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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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very good

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001)
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Photo of PiratePete
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black when it was poured out. Lovely tan head that settled down and remained about a cm high until the end. Nose was pleasant but there was not enough of it for my liking. Still, there was coffee there and maybe even something else sweet - chocolate. The ingredients lists hops but they were certainly hard to catch. I was a little disapointed in the mouthfeel - a little too thin - watery even. Still a good unoffensive stout. Might be the kind to serve someone who figures they don't like stout. Let them get their tongue around this and then lead them into the underground world of beer!

PiratePete, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at my place with my Nitro setup for awhile as an alternative to the usual Guinness we keep on tap. I am a big fan of this beer as it has all the characteristics of a typical nitro Guinness but with more flavor and a lasting, pleasing aftertaste. It doesn't give off that sour smell and aftertaste that Murphy's does but it maintains subtler notes of espresso and chocolate. Has a richer mouthfeel than Guinness, all in all one of my favorite Nitro beers. Now if we could only get St. Amboise in the states....

ChrisBowers, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of Kwak
1.9/5  rDev -50%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I don't care much for the nitro can, but the only way I can find this beer. I popped the top and could tell right away It was well carbonated. It poured beautifully into the glass with a dark almost black head very impressive looking, it had a nice thick tan head
colored head, thick enough to eat. Butt that was it not much flavor to it almost like Guinness. It had a watery almost empty taste with no lingering aftertaste.

Kwak, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.4/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this one out of the 16oz nitro can. Pours a dark color with a thick white head that hangs around a while. Promising looks. The aroma was plain - just a little coffee smell, but nothing else. The flavor was filled with coffee, but that was all. No chocolates, no malts. I didn't care much for it compared with its competetors.

clvand0, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of the42ndtourist
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm getting tired of these nitro stouts, but on the way to a house party I stopped at a small liquor store and Beamish seemed the best option.

Black and with the nitro tan head, this looks no different than its contemporaries. The nose fails to communicate anything impressive - I'll hand this to the masking qualities of nitrogen. The flavour cuts through more effectively than Guinness'. There's decent coffee and burnt malt notes along with an overall cream-like flavour (not as pronounced as in Murphy's). Drinkability - well, if you love drinking Guinness and Murphy's, this is no different. It's good enough for me.

Better than Guinness, not quite as good as Murphy's, at least in my book.

the42ndtourist, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best nitro I've had to date. Lacked that "frappe" taste, it really got down to the stout taste. Kept it's dark stout color, and it's coffee and burnt taste. If this was their nitro offering, I'll be looking for Beamish in a bottle or on tap. Until then, the Nitro can will do.

bewareOFpenguin, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of kevinl6
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is average at best in my opinion. Appearance is the nicest thing about it. It is black, though I've seen more black, with a nice looking, tan, 1-2 finger thick head. I didn't detect very much smell at all, perhaps hints of coffee. The beer didn't have much flavor in my opinion and was a little flat. It was fairly light on the palate and was a little watery for my taste. Surprisingly enough, the drinkability is pretty good on this one. It does go down smooth, it just doesn't have a lot of flavor. I'll stick with Dogfish Chicory stout, or Guinness Extra Stout if I desire one in this league again.

kevinl6, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I was a little dissapointed in this Stout. It was very dry, too dry I should say. It had a great pour from the can and it looked great. A nice head that lasted and almost pitch black. The smell was very much roasted coffee and the taste was about the same but too dry for me. The mouthfeel was great. Very smooth, thick, and rich.

Ellbert, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured the most beautiful cascading tan foam that turned into a wonderful and long lasting head and a wonderful full black stout beneath. The aroma was of roasted malts – very earthy. The taste was smooth with a slight bite at the end, but nothing very distinguishable. I usually do not go for stout, but decided to give this one a go and was not impressed. In short, the appearance was great, but the flavor was very bland.

