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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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Ratings: 728
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 51
Gots: 12 | 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 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
Photo of BigHead
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have always battled back and forth on whether I prefer Beamish over Guinness, and I think I still go with Guinness. While Beamish's nitro can does do a nice job of capturing the draught flavor, the cascade that you get with a Guinness is not the same. The smell of the beer does have an aroma reminiscent of coffee. The flavor is very good and the hints of coffee and chocolate are a pleasure. It is a thin feeling beer in your mouth and thus it does not load down your palate, which makes it highly drinkable. I find it a tad bit smoother than Guinness but loses some of the bitterness. Overall, if the bartender says we're all out of Guinness, how about a Beamish, I'll definitely survive.

BigHead, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 oz. Nitro Can

Appearance: This was a jet black beer that let just a hint of ruby light through when held up to a lamp. It had that wonderful cascade effect that settled into a tan, two-finger head. It was a typical nitorgen induced head: dense, creamy, and able to support the weight of a small child. The head did not dissipate until I started drinking, which involved sucking the beer through the dense cap of foam. A good finger's worth survived until the end, leaving scattered lace on the glass.

Smell: It had a mild aroma of dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, and smoke.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied (too thin) and creamy smooth.

Taste: There was a strong flavor of dark coffee, combined with lighter hints of bitter chocolate and smoke. Well into the finish I noticed that a nice bitterness had crept in without me even noticing. While it wasn't slap-me-in-the-face bitter, it was enough to balance out the flavors upfront.

This is a nice stout-in-a-can. And you even get a full pint, as opposed to Guinness, which I've always felt has cheated me out of that extra 1.1 oz. per can.

Quaffer, Mar 24, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beamish Irish Stout. Notes: Nitro Can: Best Before-February 2002! This beer poured a wonderful dark black colour with that beautiful cascading effect that you get with nitro beers. This smelled of almost nothing. Faint roasted malts were present but that is about it. The taste was very subdued as well. It was very smokey(almost like a smoke ale), roasted, and malty. This had a very thick mouthfeel to it and an O.K. drinkability as well. Perhaps a fresher can would have impressed me more, but who knows.
A decent canned nitro stout if you are in a pinch!

I recently had a fresh can of this, and it was exactly the same as the outdated one. My marks stay the same...

francisweizen, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of Winter
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a smooth, creamy khaki colored head. Beautiful cascading action in the glass from the nitrogen is inline with other canned nitro stouts utilizing the "widget". Aroma consists of coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Full-bodied mouthfeel that's creamy and silky smooth. Taste consists of roasted malt and dark coffee. Finish has a dry bitterness to it. A very likable stout that seems almost identical to Guinness Draught. Beamish may have a slightly more pronounced bitterness to its finish.

Winter, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to have one of these in honor of St. Patrick's Day. 16 oz nitro widget can.

Poured black as night with a creamy (nitrogen), tan foam head that left good lace and coating down the glass. The smell was very nice: sweet, creamy malt with a bit of yeast. The taste was modest: mostly roasted malts with a bit of sweetness and a little hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was clean, fairly dry, with moderate carbonation, but a bit thin on body. The drinkability was quite good. This is an excellent session stout -- very smooth and easy to drink.

UncleJimbo, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of budgood1
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a re-review
pours out a beautiful black colour with cascading tan head.....slight roasted malt in the nose with a little of the metallic notes of the can too. taste is a complicated dance of both sweet and bitter burnt roasted malt. the mouthfeel is just about perfect, creamy and smooth, with just a hint of roughness. hops are minimal, but enough to balance things out. more bitterness and character than guiness or murphy's, and unique enough to set it apart from the other dry irish stouts. pretty dry finish. a tasty and rewarding stout. another one i could drink many pints of.

happy st. patrick's day!

budgood1, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of Running4beer
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black color with a thick creamy tan head that stays till the end. Cool cascading effect while pouring, settles rather quickly. There was a smell of coffee and some chocolate to it. Taste of chocolate, coffee and malts with a slight peanut taste at the end. Thick creamy mouthfeel almost like a chocolate milk shake. Drinkability is good, all in all very good.

