Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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Reviews by doktorhops:
3.48/5 rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3
Murphy's Irish Stout or "the Guinness of Cork" is one of the main rivals to the classic Guinness Dry Irish Stout (the other being Beamish). Guinness was itself for many years my beer of choice at the pub, so let's give Murphy's another look (I did drink it in Cork many many years ago).
Poured from a 500ml nitro-can into a 500ml "mini" Stein glass (yeah, yeah, I need to get a traditional pub pint glass already).
A: Deep dark ruby (yes Irish Stouts are actually ruby coloured - they just look black), poured a perfect 1.5cm white head that leaves rings to the glass as I drink - a perfect looking Dry Irish Stout.
S: Roasted Barley, Espresso coffee and a certain sweetness - I would dare say smells like raw sugar, but of course there is no added sugar to this product. I'm not getting any typical Macro brewery "metallic" odors, which is great.
T: Roasted Barley and a coffee flavour are the big winners here. Perhaps also a hint of Chocolate. The sweetness is present, as is the Macro metallic tang (disappointing, but it could be from the can). The major letdown (and I'm not sure if they have changed their recipe or my taste buds have just gotten old) is how watery this beer tastes.
M: Everything is normal in this department except how watery this ale is (and I'm not talking about carbonation as the Irish Stouts are renowned for their low carbonation)... goes down without a fight one might say. One thing I do really like about this beer is the nitro-can. Why aren't there more nitro-cans out there? I think it makes a huge improvement over other beers in both the appearance and the mouth-feel and I can't wait till more brewers start packaging this way.
D: Extremely drinkable - mostly due to the watery nature of the beverage, however it is nonetheless also it's downfall in my eyes - I don't want a beer that is no challenge to drink. I like it when my taste buds go on a journey. If I want water I just drink it from a tap. This is one I would class as a session beer.
Food match: Meat pie, stews, casseroles or bangers and mash (with a nice heavy gravy).
Serving type: nitro-can
01-14-2011 11:43:52 | More by doktorhops
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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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