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 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 stumac
2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

this brew pours up a jet black color with a super creamy tan head. definitely great lacing. there is just barely any aroma here! just a tiny tiny amount of malts. blah. the taste is very creamy, thin malts, bitter metallic finish, light bodied, smooth carbo. Blah. Exactly like Guinness Draught but not nearly as good. Blah...

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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 jrodvog148
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Call me crazy but I think this is the best Irish stout out there. For some reason getting harder and harder to find, at least by me. Everything is the same as a guinness except I think it has a smoother, creamier taste. If you haven't tried it buy a four pack and give it a shot. Makes nice for car bombs.

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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 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 cdizinno
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black!! Creamy tan head(as advertised)

Smell: Like other irish stouts except a bit milder. Not as much roasted aroma

Taste: Very creamy (as advertised), malty sweetness, slight roasted flavor but much milder than a Guiness.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Light but very tasty. I'm not a stout drinker, but really like this one!

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Photo of endincolorado
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours opaque black, but not too thick. Head takes a second to form cream-colored with small-medium bubbles. Decent head retention, fair, light spotty lacing.

Smell- Not unlike other irish stouts, dry malty aromas with maybe a slight steely element, clean light hop-background.

Taste- Malty sweetness that dries to cereal grain flavors, slight dry grassy hop finish.

Mouthfeel- Depressingly, thinner than I'd like. Watery and sort of flabby. Can says: serve extra cold, but I can't help but think this would be tastier, and thicken out a bit with slightly higher temperatures.

Drinkability- Can't go wrong with these light-bodied, irish stouts. Could probably drink a lot of these, if I wanted to down some stout for the hell of it. Personally, I like a little bit more richness and flavor in my stouts.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured like the customary chocolate milkshake from the nitro can and the cascade of bubbles made way to a coffee black. A finger of thick, creamy head developed and remained throughout the pint.

Smell: Cappuccino-like chocolate with a hint of coffee malts.

Taste: The chocolate from the smell is there but it is less like cappuccino. There is also a stronger toasted coffee presence.

Drinkability: Just as watery as Guinness and Murphy's, and just as drinkable on a week made to sell Irish stout.

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Photo of ProudBeerSnob
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass. Usual cascade effect from the widget. Black, nearly opaque with the usual creamy head.

Aroma is dry kind of metallic. Taste to match, though the usual dry stout flavors are there.

Beamish and Guinness just don't do it for me anymore. I will still seek them out around St Pats, though.

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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 stingrayvr6
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Blarney Stone, Philly

Not as much head as a Guinness, though appearance was very similar, almost black, though not as red as Guinness when held to light. Smelled light but roasty, taste was similar with some sweet notes, chocolaty as well. Very smooth, easy to drink but fails to meet Guinness in every respect.

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Photo of numinorian
2.27/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A nice dark color, with a weak brownish glimmer when held up to light. Not a very impressive head, with a fluffy white consistancy.
Fairly thin, with a sweet scent, like fresh crushed grain
I was expecting something fuller from such a well rated beer. When it first hit my mouth it was weaker than a regular stout, like murphys. Some sharp tastes, but it didn't taste like the hops i was expecting. It really had the "tin foil" sharpness that you get out of some of the macros.
Thin and dissapointing. It fell over my tongue like a soapy mess. Not at all what i was expecting
Where I think I have been harsh on this beer, it was smooth. It wasn't a harsh beer by any means, nor was it bitter. In fact it was fairly sweet.

Given the reviews that I have read of it, and the comments by Beamish fans, I was expecting a much better brew. Maybe this is a case of too-high expectations, but that would be giving the beer the benefit of the doubt.

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Photo of erz316
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt can into unlabeled imp pint glass

A - well, if this is a nitro can than this is the weakest cascade effect I have ever seen. lighter head, and less than the murphy's I just had (about a pinky's worth); it is just as creamy though. the body has bit more of a lighter dark brown colour, in that it lets more light in. I dunno: nothign I would even bat an eye at, look like a lack luster murphy's with a lame head.

S - some lacto sweetness and light roasted malts, I think. pretty clean though.

T - this brew has a more to the palate than the other nitro stouts I've had. initial burst light coffe/choco, though I'd hardly call it a burst more like a tap. the finish is malts and something like an earthy taste, very distinct. the aftertaste is inconsequential and taste like diluted coffee maybe? not much of a lingering taste or one at all.

MF&D - the feel is thinner than what I enjoy. This is not a beer that I enjoyed in taste or many other aspects.

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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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Photo of Stimack
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew pours to a deep brown color with the base being more of a black color. Nice sized creamy tan head that has good retention. The aroma is very inviting,roasted malts, chocolate with a slight lactic like scent. The flavor has a nice roasted character to it, slightly bitter and finishes dry. Out of what I call the big three Irish Stout producers I feel that Beamish is the best and probably by a pretty good margin, but that is just one persons opinion, Has a slightly watery feel, meaning I think it could have a thicker feel to it. Though what is there is quite velvety and creamy.

