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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Photo of BrianBoruma
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on Nitro Tap at a Bar in Dublin -- The Black Lion

A: Coal black liquid with ruby highlights when held to the light. A finger thick layer of head that left a lot of lacing down the glass.

S: Slight spicy and fruit aromas, they were hard to perceive given the thick nitro head.

T: Sweet, some very subtle spicy notes that I assume are esters, and mild roasted notes, not as much as I would expect from the style but pleasant.

M: Full and creamy, effect of the nitro. Can't really feel the carbonation.

O: Pleasant, not something I want everyday but pleasant.

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

Poured from a 440ml nitro-can into a pint glass. This stout poured a deep brown/black color with a thick, creamy, tan, nitro induced head that would not fade. Some light lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of this stout consisted of both sweet and roasted malt, mild coffee, and a few chocolate notes. The flavor was very creamy with notes of light milk chocolate and coffee. The roasted malt flavor was very mild when compared to other dry stouts. The mouthfeel was light-bodied with typical nitro creaminess and minimal carbonation. This was a decent, and very sessionable stout.

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Photo of LukeK1231
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had @ The Comet in Santry, Dublin.

Similar to Guinness in appearance and initial taste. However, Beamish has an almost spicy finish and its drinkability is not as high as Guinness.

Overall a great Irish Stout and a nice change from Guinness (and I think cheaper 3.50 euro vs. 4.50 euro for Guinness)

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: onyx body with oatmeal one finger head, nice lacing.

S: roasted barley + nuts, slightly smokey aroma.

T: same as nose, but include mild chocolate flavor.

M: nice smooth med/heavy body stout. very little carbonation.

D: If you like Guinness, give this a try. Personally, I prefer this stout over Guinness, but maybe I'm saying that since I have had tons of Guinness and only about 8 of these in my life.
I could drink no more than a few in a sitting.

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

Pours a very dark brown/black with a large creamy tan head that stays aloft forever. The nose is a sweet malt, chocolate, a little roast, coffee. The taste is close to the nose but the roast is a bit more forward in the flavor. A bit dry and slightly bitter on the back end.

The mouthfeel is fairly thin and creamy - that sounds like a contradiction but I am sticking to my statement. Overall easily drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of samie85
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a really dark black with a one finger, light brown head.

S-Roasted barley with some very faint smoked notes... overall a pretty faint bouquet.

T-Roasted barley upfront with a little dark chocolate and finishes dry, roasty, and clean.

M-Really smooth and creamy from the nitrogen, with a light body and finishes dry in the mouth.

D-A pretty nice Dry Stout that's light enough to have a couple of, but complex enough that it's not boring.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 500ml can into a (non-real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland on September 18th, 2010. Pours a luscious creamy dark tan with a wonderfully creamy head and a dazzling display of rising and falling bubbles. A two finger thick head retains very well, holding itself up for three minutes. Very appealing beer; I can't wait to take a sip.

Smell: Smells of cream, toffee, a little coffee, and a little chocolate. An appealing scent, but I'm not drooling like I do with Guinness.

Taste: A simple cream opening into one note of vague roast and a relatively empty body that transitions well to an average finish. For what it is, it's well balanced, but I'd like to see more complexity of flavour and taste multiple notes of what I detect in the smell. It would be nice if the opening cream flavour were enhanced in a manner akin to Belhaven.

Mouthfeel: A bit too smooth on the palate even for its cream overtone. I tend to like my finishes a bit more dry but also more refreshing. That said, it is a successful mouthfeel for an Irish stout and I appreciate what they're trying to do.

Drinkability: Guinness draught has a definite leg up with its multiple notes and flavors, all of which are balanced better. If you're after an Irish stout, you're best off reaching for Guinness.

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

I experienced a Beamish on tap (many times) when I took a trip to Ireland last summer. It was my favorite of the "Big Three" in Ireland and is a must have on tap on the Emerald Isle at least once in a lifetime. Sadly, it is no longer exported to the US as of this review on tap.

