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Beamish Irish Stout - Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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719 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 46
Gots: 10 | 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.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black with a thin tan head and lots of carbonation.

The smell was sweet, like champagne sweet, very malty sweet.

The taste was...malty and sweet. I couldn't get past the sweetness of it. Some coffee and chocolate flavor, but the sweetness diminished those flavors a bit.

The mouthfeel was typical of a stout, firm, but not thick.

Low on the drinkability scale for me. Just too sweet.

masterbruewer, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of lehows
4.8/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite stouts. an amazing cascading head that is very creamy and stays even after the beer is gone. rich chocolately flavors with coffee and some caramel. it doesnt leave any unpleasantness in your throat like some other irish stouts. even when drank out of a nitro-can, which usually kills most aromas and some flavor, it still tastes great and has decent aromas. a must try for any fan of guinness.

lehows, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of joekfsu
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can. Pours nearly black, can see some dark ruby when you hold it up to the light with a 1.5cm tan dense head that is mostly lasting. Of course is does the rolling head display, not quite as impressive as other beers in the class. Aroma is roasted malt and some sweet cream. Initial flavor is sweet, creamy, and roasted all at the same time. Flavor ends on the roasted notes then to a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste. Some lacing, no carbonation once its poured, medium to full body, no alcohol noted. Drinkable, but with better options in the category, might be a long time before I'll be having this one again.

joekfsu, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of Wonka
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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.

Wonka, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of Beernoisseur
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I am usually indifferent about irish stouts. I don't love em, or hate em. thy're just kind of there.

A - one thing I love about Irish Stouts is how gorgeously they pour. it's like an orgy of frolicking froth. HUGE head that was still there when I finished
S - Malty, toasted aroma, with obvious coffee notes, and less obvious chocolate and maybe pipe tobacco?
T - A lot of the same themes from the aroma. Dark, malty, Chocolaty, coffee.
M - You gotta love the nitrocan. The nitro-bubbles are so much softer than CO2. It's like drinking an angel.
D - I could drink a few of these in one sitting. Great beer

Beernoisseur, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of jlervine
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wow. Thick tan creamy head that never seems to want to go away. Stays with the beer all the way to the bottom. The smell is earthy, roasted grains, and a hint of hops nestled on the bottom. The taste is very malty, lots of roasted grains. Still feels slightly carbonated as it dances around my mouth. Not as thick as Guinness, but still very fulfilling without being simply "filling".

jlervine, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of mobud
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into nonic glass from nitro-can.

A- Pitch black with the classic creamy nitro-head. This 1/2" head remained thru sampling.

S- This beer had a nice sweet booze smell with a roasted malt backround.

T & M- The creamy head sets up the roasted coffee taste that comes with a stout. Some dark chocolate taste is also there, but not as strong. The mouthfeel is light and smooth, not unlike a good single malt.

D- A great stout that I will move ahead of the other big name in dry Irish stouts. Would like to try this on tap.

mobud, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of Thanby
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Thanby, May 09, 2008
Photo of Elemental
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Elemental, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of livingregret
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

livingregret, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of canoehornpoint
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

canoehornpoint, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of spokeydonkey
4.65/5  rDev +22%
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.

spokeydonkey, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of tigerpaws
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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

tigerpaws, Aug 18, 2002
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

MurphyMacManus, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of Jablonski
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Jablonski, May 06, 2009
Photo of Slongie
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Slongie, May 29, 2014
Photo of Bruiser81
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Bruiser81, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of theozag
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

theozag, Dec 25, 2005
Photo of monnik
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

monnik, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of acsprouse
4/5  rDev +5%

acsprouse, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of dryndantheman
4/5  rDev +5%

dryndantheman, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of DagFishHead
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

DagFishHead, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of SaltyLime
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

SaltyLime, May 04, 2007
Photo of gabe23
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

gabe23, Dec 05, 2008
Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
86 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.