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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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547 Reviews
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Reviews: 547
Hads: 759
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 81
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Photo of Kwak
1.9/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't care much for the nitro can, but the only way I can find this beer. I popped the top and could tell right away It was well carbonated. It poured beautifully into the glass with a dark almost black head very impressive looking, it had a nice thick tan head
colored head, thick enough to eat. Butt that was it not much flavor to it almost like Guinness. It had a watery almost empty taste with no lingering aftertaste.

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Photo of chunkylover53
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

I think someone woke up one morning and said "I'm gonna make a beer that tastes like kissing Patty and Selma."

The description of this on the menu sounded quite inviting, but man, was I disappointed.

This beer looks great - black with black highlights and a little more black thrown in for good measure. With maybe a slight redness to it.

But it smelled like tobacco. And it tasted like it, too. Being a non-smoker, this is not a good thing. In fact, it was downright gross.

I don't mean it was smoky. I like a good smoke beer. I mean it tasted like old cigarettes. You know the taste donuts get when they've been sitting in a smoke-filled donut shop for hours? It was like that. And it smelled like a grungy old bar when you open it up after the weekend.

I choked down about a third of this before I finally gave up and handed it to my bass player. He seemed to enjoy it. But he'll drink anything that's free and wet.

Bass players. Go figure.

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Photo of maxpower
2.09/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black in color with a huge creamy tan head, weak roasty aroma, bland and weak flavor, it is thin and watery, yet has a creamy mouthfeel from the nitro, overall very bland and flavorless, not much going on here, pretty much just like the bland Guinness.

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Photo of numinorian
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark color, with a weak brownish glimmer when held up to light. Not a very impressive head, with a fluffy white consistancy.
Fairly thin, with a sweet scent, like fresh crushed grain
I was expecting something fuller from such a well rated beer. When it first hit my mouth it was weaker than a regular stout, like murphys. Some sharp tastes, but it didn't taste like the hops i was expecting. It really had the "tin foil" sharpness that you get out of some of the macros.
Thin and dissapointing. It fell over my tongue like a soapy mess. Not at all what i was expecting
Where I think I have been harsh on this beer, it was smooth. It wasn't a harsh beer by any means, nor was it bitter. In fact it was fairly sweet.

Given the reviews that I have read of it, and the comments by Beamish fans, I was expecting a much better brew. Maybe this is a case of too-high expectations, but that would be giving the beer the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of cjhofelt
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this on tap in an imperial pint glass, and it was beautiful. A thick creamy brown head the color of the froth on a well made espresso. About an inch worth of microscopic bubbles that stick around for the whole time, and dense enough to float a nickle on (OK, maybe that's an exageration). Good lace. It was a dim bar, so the color of the beer was black and opaque. I can't say too much about the whole appearence of the drink. It really was spectacular.

The smell was not too bad, but nothing to write home about. It smelled like stout. A bit malty and roasted.

I have to say, I was not very pleased with the flavor. Lot's going on with in the taste department, but nothing I could find appealing. coco and bitterness but without a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel was even less pleasent. Hard to describe, the only word that comes to mind is "fuzzy"

Drinkability? Well, the imperial pint would have been a bargain if I had liked it more. I probably will order it again to give it another chance, but not for a while, and in a regular pint.

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Photo of stumac
2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

this brew pours up a jet black color with a super creamy tan head. definitely great lacing. there is just barely any aroma here! just a tiny tiny amount of malts. blah. the taste is very creamy, thin malts, bitter metallic finish, light bodied, smooth carbo. Blah. Exactly like Guinness Draught but not nearly as good. Blah...

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Photo of TerryW
2.39/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep, dark brown with lots of the nitro thing going on. Always fun to watch. Thick, creamy tan head that leaves behind an equally thick film on the sides of the glass as you drink.

I didn't find the aroma particulary pleasing – too much like a wet dog or the ditch he rolled around in. Has a sour and pungent edge.

Tastes of thin coffee, some roasted malt. Slightly bitter and lingers bitter.

Schizophrenic mouthfeel. You drink your way past a thick, creamy dense head that reminds you of a milkshake to get to a thin, bodiless and water-like beer.

Rather disappointing without any serious dimension to it. I've had far better beers than this one. Simply didn't work for me. Pass on it.

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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.

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Photo of clvand0
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this one out of the 16oz nitro can. Pours a dark color with a thick white head that hangs around a while. Promising looks. The aroma was plain - just a little coffee smell, but nothing else. The flavor was filled with coffee, but that was all. No chocolates, no malts. I didn't care much for it compared with its competetors.