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Photo of latercol
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Opened the can and heard a pop from inside the can... poured into a goblet and watched the tiny bubbles as they cascaded and then floated to the top which is where they stay for the duration. Moderate lacing. This beer is basically black. light does not shine through.

Crisp malty smell... maybe hint of chocolate.

Nice smooth chocolate malty taste, low bitterness.

Mouthfeel... this is the low point for me. Basically this is a flat beer with a nice frothy head. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. I recall this beer to be creamier when I have had it in the past.

overall a great irish stout and WAAAYYY better than Guinness. I could easily put this entire 4 pack down in one sitting.

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Photo of BringusKilkenney
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was an exceptional beer for me especially on st pats day in Chicago.

it had a very dark color almost midnight black with a hint of red in the light.
The smell was the same as a guiness or any other dry stout. A light malty smell with well the sense that it is mass produced.
The taste was exceptional and smooth it is not to far above guiness but if you like that then you will love this. Guess i am a little biased since i have irish roots.
The mouth feel was amazing also just smooth and not bitter with just a touch of carbonation makes for an easy beer to just hold and enjoy.

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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 jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 6/20/2008 (440mL Can):

Frothy, aggravated liquid. Forms a good-sized head after a while, creamy yellow, very lasting. Very dark brown blackish body, impossible to see through. Malty creamy aroma, earthy, dark coffee grounds. But not very strong aroma, even after warming up for a little bit. Watery taste, some coffee, chocolate. A little bitter.

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Photo of Galathil
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Similar to Guinness but with a few differences. It's opaque dark brown with an off-white creamy head. Less head retention than Guinness, but there's nice lacing. Can smell some chocolate, some roasted coffee and grain aromas and definite malts, typical of an Irish stout. Tastes creamy. Roasted grain character especially noticeable on finish. Kind of sweet, followed by bitter finish. A bit lighter than expected. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, very little carbonation and medium-bodied. Overall it's smooth and easy to drink.

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

Was in Ireland few days ago so I had to try out all the dry stouts I could.

This is close to the darkest Irish stout I have had. It looked great!

The roasted barley is amazing. As opposed to the traditional Irish stout, this one has much more flavor. Hints of roasted nuts and spices and a coffee like taste as well. This comes across in the smell as well.

The drinkability is quite good. I appreciated its full flavor and smell much more than the 'other' stout found in every Irish bar.

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Photo of sevopie
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Dark brown with highlights around the edge. Light but full tan head, never goes away.

Smell - Slight sour malt smell to it with a bit of chocolate.

Taste - Nothing overpowering, but has a little chocolate and caramel in there, as well as the sour malt make a slight appearance.

Mouthfeel - Artificially creamy due to the nitrous, very light on carbonation.

Drinkability - Because nothing is all that strong in this one, its readily drinkable. However, nothing leaves me wanting to revisit it very often. If I'm looking for an Irish stout, this would probably be the choice though - toss up between this and Murphy's.

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Photo of rkinsella
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a nonic glass. I love the 14.9 oz can...whole thing fits perfectly in a 16oz glass with the head crowning the rim. It's great to see a freshness date on the bottom of the can! I thought it was fitting to compare this to the other two big Irish nitro stouts.

Appearance - The surge is not as impressive as Murphy's nitro-can. Only goes for about 10-12 seconds. Head is slightly smaller than what I get from Murphy's and Guinness, but still looked like soft serve ice cream. Color was a little disappointing to me. It's on the lighter side. You can almost see through it. I like the pitch appearance of Murphy's and Guinness.

Smell - Fresh light nutty malt. A hint of chocolate. Very nice!

Taste - A bit more sweetness upfront when compared to the other two. Might be just a bit more complex also. Roasted nut tastes, coffee, chocolate, tiny bit of sourness too. Smooth semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Very low carbonation, almost none by the end of the glass. Not the watery mouthfeel like Guinness nitro-can. Good body, but I think Murphy's as the best mouthfeel with a bit more carbonation. This was a little disappointing.

Drinkability - As drinkable as the other two. Low ABV and low carbonation helps them go down easy.

Beamish might have the best taste of the 3 big nitro-can Irish Stouts. But the mouthfeel falls a bit short. And this really effects the overall enjoyability. I would be very excited to try this on draught. Seems like it would really top the other two.

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Photo of roopy40
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Beamish branded pint glass from nitro tap

A - Black with a creamy, white head that lasted forever. It looked like I just finished a root beer float when I was done with the beer. Off the charts head retention and great lace.

S - Roasted malt, a bit sweet and dank.

T - Roasted coffee flavor, sweet and bitter notes, creamy head adds to the coffee experience. I certainly got a "Beamish mustache" with every sip.

M - Low carbonation with a smooth, creamy feel to it. Rasps of bitterness on the tongue with the finish.

D - I could have sat in this British pub for hours drinking it. That is if I didn't sit at a brewery and had a few just prior to visiting there. Very pleasant mouthfeel and taste in my opinion.

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