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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout

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very good

692 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 541
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%

Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc. visit their website

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 marburg


3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark and black like outer space, baby. Looks just like a stout should. I've always found that nitro stouts have a very subtle aroma to them -- perhaps as a result of the smaller bubbles from the nitro? There was a very subtle but sweetened mocha latte aroma about the beer.

Taste is of maple syrup, chocolate, and milk. This a very easy-to-drink stout, and I think because it's simply supremely made with just the slightest syrupy sweetness to it. Unlike some (American) stouts, there's not a whole lot in the way of excessive hop bitterness to this or overpowering flavor. It's simply a stout -- and a damn fine one.

After my trip to Ireland a year or so ago, I became one of the folks who maintains the often-held perception that Guinness in Dublin is better than Guinness here. And in this case, I'd say that, at the very least, Beamish *here* is better than Guinness *here.* Now, Dublin might be another story...

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-28-2003 18:52:37 | More by marburg
Photo of Running4beer


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black color with a thick creamy tan head that stays till the end. Cool cascading effect while pouring, settles rather quickly. There was a smell of coffee and some chocolate to it. Taste of chocolate, coffee and malts with a slight peanut taste at the end. Thick creamy mouthfeel almost like a chocolate milk shake. Drinkability is good, all in all very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2003 14:57:13 | More by Running4beer
Photo of chilidog


3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I sought this brew out at dinner at the only spot around me that carries it. Im glad I did. It pours almost black with a frothy tan half-inch head or collar. The aroma of roasted malts & coffee. The taste had hints ( not overpowering bitter burnt ) of roasted malts, chocolate & coffee. The body was abit watery or lighter than other stouts. That may aid this brew, an easy drink with foods or desserts. Mouthfeel is left a creamy dry. I'll seek it again, but at this place, at 4.50 each, perhaps once in awhile is good enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2003 15:40:44 | More by chilidog
Photo of rabidawg


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

Read any review of Guinness and there you have Beamish, with a couple of notable exceptions. First, this is a cleaner brew, with a crisper, dryer finish. Second, this beer seems even lighter and easier to drink than the standard Guinness Draught. Great session beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-02-2003 19:28:37 | More by rabidawg
Photo of Bruiser81


3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a pint can of this in a mixed sixer. Poured a solid black color with a thick cream colored head that lasted the whole brew. This was my first experience with the nitro can, I love the fizz that comes out as soon as you pop the top. Aroma was of dark malts and maybe a hint of chocolate, not a real strong aroma. The taste seemed a bit watered down, though it wasn't bad. Roasted malts dominated the taste with a little sweetness. I felt the mouthfeel was the lowpoint of this beer. It seemed to have absolutely no carbonation. It was smooth but the mouthfeel was like water, no it was like skim milk. Overall I liked this beer better than I thought I would, and I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2003 12:49:22 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of texascarl


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually order a pint of Guiness or the local draught dry stout by habit. Tried this last night for a change and I may have to form a new habit.

Appearance: black, nearly opaque, inch-thick nitro head. Beauty.

Smell: fabulous, chocolate and dark roasted coffee

Taste:sweeter than the other stouts I usually drink, chocolate, the only bitterness was of dark roasted malt, not a lot of hops. Great flavor, I wanted more when I'd reached my self-imposed daily limit of 3 pints.

Notes: mixed the last half a glass to make a black and tan, the result was still sweet and tasty.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2003 10:48:25 | More by texascarl
Photo of Admiraldinty


4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black as Guiness, but a much richer flavor. I didn't find the smell particularly persuasive. However, the taste makes up for this. There are definite coffee tones. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. You might as well be drinking water. As a result this beer is has a high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2002 09:26:48 | More by Admiraldinty
Photo of ipogios


3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice appearance (like guinness). Taste is very average (hops and malts). A bit sweeter than others though. Quite refreshing and goes down easily. The alcohol level could be a bit higher though to make the beer a bit stronger

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2002 09:58:13 | More by ipogios
Photo of nathi


5/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect dry stout, and near perfection in a beer. Black and wonderfull with that excellent thick head. Nice malt and mocha coffee aroma. Bitter sweet flavor, full and creamy yet with a nice dryness in the finish that keeps you drinking. Not as sharp as guinness with this wonderfull complex nutty/chocolate finish...Mmmmmm

You have to have this one on tap, the cans do no justice to it. And for the beer at it peak, ya gotta have it in Ireland..

On tap this beer beats out Guinness easily in my book.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-15-2002 17:07:13 | More by nathi
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at McGillians in Philly with WilliamPhilaPa... Jet black color, with a real thick, creamy head! Nice little cascade after the pour, and top-notch lace. Aroma was on the mild side, with roasty, coffee flavors. Body a bit fuller than Guinness, and creamy-smooth over the tongue. Flavors tasted were roasted malts, some coffee, and an easy-drinking dry finish.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


Serving type: nitro-tap

07-07-2002 09:13:47 | More by Bierman9
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this today at McGillian's Old Ale House, a very nice Irish bar, but the beer list is less then great. Anyway…Pours a solid black, with a solid creamy head. Aromas of roasted malts. Mouth feel is just super creamy…excellent! On the palate roasted malts, coffee notes, slightly dry etc. I think this stuff is better then Guinness…great stuff.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-13-2002 15:24:15 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of aracauna


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-27-2002 11:34:27 | More by aracauna
Photo of inebrius


3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Soft roasted malty nose. Toasted smoky malt flavor modestly balanced with bitter hops. A noticeably dissonant metallic bite. Decent drinking stout, almost, but not quite as good as, ...

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-08-2002 10:09:55 | More by inebrius
Photo of hooligan


2.95/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Man this pours pretty, smells of licorice and molasses. Faint licorice taste with a roasted overtone, fairly watery and thin tasting, sweet taste throughout that slightly dries near the end. This beer very thin in feel, the head contributes some thickness, but not enough. This stout was rather one-sided and thin, but because of that was downed pretty fast... a session beer, but not as satisfying as other commercial stouts.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-17-2002 16:43:48 | More by hooligan
Photo of John

New York

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-23-2001 10:22:50 | More by John
Photo of Todd


3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly sweeter than the rest (Guinness, Murphy's) and a bit under-rated. To me the differences are so sublte that they all might as well be the same beer, but Beamish tends to be a bit more superior in my book.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-28-2001 12:14:04 | More by Todd
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