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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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709 Ratings
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 44
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 mmmbeer


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. nitro can - served chilled in a pint glass. Pours like chocolate milk out of the mouth and after the cascade, ends up with a dense, 1 finger khaki head and a black body with a small amount of red shining through. The head leaves nice patches of foam/lace throughout - you can see the gulps I've taken - and there is a half inch of head left at the end of the beer. In the nose there is a malty/milky sweetness and some dark fruits (raisins). The flavor is the same but with coffee, chocolate, and a mild hoppiness/bitterness. Both the aroma and the taste is a little subdued. The mouthfeel is par for a nitro can - low carbonation, thin body, smooth, and refreshing. It is quite drinkable due to the low ABV and carbonation, but it is a bit up there in price. Overall, despite the subdued flavor, it is still more flavorful than Guinness Draught and one I'd come back to.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-08-2005 00:04:57 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of LordChesterfield


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the stout that Guinness should have been. It has lovely body and thick, smooth, buttery mouthfeel. It seems a bit obvious though ,even though I haven't tried it dispensed in any other way, that the nitro can is stealing some of the zeste from from somewhere in the taste profile. This beer can make a cold fall day a happy day.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-21-2005 06:50:51 | More by LordChesterfield
Photo of Troyone


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an off black color with an amber hue, creamy tan head with lacing, and no carb action (duh).

Has some milk chocolate and molasses malt smell with a possible pinne and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly acidic and bitter dark chocolate and coffee malt taste with minimum pine and a rough grapefruit hops finish.

Medium to full bodied, dry and creamy texture, no carbonation, and a rough metallic and some what astringent finish.

The dark chocolate and coffee is not balanced with anything and the rough metallic finish will not put the product in my fridge in the future. There are too many options available.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-10-2005 10:08:53 | More by Troyone
Photo of BEERchitect


3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A basic, yet safe beer. Quite similar to Guinness, with small variations. Appearance is jet black with thick whip cream head, albeit on the tan side. Aromas of roasted barley, black malt, and a touch of chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Tastes full of roasteness and moderately malty. The roasted grains give most of flavor: coffee, chocolate, and a burned charcoal bitter. Slightly more roasted than Guinness. Mouthfeel is slick, thick ( because of the nitro) and creamy. Also has a moderate grainy texture and taste. Finishes mildly sweet, bitter, and crisp. Slight powdery finish. Maybe not as dry as it's competitor. Still a pretty good beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-18-2005 21:14:11 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of marcobrau


4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 Golden2wenty1


2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On nitro-tap at the Public House on West Wash here in Madison. Really not impressed with Guinness now that I've had some top-notch stouts under my belt, but I thought I'd give one of its competitors a shot to redeem the Irish Dry Stout style for me. Conclusion: Beamish-1, Guinness-0....BUT, still not impressed by the style.

Appearance is for all intents and purposes identical to Guinness, pitch black with the famous nitro-creamy head and falling cascade effect as it's poured. Smell, well, I guess a little roasted/borderline burnt malts...yep that's about it. Taste....more roasted malts...trumps Guinness in that the malts actually taste closer to roasted than burnt...some toast, and the slightest hint of barbequed meat. Mouthfeel is what really kills this style for me...flat and watery...but goes down like water as well. Overall, if you have to have an Irish Dry Stout, this trumps Guinness by a hair, but for gods sake there are countless better American stouts to be had. This pint was put to shame by two pints of Breakfast Stout later that evening on-tap at the Come Back Inn.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-14-2005 22:21:28 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of whynot44


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, very dark brown almost black, opaque with a creamy tan head that maintains at least a skin to the end.

Aroma is all dark roasted malt, primarily coffee with hints of toffee, smoke and peat.

Taste is also dominated by the dark roast hops, starting just barely sweet, then strong dark coffee, hints of toffee and dark bitter chocolate. Finishes dry with a strong coffee bite and aftertaste.

Very smooth and easy to drink, definitely worth a try for those who appreciate a good stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-14-2005 05:00:34 | More by whynot44
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whereas Guinness seems to have last its way, this Irish Stout has remained consistent over the years. Pours a beautiful dark chocolate brown, almost black with a thick, resilient head that stays with you to the bottom of the mug. Pleasing aromas of chocolate, coffee, and caramel. Tastes very much like a guinness used to, only less bitter. Very drinkable!

