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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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Reviews: 969
Hads: 2,247
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 22.31%
Wants: 90
Gots: 292 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

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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Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a one finger tan creamy head.

Aroma: As with most nitro beers the aroma is a bit diminished and some of the nitro smell is present. Under that there are faint toasted malts and a hint of roasted coffee.

Taste: It always surprises me how Irish Dry Stouts can be so watery yet enjoyable. The only discernible flavors are light roasted dark malts and bits of toffee. Finish is every bit as smooth as the surface of the head and there is a bitter coffee aftertaste. 4% ABV actually seems quite potent for how thin the beer is.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with just a hint of carbonation. Superbly smooth, drinkable, and sessionable.

Final Thoughts: The use of a nitro-canning definitely improves this beer and makes it one that anyone can enjoy. Would I drink it again? Most likely but I don't often seek it out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of archyquaffer
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint nitro can into a shaker. A careful pour produces about an inch of creamy, velvety tan head. I can only see light through the beer by using my Mini-Maglite, and then only a distant red orb within a deep dark brown. The head reduces to about a half inch and sticks around for the duration.

Lots of mineral qualities in both the aroma and flavor, along with an underlying caramel-molasses and light, nutty, bittering hops. A certain perceived sweetness dissipates toward the finish, which is rather dry. Creamy mouthfeel yet with a light body overall.

A flavorful brew and very quaffable. I think it is definitely superior to the Guinness available in the U.S.

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Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I decent dry Irish stout, and an underated one too. First brewed in 1856, it's breweries and water have been blessed by bishops too -- if that counts for anything.

In my opinion ... comparable to any other Irish stout that hides its flavour behind a creamy, milky, nitro-induced mask. They might not have the marketing muscle of Guinness, but still worth a try for what it is.

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Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in Boston I have grown to loathe Guinness, Murphy’s is now my choice at many of the Irish pubs I may walk into. Murphy’s has a full flavor without too much bitterness, the creamy smoothness makes me want to quaff more than just a couple pints. It has the trade mark appearance of any other Irish stout but hands down it is the best as far as flavour.

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Photo of leantom
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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

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Photo of rscp
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I won't say this is better or worse than bottled imperial or oatmeal stouts–its just a different style. At first I thought it was flat in comparison, but after a couple I slowly began to appreciate the silky smooth qualities that you won't find in most bottled stouts.


This beer is beautiful. The cascade effect and the stark contrast between the deep black body and the creamy tan head is gorgeous. If you're drinking this straight from the can you're really missing out. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful beer in a can or bottle.


Smells nice, not pronounced much. Roasty and malty with a little sweetness and bitter expresso.


Not quite as flavorful as an Old Rasputin per say, but its got a very enjoyable flavor profile. Sweet caramel at the beginning, a roasty coffee, and then a bitter, dry, chocolatey-expresso finish. Great balance of malts and hops.


This beer is liquid velvet on the tongue. Slight carbonation, milky, silky, medium light mouthfeel. Goes down too easy.


A great example of the style. If you like the nitro effect of a stout on draft, you ought to try this. Murphy's makes a great dessert beer that can be slowly enjoyed anywhere anytime. Additionally, its smooth mouthfeel and lower level of carbonation means that 2 or 3 of these could go down easier than you'd think.

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have drank this a few times in the last few weeks and hope it gets better each time I drink it but it dont.A very nice looking black with a good creamy head that stays but there isnt much aroma a slight roasted smell but not much there.Taste is on the dry side with some light roasted malt flavors but a little watery taste to it somewhat bland.My best friend just got back from Ireland and said Murphys was the cheap beer to get in the pubs there,of the big 3 Guinness,Beamish,and this of Irish dry stouts I give this the lowest rating.

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Photo of davemarc87
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Almost black in color with a wonderful, tan, cascading nitro head.

Smell – Subtle yet pleasing roasted malts along with some sweetened cocoa powder and maybe some coffee with a dash of cream.

Taste – Again, subtle at the taste. I lost the smidgen of chocolate at the tongue but the remaining flavors from the nose were well-blended and pleasant.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was the Stout’s strong point. This one was super creamy and smooth. It was light in the body and went down like silk.

