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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1180   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.93   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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
radiomgb (2220) - 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 (5166) - Rochester, Kent, 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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Marko (3894) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 23, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2005 Killkenny Draught
440 ml nitrocan. Pours an enormous creamy head, then that subsides to around 0.7cm. Deep orange/near brown colour. No noticable aroma, maybe a bit malt. Taste is predominantly water, maybe a bit malt maybe, roasty and nothing else. Worthless. 2/4/4/1/8

Bottled version
Oh dear, I gave the previous rating (7/4/5/3/13) thinking that what I drank was a bad bottle, but now I tried it again, but everything I didn’t like about it was still there, the ugly aftertaste, the lack of taste, everything. I just hope that this is better in Ireland, and that they export only bad batches. Because what I’m drinking right now is just bad.
Original rating:
Quite a fine ale, looks quite good, with a nice, creamy head. Tastes just fine, maybe some caramel can be felt, but the aftertaste is offputting, like something got burned, and it stays for a while. 5/4/4/2/11

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 9, 2004
On tap not from the nitro -- not a bad ale... sweetly, creamy, a tad of caramel texture. Not sure if I’d have this over smithwicks though.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
imdownthepub (9999) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2004
Keg, Smoothflow. Deep amber, highly aerated, thick ice-cream head. Tinny nitro aroma with a particularly thin tasteless body. Poor junk I’m sorry to say, awful.

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