Serving type: nitro-can

08-01-2005 14:12:00 | More by clemtig76
Photo of jettjon


3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From the 1-pint nitro can with “widget.” Pours the color of chocolate milk with a unique two-layer head. The head slowly consolidates into a solid, tan head of very small bubbles which lingers until the end. Color is a dark, almost opaque brown. Nose of toasted chocolate malt, though not in-your-face like some brews; it is subdued. Taste of a pleasantly toasted malt and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel but not as rich as I expected. Crisp, bitter finish. This is a good stout but in my opinion not as good as others such as Mackeson Triple X.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-27-2005 23:38:52 | More by jettjon
Photo of ryantupy


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice black color with some dark red hues and a nice creamy frothy head that did not stick to the sides of the glass. It tasted great it had hints of Chocalate and coffee predominatly with some smaller nodes of hops and malt. Very tasty beer and definatly one of my more higher reccomended beers.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-19-2005 00:02:30 | More by ryantupy
Photo of tgbljb


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

I really like these nitro cans. Beer exploded from the can to become a dep brown liquid with a foamy tan head that lasted throughout the glass. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Taste is roasted coffee with a nice dry bitterness. The lingering dry felling is powerfuuly enjoyable. A great beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-18-2005 00:13:38 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Naes

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is jet black with an enormous frothy off white head. Lacing is everywhere.

Aromas include chocolate, coffee and malt.

Flavor is a bit lacking. It’s like a watered down coffee with a bit of sweet chocolate in the finish.

Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit flat for a nitrous can.

As stated above, it’s a bit watery so it goes down easier than I would like a stout to.

Overall, it’s an alright beer but not big on flavor. This one could make a good introduction stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-17-2005 05:16:50 | More by Naes
Photo of palliko


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is of black coffee with a beige head that sticks with you! Aroma is a creamy roasted grain scent followed by a Cadberry’s Fruit n Nut finish. Coffee asserts itself leaving a soft finish that is like roasted brown sugar. Gentle finish that leaves one ready to order Irish Coffee.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2005 12:40:58 | More by palliko
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1pt Nitro can poured into a traditional english pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a slightly sickly looking off-white head. Head is almost fake looking, very much like coffee ice cream.
Smell is faint sweetness, a bit of roasty character and that's just about it.
Taste is slight chocolate, a bit of hops, some caramel, roasted malts and coffee. Pretty straight forward, nothing too out of the ordinary here.
Mouthfeel is near terrible. I really can't stand the way beers taste from the nitro cans, they are way too thin and have nearly no carbonation.
Overall, a drinkable stout. Definitely better than most other nitro can stouts out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-12-2005 01:45:10 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of RootedFool


4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can, do I need to even state how gorgeous this brew looks? Cascading foaminess thanks to the nitro can, the head is three quarters of an inch of heavy cream, tan -- dense -- with a solid black body. Smell: Grainy sweetness upfront, slightly sour through the middle -- pleasantly sour -- closing on almost a shrill yet subtle smokiness. Taste: Creamy sweetness from the top that falls down into a thin, rusty bitterness, as the sweet creaminess -- this "creaminess" no doubt has everything to do with the mouthfeel, which is unbelievably silky and dense, and lovely -- spreads out in the background. The finish is a slight black coffee bitterness, maybe even a subtle sprinkle of cocoa powder -- the thin hop bitterness is still present and lingers not unpleasantly. Middling carbonation. I dig it.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-20-2005 03:10:27 | More by RootedFool
Photo of danielharper


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

If it pours like a Guinness, looks like a Guinness, tastes like a Guinness... it must be a Beamish, right?

Appearance: Has an absolutely beautiful pour from the nitro-can -- the waves of reddish-brown that gradually give way to that pure black color with the creamy, bubbly head -- this is the best part of this beer.

The nose is good, very much to-style for a dry stout, hints of coffee with a touch of sweetness coming from the foam. My fiancee always describes the nose of a stout as "old horse manure"; not being familiar with the smell I can't comment directly, but she claims that this is a compliment, not a detraction, so I leave it here for posterity.

Taste is much like the scent. Has that nice bitter tang on top of the coffee flavors -- I know there's supposed to be a touch of chocolate here, but I can't taste it. Metallic tinge on the aftertaste was present, especially towards the beginning of the beer.

Mouthfeel was okay -- this is a bit thinner than I usually like in a stout; I don't think it's quite as thick as Guinness. Still very creamy and quite enjoyable, it just didn't really knock me off my feet the way I was hoping it would.

The main positive about the drinkability here is that unlike a lot of other dry beers, this one actually seems to improve as you reach the bottom of the glass, leaving less and less aftertaste behind. Makes it very enjoyable towards the finish, and makes is pretty drinkable -- I could have two or three of these no problem.

