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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 aracauna
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beamish surpasses it's more famous and overrated counterpart (Guinness) in almost every way. It is a bit thinner, but the richer slightly sweeter flavor with chocolate/coffee tones definitely make up for that.

aracauna, Mar 27, 2002
Photo of medic25
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Matched nicely with a "Beamish Burger" at Delaney's, served in a Beamish pint glass. Nice pour, jet black with a creamy ivory head. Mild malty aroma. Taste is nicely balanced; sweet, malty, a little bit of coffee. Very easy drinking; the perfect choice for lunch on a cold day.

medic25, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of atis
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought it in supermarket in Dublin

Pours thick black with large off-white head that remains in half-finger thickness till the end of the glass, dense patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish roasted malts, some dark chocolate. Taste is roasted and grainy malt, hints of coffee and bittery and slightly warming aftertaste. It did not feel very dry, though. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Amazing, it confirmed just again that Beamish is my favourite stout. It gets much better grades if served on nitro-tap.

atis, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of John
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good stout. Comparable and a fine substitute for Guinness.

John, Oct 23, 2001
Photo of bboven
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only off thing about this beer is that it's a little light in color for the style, as I'm getting chestnut highlights around the botton of the glass but great head and lots of lacing.

Smell is roasted and slightly sour, exactly as it should be.

Great bitterness throughout, especially at the end.

Smooth from the nitro, just as it should be. Thin body with a bit of stickiness.

My new go-to dry stout, for sure. I'd have stopped drinking Guinness a long time ago if I'd tried this earlier.

bboven, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at old chicago

Pours mahogany/black with a tight 1.5" tan head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Slight iron & chocolate notes

T: A little iron up front, then some roasted malts. Chocolate & some slight lactose follow. Dryness & chocolate dominate the finish

MF: Rich, smooth & damn near perfectly balanced

Super drinkable, a nice dry stout that kicks Guiness in the arse in my humble opinion

russpowell, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap, April 21 & 22, 2009, in Dublin and Cork, Ireland:

A: A: The beer appeared a nice very dark, opaque black with a very nice cascade effect to it and a very nice, two finger, creamy, thick, and dense mocha head that was very well retained. As I recall most of the head was retained throughout the beer. Some nice lacing as well.

S: The aroma was heavy roasted malt, with a hint of oatmeal and coffee. Very well balanced and well done.

T: The taste is really good. A nice, good balance between the roasted malt, oatmeal and coffee. It also had only a hint of bitterness to it, but less so than Murphy's and it also had a hint of earthiness to it as well. Very well rounded.

M/D: The beer was thick, yet smooth, rich, creamy and very easy to drink. It had a very well balanced aftertaste, not too bitter, not too sweet. Honestly, I will rank this above both Guinness and Murphy's. An excellent beer and one that I will be enjoying again.

PhillyStyle, May 01, 2009
Photo of livingregret
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Nitro-Can

Appearance: Pours a light coffee colour that ends up looking black w/ a creamy 1 finger head. The head lingers the whole time and plenty of lacing

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, cream? and roasted malts. A little light on the nose like most Irish Stouts

Taste: Taste like slighty dry mocha coffee taste and roasted malts. A touch sweeter than Guinness

Mouthfeel: Like most Nitro-Can's it's creamy and filling

Drinkability: A very nice Irish Stout that isn't as dry as some of the others.

livingregret, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of EGledhill
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow... my first voyage into the Irish stouts. pitch black with a rich, creamy tan head. smells of burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. for as dark and heavy as it looks, it's extremely drinkable. will definitely get this one again...highly recommended

EGledhill, Jan 11, 2008
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 GoreStorm
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - this a great looking beer. dark dark black with a beautiful solid creamy head about and inch thick.

S - it's a bit difficult to smell this beer, smells of cold coffee and malt

T - coffee of course, some light malty sweetness and some bitterness comes through at the end.

