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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (14007) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2004
"Draught" can. Copper colour. Beautiful, creamy, white head. Slightly bitter, not much taste to it. Mouthfeel is creamy, but too flat for my liking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 9, 2005 Ok, Maby this will clear a few things up. The Irish Ale ltd. conglomorate, {recently bought up by Guinness} Brews several ales with rapidly changing names. Originaly ’Kilkeny Irish Ale’ {actualy pronounced Kill-kiney} was the export name for Smithwick’s breweries {pronounced smiz-icks} standard ale, a standerd coper mildly bitter pale ale, Kilkenny being the name of the town in Ireland where the Smithwick’s brewery is located. Along with many other types of ale, they made a lovely cream ale sold excuslevly throughout Ireland as Kilkeny Cream. Sales of Kilkenny Irish Ale {in 330ml botsles} steadly declined in north americal throughout the 80’s, but in the early 90’s there was a sudden rise of ale drinking in Canada and the norther states along with a facination with irish style pubs. Kilkenny cream and Guinness in the new draughtflow cans found their way onto the shelvs of north american liquor stores, and posibly because of south park’s "Oh My God THEY KILLED KENNY" killkeny flew off the shelves. Then Killkenny Irish ale was re-released under the name {and here’s where it all ends up} SMITHWICK’S. Some places of the world still know Smithwicks as kilkenny, vice verca, aswell as bottling both beers under many other names. And I’ve heard that a new bottled Kilkenny cream has apered in the states, although i’ve never tasted it so I duno. SOOOOOO I hope that clears up any confusion on this one. On to the taste. Pours a nitro rise white, rises into a brownish coper clear flat ale, white foamy head. Mouthfeel is milky. Taste is mild, watery, light malt, minimal hops, ulta light sweetness. Light bready touch and hint of yeast in the finish. Sweet aftertaste. Nice, not great, but a great starting place into the world of great beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
pintbypint (2814) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2004
440ml "draught" can. Of course it looks beautiful, amber/brown with a white whipped cream nitro head. The aroma is even nice, sweet and malty, but the body is really too thin, very watery.Tthere is a trace of malt sweetness and roasted barley.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radiomgb (2463) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 22, 2004
Amber in colour with a creamy white head. Aroma was slightly malty with a caramel sweetness. Very light flavour with some caramel malt, small roast. Light watery body. Finishes thin with a mild bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2004
Can (widget): To begin, if I wanted to drink tap water that someone had washed malt with I would do so. This is what all beers with the widget taste like to me, and I wish breweries would stop producing this type of pruduct (it would be like buying a bottle of wine with a special aroma and flavour removing gadget - wow lets buy one!!... Fuck off). Anyway, Cascading creamy head over an amber beer. Plummy aroma with malt though weak (see above). Some fruity yeast notes and woody, spicey hops. Hops and malts in the flavour (again muted... grrrrr) with some astringent grainyness. Some caramel and raostyness. No discernable hop bitterness. Probably a much better beer without a widget (or nitro).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - OCT 21, 2004
On tap at Murphy’s Law Pub in Mannheim, Germany. A very mild draft. nice head that remains. Gorgeous lacing. Red in color. Mild carbonation. Extremely smooth palate. Unusual aftertaste that reminds me of ice tea.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Hendo (110) - Sint Anthonis, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2004
crap crap crap crap crap crap. Predictable nitro-keg crap crap crap crap crap crap crap.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
toner916 (1) - Maryland, USA - OCT 12, 2004 does not count
I had this beer over in Ireland and loved it! I am not sure how it tastes in can, but out of the tap in its home country, its spectacular. If you think Guinness tastes good in the states, you have no idea what you are in for overseas. Guinness and Kilkenny are so good there, you mouth will water for it when you come back the US!!

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
SilkTork (5361) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2010 Oct, 2004 Widget Can bought in Carrefour. The taste, aroma and texture is simply dominated by nitrogen. The base beer is tricky to get at. But there’s cardboard notes and suggestions of roasted barley - some licorice hiding at the back there. This is simply crap. Whatever Kilkenny might have been like in its day this foul liquid does not do it justice. [1.7]
Dec, 2010 Keg, Bugsy’s Bar, Paris. Why do people drink this stuff? [1.5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fulkrum78 (175) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 26, 2004
A good cream ale. Good color and wonderful thick head. Easy drinking pub ale.

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