Drinkability – If you are looking for “engine oil” stout or some West Coast hop monster then pass this one by. But, if you want something mellow or something you can drink all afternoon than pick up a few of these.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this straight from the can, soooo I wont be able to tell you my experience of the appearance, but from memory it pours dark/black with a decent creamy head.
When I popped this open after the nitrous fizz cleared I gave it a good sniff and got hints of roasted malts and grain. I took the first sip and it was nice and creamy mouth feel, like a good irish stout should feel. I let it sit out to warm it up a little, because I do hate having a stout to cold and it masks the flavor. So during that first sip I got the flavors of roasted malts and grains, something sweet along the lines of maybe a little caramel or syrup, but for the most part a milky malty beverage. This beer is definitely a fullbody almost milkshakey like beverage. When I drink these I like to enjoy a few, so the drinkability is there, either a sipper or a kick back and drink type of beer as well.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had in a nitro-can poured into a glass. The color is very dark with a creamy head that was a pale shade of tan. The nitro-can aids in the creation of a head comprised of very fine bubbles that will last forever. The beer is a bit thin but the head helps it feel creamy and smooth, and the carbonation isn't very impeding (or very noticeable at all for that matter). Roasted grains and coffee flavored, overall kind of weak but very easy to drink. I like to think of this as a "better" version of the Guinness Draught that many places sell.

Overall, this is a decent Irish stout which is readily available at many places. At only 4% ABV, it makes for a great session beer that can be knocked back with ease. Plus, it tastes pretty good.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the best style of beer to look at is the Irish Dry Stout. Cascading nitro style waiting period. Dark brown to black, sticky, fully coated lacing. Carbonation is almost non-existent after the pour completes itself.

Some charred barley, but like most from this style it is on the easy drinking, creamy, laid back. Watered taste, milky mouthfeel, and the drinkability is average just because I can't see myself looking forward to this or pursuing it any time soon. Once again another brew I'd prefer to try on tap, without the nitro blasting ball, but for this review in a can its simply uneventfull.

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Photo of Zakk
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of brownbeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the nitrogen can into an imperial pint.

Gotta love the cascade effect, but once that settles a deep mahogany, almost black, stout is revealed; with a milky, tan head that leaves super thick lacing all the way through.

Nice dry, roasted malt on the nose, kind of coffeeish.

The roast is overpowered by toast and cracker notes on the tongue and milk chocolate with a slight, roasty bitterness on the finish leaving it dry.

The mouthfeel is velvety, some might think it's watery due to the nitrogen carbonation and the body is light. Very drinkable; a good, more obscure Guinness substitute.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not quite as black as guiness, doesn't lace like it either. One finger of malted milkball, nitro head. Soft smells of milk, chocolate, roasty grain. This is a creamy brew with herbal hop flavor upfront, roasted grain characters that are both fuller and softer than those of its cousins. Light sweetness comes out at the back. Has none of the metallic flavors of Guiness. I know this kind of like splitting hairs between BMC, but I think I favor this over Guiness or Beamish. It is really smooth and creamy and just more drinkable. Aftertaste really straddles coffee and chocolate. It is very light, and hard to decide which it is. In the mouthfeel dept. this is very light for stout, and silky-smooth.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro can poured into Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner glass

A-Looks so good. 2 inch whitish head resting atop a very black beer. I love the way these beers settle down off of the pour.
S-Slightly lactic and not quite as roasty/chocolately as I remember. Fairly low on aroms
T-Roasted coffee and chocolate taste. Some lactic/Sour tangy flavor. A little bit sweet.
M-Low Carbo, slightly dry, creamy, slightly drying
D-Not horrible, but I notice the lactic more and more when I drink these stouts.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mlasher1
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout so far..

Pours dark brown with an amber hue in the light. Gotta love the cascading produced by the nitro leading to a single finger head which lasts throughout the drink and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee.

Sweet and creamy taste with little bitterness. Increadibly smooth.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable.

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Photo of josemo73
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Dmann
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good Irish Stout. The beer looked great out of the nitro can and the cascading effect was nice to see. The smell was slightly grainy with a bit of sourness in there as well. The taste was all dark malts with a slight bit of smokiness in the very dry finish. The creamy mouthfeel was great though and really added to my enjoyment of the brew. The finish was quite bitter though, a little too dry. Due to the low ABV of this beer, it would be a good session brew for stout fans, so I'd recommend trying it for yourself for sure.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

14.9 onz can

A: Dark chocolate with a creamy color foam that stays there for a long long time. The foam is really nice.

T: Nice solid taste and after-taste. Coffee and caramel like.

M: Nice smooth and silky mouthfeel, not carbonated at all.

Compare to the other stouts i had in the past, this is the best hands-down.

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Photo of schnjac
3/5  rDev -19.4%

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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