M - very creamy and smooth

D - very drinkable, i've been known to suck on these all night, the creamyness is great and while the taste is good it doesn't overpower me after several beers. one of the best session beers.

notes - to my knowledge kegs aren't available on the west coast, or at least that's what i heard at the pub that i go to that no longer carries it. i can only find the cans anymore at bevmo, which are fine, but i love this stuff on draft, does anyone know anything about this and if it's true how to obtain a keg?

GoreStorm, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of Jason
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cornwalls in Boston, Ma.

Solid looking nitro head, black apperance. Slight malt and roasted grain in the nose. Nitro smoothness in a lightish body. Slight roasted twang, mild malt sweetness and a muted hop charater. Finishes with a feigned sweetness.

Better than the other dry Irish born Stouts IMO ...

Jason, May 21, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown/black color from the can with a short tan head that settles to a thick covering over the beer. Really nice looking beer. It laces the glass very well on the way down as well. The smell is of deep roasted malts, some coffee, some chocolate, some caramel, and a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste is really good. Very deep roasted malts are the base for a complex layering of chocolate, light coffee taste, and a hint of hoppy bitter at the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth with very tiny carbonation bubbles from the nitro widget inside the can. The drinkability is excellent. This beer does not have alot of alcohol, but it does have alot of flavor. This is my favorite Irish Dry Stout Yet.

erosier, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a cascading black with zero light showing through. The head is 1 finger in height, tan, ultra creamy and looks like it could stick around for days. Lacing coats the glass entirely.

S- Some chocolate, roasty grains, hints of cream and coffee. Also a deeper down note of graham crackers.

T- Starts out with an ultra creamy feel with notes of roasted grains, some coffee, some cream. The finish is creamy, clean, with residual notes of roastiness and coffee.

M- Ultra creamy and smooth. Zero carbonation.

D- This is one hell of a good Irish Dry Stout. The 4.1% doesn't hurt either. Definitely a hell of an afternoon beer. I'm not usually a big fan of nitro-style beer as it typically kills off a lot of flavor but the beamish really holds up well to the creamy nitro.

Greggy, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of Sheldon_Durrett
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Sheldon_Durrett, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of RedBiddy
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Breakfast. The beautiful lass that poured this as my breakfast will, no doubt, skew my review. I wrote our initials in the thick head. As I quaffed this brew the initials survived to the bottom of the glass. I swear I could taste banana. Slightly sweet, heavenly aroma, the tantalizing flavors danced on all areas of my tongue with the exception of sour. Whoops! Time for brunch...I'll have another!

RedBiddy, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of roopy40
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Beamish branded pint glass from nitro tap

A - Black with a creamy, white head that lasted forever. It looked like I just finished a root beer float when I was done with the beer. Off the charts head retention and great lace.

S - Roasted malt, a bit sweet and dank.

T - Roasted coffee flavor, sweet and bitter notes, creamy head adds to the coffee experience. I certainly got a "Beamish mustache" with every sip.

M - Low carbonation with a smooth, creamy feel to it. Rasps of bitterness on the tongue with the finish.

D - I could have sat in this British pub for hours drinking it. That is if I didn't sit at a brewery and had a few just prior to visiting there. Very pleasant mouthfeel and taste in my opinion.

roopy40, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of hayes31
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass.

The nitro can really helps with the pour, and seeing the stout cascading is pretty satisfying.

A great looking beer. Great smelling too, with a good amount of head. A very strong taste of burned toast, but in a very good way, and each gulp washes over the taste buds pleasantly.

This would easily be my go to stout if it were still widely available, but right now it's a little tough to find. Much better than Guinness.

hayes31, May 14, 2010
Photo of MadTown1000
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a pint+ can with a widget. Beamish pours in a way that I've only seen it and Guinness do, with a cascade of bubbles that start at the bottom of the glass and slowly float their way up to the top to form a silky, cream-colored head. The beer itself is just plain black. My glass might as well be ceramic - it's that opaque. As far as I'm concerned Beamish is just what a dark beer is supposed to look like.

