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 Ellbert
3.14/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I was a little dissapointed in this Stout. It was very dry, too dry I should say. It had a great pour from the can and it looked great. A nice head that lasted and almost pitch black. The smell was very much roasted coffee and the taste was about the same but too dry for me. The mouthfeel was great. Very smooth, thick, and rich.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 500ml widget can into a Bass glass. Black nitro body. Lots of action with the bubbles that don't know where to go at first, but it rapidly calms down and become mysterious and stable after a minute. Big tiny bubble beige head, eternal and great stickiness. Shy aroma of roasted malt and milk. Light creamy body, texture reminding of vanilla coke, notes of coffee. Very light. Decent, but I can have St-Ambroise oatmeal stout without needing to drive to Ontario.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency, not dissimilar to Guiness. There was a good half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of roasted malt, a bit of hops and a slight graininess.

T: This is where it went off the rails for me. There was some roasted malt up front, along with a little hops, but it was just simply thin and metallic otherwise.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is another uneven beer in my eyes. The taste was simply too uninteresting and thin to be likable.

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Photo of Suds
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the can: a typical, unremarkable nitro-induced head on top of an obsidian body. Nice lace, though…thick, coating, and foamy. Aroma is faint, but has a burnt-grain and charcoal character. Fairly dry, with a roasted (but weak) coffee flavor. I thought that it was sort of one-dimensional…no real complexity at all. Body seemed awfully light, and almost watery. I certainly like my stouts to have more character and personality.

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Photo of Kendo
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the nitr-can into a pint glass. Body is black -- not opaque, and with some reddish-brown underneath when backlit -- with a cascading, creamy, 1-finger ivory head. Good rings of lace all the way down.

S: Faint nose of roasted malt, that's about it.

T: I wrote "not much there" and that about sums it up. Watery dry-roasted coffee with a hint of bitterness at the finish. At least it finishes clean, though that shouldn't be much of a surprise since there wasn't much flavor in the first place.

M: Very light -- thin and watery.

D: At least it goes down easily.

Notes: Not sure if the recipe has changed since the Murphy's takeover or if my palate has evolved since I last had one of these. I remember liking it more than Guinness back in the day (and enjoyed it on-tap when I was in Ireland about 9 years ago), but now I don't really have a lot that's positive to say about this. At least the can was free.

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Photo of BrianBoruma
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on Nitro Tap at a Bar in Dublin -- The Black Lion

A: Coal black liquid with ruby highlights when held to the light. A finger thick layer of head that left a lot of lacing down the glass.

S: Slight spicy and fruit aromas, they were hard to perceive given the thick nitro head.

T: Sweet, some very subtle spicy notes that I assume are esters, and mild roasted notes, not as much as I would expect from the style but pleasant.

M: Full and creamy, effect of the nitro. Can't really feel the carbonation.

O: Pleasant, not something I want everyday but pleasant.

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Photo of brewQ
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A soft white head over opaque black with consistent sheathing action.

The brew was cold- maybe too cold, but even with some time I could not coax anything but a mild earthy-malt aroma.

The drink is smooth and silky. The beer is well made but I fear the style is putting me to sleep.

I used to relish a Guinness tap.

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Photo of Troyone
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an off black color with an amber hue, creamy tan head with lacing, and no carb action (duh).

Has some milk chocolate and molasses malt smell with a possible pinne and citrus hops aroma.

Lightly acidic and bitter dark chocolate and coffee malt taste with minimum pine and a rough grapefruit hops finish.

Medium to full bodied, dry and creamy texture, no carbonation, and a rough metallic and some what astringent finish.

The dark chocolate and coffee is not balanced with anything and the rough metallic finish will not put the product in my fridge in the future. There are too many options available.

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Photo of sewald
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light bodied with the same creamy (by the way, I like that nice creamy top!), nitro-based effect as a guinness draught, but seems to have less coffee taste than the Guiness. The deep black appeareance looks great. Taste has light bitterness. Considering irish stout beers, I'd say it's not that great, but worth a try.

