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 brownbeer
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black, allowing the slightest hint of light to create a reddish hue with the classic, frothy tan head.

This is a different take on this style, less roast and more English malts and yeast are at the table.

More hops than expected on the palate with toasty malt. Roast makes an appearance throughout the drink, finishes dry, as expected. Unique brew.

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Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as black as expected with no light coming through. Tan 2-finger head. Retains very well and laces nicely.

Nose is light roast, chocolate, coffee, and cream. Not the full on assault of richer stouts, but still very nice.

Very creamy, very smooth hit. Stays creamy mid way through and finally brings in some coffee bitters towards the very finish. A tad acrid in the finish as well. Would like a tad more force in the flavor profile from the roast malt and chocolate.

Feel, while creamy, is still a bit thin.

Absurdly easy to drink. Could quaff this even on the hotest of days.

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Photo of firemedicgodbey
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into Becker glass from widget can.

A - Nice dark color, with no opacity to speak of. Rich and black, with about two fingers of latte-colored foam.

S - Very much like a dark beer should smell. Coffee undertones, with a rich, almost burnt malt aroma.

T - Mellow for a stout, but still retains the classic "burnt malt" taste. Light coffee tones, with nice sharp bitterness. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but the slightness of it is pleasant.

M - Smooth, with a little bit of carbonation. The head is creamy, and enjoyable to the palate.

D - This beer drinks well, but is a little heavy for a stout. Not something to be chugged, or thrown into a Carbomb, for sure. Enjoy this beer and sip it smooth.

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Photo of dstc
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black with a ruby hint when held to the light. Full creamy head that falls oh so slow and never disappears. Nice clingy lace throughout whole glass.

Nice sweet roasted malt stout aroma. Like it.

Nice smooth mouthful, sweet stout taste with mild coffee notes and a slight bitter lingering aftertaste.

Full and smooth in the mouth. Velvety creaminess gives it a wonderful mouthfeel.

This really is a mild, easy drinking stout and was my go to draft while vacationing in Ireland years ago. Love it.

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

From the can to a pint glass. Pours black with a very light tan head. Kind of has that picture perfect Irish pint look you see for the advertisements for Irish stouts. The head leaves a lacing on the glass and stays till the last drop, great retention. The smell is pretty typical and what I would expect for the style. A nice roasted smell and this one smells great. There is also some chocolate in there as well, nothing strong but it's there. The taste, like the smell, was pretty predictable. A nice light roasted flavor, that small hint of chocolate, and unlike the smell I got just a dab of coffee as well. Nice refreshing taste. The mouthfeel is really creamy. I wouldn't say it's thick but it's definitely not thin, kind of almost chewy but more creamier than anything. Drinkability is high for this one. With a ABV lower than Bud Light kicking back a few of these wouldn't be a problem. This one definitely contends with Guinness and Murphys, not sure which of the three I like best but all are great. Overall this one is great, will pick up some more whenever I get the chance.

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

Pours a nice brown/black from a nitro can and offers a dense and smooth half inch of light mocha head. Retention and lacing are better than expected and quite creamy.

Smell is slightly sweet and offers notes of milk chocolate and a sense of whole grated chocolate as well. Offers greater depth and a slightly fruity nose vs. Murphy's traditional offering, and without the occasional metallic notes.

Slightly dry in the finish yet nice, and preferred over the bitterness of Murphy's. Bit of cocoa/chocolate in flavor. Smooth and creamy, very nice.

Value: B

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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 rayjay
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Heard they were going to stop export to US, so I bought a 4-pack toady. Bottom of can says 11/10/ before date or packaging?

A deep black beer. 1/2 finger of lacy, persistent foam, color of dirty snow. A bit industrial looking, but perfect presentation from the likes of a big brewery.

Dusty smell, a bit of roasted barley in there too. Flavors are mellow, lots of brown and black malts, but all are toned down to a very enjoyable level. Just a notch or two over on the tart side. A tiny bit of cola flavor.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Wonderful water chemistry, with a bit of chalky bicarbonate and dry calcium, which you can really notice in the mouthfeel. Really enjoyable, worthy of a bit session. It's almost a perfect stout...not the most exciting beer but one you can enjoy the crap out of. Definitely my favorite stout of the big Irish 3.

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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 civilizedpsycho
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is solid black in color that has a small, off-white, creamy head. Very appealing to look at.

Smell: Has a bit of a roasted malt smell, similar to a coffee smell, but it's a little bland. Almost watered down in smell.

Taste: Has a solid roasted malt flavor without being too heavy on a coffee or chocolate flavor. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: A little thinner than I was expecting, but very smooth and "soft" on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is definitely worth a try, and it's certainly something I could get again. I was quite satisfied.

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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 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 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 CityBoy1986
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 14.9 oz. nitro-can. Best by date is 25 January 2010.

The pour is dark brown with an off-white head. There is a very nice cascading effect that lasts for a while. After the head rises, it just doesn't go away. Likewise, lacing is excellent.

