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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

735 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 735
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 51
Gots: 14 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001)
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Photo of xduderx
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We can't get this in Nashville, so when I saw this was available at the Yard House in Long Beach, CA I had to try it.

A = a deep black with a tanish 1/2" head that stayed around until the end.

S = a roasted, coffee-ish aroma.

T = tastes similar to guinness or murphy's, but seemed more flavorful with deep roasted flavors and a chocolatey undertone.

M = a medium bodied beer with a smooth texture.

D = very drinkable as far as stouts go.

Photo of Koolbreeze2
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice dark stout. Are there any stouts that are light in color? Great head that lasts a while. I like to get the hair above my lip wet.

Smell: Some malt, coffee and stouty smell.

Taste: Lovely. I like this stout.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy.

Drinkability; Yup, very drinkable.

Photo of EPICAC
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a nitro-can four pack of Beamish Irish Stout at Downtown Wine and Spirits. I let this warm to about 45°F, and served it in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, dense, creamy beige head. There's a nice cascade effect as the beer settles to the bottom. The beer itself is opaque black.

Smell: The nose is fairly bland. There are sweet bready malts, very minor notes of dark chocolate, and an odd sharp smell. Mostly the sweet smell dominates.

Taste: There are sweet malts upfront, with a moderate roasted bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and smooth with low carbonation. This beer is almost too watery for me.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth, but the relative lack of carbonation makes this beer seem a bit flat.

Overall: Maybe I just don't like the style, but this beer seemed too thin watery and devoid of character.

Photo of wcudwight
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the way the nitro-can beers look. Nice dense thick creamy tan colored head with excellent retention. Beer is black.
The smell is mild. Some roasted aromas. I expected more from the smell given the excellent head.
The taste is not as bold as I expected either. Burnt toast in a good way.
Mouthfeel is very good as is the drinkability.

Photo of Vancer
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The widget certainly did it’s job – this one has a nice dense foamy head on top of an almost black brew. Sheets of lacing on the glass adds to the positives. But then, the smell - hhmmm just a subtle hint of chocolate malt.

The nitro brews are usually disappointing, and this one follows suit in the taste. Just too mild, thin and generally weak in any real flavors – although some burnt toasts do fight their way to the top.

I will say this, with the 4% abv, this make quite the session brew. Too bad an on-tap version is not available in these parts – I’m sure it would be much better – just like the way Guinness draught is much better that bottled versions.

All in all, I won't seek out this one again, but I wouldn't turn away a freebie, either.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The looks of this beer are just awesome. This really deserves a 6 out of 5, if only it were possible. Pours an opaque black color with hints of ruby that sneak through the glass when held to the light. Khaki colored, thick ceamy head sticks around for awhile.

S: Nice, sweet, and malty.

T: The taste is that soft, silky smooth that I'd expect from a nitro, way more flavor than a guinness.

M: Silky smooth. What more can I say?

D: Excellent drinkability for a nitro-beer.

Photo of Enola
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow this thing has an active head!! The head is the thickest I've saw. The beer is pitch black. The smell has some roasted notes in it. The taste is of cold coffee with a small amount of bitterness. The mouthfeel is pretty good. There is a small amount of bite to it but I think it comes with the style and does not detract from the beer. I could drink these more often.

**I saw where this beer was no longer going to be available in the US and I had been wanting to try it for a while. It will be a shame when this beer is gone.

Photo of NClifestyle
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer cascades nicely, leaving black beer behind as the silky cream settles atop the beer like icing on a cake. A 1-finger head does not want to move, and a layer of this cream never leaves the beer. Patchy lace is left behind.
The beer has more dark brown highlights, and a slightly lighter color of head, gives more of a bread, grain and malt smell with hints of molasses.
Beamish has a smoky aspect, grainy, with some bitterness from the roasted character, but little or no hop presence. Beamish has a sharp aftertaste, not unpleasant, but almost a burnt flavor.
Slick and dry, no carbonation, thin to medium, extremely smooth and super easy to drink, could and would drink all day.

cheers...

