Beamish Irish Stout | Beamish & Crawford Plc.

very good
785 Ratings
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 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 slitherySOB
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a beautiful, night black colour beneath a thumb thick foam of head. Absolutely mesmerising. Held up to the light, it's still pitch black. Thich head of foam so thick that it's like, well, mattress foam. Nice, real nice. Lace coats the glass like someone is painting it with a roller. Thick and sticky. Smells delicious. Sweet barley, roasted barley, bitter dark chocolate, black coffee and some candy. Tastes a bit sweeter than most dry stouts I've had. And the bitterness is due to the coffee and dark chocolate, not the hops. Though their are a bit of hops in this brew. Anyways, starts out sweet and bready, like slightly burnt toast that's been buttered with candy sugar. Then the dark chocolate balances it with a nice bitterness. Aftertaste is a blend of malts and coffee. Great tasting. The rest goes downhill. Mouthfeel was awful. Which is ironic, considering how great the beer is. Too me, it was lighter than water. If air can be drank, it would have the texture of this. Just very, very light. Ruined the beer. Which is sad. It had so many great qualities, only to be ruined by texture. Could the nitro widget have done this? It's a thought. Anyways, I found the mouthfeel so awful I couldn't finish it all. A little less than half the can was dumped into the sand. Too bad. I'd like to try this on tap, without the nitro, to see if that makes a difference in texture. I've heard people say nitro affects taste and mouthfeel, and I have the same beer with and without nitro. But never has it been affected like this.

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Photo of nortmand
2.84/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, with a creamy white head that leaves some decent looking lace. Also, tiny little bubbles are attached to the sides of the glass.
Smells a little coffee-like, with some king of sour overtone. Almost like contaminated homebrew.
Tastes very mild. Roasty, with a bitter swallow, not sure, I guess it's to style, but I just don't like it very much.
Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Very nitro-esque, just not my thing.
Pretty drinkable, if only that it is very dry, not too filling and approachable by almost anyone.

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

Got this on tap in an imperial pint glass, and it was beautiful. A thick creamy brown head the color of the froth on a well made espresso. About an inch worth of microscopic bubbles that stick around for the whole time, and dense enough to float a nickle on (OK, maybe that's an exageration). Good lace. It was a dim bar, so the color of the beer was black and opaque. I can't say too much about the whole appearence of the drink. It really was spectacular.

The smell was not too bad, but nothing to write home about. It smelled like stout. A bit malty and roasted.

I have to say, I was not very pleased with the flavor. Lot's going on with in the taste department, but nothing I could find appealing. coco and bitterness but without a hint of hops.

The mouthfeel was even less pleasent. Hard to describe, the only word that comes to mind is "fuzzy"

Drinkability? Well, the imperial pint would have been a bargain if I had liked it more. I probably will order it again to give it another chance, but not for a while, and in a regular pint.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

App: Dark Brown (black) with a small head of beige.

Smell: Not much odor on this stout. Just a general sweet malty smell.

Taste:: Malts, roasted malts, bitter cocoa meets with a mildly bitter hops

Mf: I think that this pour was pretty thin. I'm used to my stouts being a little thicker. Otherwise, its low carbonation mixes well with its sweetness to give this beer a milkstout feel.

Da: I've had this beer before and I'm sure I'll have it again. Not the best stout in the world, but far better than drinking junk-lite!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at M'Coul's in Greensboro.

Much like the nitro-can, lots of thick-n-creamy head atop the darkness below. Lots of lacing. Subdued notes of toffee, coffee, and roasted grain. Not as sweet as I recall. Dry. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Decent mouthfeel and good drinkability.

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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 oelergud
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby almost black body, head is a creamy brown finely bubbled. No carbonation, good retention and lace.
Good smell which is a milder version of the taste of roasted coffee.
Good classic dry stout taste. Dark roasted coffee beans with a robust hoppy carriage rolling over the tongue. After taste doesn't linger for very long but it's a pleasant burnt coffee while it last, with maybe even a more pronounced hop character to it. This brew has a very clean and basic/simple flavor to it.
Nitro induced creamy smooth mouthfeel, little coating which is fine for a dry stout. High drinkability as this is an interesting yet simple brew with low abv.


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Photo of baugherlager
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nitro cascade effect of course. This beer really got my mouth watering by just looking at it .

There isn't much by way of smell you can detect a little burnt smell when you get close but nothing too prominent.

