Beamish Irish Stout
Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #36
Ranked #22,525
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Beamish & Crawford Plc.
Very Good
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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful Beamish aromas scintillate the senses, from the first to the last sip (excluding the last drop, of course). Brutishly creamy, it makes for a taste sensation not found anywhere other than my Irish Homeland. Balanced, delicious, recommended.

Feb 10, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a half liter can picked up in Ireland, marked best by 08/03/20. Very dark brown color with a finger of dense tan foam. Roasted malt smell. Light feel, very smooth from the nitro insert. Roasted malt and chocolate flavors with a dry finish. Very nice!

Sep 21, 2019
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hopsputin from New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

a: dark silky black with a hint of ruby red. Nice solid 1 finger tan head. spot on

s: roasted malts, sweet malt, milk chocolate, and cola. a hint of oaky wood a well

t: smooth roasted malts, chocolate, and charred oak barrel flavor as well. a touch of bitterness from the roast. spot on again

m: smooth, nitro medium mouthfeel

o: awesome Dry Stout. the beauty is in the roast and the malt. this is smooth and delicious, definitely try this. this is just what you want from the style

Aug 17, 2019
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Beck_Hardy_UK from Scotland

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Similar to Guinness but different. Chilled can into a pint glass. Black in the glass. Smelled of hop resin and dark cherries. Taste was smooth with a slight sweetness. No after taste to speak of. Finish was dry. Mouth feel creamy and chocolate like. Delicious and a nice alternative to Guinness or Murphy's.

Feb 01, 2019
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ScottishLad from California

3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can chilled for 2 hours. Poured into a proper English pint glass. Pours black/dark brown. Thick creamy head. Faint aroma. Good foam retention & lacing. Smooth and creamy taste/mouth feel. Heaps better than Guinness.

Sep 21, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap. Ah beamish, the forgotten Irish dry stout between them, murphys and guinness. Honestly my least favorite of the 3. The smell is dull, with light coffee and malt notes alone. The taste is standard dry stout, with roasted malt leading the subtle dark chocolate, coffee, and bitters. Thinner for style, just forgettable in my book

Aug 30, 2018
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Maldron Hotel in Cork. Pours black/brown with a thick off white head that lasts. Not much aroma to speak of, maybe light coffee. Taste is mild roasted and bitter sweet. Feel is excellent on nitro, very smooth and clean finish. Overall a very nice Irish Stout.

Aug 25, 2018
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in Ireland. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Jet black pour with a classic Irish nitro stout head. Thick and creamy.

S: Roasted malts... faint espresso.

T/F: Very similar to the other Irish Dry Stouts I've tried... and very close to a Guinness. Smooth and creamy. Great mouthfeel. Taste is milder... roasted malts, some coffee and cocoa notes. Inoffensive but nothing super exciting either.

O: Another dry Irish Stout. Very good fresh and on-tap... and virtually indistinguishable from the other big-boy players in the style. Maybe an ooch sweeter... maybe? Not a bad pint.

Sep 08, 2016
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alankwak from Florida

4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L Very dark red with a nice head that remains well.
S Hint of a grainy, biscuityou aroma with a slight chocolate hint.
T grainy rye note and a hint of coffee or chocalate. I rye flavor is what I find interesting compared to Guinness or Murphy'so stout.
F full, smooth mouthfeel. Great.
O a nice Irish Dry Stout with a more prominent rye flavor that separates it from the other leading stouts in Ireland. Very nice.

Jun 26, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.89/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Comes in dark, but also thin. Brown mostly. 4/5" beige head. Looks pretty. Tad bit of peaty smoke in the aroma with a small amount of roast.

Extremely thin mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth though, still drops some smoke on you. Really doesn't come across all that dry for style. The cost seems high, maybe its the widget stuff, but aside from its nice appearance, this one doesn't do much for me.

Jun 23, 2016
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Bruno74200 from France

3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much bitter than guinness, more on the coffee and more subtle and complex. A bit on the cocoa and the caramel. Best enjoyed in a pub in Ireland. Cheers!

Nov 10, 2015
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Tom_Banjo from New York

3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint draft consumed in a pub in Kinsale whose name escapes me at the moment. As good a dry stout as I've had, though I will say I have much less experience with stouts than with other beer styles. Quite pleasant and a beer I would definitely drink again.

Aug 01, 2015
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StJamesGate from New York

3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate ruby - pale - with a rock solid creamy beige nitro head. 3.75
Roasty sweetness, clotted cream, and sour mulch on the nose. 4
Chocolate chip cookie dough, a mild molasses hit, then vague branchy hop hit. 3.5
Root beer and slightly drying linger.
Thin, soft, slight tin. 3.5

Shows well, if too light, and it’s certainly a sweet, round and tasty drop. It’s just not particularly to style - understrength roasty bite, no hop bitterness, and missing that clean (i.e. the dry in Dry Stout) another-round-please finish. More like a low ABV, “nutritious” British milk or oatmeal stout - very drinkable, but very forgettable, too. 3.5

I also find it hilarious that this rates a full .3 pts higher here than Guinness Draught when this is just as macro, but cheaper. Careful, BAs, your hate is showing...

