Beamish Irish Stout | Beamish & Crawford Plc.

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551 Reviews
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 WaltTrombone
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love those creamy nitro heads, a thick creamy beige that hangs on to the sides of the glass as you drink, and a black body.

The predominant flavor is expresso coffee, with a slight cherry note when first poured, along with a bit of dark chocolate. A slightly bitter, citrus-y aftertaste finishes it off, but the expresso flavor is predominant throughout.

Hmmm, that's pretty good, I may have to have another. (just to confirm my impressions, you understand...)

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Photo of bditty187
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-can encouraged frothy tan head, superb retention, some lace, almost opaque hue. Light yet pleasant nose with chocolate, licorice, raisin, and an ultra faint hint of rum. Impeccably smooth quaff, muffled flavors of lightly toasted malt, hints of coffee, and not much else. Finish is not dry or bitter enough. It is very easy to drink, a good session beer I would think. Beamish seems on par with Guinness’ nitro-can version.

I must say that nitro-can widgets annoy me…

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Photo of JISurfer
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice Irish beer. How could you go wrong? Although the saying pertains to whiskey, this rings true to Irish people and thier beers as well. "God created whiskey, so the Irish wouldn't rule the world." Now, I must say that I am a huge fan of Guinness and Murphy's, but this is also another great stout. It starts off bitter, but finishes nice and smooth. I could drink this stuff for days, but I have work and a liver, so that is a little hard to do.

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

Black as Guiness, but a much richer flavor. I didn't find the smell particularly persuasive. However, the taste makes up for this. There are definite coffee tones. The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. You might as well be drinking water. As a result this beer is has a high drinkability.

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

Nice appearance (like guinness). Taste is very average (hops and malts). A bit sweeter than others though. Quite refreshing and goes down easily. The alcohol level could be a bit higher though to make the beer a bit stronger

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

I really have to give the person that invented the nitro-can some credit. It's just as good, if not better, than the draft pour. It's opaque black with mahogany highlights at the base and collar, and the head is quite impressve: light tan in color, dense and creamy, and astonishingly long lasting - literally lasting to the bottom of the glass! The aroma is lightly fruity and deeply roasty with some mild bittersweet chocolate, some soft dry tobacco, and stale wet coffee grounds. The body is light but appears much fuller due to the intensely creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is roasty from start to finish, but also includes some fruit and nicely sweet malt up front, a very mild caramel note as it warms in the mouth near the finish, and a lingering roast and bitterness. This is clearly milder than the Guinness that it emulates, and I think I find this preferable. It's softer and less bitter, with a touch of chocolate, and much less acidic throughout. An easy drinking beer with some nice roast character.

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Photo of nathi
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect dry stout, and near perfection in a beer. Black and wonderfull with that excellent thick head. Nice malt and mocha coffee aroma. Bitter sweet flavor, full and creamy yet with a nice dryness in the finish that keeps you drinking. Not as sharp as guinness with this wonderfull complex nutty/chocolate finish...Mmmmmm

You have to have this one on tap, the cans do no justice to it. And for the beer at it peak, ya gotta have it in Ireland..

On tap this beer beats out Guinness easily in my book.

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

A very dark brown liquid emerges from this nitro can offering. It has a very creamy tan head that lasts the duration of the brew... looks pretty good. The smell is of subtle toffee and maybe just a little roastiness, but both are indeed faint. The tastes of toffee, roasted malt and coffee are present and well-balanced. The mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but this is an easy drinking stout. I also prefer Beamish to the Guinness nitro cans... on tap is a different story, however.

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Photo of yen157
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Extremely dense, two-finger head which was tan. The beer itself wasn't completely black, just very, very dark red. Nice hop aroma, but above all it had a great roasty malt aroma and a little bit of smoke and toffee. Toast, coffee, and a little of both sweet and sour in the mouth. The aspect of this beer that stands out the most IMO is the mouth feel, rich and substantial. By far this is the best nitro can dry stout. I would love to try this one draught.

