Beamish Irish Stout | Beamish & Crawford Plc.

Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout
BA SCORE
64.6%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 785 Ratings
Beamish Irish StoutBeamish Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Beamish & Crawford Plc.
Ireland
beamish.ie

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,302
Reviews:
552
Ratings:
785
Liked:
507
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
12.89%
Alströms:
3.87
 
 
Wants:
98
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42
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

440ml ounce can - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown, near black body with a dense, full inch of creamy-looking, ivory-hued head.

Smell: Roasty nose with notes of Breakfast Blend coffee, grains, dark baked bread, light chocolate, a few more grains, and, that's about it.

Taste: Roasted barley and blackened malt with some touches of chocolate, mild coffee, and toasted grains. Subtle sweetness. As it warms, some caramel tones emerge. No perceived hop flavor here, with most of the modest bitterness coming through from the roasted grains. Finishes dry with a lingering, though slack roasty bitterness and mineral water quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Softly carbonated. Silky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! A smooth, mild, lightly flavored Irish Stout with a sensible amount of alcohol.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The pour brings about a massive, chocolate milk-colored cascade of bubbles that fills the entire pint glass. When it exhausts itself I'm left with a (barely) opaque mahogany liquid with ruby highlights. The cap is a solid mass of ecru foam that remains at one finger as long as there's beer in the glass.

There's not much to the nose at all. Then again, these nitro pours leave such thick, creamy heads that aroma appreciation is difficult at best. The aroma of roasted black malt emanates from the glass, but that's about it. The flavor, not surprisingly, is similar. Chocolate and coffee are the biggest contributors with more mocha coming to the fore as the beer warms.

The flavor knob could stand to be turned up a few notches and the body, while creamy enough, is just too thin for the style. I realize that Irish Dry Stouts aren't meant to be heavy, but still... The finish is modestly bitter and dry, no surprises there. The subtle flavor, the featherlight body and the sub-5% ABV ensure that sessionability is this beer's biggest strength.

Beamish Irish Stout would be a great choice to introduce novices to the stout style. I've often heard that it's a rival to Guinness, but in my mind, they're nothing alike. As far as my personal preference? Guinness Extra Stout gets the nod.

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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 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 Slatetank
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a good nitro stout, I had this at Market Cross Pub and Brewery in Carlisle, PA.
A - Served in an imperial pint, poured a very deep brown w/ garnet highlights and a slow cascade of ligh tan that becomes two fingers of microfoam that holds like a milkshake.

S - Fruits-mainly berry w/ a hint of aplle and a slight mineral and light woody note A nice yeasty aroma.

M - A very smooth nitrogen cream infused cappucino-like smoothness of a feel.

T - A dry mineral w/ light flavor of dark roast coffee and a tinge off pine infused hops. A slight sour wort essence w/ a dry woody and yeasty taste that does not dissapoint. The stout is blend to the the point that the nitrogen influences carries over from mouthfeel to taste.

D - A very appealing low alcohol ale. The flavor is big for the strength a top notch Irish stout, Not the best I ever had, but very good and very drinkable.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black with some ruby highlights, 1/2 inch creamy off white head sticks around forever and leaves mad lacing. Aroma is of coffee, some cocoa, some chocolate milk. Taste hits first with the roast bitterness, then some dried fruit and some cocoa. Body is medium to thin. Crisp carbonation. Great irish stout, very sessionable.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Pours beautifully. Reminds me of being in Ireland. Black on the bottom and beautifully tan and creamy looking on the top. Nice minor roasted thing going on with a nice malty body. It's smooth with just a touch of a bitter edge to it. It's nice. Smooth feel on all levels and it's extremely drinkable. Pretty tasty Irish Dry Stout that definitely should be tried if you have the chance.

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Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From nitro-can, pours as expected - very dark brown with usual large nitro-head. Smell is mild - some iron and roasted barley...taste is same - very creamy/airy...buttery diacetyl...On this St. Patty's Day, I lined up the three Irish Dry Stouts - They are almost indistinguishable...Beamish a hair thinner than Murphy's...a slight, SLIGHT bit more buttery and sweeter than the other two...like the other two, easy to drink and fun for St. Patty's or at an Irish party, but not a whole lot going in the the flavor department...cool to look at, of course. Metallic aftertaste after a few. This one just lacks the publicity of Guinness.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. Good thick, 1/2 inch head with great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt mostly and some hop aroma as well. Fits the style exquisitely. Crisp mouth feel with low carbonation. The smoothest beer I've ever had - it was amazing. Tastes of sweet malt and some roasted malt flavors come out in the aftertaste. There is a hop bitterness present, but not in too strong an amount to detract from the malt. Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nitro-can, poured into a wide-mouthed glass. Virtually black in color, with a beautiful, fine, sturdy tan head. Aromas: soft, sly hints of cocoa, coffee, and nuts. Dry, yet a touch on the sweet side. Some initial bitterness and grit on the palate --does it come from the can? I can't shake a certain metallic tinge. No, it continues throughout the finish. The brief and uneventful finish, if I may say. Not as creamy as the nitro-Guinness Draught, but nowhere near as full-bodied and full of character as the best stouts in the world. Very forgettable. Pass me the darts, mate.

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Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

From a 14.9 oz. nitro can. Pours a black color with a creamy 1/2 inch head. Light, malty aroma. Taste of malts with some hints of coffee. Feels creamy in the mouth. nThis is not a beer I could spend the night drinking. Overall a fairly mediocre brew.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of AngusOg
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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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Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick light tan head; very nice. The aroma is good. It boasts of black malts and roasted barley. The taste is good. It is creamy and full of black malts. It is light even though it has a dark flavor. It almost seems a bit watery. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent stout. It's nice and creamy with real dark malt flavor.

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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 DoubleJ
4.51/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What could be better in 95 degree heat than an Irish Stout? On draft at Branagan's in Fullerton, it has that trademark nitro-stout look to it. Not as rich in coffee flavor as I remembered it from the can, but more addictive on draft for some reason. Just like Murphy's on draft, if I had a bigger wallet, I could line the bar with empty pint glasses.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a. Poured from a nitro-can into a plastic cup. A nice show of nitrogen action going on. Dark brown with a light off white head and some lace.

S. Malts and some slight roasted aromas.

T. A nice smooth drinker here. Good overall flavors, even if distant. A blend of malt, a nice black coffee note here and there. Well balanced but a little sweet.

M. Very creamy and full bodied.

D. This is one you can pound. A nice solid session stout, and on par with the Murpheys and Guinnesses of the world.

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Beamish Irish Stout from Beamish & Crawford Plc.
Beer rating: 64.6% out of 100 with 785 ratings
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