Running4beer, Mar 17, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite stouts,poured nicely with the widget can nice wavey appearance and great creamy head that stayes.Smell is very creamy of coffee and hint of chocilate.Taste is nice and coffee-like and the hops are more prevalent than some other Irish stouts(u know who Iam talking about).Will be drinking this today thrue tomorrow for St.Patty's day.

oberon, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of proc
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer and to be honest, I can't believe I haven't reviewed it yet.

Pours out to the usual, dark as night look as a stout of this nature should. Aroma is good, but albeit light. Roasted malt is present.

Taste is quite good. Afformentioned roasted malts take to the forefront, with a very easy-to-drink creaminess.

I really think I enjoyed this more than Guinness., but in no way as much as Bell's K'zoo Stout or Rouge's Shakespheare Stout.

Highly drinkable and a nice compliment to corned beef and cabbage.

proc, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beamish In the nitro-can, with the widget: Nice looking pour, with the tumbling head. The beer solidifies fairly quickly, leaving a pale almost white head. The beer itself is a rich deep ruby, very dark. The aroma is very nice, with strong scents of chocolate and coffee. This beer has less body than its well-known competitor, but the taste is drier, with a very nice taste of coffee. There are hints of hops toward the end as well. Very pleasant.

jackndan, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of vitesse
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer is so similar to guinness and murphy's. i'm not even sure if i could pick it out in a blind taste test. still, it's a yummy stout. beautiful pour and nice creamy roasted malt taste. i recommend this if you're looking for a nice dry stout. it was also very inexpensive at $4 for a 4 pack of big nitro cans. highly recommended.

vitesse, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours jet-black with the head modest in size and a light chocolate in color, the consistency creamy and the resultant lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Toasted grain nose, hints of coffee, sweet and quite pleasant to the old schnozzle and the start loaded with malt, the top slim in its feel to the palate. Finish has a nice but understated hop bite, quite mild on the carbonation, bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste, and a fine stout in its on right, and to me the equal of Guinness, but not the better, that is my humble opinion.

Gusler, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of AudioGilz
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's opaque black. The head is awesome; large, thick and creamy. There wasn't much of an aroma, just a hint of roasted malt. Such a highly drinkable stout, there is pretty much roasted malt flavors and creaminess. The mouthfeel is a little thin though. But the drinkability makes up for that. This is a stout I will go to when I feel the need for quantity along with quality.

AudioGilz, Mar 12, 2003
Photo of StevieW
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can. After opening and pouring freshness date noticed on the bottom of the can "112801" Ought oh.

Medium black color with cascading beige head. Set up up nice and dense. Smell was a little better than average. Moderately bitter burnt toast and coffee smells and tastes followed. Faint nutty quality to it, but overal a little thin and slick. Roasted coffee and some soft chocolate tastes with there. Creamy but medium bodied, bit thin on the finish. Slick oilyness finishes up the glass.

I don't think the tastes suffered too much from being 1 1/2 old. A fresher version could have offered fuller flavors. But I think it's clear Murphy's is better than both Beamish and Guinness.

StevieW, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of chilidog
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sought this brew out at dinner at the only spot around me that carries it. Im glad I did. It pours almost black with a frothy tan half-inch head or collar. The aroma of roasted malts & coffee. The taste had hints ( not overpowering bitter burnt ) of roasted malts, chocolate & coffee. The body was abit watery or lighter than other stouts. That may aid this brew, an easy drink with foods or desserts. Mouthfeel is left a creamy dry. I'll seek it again, but at this place, at 4.50 each, perhaps once in awhile is good enough.

chilidog, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of kunzbrew
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a jet black with a sexy creamy head that last for the duration. The silky lace thata is left behind is also very attractive. The smell of coffee and robust malts and hops fill the nose. This is the best alternative for the big Ginnuess. The strong coffee and robust malts make the flavor very nice and enjoyable to drink.


kunzbrew, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Purchased a 4-pack of nitro cans - a treat every stout lover must indulge in every once in a while. This brew poured a deep, dark brown - almost black but not quite. The head was slightly off-white and had a mousse-like texture. The cascading in the glass was also pretty impressive - gotta love that widget. The nose and over all taste was kind of a let down however. Personally I thought the smell was a mix between chalk dust and flat budweiser. It also had a very watery mouthfeel and not much body in the taste - simple chocolate and malt and not much else. Nonetheless this was a good buy - easy drinkin', not too expensive, and definetely worth a try.

nixhecks, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of ElGuapo
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours almost black with a creamy tan foam on top. The nose has some nice chocolate notes with a bit of coffee and roasty malts. If you let it warm and swirl it, the chocolate really picks up nicely.

