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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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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:
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Photo of Thanby


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just like you would expect for a nitro-stout. Extremely dark ruby (nearly black) with a small but long-lived creamy tan head.

Smells of cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, very mild spice, milk.

First taste is very smooth and creamy. The cocoa starts mild, mixing with the texture and the milk, and then the coffee and bitterness from the cocoa round it out and linger well into the finish.

Light to medium body, exceedingly smooth, fairly well-balanced palate, overall a very simple and modest stout that's easy to drink and quite pleasing. Very similar to Guiness, etc, but I think it has a nicer body and slightly deeper flavor.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-09-2008 00:41:57 | More by Thanby
Photo of Elemental


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice and thick with a large foamy head and lots of lacing. its very dark with a brownish head. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate. The taste has hints of chocolate and some carmel. IT is well balanced between a full body and a nice mild bitterness. Overall a good beer for drinking on St. Patty's Day

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2004 04:21:15 | More by Elemental
Photo of livingregret


4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Nitro-Can

Appearance: Pours a light coffee colour that ends up looking black w/ a creamy 1 finger head. The head lingers the whole time and plenty of lacing

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, cream? and roasted malts. A little light on the nose like most Irish Stouts

Taste: Taste like slighty dry mocha coffee taste and roasted malts. A touch sweeter than Guinness

Mouthfeel: Like most Nitro-Can's it's creamy and filling

Drinkability: A very nice Irish Stout that isn't as dry as some of the others.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-13-2007 01:30:22 | More by livingregret
Photo of canoehornpoint


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro bottle poured with a rich creamy head. Nose of deep roasted malts. This is a "light stout" in that it has the taste characteristics of a stout but they are somewhat weak. I gave it a higher drinkability rate because it is a "good beer" and i could put away more than a couple of these easily. This would be a good beer for someone wanting to ease their way into stouts.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-07-2003 17:59:46 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of spokeydonkey

New York

4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a nitro tap into a pint glass. Black/dark brown in color, with a thick creamy off-white head. Left a lacing down the glass as it was consumed.

S - Clean smelling, with roasted coffee notes.

T - Smooth and easy drinking. Coffee/roasted notes without any astringency. A hint of bitterness to balance out the malt.

M - Creamy with medium body.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth and balanced enough to have more than one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-20-2009 03:38:53 | More by spokeydonkey
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually prefer this brew to Guiness, it pours with a nice creamy tofffe like head and leaves a nice lace. The smell is somewhat on the roasty side and has a very good mouthfeel. The taste has a good mixture of choc. and coffe very well balanced. Goes down rather smooth...........CHEERS

Serving type: nitro-can

08-18-2002 10:09:06 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of MurphyMacManus


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16-ounce nitro can into Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: beautiful brown and off white settling to black and white. Classic stout color and impressive head that stays for the entire pint.

Aroma: smells like Guinness Extra stout--roasty coffee and some vague bitter hops, but mostly roasty malt and coffee.

Taste: Roasty and bitter but also malty sweet. I like it, but not quite as much as Guinness E.S. Not quite as hoppy, and I think a bit more of a hop kick could only improve this brew.

Mouthfeel: creamy nitro stout. 'Nuff said.

Drinkability: I can down pints and pints of stout and never get full, so I'm probably not the best judge of this, but I'd say this one is very drinkable. More so than the Guinness draught I had the other night, as I find the roasty and malty characters of the Beamish to be more pronounced and more interesting. Definitely something I could drink for a session without getting too drunk and/ or bored.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-17-2005 06:48:49 | More by MurphyMacManus
Photo of drinking12many

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-03-2012 04:01:32 | More by drinking12many
Photo of Jablonski


3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Got a surprise whistle from the can when opened.

A: It's dark as night, with an above average and lasting head. The lacing isn't that great.

S: Not a strong smell: milk chocolate, some other hints of malts; It's just real hard to pick anything up, but what I can is pleasant.

T: The taste is sweet initially followed by a bitter finish. Both tastes are pleasant on the palate.

M: A bit on the lighter side with minimal carbonation.

D: It's an easy drinker, but I get bored with drinking it. Just not much depth to the beer

Serving type: nitro-can

05-06-2009 05:19:01 | More by Jablonski
Photo of theozag


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The satisfying, murky tumble from tan to nut brown that one finds in an Irish Dry Stout has no equal. Often immitated, never duplicated, it is - to me - the pinnacle of a brewmaster's craft when it comes to a beer's looks. In that regard, Beamish doesn't disappoint.

Smell is of medium strength but distinctive, having both caramel and chocolate character; plus a little coffee flavor thrown in for good measure.

Starts extra smooth with a soft, creamy taste. Right from the start, this beer is very thick on the tongue and in the mouth. Settles full-bodied but thinly-flavored. What you CAN taste is mostly a roasted coffee and caramel mix with a little of the oaky hint you get from some heavier wines. Finish is surprisingly light with a hoppy bitter blend that forms the lasting portion of this beer's aftertaste. My suggestion for a good compliment to this beer... breath mints. Especially if you're on a date.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-25-2005 21:03:49 | More by theozag
Photo of Bruiser81


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 monnik


3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-07-2012 01:53:20 | More by monnik
Photo of acsprouse

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-21-2013 09:09:40 | More by acsprouse
Photo of DagFishHead

New York

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can delivers a gorgeous cascade that ends with a light tan pillow head perched atop a sea of black.
Smell: virtually non-existent... very slight hints of mocha... unfortunately overwhemed by tinniness.
Taste: quite dry, very subtle coffee tones. Tinniness and watery mouthfeel are distracting. Taste improves slightly as it warms, but still far too understated for my taste.
Mouthfeel: only description is watery... very dissapointing
The appearance of this beer was very promising... so the tasting was that much more disappointing. I've seen so many good reviews of this beer I think I'll give it another chance (on tap next time) some day. Easy enough to drink, but there are so many others more deserving of my time and tastebuds.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-23-2003 02:09:05 | More by DagFishHead
Photo of SaltyLime


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You know...I hate to compare one beer to another when I'm trying to keep a focus on rating. But when you pour this one out, you can't help but think of Guinness. That was enough to give me a positive bias from the beginning.