Overall, a nice, if unremarkable, Irish Dry Stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-23-2005 12:12:22 | More by danielharper
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

RIch dark brown almost black color with a large creamy tan head that never goes away. The smell is not very strong. Some coffee like malts and not much else. Rich creamy taste. Lots of coffee and chocolate with a dry slighty burnt finish. Damn good drinkability. This is one of the better stouts you can get in a nitro-can. Better than Guinness draught in my opinion. Cost less too.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-22-2005 06:07:41 | More by Luigi
Photo of mynie


3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful pour, thanks in no small part to the nitro widget thingee. Dark, very fizzy, completely opaque, with nice tan head.

Slight smell. Nice caramel to balance out the nitrogen. Weak, but okay.

Taste the nitro upfront. Weakness moving into a very heavy middle that's full of roasted coffee and ending on chocolate and burnt malt. By god, once you get past the nitrogen start this actually tastes like a stout.

Probably the best nitro can stout I've ever tried. Not too pasturized, not too chemical-ly.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-13-2005 03:01:28 | More by mynie
Photo of crookedhalo


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/black with a creamy nitrogenated tan head. Some roasted barley notes with hints at tobacco. Faintly mineral in taste with roasted barley and malts. Fair amount of astringency in the finish keeps it a good sipper, despite its low ABV. Texture is smooth and creamy. Maybe a nuance of mintiness in the finish. A pretty good Irish dry stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-10-2005 04:05:25 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of Wonka


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 pint nitro can

Appearance – mostly black with light passage on the fringes; ultra creamy, micronized light mocha head; lace is sheetlike from ¼ down the glass to the end

Smell – roasted chocolate malts; a bit bitter; this is the least exciting part of the experience

Taste – roasty chocolate; tinge of coffee; sweeter early; smooth, lightly bitter and mostly roasted aftertaste

Mouthfeel –thin base shows midway but it is amplified to a moderate, almost full (at times), body by the ever-present head; much of the span of mouthfeel possibilities in regards to body are covered here but it really is deceptive since the head really does the job; nonetheless it is pleasant and I really don't care where the feel comes from since the job is well done; not overly dry

Drinkability – at times, it very creamy and very smooth; tremendous session beer

I’d come back to Beamish and it’s a certain recommendation.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-22-2005 13:35:42 | More by Wonka
Photo of Gruntlumber


3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a line-up of nitro-tap stouts, they all look pretty much the same. And in my experience there isn't much differentiation in aroma either. That said, I think Beamish is slightly more easy-drinking than the others. The taste is the trademark Irish stout as everyone else has comprehensively explained, but drinking three of these versus three Guinness and you will feel slightly less full. A good beer, but very similar to others. Given the choice I actually would take a Boulevard Dry Stout (on nitro-tap only though, the bottles suck).

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-13-2005 20:43:53 | More by Gruntlumber
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is the same as all nitro-can Irish stouts: black with large off-white head. The aroma is unwhelming and consists primarily of roasted coffee notes. The taste is a little better the Guinness Draught, but not as good as Murphy's. If you've had either of the aforementioned beers you know what to expect here. However, Beamish is probably the smoothest and most easy to drink of the three.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-06-2005 00:46:17 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of acrawf6


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured out a nice dark opaque beer.... what you would expect from an irish stout. Head eventually rises in a tan head that is very thick and full, wont leave the entire pint.

Honestly this beer tastes a lot like the competition, i dont think someone would love this beer and hate guinness or murphy's.
Smell is chocolatey and roasty. maybe even a little smokey.
Taste is like the other irish stouts. Some people say it is sweet compaired to the others.... i agree it is, but there is still a significant bitter flavor to it.
Mouthfeel is just like the others.... fills your mouth but is not carbonated. I, overall, do not like the low carbonation, but thats just me.
Overall, i think this is, in fact, my favorite of the type, but i have to be in the mood for it.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-02-2005 03:57:45 | More by acrawf6
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

...vs. Guinness Pub Draught in nitro-can. Wow! Pours black, with a thick two-finger off white head. Had to hold it up to the lamp to get any hint of ruby.

Smell is faint roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, traces of mocha. Extremely faint hints of can and nitro, not like Guinness in a can (which almost tastes over cooked). Thick, whereas Guinness cames off as rather thin. Smooth, tasty and enjoyable to drank. Easy to down a few of these.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-25-2005 06:13:36 | More by BDTyre
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with the characteristic cascading nitrogen creamy light brown head, but more so than the Murphy's that I poured last night. The beer is a deep brown almost black color. The aroma is subtle with its notes of chocolate, and sweet grain. The feel of this is creamy smooth as it hits my tongue, but finishes with a bit of astringency and bitterness. The taste has notes of chocolate, subtle coffee, which as it warms up begins to become quite a bit more apparent. Again this is fairly light and could certainly use a bit more roasted malt to pick up the flavor a bit.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-25-2005 01:43:47 | More by Gueuzedude
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