Appearance- Wonderful appearance just like both Murphy and Guinness. This is the staple look for a stout beer. Dark, dark body with a very creamy tan head. In a cold pint glass, its a thing of beauty. The ceremony around letting the head form is also a great experience.

Smell- Very malty, can smell a hint of the burnt hops. Slightly yeasty smell coming from the head.

Taste- The creamy head touches the upper lip and the beer hits the tongue, then there is a flood of cooling and refreshing Irish heritage bursting onto the palette. Deep malt, slightly burnt hops and nuts, but very smooth and extremely balanced.

Mouthfeel- Feels wonderful and flows very well. Medium bodied, but drinks like a lighter beer. It feels like a stout should with a very smooth finish.

Drinkability- Its a heavier beer in the stomach. It can be enjoyed over a lengthy period of time, but can make one feel full if taken too quickly. The smooth and lighter feel while drinking can confuse one into drinking too much at once and can give a full stomach quite fast.

Overall, a great beer and highly recommended to any stout lover.

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Photo of IronLover
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color with a thick, foamy, light beige nitro-head. Sweet, smokey, roasted malt, and toffee aromas. Light bodied, very low carbonation, a bit of a creamy buttery feel. Roasted malt and caramel flavors with a lightly bitter and dry finish. Not bad. Seems to be true to the style. I'm not a big fan of the low carbonation ales. Aside from the beautiful pour and impressive head retention, the nitro beers just don't do it for me.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A dark, yet thin appearance, dark brown, cream off beige head, ample. Great cascade effect going on, almost a 5 except for the watery appearance. A bit of a smoky feel to the aroma.

Taste, amazingly thin, and keeps getting thinner. Very creamy for the lack of thickness, a smooth, smoky, thin stout without any degree of bitterness of hops. But throughout, its just tough to get over the thin body for this beer. Makes it more drinkable, but the difficulty in finding this stuff, as well as the price, makes it a little cost prohibitive for something this thin.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours attractively with a good show. Dense, thick tan head, caps a black drink in my SN "tulip" glass.
More faint nitro aroma than others. Nice dark roast with a hint of sweetness bordering on chocolate with bit so coffee. Nice.
The body and taste are both very light and soft. The nice soft hop flavors and prominent bitterness are most distinctive and apparent. There are mild roast flavors with hints of what was more apparent in the aroma, although the nice chocolate strengthens with warming - and rather nicely I'd say.
Drinks very well and easily.
Thanks #1 for the sample.

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Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

594 reviews and NO picture?!? What?

Unlike last night's Guinness, this CAN actually had the following disclaimer: "This [CAN CAN]tains a floating widget which may rattle. Do not shake before opening." Yeah, I really like to give my CANs of beer a good shake just before I spray the CANtents all over everything. What kind of a jagov do yinz take me for, 'n' 'at?!? Jeez-O, man, I'm foolish, but not like that. At least I had fair warning - that CAN of Guinness last night gave me nightmares about what might have come flying out of the CAN at me. A mouse, a hunk of shrapnel, a CANnon ball, it could have been anything. Geez, I need a beer to steady my nerves. Thank Bob it's New Beer Sunday (Week 286)!

From the CAN: "To appreciate the smooth taste and creamy head of Beamish Stout serve chilled and pour in one smooth action." I'm gonna need some help, here. I'm as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room filled with rocking chairs combined with Ron Jeremy's virginal fiancee on their wedding night. That rattling Guinness CAN last night has mentally scarred me for life!

Gah! There was a hissing sound when I cracked the CAN open that made me think that Ruthie's Evil Kitty (kudos if you know that allusion) might be in there too! I had to pull up a little on the smooth pouring action as it was dangerously close to spilling over the lip of my glass. I ended up with a finger of thick mocha-colored head with fantastic retention. Success, no? Color was a deep, dark brown or black with ZERO light penetration. Nose had a pleasant smoky, burnt charcoal scent. Beef! That is what is needed here. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a smoky, slightly burnt flavor on the tongue. Oh my, Spring House's Smoked Porter yesterday, now this. How CAN I go back to crappy AALs? Finish was dry, smoky, roasty, reinforcing my claim that my earlier characterization of Hakone Fusai Stout was a sweet stout was correct. This was the opposite end of the stout spectrum. Sticky lacing throughout.

