Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Total Score: 6.15/10 Caramel1 Earth1 BrownSugar1 Nonicpint1

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – one would be correct in thinking that this is a classic Irish red Ale, from none other than the classic stout makers Guinness.

Poured from the regular 440ml “widget” can into my Guinness pint glass.

A: The body presents an inviting deep red hue whilst the head is firm packed with an off white colour (I settled on “beige”). The head started out at about 3cm and left rings in the glass on the way down. I will say one thing about nitro (widget) cans – they always look fantastic in the glass. 9/10.

S: Rich caramel malts… you can smell a sweetness to it – very inviting. The hops also add a distinct aroma. You know exactly what to expect from this Ale from its scent – strong malts, bitter back notes and a dry aftertaste. Let’s see then. 7/10.

T: Strong caramel malts: check. Slight bitter back notes from the hops: check. Dry aftertaste (most likely from the yeast used): check. But there is something else in there, a slight metallic tang (well we’ve all been there with a macro brew), but it’s not that… it’s like a mix of pecans and brown sugar, not full-on but it’s there hovering around in the background (wishing to be invited in for tea and crumpets). 6/10.

M: Small letdown here – this beer is just as watery in the mouthfeel as I found Murphy’s (and I’m sure it’s the same for Guinness too). Carbonation is fine (for the style). 4/10.

D: It’s a go to beer if you’re looking for something you can take on in a session. I’m not as much a fan of this style as I am of the Irish Dry Stouts but come Saint Patrick’s Day I’ll drink a couple pints of both. 6/10.

Food match: Oysters or light game hen with a green salad (rocket) and mashed potato.

Standard