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 MCDuhamel
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a one pint nitro-can into a British pub glass.

A: Pours a cascading nitro-foamy head in a black background. The head eventually settles into a bueatiful 2 inch creamy cap that stays with the beer all the way to the end. The beer itself appears black at first blush, but upon close inspection is actually a very deep ruby/mahogany. It is a gorgeous beer.

S: The aroma is a mild coffee and roast barley with a sharpness typical of any beer poured from a widget can.

T:: The first flavor is a mild roastiness with a light coffee undertone. There is a very light hop bitterness that is most apparent in the finish. The flavors are all quite mild, but still present.

M: Very smooth, almost velvety, but nonetheless quite light on the body. There is a slight diacetyl presence on the tongue.

D: Super quaffable. I could drink an entire four pack with little trouble over the course of an afternoon. Highly sessionable.

Overall: This is the quintessential dry Irish stout, and in my view it is better than its two more famous cousins. The widget can presentation is imperfect; I would prefer it on tap or, barring that, bottle conditioned, but this is the only way I have been able to get it in Ohio.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From nitro-can, pours as expected - very dark brown with usual large nitro-head. Smell is mild - some iron and roasted barley...taste is same - very creamy/airy...buttery diacetyl...On this St. Patty's Day, I lined up the three Irish Dry Stouts - They are almost indistinguishable...Beamish a hair thinner than Murphy's...a slight, SLIGHT bit more buttery and sweeter than the other the other two, easy to drink and fun for St. Patty's or at an Irish party, but not a whole lot going in the the flavor to look at, of course. Metallic aftertaste after a few. This one just lacks the publicity of Guinness.

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at old chicago

Pours mahogany/black with a tight 1.5" tan head. Insane lacing & very good head retention

S: Slight iron & chocolate notes

T: A little iron up front, then some roasted malts. Chocolate & some slight lactose follow. Dryness & chocolate dominate the finish

MF: Rich, smooth & damn near perfectly balanced

Super drinkable, a nice dry stout that kicks Guiness in the arse in my humble opinion

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Photo of Cresant
2.7/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 16 oz. can into a Samuel Smith tulip pint. A brown/mohagany body held a creamy three fingers of head made of tiny nitrogen driven bubbles. A 1/2 inch cap of foam remained throughout. Strings of lace remained on the sides.

Smell was very faint. Malted grain was minimally evident.

Taste was of light hops bitterness and sweet roasted maltiness. Slightly nutty. Sugar cookies. Very mild flavors all.

Mouthfeel was very thin. I expected so much more from the looks of this one. You would think you might need a spoon for this beverage but it's richness was as thin as water. I will not likely try this one again.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pour from a 16 ounce nitro-can with widget produces a creamy reverse-cascading one-inch head that is absolutely permanent. Dark brown-black almost opaque body. Very pretty beer.

Smell of dark-roasted chocolate malt. Not very strong smell, but very pleasant.

Taste is bitter chocolate and strong espresso. Really spot on for the style. Interesting nutty flavor. Like a nut-brown ale mixed with Guinness for taste.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a disappointment -- the head promised a thick chewy mouthfeel, but the beer didn't deliver.

Very drinkable.

Overall, this is pretty much a toss-up with Guinness, except for mouthfeel. Tastes a little bit better.

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Photo of zuggy9
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout. It pours a deep dark chocolatey brown that is close to black. The smell is substantially more chocolate than the coffee qualities that many stouts exhibit. The tastes continues this trend with a bit of caramel as well. Extremely rich and creamy texture and feel, and I've put away many of these in an evening.

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Photo of mjc410
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic at O'Dowd's in KC, MO.

The beer held a half finger light tan nitro-head, over an almost opaque body with ruby highlights. Left great lacing. The nose was simply a sweet, light roast scent with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste was very, very dry, with a bit of roast bitterness, and a prominent milk chocolate flavor. There was just a tiny bit of acidity, with a little vanilla. The mouth was quite thin, with low carbonation. A very easy, but entertaining stout!

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Photo of lehows
4.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite stouts. an amazing cascading head that is very creamy and stays even after the beer is gone. rich chocolately flavors with coffee and some caramel. it doesnt leave any unpleasantness in your throat like some other irish stouts. even when drank out of a nitro-can, which usually kills most aromas and some flavor, it still tastes great and has decent aromas. a must try for any fan of guinness.

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Photo of ewurm
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout had a good appearance, a nice aroma, and a flavorful first sip. I did find it a bit heavy, but I was expecting a little more smoothness. I found the typical coffee note, with a woody and caramel flavor. I recommend to the Guiness enthusiast.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank in the British Legion Club, Dawley.

Cold and dark, very dark and too cold for me, but once it warmed up a bit, no problems with aroma and taste. Looks like a stout should, with a fine off white thick head, which stays until the last drop of beer has gone.

Chocolate and burnt caramel fill your nose, the taste adds to your overall sense of burntness.

The burnt flavour does stay in the mouth for a while, but doesn't seem to get into the throat, it just stays in the mouth!

Pleasant enough, better than the most popular Irish stout in my opinion.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beamish is a fantastic Irish stout. I was impressed with the rich darkness and caramel colored thick head. The head lingered through the entire pint and left some impressive lacing on the side of the glass. I enjoyed the creamy mouthfeel and intense bite, more pungent and strong bitterness than other Irish stouts, which make this particular draft in my opinion a tougher sell for drinkability. I was also dissapointed with the smell, expecting a much richer caramel/toffe/coffee intensity.
Overall a very good stout, which I will surely drink again.

