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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

719 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 46
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

t0rin0, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-tap at O'Neill's Bar & Restaurant, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color – when held up to a bright light, only traces of reddish amber are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has superior retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dry, roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, creamy, somewhat dry, and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, especially due to its light-bodied nature.

metter98, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks just like a draft the way the bubbles settle down into a nice black body and a creamy tan head with lacing all over the place

Smell: Not a whole lot on the aroma side; just a little roasted malt

Taste: Starts out rather sweet and chocolatey; mid-palate a surprising bitterness rushes in to join the fray; finishes nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy texture

Drinkability: I had low expectations coming in but I am a real fan of this now

brentk56, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour brings about a massive, chocolate milk-colored cascade of bubbles that fills the entire pint glass. When it exhausts itself I'm left with a (barely) opaque mahogany liquid with ruby highlights. The cap is a solid mass of ecru foam that remains at one finger as long as there's beer in the glass.

There's not much to the nose at all. Then again, these nitro pours leave such thick, creamy heads that aroma appreciation is difficult at best. The aroma of roasted black malt emanates from the glass, but that's about it. The flavor, not surprisingly, is similar. Chocolate and coffee are the biggest contributors with more mocha coming to the fore as the beer warms.

The flavor knob could stand to be turned up a few notches and the body, while creamy enough, is just too thin for the style. I realize that Irish Dry Stouts aren't meant to be heavy, but still... The finish is modestly bitter and dry, no surprises there. The subtle flavor, the featherlight body and the sub-5% ABV ensure that sessionability is this beer's biggest strength.

Beamish Irish Stout would be a great choice to introduce novices to the stout style. I've often heard that it's a rival to Guinness, but in my mind, they're nothing alike. As far as my personal preference? Guinness Extra Stout gets the nod.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 29, 2004
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3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourred a beautiful creamy black brew with a nice foamy head that will stay for a while. Roasted nose with a little water aftertaste. Very similar to Guinness. I had better stout but this one is not that bad. This beer was drank from a nitro can (very effective for stout I find)

Phyl21ca, Oct 14, 2003
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A basic, yet safe beer. Quite similar to Guinness, with small variations. Appearance is jet black with thick whip cream head, albeit on the tan side. Aromas of roasted barley, black malt, and a touch of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Tastes full of roasteness and moderately malty. The roasted grains give most of flavor: coffee, chocolate, and a burned charcoal bitter. Slightly more roasted than Guinness. Mouthfeel is slick, thick ( because of the nitro) and creamy. Also has a moderate grainy texture and taste. Finishes mildly sweet, bitter, and crisp. Slight powdery finish. Maybe not as dry as it's competitor. Still a pretty good beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 18, 2005
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4/5  rDev +5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

jaydoc, Oct 26, 2013
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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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 26, 2009
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4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color with a creamy surging head on top. These beers look beautiful every time. The lacing is just like a Guinness or Murphy's. The smell is a toasted and earthy. The flavor is roasted with a good amount of nut and earthy flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall this beer is one I would love to have again. I had one can of this in 2008 and kind of miss it. One day it'll find it's way back to my fridge.

Knapp85, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

oberon, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of largadeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown but not completely opaque - it looks like a cup of strong black coffee. Good clarity when thinned. The tan-colored nitro-head is thick and creamy with outstanding retention.

Smell - A bit of burnt husky grain and black coffee. Very little aroma, as is often the case with beer on nitro.

Taste and mouthfeel - Roasted barley, black coffee and woodsmoke. Light-bodied. The finish is quite dry, leaving a pleasant smoky aftertaste. Refreshing and incredibly easy to drink. Pretty bold stuff for being a mere 4.1% ABV; this is a hell of a lot better than Guinness.

largadeer, Mar 01, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a thick, creamy/soapy, two finger head. It left rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, toffee and hints of vanilla.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel, roasted malt, molasses, and rich dark chocolate.

