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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

546 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 546
Hads: 752
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 71
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Photo of HalfFull
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown/black from a nitro can and offers a dense and smooth half inch of light mocha head. Retention and lacing are better than expected and quite creamy.

Smell is slightly sweet and offers notes of milk chocolate and a sense of whole grated chocolate as well. Offers greater depth and a slightly fruity nose vs. Murphy's traditional offering, and without the occasional metallic notes.

Slightly dry in the finish yet nice, and preferred over the bitterness of Murphy's. Bit of cocoa/chocolate in flavor. Smooth and creamy, very nice.

Value: B (558 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beamish has a very dark brown to black body with a big creamy tan head. The pour gives you the nifty nitro waterfall effect, which I must say I always enjoy. Pretty good retention and lacing ont his one also.

Aroma is really sweet and that's about all I can say about it.

Beamish has a bunch of sweetness with a hint of roatsed flavors and a tiny hint of sourness. Not a very strong flavor overall.

It has a big, thick, creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. For some reason I just don't really dig the nitro mouthfeel. Like I said before though, it makes the beer pretty to look at.

Pretty drinkable; a nice low ABV beer but nothing special. (643 characters)

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

Heard they were going to stop export to US, so I bought a 4-pack toady. Bottom of can says 11/10/09...best before date or packaging?

A deep black beer. 1/2 finger of lacy, persistent foam, color of dirty snow. A bit industrial looking, but perfect presentation from the likes of a big brewery.

Dusty smell, a bit of roasted barley in there too. Flavors are mellow, lots of brown and black malts, but all are toned down to a very enjoyable level. Just a notch or two over on the tart side. A tiny bit of cola flavor.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Wonderful water chemistry, with a bit of chalky bicarbonate and dry calcium, which you can really notice in the mouthfeel. Really enjoyable, worthy of a bit session. It's almost a perfect stout...not the most exciting beer but one you can enjoy the crap out of. Definitely my favorite stout of the big Irish 3. (855 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Pours opaque black, with about 1 & 1/2 finger head... nice & tan. Good head retention very nice lacing.

S: Little dry malty aromas with a hint of hops, little dark chocolate and coffee mixed in.

T: I'm getting a malty sweetness up front with coffee and bitter chocolate.... there is the normal bitter hops at the end & a little on the dry side. Average stout... nothing to write home about.

M: Little thinner than I thought. Still is mid bodied....Can does says: serve extra cold, but the mouthfeel and overall taste got better as it warmed up.

D: You cannot go wrong with a low ABV Irish stouts. You could drink a few of these.

Not a bad stout but you could find a little better. (723 characters)

Photo of civilizedpsycho
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is solid black in color that has a small, off-white, creamy head. Very appealing to look at.

Smell: Has a bit of a roasted malt smell, similar to a coffee smell, but it's a little bland. Almost watered down in smell.

Taste: Has a solid roasted malt flavor without being too heavy on a coffee or chocolate flavor. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I was expecting, but very smooth and "soft" on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is definitely worth a try, and it's certainly something I could get again. I was quite satisfied. (557 characters)

Photo of beerwolf77
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass from a nitro can the beer is dark chocolate brown with a full inch of creamy beige head. The usual falling cascade that results from the nitro was present as well. Not much lacing to be found.

The aroma is rather muted. A tiny hint of bitter hops is all that I can pick out. I don't expect much nose out of an irish dry stout.

The flavor is typical bitter hops with super smooth maltiness. Nothing really stands out as far as tastes go.

Nice creamy medium to light body. No carbonation at all. Like cold coffee.

Overall this style traditionally leans towards non offensive and easy drinking. This beer follows suit to the letter. (660 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy brown, followed by an always nice to watch cascading, leaving black liquid with a white head that has the look and consistancy of heavy cream. The creamy head sticks it out to the finish and coats the pint all the way down. Theres next to nothing in the nose. Taste was typical Irish Stout I suppose, very bland, almost tinny. Theres a hint of maltiness and maybe some mild sweetness, but the bitter, dry finish somewhat mutes that point. The feel is thin and watery in a way. It is rather smooth, however. Though it would be easy to pound these back, you would likely be left unsatisified by the lack of flavour and the odd viscosity. I'm fairly convinced that I will never realize the true beauty of an Irish Stout until I cross the pond and partake of them in their native splender. (799 characters)

Photo of Kendo
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the nitr-can into a pint glass. Body is black -- not opaque, and with some reddish-brown underneath when backlit -- with a cascading, creamy, 1-finger ivory head. Good rings of lace all the way down.

S: Faint nose of roasted malt, that's about it.

T: I wrote "not much there" and that about sums it up. Watery dry-roasted coffee with a hint of bitterness at the finish. At least it finishes clean, though that shouldn't be much of a surprise since there wasn't much flavor in the first place.

M: Very light -- thin and watery.

