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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

734 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 734
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 51
Gots: 12 | 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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at old chicago

Pours mahogany/black with a tight 1.5" tan head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Slight iron & chocolate notes

T: A little iron up front, then some roasted malts. Chocolate & some slight lactose follow. Dryness & chocolate dominate the finish

MF: Rich, smooth & damn near perfectly balanced

Super drinkable, a nice dry stout that kicks Guiness in the arse in my humble opinion

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nitro-can, poured into a wide-mouthed glass. Virtually black in color, with a beautiful, fine, sturdy tan head. Aromas: soft, sly hints of cocoa, coffee, and nuts. Dry, yet a touch on the sweet side. Some initial bitterness and grit on the palate --does it come from the can? I can't shake a certain metallic tinge. No, it continues throughout the finish. The brief and uneventful finish, if I may say. Not as creamy as the nitro-Guinness Draught, but nowhere near as full-bodied and full of character as the best stouts in the world. Very forgettable. Pass me the darts, mate.

Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown-black pour, nitro bubbles cascaded along the glass, settling as a firm, creamy, tan cap that retained well. Roasted malts in the nose, coffee notes, and not much else. Pretty standard stuff for the style. Taste was malty and dry, woody, coffee bitterness, and some unsweetened chocolate. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, medium body, a decent beer. The poor man's Guinness.

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick light tan head; very nice. The aroma is good. It boasts of black malts and roasted barley. The taste is good. It is creamy and full of black malts. It is light even though it has a dark flavor. It almost seems a bit watery. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent stout. It's nice and creamy with real dark malt flavor.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From nitro-can, pours as expected - very dark brown with usual large nitro-head. Smell is mild - some iron and roasted barley...taste is same - very creamy/airy...buttery diacetyl...On this St. Patty's Day, I lined up the three Irish Dry Stouts - They are almost indistinguishable...Beamish a hair thinner than Murphy's...a slight, SLIGHT bit more buttery and sweeter than the other two...like the other two, easy to drink and fun for St. Patty's or at an Irish party, but not a whole lot going in the the flavor department...cool to look at, of course. Metallic aftertaste after a few. This one just lacks the publicity of Guinness.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown in color, Beamish features a beautiful two-finger thick, frothy light-beige head, pleasant but slippery lace.

I note a chaulky aroma mixed in with the chocolate and black patent malts. There's also a smell that reminds me of paper paste. I cannot detect any hops, but the malt aroma are very powerful

Very dark coffee flavors immediately hit the taste buds. The hop is the second note, but it is very subtle (as expected). This has a creamy quality both in consistancy and in flavor.

This stout is more "harsh" than the other famous stouts, as if the Beamish recipe had doubled the black patent portion. My personal preference leans more to the creamier and slightly less bitter.

Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 500ml can into a (non-real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on September 18th, 2010. Pours a luscious creamy dark tan with a wonderfully creamy head and a dazzling display of rising and falling bubbles. A two finger thick head retains very well, holding itself up for three minutes. Very appealing beer; I can't wait to take a sip.

Smell: Smells of cream, toffee, a little coffee, and a little chocolate. An appealing scent, but I'm not drooling like I do with Guinness.

Taste: A simple cream opening into one note of vague roast and a relatively empty body that transitions well to an average finish. For what it is, it's well balanced, but I'd like to see more complexity of flavour and taste multiple notes of what I detect in the smell. It would be nice if the opening cream flavour were enhanced in a manner akin to Belhaven.

Mouthfeel: A bit too smooth on the palate even for its cream overtone. I tend to like my finishes a bit more dry but also more refreshing. That said, it is a successful mouthfeel for an Irish stout and I appreciate what they're trying to do.

Drinkability: Guinness draught has a definite leg up with its multiple notes and flavors, all of which are balanced better. If you're after an Irish stout, you're best off reaching for Guinness.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

14.9 oz. nitro-can,

A: Pours black, with a thick, creamy off-white head, with great retention, leaves medium lacing as the beer is drunk.

S: Very light, some coffee roast, and chocolate.

T: Of the 3 major nitro-stouts out there, this one has the best flavour in my opinion. It has a distinct coffee flavour and bite, with a bit of dark chocolate backing it up. It is a light flavour, but tasty.

M: Typical nitro-can thin, but the creamy feel of the head gives it some more body, very smooth.

D: A good brew from Cork, though I do think the nitro-packaging and pasteurization take something away from it, but a good session beer, with its extremely low alcohol content, and mild flavour.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank in the British Legion Club, Dawley.

Cold and dark, very dark and too cold for me, but once it warmed up a bit, no problems with aroma and taste. Looks like a stout should, with a fine off white thick head, which stays until the last drop of beer has gone.

Chocolate and burnt caramel fill your nose, the taste adds to your overall sense of burntness.

The burnt flavour does stay in the mouth for a while, but doesn't seem to get into the throat, it just stays in the mouth!

Pleasant enough, better than the most popular Irish stout in my opinion.

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

594 reviews and NO picture?!? What?

Unlike last night's Guinness, this CAN actually had the following disclaimer: "This [CAN CAN]tains a floating widget which may rattle. Do not shake before opening." Yeah, I really like to give my CANs of beer a good shake just before I spray the CANtents all over everything. What kind of a jagov do yinz take me for, 'n' 'at?!? Jeez-O, man, I'm foolish, but not like that. At least I had fair warning - that CAN of Guinness last night gave me nightmares about what might have come flying out of the CAN at me. A mouse, a hunk of shrapnel, a CANnon ball, it could have been anything. Geez, I need a beer to steady my nerves. Thank Bob it's New Beer Sunday (Week 286)!

