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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout

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693 Ratings
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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%

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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 Walken


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of Thanby


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of hdofu


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of bkilpatr


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of elgiacomo


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of sfprint


4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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
Photo of yen157

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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 stewart124


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color with an off-white head. Sweet roasted malts and coffee smell. The taste is slightly sweeter than the others (Guinnes and Murphy's) but still ends dry. Very creamy body and a silky feel. Still a thick body. Slight hints of chocolate and hops. Dry aftertaste of chocolate and sweet malts. I'm more partial to this Irish Stout and will be drinking this one for St. Patrick's Day. All I can say is this is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 05:14:12 | More by stewart124
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks just like a draft the way the bubbles settle down into a nice black body and a creamy tan head with lacing all over the place

Smell: Not a whole lot on the aroma side; just a little roasted malt

Taste: Starts out rather sweet and chocolatey; mid-palate a surprising bitterness rushes in to join the fray; finishes nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy texture

Drinkability: I had low expectations coming in but I am a real fan of this now

Serving type: nitro-can

11-02-2005 02:24:10 | More by brentk56
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a dark black with slight purple highlights and a thin creamy tan head that left mild lace. Smells of liquorish, chocolate and cherries. Tasted of smooth sweet red grapes and chocolate malt with a touch of sourness. What caught my attention most was a thin sweetness that permeated the entirety of the flavor and the surprisingly clean finish. Mouth feel was medium bodied and flat due to the nitrogen. With a nice and easy flavor, a clean finish, and a slick body, this is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-31-2005 22:38:16 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of biergeniesser


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This .5l nitro can of Beamish Stout poured a clear dark brown to black and showed hints of a deep ruby red when held to the light. A beautiful cascade produced a thick, creamy, off-white head which persisted until it had finally laced all of itself onto the sides of my imperial bell pint.

The aroma of Beamish Stout is very clean. The dominating aromas are roasty and creamy with chocolate notes. No noticeable hop aroma.

The flavor of Beamish is smooth and clean roastiness with definite chocolate flavor. Slight alcohol flavors are in the background and hop bitterness and flavor are imperceptible.

Beamish has a light body but is viscous and has a moderate mouth coat. It has a smooth creaminess, which finishes dry.

Of the big three, Beamish is definitely my favorite dry Irish stout. It has a good deal of flavor and is nicely balanced; it is not overly astringent or overly roasty. If you’ve only had the most popular of dry stouts from Ireland, I recommend that you give Beamish a try next time.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2006 17:46:54 | More by biergeniesser
Photo of BrewMaven

New York

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured I'd try a dry stout other than Guinness. Glad I did!

Poured darn near pitch black with the slightest hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Big mocha head of foam thanks to the Widget! Lasted all the way through with lacing.

Smell was mildly of coffee and cocoa.

Prominant yet mild coffee taste with that creamy stout head creating a super smooth milkshake type mouthfeel despite this being a fairly thin bodied brew. Nice.

Finish was smooth with more coffee notes. Not alot of carbonation.

Very enjoyable brew. I hope rumors of Newcastle stopping import of this are not true.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-01-2006 00:40:54 | More by BrewMaven
Photo of Gambrinus1184


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a metric pint glass.

A: Pours a black body with ruby-coffee highlights and a dense one-finger head of tan foam. Inviting!

S: Burnt coffee and bittersweet coca with some roasted malt.

T: Bittersweet, weak-brewed coffee taste with a burnt, nutty malt finish. The roasted malt takes center stage, and the bitterness might have little to do with hops in this stout.

M: Surprisingly watery given the deep color and creamy head. Taste lingers with a slightly resinous nature.

D: A tasty dry stout, a bit sweeter than Guinness or Murphy's, and therefore, just as drinkable in terms of taste and ABV. I don't think you could go wrong, but I hear it's best on-tap across the pond.

Beamish is a good Irish stout, and it gets a slight nod over Murphy's just because it's a bit more rare, I've found. It runs about neck and neck with Guinness for the style, so it's a good bet and probably a better value.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-08-2008 02:23:57 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of mlasher1


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured extremely dark with amber tones when held to the light. Head of about 1/2 inch maintained for the duration with decent lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee smells dominate with some hop aroma present.

T: Much like other dry stouts I've tried. Might be a little sweeter than Guinness et al.

M: Smooth with little carb feel due to nitro widget. Dry finish.

D: Very drinkable...Should have invested in the 4 pack instead of the single.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-31-2008 23:26:09 | More by mlasher1
Photo of mattster


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer brought to table in a standard pint glass.

Head on top of glass was minimal, beer was still settling. After beer settled, it was a nice dark color, quite opaque.

Smell was light but clean. Taste was very chocolaty with faint hints of coffee and malts. this beer is very smooth, I like it out of the draught can, but it taste like heaven on tap. Great finish, and a very clean aftertaste.

Well done.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2008 06:56:34 | More by mattster
Photo of ChuckR343


4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, almost black color in a pint glass with a slight amber color around the edges. Creamy head.

S- Roasted smell, very faint.

T- Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors and not too bitter.

M- I feel this beer is a bit heavier than Guinness.