SeanChouffe, Jul 16, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a small head of fine and medium sized light brown bubbles. Its body is an opaque black brown color. It has mild dark malty aroma. The typical stout flavors of coffee and java are there with an initially very smooth taste rising to a mild aftertaste but no strong bits. It leaves an excellent creamy lacing on the side of the glass. I enjoyed this beer as it went down very smoothly although it does lack the strength of some stouts.

TheDM, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of canoehornpoint
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro bottle poured with a rich creamy head. Nose of deep roasted malts. This is a "light stout" in that it has the taste characteristics of a stout but they are somewhat weak. I gave it a higher drinkability rate because it is a "good beer" and i could put away more than a couple of these easily. This would be a good beer for someone wanting to ease their way into stouts.

canoehornpoint, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of maxpower
2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Black in color with a huge creamy tan head, weak roasty aroma, bland and weak flavor, it is thin and watery, yet has a creamy mouthfeel from the nitro, overall very bland and flavorless, not much going on here, pretty much just like the bland Guinness.

maxpower, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of aaronh
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a semi-regular for me, and I can't believe I had not reviewed it yet!

Pours with that great nitro cascade that settles into the very dark brown body topped by a tan styrofoam-like head. This glass actually had a few bugs land in the ehad, and I finished the beer, leaving the last bit of foam and bugs behind! Needless to say, great head retention. The aroma is a bit bitter, and a bit of coffee, but the wife says "still smells like beer to me!" what does she know? Decent aroma, but nothing great, It seems to diminish the longer the beer is in the glass. The taste is pretty good, with good roasted notes, some bitter dark chocolate, and decent hops bitterness on the finish. Always enjoyable. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, as nitro-cans seem to be. But this boosts the drinkability, especially in the summer. 90 degrees, and I had both a Beamish and a Guinness draught. Both are great and refreshing light bodied stouts, but the Beamish has so much more taste. A good mass-produced stout.

aaronh, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark black colored stout with a medium creamy head. Roasted malts, slightly sweet. Slight hoppyness. A lighter bodied stout. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, roasted malts. Nitro can does not add or detract anyhthing from this beer.

beerguy101, Jun 25, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow. Thick tan creamy head that never seems to want to go away. Stays with the beer all the way to the bottom. The smell is earthy, roasted grains, and a hint of hops nestled on the bottom. The taste is very malty, lots of roasted grains. Still feels slightly carbonated as it dances around my mouth. Not as thick as Guinness, but still very fulfilling without being simply "filling".

jlervine, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of AaronRed
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On a dark and cool rainy night, nothing seems to be more gratifying than a nice stout. As an alternative to Guiness, Beamish certianly does the trick. Same nice pour out of the nitro can- it's just so lovely to look at even though it is such a manufactured product. The beer settles into a nice black base with creamy tan head. A little bitterness in the aroma, but this dies down quickly. Taste is full of flavor, roasted chocolate flavors, slight bitterness (not much on the way of any sour flavors like Guiness) makes this stout a pleasure to drink. Dry and smooth, this is one of the more drinkable stouts I have had.

AaronRed, Jun 03, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lee's Discount Liqour (Huge beer selection) was having a sale on Beamish 3.99 a 4 pack of 16 oz nitro cans. Sounds like a good deal. I had Beamish once before at a bar when they ran out of guinness on tap and i was impressed, so i bought some. First off you get the awesome cascading effect of the nitro can and when poured right it will settle a nice pitch black with a small thick head. The smell is slight but pleasant with a hint of roastiness (I'm pretty sure it isn't a word). The taste is nice and mild, once again a mellow roasted taste and some nice maltiness. The head retention is amazing and it almost looks like icrecream atop a rootbeer float. The head laces the glass nicely and the mouthfeel is creamy and delicious. This beer is pretty damn good and if your'e looking for an irish stout via the store I would skip the guinness draught cans and grab this instead. very drinkable. So basically I killed this 4 pack immediatly and went and bought a case. It also works great for black velvets, black and browns etc. floating really nicely.

