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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Photo of jamesroses
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle

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

smell: very light caramel malts.

taste: same as the smell.

mouthfeel: watery, not dry nor sweet.

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

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -0.9%
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%
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 +17.3%
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 -8.5%
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 +35.8%
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 +10.6%
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 -7.6%
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 -11.7%
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 -17.6%
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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Photo of jhartley
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one on draft at the 2015 EPCOT Food & Wine festival, Ireland kiosk.
A dark amber-red body with a thin bubbly head, on nitro.
Aromas of chocolate and some roasted malts.
Taste is much different than I expected; more like a Guinness than I thought it would be, especially on nitro it was really nice.
Medium mouth feel with a nice chocolate aftertaste.
Overall, a very tasty beer; not sure if I would have it again if it was not on draft; but it was still a nice surprise in a long day at EPCOT with some other sub standard beers.

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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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Photo of Alexc11
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Kilkenny was the first beer I ever drank in an Irish pub. I enjoyed then and still enjoy it today. I particularly like the creamy, silky feel of the beer with little bitter after taste. The cream reminds me of the nice 'crema' (the thick golden cream in an espresso) after a properly brewed espresso. Nice deep golden color with thick cream. It may lack the 'kick' people may look for in a beer but great overall Irish cream ale.

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Photo of drmeto
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

-pours a clear amber-red with a big,frothy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
-faint coffee,plums,raisins,breadys,nutty
-medium to high carbonation
-light, watery body
o.k. but nothing more

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Relatively bland beer, although it does have that lovely mouthfeel of a nitro beer. Nothing wrong with it, and probably easy to drink over the course of a long night; but not a lot off complexity either.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

440 ml can. Pours a reddish amber with a creamy, medium, long lasting, off-white, nitro head that laces. Sweet, roasted, caramel malt aroma. Flavour to match with a mildly bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy, oily texture and soft carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.92/5  rDev +44.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

12 oz can, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, clear, golden, amber color with a half of a finger of cascading white-colored head that once settled, formed a half of a finger of creamy, pillowy, head that completely covered the top of the beer. That head was retained throughout the drinking experience.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, biscuit-like toasted malt, imparting aromas of freshly baked French baguettes and English muffins, as well as aromas of caramel and toffee, a touch of black pepper and heather.

Taste: Ah, delicious and satisfying! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and toffee-like sweetness, hits of black pepper, coriander and floral, grassy, heather and clover. No hops to speak of. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. In fact, this beer is nitrogenized with a nitro widget in the can so it’s an extremely smooth and creamy beer. With an ABV of 43.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Kilkenny is one of my favorite Irish beers, one of my favorite beers, period! Malty, sweet, tasty, satisfying, crushable, session-able and delicious!

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Photo of t2thebro
4.51/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16oz nitro can

A- pours typical of nitros lots of froth, tight little bubbles. crystal clear darkish red color.
S- clean pale malt, irish yeast. hints of spicey hops and sweet crystal malt.
T-super smooth. sweetness is light and refreshing. a very nice woodsy/ earthy hop flavor compliments the finish. finishes nice and with a slight dryness.
M- amazing. gotta love nitro
O- an easy drinking smooth beer with a great balance of mild flavors that beg you to take another drink!

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Pounder Nitro can picked as part of the Guinness Winter 8-pack. Pours clear amber with creamy tannish head. English yeasty fruitiness with good dark toast. Okay... Just not my cup of tea.

All 3.5

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Veiled dark copper Extra persistent, thick and creamy, half a finger beige head, lasting more that 20 minutes! Strong legs and a gorgeous pouring with amazing activity slowly revealing the beer.

Faint aromas and flavors of toffee, grainy toasty bread, nuts and floral spices with a hint of fruits. Sweet smell but a sharper crisp taste.

Creamy medium body and weak carbonation. Short and faint and quite clean finish with a roasted slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall : Visually stunning and...poor in flavors. The craft is good with a nice freshness, but it's a very soft beer that is overly accessible.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO for $2.45 for a 440ml can. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Nitro can opens well and pours all head then filters down to a nice 1" high white creamy looking head

S- Not a malt bomb but good. Has a cinnamon hint.

T- Nice burnt nut flavor. Little else

M- Creamy but thin as water. Disappointing in a can.

O- Got to give this the rating it has due to being in a can. If you can get it out of a keg you can up the rating a half point more.

Food Pairing

This pretty good beer goes well with.... Fish and chips!


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Photo of rjplumer
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

(Draught in can)Clear classic Irish Ale ruby red colored body. Has the classic "Guinness" style foam head that's a a good finger thick and appear to be staying for the duration. Creamy malt spice aroma. Low carbonation. Crisp light sweet malt taste. Smooth velvet mouth feel with a faint feel of carbonation on the tongue. Refreshing and wanting more already.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

From the nitro can L4209GH006. Sampled on February 6, 2015.

The pour is an attractive looking mahogany amber with a huge nitro influenced, soft foamy cream head.

Toasted sweet toffee malts ion the aroma with a clean finish.

The body is on the thin side.

A biog sweet toasted malt flavor up front with a keen, crisp bitterness to finish. Tastes like a pub beer.

It has not been available in my area since back in the 20th Century. Out this year in a Guinness mixed 8 pack.

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Photo of Tom_Vrchek
4.01/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look 2.2/3
- I like bottle design, it was 0.33L 4.3% ABV
- sediment in the bottle was minimal, barely noticeable
- in the glass it looked like standard red ale, color of the drink was darker shade of rust color,
the foam faded quickly and it wasn't strong.
Smell 2.6/4
-scent was weak at first, it takes some time to build up
-after a minute it smells really pleasent, great balance with hop fragrance
Taste 7.9/10
-density of the flavour was great
-aftertaste feels a bit too dry
-you can feel a nice malt
-achieved a balance of malt and alcohol
Overall 3/4
-this was my first red ale, usually I hate trying new things but this was surprisingly good
-after a tons of bad beers these was a quite refreshment
-very good beer I would really recommend it
-you can tell its Irish by its flavour

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