D- A nice Irish stout. I like the lower carbonation this beer has as well. It makes for repeat consumption easier. I purchased a 4 pack and drank them all in a session.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-31-2009 00:41:36 | More by ChuckR343
Photo of jimbotrost


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml nitrocan imported into Canada. Purchased at the Beer Store in Sarnia Ontario tasting date 041704. Very deep black color with a light brown creamy nitrogenated head. Nose is very dry with big roastiness. Mouthfeel is dry, very nice, then comes a big roasted, fresh ground coffee flavor. finish is long and dry and invites you to drink more.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-01-2004 19:38:09 | More by jimbotrost
Photo of marcobrau


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I get a really nice pour with this Beamish, almost a rocky head, which is surprising for a nitro can. The first is creamy and I'm surprised by the light body of this stout. The first flavors I detect are bittersweet chocolate and Turkish coffee with a hint of cookie-like maltiness. Very pleasant. The intensity of the roasted malt flavor increases towards the finish with the cookie/biscuit-like maltiness giving way a slightly astringent roasted malt flavor and fairly intense bitterness that adds to a long finish. Lace is left down the sides of the glass as I sip this one while a quarter-inch of foam sits on top of the liquid, all the way to the bottom of my glass. A very enjoyable dry stout!

Serving type: nitro-can

08-17-2005 23:53:33 | More by marcobrau
Photo of eb003


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I don't usually drink Stouts, but this one writes the exception rule in my book. This has a very nice dark color to fit the style. The smell is somewhat of cocoa (as another reviewer wrote). The taste is very nice and smooth. The mouthfeel is what surprised me as it felt very rich and smooth. The drinkability is also good, which I usually don't find on stouts. I know Guinness is a favorite of many, but in my humble opinion... this one beats Guinness.

I've also had this via can and bottle... and it doesn't do it justice. This is definitely one to get on-tap... if available.

Serving type: on-tap

12-01-2005 06:28:49 | More by eb003
Photo of usmittymc


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz nitro-can into a standard pub glass

A- Almost completely opaque deep, dark brown with the sandy colored thick and creamy head. Of course, a lot of activity due to the nitrogen. The head sticks around for the entire session.

S- In comparison to other Irish Stouts that come in nitro-cans, I smell more of the "beer" with Beamish. Aroma of the dark-roasted malts wins the battle of the nose

T- Slight sweetness that is not present in others of the style. Has a "fuller" taste as well.

M- Very smooth, slightly watery

D- While Beamish is not readily available where I live, given the opportunity to enjoy again, I would choose this over Guinness for the smell and the taste.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-09-2007 22:04:04 | More by usmittymc
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9oz nitro can poured into a tulip pint glass

A - As with all nitro can stouts, this one has a beautiful cascading effect leading to a deep black color. The 1 finger tan-colored head lasts throughout and laces well.

S - Not much aroma, but I pick up some malt with a bit of coffee and hops.

T - Smooth and sweet, with strong roasted character. Some coffee and dark chocolate lurking underneath. Slightly less bitter than Guinness.

M - Very nice. Creamy and rich, but not heavy.

D - Easy drinking, tasty, and low ABV. Makes a great session beer. Beamish is far and away my favorite of the 'Big 3' Irish Stouts. I prefer the sweetness and clean finish to Guinness and Murphy's, though they are all quite similar.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2008 02:49:32 | More by gabe23
Photo of mobyfann


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.95 for a single 440mL can at The Party Source...

The beer pours a dark chocolate colored base, with a flowing white head, great 1/2" head retention and thick lacing on the glass. The aromas consist of roasty coffee, toasty chocolate, and very sweet malt.

More of the same with the taste from the aroma, all three flavors are well-balanced and the exceptionally creamy head make for a smooth finish. Medium bodied and carbonation. Great mouthfeel as explained in the taste and a very drinkable session beer.

Final Thought: Another staple in the fridge as is Murphy's; both are > Guinness! Yummy!

Serving type: nitro-can

01-24-2009 23:23:36 | More by mobyfann
Photo of soccerman7


4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Gorgeous. White head, with the great nitro cascading.

S - Very mild and creamy. Sweetness

T - Far better than Guiness! more body and creaminess. a bit more sweetness but balanced.

M - Creamy and not coating. smooth as velvet.

D - Really a treat. Creamy and tasty with more flavor than guiness.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-30-2009 01:29:38 | More by soccerman7
Photo of bro2baseball

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of the "Big 3" in Ireland (Guinness, Murphy's, and Beamish), Beamish is definitely my favorite.

A- Nothing looks better than a properly poured stout.
S- Smokey, roasted.
T- Tastes like it smells. Delicious.
M-Nice and smooth. Not a heavy heavy beer but each sip has some heft to it.

I lived in Cork Ireland for 6 months and had literally hundreds of these on tap. Absolutely love it. I've also had it from the can a few times, and while still good, it's not the same, of course. If you're ever in southern Ireland do yourself a favor and have the local brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 20:46:43 | More by bro2baseball
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4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After pouring from the nitro can and settling into my pint glass, this beer is jet black with a tan colored creamy head. A wonderful site to behold, exactly as you would expect for this style. Aroma is light and toasty and inviting. The taste is creamy, with a lot of coffee flavor. Finishes a little sweeter then other dry Irish stouts. Excellent beer, very well balanced and easy to drink.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-20-2008 19:46:17 | More by icemonkey908
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