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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Reviews: 551 | Ratings: 780
Photo of Pigs
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tough to find these days. Great, wonderful, spectacular Irish beer. I love it anyway I can get it. Nice change from Guinness and Murphy's just cause, why not? Was my first pint in Ireland at the Shannon airport directly off the red eye flight from Boston. Instant love with this beer. Not as available, really anyway compared to Guinness or Murphy's but that is what you beer snob dweebs are pretty much into, yeah? Go out getcha some Beamish!!! (If you can find it! And let me know where in the US it was found!)

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dispensed from a 16oz nitro can into an imperial pint glass. A dense, creamy, pale white head forms on top of a not quite opaque black beer. The darkest ruby is visible at the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is toasted malts and cereal; bready. Coffee is present as well as the slightest hop aroma.

Taste is wonderful. Creamy and smooth. Slightly bitter. Tastes like a coffee with milk. Very delicious. Cereal is noticeable. Very bready and doughy.

Full bodied and silky smooth. Heavy mouthfeel, almost like a meal in itself. Maybe this will be my dinner. I actually like this much more than Guinness. Seems more complex and more flavorful. Dry finish. A treat indeed. If it is like Guinness, it is very drinkable due to lower alcohol and low carbonation.

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Photo of soneill065
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Truely the best Irish stout. Upon the first sup one cannot help but fall in love with the spicy and cinnamon flavour that it has to offer beyond the white foamy head, which lasts way longer than the Guinness head. Best place to sample this delightful Irish stout is in its homeland of Cork.

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Photo of mcsquint
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 440ml nitro can into large dimpled mug.
A - Black in color with 1 finger, off-white creamy head that lasts and lasts and... Nice lacing on mug
S - Nothing really sticks out here..dark malt, a bit of chocolate and coffee
T - Dark roasted and chocolate malt with a hint of coffee on the finish
M - Medium mouthfeel; silky on the tongue. Finshes quickly,with a bit of bitterness.
D - The somewhat low(4.4%)ABV and the smoothness make this VERY drinkable. This is what I would probably give someone interested in trying a true irish stout.

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Photo of aracauna
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beamish surpasses it's more famous and overrated counterpart (Guinness) in almost every way. It is a bit thinner, but the richer slightly sweeter flavor with chocolate/coffee tones definitely make up for that.

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Photo of bboven
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Only off thing about this beer is that it's a little light in color for the style, as I'm getting chestnut highlights around the botton of the glass but great head and lots of lacing.

Smell is roasted and slightly sour, exactly as it should be.

Great bitterness throughout, especially at the end.

Smooth from the nitro, just as it should be. Thin body with a bit of stickiness.

My new go-to dry stout, for sure. I'd have stopped drinking Guinness a long time ago if I'd tried this earlier.

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Photo of pbrian
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought this when the packy was out of that other popular stout and found it to be superior in every way. Roastier with a little more body, it goes down like water(without tasting like it). Extra bonus- comes in a full 16 oz can, not 14.9 oz like the other canned stouts.

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Photo of medic25
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Matched nicely with a "Beamish Burger" at Delaney's, served in a Beamish pint glass. Nice pour, jet black with a creamy ivory head. Mild malty aroma. Taste is nicely balanced; sweet, malty, a little bit of coffee. Very easy drinking; the perfect choice for lunch on a cold day.

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Photo of Greggy
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a cascading black with zero light showing through. The head is 1 finger in height, tan, ultra creamy and looks like it could stick around for days. Lacing coats the glass entirely.

S- Some chocolate, roasty grains, hints of cream and coffee. Also a deeper down note of graham crackers.

T- Starts out with an ultra creamy feel with notes of roasted grains, some coffee, some cream. The finish is creamy, clean, with residual notes of roastiness and coffee.

M- Ultra creamy and smooth. Zero carbonation.

D- This is one hell of a good Irish Dry Stout. The 4.1% doesn't hurt either. Definitely a hell of an afternoon beer. I'm not usually a big fan of nitro-style beer as it typically kills off a lot of flavor but the beamish really holds up well to the creamy nitro.

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Photo of atis
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bought it in supermarket in Dublin

Pours thick black with large off-white head that remains in half-finger thickness till the end of the glass, dense patchy lacing. Aroma is sweetish roasted malts, some dark chocolate. Taste is roasted and grainy malt, hints of coffee and bittery and slightly warming aftertaste. It did not feel very dry, though. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Amazing, it confirmed just again that Beamish is my favourite stout. It gets much better grades if served on nitro-tap.

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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 EGledhill
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow... my first voyage into the Irish stouts. pitch black with a rich, creamy tan head. smells of burnt coffee and a hint of chocolate. for as dark and heavy as it looks, it's extremely drinkable. will definitely get this one again...highly recommended

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Photo of Winter
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a smooth, creamy khaki colored head. Beautiful cascading action in the glass from the nitrogen is inline with other canned nitro stouts utilizing the "widget". Aroma consists of coffee, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Full-bodied mouthfeel that's creamy and silky smooth. Taste consists of roasted malt and dark coffee. Finish has a dry bitterness to it. A very likable stout that seems almost identical to Guinness Draught. Beamish may have a slightly more pronounced bitterness to its finish.

