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George Killian's Irish StoutGeorge Killian's Irish Stout

Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of jhenry0302
1.93/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

In all honesty, I think this is a terrible rendition of an Irish stout. This beer is not even in the same league with the likes of regular canned or bottled Guinness. While it does have some of the coffee and chocolate notes one would expect from an Irish stout, the skunky finish kills all of what little one might be able to savor from the "malts". Additionally, it's over-carbonated which only further distracts from the malt.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.33/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of June 17, 2013. A little late on this one, but I'm assuming it hardly matters much. A friend got a case of this stuff for $7.99 on sale. So that's like 30 cents a beer if I'm doing that math correctly.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a dark opaque black, but a very dark transparent ruby color when held to the light. The head is about two fingers of chocolate milk colored head that fizzles away quickly. Thin tiny ring of lacing at the top but that's it.

S - Light coffee bean roast & some dried dark fruits like figs and plums is pleasant enough, but that's about as complex as it gets. Smells kind of artificially sweet.

T - Taste follows the nose, & falls short of anything good. Doesn't taste bad, by any means, but there is really nothing appealing here. Faint cold coffee and dark fruit, but entirely too thin and watery. Pretty much lacking in any real flavor that you would expect from a stout.

M - The beer is watery and smooth. Light-bodied with poor carbonation.

Overall, this beer is pretty poor excuse for a stout, but take it with a grain of salt. I guess it's not bad for what it is. Not exactly breaking the bank with this one considering what we paid for it. A light stout, if there ever was one. If you're looking for an authentic stout, look elsewhere, away from this foul beverage.

George Killian's Irish Stout ---2.5/5

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Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
2.39/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.75

I had this a few weeks ago, and I hated it. I figured it was because I already had a few beers in me at the time, so I decided to try it again yesterday, nothing changed.

A: Pitch Black, looks almost like a Guinness, which is promising.

S: Malty, earthy, coffee like, so far so good, not overpowering either.

T: This is where everything goes south. Wayyy too strong and over powering for my liking, extra bitter and just coffee like. Its like drinking the strongest coffee ever brewed, but in beer form.

M: Super heavy in the mouth, not only that, but it also didn't sit well in my stomach. I felt like crap after drinking it, made be slightly ill on both occasions that i tried it

O: Not my cup of tea. When I have trouble drinking a beer, then you know there is a problem. Tried to give the rest of the six pack away, but everyone who tried it didn't like it. Ended up putting it in an elevator.

If I'm looking for an Irish Stout, I'm gonna get Guinness. It's a shame too cuz I like George Killian's Red Ale fine. This one didn't do it for me, if you like overly strong and heavy beer that doesn't sit well in ur stomach, then go right ahead, but I'm gonna pass.

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Photo of Ken2Brew4taste
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A - Poured an adequate head. Black, but not pitch black but more of a really dark brown.

S - Smelled a touch sweet, not rich, not strong, surely not arrogant, but was overall pleasant regardless of being mild.

T - watery and weak. It made me think "stout lager". It bore stout likeness but I have a hard time believing it really.

M - not enough. I think that sums it up.

O - As a previous review read, its an entry level stout. Killians Irish Red is a good conversion beer to get the typical Bud drinkers to the "Dark Side" that is always better on tap than in a bottle. If this follows that model, I look forward to a tap version, but the bottle I had left me with the idea they want to hit a broader market than they will get with this one for long term.

I would drink it again, but not gonna be in a hurry. Not when New Hollands Poet & Dragons Milk are availble and I have my own Stouts aging in my basement.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.8/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Wait, there's a Killian's stout now? Okay. This stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. The nose comprises mild roasted malts...and nothing else. Okay. The taste runs very similarly, just more watered-down. Sadly. The body is a very light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda watery feel. Overall, this is a pretty sad Irish stout, basically a watered-down Guinness (which I think speaks volumes). My disappointment knows no bounds.

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Photo of papaglide
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass while watching the Leafs-Lightning game.

A- pours a beautiful dark blackish amber with a nice thick 1/2 inch tan head.

S- nice coffee notes, sweet, roasted malt. The nose is appealing.

