Sunday, March 15, 2009

Beamish Irish Stout


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (569) - Albany, USA - JAN 23, 2010
From what I understand there are three big names in traditional Irish dry stouts: Guinness, Murphy’s and Beamish. While the first two are indeed dry and fairly bitter, Beamish is quite sweet and smooth in comparison. Why isn’t this Ireland’s flagship beer?

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

Beamish comes in 14.9oz cans with a nitrogen widget so it pours a little rough (they should widen the mouth on the can). It then forms a nearly opaque brown body with a creamy dark tan head which lasts longer than the beer itself does (and is quite tasty, too). The aroma is standard for a stout of this type with a mild, malty scent. No distinct ingredients were noticeable.

TASTE

People who criticize Guinness and/or Murphy’s for their perceived dry, bitter flavor would do well to try Beamish. As soon as this beer hit my palate a noticeable sweet flavor was evident, followed by a thin, watery composition.

While I prefer my stouts to be the “3 R’s” (rich, robust and roasty), Beamish was still pleasing with a palate that is much less dry than traditional Irish stouts of the sort. A subtle almond-like flavor was detected, as was a hint of roastiness, but there was also a distinct sweet creaminess to the flavor. The only caveat to Beamish (aside from its overall mild palate) is its dry aftertaste, which I found surprising considering its ultra-smooth finish and thin body.

FINISH

To call Beamish “smooth” is an understatement. This might be one of the easiest-to-drink stouts on the planet. This isn’t surprising considering its body and creamy characteristics.

BODY

At only 4.1% ABV, this stout is lighter than most light lagers, but obviously much more appealing. I wasn’t able to get a confirmation on the calories and carbs, but I can tell this is a very light-bodied beer. Stouts of this type lend themselves to sessions, and Beamish would make a perfect choice for such.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Although I would’ve preferred a more intense beer, Beamish Irish Stout is still a delectable, appealing, easy-to-drink brew that could very likely be enjoyed by anyone.

Grade: 7/10

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