Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 1,853 | Reviews: 926 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by davidchollar:
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by total coincidence i had a nitro can of guinness before trying this can of murphy's. the funny thing about it is that it's the first guinness i've had in a long time, (probably the first can since my review almost a year ago) only got it because along with heineken it's the only foreign beer at this particular store i was at. bought it a few days ago, then today i saw that they had murphy's at a different local store, this is a new product for them. good news for me, provides a good comparison.
in comparison, appearance is very similar. but murphy's irish stout is even better looking. it does the same impressive pour, entertaining cascading, awesome head. but this head stays forever. super thick and creamy. and then there's the smell. significantly more than guinness. almost a banana-like fruitiness? not what i expected! the more i sniff, i get the roasty malt, coffee scents associated with any stout. this one is definitely better than the similarly 4% abv, can version of guinness.
the taste is very familiar. so light and dry. really weak, compared to stronger stouts i've had recently, (had my first impy a couple weeks ago). this is almost watery when i think of more impressive stouts. but when i think 4%, i'll take this over just about any other i've tried in the less than 5% session beer category. there is a lot going on, plenty of flavor, balanced with a slightly bitter finish. can't believe i just had this for the first time! the overall score is just a little higher than its more popular counterpart, (take a look at irish dry stout, ranked by number of reviews) but i think it's quite a bit better. definitely deserving the overall recommended score. i look forward to getting it again.
Serving type: nitro-can
09-02-2006 14:59:24 | More by davidchollar
More User Reviews:
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
84 out of 100 based on 1,853 ratings.