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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1201   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanDave (3) - CANADA - JAN 14, 2005 does not count
Great red colour and the head lasts ages. Could ahve a deeper body. My favourite pub ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AAO (102) - Næstved, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2005
Tastet in Anaconda-hostel,In the city of Kilkenny. Copper color very very nice creamy head.. umm! Malthy aroma. Fresh gentle malthy tast very nice!... But the taste of Kilkenny is not alwayys that good!! Tap´s best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 28, 2004
very think creamy head. aroma of alcohol and a hint of sweetness. somewhat of a copper taste but it is not bad, fairly enjoyable. very easy drinking. nice mouth feel with a slight bite.

   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 (2105) - 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 (2404) - 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 (13598) - 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.

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