Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – St. James’ Gate Brewery (Dublin, Ireland)

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – St James’ Gate Brewery (Diageo), 4.3% ABV, 500ml., (Dublin, Ireland)


  • Style: (widgeted + nitrogen) Irish Ale
  • Taste: Dull flat sweet lightly toasted barley malt slight metallic
  • Where I got it : traded with a friend
  • How much: $3.30 CAD – 500ml., Winter 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Widget with CO2 + nitrogen. Initial pour has the cascading draught head, subsequent pour leaves a small 1mm head, half moon layer of retention, slow and steady loose clusters of streams.

Nose: very faint light toasted sweet barley malt. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: flat, gentle (lvl-3-sweetness)

Mid-palate: dull carbonation, lightly toasted barley malt

Finish: barley malt grainy, light metallic

Summary: It drinks pretty dull and flat like the other nitrogenated beers I’ve had. The flavour is very one-note and basic. Uninteresting, but somehow I got a buzz from 4.3%.

Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream (Dublin, Ireland)

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  • My Rating: D+

Baileys Mint Chocolate Irish Cream, 17% ABV – 750ml., (Dublin, Ireland)

on the back label:

“Baileys with a hint of mint chocolate is crafted with care from fresh Irish cream, the finest spirits and Irish whiskey”

Ingredients: cream, sugar, alcohol, maltodextrin, modified milk ingredients, natural and artificial flavours, Irish whiskey, colour, glycerol monostearate, sodium citrate.

  • Style: (mint chocolate) Flavoured Irish Cream
  • Taste: creamy sweet milked Irish whiskey with mild chocolate subtle mint
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (no longer available, 3/2014)
  • How much: $29 – 750ml., sometime in 2010 (?)
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to mixologists: nah, it’s nothing special

Visual: (Note, this is already way, way beyond it’s best before date of 11/2011, but what the hell, in the name of Science! Actually in the name of never buying another cream liqueur ever again.Pours milky light brown, thicker than milk viscosity.

Nose: a pleasant sweet milky cream with a faint dose of whiskey (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: thick and creamy viscosity

Mid-palate: quickly detected med-high alcoholic heat -> (lvl-8)-sweetness + alcohol bitterness, (MAIN) Irish whiskey, creamy milk, but slightly chunky, chocolate

Finish: mild minty finish with alcoholic detection and aggressive warmth.

Summary: As a sipper, I find the Irish whiskey part to be overbearing with its excessive heat, especially up front-to-mid. The ‘mint chocolate’ aspect is doesn’t quite shine through, but it is a decent twist if you are already sick of regular Baileys. I can’t say I would buy this again as it took me 3 years to finally finish this. Please note that YOU SHOULD THROW OUT OLD CREAM LIQUEURS as they have cream in them, and they SHOULD BE REFRIGERATED AFTER OPENING. (I sure hope I don’t get sick..)

In a cocktail: 50/50 coffee + baileys + whipped cream. The heat of the Irish whiskey again is prominent and doesn’t quite equal a smooth drink.

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