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours inky-black with ruby highlights. One finger of super-dense biege cream; retains cap to the finish and the lacing coats the glass. Big roasted aroma, with some faint chocolate malt and coffee as well. The taste is straight up roasted barley with a hint of chocolate. The aftertaste is bone-dry with some lingering roasted notes and ghost-like english hops.The malt provides enough complexity to balance the flavor and represent the style well, dare I say better than Guinness! It's smooth and easy to drink but has a creamy texture with a dry finish and some roasted flavor holding on. But the carbonation is nearly flat and the body is medium-this makes for a smooth mouthfeel conducive to session beer.

Photo of daliandragon
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a week of trying to find this on tap throughout western and central Ireland I found it in this dirty old man bar full of strange characters off O' Connell street in central Dublin.
Features typical stout appearance with a slightly darker head than a Guinness. Nose is not as strong as many stouts and is missing the robust coffee tones and instead has an almost salty odor..but that could be the pub as well.
Taste is rich and sweeter than Guinness but still dry enough to impress. A liquorice flavor is extant. Finish is surprisingly clean. Mouthfeel is appealing but somewhat lacking in depth.
This is good tasting stuff, not complicated or fancy but still a breath of fresh air after all those Guinnesses.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of theozag
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The satisfying, murky tumble from tan to nut brown that one finds in an Irish Dry Stout has no equal. Often immitated, never duplicated, it is - to me - the pinnacle of a brewmaster's craft when it comes to a beer's looks. In that regard, Beamish doesn't disappoint.

Smell is of medium strength but distinctive, having both caramel and chocolate character; plus a little coffee flavor thrown in for good measure.

Starts extra smooth with a soft, creamy taste. Right from the start, this beer is very thick on the tongue and in the mouth. Settles full-bodied but thinly-flavored. What you CAN taste is mostly a roasted coffee and caramel mix with a little of the oaky hint you get from some heavier wines. Finish is surprisingly light with a hoppy bitter blend that forms the lasting portion of this beer's aftertaste. My suggestion for a good compliment to this beer... breath mints. Especially if you're on a date.

Photo of chrisemmons123
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer yesterday on tap for the first time. I have had it in a can numerous times, like always draught brings out the best in a beer. very creamy head lingered longer than Guiness. smell never much in a stout I think.
taste: roasted malts hints of coffee
drinkability: great
one good thing about stouts is low alc. content i can enjoy a few more

Photo of Matthew
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thick creamy head that looks like whipped cream sitting on top of a near black body.
Roasted malts, very sweet, and a smell that is almost sweeter than coffee is present.
This beer has a pretty one dimensional taste to it, some roasted malt flavor and a bit of sweetness.
Silky and very little carbonation as per usualy for nitro cans.
Pretty easy to drink.
In spite of the its one dimensional taste every once in a while I'll get a hankerin for one of these and I'll grab one. Not a bad irish dry stout.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The full pint is a completely opaque, jet black, with a totally slick, even inch and a half of head. The head is a light chocolate milk color. I have been staring at it for two minutes and the head has not budged. This beer is completely in stasis until disturbed.

I disturb to quaff what basically smells like a box of Whoppers, or malted milkballs. Beer forces its way through the great barrier head to hit my tounge with an ever so slight metallic introduction to pleasant and light chocolate malt. Bitterness really only comes in the aftertaste, and is barely there aswell.

This is a suprisingly light bodied beer depite the velvety mouthfeel. I feel it might almost be fair to call this "Guiness Light", though theres a little less going on in Beamish, that makes it more drinkable and it seems to fair better out of the pub than Guiness, which can be shockingly inconsistent when purchased in stores.

Photo of BassBone
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Beamish glass at a British pub owned by a Liverpudlian ex-pat near my school. I was at first dissapointed that my beloved Guinness was not and likely would not ever be poured at that pub due to a conflict with the local distributor, but I enjoy Beamish, too. Poured extremely dark; almost purple. Nice thick tan-white head and decent lacing. Nose is typical dry stout, sweet and malty. Detected hints of chocolate and toffee. The taste is a bit sweeter than other stouts like Guinness and Murphy's, but still typical of the style. Mouthfeel is very smooth; perhaps even smoother than Guinness. It definitely goes down easily. All in all a superior beer, though it won't replace my Guinness.

edit: brain-fart. Meant malty, wrote hoppy...