T- this is where the brew disappoints. Very small roast, tiny chocolate, dry and slightly bitter is where it's at. Add in a slight sour aspect in the finish, as a nod to Guinness perhaps? Low malt and low hop.

M- thin, watery and not as chewy as a top notch stout. Astringent in the finish.

For a massed produced "roasted" brew I would rather have a Stegmaier Porter. This is like a nice stout that was diluted to make it more appealing to a wider market that is used to drinking BMC...wait a minute.... Killians = Coors. A-Ha!

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.9/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A - Has only light amber hues at the base and a 1/2 inch of mocha head with good lacing. Quite good for a Coors product.

S - Smell is kind of faint with cold coffee and mild roast highlighting. Maybe some chalky yeasts I am not sure.

T - Well it's pretty sub standard. Mild coffee notes like watered down day old Folgers comes to mind. The finish is "dry" with some yeast and bittering hops. No chocolate at all so I guess I hate it.

M - Light to medium not very chewy or full bodied.

Overall avoid if you can I expected something since it's still a craft brewery but it's very basic stout even in Guinness standards. In fact get Guinness this stout is less than adequate.

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Photo of 57md
2.96/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with at least a finger of head that enjoyed some retention on the edges of the glass. The nose is pretty bland and the taste is similar. There is some roast and dryness on the finish, but this offering is nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Ohiolager
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

George Killians Irish Stout 6pk bottles $6.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pint glass. freshness date is painted/stamped in yellow just below the bottle neck. lick you finger and it rubs off very easy.

pours almost black. the same color as Guinness. put some air between the bottle and your glass and it leaves two fingers of tan head. it don't last long and gives way to minimal but passable lacing.

i smell roasted malts, peanuts maybe, some hints of coffee and caramels. smells mellow but sweet.

it tastes better than Guinness. slightly sweet but still very toasted and mellow. of course you taste the roasted malts upfront, then a sweet blend of coffee, caramels and a hint of nuts. finishes sweet and not dry at all. nice carbonation in a stout too.

mouth feel is good. feels great. light to medium bodied. sweet and mellow. not dry or very bitter at all.

overall light years better than Killians Irish red, and in my opinion better than Guinness. not really a dry stout. its on the sweet side. but still good and a great price too. a good brew from miller-Coors. wow, never thought i would say that.

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Photo of beergoot
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle date: JUN3014

Dark brown body with a thick, foamy, light tan head. Good roasted grain smell. Light milk chocolate flavor with a wee bit of hop bitterness. Light bodied with dry finish.

A drinkable yet rather forgettable dry stout. It has dark grained flavors going for it but nothing that really makes it stand out. The body seems rather weak and could use more body. Definitely fits the style profile but doesn't really offer anything unique yet still very drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Yet another of my local, in-person trader's many drop-offs. Many thanks, tone77! I always marvel at what you manage to latch onto.

From the bottle: "Brewed in the Irish Tradition"; "Estd. 1864"; "Manufactured Under License from Brasseries Pelforth, S.A."

My pour resulted in just over a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with good retention that slllooowwly fell, leaving some nice lacing in its wake. Color was a deep, dark-brown, allowing zero light penetration. Nose had a smoky, chocolaty quality. Mouthfeel was medium, but the taste was tending towards sweet chocolate, which would be inappropriate for the style. I have a Sweet/Milk Stout on-deck and this was too close to that style for comfort. Finish remained sweet, very chocolaty, which was not bad in and of itself, but not what I want in an Irish DRY Stout.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Opaque black in color, with a nice, abeit airy, head of tan foam.
Aroma-faint roasted malt
Taste-Black coffee, roasted malt, dry black coffee finish. Not a bad attempt, but a bit thin in both body and flavor, probably for more mass appeal to the "average" Killian's drinker.

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Photo of Amalak
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A. Pure black with a little light coming through at the very bottom. It has a two-finger tan head with a little bit of lacing.

S. It has a very small malty and metallic scent.

T/M. There is a smoky, carbonated maltiness at first. It is bubbly and medium to light bodied. It is a bland chocolate. Some grassy undertones.

