Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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Reviews by 160Shillings:
4.78/5 rDev +25.8%
Served from a nitro tap into a pint glass.
Aroma: The aroma is espresso-like roasted barley with hints of cocoa. You’ll be surprised by how strong the aroma is from this relatively low alcohol session beer, truly amazing.
Appearance: Pours with a thick, creamy, light brown head that collapses only slightly and last until the bottom of the glass leaving rings of brown lace along the way. The color is an opaque black with dark brown highlights.
Flavor: The flavor is a mouth filling wave of roasted grain, dry with medium hop bitterness that does not interfere with the roasted barley flavor. Espresso and cocoa linger into a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy medium-light body with low carbonation.
Overall Impression: This beer is a show case of what can be done with unmalted barley. The roasted barley give a wonderful roasted espresso, cocoa flavor and the flaked barley in combination with the nitrogen draft gives a lush creamy character.
Comments: If Guinness is the benchmark, this stout exceeds the mark on all accounts but one; the lactic acid sourness. I know my Irish cousins will scream heresy, but in all honesty, this beer is better than Guinness and makes Murphy’s seem like a poor excuse for stout. The only thing I can think of that would make this beer better is a good soft lactobacillus culture.
03-10-2012 04:10:38 | More by 160Shillings
More User Reviews:
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
One of my favorite stouts,poured nicely with the widget can nice wavey appearance and great creamy head that stayes.Smell is very creamy of coffee and hint of chocilate.Taste is nice and coffee-like and the hops are more prevalent than some other Irish stouts(u know who Iam talking about).Will be drinking this today thrue tomorrow for St.Patty's day.
03-16-2003 11:07:58 | More by oberon
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Sweet...too sweet. Might as well drink Guinness unless otherwise forced to
Hmm... must drink Beamish, no Guinness around...
Well then, might as well review this beer. It tastes like sweet Guinness.
It looks the same.
It sounds the same.
Bartenders take a long time to pour it.
It smells like Guinness.
It's not Guinness.
10-14-2005 07:20:16 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Nearly black, allowing the slightest hint of light to create a reddish hue with the classic, frothy tan head.
This is a different take on this style, less roast and more English malts and yeast are at the table.
More hops than expected on the palate with toasty malt. Roast makes an appearance throughout the drink, finishes dry, as expected. Unique brew.
02-24-2010 01:35:04 | More by brownbeer
3.8/5 rDev 0%
The full pint is a completely opaque, jet black, with a totally slick, even inch and a half of head. The head is a light chocolate milk color. I have been staring at it for two minutes and the head has not budged. This beer is completely in stasis until disturbed.
I disturb to quaff what basically smells like a box of Whoppers, or malted milkballs. Beer forces its way through the great barrier head to hit my tounge with an ever so slight metallic introduction to pleasant and light chocolate malt. Bitterness really only comes in the aftertaste, and is barely there aswell.
This is a suprisingly light bodied beer depite the velvety mouthfeel. I feel it might almost be fair to call this "Guiness Light", though theres a little less going on in Beamish, that makes it more drinkable and it seems to fair better out of the pub than Guiness, which can be shockingly inconsistent when purchased in stores.
12-15-2005 03:38:52 | More by JudgeRoughneck
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
A: Poured extremely dark with amber tones when held to the light. Head of about 1/2 inch maintained for the duration with decent lacing.
S: Chocolate and coffee smells dominate with some hop aroma present.
T: Much like other dry stouts I've tried. Might be a little sweeter than Guinness et al.
M: Smooth with little carb feel due to nitro widget. Dry finish.
D: Very drinkable...Should have invested in the 4 pack instead of the single.
05-31-2008 23:26:09 | More by mlasher1
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
An excelent alternative to Guinness. Beamish poured simmilar to Guinness with its creamy black body and nice fluffy brown head. The smell was on par for the style with a nice hint of coffee on the nose. The taste was better than Guinness in my opinion as it had a nice coffee bite in the aftertaste and was a bit sweeter all around. A good Irish dry stout and definantly worth a try.
12-05-2004 04:38:51 | More by Dmann
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass at Paddy's Pub in Milwaukee, WI. The body was black with a thick off-white head. The aroma was faint, but smelled of sweet chocolate and cream. Light bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet malt, but also a roasted malt finish. Very good drinkability.
08-31-2009 15:14:07 | More by blackearth
4.18/5 rDev +10%
Tasted this with glasses of Guinnessand Murphy side by side. I always give the nitro widget high appearance points. The aroma was very roasted malt, a little coffeeish, you can almost smell the creaminess.Had the nitro creamy mouthfeel, roasted malt taste, different than Guinness, and the normal Irish stout dry aftertaste. I rated this in between the other two.