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Photo of Overlord
2.52/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an opaque black with an inch and a half light tan head. Cascading bubbles, maybe a hint of an amber/dark brown hue. Appearance is by far the best thing about it.

The lack of any noticeable smell was the first warning sign. Maybe just a hint of roast ... taste was ... forgettable. More roasted aftertastes/notes, but almost more like tobacco than anyhting pleasant. Maybe some coffee ... but not much. Mouthfeel was thin. It certainly was well and nicely carbonated, though.

Almost taste/feels like a normal stout was watered down. No real flavor to speak of.

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Photo of kkipple
2.62/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had heard the rumors that this product was going to become unavailable in the US and, having never tried it, I figured last night at an "American" Irish Pub was as good a chance as any.

The beer looked great, a deep black brew with a very thick, creamy head. Smell was mild roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste is... well, minimal. It's very similar to the much-maligned Guinness nitro, but a more mild tasting beer. It's creamy and smooth going down (so I suppose a great session beer if you like the taste) but there's just not much flavor. Dry roasted malt, a light bitterness, a few hints of coffee here and there. I would call it watery if not for the nitro creaminess. Unimpressive, especially for the price premium.

Well, I'm sorry to say it, but if Beamish does disappear from distribution here, I won't miss it. You can do far better for the price.

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Photo of granger10
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ok, I just reviewed Guinness from the tap and considering I had Beamish many times on tap as well, I thought it be important to compare the two. Beamish on-tap is nowhere near Guinness. It lacks much flavor other than a slight bitter chocolate flavor and a strong astringency in the finish. Grainy bitterness is strong as well. This one is better from the nitro can imo. When given the choice, always choose Guinness.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black with a thin tan head and lots of carbonation.

The smell was sweet, like champagne sweet, very malty sweet.

The taste was...malty and sweet. I couldn't get past the sweetness of it. Some coffee and chocolate flavor, but the sweetness diminished those flavors a bit.

The mouthfeel was typical of a stout, firm, but not thick.

Low on the drinkability scale for me. Just too sweet.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

*yawn* another watered down Irish nitro-stout...

The pour was surprisingly light on the head with only a half inch of tannish whipped cream foam and the signature 'reverse cascade' of a nitro pour. Unlike other nitro-stouts and nitro-ales the head actually died down to only a ring and left no lacing on the glass. The stout itself was a deep dark brown with touches of red at the edges when held up to the light.

The nose was on the light side even after the stout warmed up (though the can very specifically suggests that you "server cold") There were slight roasted notes in the smell and that was about all. The flavor was surprisngly light on the malt - no real caramel or grain flavors to be had. There was only a mild sweetish flavor and a distinct (though again, not strong) roasted or slightly burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel was okay. The brew feels quite watery though it does have a nice creamy touch on the tongue. Very slight bittering from the roasted malts, no hops to dry things out. No oily residue on the palate.

Would I have a Beamish again? Not from a nitro can if there's anything better than MGD available. I don't know if Beamish is dumbed down for export or if it's always been a weak stout but I didn't really see anything to recommend about this brew. There are much better nitro-stouts out there.

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Photo of Cresant
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith tulip pint. A brown/mohagany body held a creamy three fingers of head made of tiny nitrogen driven bubbles. A 1/2 inch cap of foam remained throughout. Strings of lace remained on the sides.

Smell was very faint. Malted grain was minimally evident.

Taste was of light hops bitterness and sweet roasted maltiness. Slightly nutty. Sugar cookies. Very mild flavors all.

Mouthfeel was very thin. I expected so much more from the looks of this one. You would think you might need a spoon for this beverage but it's richness was as thin as water. I will not likely try this one again.

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Photo of lhaqq
2.72/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Always love the look of a good nitro-poured stout. A bit of translucent dark ruby around the edges.
S: First stout I've smelled (excepting a bad bottle of a cream stout) that wasn't pleasant. Smelled earthy and like a cheap red wine, which was good. But it had some sort of funky smell on top of this that I couldn't place.
T: I think that I hope/expect stouts to be thick and full of flavor. First started drinking them living over in the UK and didn't realize that the same brews (e.g., Guinness) are significantly more watery and less flavorful in the US. This beer was pretty watery and the main flavor I could detect was of earthy pine.
M: Again, less thick than I would expect a stout. Maybe, however, I need to drink more dry stouts to compare this with.
D: Maybe I need to give this one another shot. It seemed pretty flavorless to me, but perhaps the stuff I got had gone bad, as the place I went--the Napa Valley Grille--didn't specialize in beer. They advertised it as "Beamish Dark", which I assume is this beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark black colored stout with a medium creamy head. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Slight hoppyness. A lighter bodied stout. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, roasted malts. Nitro can does not add or detract anyhthing from this beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/20/2008 (440mL Can):

Frothy, aggravated liquid. Forms a good-sized head after a while, creamy yellow, very lasting. Very dark brown blackish body, impossible to see through. Malty creamy aroma, earthy, dark coffee grounds. But not very strong aroma, even after warming up for a little bit. Watery taste, some coffee, chocolate. A little bitter.

