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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:
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Photo of woodychandler


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

594 reviews and NO picture?!? What?

Unlike last night's Guinness, this CAN actually had the following disclaimer: "This [CAN CAN]tains a floating widget which may rattle. Do not shake before opening." Yeah, I really like to give my CANs of beer a good shake just before I spray the CANtents all over everything. What kind of a jagov do yinz take me for, 'n' 'at?!? Jeez-O, man, I'm foolish, but not like that. At least I had fair warning - that CAN of Guinness last night gave me nightmares about what might have come flying out of the CAN at me. A mouse, a hunk of shrapnel, a CANnon ball, it could have been anything. Geez, I need a beer to steady my nerves. Thank Bob it's New Beer Sunday (Week 286)!

From the CAN: "To appreciate the smooth taste and creamy head of Beamish Stout serve chilled and pour in one smooth action." I'm gonna need some help, here. I'm as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room filled with rocking chairs combined with Ron Jeremy's virginal fiancee on their wedding night. That rattling Guinness CAN last night has mentally scarred me for life!

Gah! There was a hissing sound when I cracked the CAN open that made me think that Ruthie's Evil Kitty (kudos if you know that allusion) might be in there too! I had to pull up a little on the smooth pouring action as it was dangerously close to spilling over the lip of my glass. I ended up with a finger of thick mocha-colored head with fantastic retention. Success, no? Color was a deep, dark brown or black with ZERO light penetration. Nose had a pleasant smoky, burnt charcoal scent. Beef! That is what is needed here. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a smoky, slightly burnt flavor on the tongue. Oh my, Spring House's Smoked Porter yesterday, now this. How CAN I go back to crappy AALs? Finish was dry, smoky, roasty, reinforcing my claim that my earlier characterization of Hakone Fusai Stout was a sweet stout was correct. This was the opposite end of the stout spectrum. Sticky lacing throughout.

Beamish or Guinness in an N2 CAN? Beamish! I CAN sleep better now.

A quote from Lewis Carroll : "And, has thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my BEAMISH boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" he chortled in his joy.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-08-2010 18:41:59 | More by woodychandler
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this stuff before the advent of the nitro-widget. Of course that was many years ago, but I recall it being vividly flavorful, and tasting perhaps a bit more like a cross between a Porter and a BW (which would be a vividly flavorful...) This iteration of Beamish is certainly less spectacular; either it has changed significantly or my palette has.

A - It pours exactly how you'd expect from a Stout in a nitro-can: Black, big pillowy mocha head, some lace.

S - The smell is vaguely of minerals, and there is a far-off hint of roasted malt.

T - The taste is very slight. It tastes cold, light, slightly roasted and creamy. Notice that of those four descriptors, only one was actually a taste sensation. So this is somewhat devoid of flavor, as many nitro-can Stouts are; it is more of a feel-based beverage.

M - Creamy and exceptionally smooth; it is, however, a bit watery.

D - This is not as good as Guinness, but fairly close; it is equal to Murphy's and better than Young's, in the battle of the nitro-can Stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-25-2010 18:23:52 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of elgiacomo


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a 3-way shootout with Guinness, Murphy's, & Beamish tonight. Let's see who comes out on top.

16oz nitro widget can. No freshness date.

Pours black with a one-finger+ dense nitro light brown head. Light brown and ruby highlights under light. Comes in middle of the pack in darkness of the head and body, leaves good lacing, head retains well but falls apart a bit at the end. More similarities to Murphy's rather than Guinness in the appearance (and really all categories for that matter).

Aroma is pretty quiet but does feature some sweet malt, roast, chocolate, touch of coffee. That nitro "smell" is present. Middle of the pack in aroma.

Flavor is quite nice, light milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, very smooth. Equal to Guinness, although different. A bit sweeter and roastier.

Mouthfeel is amazing...I love nitro beers. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Fuller body than Guinness, identical to Murphy's.

A close 2nd in this shootout. Similar but superior to Murphy's. Subtle differences between this and Guinness and they are both quite good. Guinness gets a SLIGHT nod due to better appearance and aroma, availability and price also help the classic from St. James Gate take the victory in the shootout. Still, very glad to FINALLY be able to try Beamish after years of hunting, a solid silver medal winner in my book!