10-21-2003 02:11:38 | More by grynder33
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
Presentation: It was poured from a 440ml nitro "widget" can into a pint glass.
Appearance: Its body is black as night and opaque with a typical nitro head on top. The head is a creamy light tan color, very thick and very creamy. It has very good retention and makes cool lacing on the glass as I drink.
Smell: The aroma has heavy bready malt character with mild roasted notes and some mild mineral like hops.
Taste/Mouth The flavor is bready, creamy and sweet with dark roasted malts up front. This quickly dries out with more roasted coffee like bitterness and hop bitterness taking over. (There is much less nitro taste here than some other nitro stouts I have tried.) The finish is fairly clean with some mineral like hops bitterness quickly fading off the tongue.
The texture is thin yet somehow very smooth and creamy too, with a light to medium body.
Notes: Of the big three nitro stouts (Guinness, Murphy's and Beamish) Beamish is my favorite.
07-13-2009 14:25:00 | More by generallee
4.4/5 rDev +15.8%
On tap at Cornwalls in Boston, Ma.
Solid looking nitro head, black apperance. Slight malt and roasted grain in the nose. Nitro smoothness in a lightish body. Slight roasted twang, mild malt sweetness and a muted hop charater. Finishes with a feigned sweetness.
Better than the other dry Irish born Stouts IMO ...
05-21-2009 20:28:01 | More by Jason
2.38/5 rDev -37.4%
One pint nitro can, with widget, practically explodes with foam upon opening, frothing down the sides of the can and all over my table. After a couple of minutes, there is a dark brown, opaque body with a creamy tan head that settles at one inch in height and lasts all the way to the finish. Sticky patch lace is all over the imperial pint glass.
Aroma is weak, with mild roasted malts and hints of cocoa and coffee.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but very light bodied with low carbonation. Lacks the full and rich body that I recall this had on draft in County Cork, a few years ago.
Taste disappoints. Not much in the flavor department, with mild roasted dark malts and minimal bitterness. Slightly bitter on the finish, but flavor is otherwise lacking.
I've found the widget infused cans and bottles from Ireland and England to be hit or miss. This one is a big miss, bearing little similarity to the taste, body, and aroma of a freshly drawn pint in the country of origin. Looks very pretty in the pint glass, but that's the only redeeming feature.
12-16-2004 23:56:49 | More by merlin48
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
Beer brought to table in a standard pint glass.
Head on top of glass was minimal, beer was still settling. After beer settled, it was a nice dark color, quite opaque.
Smell was light but clean. Taste was very chocolaty with faint hints of coffee and malts. this beer is very smooth, I like it out of the draught can, but it taste like heaven on tap. Great finish, and a very clean aftertaste.
08-22-2008 06:56:34 | More by mattster
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
On-tap at M'Coul's in Greensboro.
Much like the nitro-can, lots of thick-n-creamy head atop the darkness below. Lots of lacing. Subdued notes of toffee, coffee, and roasted grain. Not as sweet as I recall. Dry. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel and good drinkability.
10-01-2004 23:42:16 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.33/5 rDev -12.4%
Good Irish (Dry?) stout. Have to say it looks better than Guinness out of the tap, at least here in the States. Dark with slight head. Bitter like dark chocolate, but not heavy or thick. Bubbly, light but substantial mouthfeel. Like the bitterness and the chocolate more than Guinness.
12-05-2008 17:04:45 | More by magictrokini
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
In the can, this is a better pick than Guinness. Full roast malt flavor, excellent texture, and perfect balance. Sweet and rounded, none of the mass-produced chemical flavor that one can sometimes find in Guinness. Haven't yet encountered on tap so can't compare in that respect. However, in the can, this is a tasty and satisfying Irish stout, and since Guinness cans leave me with a bit to be desired, this is the superior choice.
03-15-2002 12:09:09 | More by Thrasher
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
Black as night, with a head the color of chocolate milk. The head is deep and thick and perfectly symmetrical, and rises to the top as the beer cascades slowly to the bottom of the glass. It's a full pint, so it fits the glass perfectly. The smell is light, of hops only, but the flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee, with an aftertaste of bitter chocolate, coffee, hop, and smokey peat. The mouthfeel is silky, and the head leaves rings around the inside of the glass, nearly coating it as it descends. It's a shame I only have one.
05-21-2003 19:59:24 | More by far333
Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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