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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

708 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 44
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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bboven

Texas

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.

Serving type: can

03-14-2008 23:24:34 | More by bboven
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-23-2007 04:14:00 | More by russpowell
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 15:15:12 | More by PhillyStyle
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livingregret

Washington

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-13-2007 01:30:22 | More by livingregret
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EGledhill

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: nitro-can

01-11-2008 06:18:39 | More by EGledhill
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Winter

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2003 10:26:47 | More by Winter
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GoreStorm

California

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?

Serving type: nitro-can

12-11-2007 18:11:05 | More by GoreStorm
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Jason

Massachusetts

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 ...

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-21-2009 20:28:01 | More by Jason
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erosier

Connecticut

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-04-2008 00:09:29 | More by erosier
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Greggy

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 03:44:16 | More by Greggy
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RedBiddy

Oregon

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 18:36:57 | More by RedBiddy
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roopy40

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-17-2009 20:23:14 | More by roopy40
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hayes31

Illinois

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-14-2010 21:26:06 | More by hayes31
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MadTown1000

Virginia

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.

Serving type: can

05-10-2009 04:49:57 | More by MadTown1000
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jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 15:32:52 | More by jaz58
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Rio

Kansas

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-31-2004 04:28:52 | More by Rio
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sfprint

Germany

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-20-2012 14:32:09 | More by sfprint
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hdofu

Maryland

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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2008 23:45:29 | More by hdofu
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SaltyLime

Colorado

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-04-2007 14:32:14 | More by SaltyLime
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oelergud

Virginia

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

Serving type: nitro-can

09-18-2004 19:27:25 | More by oelergud
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a 3-way shootout with Guinness, Murphy's, & Beamish tonight. Let's see who comes out on top.

16oz nitro widget can. No freshness date.

Pours black with a one-finger+ dense nitro light brown head. Light brown and ruby highlights under light. Comes in middle of the pack in darkness of the head and body, leaves good lacing, head retains well but falls apart a bit at the end. More similarities to Murphy's rather than Guinness in the appearance (and really all categories for that matter).

Aroma is pretty quiet but does feature some sweet malt, roast, chocolate, touch of coffee. That nitro "smell" is present. Middle of the pack in aroma.

Flavor is quite nice, light milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, very smooth. Equal to Guinness, although different. A bit sweeter and roastier.

Mouthfeel is amazing...I love nitro beers. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Fuller body than Guinness, identical to Murphy's.

A close 2nd in this shootout. Similar but superior to Murphy's. Subtle differences between this and Guinness and they are both quite good. Guinness gets a SLIGHT nod due to better appearance and aroma, availability and price also help the classic from St. James Gate take the victory in the shootout. Still, very glad to FINALLY be able to try Beamish after years of hunting, a solid silver medal winner in my book!

Serving type: nitro-can

06-16-2010 02:49:42 | More by elgiacomo
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Liner5602

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My experience with this beer comes from an Irish Pub in center city Philly... I've had Beamish two times and each time I have had it, it leaves me wanting more. It is honestly the best stout I have ever had. After an early experience with Guiness and not quite liking that, I thought I would never enjoy a stout again. But this certainly proved me wrong.

The bar tender brought it over and it was a cloudy dark brown/black looking to start. The cloudiness majestically rolled up the glass forming a nice thick foamy head. The smell I got was of coffee/chocolate with a nice smokey undertone. The first taste is by far the best. The combination of the taste of the creamy head and then the dark rich stout is a symphony in the mouth. It hits your mouth and you do not want to put it down. Its very smooth and extremely satisfying. A bit bitter but nothing unbearable. The bitterness fades into a beautiful chocolate aftertaste that is just fantastic.

This stout is reccomended for those who do not like a real bitter tasting beer. There is a bitter taste but it is very slight,and very enjoyable. The aftertaste is really to die for.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2005 22:36:23 | More by Liner5602
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Thanby

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just like you would expect for a nitro-stout. Extremely dark ruby (nearly black) with a small but long-lived creamy tan head.

Smells of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, very mild spice, milk.

First taste is very smooth and creamy. The cocoa starts mild, mixing with the texture and the milk, and then the coffee and bitterness from the cocoa round it out and linger well into the finish.

Light to medium body, exceedingly smooth, fairly well-balanced palate, overall a very simple and modest stout that's easy to drink and quite pleasing. Very similar to Guiness, etc, but I think it has a nicer body and slightly deeper flavor.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-09-2008 00:41:57 | More by Thanby
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bkilpatr

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 440 ml nitro-can into a mug. 12/22/08.

Pours a very dark brownish black with a thin half-finger of artificially creamy light-tan head. The head never dissipated, it just stayed at a thin layer and left lacing around the glass as I drank. Aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate.

Taste is mostly roasted malt with some milk chocolate. Some toffee and caramel, slight coffee taste. Slight sweetness with a dry and bitter finish. Some tobacco in the finish. The taste is the best of the big three nitro-stouts, in my opinion.

Feel is super creamy and smooth with no carbonation. A bit thin with a light-medium body. Drinkability is really good. The nitro makes the beer feel lighter and really easy to drink. Very sessionable.

Of the big three, this is probably my favorite - it has a more roasted taste than the other two. I really wish I could try this without the nitro. Probably my favorite nitro-stout, I highly recommend it.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-23-2008 04:55:39 | More by bkilpatr
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Walken

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beamish & Crawford: Irish Dry Stout (Tasted 03/17/08)
16 oz. Nitro-Can: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Can opens with a hiss & pours out pitch black. Nitrogen bubbles cloud the beer, eventually rushing to the top forming a creamy mocha head that dies down into a one inch firm, flat cap that leaves a solid wall of stickage.
Odor: Cream, baker's chocolate, roasted grain.
Consistency: Full, firm, dry & creamy smooth body tempered by slightly astringent roasted grains.
Taste: An echo of the aroma with the addition of dry roasted grain flavors reminiscent of day old coffee. Finishes dry with some earthy, tea like hop flavor, powdery chocolate & lingering roasted malt.

Out of the big three Irish dry stouts, this is my favorite. Unlike Guinness Draft, the body stays strong until the finish and the levels of sweet & roasted malts seem perfectly balanced.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-03-2008 01:03:50 | More by Walken
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