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Photo of hdofu
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pouring the beer produces a sudsy brown concoction that kind of looks like sludge at first but ends in a cola black colored beer with a lite tan head that maintains a 1 centimeter head. Smells chocolatey with maybe a hint of birch. Taste is slightly sweet but a little bland compared to the smell. The mouthfeel is quite thick almost like sherbert. Overall nothing offensive, to hurt drinkability, but nothing to make me want to race out and buy more either. Overall its a pretty good stout.

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

Serving Type: Nitro-Can

Appearance: Pours a light coffee colour that ends up looking black w/ a creamy 1 finger head. The head lingers the whole time and plenty of lacing

Smell: Coffee, Chocolate, cream? and roasted malts. A little light on the nose like most Irish Stouts

Taste: Taste like slighty dry mocha coffee taste and roasted malts. A touch sweeter than Guinness

Mouthfeel: Like most Nitro-Can's it's creamy and filling

Drinkability: A very nice Irish Stout that isn't as dry as some of the others.

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

A - this a great looking beer. dark dark black with a beautiful solid creamy head about and inch thick.

S - it's a bit difficult to smell this beer, smells of cold coffee and malt

T - coffee of course, some light malty sweetness and some bitterness comes through at the end.

M - very creamy and smooth

D - very drinkable, i've been known to suck on these all night, the creamyness is great and while the taste is good it doesn't overpower me after several beers. one of the best session beers.

notes - to my knowledge kegs aren't available on the west coast, or at least that's what i heard at the pub that i go to that no longer carries it. i can only find the cans anymore at bevmo, which are fine, but i love this stuff on draft, does anyone know anything about this and if it's true how to obtain a keg?

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

Pours a dark brown/black color from the can with a short tan head that settles to a thick covering over the beer. Really nice looking beer. It laces the glass very well on the way down as well. The smell is of deep roasted malts, some coffee, some chocolate, some caramel, and a hint of hoppy bitterness at the end. The taste is really good. Very deep roasted malts are the base for a complex layering of chocolate, light coffee taste, and a hint of hoppy bitter at the end. The mouthfeel is very smooth with very tiny carbonation bubbles from the nitro widget inside the can. The drinkability is excellent. This beer does not have alot of alcohol, but it does have alot of flavor. This is my favorite Irish Dry Stout Yet.

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

Breakfast. The beautiful lass that poured this as my breakfast will, no doubt, skew my review. I wrote our initials in the thick head. As I quaffed this brew the initials survived to the bottom of the glass. I swear I could taste banana. Slightly sweet, heavenly aroma, the tantalizing flavors danced on all areas of my tongue with the exception of sour. Whoops! Time for brunch...I'll have another!

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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 roopy40
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Beamish branded pint glass from nitro tap

A - Black with a creamy, white head that lasted forever. It looked like I just finished a root beer float when I was done with the beer. Off the charts head retention and great lace.

S - Roasted malt, a bit sweet and dank.

T - Roasted coffee flavor, sweet and bitter notes, creamy head adds to the coffee experience. I certainly got a "Beamish mustache" with every sip.

M - Low carbonation with a smooth, creamy feel to it. Rasps of bitterness on the tongue with the finish.

D - I could have sat in this British pub for hours drinking it. That is if I didn't sit at a brewery and had a few just prior to visiting there. Very pleasant mouthfeel and taste in my opinion.

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Photo of jaz58
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich yet very different stout than Guinness. Less of a creamy head which is fine by me. Good flavour, nice chocolate/coffee finish. Nice bitters finish. A good balance between the two. Wonderful mouthfeel. Very silky. A worthy replacement to Guinness.

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Photo of eb003
4.34/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I don't usually drink Stouts, but this one writes the exception rule in my book. This has a very nice dark color to fit the style. The smell is somewhat of cocoa (as another reviewer wrote). The taste is very nice and smooth. The mouthfeel is what surprised me as it felt very rich and smooth. The drinkability is also good, which I usually don't find on stouts. I know Guinness is a favorite of many, but in my humble opinion... this one beats Guinness.

I've also had this via can and bottle... and it doesn't do it justice. This is definitely one to get on-tap... if available.

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

Had immediately after a guinness on tap in Dublin Ireland
Reviewed July 15th, 2012

A: Head a hair more porous than the Guinness, but also extremely creamy though a hair less.
S: Red ale, a hair tart with some cream brought, bright on top
T: In the direction of a red ale, feels more alcoholic than the guinness, there's a bit of pepper spice in it, flavor is more forward, toastedness is clear with a bit of tang.
M: pretty smooth with a little zip of carbonation.
O: Combination of "cream" and "red" ale qualities.

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