any good.

Apr 19, 2022
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3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

Another beer enjoyed at the Brick House Irish Pub in Rochester

Kinda dark red-brown with a nice silky off-white head. Smells very light, sweet malt, toffee, lil hops... smells beery. The taste follows, pretty boring but has a lot more character than your average adjunct, mostly a honey sweetened toffee with a long toasty finish. Low carbonation, creamy

Could use a little more character maybe, but as far as easy drinking pub fare, you could do a lot worse

Mar 11, 2022
 
3.75 by ajdemma from New York on Feb 28, 2022
 
3.39 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jan 29, 2022
Photo of kevofficiel
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

Kilkenny. Got a 4 pack for 11,99$

Look: Ruby brown colour. About 1 finger of white head. Nice retention

Smell: caramel, sweet malt and spicy hops, toffee,

Taste: same as the smell. More on the watery side. Very soft

Feel: Light body, light carbonation

So overall would I recommend it ?

Would I buy it again ? Sure. Nice red ale overall

Jan 27, 2022
 
4.8 by jf29egan from Massachusetts on Jan 11, 2022
Photo of 2market
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by 2market from Pennsylvania

Had this beer in Ireland and was so so about it.

Dec 29, 2021
 
4.06 by Isaac_L95 from Canada (ON) on Dec 22, 2021
 
3.5 by shigg85 from Japan on Dec 16, 2021
 
 
3.67 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 04, 2021
 
3.57 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland on Sep 17, 2021
 
3.05 by Bigmoist from West Virginia on Sep 05, 2021
 
3.5 by mpenske from California on Jul 01, 2021
Photo of puck1225
3.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by puck1225 from Texas

Had this on tap at a very faux British pub in Houston. Poured into a pint glass. Nice nitro head. Reddish brown color. Malty smell and taste. Probably not something I would get often but you rarely see it offered.

Jun 12, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Sigmund from Norway

A modern style red ale that really isn't too bad - but the fact that it's brewed by Guinness frequently makes my inner voice ask: Sigmund, don't you REALLY want a Guinness instead? And, behold, the answer normally is YES! Re-rate 2600302: I'm lowering the aroma rating (bottled version, no nitro) - the aroma is strangely dominated by unpleasant, artificial candy notes. The flavour is still good, aftertaste acceptable.

May 05, 2021
 
4.36 by Jaymantheman from Canada (BC) on Feb 21, 2021
Photo of Andy_Houston
4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3
by Andy_Houston from England

This is a great beer, goes down a treat. But be warned it can lead to temporary disabilities, especially when consuming it by the gallon on a stag do.

Feb 19, 2021
Photo of InspectorHound
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Amber with typical nitro seperation and foamy head. Holds onto head well. At 5 minutes still has a 1/2 finger head.

Smell: Caramel, toffee and raisins.

Taste: Tastes like caramelized water. Very soft and watery. No variation throughout the sip.

Feel: Creamy, soft and flat.

Reminiscent of a Guiness on the nitro pour, with a clear read colour vs the dark. Texture is Guiness like, but the taste is lacking. It earns a B -

Dec 27, 2020
 
4.53 by JanglezB19 from Canada (ON) on Nov 29, 2020
Photo of Paddy-loves-beer
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania

This is another, meh, kinda beers. It would fall into the Irish Red Ale ballpark. It smells better than it tastes would be the best way to describe this beer. Not bad but not as good as you think it's gonna be with the color, head, and smell.

Oct 15, 2020
 
3.41 by Roejogan from Canada (BC) on Jul 20, 2020
 
3.25 by Jaasoares from Virginia on Jun 30, 2020
 
3.5 by Pisshhead from Ireland on Apr 12, 2020
 
3.77 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on Mar 13, 2020
 
3.51 by Wontonst from California on Jan 15, 2020
 
3.67 by NodakEric from Minnesota on Oct 16, 2019
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

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.

Oct 14, 2019
 
3.66 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Sep 19, 2019
 
3.4 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Aug 27, 2019
Photo of josanguapo
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by josanguapo from Spain

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

Aug 24, 2019
 
3.56 by O-Meg from New York on Aug 22, 2019
 
3.78 by Arg914 from New York on Aug 22, 2019
Photo of Tkdutra83
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Tkdutra83 from Germany

Nice red look. Not very flavorful but drinkable.

Aug 19, 2019
Photo of detgfrsh
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by detgfrsh from Texas

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.

Aug 12, 2019
Photo of johnnnniee
3.42/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

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.

Jul 27, 2019
Kilkenny from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 788 ratings