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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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727 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 50
Gots: 11 | 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 PBRstreetgang
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky-black with ruby highlights. One finger of super-dense biege cream; retains cap to the finish and the lacing coats the glass. Big roasted aroma, with some faint chocolate malt and coffee as well. The taste is straight up roasted barley with a hint of chocolate. The aftertaste is bone-dry with some lingering roasted notes and ghost-like english hops.The malt provides enough complexity to balance the flavor and represent the style well, dare I say better than Guinness! It's smooth and easy to drink but has a creamy texture with a dry finish and some roasted flavor holding on. But the carbonation is nearly flat and the body is medium-this makes for a smooth mouthfeel conducive to session beer.

PBRstreetgang, Feb 02, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a week of trying to find this on tap throughout western and central Ireland I found it in this dirty old man bar full of strange characters off O' Connell street in central Dublin.
Features typical stout appearance with a slightly darker head than a Guinness. Nose is not as strong as many stouts and is missing the robust coffee tones and instead has an almost salty odor..but that could be the pub as well.
Taste is rich and sweeter than Guinness but still dry enough to impress. A liquorice flavor is extant. Finish is surprisingly clean. Mouthfeel is appealing but somewhat lacking in depth.
This is good tasting stuff, not complicated or fancy but still a breath of fresh air after all those Guinnesses.

daliandragon, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a dark black with slight purple highlights and a thin creamy tan head that left mild lace. Smells of liquorish, chocolate and cherries. Tasted of smooth sweet red grapes and chocolate malt with a touch of sourness. What caught my attention most was a thin sweetness that permeated the entirety of the flavor and the surprisingly clean finish. Mouth feel was medium bodied and flat due to the nitrogen. With a nice and easy flavor, a clean finish, and a slick body, this is a very drinkable beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Dec 31, 2005
Photo of theozag
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The satisfying, murky tumble from tan to nut brown that one finds in an Irish Dry Stout has no equal. Often immitated, never duplicated, it is - to me - the pinnacle of a brewmaster's craft when it comes to a beer's looks. In that regard, Beamish doesn't disappoint.

Smell is of medium strength but distinctive, having both caramel and chocolate character; plus a little coffee flavor thrown in for good measure.

Starts extra smooth with a soft, creamy taste. Right from the start, this beer is very thick on the tongue and in the mouth. Settles full-bodied but thinly-flavored. What you CAN taste is mostly a roasted coffee and caramel mix with a little of the oaky hint you get from some heavier wines. Finish is surprisingly light with a hoppy bitter blend that forms the lasting portion of this beer's aftertaste. My suggestion for a good compliment to this beer... breath mints. Especially if you're on a date.

theozag, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of chrisemmons123
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer yesterday on tap for the first time. I have had it in a can numerous times, like always draught brings out the best in a beer. very creamy head lingered longer than Guiness. smell never much in a stout I think.
taste: roasted malts hints of coffee
drinkability: great
one good thing about stouts is low alc. content i can enjoy a few more

chrisemmons123, Dec 22, 2005
Photo of Matthew
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thick creamy head that looks like whipped cream sitting on top of a near black body.
Roasted malts, very sweet, and a smell that is almost sweeter than coffee is present.
This beer has a pretty one dimensional taste to it, some roasted malt flavor and a bit of sweetness.
Silky and very little carbonation as per usualy for nitro cans.
Pretty easy to drink.
In spite of the its one dimensional taste every once in a while I'll get a hankerin for one of these and I'll grab one. Not a bad irish dry stout.

Matthew, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The full pint is a completely opaque, jet black, with a totally slick, even inch and a half of head. The head is a light chocolate milk color. I have been staring at it for two minutes and the head has not budged. This beer is completely in stasis until disturbed.

I disturb to quaff what basically smells like a box of Whoppers, or malted milkballs. Beer forces its way through the great barrier head to hit my tounge with an ever so slight metallic introduction to pleasant and light chocolate malt. Bitterness really only comes in the aftertaste, and is barely there aswell.

This is a suprisingly light bodied beer depite the velvety mouthfeel. I feel it might almost be fair to call this "Guiness Light", though theres a little less going on in Beamish, that makes it more drinkable and it seems to fair better out of the pub than Guiness, which can be shockingly inconsistent when purchased in stores.

