Beamish Irish Stout | Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout

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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 tylergoov
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of HRamz3
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jfcaa193
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of marcpal
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nitro cartridge can poured into a pint glass.

A: Stark black color with a nice cream colored head that was pretty thin. Very good web like lacing through beer.

S: Toasty malts with the aroma of vanilla coffee and chocolate that is representative of the dry style.

T: Very light and very very dry. Chocolate comes through more than the coffee and has a slight touch of bitterness. Chewy toastlike malts.

M: Smooth but a little thin and dry. Chewiness was more pervasive than any carbonation.

D: Extremely easy to drink, but the dryness becomes a little draining. Creaminess is good though. I have to make the obvious comparison and still give the nod to Guinness although this would probably be a good piece to a black and tan.

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Photo of walleye
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured black as coffee with big light tan head that stayed around for a while. aroma roasted malts, caramel, toffee, sourness. flavor dry roasted nuts, caramel, toffee, watery, it did have more flavor than guinness. I guess I like my stouts with a little bit moremouthfeel than this one bad not to bad.

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Photo of alexgash
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool looking beer, once that widget does it's thing. I'm still impressed with these nitro cans and the NASA scientists that invented them for the Beer in Space program of the 70s. Very dark brown body with a 1 inch thick creamy dense sand colored head. Smells of roasted, slightly-sweet malts, but very subtle. Taste starts with mildly roasted malts, and slight bitterness into the finish. I'm also getting some weird metal and cardboard tastes. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation make this one go down easily.

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Photo of DagFishHead
3.02/5  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.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.02/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is average at best in my opinion. Appearance is the nicest thing about it. It is black, though I've seen more black, with a nice looking, tan, 1-2 finger thick head. I didn't detect very much smell at all, perhaps hints of coffee. The beer didn't have much flavor in my opinion and was a little flat. It was fairly light on the palate and was a little watery for my taste. Surprisingly enough, the drinkability is pretty good on this one. It does go down smooth, it just doesn't have a lot of flavor. I'll stick with Dogfish Chicory stout, or Guinness Extra Stout if I desire one in this league again.

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Photo of hooligan
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Man this pours pretty, smells of licorice and molasses. Faint licorice taste with a roasted overtone, fairly watery and thin tasting, sweet taste throughout that slightly dries near the end. This beer very thin in feel, the head contributes some thickness, but not enough. This stout was rather one-sided and thin, but because of that was downed pretty fast... a session beer, but not as satisfying as other commercial stouts.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a dark brown color with no real head to speak or. The nose was sonewhat weak, with touches of roasted malt and chocolate in there. The flavor was a bit bland, slightly roasty and slightly chocolate, but overall lacking. The feel was almost watery thin...lacking again. Overall, this beer was not up to what I had hoped. The flavors were thin as was the feel. Eh.

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Photo of Drew966
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a small but persistent tan head from a nitro can. Smell is a faint maltiness. Definitely some (though small) hop bite in the finish. Tasty enough, I prefer Murphy's myself (for some reason I haven't seen Murphy's stout around here for a while, the Irish red is around though). For me this is a good regular drinker.

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Photo of tfp4268
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

In celebration of St. Patty's day, I figured I'd go Irish without being too typical and drinking Guinness.

This is a pretty typical Irish dry stout, which I'm not a big fan of.

Pours nearly opaque brown with a creamy nitro can head.

Smells like watered down coffee.

Tastes like a typical irish dry stout...kinda bland, too bitter for the lack of flavor.

Fells thin, but smooth.

It's pretty drinkable, tho, due to its lack of flavor.

Like I said, I'm not a big fan of Irish dry stout, so I'm not thrilled by this beer. It's ok, once a year, but not something I'd drink a lot.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has been hard to find of late so I was glad to try it again.
It is a reasonable middle of the road offering but distinctly better than Guinness in a nitro can.
There is a bit more grunt and backbone to the mouthfeel and taste so that the roasted flavours are apparent.
The bitterness is not likely to be too bitter for anyone , which really means it could do with a little more

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Photo of Ricochet
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nitro can meant a creamy pour with a thick head that stayed, with a little light coming through the blackness. Smell however was a little odd. There was the burnt malt, but the twinge of sourness, almost smelled of BBQ sauce. Must be the Irish element? This was a thin beverage, like coffee and very true to stouts, but the nitro cap in the can added an element of "plastic" flavor if that is possible, but the finish was like a stout with a bitter Irish red twinge, so overall, a good mouth.

Taste was as the mouth. It was a very thin beverage, with little coffee flavor, more of a burnt malt taste, but mostly the flavor of the winey alcohol dominated this.

So, this was a pleasant stout, but was more trouble than it was worth. A plain, non-nitro stout seems like a better bet. Hell, for the price, Anchor Porter runs rings around this.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourred a beautiful creamy black brew with a nice foamy head that will stay for a while. Roasted nose with a little water aftertaste. Very similar to Guinness. I had better stout but this one is not that bad. This beer was drank from a nitro can (very effective for stout I find)

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1pt Nitro can poured into a traditional english pint glass.

Pours pitch black with a slightly sickly looking off-white head. Head is almost fake looking, very much like coffee ice cream.
Smell is faint sweetness, a bit of roasty character and that's just about it.
Taste is slight chocolate, a bit of hops, some caramel, roasted malts and coffee. Pretty straight forward, nothing too out of the ordinary here.
Mouthfeel is near terrible. I really can't stand the way beers taste from the nitro cans, they are way too thin and have nearly no carbonation.
Overall, a drinkable stout. Definitely better than most other nitro can stouts out there.

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3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very dark like Guinness, but I think this is much better than Guinness. It had a very frothy, tan head that was thick and did not dissipate at all. The smell was like coffee, a bit bitter but not bad at all. I also tasted both black coffee and maybe some toffee. The beer itself wa pretty thick and rich like expensive dark chocolate. It was a little heavy but it is drinkable. I probably couldnt drink too many of these but they beat Guinness, usually if a beer has a commercial, it's not that good

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like most other stouts, pitch balck, with a creamy off-white head. Smells lightly of the normal ginerbread, coffe, and chocolate tones that you get in many stouts. Taste has an average stout creamy-chocolate-coffee flavor that is not very impressive. As average of stout as you could find.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beamish has a very dark brown to black body with a big creamy tan head. The pour gives you the nifty nitro waterfall effect, which I must say I always enjoy. Pretty good retention and lacing ont his one also.

Aroma is really sweet and that's about all I can say about it.

Beamish has a bunch of sweetness with a hint of roatsed flavors and a tiny hint of sourness. Not a very strong flavor overall.

It has a big, thick, creamy mouthfeel from the nitrogen. For some reason I just don't really dig the nitro mouthfeel. Like I said before though, it makes the beer pretty to look at.

Pretty drinkable; a nice low ABV beer but nothing special.

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Photo of IlliniRob
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark opaque black with a dense, creamy head into a pint glass -- though surprised the widget did not make the head taller. Red cherry peeks through when you hold it up to the light. Very faint smell with only notes of malt -- biscuit and caramel. Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. Taste is malty up front with a bit of sweetness, matching the smell, and finishes with roasted, smoky flavor. Not too much bitterness until you are done swallowing, at which point it's the only taste left in your mouth. No taste of alcohol. Very similar to a Guinness but with more smokiness. For me this is an OK example of the style, but not something I would drink a six pack of, and without the complexity I would normally go for.

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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 k47k
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 787 ratings
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