Beamish Irish Stout | Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout

Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Photo of hayes31
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass.

The nitro can really helps with the pour, and seeing the stout cascading is pretty satisfying.

A great looking beer. Great smelling too, with a good amount of head. A very strong taste of burned toast, but in a very good way, and each gulp washes over the taste buds pleasantly.

This would easily be my go to stout if it were still widely available, but right now it's a little tough to find. Much better than Guinness.

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Photo of SaltyLime
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of oelergud
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby almost black body, head is a creamy brown finely bubbled. No carbonation, good retention and lace.
Good smell which is a milder version of the taste of roasted coffee.
Good classic dry stout taste. Dark roasted coffee beans with a robust hoppy carriage rolling over the tongue. After taste doesn't linger for very long but it's a pleasant burnt coffee while it last, with maybe even a more pronounced hop character to it. This brew has a very clean and basic/simple flavor to it.
Nitro induced creamy smooth mouthfeel, little coating which is fine for a dry stout. High drinkability as this is an interesting yet simple brew with low abv.


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Photo of Liner5602
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My experience with this beer comes from an Irish Pub in center city Philly... I've had Beamish two times and each time I have had it, it leaves me wanting more. It is honestly the best stout I have ever had. After an early experience with Guiness and not quite liking that, I thought I would never enjoy a stout again. But this certainly proved me wrong.

The bar tender brought it over and it was a cloudy dark brown/black looking to start. The cloudiness majestically rolled up the glass forming a nice thick foamy head. The smell I got was of coffee/chocolate with a nice smokey undertone. The first taste is by far the best. The combination of the taste of the creamy head and then the dark rich stout is a symphony in the mouth. It hits your mouth and you do not want to put it down. Its very smooth and extremely satisfying. A bit bitter but nothing unbearable. The bitterness fades into a beautiful chocolate aftertaste that is just fantastic.

This stout is reccomended for those who do not like a real bitter tasting beer. There is a bitter taste but it is very slight,and very enjoyable. The aftertaste is really to die for.

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Photo of Thanby
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of bkilpatr
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 440 ml nitro-can into a mug. 12/22/08.

Pours a very dark brownish black with a thin half-finger of artificially creamy light-tan head. The head never dissipated, it just stayed at a thin layer and left lacing around the glass as I drank. Aroma is roasted malt, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate.

Taste is mostly roasted malt with some milk chocolate. Some toffee and caramel, slight coffee taste. Slight sweetness with a dry and bitter finish. Some tobacco in the finish. The taste is the best of the big three nitro-stouts, in my opinion.

Feel is super creamy and smooth with no carbonation. A bit thin with a light-medium body. Drinkability is really good. The nitro makes the beer feel lighter and really easy to drink. Very sessionable.

Of the big three, this is probably my favorite - it has a more roasted taste than the other two. I really wish I could try this without the nitro. Probably my favorite nitro-stout, I highly recommend it.

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Photo of MadTown1000
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a pint+ can with a widget. Beamish pours in a way that I've only seen it and Guinness do, with a cascade of bubbles that start at the bottom of the glass and slowly float their way up to the top to form a silky, cream-colored head. The beer itself is just plain black. My glass might as well be ceramic - it's that opaque. As far as I'm concerned Beamish is just what a dark beer is supposed to look like.

Once I finish staring at it and actually drink the thing, Beamish has a smooth creaminess that I have not seen replicated anywhere. Heavily roasted barley gives it at rich, complex, almost meaty flavor. I hesitate to call a beer "meaty", but somehow it seems like the word that best fits. It doesn't reach the level of complexity of some of the best dark Belgian beers, but I don't think it's supposed to. It's mild enough that it won't conflict with any food pairing, and simultaneously robust enough to stand up to anything. One of my all-time favorites. I can't give it above average for smell because it doesn't really have one, but that hardly detracts from the overall experience.

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Photo of Walken
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beamish & Crawford: Irish Dry Stout (Tasted 03/17/08)
16 oz. Nitro-Can: Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Can opens with a hiss & pours out pitch black. Nitrogen bubbles cloud the beer, eventually rushing to the top forming a creamy mocha head that dies down into a one inch firm, flat cap that leaves a solid wall of stickage.
Odor: Cream, baker's chocolate, roasted grain.
Consistency: Full, firm, dry & creamy smooth body tempered by slightly astringent roasted grains.
Taste: An echo of the aroma with the addition of dry roasted grain flavors reminiscent of day old coffee. Finishes dry with some earthy, tea like hop flavor, powdery chocolate & lingering roasted malt.

Out of the big three Irish dry stouts, this is my favorite. Unlike Guinness Draft, the body stays strong until the finish and the levels of sweet & roasted malts seem perfectly balanced.

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Photo of marcobrau
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I get a really nice pour with this Beamish, almost a rocky head, which is surprising for a nitro can. The first is creamy and I'm surprised by the light body of this stout. The first flavors I detect are bittersweet chocolate and Turkish coffee with a hint of cookie-like maltiness. Very pleasant. The intensity of the roasted malt flavor increases towards the finish with the cookie/biscuit-like maltiness giving way a slightly astringent roasted malt flavor and fairly intense bitterness that adds to a long finish. Lace is left down the sides of the glass as I sip this one while a quarter-inch of foam sits on top of the liquid, all the way to the bottom of my glass. A very enjoyable dry stout!

