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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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BA SCORE
84
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961 Reviews
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Reviews: 961
Hads: 2,206
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 88
Gots: 266 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the price this a a grate 5 star beer, I think it is better than Guinness and usually the same price, There's also the Belhaven black stout which is a bit better but it also more expensive, Like i said for the price this is a 5 star beer... (243 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: deep brown; less than a 1 finger creamy, medium tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; no lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains, coffee with cream;

T;' follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M; medium to full bodied; light creamy carbonation;

O: not very complex, but easy to drink; (315 characters)

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

440ml can with widget, poured into glass.

Appearance (Look): Beautiful pour, black with slight red borders. Forms a lovely 1 finger deep cream foam.

Smell: Light roasted malt and coffee hints. Tempts you to dive in.

Taste: Initial caramel sweetness dies, bitter coffee finish, leaves a drying bitterness on the tongue, Not bad but far from outstanding.

Mouthfeel (Feel): Smooth, creamy. No complaints here, easy to drink.

Overall: Didn't amaze, yes its a low ABV stout but I found this flavourless. Workable as a session drink. (534 characters)

Photo of Kubishark
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's impossible to talk about this beer without comparing it to Guinness, since it basically is Guinness. In the same way you order a Coke and the waitress asks "is Pepsi OK?", I could see myself enjoying one of these *almost* as much as Guinness any time I'm in the mood for this particular style of beer. (306 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color with creamy foam. Aroma, roasted barley, a little bit of coffee and hops. Taste watery, roasted barley with some acidity, coffee and bitter chocolate. (167 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a very finely bubbled 1” cream colored head. Roast espresso aromas. Creamy texture with rich roast flavors. The tap version is a little richer than the nitro can. My go to beer fro drinking with oysters. (222 characters)

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

First time trying this popular brew. Here goes:

A: Pitch black with a small, creamy nitro head. A little underwhelming because of how small the head is (Left-Hand, by contrast, produces a much larger nitro head). Just OK.

S:Toasted and burnt malt. Coffee bitterness throughout with some cream. While the beer smells good, however, it's not exactly a robust and fulfilling smell.

T: Very underwhelming. Much too light on the flavor. Some coffee but, after all is said and done, the beer is too loose and watery. Smokiness is good, however.

F: Very watery.

O: An OK beer, but there are better Irish Dry Stouts on the market. (639 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into an English pint glass.

A - 5 - Pours a pitch black color with that lovely finger and a half of cream-white, pillowy head. Great head potential, amazing head retention and SOLID wall of lacing is left behind.
S - 4 - Light mocha coffee/chocolate, super fresh and roasty malt and a slight peaty smokiness.
T - 3 - Lightly sweet malt, light smokiness, bitter raw coffee bean finish. The downside, there's a slight metallic flavor that goes along with the drying nature of the beer and it definitely detracts from both the drinkability/sessionability of this beer as well as its subtle flavors.
F - 5 - Can't give this anything but a perfect score, the widget makes it so. Extremely pillowy soft head and creamy body.
O - 3 - A good representation of the Irish stout style and a great beginner stout, but Guinness draught still reigns supreme for me as the ultimate Irish stout experience. (899 characters)

Photo of NaziBeerHunter
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drink a lot of Guinness, but whenever I feel like splurging, I'll go for the Murphy's. Around me, it only comes in 4 pack tall boys for $9-$11, while I can get a 12 pack of Guinness for less than $15 sometimes. It's a shame this beer isn't more available, because it really is great. Better flavor and mouthfeel than Guinness. Delicious beer, but it's just too godamn expensive when compared to Guinness. (406 characters)

Photo of britbygenes
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

If like me you had a bad experience with stout as a teen ("what the hell is this stuff")- this will erase those memories.About Murphy's I could "see" someone saying: "I don't usually like beer, but I like this!". Smooth, malty, full of body, wonderful clean taste. (265 characters)

Photo of jpwobbles
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark color with beige-colored foam head. Typical roasted smell and flavor profile of a dry stout. The body felt thin/watery though, and atypical to other stouts I've tried. I liked it, but it wasn't one I will continue to seek out. (231 characters)

Photo of lucasldoria
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 500ml can has a beautiful design and the famous little ball of nitrogen inside, designed to produce exactly a lovely thick beige cream, very persistent and consistent.
The color, the style itself is black, with ruby ​​traces against the light.
In aromas, striking coffee presences, bitter chocolate, besides traces of yeast toffee and toasted.
The carbonation, following the tradition, is low, and the body is good.
The bitterness is medium as the acidity.
The end refers to coffee. (490 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness little brother
Poured same deep black color nice head good lacing has a bit more ??? ( something I just can't place) but i had 2 and found it very drinkable (166 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of MammothTarantula
2.85/5  rDev -23.2%
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 (183 characters)

Photo of drunkenmess
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (185 characters)

Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Every bit as good as Guinness if not a bit better. Silky smooth and easy drinking. When I get to the Irish Stout section and see Murphy's next to Guinness I seem to grab Murphy's every time. yb (193 characters)

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
4.73/5  rDev +27.5%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of gspec
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
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. (209 characters)

Photo of Capt_Pete
4.87/5  rDev +31.3%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of JonBeer
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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... :) (186 characters)

Photo of gopens44
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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! (256 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (409 characters)

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