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George Killian's Irish StoutGeorge Killian's Irish Stout
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Brewed by:
Coors Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barczar on 12-30-2012

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59
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329
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
38.84%
 
 
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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%

Another Coors product! This one's about 2 months out of date and I only paid a dollar for it.

Serving Style : bottle poured into glass

Appearance (4.25) : Pours a generous three finger head that's tightly knit at the base and breaks up a bit towards the top. Larger and smaller bubbles congregate and leave some licks AND rings of lacing behind. The body is deep dark brown, almost black, with no transparency. (Head retention is great with a steady froth throughout the review).

Smell (4) : Aromas of mocha and coffee, with coffee bean and some chocolate milk. Faint grain. The bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.25) : Strong coffee notes...smoked, dark roast coffee and bean, firewood char and smoke, a hint of nut - acorn or walnut. The finish is smokey and tastes of roasted hot coffee. Char is also left lingering well after the finish. A very kilned flavor.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : A bit too light bodied for the style. I'm surprised at how watery this brew is. The finish is smokey and dry.

Overall (3.47) : If you like smoke and kilned beers, and you're watching your wallet, this is your ticket. It's definitely not the best stout I've tried but it isn't half bad. I'm not sure I would buy it again as there's lots of other stouts out there that do the job better than this. But for a macro brewery to put out something like this is fairly impressive. Good job, Coors.

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Photo of LuskusDelph
4/5  rDev +15.9%

!2oz bottle, poured into a nonic glass.
Deep dark color, nearly black (unless held up to strong light, where deep ruby hues show through).
Pours with a respectable and surprisingly lasting slightly off white head.
Less dry as compared to Guinness; more body than Guinness Draft, slightly less body than standard Guinness Extra.
Very nice roasty character, and excellent overall balance.
This one's a nice reminder that the folks at Miller-Coors are certainly capable and skilled at their craft and can make beer with character when they want to.
They also proved it when they first marketed Killian's Red back in the 1980s (when they made and marketed it as an ale...and it tasted like one too. Unfortunately, they've since dumbed it down considerably).
Killian's Stout is quite good and worth trying. Hurry before they dumb this one down too (or discontinue it altogether).
It's actually better and truer to traditional stout than a number of craft stouts I've tried recently.

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Photo of chinchill
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with BB date on neck of 28 July 2014.

Killians (Coors) origin leads me to expect a competent but probably mild stout. Well, surprise ... this stout is fairly robust and has some character. A wallop of dark chocolate and hint of coffee are in the mix with a moderate amount of dark roasted malts. The aroma is alos stronger than average for style.
Good balance and a fine lingering aftertaste.

Feel: Semi-dry; medium body and carbonation.

O: don't let the Coors affiliation steer you away from this fine Irish Stout.

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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 MVF5588
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I recently tried Killians Irish Red, Was not overly impressed, However I tried Killians Irish Stout the same afternoon, and I was seriously impressed. To me it had hints of a slightly smoky coffee taste, but that only added to the overal flavor. It was very distinct and flavorful, every sip from start to finish maintains a good body with no nasty aftertaste. It was good overall, I have no complaints.

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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 twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle pours a near-black color with a thin, creamy tan head. Retention and lace are just average.

Nose is roasty, sweet and a little nutty. Sweeter than a Guinness for sure with less roast. Smells like it will be a little fuller bodied.

Taste is actually quite nice, I am a little surprised and impressed. Rich, roasty and sweet...not really to style for an Irish Dry Stout, its a bit on the sweet side, but it is tasty. Im still pretty shocked this Killian (Coors) product is this good. I would take this over a Guinness for sure, maybe even a Murphey's or Beamish too.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 12/20/13. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a very dark opaque brown, almost black in color with a small beige head. Good lacing was seen with each sip. Perfect carbonation actually for this one. The aroma is of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and coffee. The taste was the same and actually pretty easy to drink as I wasn't sure on this one. Just a slight bitterness for the finish but didn't linger and wasn't over done. Overall, a pretty decent brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up in a mix a six enjoyed chilled from the bottle and allowed to reach cellar temp in a goblet.

The color is ebony and opaque clarity with a thick band of tan foam with fine bead and lace clings to the glass, retention is good. The smell has a strong sweetened coffee scent with caramel notes from the malt and roasted barley contributing an earthy aroma w/ low alcohol odor in general. There is a good amount of sweetness in the first taste with moderately high carbonation giving a lighter impression and mild roasted texure with low alcohol influence on the palate and a dry finish that makes it a pretty by the numbers Irish Stout.