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Photo of bro2baseball
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of the "Big 3" in Ireland (Guinness, Murphy's, and Beamish), Beamish is definitely my favorite.

A- Nothing looks better than a properly poured stout.
S- Smokey, roasted.
T- Tastes like it smells. Delicious.
M-Nice and smooth. Not a heavy heavy beer but each sip has some heft to it.

I lived in Cork Ireland for 6 months and had literally hundreds of these on tap. Absolutely love it. I've also had it from the can a few times, and while still good, it's not the same, of course. If you're ever in southern Ireland do yourself a favor and have the local brew.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.95 for a single 440mL can at The Party Source...

The beer pours a dark chocolate colored base, with a flowing white head, great 1/2" head retention and thick lacing on the glass. The aromas consist of roasty coffee, toasty chocolate, and very sweet malt.

More of the same with the taste from the aroma, all three flavors are well-balanced and the exceptionally creamy head make for a smooth finish. Medium bodied and carbonation. Great mouthfeel as explained in the taste and a very drinkable session beer.

Final Thought: Another staple in the fridge as is Murphy's; both are > Guinness! Yummy!

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a 3-way shootout with Guinness, Murphy's, & Beamish tonight. Let's see who comes out on top.

16oz nitro widget can. No freshness date.

Pours black with a one-finger+ dense nitro light brown head. Light brown and ruby highlights under light. Comes in middle of the pack in darkness of the head and body, leaves good lacing, head retains well but falls apart a bit at the end. More similarities to Murphy's rather than Guinness in the appearance (and really all categories for that matter).

Aroma is pretty quiet but does feature some sweet malt, roast, chocolate, touch of coffee. That nitro "smell" is present. Middle of the pack in aroma.

Flavor is quite nice, light milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, very smooth. Equal to Guinness, although different. A bit sweeter and roastier.

Mouthfeel is amazing...I love nitro beers. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Fuller body than Guinness, identical to Murphy's.

A close 2nd in this shootout. Similar but superior to Murphy's. Subtle differences between this and Guinness and they are both quite good. Guinness gets a SLIGHT nod due to better appearance and aroma, availability and price also help the classic from St. James Gate take the victory in the shootout. Still, very glad to FINALLY be able to try Beamish after years of hunting, a solid silver medal winner in my book!

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Photo of mlasher1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured extremely dark with amber tones when held to the light. Head of about 1/2 inch maintained for the duration with decent lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee smells dominate with some hop aroma present.

T: Much like other dry stouts I've tried. Might be a little sweeter than Guinness et al.

M: Smooth with little carb feel due to nitro widget. Dry finish.

D: Very drinkable...Should have invested in the 4 pack instead of the single.

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Photo of mattster
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer brought to table in a standard pint glass.

Head on top of glass was minimal, beer was still settling. After beer settled, it was a nice dark color, quite opaque.

Smell was light but clean. Taste was very chocolaty with faint hints of coffee and malts. this beer is very smooth, I like it out of the draught can, but it taste like heaven on tap. Great finish, and a very clean aftertaste.

Well done.

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Photo of BrewMaven
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I figured I'd try a dry stout other than Guinness. Glad I did!

Poured darn near pitch black with the slightest hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Big mocha head of foam thanks to the Widget! Lasted all the way through with lacing.

Smell was mildly of coffee and cocoa.

Prominant yet mild coffee taste with that creamy stout head creating a super smooth milkshake type mouthfeel despite this being a fairly thin bodied brew. Nice.

Finish was smooth with more coffee notes. Not alot of carbonation.

Very enjoyable brew. I hope rumors of Newcastle stopping import of this are not true.

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Photo of ChuckR343
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark, almost black color in a pint glass with a slight amber color around the edges. Creamy head.

S- Roasted smell, very faint.

T- Roasted coffee and chocolate flavors and not too bitter.

M- I feel this beer is a bit heavier than Guinness.

D- A nice Irish stout. I like the lower carbonation this beer has as well. It makes for repeat consumption easier. I purchased a 4 pack and drank them all in a session.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a dark black with slight purple highlights and a thin creamy tan head that left mild lace. Smells of liquorish, chocolate and cherries. Tasted of smooth sweet red grapes and chocolate malt with a touch of sourness. What caught my attention most was a thin sweetness that permeated the entirety of the flavor and the surprisingly clean finish. Mouth feel was medium bodied and flat due to the nitrogen. With a nice and easy flavor, a clean finish, and a slick body, this is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of biergeniesser
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This .5l nitro can of Beamish Stout poured a clear dark brown to black and showed hints of a deep ruby red when held to the light. A beautiful cascade produced a thick, creamy, off-white head which persisted until it had finally laced all of itself onto the sides of my imperial bell pint.