Beamish or Guinness in an N2 CAN? Beamish! I CAN sleep better now.

A quote from Lewis Carroll : "And, has thou slain the Jabberwock? Come to my arms, my BEAMISH boy! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!" he chortled in his joy.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I remember drinking this stuff before the advent of the nitro-widget. Of course that was many years ago, but I recall it being vividly flavorful, and tasting perhaps a bit more like a cross between a Porter and a BW (which would be a vividly flavorful...) This iteration of Beamish is certainly less spectacular; either it has changed significantly or my palette has.

A - It pours exactly how you'd expect from a Stout in a nitro-can: Black, big pillowy mocha head, some lace.

S - The smell is vaguely of minerals, and there is a far-off hint of roasted malt.

T - The taste is very slight. It tastes cold, light, slightly roasted and creamy. Notice that of those four descriptors, only one was actually a taste sensation. So this is somewhat devoid of flavor, as many nitro-can Stouts are; it is more of a feel-based beverage.

M - Creamy and exceptionally smooth; it is, however, a bit watery.

D - This is not as good as Guinness, but fairly close; it is equal to Murphy's and better than Young's, in the battle of the nitro-can Stout.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Doing a 3-way shootout with Guinness, Murphy's, & Beamish tonight. Let's see who comes out on top.

16oz nitro widget can. No freshness date.

Pours black with a one-finger+ dense nitro light brown head. Light brown and ruby highlights under light. Comes in middle of the pack in darkness of the head and body, leaves good lacing, head retains well but falls apart a bit at the end. More similarities to Murphy's rather than Guinness in the appearance (and really all categories for that matter).

Aroma is pretty quiet but does feature some sweet malt, roast, chocolate, touch of coffee. That nitro "smell" is present. Middle of the pack in aroma.

Flavor is quite nice, light milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, very smooth. Equal to Guinness, although different. A bit sweeter and roastier.

Mouthfeel is amazing...I love nitro beers. Incredibly smooth and drinkable. Fuller body than Guinness, identical to Murphy's.

A close 2nd in this shootout. Similar but superior to Murphy's. Subtle differences between this and Guinness and they are both quite good. Guinness gets a SLIGHT nod due to better appearance and aroma, availability and price also help the classic from St. James Gate take the victory in the shootout. Still, very glad to FINALLY be able to try Beamish after years of hunting, a solid silver medal winner in my book!

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

A - Poured with a creamy, gray-brown head that rests on top of a black body with just a hint of a brown highlight showing through when held up to the light. Extreme retention and thick lace as is standard for a nitro beer.

S - A light aroma of coffee with some chocolate and little else.

T - Creamy malt with some roasted flavor that is devoid of bitterness in the beginning. Some bitter baker's chocolate in the middle that retains a hint of malt sweetness. Finishes with a surging roast character and strong malt bitterness tinged with a green hop bite.

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Really not bad for what it is. Some hop character shows through in the finish, which is a bit unusual for the style but adds depth. A bit lacking in malt character but with a rich coffee roast. Preferable to Guinness but unfortunately much harder to find.

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Photo of hayes31
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a nitro-can into a pint glass.

The nitro can really helps with the pour, and seeing the stout cascading is pretty satisfying.

A great looking beer. Great smelling too, with a good amount of head. A very strong taste of burned toast, but in a very good way, and each gulp washes over the taste buds pleasantly.

This would easily be my go to stout if it were still widely available, but right now it's a little tough to find. Much better than Guinness.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

after cracking the widget and pouring into a Guinness imperial pint glass, you get that perfect irish stout look: clear delineation between jet black beer and light tan head, about a 1/2 inch thick. there isn't much to the aroma, just some roasted malt, a little soapy. there is a little coffee taste and a little chocolate taste but neither is significant. taste is smooth and creamy with a clean finish. dry irish stouts are one of the more perfect beers when you plan to drink about ten of them. goes down light and easy.