Serving type: nitro-can

06-16-2010 02:49:42 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of nickfl


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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-03-2010 01:02:17 | More by nickfl
Photo of hayes31


4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass.

The nitro can really helps with the pour, and seeing the stout cascading is pretty satisfying.

A great looking beer. Great smelling too, with a good amount of head. A very strong taste of burned toast, but in a very good way, and each gulp washes over the taste buds pleasantly.

This would easily be my go to stout if it were still widely available, but right now it's a little tough to find. Much better than Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-14-2010 21:26:06 | More by hayes31
Photo of coachdonovan

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after cracking the widget and pouring into a Guinness imperial pint glass, you get that perfect irish stout look: clear delineation between jet black beer and light tan head, about a 1/2 inch thick. there isn't much to the aroma, just some roasted malt, a little soapy. there is a little coffee taste and a little chocolate taste but neither is significant. taste is smooth and creamy with a clean finish. dry irish stouts are one of the more perfect beers when you plan to drink about ten of them. goes down light and easy.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-18-2010 20:48:59 | More by coachdonovan
Photo of DNICE555


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cambridge brew pub. Nice creamy Guiness looking head. Dark body. A little bigger body than a Guiness but not much. Not much aroma. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and cream and the drinkability at 4.1 percent ABV is huge. When trying to keep up with Soupedupdiesel and Larsonstyle at the bar... this one really came in handy. I'm still disappointed the Moonbeam stout was kicked and I didn't have the opportunity to get a second shot at it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2010 16:21:33 | More by DNICE555
Photo of Parrotbeak


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown, being almost black, with a eighth-inch cream colored head that remains. Thick lacing as it goes down. Looks very much like a glass of Guinness, but not quite as pristine.
Smell is slightly smokey malts, with some very faint toffee and touch of hops.
Taste is dark malts, with a tiny hint of smokiness. After the front, the taste fades quite a bit, with a trace of the malts lingering with some faint bitterness.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, though there is a fair level of carbonation. Gets a little wet towards the finish.
Very good drinkability. Nothing too exciting, but a great "session" beer!

Serving type: cask

04-06-2010 22:46:40 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of jgasparine


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Ned Kelly's Pub, Kinsale, Ireland.

A- Poured with a thick sustained creamy offwhite head and a garnet colored body. Incredible thick and sticky lacing throughout.

S- Smells of roasted malts and cream. A very mild nose overall... not unpleasant, but it doesn't really move me either.

T- Some perceived bittersweet chocolate comes through on the palate, which was not anticipated from the nose. Some extremely mild hop flavor is here as well. Finish dies off really quick with some faint hop bitterness, and dry overall.

M- Mouthfeel is extremely thick and firm, with an incredible creamy texture from the nitro pour.

D- A wonderful session beer. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-30-2010 00:17:03 | More by jgasparine
Photo of zoso1967


3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much opaque jet black with a super creamy tan head from its nitro can. Aroma is muted, but I clearly detect chalky bittersweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt character. Taste is also quite mild with some acrid bitterness. Roasted coffee and a tad of biscuity malt can be identified. Chalky with only the rumor of hops, I find it (much like many other dry Irish stouts) to be quite thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is medium and super creamy thanks the widget. Slightly chewy, but finishes with just a tinge of sour, not sticky at all. Like others of this style, I could down these one after another. All in all I enjoy this more than Guinness, but it does not stand up to well made, fresh American craft examples.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2010 00:28:49 | More by zoso1967
Photo of deapokid


4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad to see that Murphy's picked up this great Irish Stout!

Irish Drys are some amazing looking beers and this one is no exception. It packs in beautiful cascading, lively carbonation, a firm & rich off-white head and amazing levels of retention. That and a bold black color make for one masterful visage.

Bouquet of aromas includes warm milk, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and a variety of dry notes. It perfectly encapsulates everything a stout fan expects from an Irish model.

The taste is perfectly balanced between sweet and dry flavors with big hints of chocolate and a nutty dryness. The dry notes at the conclusion never taste stale or overpowering and always allow the sweet notes to hold their ground.

Texture is smooth and rich from top to bottom. It never strikes a false chord and blends the dry, bitter elements well with the sweeter notes.

The drinkability is almost a foregone conclusion. Irish Drys may be the best session ales in the world and this is certainly one of the prominent renditions.

