mcdav2154 (448) - GERMANY - AUG 9, 2009
Clear red body with a creamy white head. No lacing. Smell isn’t very exciting. Kind of a sweet burnt taste with a watered down cream mouthfeel. Not too exciting but very drinkable. bulldogops (2907) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
Tall Can. I think this can destroyed this beer. Very foamy red pour (gentle) with a frothy tan foam that never ended. Aroma is pretty grainy. Taste was very very dry, barley taste. Will have to find on tap and re-rate. JanEric (1246) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JUL 28, 2009
Tap in Paris. Amber coloured. Thick creamcoloured head. Bitter taste, fullbodied. Not an easy beer to drink, but not unsympathic. 13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2009
This wasn’t a BAD beer, just a very uneventful one. I loved the creamy Guinness-like head to it, but to me it just tasted like a much less flavorful version of Guinness Drought. MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - JUL 24, 2009
Nitro-can (440ml). Poured copper coloured with a thick creamy, off-white head which lasted superbly. A light aroma with notes of sweet bread, caramel malts, biscuits and red berries. Flavor was a very light earthy bitterness with caramel malts, gooseberries and some nuts. Light bodied with virtually no carbonation, a watery texture, creamy mouthfeel and a short lived, clean finish.
bes (1) - IRELAND - JUL 21, 2009 does not count
A very poor beer, not in the sense that the brewing process is flawed, but in the sense that it is a bland mass produced beer. Virtually no malt or hop character, the colour is achieved by using a tiny amount of roasted barley, there is no flavour to back it up. I’m not sure what the reason is for it’s unavailbility in the US, but I doubt it has anything to do with Diageo not wanting it to compete with rival red ale Smithwicks. Kilkenny is simply Smithwicks served on nitro gas, both beers are brewed in the same facility by Diageo. Berley31 (230) - New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 20, 2009
On tap. Poured with a large, creamy, off-white head that diminished slightly but overall hung around for the whole time. Lacing was quite good. Body was slightly hazy with a deep, amber-red color... beautiful. Not much to the aroma... slight malt. Quite full and creamy on the palate, with barely any carbonation at all. Very nice flavor of sweetness and malt, with an good duration. A great Irish ale... just a little too creamy for me to be drinking all night. tyanow (10) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
You need to drink this from a good nitro-tap or from a pub-draught nitro can. This beer is not to be carbonated are drank from a bottle.
This is not a beer snob beer. This is an everyman’s beer that beer snobs will appreciate.
Smooth, lightly complex, slightly bitter with complimenting sweetness. Yum!
As far as session beers go (this is a 4+% beer) this is one of the most drinkable, mouth pleasing, deliciously mellow, visually stunning brews I have ever had the pleasure to drink every day for 10 years.
Not available in the USA due to Diageo not wanting it to compete with rival Irish red ale Smithwicks, you’ll need to find this a any decent Irish pub elsewhere worldwide.
zakkbironia (112) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 18, 2009
Tasted in an irish pub in athens. NIce creamy white foam and red color. The taste however dissapointed me. I think this one is so easygoing that you can’t feel its taste. A nice one though. I just expected more that’s all. Cavie (4808) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Clear reddish pour with a head that just won’t quit. Red ale aroma. Creamy mouthfeel by far. Decent taste. Some bittering on the finish. Not bad.