Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An "Irish Cream Ale", though this style does not exist on, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009

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Reviews by Gambrinus1184:
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4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a dimpled, 20-oz imperial mug at J. Timothy's in Plainville, Conn.

A: Poured a reddish and orange amber color which arrived with a great deal of nitrous carbonation which built its way into a neat, two-finger head of dense, creamy rich white foam which held up throughout the brew.

S: Smells slightly sweet and bready with hints of floral hops and some aluminum notes.

T: Flavor is semisweet and grainy at first, with a roasted, bitter malt and hop infused buttered bread quality soon to follow. The brew finishes dry with a semisweet and bitter roast, made slightly sweeter and creamy around the edges due to the carbonation.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied at first sip, but the brew itself keeps rather dry and thin. Lends itself well to big quaffs and for washing down food.

D: Really quite sessionable at 4.3% ABV and holds it's place among Tetley's and Boddington's for the best light, nitrous based pub ales I've had. Kilkenny is made more interesting as it drags some of the bittersweet, roasted caramel malt generally characterized by Irish red ales into the mix.

I could see throwing back a few mugs for a nice pub session or just having one to cut the grease associated with a plate of fish and chips.

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2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

very poor not worth a review.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a see-through, dark copper-toned body with a finger of dense, ivory-hued foam.

Smell: n/a --no, really, there's nothing there! Frankly, I'm not sure what score to assign this. On one hand it didn't smell like anything, on the other hand it didn't smell bad.

Taste: Mind-bogglingly mild taste of toast and dry caramel with a bland hint of fruit. Thinnest touch of hop character and bitterness. Drying, empty finish. It's in and out in a flash. Some beers leave you wanting more, this one leaves me wanting anything, something.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Instantly forgettable. My goodness, was that ever a whole bunch of nothing, lacking entirely in the departments of aroma and flavor. Sure, it's smooth and easy-drinking, but if it isn't going to taste like anything, what's the point?

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ynalak
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.5/5  rDev +32%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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2.9/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew was a standard of mine for many years, but I have to admit it's been a while since I've had one. What better time than St. Practice Day?

Poured nitro-can style into a Guinness glass. Lovely cascading effect led to a striking clear amber brew. Thick, creamy head that remained throughout the pint, creating sheets of lacing down the glass.

Nose is caramel, bread, lightly toasted malt.

A mild, creamy ale, notes of caramel, bread, and toasted malt, finishing with a mild tea-hoppped bitterness. Nothing spectacular, but certainly pleasurable to drink. Tastes fine.

Creamy, but very watery mouthfeel. A trend I've found with most Guinness products. Still, easy to quaff.

A good standby around St. Patrick's Day or whenever I find myself in one of those pseudo-Irish chain bars Canada seems to have in spades. I can certainly have quite a few of these in a sitting - the light ABV and thin mouthfeel make for easy drinking.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Inder
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of fionn13
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of LDuke
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of tmac6184
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of williamjbauer
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Miha
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Sinedd
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of glid02
3.54/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap at Mac Mcgee's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a clear amber color with a fine-bubbled, one-finger white cap that slowly cascades before settling. The head slowly recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of muted toasted malts and not much else. As it warms hints of earthy hops waft out.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The malt flavors consist of lightly toasted and lighter caramel, with a bit more depth than the nose suggests. Midway through the sip it gains a bit of bitterness and very light earthy and leafy hop flavors. The hops fade out before a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a tad on the thin side with light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall there's really nothing special about this beer but it is easy to drink. Not worth seeking out but also not worth turning down.

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Photo of RickyS
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a transparent dark amber color liquid with little to no carbonation. Off-white head that dissipate fast but leaves a thin cover on the top. The aroma is something I did not expect. I get a certain grassiness and smell of cardboard which is not very pleasant. This is only supported faintly by roasted malts which I was expecting to be the main component. The taste is imprecise. This does reveal a roasted character but there is also something very bitter and cardboardy in the finish which lets you down! Not complex at all. The mouthfeel is creamy but supported by very little taste. I will try to avoid this in the future.

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