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Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Irish Ale
Dublin, Ireland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 1427   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Irish Cream Ale. Also sold as Kilkenny Draught with nitrogen.
"First Brewed 1710 St Francis Abbey. Brewed By Guinness In Kilkenny & Dublin."
Ingredients: Water, Malted Barley, Roasted Malted Barley, Hops, Yeast.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2007
(33 cl bottle "Kilkenny Irish Beer" and 44 cl can "Kilkenny Draught Irish Beer" with "widget", both from Systembolaget)
Tried both beers at the same time, compared them against each other.
Both beers were poured in both a sniffer and a pint glass.
No distinct differences in scent or taste were apparant between the sniffer and the pint glass when comparing the "same" beer but different glassware.

Bottled version:
Clear brown color, cream colored head. Head was big and lasting in the pint glass, fast dissapearing in the sniffer, bigger head size than the canned version. Sweet a bit metallic scent, smells more than the canned one. Medium somewhat spritzy mouthfeel. Sweet malty taste, taste more than the canned one. Grainy aftertaste.
Rating: 5/3/6/3/11 = 2.8

Canned version:
Clear brown color, small bu thick cream colored head. Smoother head in the sniffer glass. Subtle sweet scent. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Subtle sweet taste with a malty aftertaste, also a bit fruity.
Rating: 5/4/4/3/10 = 2.6

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RobBestwick (832) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 26, 2007
From a can. Malty and nutty aroma, pours with a dark bronze/brown hue that takes a while to settle. Creamy head. No carbonation. Bitter roasted coffee and nutty flavour. Bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkMagus (503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Tap. Dark reddish-amber color. Thick, creamy off-white head. Sweet, malty, yeasty aroma. Rich malty, sweet caramel/brown sugar, hoppy flavors. Crisp, smooth, creamy palate. Dry finish. Nice stuff, an easily sessionable beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
KM (416) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2007
Tap. Nice white creamy head. Light brown body (champagnebrus), not too nice. Fresh and distinct aroma. The head tastes actually strawberry ice cream. Other than that the beer tastes ok and fresh. Tad of bitterness in the finish. Tastes better in Ireland than in Norway. (Forum Bar Dublin, 17.03.07)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinkhole (263) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2007
Draught. Poured copper/red with a creamy long lasting head. Malt aromas with a hint of grain. Good malt flavours come through which give way to a nice bitter hop finish.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
onystrom (1333) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2007
Can. Beautiful amber color with great head. Very bitter beer style, which owerpowers finere flavors.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mnurda (1242) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 4, 2007
Huge head on this beer. Caused by Nitrogen explained my friend Piscator. Had this immediately following the Little Scrapper IPA, so was a bit underwhelmed by it. Still, it was better than i expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 3, 2007
There was a period in my life when I used to drink this on tap quite a bit. Nutty with a bit of hops but now I don’t drink nitrogen beers. Page 257 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 353 out of 500 Classic Brews to go.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Embrouille (2835) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 Draught from a local pub. Amber colour. Fairly sweet, malty, with notes of pears, smooth & creamy. Good balance.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2007
On draught. Irish Ale and nitrogen bring out the worst in eachother. Faintly malty, with no complexity. If in the market for a commercial Irish Ale, go with Smithwicks.


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