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 dandaugherty1221
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ruds
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Murphy's Bar, High Street Galway, Eire into a Beamish pint glass

Dark black with a finger of off-white head.

Nice aroma from this stout, roasted malt and a fair dose of coffee, packs a punch to the nose when contrasted with Guinness!

Good rich roasted malt taste a little smokey perhaps and still that hint of coffee coming over and throw in a little chocolate

Thinnish in body, creamy in the mouth, went down well

In summary this was the first time I'd had a pint of Beamish for some 15 years or so and I quite enjoyed it

This was partly due to a succession of 'ok' pints of it's blander cousin Guinness, but next time in the 'old country' I will definetly seek Beamish out again!

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Photo of JayTheFinn
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

When describing Beamish to friends I don't call it "the poor man's Guinness" cuz I don't want them to just stop right there and never try it, but the fact is, it is the poor man's Guinness. Maybe it's cuz I've only had it from a nitro can which to me seems to make beers light, airy and watery.

A - Black. With a nice foamy head, but nothing extraoridinary.

S - Slightly burn, coffee-like, but not overwhelmingly so.

T - Milk chocolate-esque, like a bit of white chocolate got in there by accident. The ABV is low and the taste reflects it, which can be a good thing.

M - Very smooth. Hardly notice it quite frankly

D - Goes down super easy.

I tried Beamish on St.Patty's day, cuz it's an Irish Stout and it just seemed like the thing to do. Now I'm not saying I'd never have another, but there are numerous other stouts out there I'd choose over this one.

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Photo of Brad007
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with a rich, creamy head that slowly rises to the top. Beautiful presentation here. Aroma is rich and roasty with a nice coffee essence in the nose. Taste is rich and creamy upfront with a bit of roastiness and bitter coffee in the aftertaste. Dry and smooth. Sessionable due to the ridiculously low ABV. I can't say that it's the best example of the style I've had but it's still a very solid example. I like the lacing that's left behind and how the head holds very well.

It's a decent gimmick that works well if you like your stouts much like I do.

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Photo of homersimpson
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep reddish brown with a light beige creamy head.
Herbal peaty malt nose with a vague brush of coffee
Light and silky, it coats your tongue.
Somewhat sweet at the gate, all malt with a slight sour note and a hint of smoke towards the end. The roast is what lingers for a while afterwards.
A bit to the left of Guinness. Excellent brew, but not spectacular.

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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 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 BeerFMAndy
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Fantastic cascading leaving a fluffy, creamy, tan head. Super-dark red color.

S - Guinness/ Murphy's Irish stout with a sweeter smell and an oatmeal/yeasty hint. Slight rasin?

T - Dry, roasted malt, slight creaminess, bitter hints, possible dark chocolate.

M - Dry, creamy mouthfeel. Dryness overwhelms the creaminess on the finish.

D - Good drinkability. Slight bitter and dry flavors bump it out of what I would consider a session beer.

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

440 ml nitro can poured into a dimpled seidel yields a dark mahogany body awash in fine nitrogen bubbles. As the drink comes to rest, a lid of creamy beige foam solidifies atop the drink. Solid swaths of lacing coat the glass.

The smell of the drink is a bit of winey dark coffee and roasted malt.

The taste of the drink is mild and of dark roasted malt with a little milky caramel. Coffee and chocolate notes compete with a bit of burnt grainy bitterness. Nothing overpowering here.

The drink is light in body and an easy drinker with creamy feel.

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

This beer looked great with a nice thick head. Hard to distinguish the smell of this beer in a smoky bar. Tasted alright, but it just didn't do a lot for me. It seemed kind of watery without a lot of flavor. I could take it or leave it. I guess I'm just not a huge fan of this style of beer.

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

From the 1-pint nitro can with “widget.” Pours the color of chocolate milk with a unique two-layer head. The head slowly consolidates into a solid, tan head of very small bubbles which lingers until the end. Color is a dark, almost opaque brown. Nose of toasted chocolate malt, though not in-your-face like some brews; it is subdued. Taste of a pleasantly toasted malt and coffee. Creamy mouthfeel but not as rich as I expected. Crisp, bitter finish. This is a good stout but in my opinion not as good as others such as Mackeson Triple X.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly opaque black with beautifully contrasting tan head.

