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 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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Photo of jimbotrost
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml nitrocan imported into Canada. Purchased at the Beer Store in Sarnia Ontario tasting date 041704. Very deep black color with a light brown creamy nitrogenated head. Nose is very dry with big roastiness. Mouthfeel is dry, very nice, then comes a big roasted, fresh ground coffee flavor. finish is long and dry and invites you to drink more.

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Photo of TerryW
2.39/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Deep, dark brown with lots of the nitro thing going on. Always fun to watch. Thick, creamy tan head that leaves behind an equally thick film on the sides of the glass as you drink.

I didn't find the aroma particulary pleasing – too much like a wet dog or the ditch he rolled around in. Has a sour and pungent edge.

Tastes of thin coffee, some roasted malt. Slightly bitter and lingers bitter.

Schizophrenic mouthfeel. You drink your way past a thick, creamy dense head that reminds you of a milkshake to get to a thin, bodiless and water-like beer.

Rather disappointing without any serious dimension to it. I've had far better beers than this one. Simply didn't work for me. Pass on it.

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Photo of nomad
2.76/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown with a perfect collar of foam from the nitro action. As you can imagine, plenty of thick stain all over yer pint glass. Not as impressive as Murphy's nitro, in my opinion, if that makes any sense whatsoever.

Smells of funked out roasted grains and floral hops eerily similar to Galena. Opens to gentle dark toast malts.

Tastes of toasted grains paired with a surprising amount of bitterness. Has an odd quasi-fruity tone before an oft soapy finish. Thin and that strange fruit flavor lingers and sneeks around. Just above watery mouthfeel, making the already weakly powered flavors feel that much weaker.

Last place among the three Irish nitro stouts, behind Guinness and definitely below Murphy's.

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

Appearance? Nitro-cans are deceiving. Lots of foam and a head that is almost unreal with creaminess. Taste for this beer is somewhat strong coffee and malt. Some hop finish. Not very complex compared to many other stouts I have had. This is a good beer to drink in a bar when nothing else is available.

Not bad. I am just picky I guess

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

On tap at Taco-mac.

Pours black, big foamy head.

Smells slightly sweet with some roasted notes.

Medium body, smooth and creamy. Very similar to Guinness Draught. Medium coffee flavors and a slightly bittersweet, dry finish.

I would say this is slightly better than Guinness Draught, but all the nitro-beers taste very similar to me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany brown in color, Beamish features a beautiful two-finger thick, frothy light-beige head, pleasant but slippery lace.

I note a chaulky aroma mixed in with the chocolate and black patent malts. There's also a smell that reminds me of paper paste. I cannot detect any hops, but the malt aroma are very powerful

Very dark coffee flavors immediately hit the taste buds. The hop is the second note, but it is very subtle (as expected). This has a creamy quality both in consistancy and in flavor.

This stout is more "harsh" than the other famous stouts, as if the Beamish recipe had doubled the black patent portion. My personal preference leans more to the creamier and slightly less bitter.

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

Pours nice and thick with a large foamy head and lots of lacing. its very dark with a brownish head. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate. The taste has hints of chocolate and some carmel. IT is well balanced between a full body and a nice mild bitterness. Overall a good beer for drinking on St. Patty's Day

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Photo of Rob6852
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the Nitro Can the color of creamy coffee, with the head slowly forming up and settling on top about 1 1/2 fingers
thick with the body of the beer as dark as used motor oil.
Not much aroma per se but subtle hints of malt.
Taste is of creamy coffee.
This beer is smoooth,creamy and dry. Better than Guinness but
not as complex as other stouts i've had.
I could drink several of these in a setting as this beer is easy
to drink and that aint a bad thing.

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Photo of JeffreyG
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with a frothy nitro head that lasts and lasts. Looks good to me. Smells of roasted coffee, but just a hint. More roastyness in the flavor with a nice balance of bitter and sweet. Creamy and pleasant mouthfeel. An easy and enjoyabe drink.

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

Nice black oil look to it. My wife said I should put it in my car instead of drinking it. She changed her tune once she tried it.
Couldn't smell anything. Very dry and somber feel to it. The taste is really good comparatively to other Irish Stouts. Hint's of chocolate with a very smooth clean finish. No hops to speak of but it left my mouth with a desire for another. Guinness or Beamish? Just because I'm different, Beamish.

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Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black color with an off-white head. Sweet roasted malts and coffee smell. The taste is slightly sweeter than the others (Guinnes and Murphy's) but still ends dry. Very creamy body and a silky feel. Still a thick body. Slight hints of chocolate and hops. Dry aftertaste of chocolate and sweet malts. I'm more partial to this Irish Stout and will be drinking this one for St. Patrick's Day. All I can say is this is a great beer.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black colour with a thick, frothy tan head. As beautiful as any stout I have ever seen. It has a smoked coffee aroma that I have never smelled in a stout before. It was good, but not what I was expecting. The taste was smokey. Strong hints of coffee with just minute flavourings of chocolate. A decent stout, a good session brew.

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

on tap at O'Connors

Presented beautiful inky black under a dense, tan head. The head held up for about half the glass. I liked the smoky burnt taste, but it was a one-note which never developed into anything else. Bit of phenol in the finish. The body was closer to a porter than a stout, thin with mild carbonation.

Not my first choice of stouts, but it's nice to have a change of pace from Guinness and Murphy's.

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Photo of simmons
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, when poured, is as black as oil with a great nice tan head that is fairly thick that lasts a good bit. The aroma that it had was mild not strong at all. A friend of mine told be to pick this beer up after coming home from Germany, so I did. This beer looked so amazing but when I tried it, it tasted really mild as if I were drinking a coffee watered down with milk. Now don’t get me wrong it wasn’t bad it just wasn’t what I was expecting. It's worth trying but then again everything’s worth trying once.

