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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1358   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Brewmaster88 (53) - Petrolia, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2004
Had this one on tap once at a local bar by accident after my buddy ordered the wrong brew. Great dark red colour with creamy white head that last the whole mug. Tastes a bit like coffee. This isn’t my kind of beer but it was decent I’d say

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Chokehold (20) - cape town, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 30, 2004
I enjoy this beer on a regular basis, very creamy, aromatic and lusty. Golden in color, nice head. If you have not tried it, do so! :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorqui (2154) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
Intense and solid. Optimal aroma and palate. Adherent foam and of good persistence. It is made to feel in the nose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
ALLOVATE (2727) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Tasted on Draught, as the can also disappoints. Slight malt aroma, brilliant to look at, with a rich creamy off-white head and a clear, deep copper body. Taste was tainted, almost like dish-rinsing water. I could not get past this dank flavour, awash in its watery thin body, as much as I tried and it over-ran the light toasted malt and burnt sugar flavours. From the original Smithwick’s, to this nasty export version, another mass corporate stuff up!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 6, 2004
Widget Can. Orange colored with big thick and beige lasting head. Mild aroma, some sweetness and soft cream comes up. Somehow watery palate with thin to medium body. Roasted flavor with mildly biting hops, very soft mouthfeel. Not very characteristic taste, soft mouthfeel is excellent.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
MiP (14563) - 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 (3075) - 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 (2560) - 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).

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