Beamish Irish Stout
Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #37
Ranked #20,716
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Beamish & Crawford Plc.
Very Good
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Reviews by hudsonvalleyslim:
Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Dmann
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excelent alternative to Guinness. Beamish poured simmilar to Guinness with its creamy black body and nice fluffy brown head. The smell was on par for the style with a nice hint of coffee on the nose. The taste was better than Guinness in my opinion as it had a nice coffee bite in the aftertaste and was a bit sweeter all around. A good Irish dry stout and definantly worth a try.

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Photo of Damian
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank from a 400 ml /14.9 fl. oz. nitro-can purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA

Poured a deep, opaque black with hints of brown at the edges of the glass. After the pour, a cascading head began falling from the light saddle, silky smooth, one-finger cap of foam. A true joy to watch. Thick blankets of lacing slid down the glass on every sip.

The aroma was subtle yet pleasant initially. Hints of coffee and vanilla were apparent. Some indications of milk chocolate as well. As the beer warmed, the aroma really came out. Sweet chocolate and cappuccino notes became quite apparent.

The flavor was rather full. Deep roasted malts and French roast coffee came through strong along with subtle notes of dark chocolate and sweet cream. Somewhat acrid. The finish was roasty with hints of charcoal. This eventually faded into a lingering, burnt, semi-hoppy aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was quite thin and watery but smooth.

Drinkability was impressive. This was a relatively light yet flavorful beer. A welcomed alternative to the "other" Irish dry stout.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this stuff before the advent of the nitro-widget. Of course that was many years ago, but I recall it being vividly flavorful, and tasting perhaps a bit more like a cross between a Porter and a BW (which would be a vividly flavorful...) This iteration of Beamish is certainly less spectacular; either it has changed significantly or my palette has.

A - It pours exactly how you'd expect from a Stout in a nitro-can: Black, big pillowy mocha head, some lace.

S - The smell is vaguely of minerals, and there is a far-off hint of roasted malt.

T - The taste is very slight. It tastes cold, light, slightly roasted and creamy. Notice that of those four descriptors, only one was actually a taste sensation. So this is somewhat devoid of flavor, as many nitro-can Stouts are; it is more of a feel-based beverage.

M - Creamy and exceptionally smooth; it is, however, a bit watery.

D - This is not as good as Guinness, but fairly close; it is equal to Murphy's and better than Young's, in the battle of the nitro-can Stout.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love those creamy nitro heads, a thick creamy beige that hangs on to the sides of the glass as you drink, and a black body.

The predominant flavor is expresso coffee, with a slight cherry note when first poured, along with a bit of dark chocolate. A slightly bitter, citrus-y aftertaste finishes it off, but the expresso flavor is predominant throughout.

Hmmm, that's pretty good, I may have to have another. (just to confirm my impressions, you understand...)

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Cascade effect from nitro can results in a nice big creamy head over a tar black brew. Lots of shaving cream thick lace is left in the pint glass.

S - Not very pungent. Weak coffee and some dark chocolate along with a bunch of roasted grains and some slightly charred aromas.

T - Mild flavors of roasted cereal grains, black coffee, dark chocolate, and a little bit of hop bitterness in the back of the mouth. Very similar to (but slightly better than) Guinness.

M - Extremely creamy. Shaving cream or whipped cream texture, but light bodied at the same time. I think that this is from the nitro can.

D - Excellent. My favorite accompaniment to a nice juicy hamburger, and also a nearly perfect session brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a deep black color with a creamy surging head on top. These beers look beautiful every time. The lacing is just like a Guinness or Murphy's. The smell is a toasted and earthy. The flavor is roasted with a good amount of nut and earthy flavors. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Overall this beer is one I would love to have again. I had one can of this in 2008 and kind of miss it. One day it'll find it's way back to my fridge.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice black oil look to it. My wife said I should put it in my car instead of drinking it. She changed her tune once she tried it.
Couldn't smell anything. Very dry and somber feel to it. The taste is really good comparatively to other Irish Stouts. Hint's of chocolate with a very smooth clean finish. No hops to speak of but it left my mouth with a desire for another. Guinness or Beamish? Just because I'm different, Beamish.

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Photo of fank2788
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9oz nitro can served in a pint glass
Beamish looks like a standard nitro stout in the glass, which is not a bad thing, not quite opaque with a thick off white head. The smell is of roast malt and other burnt/black malts along with black coffee. The taste great notes of dark malts, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and wood, and a little chalky too. Some bitterness from malts but no perceivable hop bitterness. All in all more pronounced flavor than guinness. The mouthfeel is good very nice and creamy very full slightly sweet finish all together pleasing. Drinkability too is good low in alcohol plus a bit more flavor than guinness makes it more fun to drink, not bad at all.

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Photo of TOMO
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in the 1 pint nitro can.
This stout actually poured pretty "clear", well compared with Guiness it did!Then it cascades up to leave a inch head ( coffeee and cream colour) atop a deep deepo black beer!
The smell of this beer is not quite as strong as Guiness Draught..but still malty.
A much cleaner , crisp even, taste than Guibness draught..less hoppy.
Quite quaffable indeed..mmmmmm mmm mmm

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of 160Shillings
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from a nitro tap into a pint glass.
Aroma: The aroma is espresso-like roasted barley with hints of cocoa. You’ll be surprised by how strong the aroma is from this relatively low alcohol session beer, truly amazing.
Appearance: Pours with a thick, creamy, light brown head that collapses only slightly and last until the bottom of the glass leaving rings of brown lace along the way. The color is an opaque black with dark brown highlights.
Flavor: The flavor is a mouth filling wave of roasted grain, dry with medium hop bitterness that does not interfere with the roasted barley flavor. Espresso and cocoa linger into a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Creamy medium-light body with low carbonation.
Overall Impression: This beer is a show case of what can be done with unmalted barley. The roasted barley give a wonderful roasted espresso, cocoa flavor and the flaked barley in combination with the nitrogen draft gives a lush creamy character.
Comments: If Guinness is the benchmark, this stout exceeds the mark on all accounts but one; the lactic acid sourness. I know my Irish cousins will scream heresy, but in all honesty, this beer is better than Guinness and makes Murphy’s seem like a poor excuse for stout. The only thing I can think of that would make this beer better is a good soft lactobacillus culture.

