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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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2,026 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 66
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good stout. not the best stout, but good. i think this is on par with guinness. Its not quite as good, but it has more coffee taste to it, which i enjoy alot. without the coffee notes, this wouldn't be nearly as good. if you like guinness but want somethign different, try this. If you want a great full flavored stout, try something else. where i go they usually only have 1 stout on tap at a time, so i'll get this when i'm in the mood, and thats what they have

Photo of alovesupreme
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a rich mocha colored head, with the consistency of whip cream. An almost black body with ruby notes on the edges.
Smells subtly of cream and toasted malts.
Dry roasted taste with a hint of vanilla. Not much going on.
I am biased with Nitro but the mouthfeel although thin was very creamy and pleasant.
A good beer that I will have when more desirable options are not available.

Photo of MS2k
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my first time drinking this, but my first time appreciating it. =)

A: Pours a light brown but quickly separates into the same colors as the can. A jet black opaque body with a light, thick head of beautifully creamy appearance sustained up until the very end.

S: Caramel with some spices and milk chocolate.

T: Coffee, but deeper and earthier. Tends toward the dry side with some residual sweetness and, again, hints of chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy. A bit oily towards the end, but overall a light-bodied and enjoyable stout.

D: Pretty good. Not my first choice, but I would drink it again.

Photo of JayQue
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I assume this came out of a nitro can. I had it at a restaurant and it wasn't on tap. Very creamy light tan head. Good retention. A light covering stayed on the top throughout. Sheet of lacing, more like a filmy coating than thick lacing.

Smell was pretty mild bitter chocolate.

Taste was good. Malts and a little bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was very smooth but kind of thin at first. A little coating on the tongue minimized this somewhat.

Drinkability is good. Between the light but pleasant taste and the creamy smooth mouthfeel, this is a good session beer.

Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1159th Review on BA
Nitro can to Pint
Pint can 16oz

Purchased from Trader Joes for $1.50

App- So has the cascading effect of that other irish beer, but has more of a creamy head that the other one. A semi falling head that leaves a small wall of cling. A nice crimson with brown mixed in.

Smell- Normal irish stout notes. Creamy, malty, roasty and nutty. A little bit of cream as well. Bitter chocolate.

Taste- Its okay with a grainular malty nutty note. The creamy note adds a good layer of cream bitter nut note. Its one of those beers that serves its purpose well.

Mouth- A lighter body. Almost medium bodied with a creamy medium carbonation and a nutty residual flavor.

Drink- Well it is St. Patricks day. Gunniess was the easy choice. This was pretty good with a creamy malty note. Id have it again

Photo of AbitaOnTap
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a can in an assorted 12 pack of winter beer for Christmas. Very interesting. At first when I saw it I was questioning how a canned brew could make it into a collection of such otherwise good beer, but I'll try anything sold by the pint so let's give it a go..

A: Poured into a very large, frosty mug. Pours that beautiful creamy black that makes me love stouts. One finger head. The head is incredibly thick and creamy.

S: Has a very dry, bitter scent to it with extremely subtle chocolate and coffee smells masked in the background. Impressed so far.

T: Not what I was expecting. Notably less bitter than Guinness, yet hardly any sweetness to it at all. Very subtle taste of chocolate. Almost a milky flavor. It's as if you taste the texture more than anything.

M: This is where this beer really shines. So creamy and smooth. Much smoother than Guinness in my opinion. All the pleasurable texture of a bonafide milk stout with a fraction of the sweetness.

D: I could drink this beer in large quantities on a good night. The texture is very good and it has just the right note of bitterness.. not too much, not too little.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Never thought I could be this happy with a canned beer but I have been jovially proven wrong. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of semihobo
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This fit in a curved, nonic/becker (I can't find the difference) imperial pint glass perfectly. I popped the top on the 16 oz can, was ready for the nitro bomb and poured it straight in. Looked just like chocolate milk, a very nice brown. After a cascading, sheeting inverse bubble effect, it settled after a minute into the perfect pint. The most picture perfect beer I've ever seen, I think. 1 inch head of very fine cream colored bubbled, sitting on a dead black column. I am a sucker for the nitro can, and in the right glassware, this is something to behold.

Smells like ... stout. The big nitro head provides a strong nose, reveals the dark malts and a bitter scent. Some woody clove scent as well. Yum. Now how am I gonna get past the head down to the beer...

Bitter malts, an odd aftertaste that really tastes a lot like soybeans or tofu. Weird. In the dozen seconds after the sip, the aftertaste reveals itself to be hops, but I wish they were more assertive. Oily and nutty. Surprisingly mild. Taste grows on me as I drink more of it and think less about it.

Mouthfeel is great. I can feel the bubbles on my tongue with a full mouth, but during a normal sip, the bubbles are too fine to feel. Just a smooth, creamy feel from start to finish.

I could drink some more of these now, although the taste isn't terribly interesting. With the masterfully done nitro-can, everything shines BUT the taste, which is just average. Because of that, this is a pleasure to drink, and it's an okay stout, but I wouldn't drink it every day.

Photo of mnj21655
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black with a 1" tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Mix of malts and sweetness. Not overly powerful.