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Photo of rastaman
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rubbery anise, chocolate and coffee nose. Sweetish start with a thin, creamy mouthfeel, better than Guinness. More roasty malt flavours, but still pretty cloying at times, like it, but its not insane.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Pours opaque black, with about 1 & 1/2 finger head... nice & tan. Good head retention very nice lacing.

S: Little dry malty aromas with a hint of hops, little dark chocolate and coffee mixed in.

T: I'm getting a malty sweetness up front with coffee and bitter chocolate.... there is the normal bitter hops at the end & a little on the dry side. Average stout... nothing to write home about.

M: Little thinner than I thought. Still is mid bodied....Can does says: serve extra cold, but the mouthfeel and overall taste got better as it warmed up.

D: You cannot go wrong with a low ABV Irish stouts. You could drink a few of these.

Not a bad stout but you could find a little better.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow does this thing look like a piece of artwork when poured properly. The "widget" in the can gets this thing excited and pours out a beautiful, creamy, pitch black stout. The head was thick enough to lose your keys in. The taste was nice, but a little thin. I was getting a very metallic aftertaste from this. The roasted malt was almost taken over by the off-taste. I believe that I may have an older can and that a fresh pint of this would be fantastic. This is a decent slow sipper.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much opaque jet black with a super creamy tan head from its nitro can. Aroma is muted, but I clearly detect chalky bittersweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt character. Taste is also quite mild with some acrid bitterness. Roasted coffee and a tad of biscuity malt can be identified. Chalky with only the rumor of hops, I find it (much like many other dry Irish stouts) to be quite thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is medium and super creamy thanks the widget. Slightly chewy, but finishes with just a tinge of sour, not sticky at all. Like others of this style, I could down these one after another. All in all I enjoy this more than Guinness, but it does not stand up to well made, fresh American craft examples.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap (cold flow i assume) at the Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin...

Poured a deep dark burgundy red / almost black... Creamy tan head poured with typical nitro thickness and lasted pretty well throughout with lots of thick sticky lacing coating the glass all the way down...

Aroma - All pretty hard to make out... faint roastiness, light blackcurrent fruitiness, coffee mixed with some light chocolate, faint pepperiness, some earthy / cardboard traces...

Taste – Way too cold for a stout so pretty hard to make anything out... light toasted chocolate malts, some pepperiness, some milky creaminess, light black coffee traces, the faintest hint of smoke, some very light nutty sweetness...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy... A medium body and only 4.10% make this a pretty sessionable stout...

Overall - A decent enough stout but sadly served way too cold... i would choose this over Guinness on tap if i could... worth a try...

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This stout poured the most beautiful cascading tan foam that turned into a wonderful and long lasting head and a wonderful full black stout beneath. The aroma was of roasted malts – very earthy. The taste was smooth with a slight bite at the end, but nothing very distinguishable. I usually do not go for stout, but decided to give this one a go and was not impressed. In short, the appearance was great, but the flavor was very bland.

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Photo of naterock
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug. Thick creamy head that sticks heavily to the glass. Deep black but is a reddish hue when placed to a light.

smell is fairly dull but some malt qualities come out.

taste is malty but I think the widget has taken all of the taste out. Silky with a little bit of malt.

mouth is silky, smooth and is a bit more viscous than Guiness. I like this better than guinnes but it's damn close to really be much different.

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Photo of BigDank
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had to try this one out because I had never had it before. Found it at an Old Chicago out of town on a beerventure. Very similar to Guinness except I don't know if I had just killed my palate with stronger beers by the time I drank this one but it seemed to me almost flat. Black as can be with a thick creamy off white foam forming at the top this is just what a nitro irish stout was meant to be. While I didn't enjoy it at the time I would say that this beer falls in the average range of the style and type that it's supposed to be. Very smooth, almost creamy and not too strong. If you like this kind of beer I don't see why you couldn't drink something like this all night. I'm more for the stronger stouts. So there it is, average but drinkable.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I stare into the vacant blackness of Cork, Ireland's flagship Beamish I can't help but be disappointed by the fact that I was simply not able to answer for once and for all that Guinness is not the best dry stout available in mass production. They have to put some sort of chemical happiness in there to keep everything together...