Serving type: can

03-18-2010 22:46:45 | More by deapokid
Photo of morebeergood


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

Picked up a 4 pack of cans for St. Patty's Day. Served in Guinness glasses. Dark brown color with ruby highlights. Thick creamy white heady. Tiny carbonation bubbles right where the liquid meets the head. Classic looking stout. Decent roasted malt smell. Great flavor, more toasted malt and slight coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel from the nitro is pretty satisfying. Has to be one of the creamiest beers from a can. At the end, the foam left in the glass slid down the side at a glacial pace, it was thick. Smooth, easy to drink, and low abv made me wish this was a 6 pack.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2010 15:07:48 | More by morebeergood
Photo of joshstevens87


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black brown with a creamy tan quarter inch head that leaves alcing all over
S-storng chocolate nose with a roasted barley character and a touch of cream
T-a nice chocolate up front with a roasted malt and a bit of coffee with a nice creamyness
M-a light body with no carbonation and a nice creamyness with a very full taste
D-a delicious beer with a great taste that can easily be enjoyed all night

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2010 02:49:54 | More by joshstevens87
Photo of llllDrGONZOllll


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

Nitro can poured into a tulip glass

This is an Irish favorite of mine. Nothing flashy here but an all around easy drinker. The taste is a tad dryer that Guinness in the nitro and i find more enjoyable that Murphy's. She comes out the can black as night, creamy off white head with some of the tiniest bubbles seen. I have never had the pleasure of having this one on draft but given the opportunity i would be all over it. Light aromas of coffee and chocolate come though the glass and beg to be taken in with large gulps. Beamish is one of those stouts I can drink all night, goes great in half and halfs, and never do I feel bloated. The taste is sweet but not too sweet the dark roasted characters meld the ale into coffee like candy treat. Raise this one on St. Patty's and leave the rest of the green Macro in the dust.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-09-2010 00:09:35 | More by llllDrGONZOllll
Photo of brownbeer


4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-24-2010 01:35:04 | More by brownbeer
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as expected with no light coming through. Tan 2-finger head. Retains very well and laces nicely.

Nose is light roast, chocolate, coffee, and cream. Not the full on assault of richer stouts, but still very nice.

Very creamy, very smooth hit. Stays creamy mid way through and finally brings in some coffee bitters towards the very finish. A tad acrid in the finish as well. Would like a tad more force in the flavor profile from the roast malt and chocolate.

Feel, while creamy, is still a bit thin.

Absurdly easy to drink. Could quaff this even on the hotest of days.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-23-2010 02:09:25 | More by beer2day
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New Mexico

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Becker glass from widget can.

A - Nice dark color, with no opacity to speak of. Rich and black, with about two fingers of latte-colored foam.

S - Very much like a dark beer should smell. Coffee undertones, with a rich, almost burnt malt aroma.

T - Mellow for a stout, but still retains the classic "burnt malt" taste. Light coffee tones, with nice sharp bitterness. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but the slightness of it is pleasant.

M - Smooth, with a little bit of carbonation. The head is creamy, and enjoyable to the palate.

D - This beer drinks well, but is a little heavy for a stout. Not something to be chugged, or thrown into a Carbomb, for sure. Enjoy this beer and sip it smooth.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-14-2010 02:39:08 | More by firemedicgodbey
Photo of dstc


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

Pours a deep black with a ruby hint when held to the light. Full creamy head that falls oh so slow and never disappears. Nice clingy lace throughout whole glass.

Nice sweet roasted malt stout aroma. Like it.

Nice smooth mouthful, sweet stout taste with mild coffee notes and a slight bitter lingering aftertaste.

Full and smooth in the mouth. Velvety creaminess gives it a wonderful mouthfeel.

This really is a mild, easy drinking stout and was my go to draft while vacationing in Ireland years ago. Love it.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-09-2010 14:11:48 | More by dstc
Photo of dismal


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the can to a pint glass. Pours black with a very light tan head. Kind of has that picture perfect Irish pint look you see for the advertisements for Irish stouts. The head leaves a lacing on the glass and stays till the last drop, great retention. The smell is pretty typical and what I would expect for the style. A nice roasted smell and this one smells great. There is also some chocolate in there as well, nothing strong but it's there. The taste, like the smell, was pretty predictable. A nice light roasted flavor, that small hint of chocolate, and unlike the smell I got just a dab of coffee as well. Nice refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is really creamy. I wouldn't say it's thick but it's definitely not thin, kind of almost chewy but more creamier than anything. Drinkability is high for this one. With a ABV lower than Bud Light kicking back a few of these wouldn't be a problem. This one definitely contends with Guinness and Murphys, not sure which of the three I like best but all are great. Overall this one is great, will pick up some more whenever I get the chance.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-29-2010 20:57:10 | More by dismal
Photo of HalfFull


3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown/black from a nitro can and offers a dense and smooth half inch of light mocha head. Retention and lacing are better than expected and quite creamy.