Photo of BillyB
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown/black with a thick cascading brown head.

I smelled hints of chocolate, sweet maltiness, caramel and some coffee.

The bitter/sweet balance was good but leaned towards the sweet side.

Mouthfeel was oily, thick, kind of chewy. Typical of the style.

Aftertaste was surprisingly a bit dry and sweet.

Overall a very smooth drinking beer.

Photo of KALIKGOLD
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark like Guinness, but I think this is much better than Guinness. It had a very frothy, tan head that was thick and did not dissipate at all. The smell was like coffee, a bit bitter but not bad at all. I also tasted both black coffee and maybe some toffee. The beer itself wa pretty thick and rich like expensive dark chocolate. It was a little heavy but it is drinkable. I probably couldnt drink too many of these but they beat Guinness, usually if a beer has a commercial, it's not that good

Photo of eb003
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of maggotbrain
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is deep black with a thick nitro induced tan head that sticks around for the whole beer, leaving sheets of lace on the glass.

I can detect a mild odor of cocoa.

The taste is a mix of a general roasted flavor (hints of black coffee and dark chocolate--hints mind you, hints) with a slightly sweet backdrop. As is the case with all nitro beers, the flavors seem somewhat blunted.

The mouthfeel is typical nitro. Smooth and full.

Drinkability is very good. Definitely something that could be consumed all night with ease.

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

16-ounce nitro can into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: beautiful brown and off white settling to black and white. Classic stout color and impressive head that stays for the entire pint.

Aroma: smells like Guinness Extra stout--roasty coffee and some vague bitter hops, but mostly roasty malt and coffee.

Taste: Roasty and bitter but also malty sweet. I like it, but not quite as much as Guinness E.S. Not quite as hoppy, and I think a bit more of a hop kick could only improve this brew.

Mouthfeel: creamy nitro stout. 'Nuff said.

Drinkability: I can down pints and pints of stout and never get full, so I'm probably not the best judge of this, but I'd say this one is very drinkable. More so than the Guinness draught I had the other night, as I find the roasty and malty characters of the Beamish to be more pronounced and more interesting. Definitely something I could drink for a session without getting too drunk and/ or bored.

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black with a cascading tan head. Thick lacing. Always a nice scene when pouring from a nitro can.

Smells faintly of roasted malt and chocolate. Mild aroma.

Tastes like an Irish stout. Mild roasted taste and hints of chocolate.Slight bitter aftertaste. Tastes nice, just nothing special.

Light body. Maybe a little lighter than some others in this style.

Could easily drink a few without much thought. Just not one I would go out of my way to get.

Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

*yawn* another watered down Irish nitro-stout...

The pour was surprisingly light on the head with only a half inch of tannish whipped cream foam and the signature 'reverse cascade' of a nitro pour. Unlike other nitro-stouts and nitro-ales the head actually died down to only a ring and left no lacing on the glass. The stout itself was a deep dark brown with touches of red at the edges when held up to the light.

The nose was on the light side even after the stout warmed up (though the can very specifically suggests that you "server cold") There were slight roasted notes in the smell and that was about all. The flavor was surprisngly light on the malt - no real caramel or grain flavors to be had. There was only a mild sweetish flavor and a distinct (though again, not strong) roasted or slightly burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel was okay. The brew feels quite watery though it does have a nice creamy touch on the tongue. Very slight bittering from the roasted malts, no hops to dry things out. No oily residue on the palate.

Would I have a Beamish again? Not from a nitro can if there's anything better than MGD available. I don't know if Beamish is dumbed down for export or if it's always been a weak stout but I didn't really see anything to recommend about this brew. There are much better nitro-stouts out there.

Photo of grindcore666
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mocha ice cream head cropped perfectly over an especially black body. Lacing is thick and awesome to the very end. Smells like sweeeet chocolate with espresso overtones. Feels incredibly silky. Hits with medium carbonation and an ever so slightly roasted mocha blend.

I have a hard time distinguishing between this and Guinness without having both in front of me - but I can assure you, Beamish is at least as good.

4.10% ABV and a great drinkable brew...enjoy as many as you want.

Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 735 ratings.