The aroma of Beamish Stout is very clean. The dominating aromas are roasty and creamy with chocolate notes. No noticeable hop aroma.

The flavor of Beamish is smooth and clean roastiness with definite chocolate flavor. Slight alcohol flavors are in the background and hop bitterness and flavor are imperceptible.

Beamish has a light body but is viscous and has a moderate mouth coat. It has a smooth creaminess, which finishes dry.

Of the big three, Beamish is definitely my favorite dry Irish stout. It has a good deal of flavor and is nicely balanced; it is not overly astringent or overly roasty. If youÂ’ve only had the most popular of dry stouts from Ireland, I recommend that you give Beamish a try next time.

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Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color with an off-white head. Sweet roasted malts and coffee smell. The taste is slightly sweeter than the others (Guinnes and Murphy's) but still ends dry. Very creamy body and a silky feel. Still a thick body. Slight hints of chocolate and hops. Dry aftertaste of chocolate and sweet malts. I'm more partial to this Irish Stout and will be drinking this one for St. Patrick's Day. All I can say is this is a great beer.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a metric pint glass.

A: Pours a black body with ruby-coffee highlights and a dense one-finger head of tan foam. Inviting!

S: Burnt coffee and bittersweet coca with some roasted malt.

T: Bittersweet, weak-brewed coffee taste with a burnt, nutty malt finish. The roasted malt takes center stage, and the bitterness might have little to do with hops in this stout.

M: Surprisingly watery given the deep color and creamy head. Taste lingers with a slightly resinous nature.

D: A tasty dry stout, a bit sweeter than Guinness or Murphy's, and therefore, just as drinkable in terms of taste and ABV. I don't think you could go wrong, but I hear it's best on-tap across the pond.

Beamish is a good Irish stout, and it gets a slight nod over Murphy's just because it's a bit more rare, I've found. It runs about neck and neck with Guinness for the style, so it's a good bet and probably a better value.

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Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks just like a draft the way the bubbles settle down into a nice black body and a creamy tan head with lacing all over the place

Smell: Not a whole lot on the aroma side; just a little roasted malt

Taste: Starts out rather sweet and chocolatey; mid-palate a surprising bitterness rushes in to join the fray; finishes nicely balanced

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy texture

Drinkability: I had low expectations coming in but I am a real fan of this now

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Photo of jimbotrost
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml nitrocan imported into Canada. Purchased at the Beer Store in Sarnia Ontario tasting date 041704. Very deep black color with a light brown creamy nitrogenated head. Nose is very dry with big roastiness. Mouthfeel is dry, very nice, then comes a big roasted, fresh ground coffee flavor. finish is long and dry and invites you to drink more.

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Photo of yen157
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dense, two-finger head which was tan. The beer itself wasn't completely black, just very, very dark red. Nice hop aroma, but above all it had a great roasty malt aroma and a little bit of smoke and toffee. Toast, coffee, and a little of both sweet and sour in the mouth. The aspect of this beer that stands out the most IMO is the mouth feel, rich and substantial. By far this is the best nitro can dry stout. I would love to try this one draught.

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Photo of usmittymc
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz nitro-can into a standard pub glass

A- Almost completely opaque deep, dark brown with the sandy colored thick and creamy head. Of course, a lot of activity due to the nitrogen. The head sticks around for the entire session.

S- In comparison to other Irish Stouts that come in nitro-cans, I smell more of the "beer" with Beamish. Aroma of the dark-roasted malts wins the battle of the nose

T- Slight sweetness that is not present in others of the style. Has a "fuller" taste as well.

M- Very smooth, slightly watery

D- While Beamish is not readily available where I live, given the opportunity to enjoy again, I would choose this over Guinness for the smell and the taste.

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Photo of techcommdood
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro-can into an imperial pint glass. Pour was hazy from nitrogen infusion and left little head initially. Within 10-20 seconds of pouring the beer generated a nice full finger of creamy, milky light tan head. Beautiful nitrogen-fed cascade of carbonation to clear beer going on in the glass. Result was a pitch black beer with a picture-perfect finger-thick layer of light tan foam. Thick layer of very fine foam on the glass as you drink, more layering or plastering than lacing.

Very light on aroma overall, but some nice mellow maltiness coming through with dark roasted grains. Picking up some light tart to floral notes from hops. Very balanced yet subtle.

I'm getting a predominantly hardwood taste lined with dark roasted grain. Some good bittering going on in here, but the hops take a back-seat taste wise and let their presence be known in the bittering. Mild malty sweetness, but mostly dry hardwood.

Exceptionally smooth and velvety going down. Mouth is a little tacky after from the bitterness. Quite enjoyable!

At this stage in the review my glass is half-empty, so I'll say highly drinkable and quenching. I've not had too many beers that go down this effortlessly. Everything about it rings of beer except the drinkability. I think I'd down this faster than a refreshing iced tea!

Well, I'm impressed. I love me a good stout, but this one is quite remarkable. Very well-balanced flavor-wise and aroma-wise. I'm looking forward to enjoying the other 3 of my 4-pack!

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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
3.8 out of 5 based on 780 ratings.
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