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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 44
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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 brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%

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

11-02-2005 02:24:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of MaltyGoodness


3.38/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

10-24-2005 21:55:12 | More by MaltyGoodness
Photo of RedwoodGeorge


2.73/5  rDev -28.2%

*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.

10-23-2005 05:35:01 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of grindcore666


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

10-15-2005 05:03:20 | More by grindcore666
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

10-14-2005 07:20:16 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of mmmbeer


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

10-08-2005 00:04:57 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of LordChesterfield


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

09-21-2005 06:50:51 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of Troyone


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

09-10-2005 10:08:53 | More by Troyone
Photo of BEERchitect


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

08-18-2005 21:14:11 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of marcobrau


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

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!

08-17-2005 23:53:33 | More by marcobrau
Photo of Golden2wenty1


2.95/5  rDev -22.4%

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.

08-14-2005 22:21:28 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of whynot44


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

08-14-2005 05:00:34 | More by whynot44
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Whereas Guinness seems to have last its way, this Irish Stout has remained consistent over the years. Pours a beautiful dark chocolate brown, almost black with a thick, resilient head that stays with you to the bottom of the mug. Pleasing aromas of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Tastes very much like a guinness used to, only less bitter. Very drinkable!

08-01-2005 14:12:00 | More by clemtig76
Photo of jettjon


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

From the 1-pint nitro can with “widget.” Pours the color of chocolate milk with a unique two-layer head. The head slowly consolidates into a solid, tan head of very small bubbles which lingers until the end. Color is a dark, almost opaque brown. Nose of toasted chocolate malt, though not in-your-face like some brews; it is subdued. Taste of a pleasantly toasted malt and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel but not as rich as I expected. Crisp, bitter finish. This is a good stout but in my opinion not as good as others such as Mackeson Triple X.

07-27-2005 23:38:52 | More by jettjon
Photo of ryantupy


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured a very nice black color with some dark red hues and a nice creamy frothy head that did not stick to the sides of the glass. It tasted great it had hints of Chocalate and coffee predominatly with some smaller nodes of hops and malt. Very tasty beer and definatly one of my more higher reccomended beers.

07-19-2005 00:02:30 | More by ryantupy
Photo of tgbljb


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

I really like these nitro cans. Beer exploded from the can to become a dep brown liquid with a foamy tan head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is roasted coffee with a nice dry bitterness. The lingering dry felling is powerfuuly enjoyable. A great beer.

07-18-2005 00:13:38 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Naes

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Appearance is jet black with an enormous frothy off white head. Lacing is everywhere.

Aromas include chocolate, coffee and malt.

Flavor is a bit lacking. It’s like a watered down coffee with a bit of sweet chocolate in the finish.

Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit flat for a nitrous can.

As stated above, it’s a bit watery so it goes down easier than I would like a stout to.

Overall, it’s an alright beer but not big on flavor. This one could make a good introduction stout.

07-17-2005 05:16:50 | More by Naes
Photo of palliko


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance is of black coffee with a beige head that sticks with you! Aroma is a creamy roasted grain scent followed by a Cadberry’s Fruit n Nut finish. Coffee asserts itself leaving a soft finish that is like roasted brown sugar. Gentle finish that leaves one ready to order Irish Coffee.

07-13-2005 12:40:58 | More by palliko
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.08/5  rDev -18.9%

1pt Nitro can poured into a traditional english pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a slightly sickly looking off-white head. Head is almost fake looking, very much like coffee ice cream.
Smell is faint sweetness, a bit of roasty character and that's just about it.
Taste is slight chocolate, a bit of hops, some caramel, roasted malts and coffee. Pretty straight forward, nothing too out of the ordinary here.
Mouthfeel is near terrible. I really can't stand the way beers taste from the nitro cans, they are way too thin and have nearly no carbonation.
Overall, a drinkable stout. Definitely better than most other nitro can stouts out there.