Beamish is almost black, but truly more ruby brown than anything. The head is bleached mocha with a fantastic Nitro lace pattern.

The nose is all old-roast coffee grounds with a few hints of sweet-sour malt.

The taste is super bitter, subsiding into a Nitro calm with hints of dark chocolate, and water. This is not the holy grail I had hoped to find.

The mouthfeel is better than Guinness, more well rounded and less watery. The poundability here is not that of the G, which is quite good because I could kill a 4-pack of G in less than an hour very easily if I didn't restrain myself.

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Photo of slitherySOB
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a beautiful, night black colour beneath a thumb thick foam of head. Absolutely mesmerising. Held up to the light, it's still pitch black. Thich head of foam so thick that it's like, well, mattress foam. Nice, real nice. Lace coats the glass like someone is painting it with a roller. Thick and sticky. Smells delicious. Sweet barley, roasted barley, bitter dark chocolate, black coffee and some candy. Tastes a bit sweeter than most dry stouts I've had. And the bitterness is due to the coffee and dark chocolate, not the hops. Though their are a bit of hops in this brew. Anyways, starts out sweet and bready, like slightly burnt toast that's been buttered with candy sugar. Then the dark chocolate balances it with a nice bitterness. Aftertaste is a blend of malts and coffee. Great tasting. The rest goes downhill. Mouthfeel was awful. Which is ironic, considering how great the beer is. Too me, it was lighter than water. If air can be drank, it would have the texture of this. Just very, very light. Ruined the beer. Which is sad. It had so many great qualities, only to be ruined by texture. Could the nitro widget have done this? It's a thought. Anyways, I found the mouthfeel so awful I couldn't finish it all. A little less than half the can was dumped into the sand. Too bad. I'd like to try this on tap, without the nitro, to see if that makes a difference in texture. I've heard people say nitro affects taste and mouthfeel, and I have the same beer with and without nitro. But never has it been affected like this.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my pint glass from a nitro can the beer is dark chocolate brown with a full inch of creamy beige head. The usual falling cascade that results from the nitro was present as well. Not much lacing to be found.

The aroma is rather muted. A tiny hint of bitter hops is all that I can pick out. I don't expect much nose out of an irish dry stout.

The flavor is typical bitter hops with super smooth maltiness. Nothing really stands out as far as tastes go.

Nice creamy medium to light body. No carbonation at all. Like cold coffee.

Overall this style traditionally leans towards non offensive and easy drinking. This beer follows suit to the letter.

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Photo of bunnyhustle
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally reviewing a nitro-can! Pours dark as can be but is a deep, deep mahoganey when held to the light. It has that beautiful cascading bubbles effect with the thick, creamy, mocha head. Smell is basically a watered down chocolate syrup. A bit of roasted grain. Taste is about the same. Sweet chocolate syrup thats been watered down with some burnt grain. A slight coffee finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and light with a somewhat chewy feel. Overall not bad. There is just something about this style that I have a hard time getting into, but I can still appreciate a good beer.

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Photo of Naes
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is jet black with an enormous frothy off white head. Lacing is everywhere.

Aromas include chocolate, coffee and malt.

Flavor is a bit lacking. It’s like a watered down coffee with a bit of sweet chocolate in the finish.

Mouth feel is light bodied and a bit flat for a nitrous can.

As stated above, it’s a bit watery so it goes down easier than I would like a stout to.

Overall, it’s an alright beer but not big on flavor. This one could make a good introduction stout.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can cascade effect results in a dark brown beer with a thick tan head of creamy foam. The foam lasts a long time and leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Not much in the way of aroma. Tastes of dark roasted malt with just a little burnt bitterness. Notes of chocolate and coffee, but not very prominent.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but just a little carbonation plus the creamy head helps some.

This is an OK stout, but nothing to write home about!

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Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good Irish (Dry?) stout. Have to say it looks better than Guinness out of the tap, at least here in the States. Dark with slight head. Bitter like dark chocolate, but not heavy or thick. Bubbly, light but substantial mouthfeel. Like the bitterness and the chocolate more than Guinness.

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