From the CAN: "To appreciate the smooth taste and creamy head of Beamish Stout serve chilled and pour in one smooth action." I'm gonna need some help, here. I'm as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room filled with rocking chairs combined with Ron Jeremy's virginal fiancee on their wedding night. That rattling Guinness CAN last night has mentally scarred me for life!

Gah! There was a hissing sound when I cracked the CAN open that made me think that Ruthie's Evil Kitty (kudos if you know that allusion) might be in there too! I had to pull up a little on the smooth pouring action as it was dangerously close to spilling over the lip of my glass. I ended up with a finger of thick mocha-colored head with fantastic retention. Success, no? Color was a deep, dark brown or black with ZERO light penetration. Nose had a pleasant smoky, burnt charcoal scent. Beef! That is what is needed here. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a smoky, slightly burnt flavor on the tongue. Oh my, Spring House's Smoked Porter yesterday, now this. How CAN I go back to crappy AALs? Finish was dry, smoky, roasty, reinforcing my claim that my earlier characterization of Hakone Fusai Stout was a sweet stout was correct. This was the opposite end of the stout spectrum. Sticky lacing throughout.

Beamish or Guinness in an N2 CAN? Beamish! I CAN sleep better now.

A quote from Lewis Carroll : "And, has thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my BEAMISH boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" he chortled in his joy.

Photo of weeare138
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark black with a creamy, cascading light tan head. Typical nitro head that slowly fades into a small, frothy cap and lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, and roasted chestnuts, with a touch of cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a mild graininess and a touch of coffee. Less bitter and coffee ground taste than found in Guiness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice creaminess and a very mild graininess in there. Overall, a decent brew.

Photo of LXIXME
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big light tan head falls through itself into a clear black colored stout.

Rich roasted to smokey roasted malt aroma.

The taste is the same think smokey roasted coffee and chocolate mixed malts. A very full bodied beer with a nice head that settles into a very nice lacing.

A pleasant dry roasted coffeeish aftertaste.

Now this is beer, damn good stuff, I got to try this with a scoop of Ice Cream, probably end up being my favorite dessert.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque color with a firm creamy head. Nose is like a coalmine Taste is dominated by licorice, spearmint and espresso. This beer still has a dryness to it but npt as bad as a Guinness or Murphys. Mouthfeel is creamy, dry and finishes off with a small bite. Pretty good brew overall. Worth a try.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.53/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What could be better in 95 degree heat than an Irish Stout? On draft at Branagan's in Fullerton, it has that trademark nitro-stout look to it. Not as rich in coffee flavor as I remembered it from the can, but more addictive on draft for some reason. Just like Murphy's on draft, if I had a bigger wallet, I could line the bar with empty pint glasses.

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

(Served in a Guinness pint glass)

A-This beer had the Nitrous swirl that settled into a thick black body on the bottom and a creamy dense light tan head of microscopic bubbles. The head was still sitting in the class after the beer was gone.

S- The beer was served pretty cold but the notes of dark roasted malt came through on the pour. As the beer warmed there was some earthy notes to the black grain and a hint of lighter almost graham cracker malt in the smell.

T- The dark black malt was very smooth with a faint sour note and a hint of earthy coco powder. As it warmed there was a lighter malt flavor with a faint fruity note to it in the background. The finish had a green hop flavor that was soft and quickly overpowered by the dark malt that hangs on the taste buds.

M- This beer has a thick full mouthfeel that was creamy and a bit chewy. No sign of fizz or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is smooth dry and has a nice dark malt flavor. I think it would have more depth and flavor if it wasn't in the nitro can. That kind of washed out the flavor but really pumped up the mouthfeel.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. Poured from a nitro-can into a plastic cup. A nice show of nitrogen action going on. Dark brown with a light off white head and some lace.

S. Malts and some slight roasted aromas.

T. A nice smooth drinker here. Good overall flavors, even if distant. A blend of malt, a nice black coffee note here and there. Well balanced but a little sweet.

M. Very creamy and full bodied.

D. This is one you can pound. A nice solid session stout, and on par with the Murpheys and Guinnesses of the world.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was more than happy to see this offered on tap at the local student pub in Siena, Italy that would be one of my only options for beer in my one month stay. Beamish certainly made the time a little easier, being the only stout seemingly in all of the Mediterranean.
I would say above par with any other Irish dry stouts, above Guinness. A good deal of flavour with a strong coffee richness in the taste and texture. Only a small fraction of which is captured in the aroma though. Some coarse, mineral bitterness but an otherwise creamy body. Average drinkability. Not bad at all...

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

The beer pours a dark black color with the expected persistent creamy head and sticky lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light malt, licorise and hazelnuts. Haven't been drinking a lot Murphy's or Guinness of late, but this stout seemed a bit sweeter with almost an apple cider flavor to it. Otherwise, one gets the expected dry bitter flavor, as well as the soft, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is exceptional; I feel as if I could drink this all day, assuming I was in a dry stout kind of mood.

Decent beer. Nice to see on tap here in Baltimore.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Excellent cascading, as expected from Nitro-tap, with hearty, thick tan-colored head, which had great staying power. Pleasing malty aroma, accompanied with heavy flavors of same, smoothness like you wouldn't believe. Exactly what was expected of an Irish Stout, in my mind. You shouldn't be disappointed.

Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 734 ratings.