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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout

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very good

692 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%

Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001)
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Photo of EgadBananas


2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-10-2009 02:04:35 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Kendo

New York

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the nitr-can into a pint glass. Body is black -- not opaque, and with some reddish-brown underneath when backlit -- with a cascading, creamy, 1-finger ivory head. Good rings of lace all the way down.

S: Faint nose of roasted malt, that's about it.

T: I wrote "not much there" and that about sums it up. Watery dry-roasted coffee with a hint of bitterness at the finish. At least it finishes clean, though that shouldn't be much of a surprise since there wasn't much flavor in the first place.

M: Very light -- thin and watery.

D: At least it goes down easily.

Notes: Not sure if the recipe has changed since the Murphy's takeover or if my palate has evolved since I last had one of these. I remember liking it more than Guinness back in the day (and enjoyed it on-tap when I was in Ireland about 9 years ago), but now I don't really have a lot that's positive to say about this. At least the can was free.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-22-2009 19:09:41 | More by Kendo
Photo of CityBoy1986


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 14.9 oz. nitro-can. Best by date is 25 January 2010.

The pour is dark brown with an off-white head. There is a very nice cascading effect that lasts for a while. After the head rises, it just doesn't go away. Likewise, lacing is excellent.

The nose is a mixture of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and, surprisingly, alcohol. The taste is more of the same (minus the alcohol), with some bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and watery. However, the dry finish just leaves me wanting more. Drinkability is excellent; this would make a great session beer.

I knew this wouldn't be a shining example of the style, but it more than met my expectations. If it were more widely available and less expensive, I could see it staying in my refrigerator.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-21-2009 03:26:15 | More by CityBoy1986
Photo of sweemzander


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

14.9oz. nitro can poured into an imperial pint glass. Best by 11-10-09.

(A)- Pours dark, black, and already foaming. Simply beautiful cascading action that lasts for over a minute! Superb tan head retention that is not going away at all! In fact, there is still foam present even with the very last sip!

(S)- Lots of roasted coffee; actually, tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa and a light raisin nuance.

(T)- A light roasted and creamed coffee flavor with light cocoa and raisin. Rather light-bodied despite its appearance, but still in the medium range.

(M)- Smooth as silk going down with superb balance and a great carbonation level. Not alot going on complexity-wise.

(D)- Perhaps one of the best session beers around. I could probably drink this all day if I had the option to since its so smooth. Not a ton of flavors or boldness, but who cares; this is just simple, straightforward, and delicious drinking beer.
*Goes great with Lord of the Rings marathons!!

Serving type: nitro-can

10-20-2009 23:23:30 | More by sweemzander
Photo of jlandis


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful sessionable beer.

A. opaque black with a tan/white creamy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass
S. subtle chocolate grainy bread
T. roasty coffee with a touch of sour
M. medium body - not to thick, but just right - little to no carbonation
D. well balanced and a perfect session stout

Serving type: nitro-can

10-09-2009 19:08:27 | More by jlandis
Photo of kurp001


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz. can bought at Beltway Fine Wine

A gradual, gentle pour yields about one and a half fingers of silky beige head that shows exceptional retention. Body is near black with brownish-ruby highlights.

Coffee and roasted barley dominate the smell, making for a subtle yet pleasant aroma.

Taste is light but enjoyable; the coffee notes are pleasant without being overpowering, the finish consists of a smooth roasted barley flavor.

Mouthfeel is also solid; full and creamy.

This one is very drinkable, and probably my favorite Irish Dry Stout. Were it more available, I'd probably be drinking Beamish much more often.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-07-2009 19:00:53 | More by kurp001
Photo of Mandrake

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a very deep black, with only minor hints of ruby-red at the edges of my pint glass. Nitro bubblies take a while to settle, and are bigger and whiter than is typical for the nitro-draft poured stout. Eventually settles into a tight and thick head which lasts the entire pint and leaves rings of lace the whole way down. Smell is typically underwhelming, roasted malt and light chocolate, and the flavour profile follows. Slightly bitter, with a dry bite in the background, but not quite so bitter as the other big Irish stouts. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and just a little too thin, and drinkability is fantastic. My personal favourite of the three popular Irish Dry Stouts, but it's nothing to write home about.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-27-2009 12:59:03 | More by Mandrake
Photo of t3hcho53non3


3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely black color with a very nice rich and creamy head that is commonly associated with the nitro-can processing. Head stays and leaves great lacing.

S: Burnt coffee, chocolate, molasses

T: Roasted malt taste with a very significant watering down that is very disturbing.

