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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2001

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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 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 to look at, of course. Metallic aftertaste after a few. This one just lacks the publicity of Guinness.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with the characteristic cascading nitrogen creamy light brown head, but more so than the Murphy's that I poured last night. The beer is a deep brown almost black color. The aroma is subtle with its notes of chocolate, and sweet grain. The feel of this is creamy smooth as it hits my tongue, but finishes with a bit of astringency and bitterness. The taste has notes of chocolate, subtle coffee, which as it warms up begins to become quite a bit more apparent. Again this is fairly light and could certainly use a bit more roasted malt to pick up the flavor a bit.

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

The beer pours a dark black color with the expected persistent creamy head and sticky lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some light malt, licorise and hazelnuts. Haven't been drinking a lot Murphy's or Guinness of late, but this stout seemed a bit sweeter with almost an apple cider flavor to it. Otherwise, one gets the expected dry bitter flavor, as well as the soft, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkability is exceptional; I feel as if I could drink this all day, assuming I was in a dry stout kind of mood.

Decent beer. Nice to see on tap here in Baltimore.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

14.9 oz. nitro-can,

A: Pours black, with a thick, creamy off-white head, with great retention, leaves medium lacing as the beer is drunk.

S: Very light, some coffee roast, and chocolate.

T: Of the 3 major nitro-stouts out there, this one has the best flavour in my opinion. It has a distinct coffee flavour and bite, with a bit of dark chocolate backing it up. It is a light flavour, but tasty.

M: Typical nitro-can thin, but the creamy feel of the head gives it some more body, very smooth.

D: A good brew from Cork, though I do think the nitro-packaging and pasteurization take something away from it, but a good session beer, with its extremely low alcohol content, and mild flavour.

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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 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 beerthulhu
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in can with a nitro widget.

A: Opens with a bang. The beer pours a murky chocolate milk color at first before settling into an opaque coffee color. The head was huge and creamy, 3 fingers in height and left a sticky lacing behind on the glass and only slightly diminished throughout the drink. There was a lot of activity and turbidity just under the surface of the beer.

A: a huge, rich chocolate scent and a fresh dunkin donut coffee aroma. There was a nice slight roasted character as well coming through. The aroma was very even, smooth and pleasing.

T: There was a nice smoky roasted malt character along with some campfire minerality. The flavor was rich without being heavy and had a great chocolate and coffee richness to it. The beer finishes slick off the tongue with some light smoky woodiness to it.

M: extremely light from the nitro, feeling almost like the beer never actually touched you tongue and only evaporated in your mouth.

D: Overall a great irish stout on nitro with an incredible silky smooth drinkability factor.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque color with a firm creamy head. Nose is like a coalmine Taste is dominated by licorice, spearmint and espresso. This beer still has a dryness to it but npt as bad as a Guinness or Murphys. Mouthfeel is creamy, dry and finishes off with a small bite. Pretty good brew overall. Worth a try.

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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 rodbeermunch
2.89/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Comes in dark, but also thin. Brown mostly. 4/5" beige head. Looks pretty. Tad bit of peaty smoke in the aroma with a small amount of roast.

Extremely thin mouthfeel. Creamy and smooth though, still drops some smoke on you. Really doesn't come across all that dry for style. The cost seems high, maybe its the widget stuff, but aside from its nice appearance, this one doesn't do much for me.

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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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

14.9 oz nitro-can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch creamy off-white head. Head retention and lacing is very good. It smells like roasted malt, grain, smoke and a bit of coffee. Tastes like roasted malt/grain, coffee and some dark/bitter chocolate. The beer has a bitter aftertaste, but not very strong at all. Mouthfeel is light, almost a bit watery. Too light/watery than I care for in this style of beer. It's also creamy, smooth and dry. Drinkability is good, it's very sessionable. I'd definitely buy it again if I was in the mood for Beamish, it's not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass. Had a black color and a thick consistency, not dissimilar to Guiness. There was a good half inch of creamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: Smelled of roasted malt, a bit of hops and a slight graininess.

T: This is where it went off the rails for me. There was some roasted malt up front, along with a little hops, but it was just simply thin and metallic otherwise.

M: A decent amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is another uneven beer in my eyes. The taste was simply too uninteresting and thin to be likable.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Brew City, Worcester, MA.

Pint glass presentation. Excellent cascading, as expected from Nitro-tap, with hearty, thick tan-colored head, which had great staying power. Pleasing malty aroma, accompanied with heavy flavors of same, smoothness like you wouldn't believe. Exactly what was expected of an Irish Stout, in my mind. You shouldn't be disappointed.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz widget can.

Appearance- I can never poo-poo a stout from a nitro-tap or can as far as appearance is concerned. Sturdy, solid tan head that stays through and through. Colro is black with deep brown highlights when held to the light.

Smell- Slightly bland but the roasted and smoked malts are hard to mis with a dry hop aroma at the end.

Taste- Starts out dry and watery but quickly builds to a great smokey mlat flavor with hints of blackened tuna skin.

Mouthfeel- Very creamy and smokey all over the tongue. With special attention spent on the dead center middle of the tongue by the smoke.

Beamish and Murphy's are two brands of Irish stout that I would pick over Guiness any day.

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