JudgeRoughneck, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of BassBone
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Beamish glass at a British pub owned by a Liverpudlian ex-pat near my school. I was at first dissapointed that my beloved Guinness was not and likely would not ever be poured at that pub due to a conflict with the local distributor, but I enjoy Beamish, too. Poured extremely dark; almost purple. Nice thick tan-white head and decent lacing. Nose is typical dry stout, sweet and malty. Detected hints of chocolate and toffee. The taste is a bit sweeter than other stouts like Guinness and Murphy's, but still typical of the style. Mouthfeel is very smooth; perhaps even smoother than Guinness. It definitely goes down easily. All in all a superior beer, though it won't replace my Guinness.

edit: brain-fart. Meant malty, wrote hoppy...

BassBone, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of BillyB
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown/black with a thick cascading brown head.

I smelled hints of chocolate, sweet maltiness, caramel and some coffee.

The bitter/sweet balance was good but leaned towards the sweet side.

Mouthfeel was oily, thick, kind of chewy. Typical of the style.

Aftertaste was surprisingly a bit dry and sweet.

Overall a very smooth drinking beer.

BillyB, Dec 08, 2005
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark like Guinness, but I think this is much better than Guinness. It had a very frothy, tan head that was thick and did not dissipate at all. The smell was like coffee, a bit bitter but not bad at all. I also tasted both black coffee and maybe some toffee. The beer itself wa pretty thick and rich like expensive dark chocolate. It was a little heavy but it is drinkable. I probably couldnt drink too many of these but they beat Guinness, usually if a beer has a commercial, it's not that good

KALIKGOLD, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of eb003
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I don't usually drink Stouts, but this one writes the exception rule in my book. This has a very nice dark color to fit the style. The smell is somewhat of cocoa (as another reviewer wrote). The taste is very nice and smooth. The mouthfeel is what surprised me as it felt very rich and smooth. The drinkability is also good, which I usually don't find on stouts. I know Guinness is a favorite of many, but in my humble opinion... this one beats Guinness.

I've also had this via can and bottle... and it doesn't do it justice. This is definitely one to get on-tap... if available.

eb003, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of maggotbrain
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is deep black with a thick nitro induced tan head that sticks around for the whole beer, leaving sheets of lace on the glass.

I can detect a mild odor of cocoa.

The taste is a mix of a general roasted flavor (hints of black coffee and dark chocolate--hints mind you, hints) with a slightly sweet backdrop. As is the case with all nitro beers, the flavors seem somewhat blunted.

The mouthfeel is typical nitro. Smooth and full.

Drinkability is very good. Definitely something that could be consumed all night with ease.

maggotbrain, Dec 01, 2005
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16-ounce nitro can into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: beautiful brown and off white settling to black and white. Classic stout color and impressive head that stays for the entire pint.

Aroma: smells like Guinness Extra stout--roasty coffee and some vague bitter hops, but mostly roasty malt and coffee.

Taste: Roasty and bitter but also malty sweet. I like it, but not quite as much as Guinness E.S. Not quite as hoppy, and I think a bit more of a hop kick could only improve this brew.

Mouthfeel: creamy nitro stout. 'Nuff said.

Drinkability: I can down pints and pints of stout and never get full, so I'm probably not the best judge of this, but I'd say this one is very drinkable. More so than the Guinness draught I had the other night, as I find the roasty and malty characters of the Beamish to be more pronounced and more interesting. Definitely something I could drink for a session without getting too drunk and/ or bored.

MurphyMacManus, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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 MaltyGoodness
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a cascading tan head. Thick lacing. Always a nice scene when pouring from a nitro can.

Smells faintly of roasted malt and chocolate. Mild aroma.

Tastes like an Irish stout. Mild roasted taste and hints of chocolate.Slight bitter aftertaste. Tastes nice, just nothing special.

Light body. Maybe a little lighter than some others in this style.

Could easily drink a few without much thought. Just not one I would go out of my way to get.

MaltyGoodness, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

RedwoodGeorge, Oct 23, 2005
Photo of grindcore666
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mocha ice cream head cropped perfectly over an especially black body. Lacing is thick and awesome to the very end. Smells like sweeeet chocolate with espresso overtones. Feels incredibly silky. Hits with medium carbonation and an ever so slightly roasted mocha blend.

I have a hard time distinguishing between this and Guinness without having both in front of me - but I can assure you, Beamish is at least as good.