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Photo of nomad
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown with a perfect collar of foam from the nitro action. As you can imagine, plenty of thick stain all over yer pint glass. Not as impressive as Murphy's nitro, in my opinion, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

Smells of funked out roasted grains and floral hops eerily similar to Galena. Opens to gentle dark toast malts.

Tastes of toasted grains paired with a surprising amount of bitterness. Has an odd quasi-fruity tone before an oft soapy finish. Thin and that strange fruit flavor lingers and sneeks around. Just above watery mouthfeel, making the already weakly powered flavors feel that much weaker.

Last place among the three Irish nitro stouts, behind Guinness and definitely below Murphy's.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy brown, followed by an always nice to watch cascading, leaving black liquid with a white head that has the look and consistancy of heavy cream. The creamy head sticks it out to the finish and coats the pint all the way down. Theres next to nothing in the nose. Taste was typical Irish Stout I suppose, very bland, almost tinny. Theres a hint of maltiness and maybe some mild sweetness, but the bitter, dry finish somewhat mutes that point. The feel is thin and watery in a way. It is rather smooth, however. Though it would be easy to pound these back, you would likely be left unsatisified by the lack of flavour and the odd viscosity. I'm fairly convinced that I will never realize the true beauty of an Irish Stout until I cross the pond and partake of them in their native splender.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Absolutely awesome appearance as you would expect. The nitro gives this an amazing cascading effect that is an awwe inspiring experience. The thick Ice cream like coating left after every pull is second to none. This is where the beer starts to fade. I'm a big fan of easy drinking stouts, and no doubt this is easy drinking but for me it comes up short. Smell and taste are similar in that there isn't much of anything to report. A touch of some charred bitterness and a watered grain. Extremely light on the palate to the point where it seems the beer is limp and lifeless. I would love to try this on tap, closer to its home.

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can Beamish me up Scotty. Sampled this while in Ireland on tap. Poured off a nitro tap line and witnessed the ever so cool cascading foam effect that nitro pours do. A midnight black color with a light mahogany brown when held to the light. A satiny dense head with a light tan color with good retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is limited like most nitro beers. Some hints of chocolate and a hint of roast. But very light. Nitro really hides everything.

The taste is a bit limited as well. The chocolate comes out a bit more and leaves a slight milkiness that is enhanced by the nitro. Limited astringency but just a hint of roast. Even for style would like a bit more astringency to balance out a bit more. A bit sweet chocolate but some coffee notes come out as it warms. Leaves a slight espresso like taste.

The body is light but good for style. Very easy drinking and smooth. Overall I would have liked to try this minus the nitro. But as is there is limited aroma and flavor leaves this a bit lacking.

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Photo of diablo14
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

id like to try this in something other than the can, because as far as ive experienced, its pretty ordinary for a stock standard irish stout.

the appearance is excellent. its everything youd expect to see in the style. from the dark, opaque brown color to the creamy tan head, its what you want to be seeing. alas, its all downhill from there. it really lacks body it the mouth, the little bit of aroma there is doesnt inspire, and the flavor is far far too weak. you can taste caramel in there, tho only coz they add it. theres a distinct lack of roasted flavour, and while there are nice hints of buttered toast and coffee and a slightly peppery touch, it just isnt bold enuff for a stout, especially compared to guinness and murphys. a bit too metallic also, even for a nitro can. its almost like a black ale in body, which should not in any way be the case here.

beamish is very lacklustre in the world of irish stouts. as it often says about second rate horses in the form guide, i prefer others.

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Photo of nortmand
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, with a creamy white head that leaves some decent looking lace. Also, tiny little bubbles are attached to the sides of the glass.
Smells a little coffee-like, with some king of sour overtone. Almost like contaminated homebrew.
Tastes very mild. Roasty, with a bitter swallow, not sure, I guess it's to style, but I just don't like it very much.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nitro-esque, just not my thing.
Pretty drinkable, if only that it is very dry, not too filling and approachable by almost anyone.

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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.

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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 547 ratings.