Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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735 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 51
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website

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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Photo of ppoitras
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Excellent cascading, as expected from Nitro-tap, with hearty, thick tan-colored head, which had great staying power. Pleasing malty aroma, accompanied with heavy flavors of same, smoothness like you wouldn't believe. Exactly what was expected of an Irish Stout, in my mind. You shouldn't be disappointed.

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful black hue with a finger and a half creamy head. Very good retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle, like most dry stouts. Hints of coffee, toasted grains and caramel.

The flavor featured a nice coffee and toasted flavor. There was a bit of a caramel sweetness, which is unique to this stout. However, there was a nice dry finish, as expected.

The mouthfeel was full and dry.

Very drinkable. A bit sweeter than Guinness, but equally enjoyable.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in can with a nitro widget.

A: Opens with a bang. The beer pours a murky chocolate milk color at first before settling into an opaque coffee color. The head was huge and creamy, 3 fingers in height and left a sticky lacing behind on the glass and only slightly diminished throughout the drink. There was a lot of activity and turbidity just under the surface of the beer.

A: a huge, rich chocolate scent and a fresh dunkin donut coffee aroma. There was a nice slight roasted character as well coming through. The aroma was very even, smooth and pleasing.

T: There was a nice smoky roasted malt character along with some campfire minerality. The flavor was rich without being heavy and had a great chocolate and coffee richness to it. The beer finishes slick off the tongue with some light smoky woodiness to it.

M: extremely light from the nitro, feeling almost like the beer never actually touched you tongue and only evaporated in your mouth.

D: Overall a great irish stout on nitro with an incredible silky smooth drinkability factor.

Photo of Tone
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. Good thick, 1/2 inch head with great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt mostly and some hop aroma as well. Fits the style exquisitely. Crisp mouth feel with low carbonation. The smoothest beer I've ever had - it was amazing. Tastes of sweet malt and some roasted malt flavors come out in the aftertaste. There is a hop bitterness present, but not in too strong an amount to detract from the malt. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had.

Photo of DrJay
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful looking irish stout. Very, very dark brown, almost black with dense creamy light brown head. Thick lace formed all the way down the glass and at least a quarter inch of head stayed on top throughout. Slightly sharp hops balance a strong roasted barley aroma. Dark malts contribute most to the flavour, with plenty of roasted and chocolate. Very well balanced by hop bitterness. The roasted barley helps keep the palate dry without being astringent. Slightly heavier body than some other common irish stouts, but still light enough that several can be enjoyed. Slightly bitter, pleasant finish. Definitely one of my favourites.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with some ruby highlights, 1/2 inch creamy off white head sticks around forever and leaves mad lacing. Aroma is of coffee, some cocoa, some chocolate milk. Taste hits first with the roast bitterness, then some dried fruit and some cocoa. Body is medium to thin. Crisp carbonation. Great irish stout, very sessionable.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
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 harpus
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Brad007
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a rich, creamy head that slowly rises to the top. Beautiful presentation here. Aroma is rich and roasty with a nice coffee essence in the nose. Taste is rich and creamy upfront with a bit of roastiness and bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Dry and smooth. Sessionable due to the ridiculously low ABV. I can't say that it's the best example of the style I've had but it's still a very solid example. I like the lacing that's left behind and how the head holds very well.

It's a decent gimmick that works well if you like your stouts much like I do.

Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours jet-black with the head modest in size and a light chocolate in color, the consistency creamy and the resultant lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Toasted grain nose, hints of coffee, sweet and quite pleasant to the old schnozzle and the start loaded with malt, the top slim in its feel to the palate. Finish has a nice but understated hop bite, quite mild on the carbonation, bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste, and a fine stout in its on right, and to me the equal of Guinness, but not the better, that is my humble opinion.

Photo of dirtylou
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nitro can obtained from Steve's - University

appearance: ahh the nitro can...pours into an imperial pint glass, massive chocolate milkshake pour settles into a solid black body and a huge creamy chocolate fluffy head. wonderful, it is absolutely beyond my comprehension how anybody could possibly rate the appearance below a 4...what irish stout are you comparing this to that I cant access?

smell: typically where the nitro irish stout falls apart...lightly roasty, a touch nutty, creamy, roasty, cocoa powder

taste: dark roasted, nutty, lightly hopped, cocoa and creamy but not uber-flavourful

mouthfeel: super creamy, rich and roasty

drinkability: high

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tone77
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz widget can.

Appearance- I can never poo-poo a stout from a nitro-tap or can as far as appearance is concerned. Sturdy, solid tan head that stays through and through. Colro is black with deep brown highlights when held to the light.

Smell- Slightly bland but the roasted and smoked malts are hard to mis with a dry hop aroma at the end.

Taste- Starts out dry and watery but quickly builds to a great smokey mlat flavor with hints of blackened tuna skin.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and smokey all over the tongue. With special attention spent on the dead center middle of the tongue by the smoke.

Beamish and Murphy's are two brands of Irish stout that I would pick over Guiness any day.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency, not dissimilar to Guiness. There was a good half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of roasted malt, a bit of hops and a slight graininess.

T: This is where it went off the rails for me. There was some roasted malt up front, along with a little hops, but it was just simply thin and metallic otherwise.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is another uneven beer in my eyes. The taste was simply too uninteresting and thin to be likable.

Photo of claspada
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Fantastic cascading leaving a fluffy, creamy, tan head. Super-dark red color.

S - Guinness/ Murphy's Irish stout with a sweeter smell and an oatmeal/yeasty hint. Slight rasin?

T - Dry, roasted malt, slight creaminess, bitter hints, possible dark chocolate.

M - Dry, creamy mouthfeel. Dryness overwhelms the creaminess on the finish.

D - Good drinkability. Slight bitter and dry flavors bump it out of what I would consider a session beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz nitro-can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch creamy off-white head. Head retention and lacing is very good. It smells like roasted malt, grain, smoke and a bit of coffee. Tastes like roasted malt/grain, coffee and some dark/bitter chocolate. The beer has a bitter aftertaste, but not very strong at all. Mouthfeel is light, almost a bit watery. Too light/watery than I care for in this style of beer. It's also creamy, smooth and dry. Drinkability is good, it's very sessionable. I'd definitely buy it again if I was in the mood for Beamish, it's not a bad beer at all.

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

This is pretty much a carbon copy of the canned Guinness, so it has all the same strengths and weaknesses. I would always choose a draught over a can but this is great for home use. That widget definitely has a Pavlovian effect on me. I salivate now whenever I hear it. If Budweiser ever figures that out I am in trouble.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out a chocolaty brown with a very fine-bubbled head and lots of fine, descending bubbles like Guinness - clearly the result of nitrogen tapping. An extra half point for that. Smoky, chocolaty aroma has nutty and molasses hints. Flavor is mainly of unsweet chocolate with a molasses undertone and hints of smoke and nuts. Velvety smooth texture has a good tingle to it.

Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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