340. Beamish Irish Stout

340. Beamish Irish Stout

I purchased a nitro-can four pack of Beamish Irish Stout at Downtown Wine and Spirits because Scottish & Newcastle is halting imports to America in order to concentrate on imports of Newcastle Brown Ale. I let this warm to about 45°F, and served it in a nonic pint glass. This is an Irish Dry Stout. Irish Dry Stouts tend to be light-bodied and low in carbonation.

Appearance (4.0): Pours a thick, dense, creamy beige head. There's a nice cascade effect as the beer settles to the bottom. The beer itself is opaque black.

Smell (2.5): The nose is fairly bland. There are sweet bready malts, very minor notes of dark chocolate, and an odd sharp smell. Mostly the sweet smell dominates.

Taste (3.0): There are sweet malts upfront, with a moderate roasted bitterness throughout.

Mouthfeel (2.0): Light-bodied and smooth with low carbonation. This beer is almost too watery for me.

Drinkability (3.5): Goes down smooth, but the relative lack of carbonation makes this beer seem a bit too flat.

Overall (3.05): Maybe I just don't like the style, but this beer seemed too thin, watery and devoid of character.

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