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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,128 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,128
Reviews: 970
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 79
Gots: 215 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000

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Ratings: 2,128 | Reviews: 970
Photo of bluto1998
4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great Irish traditional stout. Comparative to Guinness only a slightly better feel and flavor.

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this every week and it’s been more than three years since I last had it.
Beautiful nitro look cascading to a deep black color with a very thick beige head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of creamy and dark chocolate, some hay and a bit of home coffee.
Flavor with notes of iced coffee, drops of Bailey’s liquor, earthy hops, a distant lactic sourness, licorice and roasted malts.
It finishes smooth and thinning and then finally dries out.
Light body with low carbonation. Velvet feeling.
Nice traditional Stout. I still have to compare it side by side with Guinness, though my impression is that has a better nose and it is slightly hoppier. Anyway both are now behind the dozens of newer kick-ass stouts available, but it has its place.

Photo of somalley26
4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a highly underrated stout to the general public. Sláinte!

Photo of ZinFanDave
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Thin and weak. Tastes like cold coffee. Unpleasant finish

Photo of ZBowden
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully black with a creamy tan head, smells of roasted malts with slight spicy hops, tastes of roasted malts and cherries. Creamy mouthfeel slightly thin but it's a low ABV beer, so not as much going into it as would be in a heavier beer.

Photo of MammothTarantula
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very underwhelming. Just tasted like it had water in it. Guinness clone with less character. Drank like a light lager. Apologies for this review as it will likely be unhelpful to many

Photo of drunkenmess
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought it would be heavy like Guinness, but was sadly let down. Still not bad tho... but was lacking that PUNCH of bitterness. Idk, kinda watered-down to me. Wouldn't turn it down tho.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as Guinness if not a bit better. Silky smooth and easy drinking.

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
4.73/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Guinness' big rival, and fuller-flavoured little brother. It took me longer to get into this one, and for a few years, I found it just to rich and heavy. Not so now; in fact, it is arguably becoming my favourite beer.

Look - Same as Guinness Draught, though darker, with a bigger head.

Smell - Reminiscent of being in a seaside Irish pub - one can just imagine the little packets of brown sauce on the table, fresh fish and chips being prepared, the ever-changing weather outside. A bit of sourness in the scent, with a stronger roasted barley nose.

Taste - Full-flavoured. More bitter than Guinness, a bit of sour smokiness that lingers for a long time. Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee.

Feel - Where Guinness is milky, Murphy's is creamy. Rich, luxuriant.

Overall, a beautiful beer. Due to Canada's ridiculously bizarre liquor laws, it is absolutely unavailable outside of a good Irish pub that will likely charge one exorbitant prices for a pint of said beer. Truly tragic. If you can get it on tap somewhere, take it over Guinness and allow yourself some time to make acquaintance with it. You won't regret it.

Photo of gspec
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer uses the Draughtflow technology just like what Boddington Pub Ale uses.
It's very dark brown with nice, creamy head.
The smell is decent, but the taste too watery for me. Overall, this is an ok beer.

Photo of 1patrick1220
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good all around stout , great all around beer

Photo of john_farley3_rd
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth tasting stout with rich body and flavors

Photo of Andylbc
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not as heavy as Guinness but still just as good

Photo of patm185
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Solid stout. Not as sweet as Guinness.

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Draught pour in a branded glass in a local Irish pub. Appearance is outstanding with a completely black body and creamy head. The aroma is a rich milk-chocolate. The taste is a blend of caramel and malt, smooth and perfectly balanced. The feel is less heavy and less bitter than Guinness Draught. Overall a very drinkable stout and I'll do a "Clancy" with Guinness Draught if I want a little heavier stout.

Photo of JonBeer
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

You can't beat the beautiful head on this beer, or the creaminess in general. Just wished it had more overall flavor but I suppose that's the style. Can always dump in some cider... :)

Photo of gopens44
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I hate to rate this beer (or any beer for that matter) as an apples to apples comparison to another, but given the similarities, with the widget and all, had to compare it to Guinness cans. Murphy's "widget" must not be on par with the Guinness widget as this didn't' give me nearly the massive upside down hourglass looking head to beer transformation. This also led to a less than full body when compared. Nose was muted as well. The taste though - more complexity than Guinness. Dark fruit and a little more nuttiness than it's contemporary.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black with a casacading thick beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Malts, alcohol and mild coffee scents.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth full bodied. Taste of malts and coffee.

Overall: Excellent stout!

Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

14.9oz nitro can
A - super creamy tan head holds excellent retention atop a dark brown/near black ale
S - roasted barley, chocolate, earth
T - chocolate, roasted barley, creamed coffee, earthy hops
M - velvety nitro'd smoothness, light to medium body, finishes dry with same mild roast lingering
O - it's been a long time since I had a Murphy's. It's a good Irish dry stout, but I probably won't get it again.

Photo of Antc2382
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'm a bit partial to Guinness but this is a good dry Irish stout nonetheless..

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.11/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really wanted to like this stout. This is by far my favorite style of beer. But this stout just didn't tingle my toes. The beer does pour a gorgeous black color with an appealing tan head that has some pretty good staying power. That's about it. The rest was relatively meh. Watery feel, strong aftertaste, nothing that really impressed me outside of the low carbonation I do prefer.

Photo of JackieTH
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark opaque brown beer with a tawny foam. Smells of mild grain and chocolate. Taste is lightly chocolate, grain. Nice and smooth lightly sweet but with faint bitterness keeps it nice and dry. Lighter medium mouthfeel is creamy. Easy to drink.

Photo of Apellonious
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

14.9 oz nitro can poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - Pours with the tan nitro surge that moves to a dark brown/black with a two finger creamy head.

S - Chocolate, roasted barley.

T - Chocolate, a vague sweetness on the finish, with some dry hops and nut.

M - Creamy nitro-smoothness, minimal carbonation, slightly watery in the mouthfeel.

O - Goes down entirely too fast, sessionable, and a classic.

Photo of BPirlot
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Irish Stout to date. Love the silk smoothness, almost like the texture of drinking chocolate milk. The light burnt nut taste is what really puts this one over the top for me. I stopped buying Guinness after tasting this one.

Photo of Geoffq
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A slightly dry Irish stout at its best

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
84 out of 100 based on 2,128 ratings.