M - It was fairly soft and creamy. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a good irish stout. Very sessionable and tasty.

zeff80, Nov 22, 2008
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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really have to give the person that invented the nitro-can some credit. It's just as good, if not better, than the draft pour. It's opaque black with mahogany highlights at the base and collar, and the head is quite impressve: light tan in color, dense and creamy, and astonishingly long lasting - literally lasting to the bottom of the glass! The aroma is lightly fruity and deeply roasty with some mild bittersweet chocolate, some soft dry tobacco, and stale wet coffee grounds. The body is light but appears much fuller due to the intensely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is roasty from start to finish, but also includes some fruit and nicely sweet malt up front, a very mild caramel note as it warms in the mouth near the finish, and a lingering roast and bitterness. This is clearly milder than the Guinness that it emulates, and I think I find this preferable. It's softer and less bitter, with a touch of chocolate, and much less acidic throughout. An easy drinking beer with some nice roast character.

NeroFiddled, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
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 ...

Jason, May 21, 2009
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2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI on 10/13/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color with a short, dense light brown head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate and roasted malts, but overall it’s kind of faint.

T: The taste is malty and mostly consists of a dry sweetness as you would expect from the style, but there doesn’t seem to be much to it. There’s some flavor of dark chocolate & coffee but that was about it. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth but not very crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not that filling for the style, very mild kick, I suppose if you’re a Guinness fan, you’d probably like this beer, but I’m not so I don’t. Even though I don’t particularly like the style for the most part, I’ve definitely had better Irish Dry Stouts.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 15, 2007
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully. Reminds me of being in Ireland. Black on the bottom and beautifully tan and creamy looking on the top. Nice minor roasted thing going on with a nice malty body. It's smooth with just a touch of a bitter edge to it. It's nice. Smooth feel on all levels and it's extremely drinkable. Pretty tasty Irish Dry Stout that definitely should be tried if you have the chance.

RblWthACoz, May 21, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

WVbeergeek, Jan 15, 2004
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3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a creamy, gray-brown head that rests on top of a black body with just a hint of a brown highlight showing through when held up to the light. Extreme retention and thick lace as is standard for a nitro beer.

S - A light aroma of coffee with some chocolate and little else.

T - Creamy malt with some roasted flavor that is devoid of bitterness in the beginning. Some bitter baker's chocolate in the middle that retains a hint of malt sweetness. Finishes with a surging roast character and strong malt bitterness tinged with a green hop bite.

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Really not bad for what it is. Some hop character shows through in the finish, which is a bit unusual for the style but adds depth. A bit lacking in malt character but with a rich coffee roast. Preferable to Guinness but unfortunately much harder to find.

nickfl, Jun 03, 2010
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

15oz nitro can into a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown (almost black) with a fantastic looking fall courtesy of the nitro-widget, that creates a 1/2 finger of creamy tan head. This was my first experience with a nitro can and I must say that it does mimic a nitro pour quite handsomely. Retention isn't the word though for this head, as it doesn't even budge, just sitting there and leaving thick swathes of lace behind. The aroma is quite subdued (probably because of that thick head) but I eventually do pick up notes of toasted grains, coffee, and some chocolate in the back.

The taste is a pleasant mix of dry roasted malt character, coffee notes, and a backing chocolate sweetness. Finishes with a mix of roasty bitterness and sweetness. The mouthfeel is a little light but still gives off a fantastic smooth and creamy feel.

I enjoyed a can of this on St. Patricks Day and promptly followed up with another. Hugely drinkable and quite flavorable (especially comparted to that "Other" Irish Stout out there), this was a solid pick-up.

Kegatron, Mar 24, 2008
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4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at old chicago

Pours mahogany/black with a tight 1.5" tan head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Slight iron & chocolate notes

T: A little iron up front, then some roasted malts. Chocolate & some slight lactose follow. Dryness & chocolate dominate the finish

MF: Rich, smooth & damn near perfectly balanced

Super drinkable, a nice dry stout that kicks Guiness in the arse in my humble opinion

russpowell, Feb 23, 2007
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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nitro-can, poured into a wide-mouthed glass. Virtually black in color, with a beautiful, fine, sturdy tan head. Aromas: soft, sly hints of cocoa, coffee, and nuts. Dry, yet a touch on the sweet side. Some initial bitterness and grit on the palate --does it come from the can? I can't shake a certain metallic tinge. No, it continues throughout the finish. The brief and uneventful finish, if I may say. Not as creamy as the nitro-Guinness Draught, but nowhere near as full-bodied and full of character as the best stouts in the world. Very forgettable. Pass me the darts, mate.

feloniousmonk, Jan 15, 2003
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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.