As far as taste goes it is similar to the nose and feel with similar traits to the most popular imports - it has a good malt body but is like the feel in that it does not differentiate itself from the pack it has good flavor but is not bold by any sense. The mild roast and mostly dry body are there but it seems to flatten as it warms with only light bitter flavor lasting. Overall I consider this pretty decent for the style it represents and it is drinkable with good flavor and aroma. I would buy this if in the mood for a dry stout but there are others I would prefer.

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Photo of RonKoch
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Like many other posters below, I was very happily impressed and surprised with this MillerCoors product. My wife even said "It's not as bad as some", which is high praise from her. Tastes of deeply roasted grains and coffee are very warming and welcoming on this chilly October weekend.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color with very light amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and some garnet red + dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy light tan head that slowly reduces to a mottled large patch of very thin film with a couple of small to medium sized slightly thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light hints of chocolate and coffee.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of roasted malts with some light hints of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Light amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly less than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: Better than I was expecting, not sure when this got introduced but since it was the first time I encountered it I thought I would pick it up... Not overly complex but easier enough to drink and enjoy. If I'm at another BMC bar around St.Paddy's Day, I know have something that I can drink besides just Guinness (and Killian's Irish Red).

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Photo of JoLight
4.61/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Black, with brown around the edges; thousands of bubbles stuck to the side of the glass; a wet sand-colored head.

Aroma: blood (I shit you not), and a typical stout sweetness.

Taste: Metalic all the way through, but not off-putting, strangely enough. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate, and some cream.

Mouthfeel: medium.

Finish: semi-dry.

Overall: great beer. I would buy this again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle stamped: SEP0913-810321337. Sampled on July 31, 2013.

It has a decent looking dark brown pour with a big, foamy beige head that lingers for awhile.

The aroma has a notable dark malt ester along with coffee and even a little smoke. It has some fascinating character.

The body is medium but it also has a pleasant creaminess.

The taste is not quite as forward as the aroma might suggest but I still get plenty of dark malts and coffee as well as a mild hop bitterness on the backside. Don't let the Coors/Miller name influence you. Check this beer out on it face value.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - black with a soft cap of frothy, light brown head that fades to a thin lacing

S - initially burnt sugar and caramel followed by a grainy sweetness and some roasted malts

T - roasted malts, caramel, burnt sugar

M - medium bodied, a tad crisp for the style

This definitely exceeded my expectations. I wasn't expecting anything with a good deal of flavor. This definitely has it's merits. I would like a little less caramel presence and tad more roasted malts and perhaps coffee or charcoal notes. The burnt sugar presence was actually enjoyable for me. Overall, this isn't a bad beer. There are definitely "truer" Irish Dry Stouts available, but for an inexpensive beer with a decent flavor this will do.

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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 screamking
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours lack with a small lightly colored chocolate head. Lots of chocolate and coffee in the aroma, also has a slight fig smell, very impressed with the aroma. The taste falls off for me after a stellar look and smell. The chocolate and coffee are there it's just on the much lighter side. Which is to be expected, this being less than 5% ABV. I haven't enjoyed many Irish dry stouts but this seems to be a slightly above average version of them.

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Photo of phoenixrises64
4.75/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice chocolate aroma. Opened and let rest for a minute. Again the aroma was good. Used a chilled glass. Dark very Dark. good pour left 1 inch head Carmel color. In comparison to other stouts ever so slight dry taste which makes it better. I do prefer a Red so this was not what I expected. I now have two beers of choice Killian Red and Stout.

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Photo of StuartCarter
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot of people reviewing this beer, I think, have missed out on what makes a Dry Irish Stout different from a "sweet" stout. A Dry Stout is very simple: 2-row barley, roasted barley, gently hopped. The flavour should be just the roasty coffee, not lots of fruit and caramel notes.

This beer hits the style square on. It's simple, easy to drink, with the dry roasty note on the nose and in the mouth, and with a subtle sweetness underlying the coffee roasty taste.

This is a great example of the style and, IMHO, a far better version of the style than Guinness. I will certainly get this beer again.

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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 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 garymuchow
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sweet chocolate aroma. Very faint and light roast.
Very dark and seems clear with a garnet to burgundy color. Full dense dark head. Looks good. Leaves dark lacing stripes.
Pretty tasty. Low on the roast side and make a little more for the masses, but really it does cover the essence of style. Still bigger on the chocolate and lighter on the bitterness and roast. Kinda' sweet.
Reasonably smooth with some creaminess. On flatter side, but still more gas than I think it should be.
You know, this isn't bad. Perfectly drinkable .

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a ruby black color and off white permanent head and moderate lacing. Aroma is roasted barley/coffee, vanilla and toffee. Flavor is much of the same with a malty sweetness and a balancing bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium ad CO2 is just right. It is not exactly a dry stout but it is a good stout nonetheless.

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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 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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