*from notes

May 27, 2015
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Grogsky from Canada

3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice stout. Wouldn't take it over a Guinness, if you're choosing popular stouts in Ireland, but it's good for a change. A nice burnt, bitter taste to it. The head on the beer is quite nice. Overall, would definitely drink again.

Feb 10, 2015
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soneill065 from Ireland

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Truely the best Irish stout. Upon the first sup one cannot help but fall in love with the spicy and cinnamon flavour that it has to offer beyond the white foamy head, which lasts way longer than the Guinness head. Best place to sample this delightful Irish stout is in its homeland of Cork.

Oct 23, 2014
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mwckiltedsavage from Virginia

5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very good stout. Comparable to Guinness but creamier. Beamish is hard to find I've only had it twice on draft: At Ryan's Daughter in Baltimore and at Meehan's locations in Georgia. It's also available in cans at package stores in Georgia. I asked a local pub in Arlington, VA why they don't have it and got the reply "Ireland doesn't like us enough".

Aug 22, 2014
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-tap at O'Neill's Bar & Restaurant, Dublin, Ireland

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color – when held up to a bright light, only traces of reddish amber are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has superior retention properties and hardly died down.
S: Light aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dry, roasted malts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, creamy, somewhat dry, and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, especially due to its light-bodied nature.

Jun 24, 2014
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Pigs from Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tough to find these days. Great, wonderful, spectacular Irish beer. I love it anyway I can get it. Nice change from Guinness and Murphy's just cause, why not? Was my first pint in Ireland at the Shannon airport directly off the red eye flight from Boston. Instant love with this beer. Not as available, really anyway compared to Guinness or Murphy's but that is what you beer snob dweebs are pretty much into, yeah? Go out getcha some Beamish!!! (If you can find it! And let me know where in the US it was found!)

Jun 11, 2014
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Alexnzx from Ireland

4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ireland's finest stout, much nicer than Guinness. I could drink a dozen of these and still want more. Personally I find it more refreshing and easier to drink than the world famous Guinness. If in Ireland, I would reccomend buying one of these before Guinness, they are just as widely availible as the other legendary stout. It is famous for being slightly cheaper too. I wouldn't buy this from a can or bottle though, completely different drink.

Dec 23, 2013
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4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Tasted this in various pubs in Cork, Ireland. Be sure to drink this in pubs like the Welcome Inn to get the full Irish experience.

Lots more taste than Guinness. And yes, it is better than Murphy's.

That said, Guinness is ok for a night of drinking, but Beamish is Stout how it's ment to be.

Buy it. Buy it now.

Jan 19, 2013
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Jan 10, 2013
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Iztok from Slovenia

4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm not by any means a professional reviewer. I'm just writing this review, because I want people to try this excellent stout if they are in Ireland. You can't get it in our country at all (you can get Guinness on tap just fine).

I had this everyday for two weeks while I was in Dublin, and it's pretty much one of the main reasons why I would want to go back.

A: It looks simply awesome. Deep brown/blackish with a semi thick head.
S: You can smell ground coffee mostly, it's not very distinct.
T: It's never watery, always full taste with freshly brewed coffee in the back, retains the taste all through the pint.

I was expecting Guinness to steal the show, because I heard it was much better in Ireland, but that just wasnt' the case. It didn't taste any different then at home. Beamish is a stellar Irish Stout, and probably the best local beer you can have. Don't miss it.

I'm sorry if my review wasn't any good, It's just a layman's opinion.

Oct 23, 2012
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sfprint from Germany

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had immediately after a guinness on tap in Dublin Ireland
Reviewed July 15th, 2012

A: Head a hair more porous than the Guinness, but also extremely creamy though a hair less.
S: Red ale, a hair tart with some cream brought, bright on top
T: In the direction of a red ale, feels more alcoholic than the guinness, there's a bit of pepper spice in it, flavor is more forward, toastedness is clear with a bit of tang.
M: pretty smooth with a little zip of carbonation.
O: Combination of "cream" and "red" ale qualities.

Jul 20, 2012
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hoserking from California

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Located this at Peters Pub in Dublin after searching at all the pubs I had been to.

From a outside perspective prior to taste this could be Guinness.

Once you taste it, it clearly is not Guinness. Quite a bit more hop bitterness and a ton more strong porter like flavors. Lots of coffee and dryness. I enjoyed having something other than Guinness and I would drink it again. If we had the option in the states, I'd probably just drink Guinness.

Jul 03, 2012
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stoutman from Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Roasted and heavy malt aromas. Pours black, with a nice tan head, long-lasting, creamy, some lacework. Medium body and low carbonation. Taste is malty, coffee, chocolate and some roasty. Nice dry finish. Looks like a stout should, with a fine off white thick head, which stays until the last drop of beer has gone. Quite a nice beer.

May 28, 2012
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