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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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

440ml ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown, near black body with a dense, full inch of creamy-looking, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Roasty nose with notes of Breakfast Blend coffee, grains, dark baked bread, light chocolate, a few more grains, and, that's about it.

Taste: Roasted barley and blackened malt with some touches of chocolate, mild coffee, and toasted grains. Subtle sweetness. As it warms, some caramel tones emerge. No perceived hop flavor here, with most of the modest bitterness coming through from the roasted grains. Finishes dry with a lingering, though slack roasty bitterness and mineral water quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Softly carbonated. Silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! A smooth, mild, lightly flavored Irish Stout with a sensible amount of alcohol.

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Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Pours a black color with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Light, malty aroma. Taste of malts with some hints of coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth. nThis is not a beer I could spend the night drinking. Overall a fairly mediocre brew.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A one-to-two inch, dense, creamy froth rises with some of that cascading effect over a black beer with dark brown to mahogany highlights when put to the light. The head converts to slightly rocky and never complete settles, leaving little, if any, lacing.

This Guinness pint glass hosts that familiar roasted malts with molasses and Baker's chocolate.

The flavors loosely follow the nose, with a good kick of bitterness that passes quickly. Some iced coffee and a pronounced, but short, finish of bitterness. That same bitterness returns as one licks one's lips, hinting at a light acidity.

Beamish is light bodied with gentle carbonation and does seem to fit the style. The silky smooth texture coats one's palate, and the alcohol is more present than a 4.1% would normally suggest.

This is an easily quaffable beer and a fine companion for long sessions or billiards.

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

Poured from a 440mL draughtflow can into a large pint glass.

Appearance: black with a creamy head, but not overly thick; one finger or so after it was settled.

Smell: very subtle, mostly malt and caramel notes.

Taste: the taste doesn't seem overly complex to me. Just some nice roasted malts with a tiny bit of coffee aftertaste. Overall, a pleasing effect.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, but creamy and smooth due to the nitro.

Drinkability: the relatively light body and subtle flavors make this quite drinkable, but I would think it would be easily overpowered by most pub foods if consumed in such a setting.

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

I had this beer a little while ago, but haven't posted the notes yet. I'm think the one I had was most likely from the original brewery, but since it's listed as closed now on BA, I'll have to post my review here.

A: Pours a thick, black body with a thick and creamy, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: A slightly roasted smell with some sweet, milky undertones that was quite enticing.

T: A smooth, roasted barley taste with a slightly sweet, milky aftertaste did well to round out the style and make for a nice, balanced taste.

M: Very thick and velvety smooth mouthfeel made this beer pretty good overall. Very nice feeling on the palette.

D: A good mouthfeel and taste combo, especially for the style. Despite the thickness, I found myself drinking this beer quite voraciously and could not wait of have another! A great tasting beer that goes down quite easily.

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

Had that great nitro can look with the perfect 1 inch head and the nice cascade during the pour. A black color with a bit of caramel highlights.

The smell is light, sweet, and creamy.

The taste is very thin with just a bit of dark black patent malt with a touch of sweet creamyness and a touch of piney hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is creamy and silky smooth thanks to that nitro.

A decent dry Irish Nitro Stout.

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Photo of generallee
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 440ml nitro "widget" can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Its body is black as night and opaque with a typical nitro head on top. The head is a creamy light tan color, very thick and very creamy. It has very good retention and makes cool lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: The aroma has heavy bready malt character with mild roasted notes and some mild mineral like hops.

Taste/Mouth The flavor is bready, creamy and sweet with dark roasted malts up front. This quickly dries out with more roasted coffee like bitterness and hop bitterness taking over. (There is much less nitro taste here than some other nitro stouts I have tried.) The finish is fairly clean with some mineral like hops bitterness quickly fading off the tongue.
The texture is thin yet somehow very smooth and creamy too, with a light to medium body.

Notes: Of the big three nitro stouts (Guinness, Murphy's and Beamish) Beamish is my favorite.

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Photo of tatoodkelt
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I've had it since it moved to the new brewery. Reviewed from notes from 6/14/09

Nitro can to pint glass

A- The pour is always a treat. Mesmerized by the cascade. Pitch black at the bottom moving to dark chocolate brown towards the top. Capped off by a two finger tan head. Decent lacing.

S- Very mild smell, a subtle malt aroma is all I picked out.

T- A little cocoa/dark chocolate, slightly bitter and roasty.

M- Much lighter than it looks, very smooth and creamy.

D- A long time favorite of mine, and probably the easiest stout to session.

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Photo of u2carew
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This can straight from Ireland - brought back by a buddy of mine. Woo hoo!
A) Opaque. Pours with a thick head - light to medium tan. Good lacing.
S) Grainy. Bready. Roasted coffee and chocolate notes - but light not heavy.
T) Dark, roasty, coffee-esque bitterness. Touch of smokiness.
M) Medium body. Doesn't feel as thick and heavy as anticipate. Creamy from the CO2.
D) Delicious. Straight from Ireland - the real deal!

