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George Killian's Irish Stout | Coors Brewing Company

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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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Ratings:
329
Avg:
3.45
pDev:
38.84%
 
 
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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 zeff80
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of flaked oats and chocolate.

T - Sweet chocolate and flaked oats with a touch of caramel. Just enough bitterness to balance it out.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied stout.

O - This is a nice Irish Stout. I was pleasantly surprised by the quality.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 GarthDanielson
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a dark, almost black with ruby highlighting. Slight, light, frothy, off-white head that settles into a ring on the surface. Aromas of smoke and roast, with a coffee backbone and earthy overtones. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a touch of peat to it, overriding a bitter, dry coffee backbone. Good, oaky charring at the end of the palate and into the aftertaste. Bitter and roasty throughout. Light and dry in mouth, with a dry, clean finish.

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Photo of WesWes
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a thin, earthy, black malt scent that's bone dry and bitter and so good. The taste is decent as well. Again, it has a bone dry, black malt flavor. It's pretty one sided and lacks any real complexity, but it drinks fantastic. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a very accessible Irish stout that great for those who want something a little lighter than Guiness.

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Photo of plaid75
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a dark brown hue with amber edges capped by a two finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured light roasted malts, a light caramel and some charcoal.

The taste consisted of a moderate roasted malt, dry coffee and clean charcoal. Decent residual roastiness.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of he style with a dry finish.

Overall better than I expected. A nice low cost alternative.

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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 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 Bitterbill
3.91/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before July 15, 2013 stamped on the bottle, my pour left me very nearly the perfect pour for a Stout. Black, with a +1 finger head of billowy foam. Very nice.

The smell department is a bit lacking. I made nasal noises trying to pull aromas out but all I can get is a hint of some roasted malt.

The taste, is another thing. Pretty bold flavours here of roasted malt, dark chocolate bitterness, a hint or 2 of coffee. A few more sips in and there's kind of a milk stout sweetness that peeks in now and then. This is quite good.

To me, this is close to full bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice surprise here. Not as dry as most of the Irish Dry Stouts I've tried but it's in the ballpark and when I come right down to it, it pleases my palate and is easy drinking. Well done.

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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 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 barnzy78
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours black with ruby hues when held to a light, foamy tan head sticks around for a while. Aromas are similar to tastes: roasted barley, chocolate, creamed coffee, finishes slightly dry. Medium bodied and smooth. Overall, nothing wrong with this Irish stout, but nothing special about it either.

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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 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 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 RonaldTheriot
4.53/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

George Killian’s Irish Stout has a thick, beige head, a dark brown appearance (almost black), and some nice, heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of rich, dark-roasted malt and brown bread crust. Taste is of sweet, rich, brown bread and crust, some coffee, a shade of dark cherry, and pleasant, bitter hops. There might even be some cream or milkiness in the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and edging on heavy, and the finish is dry, mellow, and delicious. Overall, this is another winner from Molson-Coors. You should try this one, for sure!

RJT

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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 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 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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George Killian's Irish Stout from Coors Brewing Company
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