Nose has some fresh grain malt aromas and faint cocoa.

On the palate the roasty flavors come through nicely with a modest amount of hops for balance. Medium to light bodied. Very, very drinkable for a dry irish stout.

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

A: After the nitro show is done, all that remains is a dense and supremely creamy head that is a shade darker and thicker than Guinness. The beer is a dark brown color, mahogany when backlit, and leaves some nice foamy lacing on the glass.

S: Bittersweet chocolate intermingled with a sweeter grain aroma and a slight roastiness. Not very intense and hard to pick up too much from it, but still decent.

T&M: Sweet and lightly roasted chocolate malts are balanced slightly with just a touch of sourness (a-la Guinness, but not as intense), and some earthy hops on the finish. It's simple, yet good. The body is a tad heavier than Guinness, but still on the light side with a creamy mouthfeel.

D: Very drinkable because of the smooth flavor and lighter body.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the way the nitro-can beers look. Nice dense thick creamy tan colored head with excellent retention. Beer is black.
The smell is mild. Some roasted aromas. I expected more from the smell given the excellent head.
The taste is not as bold as I expected either. Burnt toast in a good way.
Mouthfeel is very good as is the drinkability.

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Photo of Brent
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A thing of beauty in the dimpled pint pub mug. Jet black with a perfect creamy tan head, thanks to the nitro widget - looked like chocolate milk as it poured. Aroma was a pleasant roasted malt, but nothing stands out. Flavor is a pleasant dark-roasted malt. A hint of coffee and chocolate, but just a hint. I did not get any peat smoke, as one often finds in dry Irish stouts, but it might have been hiding in the roasted malt flavor. Flavor was not as roasted as Guinness, and not as assertive as Murphy's. A bit on the mild side, but very pleasant. Mouthfeel was this beer's downfall - very thin and watery, even for a nitro can.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

14.9oz. nitro can poured into an imperial pint glass. Best by 11-10-09.

(A)- Pours dark, black, and already foaming. Simply beautiful cascading action that lasts for over a minute! Superb tan head retention that is not going away at all! In fact, there is still foam present even with the very last sip!

(S)- Lots of roasted coffee; actually, tons of roasted coffee dusted with cocoa and a light raisin nuance.

(T)- A light roasted and creamed coffee flavor with light cocoa and raisin. Rather light-bodied despite its appearance, but still in the medium range.

(M)- Smooth as silk going down with superb balance and a great carbonation level. Not alot going on complexity-wise.

(D)- Perhaps one of the best session beers around. I could probably drink this all day if I had the option to since its so smooth. Not a ton of flavors or boldness, but who cares; this is just simple, straightforward, and delicious drinking beer.
*Goes great with Lord of the Rings marathons!!

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours almost black with a creamy tan foam on top. The nose has some nice chocolate notes with a bit of coffee and roasty malts. If you let it warm and swirl it, the chocolate really picks up nicely.

There si nothing fantastic here, but it is a good solid irish stout. It is pretty dry and roasty. There is a good roasty flavor with a touch of chocolate in there. Bitterness comes in a bit at the end. The carbonation is very mild, and it is just a creamy brew. A very good mouthfeel that is silky and very enjoyable. This is sure a superior to Guinness, but it is nothing incredible.

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Photo of MaxOhle
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Nitro can poured into a tulip glass

This is an Irish favorite of mine. Nothing flashy here but an all around easy drinker. The taste is a tad dryer that Guinness in the nitro and i find more enjoyable that Murphy's. She comes out the can black as night, creamy off white head with some of the tiniest bubbles seen. I have never had the pleasure of having this one on draft but given the opportunity i would be all over it. Light aromas of coffee and chocolate come though the glass and beg to be taken in with large gulps. Beamish is one of those stouts I can drink all night, goes great in half and halfs, and never do I feel bloated. The taste is sweet but not too sweet the dark roasted characters meld the ale into coffee like candy treat. Raise this one on St. Patty's and leave the rest of the green Macro in the dust.

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Photo of risenz
3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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