O. Not great, not bad...much like a Killians Red, it does the job and not much else.

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Photo of myelo
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with one-finger tan head that quickly diminishes to mild persistent lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, mostly coffee with a bit of chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet malt, some coffee bitterness. There's a hint of a metallic aftertaste, similar to what you can get with an oxidized stout/porter. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout. Overall this is a decent stout but a little too sweet and too thin to be a great dry stout.

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Photo of yeagmeister1
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not bad considering the price,twenty dollars for the case!Quite surprizing considering I can't stand the 'irish red'so overall it's worth the trouble! not quite a Guiness but if your in the market for a budget stout for entertaining for the St. Patrick"s day holiday this is a good selection!you could spend a whole lot more on an Irish stout that people would'nt appreciate anyway,so if your going to buy for a crowd just to make a point you might as well go cheap!If not just go and buy the best for yourself!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep black with a large tan head, which retains quite well, the lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: A fairly strong presence of charcoal and burnt notes, as well as roasted malt. The aroma seems understated.

Taste: Opens with charcoal and dark roasted malt; these carry throughout the taste. As the taste progresses, there are hints of cold coffee. Finishes with a mild, earthy hop presence and a little bitter cocoa.

Mouth feel:Smooth and pleasant, with a hint of zesty carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Seems a bit watery and understated. I think it could have been much better if the brewer had upped the malt bill. As it is, it seems like "Stout light".

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Sourced: Purchased at HEB in Texas on February 2, 2013 for $6.99 for a a six-pack of twelve-ounce bottles.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired earlier tonight at a L.A. area bottle shop. Best before July 15th, 2013. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generic label art and branded twist-off pressure cap served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are quite low given the brewery; I'm intimately familiar with this style having lived in Ireland for a year and I'm expecting a shite example of it.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with extra vigor as overcarbonation is expected and I don't want to dick around waiting for it to settle just right.

A: Pours a surprisingly decent head of one finger thickness and nice light tan colour. Maybe this won't be so bad after all. Decent cream, nice thickness, average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. A decent appearance for the style, but not ideal.

Sm: Overly light malts. Some chocolate malt. Artificial coffee. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. No real roast. Generic floral hop character. A milky average strength aroma.

T: Milky with some surprisingly decent cream. A bland dark malt body. Chocolate malt. Very limited roast, if any. Lacks good balance, but I expected far worse. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Built okay for the style. Misses the mark, but it's not as artificial as anticipated.

Mf: A bit milky, a bit creamy. Smooth and wet. Way too thin and weak. Lacks body. Poor thickness. Overcarbonated. Bad to okay presence on the palate. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile - and it's completely wrong for the style, which demands dryness and coarseness.

Dr: A mediocre example of the style which I wouldn't bother with again. That said, it's better than you'd expect given the brewery. Really not a poor beer per se, but certainly not worth recommending to friends. It's surprisingly drinkable, but still has its flaws. Great value. I think many reviewers are coming down hard on this one just because of the brewery; it'd fare far better in blind tastings.


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Photo of andrewjraab
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Pitch black with threefingers of milk chocolate head.

S. coffee beans, chocolate, malts.

T. Malty and semi sweet followed by a drying bitter finish.

O. Meh. Decent but prob won't try it again. The dry finish doesnt leave a good taste and lacks an overall balance to it.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle to pint. Let's see where this stacks up.

Pours brick-black with a tan cap of froth. Holds well, too.

Light aroma reveals dryness and light smoke, even, with notes of mocha and browned fruit. Interesting, but subdued.

Dry stout staleness with roasty malts offer hints of cocoa and instant coffee, but the wateriness uncovers some gritty astringency. Bitterness is surging with the level of carbonation, and there's not enough sweetness or flavor to balance it out. Mineral notes retain an earthiness. Hint of peat smoke is appealing, and I'm not entirely sure where it comes from. Unexpectedly fitting. Has an off-kilter hop profile (grassy/minty) that estranges me a little. Body is weak and missing chew.

After all this deliberation, it's honestly still an average Irish Stout. Quality of ingredients suffers a bit, but there's interesting complexity.