Appearance - Guinness, is that you? Delicously dark beer with a creamy and roasty colored head. Those cascading bubbles are hypnotic.

Smell - Very mellow and inviting. Light scents of roasted malts, smoke and coffee.

Taste - Just like it smells with the taste being more definitive in the palate than the smell was to the nose.

Mouthfeel - Just the right thickness, creamy and malty.

Drinkability - Definite repeater.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-04-2007 14:32:14 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9oz nitro can poured into a tulip pint glass

A - As with all nitro can stouts, this one has a beautiful cascading effect leading to a deep black color. The 1 finger tan-colored head lasts throughout and laces well.

S - Not much aroma, but I pick up some malt with a bit of coffee and hops.

T - Smooth and sweet, with strong roasted character. Some coffee and dark chocolate lurking underneath. Slightly less bitter than Guinness.

M - Very nice. Creamy and rich, but not heavy.

D - Easy drinking, tasty, and low ABV. Makes a great session beer. Beamish is far and away my favorite of the 'Big 3' Irish Stouts. I prefer the sweetness and clean finish to Guinness and Murphy's, though they are all quite similar.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2008 02:49:32 | More by gabe23
Photo of Jhatwig

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

04-03-2012 02:37:14 | More by Jhatwig
Photo of jlandis


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful sessionable beer.

A. opaque black with a tan/white creamy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass
S. subtle chocolate grainy bread
T. roasty coffee with a touch of sour
M. medium body - not to thick, but just right - little to no carbonation
D. well balanced and a perfect session stout

Serving type: nitro-can

10-09-2009 19:08:27 | More by jlandis
Photo of 86MonteSS


3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I tried Beamish to answer the question: How many Guinness Draughts are there in this world? The answer: Many. There's nothing unique about Beamish at all, and to be quite frank, I think the world of Irish stouts needs a little more variety. The taste is decent but it just makes me want a better stout. Dark, but it doesn't pass the flashlight test. When it comes to beers of this type, spending the extra few dollars is the only rational decision.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-27-2003 12:56:45 | More by 86MonteSS
Photo of Daniel9913

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-06-2012 01:44:31 | More by Daniel9913
Photo of hyland24

New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 14.9 oz nitro can aquired in a trade from nasty15108 into a standard American pint class.

A- Poured black with the typical nitro stout cascade, with a 1 inch thick mud like tan foam head.

S- Hints of smoke and coffee.

T- Delicious sweet smoky taste. Actually surprised by the pleasent sweet taste. A nice burnt coffee start that finished with the same smokey sweetness that it started with.

MF&D- Thick and creamy stout that coats the mouth in a slightly sticky smokey film. Not as dry as the other irish stouts. Very happy with this stout. Actually tried it because fellow Ba member nasty15108 said it was better than Guinness(blasphemy). He was absolutely right. Great thick stout body with a surprising sweet smokey taste. I highly recommend this to all Guinness enthusiasts as you will not be dissappointed.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-26-2008 07:58:23 | More by hyland24
Photo of Twpsyn


2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

04-10-2014 22:58:49 | More by Twpsyn
Photo of Rio


4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful, near pitch black color. Very little light can get through. Creamy, light brown head that sticks around. When poured, it looked like water running down the glass in waves as the beer settled a bit. Beautiful color.

Aroma was kind of hard to get ahold of. Seemed to be a slight roasted smell to it, with almost a smell of a café to it, the mixture of coffee and chocolate. Smell was a little weak, but still very good.

Taste was heavy of a roasted flavor, with a bit of a hoppy characteristic to it, I think. Finishes with a taste of a creamed coffee, maybe. The head makes for a creamy mouthfeel, but the beer itself tastes a little thin.

One of my favorite beers, and one I often recommend to people who think Guinness is a bit too much for their tastes. Very drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-31-2004 04:28:52 | More by Rio
Photo of SaunaKing

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich, deep black with a thick dark-beige head that while not deep is retained for a long while. At first pour the beer is all head then you watch the head recede and see the black beer underneath rise up. If you swirl your glass around, its like a lava lamp or something. The black beer and the beige head rise and recede like waves on a beach.

Smell is of butterscotch and very pleasing. Like you are about to have a delicious dessert.

Tastes good too. Like a chewy toffee or butterscotch candy.

The mouthfeel is ok, creamy and smooth from the low carbonation, but no real finish. It just fades away until its time for another gulp.

I could see myself drinking a bunch of these without much of a problem.

I think this is my new breakfast beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-22-2003 11:15:15 | More by SaunaKing
Photo of swid


3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beamish pours in the typical nitro-can manner: brown and quite bubbly while pouring, then rapidly separates into a black, opaque body and a thick, light brown head that is retained throughout the glass. The smell is muted due to the nitro, but Beamish smells rather malty, with caramel and roasted notes.

The roasted malt flavor is evident straight away on this beer, with a bit of caramel as well. The bitterness quickly becomes evident, but not overpoweringly so. The mouthfeel seems to be a bit thicker and not quite as dry as, say, Guinness (although it is still fairly light); the beer finishes fairly clean and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste.

In my opinion, Beamish is slightly better overall than a certain more famous Irish stout; it just seems to be a bit more "substantial" in taste and feel. A classic example of a dry stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-10-2005 02:22:46 | More by swid
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