4.10% ABV and a great drinkable brew...enjoy as many as you want.

grindcore666, Oct 15, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet...too sweet. Might as well drink Guinness unless otherwise forced to…

Hmm... must drink Beamish, no Guinness around...

Well then, might as well review this beer. It tastes like sweet Guinness.

It looks the same.

It sounds the same.

Bartenders take a long time to pour it.

It smells like Guinness.

It's not Guinness.

Screw this.

Drink Guinness.

DaPeculierDane, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. nitro can - served chilled in a pint glass. Pours like chocolate milk out of the mouth and after the cascade, ends up with a dense, 1 finger khaki head and a black body with a small amount of red shining through. The head leaves nice patches of foam/lace throughout - you can see the gulps I've taken - and there is a half inch of head left at the end of the beer. In the nose there is a malty/milky sweetness and some dark fruits (raisins). The flavor is the same but with coffee, chocolate, and a mild hoppiness/bitterness. Both the aroma and the taste is a little subdued. The mouthfeel is par for a nitro can - low carbonation, thin body, smooth, and refreshing. It is quite drinkable due to the low ABV and carbonation, but it is a bit up there in price. Overall, despite the subdued flavor, it is still more flavorful than Guinness Draught and one I'd come back to.

mmmbeer, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of LordChesterfield
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the stout that Guinness should have been. It has lovely body and thick, smooth, buttery mouthfeel. It seems a bit obvious though ,even though I haven't tried it dispensed in any other way, that the nitro can is stealing some of the zeste from from somewhere in the taste profile. This beer can make a cold fall day a happy day.

LordChesterfield, Sep 21, 2005
Photo of Troyone
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an off black color with an amber hue, creamy tan head with lacing, and no carb action (duh).

Has some milk chocolate and molasses malt smell with a possible pinne and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly acidic and bitter dark chocolate and coffee malt taste with minimum pine and a rough grapefruit hops finish.

Medium to full bodied, dry and creamy texture, no carbonation, and a rough metallic and some what astringent finish.

The dark chocolate and coffee is not balanced with anything and the rough metallic finish will not put the product in my fridge in the future. There are too many options available.

Troyone, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
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
Photo of marcobrau
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I get a really nice pour with this Beamish, almost a rocky head, which is surprising for a nitro can. The first is creamy and I'm surprised by the light body of this stout. The first flavors I detect are bittersweet chocolate and Turkish coffee with a hint of cookie-like maltiness. Very pleasant. The intensity of the roasted malt flavor increases towards the finish with the cookie/biscuit-like maltiness giving way a slightly astringent roasted malt flavor and fairly intense bitterness that adds to a long finish. Lace is left down the sides of the glass as I sip this one while a quarter-inch of foam sits on top of the liquid, all the way to the bottom of my glass. A very enjoyable dry stout!

marcobrau, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at the Public House on West Wash here in Madison. Really not impressed with Guinness now that I've had some top-notch stouts under my belt, but I thought I'd give one of its competitors a shot to redeem the Irish Dry Stout style for me. Conclusion: Beamish-1, Guinness-0....BUT, still not impressed by the style.

Appearance is for all intents and purposes identical to Guinness, pitch black with the famous nitro-creamy head and falling cascade effect as it's poured. Smell, well, I guess a little roasted/borderline burnt malts...yep that's about it. Taste....more roasted malts...trumps Guinness in that the malts actually taste closer to roasted than burnt...some toast, and the slightest hint of barbequed meat. Mouthfeel is what really kills this style for me...flat and watery...but goes down like water as well. Overall, if you have to have an Irish Dry Stout, this trumps Guinness by a hair, but for gods sake there are countless better American stouts to be had. This pint was put to shame by two pints of Breakfast Stout later that evening on-tap at the Come Back Inn.

Golden2wenty1, Aug 14, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark brown almost black, opaque with a creamy tan head that maintains at least a skin to the end.

Aroma is all dark roasted malt, primarily coffee with hints of toffee, smoke and peat.

Taste is also dominated by the dark roast hops, starting just barely sweet, then strong dark coffee, hints of toffee and dark bitter chocolate. Finishes dry with a strong coffee bite and aftertaste.

Very smooth and easy to drink, definitely worth a try for those who appreciate a good stout.

whynot44, Aug 14, 2005
Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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