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Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick light tan head; very nice. The aroma is good. It boasts of black malts and roasted barley. The taste is good. It is creamy and full of black malts. It is light even though it has a dark flavor. It almost seems a bit watery. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent stout. It's nice and creamy with real dark malt flavor.

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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 ppoitras
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Excellent cascading, as expected from Nitro-tap, with hearty, thick tan-colored head, which had great staying power. Pleasing malty aroma, accompanied with heavy flavors of same, smoothness like you wouldn't believe. Exactly what was expected of an Irish Stout, in my mind. You shouldn't be disappointed.

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

I had this one at Cead Mile Failte in Geneva, IL. Nice interpretation of an Irish Pub.

Beer poured a lovely black with the cascading foam courtesy of the nitro widget in the can. Tight frothy tan head. Beautiful beer here.

Beer smells mainly of roasted malt. Definite smoky undertone.

Beer tastes like it smells. Nice roasted/toasted malt flavor that is slightly sweet. Some smoky bread taste lingers in the background. Beer sweetens slightly as it warms. Some bitterness, but the source is not obvious as it is hard to really pick-up any hop presence.

Smooth but slightly thin mouthfeel (could be a bit more chewy). Very easy to drink in quantity.

Very nice stout here!

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Photo of stirgy
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a beautiful and dark midnight black color with a cascading and creamy rich head of tan foam. Sweet malt and roasted nuts dominate the aroma. The taste is light and rich, with a dry and roasted bitterness. The body seems a bit watery, but matches well with the rest of the beer and makes this highly drinkable. A very nice dry stout.

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

Appearance: Dark brown practically black with a nice foaming tan head with each sip leaves thick bands of lacing very nice. Aroma: Toasted malts as a sweeter bready characteristic than the other dry Irish some chocolate edge to it as well with a mild coffee tone. Taste: Much smoother less acidity in the dry bitter finish of a Guiness much more welcoming and a truer stout in my opinion. Creamy chocolate tones work their way in with the dark roasted malts resembling coffee roasts very nice brew overall a winner. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied with the nitro tap a nice creamy texture to it makes each sip feel like a dessert. Drinkability: Excellent would probably stand as my choice over Guiness any day.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mild nutty bread.
Appearance: Nitro can did it’s job well, big frothy head which settled into 3 very distinct layers. The base was jet-black beer; middle layer was darker, cascading foam, topped by a creamy mocha head. It all settled down into a good finger and a half of taupe creamy head that went the distance and laced wonderfully. This is eye candy from start to finish.
Flavor: The initial taste is entirely neutral. No real flavor at all, just mouthfeel (see below). This beer is all about aftertaste. At the swallow, the beer starts a drying evaporation that leaves a complex taste. It seems to have a malt base because of a fine, table sugar mist that accompanies the drying. Deeper in, a taste of smoked bread (is there such a thing?) The hops come into play very late in the profile with a burnt coffee bitter that is very refreshing.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, light-medium body, silky smooth.
Overall Impression: A very mild beer with great complexity. This would make an outstanding session beer, but I could see starting to lose the subtle complexities of this beer after some palate fatigue. If you haven’t found a Stout you like, and you haven’t tried some of the Chocolate Stouts (Young’s in particular) this would be a good place to start. If you are into Stouts, have to recommend this anyway, really shows what can be done within the style. Enjoyed this beer with some great friends during a great holiday retreat, so that may have inflated my scores a bit, but I really liked this beer! Recommended!

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beamish is one of the few true Irish stouts that arrive in America, since we get the actual beer that is brewed in Cork, Ireland (even though the Beamish brewers are owned by Scottish Courage). This particular nitro-can version was pulled off quite well in my opinion, and moreso than Guinness or Murphy's for that matter. The nitro-cans usually seem to soften the flavor of the stout, but this one wasn't too heavily affected. In fact, it really didn't do anything for the mouthfeel either, and it just seemed to give it the cascading apperance common to nitro beers.

Beamish pours a dark chocolate color into the glass, and after the cascading effect it settles into a near black color with the slightest hint of ruby. A 1 finger cocoa/tan head forms and retains well, leaving a sheet of lace down the side of the glass. The smell is a little light, but contains aromas of roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel was still smooth, but not as creamy as expected and it was a tad bit thin. This stout has an all around decent roasted malt flavor. There is a degree of sweetness here, but a hearty amount of roasted bitteness balances things out quite nicely. Contains some coffee and light chocolate notes, along with somewhat of a buttery/nutty flavor. Good roasted bitterness in finish, which carries over to the aftertaste. Bitterness lingers there for a few moments, along with some nutty flavors. Beamish finishes out with some light alcoholic warmth.

Not a bad brew at all. It seems to be a happy medium between Murphy's and Guinness, as it isn't as bitter as Guinness, but moreso than Murphy's. For a nitro-can, this was one of the better ones. This is a good beer for those who want to be different if hanging out in an Irish pub.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks like most other stouts, pitch balck, with a creamy off-white head. Smells lightly of the normal ginerbread, coffe, and chocolate tones that you get in many stouts. Taste has an average stout creamy-chocolate-coffee flavor that is not very impressive. As average of stout as you could find.

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

Looks good in the glass nice dark brew with a nice tan head. Mild roasted malt coffee smell. Tastes smooth nice roasted malt with slight coffee, bakers choclate flavors.No real hop flavors or hop taste to speak of. Medium bodied stout smooth and tasty. Good Irsih Stout, could use a little more hops for my taste but not bad at all.

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