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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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very good

706 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 44
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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 LXIXME

New Mexico

4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 11:45:45 | More by LXIXME
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

02-06-2013 20:56:30 | More by Kelp
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

07-15-2013 05:59:49 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of glid02


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

Got this from a nitro-tap from Stout Irish Pub in Atlanta.

The beer looks great. There's a great cascade look while the bubbles settle, and once they do the head is a solid milky white about 2 fingers deep. The beer itself is dark brown/amber. The head goes down as the beer does, but it maintains a decent depth throughout.

The smell is alright - very malty. Very typical of Irish Stouts.

The taste is malty with a decent amount of bitterness at the end. Again, very typical.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and it goes down smooth.

Overall this beer is pretty drinkable, and the creaminess is a big reason why.

This beer looks great, but the taste isn't exceptional. A good change of pace in Irish Stout, but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-31-2008 19:17:51 | More by glid02
Photo of Gusler


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours jet-black with the head modest in size and a light chocolate in color, the consistency creamy and the resultant lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Toasted grain nose, hints of coffee, sweet and quite pleasant to the old schnozzle and the start loaded with malt, the top slim in its feel to the palate. Finish has a nice but understated hop bite, quite mild on the carbonation, bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste, and a fine stout in its on right, and to me the equal of Guinness, but not the better, that is my humble opinion.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2003 15:10:21 | More by Gusler
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a dark black color. Good thick, 1/2 inch head with great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt mostly and some hop aroma as well. Fits the style exquisitely. Crisp mouth feel with low carbonation. The smoothest beer I've ever had - it was amazing. Tastes of sweet malt and some roasted malt flavors come out in the aftertaste. There is a hop bitterness present, but not in too strong an amount to detract from the malt. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-18-2009 19:49:46 | More by Tone
Photo of Brad007


3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a rich, creamy head that slowly rises to the top. Beautiful presentation here. Aroma is rich and roasty with a nice coffee essence in the nose. Taste is rich and creamy upfront with a bit of roastiness and bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Dry and smooth. Sessionable due to the ridiculously low ABV. I can't say that it's the best example of the style I've had but it's still a very solid example. I like the lacing that's left behind and how the head holds very well.

It's a decent gimmick that works well if you like your stouts much like I do.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-10-2007 02:34:35 | More by Brad007
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nitro can obtained from Steve's - University

appearance: ahh the nitro can...pours into an imperial pint glass, massive chocolate milkshake pour settles into a solid black body and a huge creamy chocolate fluffy head. wonderful, it is absolutely beyond my comprehension how anybody could possibly rate the appearance below a 4...what irish stout are you comparing this to that I cant access?

smell: typically where the nitro irish stout falls apart...lightly roasty, a touch nutty, creamy, roasty, cocoa powder

taste: dark roasted, nutty, lightly hopped, cocoa powder...rich and creamy but not uber-flavourful

mouthfeel: super creamy, rich and roasty

drinkability: high

Serving type: nitro-can

11-08-2006 01:16:25 | More by dirtylou
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-16-2012 15:59:14 | More by harpus
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4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz widget can.

Appearance- I can never poo-poo a stout from a nitro-tap or can as far as appearance is concerned. Sturdy, solid tan head that stays through and through. Colro is black with deep brown highlights when held to the light.

Smell- Slightly bland but the roasted and smoked malts are hard to mis with a dry hop aroma at the end.

Taste- Starts out dry and watery but quickly builds to a great smokey mlat flavor with hints of blackened tuna skin.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and smokey all over the tongue. With special attention spent on the dead center middle of the tongue by the smoke.

Beamish and Murphy's are two brands of Irish stout that I would pick over Guiness any day.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-01-2006 23:46:55 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Fantastic cascading leaving a fluffy, creamy, tan head. Super-dark red color.

S - Guinness/ Murphy's Irish stout with a sweeter smell and an oatmeal/yeasty hint. Slight rasin?

T - Dry, roasted malt, slight creaminess, bitter hints, possible dark chocolate.

M - Dry, creamy mouthfeel. Dryness overwhelms the creaminess on the finish.