T - Chocolately, malty, sweet.

M - A bit watery.

D - While the wateriness detracts from the mouthfeel it certainly adds to the drinkability. I could have quite a few of these... especially at only 4% ABV.

Overall a good session beer. A more economical choice than Guinness, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Photo of Chyren
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out smooth, clarified dark-brown to black, with a creamy frothy tan-colored head. Heavy lacing to the last drop.

S: Somewhat roasted with a little of that sweet-cidery yeast scent and straight bready malts.

T: Clean and easy roasted malt with just a tough of dark bitterness. Just barely sweetened by its malty body. Tastes of the classic stout.

M: Smooth, light, so very easy going. Goes down quick. Maybe a bit dangerous.

O: The ultimate chillin dry stout. It satisfies without making you think too much. Hard not to like this stout.

Photo of AlexJ
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical nitro-stout appearance, dark black with creamy, dense coffee brown head blah, blah, blah.

Aroma is roasty black malts, very weak coffee, dry leather, marshmellows, and a bit of grassy hops.

Flavor is similar, sweetish dark chocolate and highly roasted malts, dark bakers cocoa, and some drying earthy and grassy green hops. There's a distinct smokey quality here that I never noticed before.

Body is medium, creamy, and VERY easy to down. A far superior alternative to Guinness any day of the week.

Photo of ascrivens
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent stout to pour back in the pub.

Appears pretty dark, but not extreme. Nice thick head (but could be great pour and nitro tap).
The smell is creamy and hints of coffee and roast barley.
Taste has some fruity notes but smooth creamy coffee flavours were the most prevalent. Not a strong flavoured beer but not washed out or watered down either.

The mouthfeel was nice, smooth and complimented creamy nature of taste. This all added up to a better than average drinkability i feel. Under right circumstances, relaxing in the pub, live music, etc, this is an ideal beer. (could be influenced by drinking it in this exact situation)

Photo of MJ63
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro-can poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep red mahogany, clear at edges but impenetrable in the middle, two finger foam head with very good retention.

S = Sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate, light floral notes.

T = Tart at the tip of the tongue with light sweetness hitting at mid-palate light flavors of cocoa, caramel, coffee with skim milk all tempered by a good amount of bitterness at sides of tongue and a long bitter finish.

M = Light to medium-light body, no better than fair mouthcoating, fomay creamy mouthfeel.

D = A very drinkable light-bodied stout.

Photo of Beastdog75
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murphy's Stout is a pretty decent stout that is near Guinness in terms of quality and flavor. Of course, the version that I had was the nitro-can which probably masked some of the more subtle qualities of this beer, but it is a pretty drinkable brew, and somewhat of a lightweight at 4% abv (similar to Guinness). On another note, this was brewed in Luton, England at the Whitbread Brewery under Murphy's supervision.

Murphy's pours a coffee with light cream color from the can and into the glass. It settles with a cascading effect into a near black color with ruby highlights. A creamy light tan foam head settles atop the brew, measuring about less than a finger. The aroma contains a cocoa powder like smell to it, mixed with some roasted notes and a dark-fruity scent. The mouthfeel is smooth, but is a little watery for a stout. Flavorwise, there is a decent roasted malt flavor here with notes of coffee, light cocoa, nuttiness, and it ends up being slightly more sweet than Guinness. There is a roasted bitterness throughout the beer, but nowhere near as pervasive as Guinness. Hops are nearly undetectable, but the roasted bitterness helps balance the sweetness. The roasted notes and bitterness continue into the aftertaste but choose not to linger for too long. Murphy's finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

This didn't impress me as much as I was expecting it to, but I wouldn't turn one of these down if offered one. As with Guinness, I'm sure that if truly want the highest quality Murphy's, I'd have to go to the Emerald Isle to get it. In summary, a decent nitro-stout that is a tad bit watery and boring.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

14.9 oz. nitro-can,

A: Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance, with a thick, very creamy head, which leaves gobs of lacing and has great retention.

S: Light smell, but as the beer warms up, you can smell distinct chocolate notes.

T: Unlike the Beamish, which I just had, Murphy's has a distinct dark chocolate character, with less burnt toast and coffee. Having these beers back to back, you can tell the slight, but palpable differences between them. A less challenging taste than Beamish, but still tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy, though lacking the body found in non-nitro stouts, not bad though, a fuller body than Guinness.

D: A easy drinking beer for a night at the pub, or a session at home while watching the game, Murphy's is a beer that is dangerously drinkable, low in alcohol, I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of Hunter
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Typical presentation of draught-style stout, in aluminum can with nitrogen widget.

Widget seems much more active than that of Guinness' can, releasing a rush of foam that settles into that typical cascading effect to reveal in the end a coal-black brew underneath a creamy, thick head. Waited a full two minutes for things to settle completely.

Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate promises something lovely to come. slight hits of oat and roasted barley play supporting roles.

Long, long pull fills the mouth with velvet smooth brew, and that's no joke. Easily some of the creamiest, smoothest brew one can get from a can. Mouthfeel has no peer.

