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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001)
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Photo of Dogbrick


4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much a carbon copy of the canned Guinness, so it has all the same strengths and weaknesses. I would always choose a draught over a can but this is great for home use. That widget definitely has a Pavlovian effect on me. I salivate now whenever I hear it. If Budweiser ever figures that out I am in trouble.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-18-2002 10:32:13 | More by Dogbrick
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 EagleTalon


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

I prefer this "widget can" stout over the same type of product offered by Guinness. It has a slight hop aroma and lacks that sour "tang" that Guinness is (in)famous for. don't get me wrong, I like Guinness on tap, but if I had to choose between the two in the nitro cans, the Beamish is preferred.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-09-2002 00:12:54 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of packetknife


3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fun to watch cascade. Tan head, thicker than tap version (had both same night). Slightly (ever-so) sweeter than the tap with stronger roasty hints on the nose and tongue. Dry. I still think Guiness on tap is the benchmark but Beamish and Murphys do a number too.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-29-2002 18:25:54 | More by packetknife
Photo of marc77


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typically impressive ultra dense, thick and well - retained tan head from the nitrogenation. Deep garnet and clear when held to light. Chocolate malt aroma w/ a subtle coffee - like roasted barley note. Pleasantly sweet at first, followed by a light but lingering roasted barley and hop bitterness. There's less roasted barley sharpness and hop bitterness when compared to canned Guinness and more chocolate malt flavor. Very mild diacetyl butterscotch is perceptible and complements the chocolate malt flavor. Fairly full bodied from the use of flaked barley w/ the usual nitro induced super smooth mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor. Beamish is more flavorful and rich than canned Guinness and isn't nearly as "dry." An enjoyable brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-28-2002 18:48:49 | More by marc77
Photo of ADR


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

Thirty seconds of cascading head, settles in at 1/2 inch of jello-like head, with thick-walled bubbles in the middle...A little maple sugar in the malty aroma. Quite mild in mouthfeel solid roasted malt flavors with coffee impression. Stays pretty well away from bitterness. As usual, minimal detection of hops. Pretty satisfying, maybe a tad fuller if not better tasting than Guinness "nitro" Stout. A little less head sticks to the glass than in some nitros.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-24-2002 08:53:56 | More by ADR
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Cascading bubbles look like chocolate milk during pour. Settles into black with ruby highlights, with smooth tan head.
Fuller than Murphys, but slightly thinner than Guinness. Nitro smooths everything, but some lingering hoppiness in aftertaste. The middle of the road of the three Irish nitro stouts, and the one you're sure was brewed in Ireland.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-17-2002 20:24:51 | More by RonfromJersey
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 rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rubbery anise, chocolate and coffee nose. Sweetish start with a thin, creamy mouthfeel, better than Guinness. More roasty malt flavours, but still pretty cloying at times, like it, but its not insane.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-24-2002 19:38:34 | More by rastaman
Photo of pbrian


4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this when the packy was out of that other popular stout and found it to be superior in every way. Roastier with a little more body, it goes down like water(without tasting like it). Extra bonus- comes in a full 16 oz can, not 14.9 oz like the other canned stouts.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2002 08:15:03 | More by pbrian
Photo of Thrasher


4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the can, this is a better pick than Guinness. Full roast malt flavor, excellent texture, and perfect balance. Sweet and rounded, none of the mass-produced chemical flavor that one can sometimes find in Guinness. Haven't yet encountered on tap so can't compare in that respect. However, in the can, this is a tasty and satisfying Irish stout, and since Guinness cans leave me with a bit to be desired, this is the superior choice.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-15-2002 12:09:09 | More by Thrasher
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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