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

I was more than happy to see this offered on tap at the local student pub in Siena, Italy that would be one of my only options for beer in my one month stay. Beamish certainly made the time a little easier, being the only stout seemingly in all of the Mediterranean.
I would say above par with any other Irish dry stouts, above Guinness. A good deal of flavour with a strong coffee richness in the taste and texture. Only a small fraction of which is captured in the aroma though. Some coarse, mineral bitterness but an otherwise creamy body. Average drinkability. Not bad at all...

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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 and creamy but not uber-flavourful

mouthfeel: super creamy, rich and roasty

drinkability: high

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Photo of dedrinker
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this guy more than Guinness for its more chocolately creamy taste. I actually enjoyed this beer more overall on my last trip to Dublin than I did the other big guys from that country. Although my ratings for Guinness might be higher, that is only an objective analysis, whereas subjectively, I enjoy Beamish more for its intangible qualities. It has a better balance of roast and chocolate compared to just slightly bitter roast of Guinness. It's always good to have identifiable options.

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

AP: Dark brown, nearly black with a thick 2" smooth and frothy slightly off-white head is even and thick. Includes the "cascading" effect like other good Irish stouts.

Smell: Deep roasty malt.

Taste: A roasty malt dominated flavor with some minor smoked-wood and chocolate effect.

MF: Nitro-can Irish stout style SMOOOOTH. Thick and frothy. Full body.

DA: I really enjoy this style and really easy to drink at 4.1 % ABV.

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Photo of TechMyst
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4




PURCHASED @: Cub Foods

COST: 8/4pack

HEAD: thick

LACE: some

TRANSMITTED- dark amber

AROMA: roasted grains


COMMENTS: Not as good as Guinness but better than murphy’s. I like stouts the best, and no one seems to be doing better than Bell's Kalamazoo.

GET MY BUZZ ON- y (session)

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Photo of scalffd
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say, I love this beer. Poured from a nitro can into a Guinness (what else?) pint glass. Pours the with the typical nitro cascading and settling into a dark brown-black, nearly opaque, beer with an super nice and creamy tan head. Coffee hints in the aroma. Excellent mouthfeel, very creamy, I think more so than its twin brother Guinness. Taste is chocolate, coffe and roasted malt with only a slight bitterness - again with the bitter bite and sourness of its twin. The creamy, slightly sweet aftertaste lingers. The lacing on this beer is amazing. What else to say, if you like Irish Souts, you will not be disappointed. Just as good as good ol' Guiness, but different is also better.

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

Poured form the standard nitro pint can into an imperial pint glass. Some markngs on the can, but the only thing they tell me it that is was produced at 1638, who knows what day or year.

Appearance: All head at first, then it settles into that familiar cascading waterfall. I ended up with a half inch creamy head and an almost opaque beer. The beer is actually a dark red/brown and if you hold it up to the light, you can just see through it.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate smells, with a roasted malt background.

Taste: A little bit of sourness at first sip. Only slightly bitter, nothing overwhelming, a nice lingering finish. Very little to no residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Great, nice and creamy. The flavor hangs around for a while.

Drinkability: Smooth, not too bitter beer with anice mellow taste. Couple that with a low ABV and I could drink this stuff for a while.

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Photo of cameraman
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 oz. pint glass from a nitro can, with an inch to half inch forming as the nitro settled. A dark brown color with touches of red at the bottom of the glass. The scent of roasted barley, chocolate and coffee dominating the aroma. The taste of chocolate and coffee with a slight twang of hop bitterness. In the mouth it feels lighter than one would expect, but it has creamy texture at the end. A standard for irish stouts, very drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Pours beautifully from the nitro can creating a gorgeous half finger head that stays a leaves a trail of sticky lacing as you drink.
Aroma is almost non-existent...only a slight 'sweat sock' smell with a little sweet malt.
Taste is lightly sweet malt with a slight coffee taste and light bittering hops on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very full with smooth carbonation.
I like this beer much more than seems much more dimensional and deep.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rock solid drinker. Pours out to a deep brownish/red/black color with a rich head of dense cream foam. the beer trickels down like a malty sunset, and leaves about a 1/2 inch head. Scattered lace, and lower carbonation. Aromas were light, but hints of roasted malt and dry grain were present. Taste was medium light bodied and totally enjoyable: dark toasty malts give way to a burnt charred wood note and minimal hints of hops linger on the palate. Nice. Mouthfeel was fair, kind of light compared to other beers in the style, but a solid and good level of drinkability added to the enjoyment of this beer. Easily sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of weeare138
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark black with a creamy, cascading light tan head. Typical nitro head that slowly fades into a small, frothy cap and lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, and roasted chestnuts, with a touch of cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a mild graininess and a touch of coffee. Less bitter and coffee ground taste than found in Guiness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice creaminess and a very mild graininess in there. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of k75
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

classic great sound of a nitro can being opened...

pours a good cascade.

body is dead on for the style

flavor is rich, creamy, smooth, just a touch of sour bite

tasty, tasy alternative to you know you, and probably not available anymore. too bad.

better than Murphy's offering and not as tasty as Young's Choc.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a full glass of dark chocolate cascading head with a hot chocolate colored crown that is thick and creamy, that develops into a pitch black color

S - a watery stout, the viscosity of the head prevest too much aromas from escaping, there is a must coffee aroma

T - typical of Irish brews, its slightly watery, tasty, and smooth, but thin bodied, nice coffee flavor with a dark chocolate aftertaste, tasty, best of the nitrocan Irish beers i've had

M - very smooth and well balanced, a nice brew

D - high, very poundable, a great stout

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful black hue with a finger and a half creamy head. Very good retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle, like most dry stouts. Hints of coffee, toasted grains and caramel.

The flavor featured a nice coffee and toasted flavor. There was a bit of a caramel sweetness, which is unique to this stout. However, there was a nice dry finish, as expected.

The mouthfeel was full and dry.

Very drinkable. A bit sweeter than Guinness, but equally enjoyable.

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