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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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very good

709 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 44
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-02-2003 19:28:37 | More by rabidawg
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-22-2003 11:15:15 | More by SaunaKing
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-20-2003 18:23:55 | More by Mitchster
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 12:49:22 | More by Bruiser81
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2003 10:48:25 | More by texascarl
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

Serving type: nitro-can

02-07-2003 05:56:37 | More by Reidrover
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nitro-can, poured into a wide-mouthed glass. Virtually black in color, with a beautiful, fine, sturdy tan head. Aromas: soft, sly hints of cocoa, coffee, and nuts. Dry, yet a touch on the sweet side. Some initial bitterness and grit on the palate --does it come from the can? I can't shake a certain metallic tinge. No, it continues throughout the finish. The brief and uneventful finish, if I may say. Not as creamy as the nitro-Guinness Draught, but nowhere near as full-bodied and full of character as the best stouts in the world. Very forgettable. Pass me the darts, mate.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-15-2003 21:29:05 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of WaltTrombone

New York

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love those creamy nitro heads, a thick creamy beige that hangs on to the sides of the glass as you drink, and a black body.

The predominant flavor is expresso coffee, with a slight cherry note when first poured, along with a bit of dark chocolate. A slightly bitter, citrus-y aftertaste finishes it off, but the expresso flavor is predominant throughout.

Hmmm, that's pretty good, I may have to have another. (just to confirm my impressions, you understand...)

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2003 17:37:51 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of bditty187


3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-can encouraged frothy tan head, superb retention, some lace, almost opaque hue. Light yet pleasant nose with chocolate, licorice, raisin, and an ultra faint hint of rum. Impeccably smooth quaff, muffled flavors of lightly toasted malt, hints of coffee, and not much else. Finish is not dry or bitter enough. It is very easy to drink, a good session beer I would think. Beamish seems on par with Guinness’ nitro-can version.

I must say that nitro-can widgets annoy me…

Serving type: nitro-can

01-03-2003 15:27:27 | More by bditty187
Photo of JISurfer

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice Irish beer. How could you go wrong? Although the saying pertains to whiskey, this rings true to Irish people and thier beers as well. "God created whiskey, so the Irish wouldn't rule the world." Now, I must say that I am a huge fan of Guinness and Murphy's, but this is also another great stout. It starts off bitter, but finishes nice and smooth. I could drink this stuff for days, but I have work and a liver, so that is a little hard to do.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-25-2002 00:29:44 | More by JISurfer
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as Guiness, but a much richer flavor. I didn't find the smell particularly persuasive. However, the taste makes up for this. There are definite coffee tones. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. You might as well be drinking water. As a result this beer is has a high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 09:26:48 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of ipogios


3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance (like guinness). Taste is very average (hops and malts). A bit sweeter than others though. Quite refreshing and goes down easily. The alcohol level could be a bit higher though to make the beer a bit stronger

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2002 09:58:13 | More by ipogios
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really have to give the person that invented the nitro-can some credit. It's just as good, if not better, than the draft pour. It's opaque black with mahogany highlights at the base and collar, and the head is quite impressve: light tan in color, dense and creamy, and astonishingly long lasting - literally lasting to the bottom of the glass! The aroma is lightly fruity and deeply roasty with some mild bittersweet chocolate, some soft dry tobacco, and stale wet coffee grounds. The body is light but appears much fuller due to the intensely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is roasty from start to finish, but also includes some fruit and nicely sweet malt up front, a very mild caramel note as it warms in the mouth near the finish, and a lingering roast and bitterness. This is clearly milder than the Guinness that it emulates, and I think I find this preferable. It's softer and less bitter, with a touch of chocolate, and much less acidic throughout. An easy drinking beer with some nice roast character.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-21-2002 20:04:37 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of nathi


5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect dry stout, and near perfection in a beer. Black and wonderfull with that excellent thick head. Nice malt and mocha coffee aroma. Bitter sweet flavor, full and creamy yet with a nice dryness in the finish that keeps you drinking. Not as sharp as guinness with this wonderfull complex nutty/chocolate finish...Mmmmmm

You have to have this one on tap, the cans do no justice to it. And for the beer at it peak, ya gotta have it in Ireland..