The taste is somehow lacking, however. There's a metallic twinge to it that brings the score down, further than I would have liked to give it given how impressed I was with the mouthfeel. Some complain of Guinness being too bland. If so, they must feel like this isn't much better. It lacks the character I've gotten spoiled to from Sir Alec.

All in all not a bad, not at all. I'll stick with Guinness, thank you very much, but you could do much worse with this one.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with a nitro bottle and I'm having trouble deciding if it worked as designed. I followed the instructions on the bottle, but I got a very small head as a result. The color of the beer is dark mahogany brown with plenty of lighter brown highlights. The head is small, only about one finger, even after an aggressive pour. Disappointing. The cap is persisting nicely however, and I can see sheets of lace below the surface of the beer as I tip the glass to drink, but there's no lace on the glass itself when I put it back on the coaster. Odd.

The nose says 'classic Irish stout'. Roasted black malt with an undertow of coffee; not much chocolate in this one. The first thing that I notice when I drink is how thin the body is. It's firming up somewhat as it warms, but doesn't venture anywhere close to full. The nitro does give the mouthfeel a certain creaminess though. The flavor is also weak (again, roasted malt and coffee) as if there's something coming between the beer and my taste buds.

The less than aggressive flavor profile, the too-thin body and the low ABV make Murphy's Irish Stout quite drinkable/sessionable. It's pretty underwhelming though, all things considered. I can't help but think that it would be much better beer without the nitro gimmick.

Photo of skillerified
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark red in color, nearly black. You can just see a faint red glow through it in direct light. Big creamy head created by the nitro-can. Ridiculous lacing of course. For the style, it's pretty typical (which is a good thing in my opinion).

Served extremely cold as recommended by the packaging. This has clearly masked the scent. Mostly just a creamy, milky scent. Not entirely unappealing, but not a typical beer scent at all. A bit of dried coffee, some powdered chocolate and maybe a hint of toffee come into play with a little warming.

Burnt coffee grounds and some dried bread on the first sip. Sounds kinda gross, but it's strangely appealing. Gets sweeter at the finish. Espresso bitterness. It does seem that the nitro masks some deeper flavors that are in there. There is a distinct milk and cream sort of flavor in there too. As it warms, an ever so slight dark berry and vinous flavor starts to come up. Makes you wonder what it would be without the nitro.

Strangly, this brew is sort of thick and thin at the same time. It's thin on the tongue once it gets there, but it feels sort of thick and creamy going in. It also seems to have a bit of a heaviness going down. A strange effect of the nitro-can, I suppose. Favors that coffee like bitterness, but seems to be sweetening as it warms.

A bit too light to be great, but the ABV is low, the calories are low and I think it's probably a little tastier than that other Dry Irish Stout. I could see an occasional craving for this stuff coming about.

Photo of theghost3
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served a Murphy's with a two-finger beige head. It was dark brown, almost black in appearance. There's a scalded coffee ground smell to it. The taste is strong, and somewhat bitter. Mouthfeel is thick. This beer goes down easy. Highly drinkable and very close to Guinness Stout.

Photo of jwc215
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual nitro cascading head -
Smell of iron and roasted barley - Very mild. Tastes the same - creamy, airy...VERY similar to Guinness. Not much complexity in the flavor. Only difference between it and Guinness is maybe this has a very (very) slight more body.
A fun one to drink on St. Patty's day - Cool to look at. Easy to drink quite a few of, though a metallic taste is left after a few.

Photo of JamesMN
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Mustard
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz. nitro can; no discernible "best before" or "canned on" date; purchased as a stray single for, I believe, $0.83 from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Completely opaque in hue; thick, foamy, cascading head; heavy sheet style lacing; stellar head retention.

Aroma: Lightly of roasted barley with a hint of chocolate malt.

Taste: Primary flavor characteristic is of a mild, roasted bitterness complemented by a touch of sweetness and chocolate malt; creamy, almost milky, mouthfeel.

Notes: Not bad; enjoyed this a bit more than I thought I would.

Photo of sleazo
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark black and opague with a cappacino coloured head. Not much smell to speak of. Slightly roasted malt. Taste is very good. Bracingly bitter from the roasted malts upon first sip followed by an extremely smooth aftertaste. I think this is slightly better than guiness taste wise. A decent overall dry stout but I have had better. Mouthfeel is creamy at first but then slightly thin at the end. Could be better.

Photo of johnrobe
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you want to drink a light beer, turn to a nitro-draught stout, not any of that low-carb. BS! It pours a just-shy-of-opaque black with a tan-colored thick, creamy typical nitro head. The smell is full of dark roasted grain, some chocolate and is somewhat malty. The taste is rather simple and straightforward; roasted barley in abundance, lightly mild and finishing rather dry. Pretty similar to Guinness Draught but usually priced a little better. Mouthfeel is thin, but typical of most nitro beers.

Photo of andyo
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have had a few of these in the past, and thought it was a good time to review it.

This one poured nice, tasted creamy, with a nice balanced malty taste, with a very dry finish. My only complaint is that this stout tasted a bit watered down, and lacked the big flavors that I enjoy so much. Not very complex, but surely better on tap.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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