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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

14.9oz. nitro can poured into an imperial pint glass. Best by 11-10-09.

(A)- Pours dark, black, and already foaming. Simply beautiful cascading action that lasts for over a minute! Superb tan head retention that is not going away at all! In fact, there is still foam present even with the very last sip!

(S)- Lots of roasted coffee; actually, tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa and a light raisin nuance.

(T)- A light roasted and creamed coffee flavor with light cocoa and raisin. Rather light-bodied despite its appearance, but still in the medium range.

(M)- Smooth as silk going down with superb balance and a great carbonation level. Not alot going on complexity-wise.

(D)- Perhaps one of the best session beers around. I could probably drink this all day if I had the option to since its so smooth. Not a ton of flavors or boldness, but who cares; this is just simple, straightforward, and delicious drinking beer.
*Goes great with Lord of the Rings marathons!!

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Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a rich, creamy head that slowly rises to the top. Beautiful presentation here. Aroma is rich and roasty with a nice coffee essence in the nose. Taste is rich and creamy upfront with a bit of roastiness and bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Dry and smooth. Sessionable due to the ridiculously low ABV. I can't say that it's the best example of the style I've had but it's still a very solid example. I like the lacing that's left behind and how the head holds very well.

It's a decent gimmick that works well if you like your stouts much like I do.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark, yet thin appearance, dark brown, cream off beige head, ample. Great cascade effect going on, almost a 5 except for the watery appearance. A bit of a smoky feel to the aroma.

Taste, amazingly thin, and keeps getting thinner. Very creamy for the lack of thickness, a smooth, smoky, thin stout without any degree of bitterness of hops. But throughout, its just tough to get over the thin body for this beer. Makes it more drinkable, but the difficulty in finding this stuff, as well as the price, makes it a little cost prohibitive for something this thin.

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Photo of drpimento
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Friendlier than Guinness but without the character. Very accessible. Easy drinking. But, still, creamy, rich, bittersweet, clean. Nice head. This one served with beer gas and a sparkler faucet. Good finish. A session Irish Stout, I guess. Wish this was brewed in Ireland.

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Photo of glid02
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from a nitro-tap from Stout Irish Pub in Atlanta.

The beer looks great. There's a great cascade look while the bubbles settle, and once they do the head is a solid milky white about 2 fingers deep. The beer itself is dark brown/amber. The head goes down as the beer does, but it maintains a decent depth throughout.

The smell is alright - very malty. Very typical of Irish Stouts.

The taste is malty with a decent amount of bitterness at the end. Again, very typical.

The mouthfeel is very creamy and it goes down smooth.

Overall this beer is pretty drinkable, and the creaminess is a big reason why.

This beer looks great, but the taste isn't exceptional. A good change of pace in Irish Stout, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of Gusler
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours jet-black with the head modest in size and a light chocolate in color, the consistency creamy and the resultant lace a fine sheet to conceal the glass. Toasted grain nose, hints of coffee, sweet and quite pleasant to the old schnozzle and the start loaded with malt, the top slim in its feel to the palate. Finish has a nice but understated hop bite, quite mild on the carbonation, bittersweet chocolate dry aftertaste, and a fine stout in its on right, and to me the equal of Guinness, but not the better, that is my humble opinion.

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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 ZAP
2.94/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cascading creamyjet black...nice 1/2 inch creamy tan head....light nose...mainly soft java notes....mouthfeel is creamy, thin...somewhat watery body..coffee and dark cocoa dominate the flavor profile with just a hint of vanilla or butterscotch on the finish...

Nice enough dry stout....nothing to jump up and down about and certainly not my favorite style of beer in the world but decent enough....

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nitro can obtained from Steve's - University

appearance: ahh the nitro can...pours into an imperial pint glass, massive chocolate milkshake pour settles into a solid black body and a huge creamy chocolate fluffy head. wonderful, it is absolutely beyond my comprehension how anybody could possibly rate the appearance below a 4...what irish stout are you comparing this to that I cant access?

smell: typically where the nitro irish stout falls apart...lightly roasty, a touch nutty, creamy, roasty, cocoa powder

taste: dark roasted, nutty, lightly hopped, cocoa powder...rich and creamy but not uber-flavourful

mouthfeel: super creamy, rich and roasty

drinkability: high

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Fantastic cascading leaving a fluffy, creamy, tan head. Super-dark red color.

S - Guinness/ Murphy's Irish stout with a sweeter smell and an oatmeal/yeasty hint. Slight rasin?

T - Dry, roasted malt, slight creaminess, bitter hints, possible dark chocolate.

M - Dry, creamy mouthfeel. Dryness overwhelms the creaminess on the finish.

D - Good drinkability. Slight bitter and dry flavors bump it out of what I would consider a session beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of mynie
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wonderful pour, thanks in no small part to the nitro widget thingee. Dark, very fizzy, completely opaque, with nice tan head.

Slight smell. Nice caramel to balance out the nitrogen. Weak, but okay.

Taste the nitro upfront. Weakness moving into a very heavy middle that's full of roasted coffee and ending on chocolate and burnt malt. By god, once you get past the nitrogen start this actually tastes like a stout.