D: At least it goes down easily.

Notes: Not sure if the recipe has changed since the Murphy's takeover or if my palate has evolved since I last had one of these. I remember liking it more than Guinness back in the day (and enjoyed it on-tap when I was in Ireland about 9 years ago), but now I don't really have a lot that's positive to say about this. At least the can was free. (925 characters)

Photo of CityBoy1986
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 14.9 oz. nitro-can. Best by date is 25 January 2010.

The pour is dark brown with an off-white head. There is a very nice cascading effect that lasts for a while. After the head rises, it just doesn't go away. Likewise, lacing is excellent.

The nose is a mixture of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and, surprisingly, alcohol. The taste is more of the same (minus the alcohol), with some bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and watery. However, the dry finish just leaves me wanting more. Drinkability is excellent; this would make a great session beer.

I knew this wouldn't be a shining example of the style, but it more than met my expectations. If it were more widely available and less expensive, I could see it staying in my refrigerator. (796 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

14.9oz. nitro can poured into an imperial pint glass. Best by 11-10-09.

(A)- Pours dark, black, and already foaming. Simply beautiful cascading action that lasts for over a minute! Superb tan head retention that is not going away at all! In fact, there is still foam present even with the very last sip!

(S)- Lots of roasted coffee; actually, tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa and a light raisin nuance.

(T)- A light roasted and creamed coffee flavor with light cocoa and raisin. Rather light-bodied despite its appearance, but still in the medium range.

(M)- Smooth as silk going down with superb balance and a great carbonation level. Not alot going on complexity-wise.

(D)- Perhaps one of the best session beers around. I could probably drink this all day if I had the option to since its so smooth. Not a ton of flavors or boldness, but who cares; this is just simple, straightforward, and delicious drinking beer.
*Goes great with Lord of the Rings marathons!! (981 characters)

Photo of jlandis
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful sessionable beer.

A. opaque black with a tan/white creamy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass
S. subtle chocolate grainy bread
T. roasty coffee with a touch of sour
M. medium body - not to thick, but just right - little to no carbonation
D. well balanced and a perfect session stout (307 characters)

Photo of kurp001
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz. can bought at Beltway Fine Wine

A gradual, gentle pour yields about one and a half fingers of silky beige head that shows exceptional retention. Body is near black with brownish-ruby highlights.

Coffee and roasted barley dominate the smell, making for a subtle yet pleasant aroma.

Taste is light but enjoyable; the coffee notes are pleasant without being overpowering, the finish consists of a smooth roasted barley flavor.

Mouthfeel is also solid; full and creamy.

This one is very drinkable, and probably my favorite Irish Dry Stout. Were it more available, I'd probably be drinking Beamish much more often. (623 characters)

Photo of Mandrake
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a very deep black, with only minor hints of ruby-red at the edges of my pint glass. Nitro bubblies take a while to settle, and are bigger and whiter than is typical for the nitro-draft poured stout. Eventually settles into a tight and thick head which lasts the entire pint and leaves rings of lace the whole way down. Smell is typically underwhelming, roasted malt and light chocolate, and the flavour profile follows. Slightly bitter, with a dry bite in the background, but not quite so bitter as the other big Irish stouts. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and just a little too thin, and drinkability is fantastic. My personal favourite of the three popular Irish Dry Stouts, but it's nothing to write home about. (722 characters)

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely black color with a very nice rich and creamy head that is commonly associated with the nitro-can processing. Head stays and leaves great lacing.

S: Burnt coffee, chocolate, molasses

T: Roasted malt taste with a very significant watering down that is very disturbing.

M: Carbonation is virtually nonexistant and the mouthfeel is extremely light almost like water

D: Very drinkable brew that you can put back repeatedly. Almost too much like water not complex at all but good while it lasts. (516 characters)

Photo of BigDank
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this one out because I had never had it before. Found it at an Old Chicago out of town on a beerventure. Very similar to Guinness except I don't know if I had just killed my palate with stronger beers by the time I drank this one but it seemed to me almost flat. Black as can be with a thick creamy off white foam forming at the top this is just what a nitro irish stout was meant to be. While I didn't enjoy it at the time I would say that this beer falls in the average range of the style and type that it's supposed to be. Very smooth, almost creamy and not too strong. If you like this kind of beer I don't see why you couldn't drink something like this all night. I'm more for the stronger stouts. So there it is, average but drinkable. (752 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 Ounce black can poured into a mug

Appearance: Very dark brown/black in color with a really creamy off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malty smell with a slight alcohol smell which is a little odd considering the lower alcohol content

Taste: Very much a roasted taste but it has a little bit of a watered down feel to it. The carbonation is very low and the body is very light. (379 characters)

Photo of cudmud
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a woderful tan head which produces excellent lacing. This beer has the appearance that all stouts should have.

Prominent nose of roasted and chocolate malts. The hops are noted in the background.