There si nothing fantastic here, but it is a good solid irish stout. It is pretty dry and roasty. There is a good roasty flavor with a touch of chocolate in there. Bitterness comes in a bit at the end. The carbonation is very mild, and it is just a creamy brew. A very good mouthfeel that is silky and very enjoyable. This is sure a superior to Guinness, but it is nothing incredible.

ElGuapo, Mar 04, 2003
Photo of rabidawg
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Read any review of Guinness and there you have Beamish, with a couple of notable exceptions. First, this is a cleaner brew, with a crisper, dryer finish. Second, this beer seems even lighter and easier to drink than the standard Guinness Draught. Great session beer.

rabidawg, Mar 02, 2003
Photo of SaunaKing
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, deep black with a thick dark-beige head that while not deep is retained for a long while. At first pour the beer is all head then you watch the head recede and see the black beer underneath rise up. If you swirl your glass around, its like a lava lamp or something. The black beer and the beige head rise and recede like waves on a beach.

Smell is of butterscotch and very pleasing. Like you are about to have a delicious dessert.

Tastes good too. Like a chewy toffee or butterscotch candy.

The mouthfeel is ok, creamy and smooth from the low carbonation, but no real finish. It just fades away until its time for another gulp.

I could see myself drinking a bunch of these without much of a problem.

I think this is my new breakfast beer.

SaunaKing, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer, like any other nitro-can brew, looks great. Ink-black with the faintest ruby notes at the bottom of the glass. Beautiful, thick, tan pancake head that lingers forever with sparse lacing (probably because I drink the stuff down so fast it doesn't have a chance to stick to the glass). At the bottom of my (ahem!) Guinness pint glass, I still had a 1 1/2" head. Carbonation is mild. Could I tell the difference between Beamish, Murphy's and Guinness in a blind tasting? Sure, but I'd have to cross-train my tastebuds with some malt push-ups and and roasted barley sit-ups. This beer smells rich with roasted grains and coffee, and is probably closer in aroma to Guinness than Murphy's. The mouthfeel is luxuriously smooth, soft, and creamy with a medium body...highly drinkable. Uniquely, this brew has a definite roasted barley graininess, is clean of any metallic overtones, has a slightly more astringent black patent finish and mellower finishing hops. Starts with distinct roasted barley, fades into a mild malt background, and ends with both astringent black patent malt and perfectly balanced, smooth bittering hops. A subtle smoke and cigar ash note is detected towards the finish. Delicious...recommended over Guinness for it's subtle complexity.

Mitchster, Feb 20, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint can of this in a mixed sixer. Poured a solid black color with a thick cream colored head that lasted the whole brew. This was my first experience with the nitro can, I love the fizz that comes out as soon as you pop the top. Aroma was of dark malts and maybe a hint of chocolate, not a real strong aroma. The taste seemed a bit watered down, though it wasn't bad. Roasted malts dominated the taste with a little sweetness. I felt the mouthfeel was the lowpoint of this beer. It seemed to have absolutely no carbonation. It was smooth but the mouthfeel was like water, no it was like skim milk. Overall I liked this beer better than I thought I would, and I would drink it again.

Bruiser81, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of texascarl
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually order a pint of Guiness or the local draught dry stout by habit. Tried this last night for a change and I may have to form a new habit.

Appearance: black, nearly opaque, inch-thick nitro head. Beauty.

Smell: fabulous, chocolate and dark roasted coffee

Taste:sweeter than the other stouts I usually drink, chocolate, the only bitterness was of dark roasted malt, not a lot of hops. Great flavor, I wanted more when I'd reached my self-imposed daily limit of 3 pints.

Notes: mixed the last half a glass to make a black and tan, the result was still sweet and tasty.

texascarl, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in the 1 pint nitro can.
This stout actually poured pretty "clear", well compared with Guiness it did!Then it cascades up to leave a inch head ( coffeee and cream colour) atop a deep deepo black beer!
The smell of this beer is not quite as strong as Guiness Draught..but still malty.
A much cleaner , crisp even, taste than Guibness draught..less hoppy.
Quite quaffable indeed..mmmmmm mmm mmm

Reidrover, Feb 07, 2003
Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 728 ratings.