DESTRO, May 22, 2003
Photo of far333
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as night, with a head the color of chocolate milk. The head is deep and thick and perfectly symmetrical, and rises to the top as the beer cascades slowly to the bottom of the glass. It's a full pint, so it fits the glass perfectly. The smell is light, of hops only, but the flavor is of roasted malt, chocolate, and toffee, with an aftertaste of bitter chocolate, coffee, hop, and smokey peat. The mouthfeel is silky, and the head leaves rings around the inside of the glass, nearly coating it as it descends. It's a shame I only have one.

far333, May 21, 2003
Photo of pio
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

aaah, beamish...where was it last we met? everyone should love beamish, i wish i saw it on tap sometime. bummer.
it poured sandy brown out of it's fancy-ass can and began what i like to refer to as the chocolate cascade-the building of the stout.it built to a dark near black body with a big old creamy head that stays for the duration. a great appearance! scent of espresso and coco with a light alcohol smell. the mouthfeel is not unlike a mocha milkshake, frothy and refreshing. it's exciting. i find beamish creamy and full of coffee notes with a dark chocolate that is like dry silk. i believe it has a smokeiness and even an oaky set of 'hint' flavors. beamish lingers insucha way on my palate that i just have to drink it again and again, i never, or...ehe...rarely get fulled up. i think it burps either rarely, never or with a great deal timeand effort. i don't think i could suggest this (can offering) over any other stout if the other stout is on tap, however i do find the can consistant from one to the next.

pio, May 18, 2003
Photo of elmocoso
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one looks black until held up to the light. Then a slight ruby pierces through.

A small but faithful head, that lingers and laces and fills the shoes

This one smells pretty good. Kind of roasty, malty and a little chocolaty.

Taste's good. There is a nice balance of roastedness, maltyness and a nice lingering taste with a bit o' the hops present.

This drinks smooth and is a very drinkable beer. I recommend it without hesitation.

elmocoso, May 15, 2003
Photo of BeerResearcher
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Comparable to Guinness Stout, only a little sweeter. Ebony in color with a big cascading frothy and foamy head. The lace is fairly clinging. The aroma is malty and slightly smoky. The full malt body is peaty and lightly grainy. Amply hopped with a tea-like bitterness and hint of citrus. Slightly sweet and really smooth and velvety. Gulpable and actually fun to drink.

BeerResearcher, May 11, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Walk into the cavern of darkness, with the aroma of roasted grains filling your nostrils. Let your tongue luxuriate in the creamy goodness of this moist lady of lace. Mild, smooth, lightly perfumed, I can drink in your sweet goodness 'til the bittery end. Exquisitely crafted to pleasure your senses -smell, look, taste and feel.

AtLagerHeads, May 09, 2003
Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a deep dark brown/black with a thick, lasting head. smells of coffee and chocolate, and the taste echoes the smell. whilst most irish stouts pretty much taste the same, this one is a bit creamier/sweeter than the rest. very easy to drink and always a possibility for a session beer if available. a solid brew.

SixpointJMH, May 06, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I tried Beamish to answer the question: How many Guinness Draughts are there in this world? The answer: Many. There's nothing unique about Beamish at all, and to be quite frank, I think the world of Irish stouts needs a little more variety. The taste is decent but it just makes me want a better stout. Dark, but it doesn't pass the flashlight test. When it comes to beers of this type, spending the extra few dollars is the only rational decision.

86MonteSS, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of marburg
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and black like outer space, baby. Looks just like a stout should. I've always found that nitro stouts have a very subtle aroma to them -- perhaps as a result of the smaller bubbles from the nitro? There was a very subtle but sweetened mocha latte aroma about the beer.

Taste is of maple syrup, chocolate, and milk. This a very easy-to-drink stout, and I think because it's simply supremely made with just the slightest syrupy sweetness to it. Unlike some (American) stouts, there's not a whole lot in the way of excessive hop bitterness to this or overpowering flavor. It's simply a stout -- and a damn fine one.

After my trip to Ireland a year or so ago, I became one of the folks who maintains the often-held perception that Guinness in Dublin is better than Guinness here. And in this case, I'd say that, at the very least, Beamish *here* is better than Guinness *here.* Now, Dublin might be another story...

marburg, Mar 28, 2003
Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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