Once I finish staring at it and actually drink the thing, Beamish has a smooth creaminess that I have not seen replicated anywhere. Heavily roasted barley gives it at rich, complex, almost meaty flavor. I hesitate to call a beer "meaty", but somehow it seems like the word that best fits. It doesn't reach the level of complexity of some of the best dark Belgian beers, but I don't think it's supposed to. It's mild enough that it won't conflict with any food pairing, and simultaneously robust enough to stand up to anything. One of my all-time favorites. I can't give it above average for smell because it doesn't really have one, but that hardly detracts from the overall experience.

MadTown1000, May 10, 2009
Photo of jaz58
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich yet very different stout than Guinness. Less of a creamy head which is fine by me. Good flavour, nice chocolate/coffee finish. Nice bitters finish. A good balance between the two. Wonderful mouthfeel. Very silky. A worthy replacement to Guinness.

jaz58, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Rio
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful, near pitch black color. Very little light can get through. Creamy, light brown head that sticks around. When poured, it looked like water running down the glass in waves as the beer settled a bit. Beautiful color.

Aroma was kind of hard to get ahold of. Seemed to be a slight roasted smell to it, with almost a smell of a café to it, the mixture of coffee and chocolate. Smell was a little weak, but still very good.

Taste was heavy of a roasted flavor, with a bit of a hoppy characteristic to it, I think. Finishes with a taste of a creamed coffee, maybe. The head makes for a creamy mouthfeel, but the beer itself tastes a little thin.

One of my favorite beers, and one I often recommend to people who think Guinness is a bit too much for their tastes. Very drinkable.

Rio, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of sfprint
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had immediately after a guinness on tap in Dublin Ireland
Reviewed July 15th, 2012

A: Head a hair more porous than the Guinness, but also extremely creamy though a hair less.
S: Red ale, a hair tart with some cream brought, bright on top
T: In the direction of a red ale, feels more alcoholic than the guinness, there's a bit of pepper spice in it, flavor is more forward, toastedness is clear with a bit of tang.
M: pretty smooth with a little zip of carbonation.
O: Combination of "cream" and "red" ale qualities.

sfprint, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of hdofu
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pouring the beer produces a sudsy brown concoction that kind of looks like sludge at first but ends in a cola black colored beer with a lite tan head that maintains a 1 centimeter head. Smells chocolatey with maybe a hint of birch. Taste is slightly sweet but a little bland compared to the smell. The mouthfeel is quite thick almost like sherbert. Overall nothing offensive, to hurt drinkability, but nothing to make me want to race out and buy more either. Overall its a pretty good stout.

hdofu, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know...I hate to compare one beer to another when I'm trying to keep a focus on rating. But when you pour this one out, you can't help but think of Guinness. That was enough to give me a positive bias from the beginning.

Appearance - Guinness, is that you? Delicously dark beer with a creamy and roasty colored head. Those cascading bubbles are hypnotic.

Smell - Very mellow and inviting. Light scents of roasted malts, smoke and coffee.

Taste - Just like it smells with the taste being more definitive in the palate than the smell was to the nose.

Mouthfeel - Just the right thickness, creamy and malty.

Drinkability - Definite repeater.

SaltyLime, May 04, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby almost black body, head is a creamy brown finely bubbled. No carbonation, good retention and lace.
Good smell which is a milder version of the taste of roasted coffee.
Good classic dry stout taste. Dark roasted coffee beans with a robust hoppy carriage rolling over the tongue. After taste doesn't linger for very long but it's a pleasant burnt coffee while it last, with maybe even a more pronounced hop character to it. This brew has a very clean and basic/simple flavor to it.
Nitro induced creamy smooth mouthfeel, little coating which is fine for a dry stout. High drinkability as this is an interesting yet simple brew with low abv.


oelergud, Sep 18, 2004
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