Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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Reviews by GMB:
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A standard pour of Murphy's Stout fills my glass with viscous-looking foam that slowly change into a nearly opaque black brew. It was a pleasure to watch the cappuccino foam in the glass rise slowly towards the top to yield a head that has as much staying power as one can expect from a can of beer. The beer's opaqueness makes it difficult to make out the nature of carbonation in this brew. Even when I hold my glass against strong light, I'm barely able to appreciate the beer's ruby highlights.
The nose is exactly what one expects from an Irish stout. Aromas are light and crisp, and comprise bread dough, roasted grain, and hints of coffee.
Roasted coffee flavors are given a boost by some mildly bitter hopping, and play a much more important role on the palate than they did in the nose. The flavor profile isn't very complex, but that doesn't matter. This is a delicious, smooth, creamy stout. Yum. Some of my BeerAdvocate colleagues have bemoaned the beer's thin mouthfeel. I'm not bothered by it. This beer is light and drinkable, and a fuller mouthfeel wouldn't work. The only problem is that the carbonation in my glass doesn't last long.
Murphy's Stout is more delicious than I remember it being. I'll have to pick up another can and do a comparative tasting of it and Guinness. I suspect that Murphy's would win hands-down. If memory serves, it's sweeter on the palate, drier in the hang, and its roasted malt flavors are better balanced by hopping.
Serving type: nitro-can
02-12-2014 18:40:08 | More by GMB
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United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.89/5 rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pint on-tap in Gallagher's Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland (€5):
Dark brown to black with red tinges at the base. Creamy looking & still, thumb-sized head that's off-white with great retention & good lacing on the sides.
Roasted notes & earthy malts initially, some creamy notes & lactose coming through alongside some light coffee & touches of bitterness towards the end with a touch of chocolate too.
Roasted malts, a touch of coffee & the same chocolate that appeared in the aroma as well. I could detect some sweetness with hints of faint bitterness alongside some biscuit flavours.
Very smooth & goes down very easily from the start. Carbonation was very soft & the beer was quite dry with a faint bitterness that left you wanting to take another drink straight after the last.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one & it definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. Lighter, smoother & less bitter than Guinness, it's is a good alternative to that one with a solid taste to back it up. Can't wait to see how it tastes by the can since it's hard to find on draught in the UK these days.
Serving type: nitro-tap
07-29-2014 08:36:46 | More by flyingpig
3.3/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a Nitro-can into a pint glass. A nougat coloured head over a deep, dark cola body. There is lots of action beneath the surface after the intial pour. Smells of roast, burnt toast and grain. The taste is mild, with coffee and chocolate undertones mixing with the burnt toast of the nose. The mouthfeel is creamy, but seems too thin and watery for a stout. Overall, it's not too bad, but there are better options out there.
Serving type: nitro-can
07-22-2014 22:43:57 | More by SFNC
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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