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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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719 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 46
Gots: 10 | 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 proc
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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 -0.3%
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 -6.8%
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%
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 -0.8%
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 -8.1%
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 -4.7%
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 +5.8%
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 -22.6%
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 -4.2%
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 +4.5%
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 -2.1%
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 +20.2%
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 -5.5%
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 +8.9%
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 +3.1%
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
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of WaltTrombone
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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...)

WaltTrombone, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of bditty187
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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…

bditty187, Jan 03, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

JISurfer, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of Admiraldinty
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Admiraldinty, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of ipogios
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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

ipogios, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 21, 2002
Photo of nathi
5/5  rDev +31.2%
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.

nathi, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Brent, Oct 18, 2002
Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.