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Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts., not a lot of aroma.Taste is smokey, roasted malts, very light coffee. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a decent beer but nothing special.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six pack of Killian's Irish Stout last week for $6.79 at Meijers. A friend told me to give this a try so when I saw that it was on sale I figured I should give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty similar to Killian's Irish Red, it just had a darker look to it. It poured a very dark brown color that was on the verge of being black and it took on a dark ruby red hue when held to the light with two fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left some spotty lacing behind. This is a nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of malts that have a higher amount of sweetness to it and impart some lighter roasted aromas, along with some cocoa powder and just a hint of coffee. The cocoa powder sticks out the most and there's also a slight buttery aroma. This beer had an alright aroma, but I wish it it had some more roasted malt aromas to it with a little less sweetness.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it start off with some malts that have a higher amount of medium sweetness to it and imparted a medium amount of roasted malt flavors that were nicer than the aroma led to me to believe, the cocoa powder and a little bit of coffee still showed up with the cocoa powder not being as dominating as it was in the aroma. On the finish comes a lighter amount of earthy hops that made for a medium amount of bitterness and a roasted and chocolate like aftertaste. This beer tasted nice and better than I expected, it was much more balanced than the aroma and I liked that.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, slightly prickly, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty average, it was just a little on the light side with too much carbonation for the style.

Overall I thought this was decent beer and it was a slightly above average example of the style, it had most of what I look for in an Irish Dry Stout, but it ended up being just a little rough around the edges. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it was smooth, the flavor did an ok job at holding my attention and it isn't too filling, I could see drinking a few of these when in the mood especially on St. Patty's day. What I liked the most about this beer was the how balanced the taste was, it worked nicely with this beer and that aspect was pretty true to style, the appearance was also pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the mouthfeel, it was just a little on the light side and I could have gone without the higher and slightly prickly carbonation. I don't think I would keep this stocked in my fridge, but I could see buying a few of these at the bar when the selection isn't that great, I think I would enjoy this a little more then a Guinness and I would recommend this to someone as a good starter Stout. All in all I didn't think this beer was that bad at all, I didn't have the highest expectations for this beer, but it did end up impressing me a little. If this show's up at most bars that mainly serve BMC, I would be pretty happy with that, good job guys, nice to Killian's venturing out from the typical Irish Red Ale.

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Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very basic irish stout. Considering it's about the same price for a six pack of this as it is for a six pack of Guinness (maybe $1 less at most), I'd probably just stick with Guinness if I felt like picking up some stouts and didn't want to go the craft route.

Pours a near pitch black with a 1/2 inch tan head. The smell is probably its best feature -- a nice sweet chocolate-y, roasted barley aroma. The taste is slightly sweet, a little bitter, and overall pretty mild. Leaves a slight amount of lacing along the glass. Not as smooth as a Guinness, but a nice brew if you were having a burger or brat and wanted to pair it with a stout.

B- overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.29 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

An assumed 'Best By' date on the bottle neck showing JUL1513.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a medium-small, brief, beige head.

Smell: Lightly roasty, faintly chocolaty, a little coffee.

Taste: Again, lightly roasty, faintly chocolaty, a little coffee. Restrained sweetness. Very slight milky tone. Light bittering hop character. Dryish, reasonably smooth finish, minor char in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: George Killian's Irish Stout offers thoughtless, perfunctory quaffability.

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Photo of barczar
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aggressive pour yields an opaque brown color with ruby highlights and a frothy 2" mocha head that slowly dissipates, leaving substantial lacing.

Roast malt, chocolate, and toasted nuts form the initial aroma. Coffee and vanilla surface later, along with earthy, minerally characters.

Acrid coffee grounds, roast malt, burnt breadcrust, and a nutty note at the finish make up the flavor profile. The finish is fairly dry and a touch bitter. Chocolate and tar surface late.

Body is a tad watery, with moderate to low carbonation and a fairly astringent finish.

Everything was great until the wheels fell off at the flavor profile. Not a bad option for a Coors product.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Very dark brown. With a decent head.

S - Nice light roast. Subtle chocolate malt.

T - Taste matches the nose. Light roast for stout. Chocolate malt with coffee.

M - Medium dry mouth feel. Little light for stout.

O - Went in with low expectations, but was pleasantly surprised. Probably would good entry stout. Nothing is too overpowering.

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George Killian's Irish Stout from Coors Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 329 ratings.
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