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Photo of texascarl
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I usually order a pint of Guiness or the local draught dry stout by habit. Tried this last night for a change and I may have to form a new habit.

Appearance: black, nearly opaque, inch-thick nitro head. Beauty.

Smell: fabulous, chocolate and dark roasted coffee

Taste:sweeter than the other stouts I usually drink, chocolate, the only bitterness was of dark roasted malt, not a lot of hops. Great flavor, I wanted more when I'd reached my self-imposed daily limit of 3 pints.

Notes: mixed the last half a glass to make a black and tan, the result was still sweet and tasty.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

440ml can into nonic.

Deep black with a one finger, solid, smooth, creamy, off white head that never settles, stays about one finger.

The aroma is hard to pick up through the thick head, though there are some roasty hints in there.

The flavor is roasty and smooth, with a bit of a metallic taste (though that's not from the can). Not many hops to speak of. Full bodied with a smooth feel. The finish is lingering bitter malts.

Decent Irish Dry, though the flavor is sometimes hard to pick up behind the dense nitrogen infused head. Drinkable, and about along the lines of the sytle. Recommended.

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Photo of fisherbray
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rock solid drinker. Pours out to a deep brownish/red/black color with a rich head of dense cream foam. the beer trickels down like a malty sunset, and leaves about a 1/2 inch head. Scattered lace, and lower carbonation. Aromas were light, but hints of roasted malt and dry grain were present. Taste was medium light bodied and totally enjoyable: dark toasty malts give way to a burnt charred wood note and minimal hints of hops linger on the palate. Nice. Mouthfeel was fair, kind of light compared to other beers in the style, but a solid and good level of drinkability added to the enjoyment of this beer. Easily sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of srrn
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can to a pint glass. Very dark with a much lighter head, not as foamy as a Guiness. Faint roasted malt smell. Mouthfeel light and creamy and the taste, roasted malts, bit of coffee, burnt toast, nice bitterness at the end. I had a few on a gig, a wonderful session brew when getting a buzz is out of the question.

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Photo of carteravebrew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Redrover
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one at Cead Mile Failte in Geneva, IL. Nice interpretation of an Irish Pub.

Beer poured a lovely black with the cascading foam courtesy of the nitro widget in the can. Tight frothy tan head. Beautiful beer here.

Beer smells mainly of roasted malt. Definite smoky undertone.

Beer tastes like it smells. Nice roasted/toasted malt flavor that is slightly sweet. Some smoky bread taste lingers in the background. Beer sweetens slightly as it warms. Some bitterness, but the source is not obvious as it is hard to really pick-up any hop presence.

Smooth but slightly thin mouthfeel (could be a bit more chewy). Very easy to drink in quantity.

Very nice stout here!

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Photo of Contagion
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a nice dark mahogany color to it with ruby highlights. It's almost black like a cup of coffee. When the can is first opened and poured into a proper pint glass the bubbles flow on the inside of the glass as the head forms. It gives the look of waves flowing down the inner part of the glass. The head is a thick and creamy tan color. It leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell is a faint combination of Cocoa, Coffee and nuts. There is also a nice undertone of roasted malts. The flavor is mild for a stout. There are subtle notes of roasted coffee and chocolate malts. A mild bitterness is noticeable in the finish. As well as a very slight nuttiness. There is not much of an aftertaste to it at all.

This is a medium bodied beer. There is a nice creaminess to it that coats the mouth and throat and helps to keep the flavor fresh. Even though it is creamy, I'm surprised that it isn't heavier bodied. I like my malts to be a touch thicker.

This is a pretty good stout, it's very easy to drink and goes down smoothly. It wouldn't be my first choice of stouts, but I definitely wouldn't pass one up. I could also see myself picking up a four pack when I was in the mood. It's pretty good.

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Photo of firemedicgodbey
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Becker glass from widget can.

A - Nice dark color, with no opacity to speak of. Rich and black, with about two fingers of latte-colored foam.

S - Very much like a dark beer should smell. Coffee undertones, with a rich, almost burnt malt aroma.

T - Mellow for a stout, but still retains the classic "burnt malt" taste. Light coffee tones, with nice sharp bitterness. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but the slightness of it is pleasant.

M - Smooth, with a little bit of carbonation. The head is creamy, and enjoyable to the palate.

D - This beer drinks well, but is a little heavy for a stout. Not something to be chugged, or thrown into a Carbomb, for sure. Enjoy this beer and sip it smooth.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/black with a creamy nitrogenated tan head. Some roasted barley notes with hints at tobacco. Faintly mineral in taste with roasted barley and malts. Fair amount of astringency in the finish keeps it a good sipper, despite its low ABV. Texture is smooth and creamy. Maybe a nuance of mintiness in the finish. A pretty good Irish dry stout.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of HRamz3
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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