Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Over the weekend, I hit up an Irish pub with my sister in Bordentown. They actually have a decent beer selection and the food is really, really good. After I took a look at the menu, I saw this offering and honestly, I had never heard of it before. So, I figured, why not give it a try?

ABV: 4.30%

Style: Irish Red Ale

Trivia: According to, “Kilkenny is a nitrogenated Irish cream ale from the makers of Guinness, which originated in Kilkenny, Ireland. The brand is managed and produced by Diageo. It is available in draught and cans. It is brewed in Ireland and its heritage dates back to the 14th century. Kilkenny is similar to Smithwick’s Draught; however, has less hop finish and it has a nitrogenated cream head similar to Guinness. The ‘Kilkenny’ name was originally used during the 1980s and 1990s to market a stronger version of Smithwick’s for the European and Canadian market due to difficulty in pronunciation of the word ‘Smithwick’s’. It now refers to a similar yet distinct beer.”

Random: For some reason, I wasn’t surprised that this was brewed by Guinness. It’s probably because of the head.

The brew poured with a thick, one finger, white head on a clear, dark brown body. The head reminded me a lot of Guinness. But, unlike Guinness, there wasn’t much to the nose, perhaps a little bit of malt? On the first sip, the head (which I also managed to get on my nose, smooth, I know) tasted exactly like Guinness. The taste itself was light, yet creamy, with little carbonation on a thin body. There was a hint of bitterness that lasted until the finish. But, honestly, very little flavor on this brew for me. It was mediocre at best. I wouldn’t have this again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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