The taste is good by means that it is a stout and it would be a very good session beer. Roasted coffee of course. maybe a little chocolate, very roasted with just a hint of soy sauce, and very creamy For the price this beer is awesome. Not the best stout but I like it. I would definately drink this again. I would love to find this on tap.

As others have said the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but by all means it isn't as watered down as some have made out.

It kept its head all the way down with moderate lacing. I hate to say it but I would probably choose this over Guinness from now on. But Guinness will always keep a place in my heart.

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Photo of jimdkc
3.29/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can cascade effect results in a dark brown beer with a thick tan head of creamy foam. The foam lasts a long time and leaves moderate lacing down the glass.

Not much in the way of aroma. Tastes of dark roasted malt with just a little burnt bitterness. Notes of chocolate and coffee, but not very prominent.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, but just a little carbonation plus the creamy head helps some.

This is an OK stout, but nothing to write home about!

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Photo of Rio
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a beautiful, near pitch black color. Very little light can get through. Creamy, light brown head that sticks around. When poured, it looked like water running down the glass in waves as the beer settled a bit. Beautiful color.

Aroma was kind of hard to get ahold of. Seemed to be a slight roasted smell to it, with almost a smell of a café to it, the mixture of coffee and chocolate. Smell was a little weak, but still very good.

Taste was heavy of a roasted flavor, with a bit of a hoppy characteristic to it, I think. Finishes with a taste of a creamed coffee, maybe. The head makes for a creamy mouthfeel, but the beer itself tastes a little thin.

One of my favorite beers, and one I often recommend to people who think Guinness is a bit too much for their tastes. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This Stout is black as coal. No light seemed to penetrate it at all. Big thick foamy light brown head. The thick foam head seems to dampen the aroma but I did perceive a light hint of chocolate. The flavor has avery strong bittersweet chocolate presence with a hint of espresso like coffee in the finish. A tasty stout out of a can.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours total black with a very thick big head and lace that coats the glass like shaving cream. The aroma is of caramel and some hop bitterness and coffee. The taste has coffee and biscuity notes, with some caramel and chocolate. Drier and more hoppy than Guinness and Murphys. The mouthfeel is super creamy thanks to the nitrogen, a little too processed though. Its also quite watery. Overall a good stout though.

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

Friday I found myself closing out the evening at Tom Colison's in Charleston, SC and a pint of Beamish seemed the natural thing to try. The glass came out in a beautiful cascade that I was able to watch subside. Leaving a creamy black/brown drink with a fine brown head. The smell was sweet and malty and quite inviting. The taste was strong burnt malt with plenty of coffee/toffee flavors, but also a sweet undertone that balanced the taste wonderfuly. The feel was creamy and smooth. I will have to finish off evenings with this fine offering when available.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured black with a thin tan head and lots of carbonation.

The smell was sweet, like champagne sweet, very malty sweet.

The taste was...malty and sweet. I couldn't get past the sweetness of it. Some coffee and chocolate flavor, but the sweetness diminished those flavors a bit.

The mouthfeel was typical of a stout, firm, but not thick.

Low on the drinkability scale for me. Just too sweet.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour brings about a massive, chocolate milk-colored cascade of bubbles that fills the entire pint glass. When it exhausts itself I'm left with a (barely) opaque mahogany liquid with ruby highlights. The cap is a solid mass of ecru foam that remains at one finger as long as there's beer in the glass.

There's not much to the nose at all. Then again, these nitro pours leave such thick, creamy heads that aroma appreciation is difficult at best. The aroma of roasted black malt emanates from the glass, but that's about it. The flavor, not surprisingly, is similar. Chocolate and coffee are the biggest contributors with more mocha coming to the fore as the beer warms.

The flavor knob could stand to be turned up a few notches and the body, while creamy enough, is just too thin for the style. I realize that Irish Dry Stouts aren't meant to be heavy, but still... The finish is modestly bitter and dry, no surprises there. The subtle flavor, the featherlight body and the sub-5% ABV ensure that sessionability is this beer's biggest strength.

Beamish Irish Stout would be a great choice to introduce novices to the stout style. I've often heard that it's a rival to Guinness, but in my mind, they're nothing alike. As far as my personal preference? Guinness Extra Stout gets the nod.

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Photo of lokicat444
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I had this on tap, the appearance was quite pleasing- the body a crisp black with a thick tan head on top.

Very fresh smell, I'd say that coffee elements dominated, but did not overpower. Very smooth melding of typical stout flavors, there was no offensive initial bite or aftertaste. Mouthfeel was rich, but not as thick and 'creamy' as I would have liked. An enjoyable pint, but by no means exceptional.

