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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1477   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   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.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JKJ (24) - Herlev, DENMARK - MAR 21, 2009
Tap. Red copper colour, with a creamy white head with a bitter taste medium body. Overall not a bad one.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
hobbersr (690) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Pours like a lighter Guinness with the bubbles going up and down separated in 3 distinct layers, an amber colour on the bottom, an off white transition section and the huge white head... Really nice!. Aroma is of grassy hops, some sourness, and caramel. Pretty light nose. Caramel, grass, apple, some roasty and nutty notes, and a metallic finish on the palate. Mouth feel is the definition on velvety. Meh, tried this because it’s St. Patty’s day and I wanted something Irish... Next time I’ll pass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Strangebrewer (1272) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
500ml can. Poured clear red amber with amazing cascade effect that settles into a dense creamy off-white head that lasts until pint is finished. Very faint sweet malt aroma. Light texture. Slightly dry, some caramel and faint roasted notes. Finishes with a dulled down IPA like bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ljunkan (530) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2009
Old rating: Ah, Kilkenny. I remember having this on tap for the first time at my 18th birthday. At that time it was like the best thing I’ve ever tasted. Thanks to the beer gods I found other, more interesting beers relative fast after that. What to say about the taste? Quite light caramely, fruity and malty. Smooth mouthfeel, but too watery. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (2159) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAR 10, 2009
Appearance: Chestnut brown. Nice head, but shortlived. Aroma: Quite malty. Some dark fruit. Taste: Particular taste. Lots of malt. Quite sweet. Hint of bitterness in aftertaste. Info: 330ml bottle, 10/3-2009, 217/500

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TerenceHua (87) - , SINGAPORE - FEB 22, 2009
Beautiful red copper colour with a thick foamy head. Brilliant aroma - roasted malts cleverly interwoven with nuts, wood and a wisp of hops. So very pleasant on the palate. Subtlely rich and delicate, this brew finishes great from start to end and, does not tax your throat. Low bitterness and creamy with a sweet aftertaste, the malt flavours still stand out - all in all giving it a balanced medium body of great character. Smooth. So apt for soothing the nerves. Only rider I have is that there seems to be a something a little metallic to it. Great for rainy or cold days. Opt for draught/tap.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - FEB 22, 2009
From 500ml can. Great pour. Looks great deep copper coulour and a thick tall white head. Light malty aroma. Very creamy and easy to drink. The flavor of roasted malts is very smooth and agreeable. nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papillon (400) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2009
440 mL Nitro Can. It poured "just like that Guinness commercial", the glass looking like it was getting filled with milk shake until the extra fine effervescence settled up into a creamy off-white head over a copper body. It left ample lace on the sides during the sipping. The aroma is of malt and caramel with a tang to it. A full malty taste with the crystal malt making itself known followed by a mild, slightly spicy aftertaste, yet smooth. The malt and hops balance well; neither one overpowering the other. The nitrogen carbonation does make a difference in the presentation and the mouth feel. Good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ako88 (1) - USA - FEB 19, 2009 does not count
Great beer! Had it in Dublin, looking for it in the USA. Is it "Smithwicks"? I read somewhere about a name licsensing issue.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
eManu (544) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2014 On tab, gives a red copper clear color with a small but very dense cream head. Flavors are weak, noting much but malted water. and some people spend money on this? Because they are tired of drinking Heineken!

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