Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout

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very good

748 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 748
Reviews: 548
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 67
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Reviews by RunawayJim:
Photo of RunawayJim
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this at a new bar in providence last night. It poured an opaque black with a nice cascade effect and took quite some time to settle, but left a huge, nearly 2 finger thick tan head. Looked quite good, couldn't wait to get into it but had to get past the head, which remained throughout the entire pint and left a thick lacing on the glass.

Being allergy season, my allergies have been in full swing, so my smell wasn't the best. I could detect some nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate aromas coming from it.

The taste was exactly what I had hoped for. Very tasty roasted malt flavors, with a bitter coffee and dark chocolate after taste that lingered in my mouth for a while.

The beer was fairly thick and creamy with mild carbonation. This is a very drinkable brew.

As a former Guinness lover who has found Guinness to be different than what it used to be, seeing this on tap was quite the find. I found it to be much like what I remembered Guinness to be. If you like Guinness, you'll love Beamish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Screw this.

Drink Guinness.

Photo of brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mlasher1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Dmann
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of blackearth
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Todd
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly sweeter than the rest (Guinness, Murphy's) and a bit under-rated. To me the differences are so sublte that they all might as well be the same beer, but Beamish tends to be a bit more superior in my book.

Photo of grynder33
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of generallee
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 ...

Photo of merlin48
2.44/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of mattster
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Well done.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Thrasher
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of far333
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark, yet thin appearance, dark brown, cream off beige head, ample. Great cascade effect going on, almost a 5 except for the watery appearance. A bit of a smoky feel to the aroma.

Taste, amazingly thin, and keeps getting thinner. Very creamy for the lack of thickness, a smooth, smoky, thin stout without any degree of bitterness of hops. But throughout, its just tough to get over the thin body for this beer. Makes it more drinkable, but the difficulty in finding this stuff, as well as the price, makes it a little cost prohibitive for something this thin.

Photo of ADR
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thirty seconds of cascading head, settles in at 1/2 inch of jello-like head, with thick-walled bubbles in the middle...A little maple sugar in the malty aroma. Quite mild in mouthfeel solid roasted malt flavors with coffee impression. Stays pretty well away from bitterness. As usual, minimal detection of hops. Pretty satisfying, maybe a tad fuller if not better tasting than Guinness "nitro" Stout. A little less head sticks to the glass than in some nitros.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown practically black with a nice foaming tan head with each sip leaves thick bands of lacing very nice. Aroma: Toasted malts as a sweeter bready characteristic than the other dry Irish some chocolate edge to it as well with a mild coffee tone. Taste: Much smoother less acidity in the dry bitter finish of a Guiness much more welcoming and a truer stout in my opinion. Creamy chocolate tones work their way in with the dark roasted malts resembling coffee roasts very nice brew overall a winner. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with the nitro tap a nice creamy texture to it makes each sip feel like a dessert. Drinkability: Excellent would probably stand as my choice over Guiness any day.

Photo of glid02
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a nitro-tap from Stout Irish Pub in Atlanta.

The beer looks great. There's a great cascade look while the bubbles settle, and once they do the head is a solid milky white about 2 fingers deep. The beer itself is dark brown/amber. The head goes down as the beer does, but it maintains a decent depth throughout.

The smell is alright - very malty. Very typical of Irish Stouts.

The taste is malty with a decent amount of bitterness at the end. Again, very typical.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and it goes down smooth.

Overall this beer is pretty drinkable, and the creaminess is a big reason why.

This beer looks great, but the taste isn't exceptional. A good change of pace in Irish Stout, but nothing extraordinary.

Photo of rastaman
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rubbery anise, chocolate and coffee nose. Sweetish start with a thin, creamy mouthfeel, better than Guinness. More roasty malt flavours, but still pretty cloying at times, like it, but its not insane.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Guinness pint glass)

A-This beer had the Nitrous swirl that settled into a thick black body on the bottom and a creamy dense light tan head of microscopic bubbles. The head was still sitting in the class after the beer was gone.

S- The beer was served pretty cold but the notes of dark roasted malt came through on the pour. As the beer warmed there was some earthy notes to the black grain and a hint of lighter almost graham cracker malt in the smell.

T- The dark black malt was very smooth with a faint sour note and a hint of earthy coco powder. As it warmed there was a lighter malt flavor with a faint fruity note to it in the background. The finish had a green hop flavor that was soft and quickly overpowered by the dark malt that hangs on the taste buds.

M- This beer has a thick full mouthfeel that was creamy and a bit chewy. No sign of fizz or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is smooth dry and has a nice dark malt flavor. I think it would have more depth and flavor if it wasn't in the nitro can. That kind of washed out the flavor but really pumped up the mouthfeel.

Photo of LXIXME
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big light tan head falls through itself into a clear black colored stout.

Rich roasted to smokey roasted malt aroma.

The taste is the same think smokey roasted coffee and chocolate mixed malts. A very full bodied beer with a nice head that settles into a very nice lacing.

A pleasant dry roasted coffeeish aftertaste.

Now this is beer, damn good stuff, I got to try this with a scoop of Ice Cream, probably end up being my favorite dessert.

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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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