D - Good drinkability. Slight bitter and dry flavors bump it out of what I would consider a session beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-26-2009 00:33:49 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Pours a near black with some ruby highlights, 1/2 inch creamy off white head sticks around forever and leaves mad lacing. Aroma is of coffee, some cocoa, some chocolate milk. Taste hits first with the roast bitterness, then some dried fruit and some cocoa. Body is medium to thin. Crisp carbonation. Great irish stout, very sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-10-2008 00:21:59 | More by johnnnniee
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South Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency, not dissimilar to Guiness. There was a good half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of roasted malt, a bit of hops and a slight graininess.

T: This is where it went off the rails for me. There was some roasted malt up front, along with a little hops, but it was just simply thin and metallic otherwise.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is another uneven beer in my eyes. The taste was simply too uninteresting and thin to be likable.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-13-2008 22:51:30 | More by avalon07
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 440mL draughtflow can into a large pint glass.

Appearance: black with a creamy head, but not overly thick; one finger or so after it was settled.

Smell: very subtle, mostly malt and caramel notes.

Taste: the taste doesn't seem overly complex to me. Just some nice roasted malts with a tiny bit of coffee aftertaste. Overall, a pleasing effect.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, but creamy and smooth due to the nitro.

Drinkability: the relatively light body and subtle flavors make this quite drinkable, but I would think it would be easily overpowered by most pub foods if consumed in such a setting.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-24-2009 01:40:21 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out a chocolaty brown with a very fine-bubbled head and lots of fine, descending bubbles like Guinness - clearly the result of nitrogen tapping. An extra half point for that. Smoky, chocolaty aroma has nutty and molasses hints. Flavor is mainly of unsweet chocolate with a molasses undertone and hints of smoke and nuts. Velvety smooth texture has a good tingle to it.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-20-2009 20:52:04 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz nitro-can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch creamy off-white head. Head retention and lacing is very good. It smells like roasted malt, grain, smoke and a bit of coffee. Tastes like roasted malt/grain, coffee and some dark/bitter chocolate. The beer has a bitter aftertaste, but not very strong at all. Mouthfeel is light, almost a bit watery. Too light/watery than I care for in this style of beer. It's also creamy, smooth and dry. Drinkability is good, it's very sessionable. I'd definitely buy it again if I was in the mood for Beamish, it's not a bad beer at all.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-27-2007 00:33:06 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of tone77


2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Pours a black color with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Light, malty aroma. Taste of malts with some hints of coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth. nThis is not a beer I could spend the night drinking. Overall a fairly mediocre brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-10-2009 23:15:37 | More by tone77
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-21-2012 03:33:40 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cascading creamyjet black...nice 1/2 inch creamy tan head....light nose...mainly soft java notes....mouthfeel is creamy, thin...somewhat watery body..coffee and dark cocoa dominate the flavor profile with just a hint of vanilla or butterscotch on the finish...

Nice enough dry stout....nothing to jump up and down about and certainly not my favorite style of beer in the world but decent enough....

Serving type: nitro-can

05-27-2004 04:18:38 | More by ZAP
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3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beamish Irish Stout. Notes: Nitro Can: Best Before-February 2002! This beer poured a wonderful dark black colour with that beautiful cascading effect that you get with nitro beers. This smelled of almost nothing. Faint roasted malts were present but that is about it. The taste was very subdued as well. It was very smokey(almost like a smoke ale), roasted, and malty. This had a very thick mouthfeel to it and an O.K. drinkability as well. Perhaps a fresher can would have impressed me more, but who knows.
A decent canned nitro stout if you are in a pinch!

I recently had a fresh can of this, and it was exactly the same as the outdated one. My marks stay the same...

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2003 15:31:17 | More by francisweizen
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-13-2013 19:11:29 | More by mrfrancis
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-10-2013 15:55:39 | More by DmanGTR
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4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Friendlier than Guinness but without the character. Very accessible. Easy drinking. But, still, creamy, rich, bittersweet, clean. Nice head. This one served with beer gas and a sparkler faucet. Good finish. A session Irish Stout, I guess. Wish this was brewed in Ireland.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2007 22:35:49 | More by drpimento
Photo of Brenden


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

The color is a very dark brown with deep red highlights. The head is very thick foam and leaves some sticky tan lacing on the glass. The smell is toasty grains (barley) with a little more sweetness and some yeast tones followed by hops. The taste is dry toasted grains with a hops backbone and a light sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy and does tend to thin as you go, though it doesn't get watery. It is quite dry and leaves a bitterness in the finish. All in all this is very drinkable and I would prefer this to a Guinness as the best example I've had to date for the style.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-30-2009 12:35:08 | More by Brenden
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