Beamish Irish Stout | Beamish & Crawford Plc.

very good
782 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 zuggy9
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is an excellent stout. It pours a deep dark chocolatey brown that is close to black. The smell is substantially more chocolate than the coffee qualities that many stouts exhibit. The tastes continues this trend with a bit of caramel as well. Extremely rich and creamy texture and feel, and I've put away many of these in an evening.

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Photo of mjc410
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a nonic at O'Dowd's in KC, MO.

The beer held a half finger light tan nitro-head, over an almost opaque body with ruby highlights. Left great lacing. The nose was simply a sweet, light roast scent with hints of coffee and chocolate. The taste was very, very dry, with a bit of roast bitterness, and a prominent milk chocolate flavor. There was just a tiny bit of acidity, with a little vanilla. The mouth was quite thin, with low carbonation. A very easy, but entertaining stout!

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Photo of lehows
4.76/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite stouts. an amazing cascading head that is very creamy and stays even after the beer is gone. rich chocolately flavors with coffee and some caramel. it doesnt leave any unpleasantness in your throat like some other irish stouts. even when drank out of a nitro-can, which usually kills most aromas and some flavor, it still tastes great and has decent aromas. a must try for any fan of guinness.

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Photo of ewurm
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stout had a good appearance, a nice aroma, and a flavorful first sip. I did find it a bit heavy, but I was expecting a little more smoothness. I found the typical coffee note, with a woody and caramel flavor. I recommend to the Guiness enthusiast.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank in the British Legion Club, Dawley.

Cold and dark, very dark and too cold for me, but once it warmed up a bit, no problems with aroma and taste. Looks like a stout should, with a fine off white thick head, which stays until the last drop of beer has gone.

Chocolate and burnt caramel fill your nose, the taste adds to your overall sense of burntness.

The burnt flavour does stay in the mouth for a while, but doesn't seem to get into the throat, it just stays in the mouth!

Pleasant enough, better than the most popular Irish stout in my opinion.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beamish is a fantastic Irish stout. I was impressed with the rich darkness and caramel colored thick head. The head lingered through the entire pint and left some impressive lacing on the side of the glass. I enjoyed the creamy mouthfeel and intense bite, more pungent and strong bitterness than other Irish stouts, which make this particular draft in my opinion a tougher sell for drinkability. I was also dissapointed with the smell, expecting a much richer caramel/toffe/coffee intensity.
Overall a very good stout, which I will surely drink again.

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

I was more than happy to see this offered on tap at the local student pub in Siena, Italy that would be one of my only options for beer in my one month stay. Beamish certainly made the time a little easier, being the only stout seemingly in all of the Mediterranean.
I would say above par with any other Irish dry stouts, above Guinness. A good deal of flavour with a strong coffee richness in the taste and texture. Only a small fraction of which is captured in the aroma though. Some coarse, mineral bitterness but an otherwise creamy body. Average drinkability. Not bad at all...

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Photo of dirtylou
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nitro can obtained from Steve's - University

appearance: ahh the nitro can...pours into an imperial pint glass, massive chocolate milkshake pour settles into a solid black body and a huge creamy chocolate fluffy head. wonderful, it is absolutely beyond my comprehension how anybody could possibly rate the appearance below a 4...what irish stout are you comparing this to that I cant access?

smell: typically where the nitro irish stout falls apart...lightly roasty, a touch nutty, creamy, roasty, cocoa powder

taste: dark roasted, nutty, lightly hopped, cocoa and creamy but not uber-flavourful

mouthfeel: super creamy, rich and roasty

drinkability: high

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Photo of dedrinker
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this guy more than Guinness for its more chocolately creamy taste. I actually enjoyed this beer more overall on my last trip to Dublin than I did the other big guys from that country. Although my ratings for Guinness might be higher, that is only an objective analysis, whereas subjectively, I enjoy Beamish more for its intangible qualities. It has a better balance of roast and chocolate compared to just slightly bitter roast of Guinness. It's always good to have identifiable options.

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




PURCHASED @: Cub Foods

COST: 8/4pack

HEAD: thick

LACE: some

TRANSMITTED- dark amber

AROMA: roasted grains


COMMENTS: Not as good as Guinness but better than murphy’s. I like stouts the best, and no one seems to be doing better than Bell's Kalamazoo.

GET MY BUZZ ON- y (session)

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Photo of scalffd
4.56/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What can I say, I love this beer. Poured from a nitro can into a Guinness (what else?) pint glass. Pours the with the typical nitro cascading and settling into a dark brown-black, nearly opaque, beer with an super nice and creamy tan head. Coffee hints in the aroma. Excellent mouthfeel, very creamy, I think more so than its twin brother Guinness. Taste is chocolate, coffe and roasted malt with only a slight bitterness - again with the bitter bite and sourness of its twin. The creamy, slightly sweet aftertaste lingers. The lacing on this beer is amazing. What else to say, if you like Irish Souts, you will not be disappointed. Just as good as good ol' Guiness, but different is also better.

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

Poured form the standard nitro pint can into an imperial pint glass. Some markngs on the can, but the only thing they tell me it that is was produced at 1638, who knows what day or year.

Appearance: All head at first, then it settles into that familiar cascading waterfall. I ended up with a half inch creamy head and an almost opaque beer. The beer is actually a dark red/brown and if you hold it up to the light, you can just see through it.

Smell: Coffee and chocolate smells, with a roasted malt background.