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Photo of DNICE555
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Cambridge brew pub. Nice creamy Guiness looking head. Dark body. A little bigger body than a Guiness but not much. Not much aroma. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth and cream and the drinkability at 4.1 percent ABV is huge. When trying to keep up with Soupedupdiesel and Larsonstyle at the bar... this one really came in handy. I'm still disappointed the Moonbeam stout was kicked and I didn't have the opportunity to get a second shot at it.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep brown, being almost black, with a eighth-inch cream colored head that remains. Thick lacing as it goes down. Looks very much like a glass of Guinness, but not quite as pristine.
Smell is slightly smokey malts, with some very faint toffee and touch of hops.
Taste is dark malts, with a tiny hint of smokiness. After the front, the taste fades quite a bit, with a trace of the malts lingering with some faint bitterness.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, though there is a fair level of carbonation. Gets a little wet towards the finish.
Very good drinkability. Nothing too exciting, but a great "session" beer!

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Photo of jgasparine
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at Ned Kelly's Pub, Kinsale, Ireland.

A- Poured with a thick sustained creamy offwhite head and a garnet colored body. Incredible thick and sticky lacing throughout.

S- Smells of roasted malts and cream. A very mild nose overall... not unpleasant, but it doesn't really move me either.

T- Some perceived bittersweet chocolate comes through on the palate, which was not anticipated from the nose. Some extremely mild hop flavor is here as well. Finish dies off really quick with some faint hop bitterness, and dry overall.

M- Mouthfeel is extremely thick and firm, with an incredible creamy texture from the nitro pour.

D- A wonderful session beer. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pretty much opaque jet black with a super creamy tan head from its nitro can. Aroma is muted, but I clearly detect chalky bittersweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malt character. Taste is also quite mild with some acrid bitterness. Roasted coffee and a tad of biscuity malt can be identified. Chalky with only the rumor of hops, I find it (much like many other dry Irish stouts) to be quite thirst quenching. Mouthfeel is medium and super creamy thanks the widget. Slightly chewy, but finishes with just a tinge of sour, not sticky at all. Like others of this style, I could down these one after another. All in all I enjoy this more than Guinness, but it does not stand up to well made, fresh American craft examples.

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Photo of deapokid
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glad to see that Murphy's picked up this great Irish Stout!

Irish Drys are some amazing looking beers and this one is no exception. It packs in beautiful cascading, lively carbonation, a firm & rich off-white head and amazing levels of retention. That and a bold black color make for one masterful visage.

Bouquet of aromas includes warm milk, roasted coffee beans, chocolate and a variety of dry notes. It perfectly encapsulates everything a stout fan expects from an Irish model.

The taste is perfectly balanced between sweet and dry flavors with big hints of chocolate and a nutty dryness. The dry notes at the conclusion never taste stale or overpowering and always allow the sweet notes to hold their ground.

Texture is smooth and rich from top to bottom. It never strikes a false chord and blends the dry, bitter elements well with the sweeter notes.

The drinkability is almost a foregone conclusion. Irish Drys may be the best session ales in the world and this is certainly one of the prominent renditions.

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

Picked up a 4 pack of cans for St. Patty's Day. Served in Guinness glasses. Dark brown color with ruby highlights. Thick creamy white heady. Tiny carbonation bubbles right where the liquid meets the head. Classic looking stout. Decent roasted malt smell. Great flavor, more toasted malt and slight coffee aftertaste. The mouthfeel from the nitro is pretty satisfying. Has to be one of the creamiest beers from a can. At the end, the foam left in the glass slid down the side at a glacial pace, it was thick. Smooth, easy to drink, and low abv made me wish this was a 6 pack.

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a black brown with a creamy tan quarter inch head that leaves alcing all over
S-storng chocolate nose with a roasted barley character and a touch of cream
T-a nice chocolate up front with a roasted malt and a bit of coffee with a nice creamyness
M-a light body with no carbonation and a nice creamyness with a very full taste
D-a delicious beer with a great taste that can easily be enjoyed all night

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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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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
3.8 out of 5 based on 781 ratings.
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