Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale | Guinness Ltd.

Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale
BA SCORE
27.4%
Liked This Beer
3.43 w/ 693 ratings
Kilkenny Irish Cream AleKilkenny Irish Cream Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

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 BeerAdvocate.com, and the closest style is Irish Red Ale.

Added by UncleJimbo on 08-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,336
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
693
Liked:
190
Avg:
3.43/5
pDev:
17.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
174
Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of djrn2
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
4.03/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a red Guinness. The color was a very nice looking clear amber. The head was creamy thick and white from the nitro. The aroma had some sweet malts in there not a whole lot else going on in the way of smell. The taste was very smooth and had some hearty malts in there. The mouthfeel was light and had no carbonation. This beer went down like water to me. I could have drank several of these without any issue for sure. A very nice Irish Red here. Enjoyed it fully.

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-tap at The Norseman, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy off white head that died down but has excellent retention properties, consistently leaving a half finger high head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pale malts are present in the smell.
T: Like the nose, the taste has light flavors of pale malts. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and is very creamy and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The nitro-tap makes this beer have an incredible mouthfeel that is both creamy and smooth.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

440ml nitro-widget thingy can. Long ago, this was a go-to pint upon finding myself in any and all manner of Irish or English-themed pub, yet it has indeed been a while, so time to get reacquainted, me old son.

This beer pours (eventually) a clear, medium copper amber colour, after that overwhelming, cascading off-white foam settles to a few fingers of perfectly creamy ecru head, with a touch of spectral webbed lace left around the glass. It is indeed always a pleasure to watch that particular trope of physics in action.

It smells of lightly fruity drupe esters, grainy caramel malt, wet toasted bread, a bit of earthy yeast, and rather faint earthy, weedy hops. The taste is quite malty and fruity, both measures indistinct and pleasant at the same rate - the thinly bready graininess, and stale apple and banana chips having to suffice - as the mild floral, leafy hops really have little to offer here.

The carbonation is very low-key and beyond innocuous, the body medium-light in weight, and smooth, smooth is the operative word, unless you're into creaminess, and well, it's got that in spades too. It finishes barely off-dry, the malt kind of bleeding out, while the seemingly manufactured fruit and hop esters stick around as if by court order.

I've always been content with this as a perfunctory default at that sort of bar, both here and even in Eire herself; but now, upon closer circumspection, a few blemishes become increasingly evident - a certain plainness all around, be it malt, hop, or well, overall flavour. Which, I suppose is this one's appeal at the pub - toss in the lower than average ABV, and this beer is sessionability, incarnate.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.7/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.33cl bottle into an An Brainblasta goblet in Belfort, France. It's a bit strange reviewing here since Ireland's me home, but I never saw her out of the bottle back in the auld country. She was always nitro-can or draught. Reviewed live.

A: A biteen over two fingers of head, with light cream, fair thickness, and fair retention. Semitransparent gold colour. She's different than she is in the auld country.

Sm: Cream, caramel, amber hops, and even slight dark fringe esters I never quite picked up before. Doth mine broken nose deceive me?

T: Heavy creamed caramel, cream, amber hops, slight toffee (even!), and curbed dark fringe esters that are very subtle. Hard to place their particular nature, anyway. Complex for the style (WHICH IS IRISH CREAM ALE, YE BASTARDS!), and very well balanced and built.

Mf: Delightfully silky creamy smooth and wet. Extremely refreshing. Gloriously refreshing. Very complementary of the flavours of the body. Sadly, it does begin to approach the beginning of the realm of overly thick. Got to keep that in check, lads.

Dr: Average or below average ABV depending on your perspective, extremely drinkable, and a great price in France. You won't find it out of the bottle back home. Tastes a bit different (especially those damned esters!), but still of course a welcome beer anytime. You owe it to yourself to give it a go, especially if she's off the draught.

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.32/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at The Lucky Shamrock at the airport (PEK) in Beijing, China

A: Pours an opaque creamy copper to clear garnet red in color as the nitro-pour settles out with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that has very good retention properties, keeping a full finger of head in an even layer over the surface of the beer for the entire drinking of the beer. Huge amounts of lacing are observed, essentially coating the entire glass.

S: Mild in aroma with some notes of caramel malts, nuts, and floral hops.

T: Extremely mild in flavor but very enjoyable - there are some light hints of caramel and toffee malts. There is also a light hint of bitterness which does not linger from the floral hops and some nuttiness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Extremely easy to drink but not a lot of specialness in the taste or smell - this beer's best qualities are the appearance and the mouthfeel. Definitely enjoyable.

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3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap 10/9/2010 at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright reddish brown color, with a large dense off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains caramelized malts, tea, some fruit and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and a little fruit. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and the nitro-tap brings some creaminess. The hops presence is mild and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: A little crisp and very smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured with a tiny, white head of thick, creamy foam. The head refuses to settle and leaves thick lace as the beer leaves the glass. The body is copper-brown with good clarity.

S - Light, toasted bread notes with some musty hops. Little else.

T - Dry bread up front with a surprisingly strong, musty hop character. Light bitterness creeps in towards the middle and grows stronger towards the finish. Hefty bitterness in the finish with very light bready malt.

M - Medium-light body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Dry and bitter, this comes across more like an English bitter than an Irish red. Even so it would be a poor bitter with a weak malt profile that is not up to dealing with the strong hop character. A drinkable beer, and perhaps better than average as Irish beer goes, but not something to go for if you have access to any real beer.

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3.36/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +2%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.56/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.4/5  rDev -30%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CAN from one of my solids, BigBry, who CAN certainly list himself as a member of The CANQuest (TM).

The Crack & Glug also included some odd noises as a result of the widget priming itself, I suppose. Man, I do love watching the cascade when pouring from an N2 CAN!It resulted in a finger of thick tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep-coppery orange with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a lightly malty sweetness which was okay with me. Mouthfeel was creamy, which is as it should be with this serving style. The taste was pleasantly mildly bitter with a hint of nuttiness on the tongue. Finish was slightly dry, pleasant, easily quaffable. This was a nice, simple beer, somewhat unobtrusive, but with such low alcohol that I could easily see having it in my cooler for a day out.

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Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 27.4% out of 100 with 693 ratings
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