Smell is slightly sweet and offers notes of milk chocolate and a sense of whole grated chocolate as well. Offers greater depth and a slightly fruity nose vs. Murphy's traditional offering, and without the occasional metallic notes.

Slightly dry in the finish yet nice, and preferred over the bitterness of Murphy's. Bit of cocoa/chocolate in flavor. Smooth and creamy, very nice.

Value: B

Serving type: nitro-can

12-22-2009 07:52:13 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beamish has a very dark brown to black body with a big creamy tan head. The pour gives you the nifty nitro waterfall effect, which I must say I always enjoy. Pretty good retention and lacing ont his one also.

Aroma is really sweet and that's about all I can say about it.

Beamish has a bunch of sweetness with a hint of roatsed flavors and a tiny hint of sourness. Not a very strong flavor overall.

It has a big, thick, creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. For some reason I just don't really dig the nitro mouthfeel. Like I said before though, it makes the beer pretty to look at.

Pretty drinkable; a nice low ABV beer but nothing special.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-12-2009 23:32:55 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of rayjay


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Heard they were going to stop export to US, so I bought a 4-pack toady. Bottom of can says 11/10/09...best before date or packaging?

A deep black beer. 1/2 finger of lacy, persistent foam, color of dirty snow. A bit industrial looking, but perfect presentation from the likes of a big brewery.

Dusty smell, a bit of roasted barley in there too. Flavors are mellow, lots of brown and black malts, but all are toned down to a very enjoyable level. Just a notch or two over on the tart side. A tiny bit of cola flavor.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Wonderful water chemistry, with a bit of chalky bicarbonate and dry calcium, which you can really notice in the mouthfeel. Really enjoyable, worthy of a bit session. It's almost a perfect stout...not the most exciting beer but one you can enjoy the crap out of. Definitely my favorite stout of the big Irish 3.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-10-2009 03:03:58 | More by rayjay
Photo of mralphabet


3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Pours opaque black, with about 1 & 1/2 finger head... nice & tan. Good head retention very nice lacing.

S: Little dry malty aromas with a hint of hops, little dark chocolate and coffee mixed in.

T: I'm getting a malty sweetness up front with coffee and bitter chocolate.... there is the normal bitter hops at the end & a little on the dry side. Average stout... nothing to write home about.

M: Little thinner than I thought. Still is mid bodied....Can does says: serve extra cold, but the mouthfeel and overall taste got better as it warmed up.

D: You cannot go wrong with a low ABV Irish stouts. You could drink a few of these.

Not a bad stout but you could find a little better.

Serving type: can

12-07-2009 05:01:27 | More by mralphabet
Photo of civilizedpsycho


3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is solid black in color that has a small, off-white, creamy head. Very appealing to look at.

Smell: Has a bit of a roasted malt smell, similar to a coffee smell, but it's a little bland. Almost watered down in smell.

Taste: Has a solid roasted malt flavor without being too heavy on a coffee or chocolate flavor. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I was expecting, but very smooth and "soft" on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is definitely worth a try, and it's certainly something I could get again. I was quite satisfied.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 17:11:46 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of beerwolf77


3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass from a nitro can the beer is dark chocolate brown with a full inch of creamy beige head. The usual falling cascade that results from the nitro was present as well. Not much lacing to be found.

The aroma is rather muted. A tiny hint of bitter hops is all that I can pick out. I don't expect much nose out of an irish dry stout.

The flavor is typical bitter hops with super smooth maltiness. Nothing really stands out as far as tastes go.

Nice creamy medium to light body. No carbonation at all. Like cold coffee.

Overall this style traditionally leans towards non offensive and easy drinking. This beer follows suit to the letter.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-22-2009 18:08:11 | More by beerwolf77
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