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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: 54
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Photo of homersimpson
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish brown with a light beige creamy head.
Herbal peaty malt nose with a vague brush of coffee
Light and silky, it coats your tongue.
Somewhat sweet at the gate, all malt with a slight sour note and a hint of smoke towards the end. The roast is what lingers for a while afterwards.
A bit to the left of Guinness. Excellent brew, but not spectacular.

Photo of Shiloh
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watching this brew after it has been poured from its widget infested can is worth the price of this beer alone. Was saddened when the show ended with all its cascading visual effects.
The end result was a very dark, black really. product with a very creamy tan head of extremly tight bubbles.
Aroma is very lightly of roasted nuts.
Body for a stout is medium.
The taste started briefly to the malts....that of dark chocolate.
Then quickly reversed itself to the hops where it finished with a nice lingering affect.
I have just finished consuming this 500 ml can and the remaining glass cling is astouding...I have a mountain range to rinse out of my glass.

Photo of alexgash
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool looking beer, once that widget does it's thing. I'm still impressed with these nitro cans and the NASA scientists that invented them for the Beer in Space program of the 70s. Very dark brown body with a 1 inch thick creamy dense sand colored head. Smells of roasted, slightly-sweet malts, but very subtle. Taste starts with mildly roasted malts, and slight bitterness into the finish. I'm also getting some weird metal and cardboard tastes. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation make this one go down easily.

Photo of diablo14
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

id like to try this in something other than the can, because as far as ive experienced, its pretty ordinary for a stock standard irish stout.

the appearance is excellent. its everything youd expect to see in the style. from the dark, opaque brown color to the creamy tan head, its what you want to be seeing. alas, its all downhill from there. it really lacks body it the mouth, the little bit of aroma there is doesnt inspire, and the flavor is far far too weak. you can taste caramel in there, tho only coz they add it. theres a distinct lack of roasted flavour, and while there are nice hints of buttered toast and coffee and a slightly peppery touch, it just isnt bold enuff for a stout, especially compared to guinness and murphys. a bit too metallic also, even for a nitro can. its almost like a black ale in body, which should not in any way be the case here.

beamish is very lacklustre in the world of irish stouts. as it often says about second rate horses in the form guide, i prefer others.

Photo of DagFishHead
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can delivers a gorgeous cascade that ends with a light tan pillow head perched atop a sea of black.
Smell: virtually non-existent... very slight hints of mocha... unfortunately overwhemed by tinniness.
Taste: quite dry, very subtle coffee tones. Tinniness and watery mouthfeel are distracting. Taste improves slightly as it warms, but still far too understated for my taste.
Mouthfeel: only description is watery... very dissapointing
The appearance of this beer was very promising... so the tasting was that much more disappointing. I've seen so many good reviews of this beer I think I'll give it another chance (on tap next time) some day. Easy enough to drink, but there are so many others more deserving of my time and tastebuds.

Photo of grynder33
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tasted this with glasses of Guinnessand Murphy side by side. I always give the nitro widget high appearance points. The aroma was very roasted malt, a little coffeeish, you can almost smell the creaminess.Had the nitro creamy mouthfeel, roasted malt taste, different than Guinness, and the normal Irish stout dry aftertaste. I rated this in between the other two.

Photo of UnionMade
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an opaque black, just a bit of red shining through the edges, topped with a creamy nitro induced antique white head. Great lacing, sticking to the glass like crazy, with excellent nitro retention, never diminishing and leaving a thick glob at the bottom of the pint.
The aroma is lightly roasty, with a pleasant chocolatey maltiness. Some light toffee, with a nitro tinniness. A touch of fig esteriness. Some soapy aroma.
The flavor starts out a bit thin, with light roastiness up front. A bit of chocolate flavor, very pleasant, with a touch of toffee around the middle. Very light fig. A bit inny towards the end, finishing very dry. Light bodied, with a light tingly nitro carbonation. The finish is very nice and dry, one of the best I've had. Very drinkable, i can easily drink this all night.
Not especially full flavored, but easily my choice for a real irish stout. I don't particularly care for the tinniness that the nitro carbonation imparts, but it's a tasty session pint. I prefer this over Guinness, as it has a more complex flavor to the malt.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourred a beautiful creamy black brew with a nice foamy head that will stay for a while. Roasted nose with a little water aftertaste. Very similar to Guinness. I had better stout but this one is not that bad. This beer was drank from a nitro can (very effective for stout I find)

Photo of PiratePete
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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!

Photo of ChrisBowers
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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....

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.

Photo of clvand0
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of kevinl6
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of Ellbert
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of TheDM
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of canoehornpoint
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of maxpower
2.09/5  rDev -45%
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.

Photo of aaronh
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
2.74/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

Photo of jlervine
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
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".

Photo of AaronRed
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of DESTRO
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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