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Photo of thekanna
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a strong, opaque black with a thin, white head which nevertheless leaves some impressive lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Very faint burnt malts; not much else.

T: A soothing roasted malt flavor complemented with the distinct taste of prunes. Not offensive, just... unusual.

M: Extremely creamy and oily as it goes down. Complements the mellow roasted malt flavor nicely. This is probably the smoothest beer I've ever had.

D: Goes down so damn smooth. I found myself wanting to drink more just so that I could maintain the slick feel in my mouth.

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

4 nice tan head that lasts thanks to nitro, opaque dark choc brown to black
4 smells creamy (!), like guinness without the dirty dishwater essence. slightly sweet gently roasted barley.
3.5 can really only compare to guinness, and this is more pleasant. completely innoffensive and mellow, which doesn't quite make up for a lack of fuller flavor or complexity, but it comes close. once i had a guinness on tap that seemed particularly fresh and nutty, and i don't detect any nuttiness in the beamish. just mellow blended maltiness.
3.5 water mouthfeel, as expected. refreshing and smooth.
4.5 easier to drink than water.

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

This one is harder for me to find than the other well known draught stouts (Guinness and Murphy's) but I think it has quickly become my favorite. The smell is fruity esters and roasted barley, very pleasant. All of the big three draught stouts tend to have a watery mouthfeel but this one seems just a bit fuller and creamier than the other two. Roasted barley bitterness is there, but not as overt as Guinness and Murphy's and there is a touch of sweetness more prevalent in Beamish. I declare this the most drinkable draught stout yet!! Bravo!

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Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Cornwalls in Boston, Ma.

Solid looking nitro head, black apperance. Slight malt and roasted grain in the nose. Nitro smoothness in a lightish body. Slight roasted twang, mild malt sweetness and a muted hop charater. Finishes with a feigned sweetness.

Better than the other dry Irish born Stouts IMO ...

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Photo of yelterdow
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at fridge temperature in an imperial pint glass. This went head-to-head with a few other Irish Stouts a few weeks ago and finished near the head of the class.

Appearance- The first thing that strikes me, aside from the obvious beautiful trademark cascade, in the brownish tint that this beer displays in the head. It's a deep reddish brown, borderline black color with great lacing... definitely a solid example of the style.

Smell- A clean roasted malt character, blending chocolate and coffee, treats the nose. There is a subtle sweet aroma that pulls it all together, balancing the beer nicely.

Taste- A rich, dark, and bitter backbone sets the stage for a classic example of the style, leaning a little heavier on the bitter roastiness to define itself. Drying and nicely done overall.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A very thin beer in general, the carbonation breaks early in the mouth, then goes quickly and smoothly down the throat. An easy session beer for the enthusiast looking for more bittering and a roastier finish.

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Photo of klintok21
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stuff. I can only find it at a famous West Michigan Irish pub on tap. I've never seen it anywhere else in the US. Way better than Guiness in my opinion. More everything. I still prefer Sierra Nevada and Murphys Stout in my opinion, but this is well worth a try if you can find it.

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Photo of MadTown1000
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an imperial pint glass from a pint+ can with a widget. Beamish pours in a way that I've only seen it and Guinness do, with a cascade of bubbles that start at the bottom of the glass and slowly float their way up to the top to form a silky, cream-colored head. The beer itself is just plain black. My glass might as well be ceramic - it's that opaque. As far as I'm concerned Beamish is just what a dark beer is supposed to look like.

Once I finish staring at it and actually drink the thing, Beamish has a smooth creaminess that I have not seen replicated anywhere. Heavily roasted barley gives it at rich, complex, almost meaty flavor. I hesitate to call a beer "meaty", but somehow it seems like the word that best fits. It doesn't reach the level of complexity of some of the best dark Belgian beers, but I don't think it's supposed to. It's mild enough that it won't conflict with any food pairing, and simultaneously robust enough to stand up to anything. One of my all-time favorites. I can't give it above average for smell because it doesn't really have one, but that hardly detracts from the overall experience.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug. Got a surprise whistle from the can when opened.

A: It's dark as night, with an above average and lasting head. The lacing isn't that great.

S: Not a strong smell: milk chocolate, some other hints of malts; It's just real hard to pick anything up, but what I can is pleasant.

T: The taste is sweet initially followed by a bitter finish. Both tastes are pleasant on the palate.

M: A bit on the lighter side with minimal carbonation.

D: It's an easy drinker, but I get bored with drinking it. Just not much depth to the beer

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap, April 21 & 22, 2009, in Dublin and Cork, Ireland:

A: A: The beer appeared a nice very dark, opaque black with a very nice cascade effect to it and a very nice, two finger, creamy, thick, and dense mocha head that was very well retained. As I recall most of the head was retained throughout the beer. Some nice lacing as well.