The corbonation is perfect in this brew. All the elements work well and complement each other. Likewise, this beer has great drinkability. You could easily drink this beer all night (390 characters)

Photo of donniecuffs
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can into Guinness glass.

A: Nice black appearance with thick tan head. Lacing was a bit spotty.

S: Roasted malt, slight chocolate hint, and strong biscuit aroma.

T: Definitely more balanced and powerful than the aroma, with a dry bitterness that balances out the strong biscuit/roasted flavor. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Silky smooth on the palate, and a little thicker than some other dry Irish stouts.

D: I could certainly session this guy. (478 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This week is my "pub can week". That only means that I went out and bought a bunch of pub cans to review. Nothing special.

440mL pub can to imperial pint glass

A: Mag-freaking-nificent. How do they do this? The head is slowly forming into one finger's worth of beige head right in front of me. Cascading bubbles are turning the body of the beer brown to black from the bottom up. The body is essentially black with brown edges, and not much else. That's one of the creamiest looking heads I've ever seen. There's a ton of retention, too. And I have to say: there's not one thing I can say negatively about this beer's appearance.
S: Aromas are of lightly roasted barley with hints of smoke. It's sweet, but there are bitter berries and oakiness and hops are in the back to balance. Bittersweet chocolate is most definitely in there.
T/M: Looks? Great. Aromas? Wonderful. But the taste? It kind of falls apart here. The light body and low carbonation give me some flavors, but they are mostly playing a hide-and-seek game with my palate. The roastiness is there with the faintest of bittersweet chocolates and coffees, and it borders on burnt with more warmth.
D: The quote of the night sums it all up: "It's like roasted water..." It's just lacking in the taste and mouthfeel categories. I'm always going to be blown away by the appearance the nitro widget gives, and the aromas are wonderful...but the taste? It is just not quite there. (1,441 characters)

Photo of blackearth
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass at Paddy's Pub in Milwaukee, WI. The body was black with a thick off-white head. The aroma was faint, but smelled of sweet chocolate and cream. Light bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet malt, but also a roasted malt finish. Very good drinkability. (302 characters)

Photo of scottyshades
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very similar to Guinness' Draft

A: Pours a viscous looking black color that produces a very creamy and tightly knit head that retains very well and builds up from the bottom of the glass when I poured straight to the bottom. Retention is good, lacing is very good as well.

S: Not too much of a nose here. Mild toasty and roasty aromas. Slight nutty and lactose flavors.

T: Similar to the nose, except a little more developed. Very creamy, with toasty and some burnt malts to add to the flavor. Lactose is present and gives it a very nice character.

MF/D: Very very drinkable. Light enough for a session beer and the ABV is low enough to drink a few of. Definitely will be picking up a couple of these next chance I get (735 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440ml ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown, near black body with a dense, full inch of creamy-looking, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Roasty nose with notes of Breakfast Blend coffee, grains, dark baked bread, light chocolate, a few more grains, and, that's about it.

Taste: Roasted barley and blackened malt with some touches of chocolate, mild coffee, and toasted grains. Subtle sweetness. As it warms, some caramel tones emerge. No perceived hop flavor here, with most of the modest bitterness coming through from the roasted grains. Finishes dry with a lingering, though slack roasty bitterness and mineral water quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Softly carbonated. Silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! A smooth, mild, lightly flavored Irish Stout with a sensible amount of alcohol. (851 characters)

Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Pours a black color with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Light, malty aroma. Taste of malts with some hints of coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth. nThis is not a beer I could spend the night drinking. Overall a fairly mediocre brew. (250 characters)

Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one-to-two inch, dense, creamy froth rises with some of that cascading effect over a black beer with dark brown to mahogany highlights when put to the light. The head converts to slightly rocky and never complete settles, leaving little, if any, lacing.

This Guinness pint glass hosts that familiar roasted malts with molasses and Baker's chocolate.

The flavors loosely follow the nose, with a good kick of bitterness that passes quickly. Some iced coffee and a pronounced, but short, finish of bitterness. That same bitterness returns as one licks one's lips, hinting at a light acidity.

Beamish is light bodied with gentle carbonation and does seem to fit the style. The silky smooth texture coats one's palate, and the alcohol is more present than a 4.1% would normally suggest.

This is an easily quaffable beer and a fine companion for long sessions or billiards. (873 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440mL draughtflow can into a large pint glass.

Appearance: black with a creamy head, but not overly thick; one finger or so after it was settled.

Smell: very subtle, mostly malt and caramel notes.

Taste: the taste doesn't seem overly complex to me. Just some nice roasted malts with a tiny bit of coffee aftertaste. Overall, a pleasing effect.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, but creamy and smooth due to the nitro.

Drinkability: the relatively light body and subtle flavors make this quite drinkable, but I would think it would be easily overpowered by most pub foods if consumed in such a setting. (616 characters)

Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.