Taste: A little bit of sourness at first sip. Only slightly bitter, nothing overwhelming, a nice lingering finish. Very little to no residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Great, nice and creamy. The flavor hangs around for a while.

Drinkability: Smooth, not too bitter beer with anice mellow taste. Couple that with a low ABV and I could drink this stuff for a while.

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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 IntriqKen
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully from the nitro can creating a gorgeous half finger head that stays a leaves a trail of sticky lacing as you drink.
Aroma is almost non-existent...only a slight 'sweat sock' smell with a little sweet malt.
Taste is lightly sweet malt with a slight coffee taste and light bittering hops on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very full with smooth carbonation.
I like this beer much more than seems much more dimensional and deep.
Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rock solid drinker. Pours out to a deep brownish/red/black color with a rich head of dense cream foam. the beer trickels down like a malty sunset, and leaves about a 1/2 inch head. Scattered lace, and lower carbonation. Aromas were light, but hints of roasted malt and dry grain were present. Taste was medium light bodied and totally enjoyable: dark toasty malts give way to a burnt charred wood note and minimal hints of hops linger on the palate. Nice. Mouthfeel was fair, kind of light compared to other beers in the style, but a solid and good level of drinkability added to the enjoyment of this beer. Easily sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of weeare138
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark black with a creamy, cascading light tan head. Typical nitro head that slowly fades into a small, frothy cap and lots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, and roasted chestnuts, with a touch of cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a mild graininess and a touch of coffee. Less bitter and coffee ground taste than found in Guiness.
Mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice creaminess and a very mild graininess in there. Overall, a decent brew.

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Photo of k75
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

classic great sound of a nitro can being opened...

pours a good cascade.

body is dead on for the style

flavor is rich, creamy, smooth, just a touch of sour bite

tasty, tasy alternative to you know you, and probably not available anymore. too bad.

better than Murphy's offering and not as tasty as Young's Choc.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a full glass of dark chocolate cascading head with a hot chocolate colored crown that is thick and creamy, that develops into a pitch black color

S - a watery stout, the viscosity of the head prevest too much aromas from escaping, there is a must coffee aroma

T - typical of Irish brews, its slightly watery, tasty, and smooth, but thin bodied, nice coffee flavor with a dark chocolate aftertaste, tasty, best of the nitrocan Irish beers i've had

M - very smooth and well balanced, a nice brew

D - high, very poundable, a great stout

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Photo of plaid75
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful black hue with a finger and a half creamy head. Very good retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle, like most dry stouts. Hints of coffee, toasted grains and caramel.

The flavor featured a nice coffee and toasted flavor. There was a bit of a caramel sweetness, which is unique to this stout. However, there was a nice dry finish, as expected.

The mouthfeel was full and dry.

Very drinkable. A bit sweeter than Guinness, but equally enjoyable.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Can opens with a whoosh and I pour the contents into a standard pint glass. The beer is very dark in color, near black. A beautiful, thick, off white head sits atop the liquid. This head has staying power, never really fading. Good lacing as the beer is consumed. The beer just looks great.

Smell: Predominately malty, roasted malts, with coffee and slight chocolatey aromas. Slight sweet smell to it.

Taste; As what one would expect from a nice stout. Its malty, again the coffe and chocolate flavors come through, but the beer does have a slight bitterness to the finish.

Mouthfeel: I would definitely not call this full bodied as the dark appearance would suggest. A touch thin and watery, still it is very smooth and goes down cleanly.

Drinkability: A very drinkable, sessionable beer. I will definitely purchase this one again, and again, until it is no longer available (I hope it will definitely make it to next St. Patty's day). In the can I give this a slight edge over Guinness.
Update: 3-17-08 Glad to see this still available. Purchased a 4 pack of 440 ml cans for $5.97 just for St. Pat's.

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

500 ml can from Swedish "Systembolaget". Tried it in November 2005.

Nice dark color, thick creamy head. This is the way a stout is supposed to look like.
Hoppy scent, not very usual for the Irish stout, but I like it for sure!
Nice creamy mouth feel, once more the way it should be. You are supposed to feel like you're eating your stout :)
Roasty and burnt flavor in a nice balanced mix.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excellent cascade... very nice, tight white head. Black body... amber highlights. Quite good.

Aroms is of roasted malts and cola. Some decent coffee... but not much.

Lot's of roasted flavor... some good malty deliciousness. Very easy to drink. Not a huge body and nothing overly special... but highly drinkable in my book.

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

(Served in a Guinness pint glass)

A-This beer had the Nitrous swirl that settled into a thick black body on the bottom and a creamy dense light tan head of microscopic bubbles. The head was still sitting in the class after the beer was gone.

S- The beer was served pretty cold but the notes of dark roasted malt came through on the pour. As the beer warmed there was some earthy notes to the black grain and a hint of lighter almost graham cracker malt in the smell.

T- The dark black malt was very smooth with a faint sour note and a hint of earthy coco powder. As it warmed there was a lighter malt flavor with a faint fruity note to it in the background. The finish had a green hop flavor that was soft and quickly overpowered by the dark malt that hangs on the taste buds.

M- This beer has a thick full mouthfeel that was creamy and a bit chewy. No sign of fizz or alcohol warmth.

D- This beer is smooth dry and has a nice dark malt flavor. I think it would have more depth and flavor if it wasn't in the nitro can. That kind of washed out the flavor but really pumped up the mouthfeel.

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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
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