The nose is a mixture of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and, surprisingly, alcohol. The taste is more of the same (minus the alcohol), with some bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin and watery. However, the dry finish just leaves me wanting more. Drinkability is excellent; this would make a great session beer.

I knew this wouldn't be a shining example of the style, but it more than met my expectations. If it were more widely available and less expensive, I could see it staying in my refrigerator.

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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 jlandis
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Such a beautiful sessionable beer.

A. opaque black with a tan/white creamy head that lasts to the bottom of the glass
S. subtle chocolate grainy bread
T. roasty coffee with a touch of sour
M. medium body - not to thick, but just right - little to no carbonation
D. well balanced and a perfect session stout

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Photo of kurp001
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9 oz. can bought at Beltway Fine Wine

A gradual, gentle pour yields about one and a half fingers of silky beige head that shows exceptional retention. Body is near black with brownish-ruby highlights.

Coffee and roasted barley dominate the smell, making for a subtle yet pleasant aroma.

Taste is light but enjoyable; the coffee notes are pleasant without being overpowering, the finish consists of a smooth roasted barley flavor.

Mouthfeel is also solid; full and creamy.

This one is very drinkable, and probably my favorite Irish Dry Stout. Were it more available, I'd probably be drinking Beamish much more often.

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Photo of Mandrake
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out a very deep black, with only minor hints of ruby-red at the edges of my pint glass. Nitro bubblies take a while to settle, and are bigger and whiter than is typical for the nitro-draft poured stout. Eventually settles into a tight and thick head which lasts the entire pint and leaves rings of lace the whole way down. Smell is typically underwhelming, roasted malt and light chocolate, and the flavour profile follows. Slightly bitter, with a dry bite in the background, but not quite so bitter as the other big Irish stouts. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and just a little too thin, and drinkability is fantastic. My personal favourite of the three popular Irish Dry Stouts, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely black color with a very nice rich and creamy head that is commonly associated with the nitro-can processing. Head stays and leaves great lacing.

S: Burnt coffee, chocolate, molasses

T: Roasted malt taste with a very significant watering down that is very disturbing.

M: Carbonation is virtually nonexistant and the mouthfeel is extremely light almost like water

D: Very drinkable brew that you can put back repeatedly. Almost too much like water not complex at all but good while it lasts.

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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 ruckus232
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 Ounce black can poured into a mug

Appearance: Very dark brown/black in color with a really creamy off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malty smell with a slight alcohol smell which is a little odd considering the lower alcohol content

Taste: Very much a roasted taste but it has a little bit of a watered down feel to it. The carbonation is very low and the body is very light.

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Photo of cudmud
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a woderful tan head which produces excellent lacing. This beer has the appearance that all stouts should have.

Prominent nose of roasted and chocolate malts. The hops are noted in the background.

The corbonation is perfect in this brew. All the elements work well and complement each other. Likewise, this beer has great drinkability. You could easily drink this beer all night

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can into Guinness glass.

A: Nice black appearance with thick tan head. Lacing was a bit spotty.

S: Roasted malt, slight chocolate hint, and strong biscuit aroma.

T: Definitely more balanced and powerful than the aroma, with a dry bitterness that balances out the strong biscuit/roasted flavor. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Silky smooth on the palate, and a little thicker than some other dry Irish stouts.

D: I could certainly session this guy.

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Photo of washburnkid
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This week is my "pub can week". That only means that I went out and bought a bunch of pub cans to review. Nothing special.

440mL pub can to imperial pint glass

A: Mag-freaking-nificent. How do they do this? The head is slowly forming into one finger's worth of beige head right in front of me. Cascading bubbles are turning the body of the beer brown to black from the bottom up. The body is essentially black with brown edges, and not much else. That's one of the creamiest looking heads I've ever seen. There's a ton of retention, too. And I have to say: there's not one thing I can say negatively about this beer's appearance.
S: Aromas are of lightly roasted barley with hints of smoke. It's sweet, but there are bitter berries and oakiness and hops are in the back to balance. Bittersweet chocolate is most definitely in there.
T/M: Looks? Great. Aromas? Wonderful. But the taste? It kind of falls apart here. The light body and low carbonation give me some flavors, but they are mostly playing a hide-and-seek game with my palate. The roastiness is there with the faintest of bittersweet chocolates and coffees, and it borders on burnt with more warmth.
D: The quote of the night sums it all up: "It's like roasted water..." It's just lacking in the taste and mouthfeel categories. I'm always going to be blown away by the appearance the nitro widget gives, and the aromas are wonderful...but the taste? It is just not quite there.

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Photo of blackearth
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass at Paddy's Pub in Milwaukee, WI. The body was black with a thick off-white head. The aroma was faint, but smelled of sweet chocolate and cream. Light bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet malt, but also a roasted malt finish. Very good drinkability.

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