Bottomline: Personally, I found Beamish to have an overall 'better-defined' taste than Guinness; by that I mean the flavors were crisper and easier to pick out. It's a good stout, and I'd definitely reccommend it if you can find it on tap. If nothing else, drinking it will enhance the way in which you perceive and judge Guinness

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Photo of cbl2
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Viscous pitch black with 1/2" creamy white head.


Slightly sweet like marshmallow and cream.


Super smooth with a mild but pleasant bitterness in the finish that is preceeded by some sweetness. Preferable to that other Irish stout in my opinion.

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

This is a beautiful looking irish stout. Very, very dark brown, almost black with dense creamy light brown head. Thick lace formed all the way down the glass and at least a quarter inch of head stayed on top throughout. Slightly sharp hops balance a strong roasted barley aroma. Dark malts contribute most to the flavour, with plenty of roasted and chocolate. Very well balanced by hop bitterness. The roasted barley helps keep the palate dry without being astringent. Slightly heavier body than some other common irish stouts, but still light enough that several can be enjoyed. Slightly bitter, pleasant finish. Definitely one of my favourites.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I stare into the vacant blackness of Cork, Ireland's flagship Beamish I can't help but be disappointed by the fact that I was simply not able to answer for once and for all that Guinness is not the best dry stout available in mass production. They have to put some sort of chemical happiness in there to keep everything together...

Beamish is almost black, but truly more ruby brown than anything. The head is bleached mocha with a fantastic Nitro lace pattern.

The nose is all old-roast coffee grounds with a few hints of sweet-sour malt.

The taste is super bitter, subsiding into a Nitro calm with hints of dark chocolate, and water. This is not the holy grail I had hoped to find.

The mouthfeel is better than Guinness, more well rounded and less watery. The poundability here is not that of the G, which is quite good because I could kill a 4-pack of G in less than an hour very easily if I didn't restrain myself.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a 1/4 inch, creamy, light brown head. Very lacy. Smell is lightly creamy with hints of coffe and bitter chocolate.

Taste is quite nutty. What follows is creamy coffee and light bitter chocolate. Smoky and bitter. Did I mention the bitterness? So from hops, some from roasted barley. A milky subdued bitterness. Very creamy and smooth mouth. Very drinkable beer and probably the most flavorful of the Holy Trinity of Irish Dry Stouts.

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

Deep black body is topped by a nice off wite head. The lasts all the way down, but this particular sample left sparse lace. Roasty chocolatey aroma was inviting. Taste profile is roasted malts, some chocolate notes and a bit of Vanilla was detected. Interesting but there was something that was not quite as good as other stouts. Very creamy, smooth and drinkability is good. It goes down real easy. Could see having a couple, no problem.

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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 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 brewdlyhooked13
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured slowly, yields a finger of dense, creamy, light beige head, complete with swirls on top looking almost like ice cream. Forms a cap like a quicksand plug inviting you into its opaque blackness beneath. Random lacing, some of it spotty and some huge patches in other places. A great start.

Aroma - toasted grain and coffee smell, and a bit of bittersweet chocolate. Nice follow-up. Consistent low-level aroma throughout.

Taste - heavy malt, lots of roasty flavor with coffee tones dominating. Mild bitterness on the swallow, in step with the malt intensity, good balance.

Mouthfeel - expectedly smooth, discouraging small sips. I find myself taking a larger than normal swig each time, the smoothness and good flavor draw you in that way. Minimal carbonation per the widget and not much weight beyond what is average for a stout, but that's fine.

Drinkability - I think this is very drinkable and an excellent pick on a Friday night. Filling, but low enough abv to have 3 or 4.

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Photo of woemad
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-can purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.

Poured a black color with reddish tinges at the extremities. Undulating waves of brown surged in the glass as the initial head subsided to it's post-pour size. One finger's-thickness light tan nitro-head, that stuck around for the long haul, though it did shrink a little as time went on.

Smell was very dry, with roasted coffeeish malts. Slight dark chocolate smell in the background.

Taste was very dry, mostly roasted coffee notes, with a tiny bit of dark chocolate in the background. Very dry finish.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side for a stout. This could have used a little more body.

This goes down very easily, like most nitro stouts. I think this has more flavor than Guinness, but that may be because I drank this warmer than I've ever had Guinness served to me. This would make a decent session stout, as it goes down rather easily, and isn't as thick as other dry stout's I've had.

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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
3.8 out of 5 based on 785 ratings.
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