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Photo of tigerpaws
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually prefer this brew to Guiness, it pours with a nice creamy tofffe like head and leaves a nice lace. The smell is somewhat on the roasty side and has a very good mouthfeel. The taste has a good mixture of choc. and coffe very well balanced. Goes down rather smooth...........CHEERS

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much a carbon copy of the canned Guinness, so it has all the same strengths and weaknesses. I would always choose a draught over a can but this is great for home use. That widget definitely has a Pavlovian effect on me. I salivate now whenever I hear it. If Budweiser ever figures that out I am in trouble.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled the other day at McGillians in Philly with WilliamPhilaPa... Jet black color, with a real thick, creamy head! Nice little cascade after the pour, and top-notch lace. Aroma was on the mild side, with roasty, coffee flavors. Body a bit fuller than Guinness, and creamy-smooth over the tongue. Flavors tasted were roasted malts, some coffee, and an easy-drinking dry finish.

overall: 3.75
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this today at McGillian's Old Ale House, a very nice Irish bar, but the beer list is less then great. Anyway…Pours a solid black, with a solid creamy head. Aromas of roasted malts. Mouth feel is just super creamy…excellent! On the palate roasted malts, coffee notes, slightly dry etc. I think this stuff is better then Guinness…great stuff.

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

I prefer this "widget can" stout over the same type of product offered by Guinness. It has a slight hop aroma and lacks that sour "tang" that Guinness is (in)famous for. don't get me wrong, I like Guinness on tap, but if I had to choose between the two in the nitro cans, the Beamish is preferred.

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

Fun to watch cascade. Tan head, thicker than tap version (had both same night). Slightly (ever-so) sweeter than the tap with stronger roasty hints on the nose and tongue. Dry. I still think Guiness on tap is the benchmark but Beamish and Murphys do a number too.

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Photo of marc77
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Typically impressive ultra dense, thick and well - retained tan head from the nitrogenation. Deep garnet and clear when held to light. Chocolate malt aroma w/ a subtle coffee - like roasted barley note. Pleasantly sweet at first, followed by a light but lingering roasted barley and hop bitterness. There's less roasted barley sharpness and hop bitterness when compared to canned Guinness and more chocolate malt flavor. Very mild diacetyl butterscotch is perceptible and complements the chocolate malt flavor. Fairly full bodied from the use of flaked barley w/ the usual nitro induced super smooth mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a lingering bittersweet chocolate flavor. Beamish is more flavorful and rich than canned Guinness and isn't nearly as "dry." An enjoyable brew.

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

Thirty seconds of cascading head, settles in at 1/2 inch of jello-like head, with thick-walled bubbles in the middle...A little maple sugar in the malty aroma. Quite mild in mouthfeel solid roasted malt flavors with coffee impression. Stays pretty well away from bitterness. As usual, minimal detection of hops. Pretty satisfying, maybe a tad fuller if not better tasting than Guinness "nitro" Stout. A little less head sticks to the glass than in some nitros.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cascading bubbles look like chocolate milk during pour. Settles into black with ruby highlights, with smooth tan head.
Fuller than Murphys, but slightly thinner than Guinness. Nitro smooths everything, but some lingering hoppiness in aftertaste. The middle of the road of the three Irish nitro stouts, and the one you're sure was brewed in Ireland.

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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 rastaman
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Rubbery anise, chocolate and coffee nose. Sweetish start with a thin, creamy mouthfeel, better than Guinness. More roasty malt flavours, but still pretty cloying at times, like it, but its not insane.

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

In the can, this is a better pick than Guinness. Full roast malt flavor, excellent texture, and perfect balance. Sweet and rounded, none of the mass-produced chemical flavor that one can sometimes find in Guinness. Haven't yet encountered on tap so can't compare in that respect. However, in the can, this is a tasty and satisfying Irish stout, and since Guinness cans leave me with a bit to be desired, this is the superior choice.

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

Soft roasted malty nose. Toasted smoky malt flavor modestly balanced with bitter hops. A noticeably dissonant metallic bite. Decent drinking stout, almost, but not quite as good as, ...

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Photo of hooligan
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Man this pours pretty, smells of licorice and molasses. Faint licorice taste with a roasted overtone, fairly watery and thin tasting, sweet taste throughout that slightly dries near the end. This beer very thin in feel, the head contributes some thickness, but not enough. This stout was rather one-sided and thin, but because of that was downed pretty fast... a session beer, but not as satisfying as other commercial stouts.

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