07-12-2005 01:45:10 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of RootedFool


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a nitro can, do I need to even state how gorgeous this brew looks? Cascading foaminess thanks to the nitro can, the head is three quarters of an inch of heavy cream, tan -- dense -- with a solid black body. Smell: Grainy sweetness upfront, slightly sour through the middle -- pleasantly sour -- closing on almost a shrill yet subtle smokiness. Taste: Creamy sweetness from the top that falls down into a thin, rusty bitterness, as the sweet creaminess -- this "creaminess" no doubt has everything to do with the mouthfeel, which is unbelievably silky and dense, and lovely -- spreads out in the background. The finish is a slight black coffee bitterness, maybe even a subtle sprinkle of cocoa powder -- the thin hop bitterness is still present and lingers not unpleasantly. Middling carbonation. I dig it.

06-20-2005 03:10:27 | More by RootedFool
Photo of danielharper


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

If it pours like a Guinness, looks like a Guinness, tastes like a Guinness... it must be a Beamish, right?

Appearance: Has an absolutely beautiful pour from the nitro-can -- the waves of reddish-brown that gradually give way to that pure black color with the creamy, bubbly head -- this is the best part of this beer.

The nose is good, very much to-style for a dry stout, hints of coffee with a touch of sweetness coming from the foam. My fiancee always describes the nose of a stout as "old horse manure"; not being familiar with the smell I can't comment directly, but she claims that this is a compliment, not a detraction, so I leave it here for posterity.

Taste is much like the scent. Has that nice bitter tang on top of the coffee flavors -- I know there's supposed to be a touch of chocolate here, but I can't taste it. Metallic tinge on the aftertaste was present, especially towards the beginning of the beer.

Mouthfeel was okay -- this is a bit thinner than I usually like in a stout; I don't think it's quite as thick as Guinness. Still very creamy and quite enjoyable, it just didn't really knock me off my feet the way I was hoping it would.

The main positive about the drinkability here is that unlike a lot of other dry beers, this one actually seems to improve as you reach the bottom of the glass, leaving less and less aftertaste behind. Makes it very enjoyable towards the finish, and makes is pretty drinkable -- I could have two or three of these no problem.

Overall, a nice, if unremarkable, Irish Dry Stout.

05-23-2005 12:12:22 | More by danielharper
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

RIch dark brown almost black color with a large creamy tan head that never goes away. The smell is not very strong. Some coffee like malts and not much else. Rich creamy taste. Lots of coffee and chocolate with a dry slighty burnt finish. Damn good drinkability. This is one of the better stouts you can get in a nitro-can. Better than Guinness draught in my opinion. Cost less too.

05-22-2005 06:07:41 | More by Luigi
Photo of mynie


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

Wonderful pour, thanks in no small part to the nitro widget thingee. Dark, very fizzy, completely opaque, with nice tan head.

Slight smell. Nice caramel to balance out the nitrogen. Weak, but okay.

Taste the nitro upfront. Weakness moving into a very heavy middle that's full of roasted coffee and ending on chocolate and burnt malt. By god, once you get past the nitrogen start this actually tastes like a stout.

Probably the best nitro can stout I've ever tried. Not too pasturized, not too chemical-ly.

05-13-2005 03:01:28 | More by mynie
Photo of crookedhalo


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a deep ruby/black with a creamy nitrogenated tan head. Some roasted barley notes with hints at tobacco. Faintly mineral in taste with roasted barley and malts. Fair amount of astringency in the finish keeps it a good sipper, despite its low ABV. Texture is smooth and creamy. Maybe a nuance of mintiness in the finish. A pretty good Irish dry stout.

05-10-2005 04:05:25 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Wonka


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%

1 pint nitro can

Appearance – mostly black with light passage on the fringes; ultra creamy, micronized light mocha head; lace is sheetlike from ¼ down the glass to the end

Smell – roasted chocolate malts; a bit bitter; this is the least exciting part of the experience

Taste – roasty chocolate; tinge of coffee; sweeter early; smooth, lightly bitter and mostly roasted aftertaste

Mouthfeel –thin base shows midway but it is amplified to a moderate, almost full (at times), body by the ever-present head; much of the span of mouthfeel possibilities in regards to body are covered here but it really is deceptive since the head really does the job; nonetheless it is pleasant and I really don't care where the feel comes from since the job is well done; not overly dry

Drinkability – at times, it very creamy and very smooth; tremendous session beer

I’d come back to Beamish and it’s a certain recommendation.

04-22-2005 13:35:42 | More by Wonka
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