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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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BA SCORE
84
good

2,143 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 973
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 79
Gots: 224 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website
Ireland

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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Ratings: 2,143 | Reviews: 973
Reviews by rsdaugherty:
Photo of rsdaugherty
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can into pint glass
A - A nice coffee colored cascade upon pouring, settles down to a 1+ finger brownish-white head with very good retention, black enough I can't perceive a haze 4.5
S - Coffee and malts dominate, hints of licorice 3.5
T - A more bland taste than I had expected, slightly sweet malts with a crisp finish 3.5
M - Creamy mouth feel with a relatively light body 3.5
O - A good beer that has great drinkability with an overall mild taste. I really must do a side by side next time I'm able to get Murphy's and a Guinness on tap. 3.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of archyquaffer
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of rscp
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Look:

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.

Smell:

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

Taste:

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.

Feel:

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

Overall:

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.

Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of tectactoe
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.6/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of mlasher1
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of Dmann
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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.

Photo of grynder33
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always liked Guinness the best, but I poured a Guinness, a Beamish and a Murphys side by side and taste tested them all. Murphys had the better nitro show, a more distinct and pleasing aroma, a slightly sweeter and more satisfying taste. The mouth feel was nicce on all of them. I can't see how anyone could call it different

Photo of generallee
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 16oz. nitro-can or "Draughtflow" can into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body was black as night with an abundance of small dark tan bubbles that fills the top half of the glass before slowly settling at the top of the glass. The head that forms is thick and creamy with a light tan color.

Smell: Its aroma has a light bouquet of roasted chocolate and caramel malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a very smooth creamy yet dry character throughout with a nice roasted maltiness as well. Hop bitterness is mild and most noticeable in the finish. Its medium bodied smooth and thins out towards the dry finish.

Notes: This stout has a big smooth and creamy character from the nitro system and a maltier flavor than some other nitro stouts that I have tried.

Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, now this is a fine brew! Nitro can, pours out nice and coal black, supporting a sturdy, creamy tiniest of bubbles head and leaving a ton of creamy lace. Nose is pure breadyness. Taste is clean and malty, more then a hint of roastyness. Nice drying bitterness, leads to a long and smooth tasty finish. This one should be a staple for any stout lover

Photo of bl400315
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

gotta love murphey's.. amazing in ireland but still good here. from nitro pint can, pours gray then layers black as only irish stouts can. 2 1/2 finger creamy head -yup the nitro-, takes a while to simmer down then provides excellent lacing. smells of roasted grains and barley, perhaps coffee, very smokey. medium to lighter body (for a stout) in mouth, holds up quite well. can taste the cocoa and coffee first finished by the roasted additions. creamy and smooth, very drinkable -an easy-going stout for sure.

Photo of Homebrew35
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small half finger head of tan creamy looking head. Deep black with some dark red coming through when held up to the light. Smells faintly of sweet malts, slight bit of alcohol, chocolate, iced coffee. Tastes initially sweet and malty, then some roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some bitterness and maybe some sourness. The finish is medium dry, roasty notes linger, and some hop bitterness. The lingering roasty, medium dry and sourness on the finish is kind of off putting. Medium full bodied, light carbonation. I think this fits the style buy not my taste buds. I won't have a hard time finishing one pint but would if I tried another one. Overall a descent beer, better than the more sour Guinness. $7 a four pack.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On nitro tap at the Madison in Toronto. Celebrating a long month with a few pints, and this was just the ticket.

Poured into a nonic. Nearly black, nice thick layer of off-white foam. The comparisons between any dry Irish stout and Guinness are inevitable, and I will do my best to judge this beer on its own merits. Suffice to say, they do look very similar, although the head on this is a touch darker.

Nose is coffee, sweet malt (marshmallow) a bit of hops. Very pleasant.

A nice, flavorful dry stout, with the emphasis on the roasted coffee. Nice mild sweetness, again with the marshmallow-cream flavor, but the finish is dry. Medium bodied, creamy, nitro carbonation feel.

Definitely a terrific stout, one I will return to repeatedly.

Photo of mattster
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 16 Fluid Ounce pub can and poured into Nonic glass.

Tan creamy head of 2" sits atop a black opaque brew.

Smell is of coffee - very strong. Taste is also of coffee with some chocolate hints, very smooth, although a tad more bitter on the finish. Nice low bubbles in brew.

Really nice stout.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Recently saw a show called "The Thirsty Traveller". Not too sure if this is a regular show or not (flipping through the satellite channels...you know the drill). Anyway, the host was in Ireland and the show was all about Irish Stouts. I learned quite a bit watching that show, and also learned that I wanted to try a few more stouts when the occasion was right. Needless to say, sitting in an Irish Pub, quaffing an Irish stout seemed the only logical thing to do.

Arrived at my table with the wonderfully thick head that really looked great. It was perched atop the black brew and laced like there was no tomorrow as I drank it. Aromas of roasted coffee and nuts, with a little bitter chocolate and toffee thrown in for good measure. As for the taste, there's still nothing quite like that first sip of a good stout with the creamy head smearing on your lips. The aromas translate nicely into the flavor. All sorts of toasted flavors are evident, and just a whiff of smoky flavor is noted. All of these flavors are lovingly slathered in the creamy smoothness that coats your palate. Mouthfeel is very creamy and it's one easy-drinkin' stout. Can't go wrong with this one. It'll hold its own against Guinness.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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!

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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