S: The aroma was heavy roasted malt, with a hint of oatmeal and coffee. Very well balanced and well done.

T: The taste is really good. A nice, good balance between the roasted malt, oatmeal and coffee. It also had only a hint of bitterness to it, but less so than Murphy's and it also had a hint of earthiness to it as well. Very well rounded.

M/D: The beer was thick, yet smooth, rich, creamy and very easy to drink. It had a very well balanced aftertaste, not too bitter, not too sweet. Honestly, I will rank this above both Guinness and Murphy's. An excellent beer and one that I will be enjoying again.

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Photo of drtth
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer is dark, dark brown, almost black. The tan head is about ½" thick with the very fine bubbles characteristic of the nitro pour. As the foam recedes a bit there are ridges of foam around the glass and some trails of lacing. The head never does disappear completely.

Smell: The aroma is very faint and hard to detect until the glass is more than half empty, but is light and fresh with hints of chocolate and hints of coffee.

Taste: The flavor is dry, bitter, with modest chocolate and coffee. The earthy hops are present the balance.

Mouthfeel: The stout coats the mouth with a thin creamy soft feel from the carbonation. The finish is medium length, mild, bitter and dry.

Drinkability: This goes down very easily and the mild dry bitterness is very easy to take. I'll certainly return to the beer and I could easily make a night of it with this beer..

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Photo of Oxymoron
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You can Beamish me up Scotty. Sampled this while in Ireland on tap. Poured off a nitro tap line and witnessed the ever so cool cascading foam effect that nitro pours do. A midnight black color with a light mahogany brown when held to the light. A satiny dense head with a light tan color with good retention and lacing through the tasting.

The nose is limited like most nitro beers. Some hints of chocolate and a hint of roast. But very light. Nitro really hides everything.

The taste is a bit limited as well. The chocolate comes out a bit more and leaves a slight milkiness that is enhanced by the nitro. Limited astringency but just a hint of roast. Even for style would like a bit more astringency to balance out a bit more. A bit sweet chocolate but some coffee notes come out as it warms. Leaves a slight espresso like taste.

The body is light but good for style. Very easy drinking and smooth. Overall I would have liked to try this minus the nitro. But as is there is limited aroma and flavor leaves this a bit lacking.

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Photo of dpsychoholic69
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this in Kroger the other day and always looking for new beers to try picked a 4 pack. It looked interesting and I'd never had a pasteurized beer before or a nitro can. Took it home, chilled it over night, and poured it into a pint per the directions on the can. The can opened with a loud pop and a lot of fizz, I thought someone had shaken it up, here goes. What the hell is that ball in the can

A Poured a dark brown with a medium head and a cascade of bubbles down the glass. Interesting. Good lacing

S Oatmeal, molasses, hints of chocolate and caramel

T Coffee and chocolate malts, some graininess for the hops with a slightly bitter finish. Nice balance of flavors.

M I like the creamy feel of the head. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little thin, not much chewiness.

D Goes down really smooth and I liked the bitter finish. Would be a refreshing stout in the summer.

Overall I was impressed, this is a well balanced stout with complex flavors and textures. I would definately recommend this beer.

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Photo of dude
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Spotted a can in the trusty take out bin of my local go-to. Bird heard a rumor that imports of this were shut down. Either its false or this can is old. Opens with a nice pssst sound. Pours dark brown and opaque, with the liquid cascade of course. This can is fine. Smell is light, like oatmeal and coffee in the room adjacent. Taste is balanced sweet vs bitter. Light roasted malt character and bitterness, chocolate and coffee notes as well. Mouthfeel is creamy yet watery, artificial feeling but worth the effort. Drink quickly ladies and gentlemen. Duh.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pored from the nitro-can into a glass. The appearance was opaque black with a light creamy head. Aroma was mild but dominated by coffee notes from the roasted malts. As, compared to the other Irish stouts I have had, the taste was certainly sweeter. Coffee and chocolate notes really stood out from the rest of the beer, although they were far more mild that I prefer. The taste of the stout itself is actually too light and make this an extremely light beer. This is contrasted in the creamy mouthfeel. This beer has the same body as heavy cream and it works great. The body compensates for the lighter flavor and greatly improves the overall brew. Drinkability is high due to low ABV and the mild flavors.

Overall, this is a good Irish stout that compares favorably to Murphy's, although I prefer Guiness as it has always been a good standby. Definitely worth a try for anyone who enjoys Irish stouts and the sweet flavor makes it enjoyable and easy to drink.

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

Appearance is dark dark brown with a healthy creamy head. Smell of light roast and chocolate cake. Taste has coffee, light chocolate along with some earthiness to it. Mouthfeel is a little light in creaminess and body for the style, but still a very drinkable easy going stout.

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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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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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