Probably the best nitro can stout I've ever tried. Not too pasturized, not too chemical-ly.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours out a chocolaty brown with a very fine-bubbled head and lots of fine, descending bubbles like Guinness - clearly the result of nitrogen tapping. An extra half point for that. Smoky, chocolaty aroma has nutty and molasses hints. Flavor is mainly of unsweet chocolate with a molasses undertone and hints of smoke and nuts. Velvety smooth texture has a good tingle to it.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is half and inch in height, creamy, white, and does not recedes. The aroma is of roasted malt, cream, chocolate, and coffee. The taste is a lot lighter than the aroma. The are still some nice roasted malt, milk chocolate, and coffee notes, but they are all rather faint. The mouthfeel is light bodied with adequately low carbonation. Overall, this beer has a lot more character than Guinness, but is still only average.

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Photo of Brenden
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a very dark brown with deep red highlights. The head is very thick foam and leaves some sticky tan lacing on the glass. The smell is toasty grains (barley) with a little more sweetness and some yeast tones followed by hops. The taste is dry toasted grains with a hops backbone and a light sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy and does tend to thin as you go, though it doesn't get watery. It is quite dry and leaves a bitterness in the finish. All in all this is very drinkable and I would prefer this to a Guinness as the best example I've had to date for the style.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much a carbon copy of the canned Guinness, so it has all the same strengths and weaknesses. I would always choose a draught over a can but this is great for home use. That widget definitely has a Pavlovian effect on me. I salivate now whenever I hear it. If Budweiser ever figures that out I am in trouble.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beamish Irish Stout. Notes: Nitro Can: Best Before-February 2002! This beer poured a wonderful dark black colour with that beautiful cascading effect that you get with nitro beers. This smelled of almost nothing. Faint roasted malts were present but that is about it. The taste was very subdued as well. It was very smokey(almost like a smoke ale), roasted, and malty. This had a very thick mouthfeel to it and an O.K. drinkability as well. Perhaps a fresher can would have impressed me more, but who knows.
A decent canned nitro stout if you are in a pinch!

I recently had a fresh can of this, and it was exactly the same as the outdated one. My marks stay the same...

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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at McGillians in Philly with WilliamPhilaPa... Jet black color, with a real thick, creamy head! Nice little cascade after the pour, and top-notch lace. Aroma was on the mild side, with roasty, coffee flavors. Body a bit fuller than Guinness, and creamy-smooth over the tongue. Flavors tasted were roasted malts, some coffee, and an easy-drinking dry finish.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Reidrover
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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 EgadBananas
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a muddy brown, followed by an always nice to watch cascading, leaving black liquid with a white head that has the look and consistancy of heavy cream. The creamy head sticks it out to the finish and coats the pint all the way down. Theres next to nothing in the nose. Taste was typical Irish Stout I suppose, very bland, almost tinny. Theres a hint of maltiness and maybe some mild sweetness, but the bitter, dry finish somewhat mutes that point. The feel is thin and watery in a way. It is rather smooth, however. Though it would be easy to pound these back, you would likely be left unsatisified by the lack of flavour and the odd viscosity. I'm fairly convinced that I will never realize the true beauty of an Irish Stout until I cross the pond and partake of them in their native splender.

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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 RedDiamond
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Perfectly black with a dense head of tight-bubbled bright tan froth. The aroma is slightly off-color though not unreasonably so. I'd be a little off-color myself if I had to sit in an aluminum can for a month.

The Irish know that stout is a session beer and treat it with some finesse and dignity. The result is relaxed and dignified with a flavor that is restrained but not weak. Not that Beamish is all window dressing -- it is smooth, dry, alluring in its round cherubic body. But sometimes a kiss is worth more than a f**k. Beamish is like that.

Beamish is the only Irish stout brewed exclusively in Ireland. It is slightly bitter with no prominent outpouring of malt or hop profiles -- just a nice roasted territory leading to a long smoky aftertaste. A true pleasure.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours attractively with a good show. Dense, thick tan head, caps a black drink in my SN "tulip" glass.
More faint nitro aroma than others. Nice dark roast with a hint of sweetness bordering on chocolate with bit so coffee. Nice.
The body and taste are both very light and soft. The nice soft hop flavors and prominent bitterness are most distinctive and apparent. There are mild roast flavors with hints of what was more apparent in the aroma, although the nice chocolate strengthens with warming - and rather nicely I'd say.
Drinks very well and easily.
Thanks #1 for the sample.

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Photo of Brent
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A thing of beauty in the dimpled pint pub mug. Jet black with a perfect creamy tan head, thanks to the nitro widget - looked like chocolate milk as it poured. Aroma was a pleasant roasted malt, but nothing stands out. Flavor is a pleasant dark-roasted malt. A hint of coffee and chocolate, but just a hint. I did not get any peat smoke, as one often finds in dry Irish stouts, but it might have been hiding in the roasted malt flavor. Flavor was not as roasted as Guinness, and not as assertive as Murphy's. A bit on the mild side, but very pleasant. Mouthfeel was this beer's downfall - very thin and watery, even for a nitro can.

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Photo of deapokid
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad to see that Murphy's picked up this great Irish Stout!

Irish Drys are some amazing looking beers and this one is no exception. It packs in beautiful cascading, lively carbonation, a firm & rich off-white head and amazing levels of retention. That and a bold black color make for one masterful visage.

Bouquet of aromas includes warm milk, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and a variety of dry notes. It perfectly encapsulates everything a stout fan expects from an Irish model.

The taste is perfectly balanced between sweet and dry flavors with big hints of chocolate and a nutty dryness. The dry notes at the conclusion never taste stale or overpowering and always allow the sweet notes to hold their ground.

Texture is smooth and rich from top to bottom. It never strikes a false chord and blends the dry, bitter elements well with the sweeter notes.

The drinkability is almost a foregone conclusion. Irish Drys may be the best session ales in the world and this is certainly one of the prominent renditions.

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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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