M: Carbonation is virtually nonexistant and the mouthfeel is extremely light almost like water

D: Very drinkable brew that you can put back repeatedly. Almost too much like water not complex at all but good while it lasts.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-27-2009 03:01:44 | More by t3hcho53non3
Photo of BigDank

South Dakota

3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this one out because I had never had it before. Found it at an Old Chicago out of town on a beerventure. Very similar to Guinness except I don't know if I had just killed my palate with stronger beers by the time I drank this one but it seemed to me almost flat. Black as can be with a thick creamy off white foam forming at the top this is just what a nitro irish stout was meant to be. While I didn't enjoy it at the time I would say that this beer falls in the average range of the style and type that it's supposed to be. Very smooth, almost creamy and not too strong. If you like this kind of beer I don't see why you couldn't drink something like this all night. I'm more for the stronger stouts. So there it is, average but drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-18-2009 22:27:42 | More by BigDank
Photo of ruckus232


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 Ounce black can poured into a mug

Appearance: Very dark brown/black in color with a really creamy off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malty smell with a slight alcohol smell which is a little odd considering the lower alcohol content

Taste: Very much a roasted taste but it has a little bit of a watered down feel to it. The carbonation is very low and the body is very light.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-13-2009 20:13:15 | More by ruckus232
Photo of cudmud


3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a woderful tan head which produces excellent lacing. This beer has the appearance that all stouts should have.

Prominent nose of roasted and chocolate malts. The hops are noted in the background.

The corbonation is perfect in this brew. All the elements work well and complement each other. Likewise, this beer has great drinkability. You could easily drink this beer all night

Serving type: nitro-can

09-11-2009 02:39:28 | More by cudmud
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can into Guinness glass.

A: Nice black appearance with thick tan head. Lacing was a bit spotty.

S: Roasted malt, slight chocolate hint, and strong biscuit aroma.

T: Definitely more balanced and powerful than the aroma, with a dry bitterness that balances out the strong biscuit/roasted flavor. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Silky smooth on the palate, and a little thicker than some other dry Irish stouts.

D: I could certainly session this guy.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-10-2009 21:36:46 | More by donniecuffs
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This week is my "pub can week". That only means that I went out and bought a bunch of pub cans to review. Nothing special.

440mL pub can to imperial pint glass

A: Mag-freaking-nificent. How do they do this? The head is slowly forming into one finger's worth of beige head right in front of me. Cascading bubbles are turning the body of the beer brown to black from the bottom up. The body is essentially black with brown edges, and not much else. That's one of the creamiest looking heads I've ever seen. There's a ton of retention, too. And I have to say: there's not one thing I can say negatively about this beer's appearance.
S: Aromas are of lightly roasted barley with hints of smoke. It's sweet, but there are bitter berries and oakiness and hops are in the back to balance. Bittersweet chocolate is most definitely in there.
T/M: Looks? Great. Aromas? Wonderful. But the taste? It kind of falls apart here. The light body and low carbonation give me some flavors, but they are mostly playing a hide-and-seek game with my palate. The roastiness is there with the faintest of bittersweet chocolates and coffees, and it borders on burnt with more warmth.
D: The quote of the night sums it all up: "It's like roasted water..." It's just lacking in the taste and mouthfeel categories. I'm always going to be blown away by the appearance the nitro widget gives, and the aromas are wonderful...but the taste? It is just not quite there.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-08-2009 22:46:26 | More by washburnkid
Photo of blackearth


4.1/5  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.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-31-2009 15:14:07 | More by blackearth
Photo of scottyshades


3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very similar to Guinness' Draft

A: Pours a viscous looking black color that produces a very creamy and tightly knit head that retains very well and builds up from the bottom of the glass when I poured straight to the bottom. Retention is good, lacing is very good as well.

S: Not too much of a nose here. Mild toasty and roasty aromas. Slight nutty and lactose flavors.

T: Similar to the nose, except a little more developed. Very creamy, with toasty and some burnt malts to add to the flavor. Lactose is present and gives it a very nice character.

MF/D: Very very drinkable. Light enough for a session beer and the ABV is low enough to drink a few of. Definitely will be picking up a couple of these next chance I get

Serving type: nitro-can

08-26-2009 22:39:24 | More by scottyshades
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440ml ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown, near black body with a dense, full inch of creamy-looking, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Roasty nose with notes of Breakfast Blend coffee, grains, dark baked bread, light chocolate, a few more grains, and, that's about it.