On tap this beer beats out Guinness easily in my book.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-15-2002 17:07:13 | More by nathi
Photo of Brent


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A thing of beauty in the dimpled pint pub mug. Jet black with a perfect creamy tan head, thanks to the nitro widget - looked like chocolate milk as it poured. Aroma was a pleasant roasted malt, but nothing stands out. Flavor is a pleasant dark-roasted malt. A hint of coffee and chocolate, but just a hint. I did not get any peat smoke, as one often finds in dry Irish stouts, but it might have been hiding in the roasted malt flavor. Flavor was not as roasted as Guinness, and not as assertive as Murphy's. A bit on the mild side, but very pleasant. Mouthfeel was this beer's downfall - very thin and watery, even for a nitro can.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-18-2002 08:07:15 | More by Brent
Photo of Jon


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown liquid emerges from this nitro can offering. It has a very creamy tan head that lasts the duration of the brew... looks pretty good. The smell is of subtle toffee and maybe just a little roastiness, but both are indeed faint. The tastes of toffee, roasted malt and coffee are present and well-balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but this is an easy drinking stout. I also prefer Beamish to the Guinness nitro cans... on tap is a different story, however.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-16-2002 18:26:46 | More by Jon
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dense, two-finger head which was tan. The beer itself wasn't completely black, just very, very dark red. Nice hop aroma, but above all it had a great roasty malt aroma and a little bit of smoke and toffee. Toast, coffee, and a little of both sweet and sour in the mouth. The aspect of this beer that stands out the most IMO is the mouth feel, rich and substantial. By far this is the best nitro can dry stout. I would love to try this one draught.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-22-2002 08:17:12 | More by yen157
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually prefer this brew to Guiness, it pours with a nice creamy tofffe like head and leaves a nice lace. The smell is somewhat on the roasty side and has a very good mouthfeel. The taste has a good mixture of choc. and coffe very well balanced. Goes down rather smooth...........CHEERS

Serving type: nitro-can

08-18-2002 10:09:06 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of Dogbrick


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

This is pretty much a carbon copy of the canned Guinness, so it has all the same strengths and weaknesses. I would always choose a draught over a can but this is great for home use. That widget definitely has a Pavlovian effect on me. I salivate now whenever I hear it. If Budweiser ever figures that out I am in trouble.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-18-2002 10:32:13 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at McGillians in Philly with WilliamPhilaPa... Jet black color, with a real thick, creamy head! Nice little cascade after the pour, and top-notch lace. Aroma was on the mild side, with roasty, coffee flavors. Body a bit fuller than Guinness, and creamy-smooth over the tongue. Flavors tasted were roasted malts, some coffee, and an easy-drinking dry finish.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: nitro-tap

07-07-2002 09:13:47 | More by Bierman9
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this today at McGillian's Old Ale House, a very nice Irish bar, but the beer list is less then great. Anyway…Pours a solid black, with a solid creamy head. Aromas of roasted malts. Mouth feel is just super creamy…excellent! On the palate roasted malts, coffee notes, slightly dry etc. I think this stuff is better then Guinness…great stuff.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-13-2002 15:24:15 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of EagleTalon


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I prefer this "widget can" stout over the same type of product offered by Guinness. It has a slight hop aroma and lacks that sour "tang" that Guinness is (in)famous for. don't get me wrong, I like Guinness on tap, but if I had to choose between the two in the nitro cans, the Beamish is preferred.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-09-2002 00:12:54 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of packetknife


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fun to watch cascade. Tan head, thicker than tap version (had both same night). Slightly (ever-so) sweeter than the tap with stronger roasty hints on the nose and tongue. Dry. I still think Guiness on tap is the benchmark but Beamish and Murphys do a number too.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-29-2002 18:25:54 | More by packetknife
Photo of marc77


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typically impressive ultra dense, thick and well - retained tan head from the nitrogenation. Deep garnet and clear when held to light. Chocolate malt aroma w/ a subtle coffee - like roasted barley note. Pleasantly sweet at first, followed by a light but lingering roasted barley and hop bitterness. There's less roasted barley sharpness and hop bitterness when compared to canned Guinness and more chocolate malt flavor. Very mild diacetyl butterscotch is perceptible and complements the chocolate malt flavor. Fairly full bodied from the use of flaked barley w/ the usual nitro induced super smooth mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor. Beamish is more flavorful and rich than canned Guinness and isn't nearly as "dry." An enjoyable brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-28-2002 18:48:49 | More by marc77
Photo of ADR


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thirty seconds of cascading head, settles in at 1/2 inch of jello-like head, with thick-walled bubbles in the middle...A little maple sugar in the malty aroma. Quite mild in mouthfeel solid roasted malt flavors with coffee impression. Stays pretty well away from bitterness. As usual, minimal detection of hops. Pretty satisfying, maybe a tad fuller if not better tasting than Guinness "nitro" Stout. A little less head sticks to the glass than in some nitros.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-24-2002 08:53:56 | More by ADR
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