Taste: Roasted barley and blackened malt with some touches of chocolate, mild coffee, and toasted grains. Subtle sweetness. As it warms, some caramel tones emerge. No perceived hop flavor here, with most of the modest bitterness coming through from the roasted grains. Finishes dry with a lingering, though slack roasty bitterness and mineral water quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Softly carbonated. Silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! A smooth, mild, lightly flavored Irish Stout with a sensible amount of alcohol.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-26-2009 03:01:38 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of tone77


2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Pours a black color with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Light, malty aroma. Taste of malts with some hints of coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth. nThis is not a beer I could spend the night drinking. Overall a fairly mediocre brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-10-2009 23:15:37 | More by tone77
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one-to-two inch, dense, creamy froth rises with some of that cascading effect over a black beer with dark brown to mahogany highlights when put to the light. The head converts to slightly rocky and never complete settles, leaving little, if any, lacing.

This Guinness pint glass hosts that familiar roasted malts with molasses and Baker's chocolate.

The flavors loosely follow the nose, with a good kick of bitterness that passes quickly. Some iced coffee and a pronounced, but short, finish of bitterness. That same bitterness returns as one licks one's lips, hinting at a light acidity.

Beamish is light bodied with gentle carbonation and does seem to fit the style. The silky smooth texture coats one's palate, and the alcohol is more present than a 4.1% would normally suggest.

This is an easily quaffable beer and a fine companion for long sessions or billiards.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-26-2009 01:31:32 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of flagmantho


3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440mL draughtflow can into a large pint glass.

Appearance: black with a creamy head, but not overly thick; one finger or so after it was settled.

Smell: very subtle, mostly malt and caramel notes.

Taste: the taste doesn't seem overly complex to me. Just some nice roasted malts with a tiny bit of coffee aftertaste. Overall, a pleasing effect.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, but creamy and smooth due to the nitro.

Drinkability: the relatively light body and subtle flavors make this quite drinkable, but I would think it would be easily overpowered by most pub foods if consumed in such a setting.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-24-2009 01:40:21 | More by flagmantho
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer a little while ago, but haven't posted the notes yet. I'm think the one I had was most likely from the original brewery, but since it's listed as closed now on BA, I'll have to post my review here.

A: Pours a thick, black body with a thick and creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A slightly roasted smell with some sweet, milky undertones that was quite enticing.

T: A smooth, roasted barley taste with a slightly sweet, milky aftertaste did well to round out the style and make for a nice, balanced taste.

M: Very thick and velvety smooth mouthfeel made this beer pretty good overall. Very nice feeling on the palette.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combo, especially for the style. Despite the thickness, I found myself drinking this beer quite voraciously and could not wait of have another! A great tasting beer that goes down quite easily.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-21-2009 20:55:04 | More by maddogruss
Photo of bashiba


3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had that great nitro can look with the perfect 1 inch head and the nice cascade during the pour. A black color with a bit of caramel highlights.

The smell is light, sweet, and creamy.

The taste is very thin with just a bit of dark black patent malt with a touch of sweet creamyness and a touch of piney hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth thanks to that nitro.

A decent dry Irish Nitro Stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-16-2009 00:36:41 | More by bashiba
Photo of generallee

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-13-2009 14:25:00 | More by generallee
Photo of tatoodkelt


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've had it since it moved to the new brewery. Reviewed from notes from 6/14/09

Nitro can to pint glass

A- The pour is always a treat. Mesmerized by the cascade. Pitch black at the bottom moving to dark chocolate brown towards the top. Capped off by a two finger tan head. Decent lacing.

S- Very mild smell, a subtle malt aroma is all I picked out.

T- A little cocoa/dark chocolate, slightly bitter and roasty.

M- Much lighter than it looks, very smooth and creamy.

D- A long time favorite of mine, and probably the easiest stout to session.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-26-2009 18:27:43 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of u2carew


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This can straight from Ireland - brought back by a buddy of mine. Woo hoo!
A) Opaque. Pours with a thick head - light to medium tan. Good lacing.
S) Grainy. Bready. Roasted coffee and chocolate notes - but light not heavy.
T) Dark, roasty, coffee-esque bitterness. Touch of smokiness.
M) Medium body. Doesn't feel as thick and heavy as anticipate. Creamy from the CO2.
D) Delicious. Straight from Ireland - the real deal!

Serving type: can

06-10-2009 00:44:23 | More by u2carew
Photo of thekanna


3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a strong, opaque black with a thin, white head which nevertheless leaves some impressive lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Very faint burnt malts; not much else.

T: A soothing roasted malt flavor complemented with the distinct taste of prunes. Not offensive, just... unusual.

M: Extremely creamy and oily as it goes down. Complements the mellow roasted malt flavor nicely. This is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had.

D: Goes down so damn smooth. I found myself wanting to drink more just so that I could maintain the slick feel in my mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 04:15:15 | More by thekanna
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