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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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1,715 Ratings

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Ratings: 1715
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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Photo of rvdoorn


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pitch black with a small, creamy espresso colored head.
Smell: Roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. Weak smell in general.
Taste: Burnt malts, some coffee and dry bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, low carbonation, creamy feeling
Overall: Decent pub beer, bit one dimensional though

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 16:03:10 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The can widget gives it an almost soap bubble-like foam but which only rises to about 1/4". Dark raw umber in color. Smell is malt and not much else. Taste is a very mild roasted malt. Quite possibly the weakest flavored stout I've ever had. Hey, this is an inoffensive beer which even people who don't like stout could probably handle, because frankly there just isn't much stoutlike about it besides the color. D+ folks.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 13:13:49 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of hdofu


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it with a thin one inch tan head appearing after the suds subsided. The coloring is reddish black. Not much to smell, maybe a bit of cocoa. Taste is pretty good like pure cocoa in liquid form. It has a crisp muddy suddsy feel. Goes down easy enough if you like a bitter stout

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 23:45:30 | More by hdofu
Photo of RickS95


3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Nice thick tan head. The head is creamy and will stick around.

Smell has hints of chocolate and coffee. Standard issue for a porter or stout.

Very creamy mouthfeel. It's smooth and buttery.
I thought this tasted similar to Guinness.

There was a slight touch of coffee in the taste and the finish was mostly bitter, but it just lacked character. No spices, no dominant flavor, it just lacks something.

I'm not sure I'd want to drink more than one of these at a time. It's not a bad beer, and the Irish seem to like it (had it at an Irish eatery), but it's not something I'd want to drink very often.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 15:41:45 | More by RickS95
Photo of Jeffo


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought home a few cans from London.

Nitro can into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Beautiful mezmorizing cascading effect. A 1+ finger thick looking tan head forms with great retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black with no carbonation evident. A thick head remains and leaves lots of thick lacing down the glass. Looks great, though I prefer a white head on my nitro stouts.

SMELL: A decent nose of roasted barley malt, some smoky qualities, as well as a bit of licorice. Some hits of chocolate and cream in the background as well.

TASTE: Some roasted barley malt, licorice, and a bit of sweet cream as well. Some bitter chocolate and coffee in the mild but long lasting bitter-sweet aftertaste. Not the boldest taste, but enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and zero carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Zero carbonation makes it feel like silky water more than beer, but that's quite typical for these nitro-cans. Average at best for what it is.

OVERALL: A good nitro stout; enjoyable and drinkable for sure. Unfortunately the canned versions never quite have the same feel as the nitro-taps in the pub. I remember this one being much better when I used to session it at the Irish joint in Hamburg. Non-the-less, the canned version is a decent brew I'd pick up again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 16:20:20 | More by Jeffo
Photo of hopsleeroy

North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2008 12:58:12 | More by hopsleeroy
Photo of barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

wow, 522 reviews as of this writing. I have had this plenty of times but only now thought I should post a review. I had this in boston at a cigar bar. it was off hours and just my friends and I lounging. Round 1 beer, round 2 beer and a cigar. I thoroughly enjoyed the pairing and will happily have this beer many times in the future. Definetly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:04:01 | More by barleywinebrewer
Photo of burnstar


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice big head. Typical nitro stout look. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hint of underlying sweetness. Taste is mild burnt malt. Very mild bitterness from the malt balances by mild sweetness. Overall the taste is very mild and very balanced. Creamy with a dry finish. Very drinkable. Overall this is a very solid stout. Nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 03:03:17 | More by burnstar
Photo of mithrascruor


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. nitro-can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a glossy black colour. After the surging subsides you're left with a better-than-average nitro-can head -- dense, creamy, light tan, and a bit too placid.

Smell: Coffee is the first thing I notice, followed by some toffee and other roasted malt flavors.

Taste: Has a malty, milk chocolate-like taste, with a bit of coffee thrown in. Light bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A viscous medium-bodied beer that is quite smooth. Minimal carbonation. Seems to have a bit of that typical nitro-can feel.

Drinkability: Low ABV and generally fine taste, though the coffee and chocolate is a bit too much for me at times.

A generally nice beer, though some of the flavors aren't to my typical liking. I believe that many aspects of this beer suffer from the nitro-can -- it's probably much better in it's natural state. Generally common in the can and worth trying, though I don't really anticipate getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 22:03:18 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of BEERchitect


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, very comparable to Guinness. Sweeter (lactose?), creamier, richer, and not as dry or chalky. Still highly roasty, medium heavy, cocoa, nutty, and clean. Bitterness is lower lying than expected from big roasted malt (charcoal). Lowly hopped as well. Colored a nearly opaque black / brown with ruby highlights. Still retains a firm head that remains unwavering. Maybe better than it's competitors.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 18:21:32 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Naes

New York

3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When pored from the nitrous can, this beer has a wonderful black appearance with a one inch thick layer of tan head. The lacing and retention are exceptional.
This one fails a bit in the aroma department as there is only trace amounts of malt.
The flavor has a nice roastyness with many tones of semi-sweet chocolate and it becomes some what bitter near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit thin and it could stand to be a bit more carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 06:03:42 | More by Naes
Photo of palliko


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is that familiar inky-black with a beige head and retentive lace. Aroma is of fresh cream and malt. Initially one tastes the sweet lactose, but then roasted grains with a hint of banana, and then the hops smooth out the experience by adding some dry, bitterness. This allows the finish to be pleasant and not too sweet. Reminiscent of Guinness, but nowhere near as good as Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout or Samuel Smith's.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 14:56:13 | More by palliko
Photo of Hunter


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2005 20:29:13 | More by Hunter
Photo of cbl2

New York

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Black with just a hint of ruby red with a nice tan/white creamy head.


Malty and bitter at the same time. Can't wait to see if the liquid is a well balanced as its aroma.


Oh so smooth with little to no carbonation feel on the tongue. Chocolate/malt flavors hit you at first which are delightful, only to be followed by a nice pleasant bitter coffee finish. Unreal how good this is.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2004 17:18:14 | More by cbl2
Photo of Sixpack595


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets be honest here, it has to be compared to Guinness. Same great Nitro poured look and weak aroma with the muted flavors. Flavor was actually quite good with a sweetness running right along side the coffee bitterness. Nice dry finish. Very easy drinking beer, and I find it a bit more interesting than its rival from St James Gate.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2004 07:23:53 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of Elemental


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours nicely with a thick head and bubles that float down. Nive lacing and a deep dark bllack color.

Smell - slight malt aroma with hints of aromatic hops. not a huge smell but very intising.

Taste - wonderfully dry with a nice balance of maltiness and hops. Has a mild burnt chocolate taste to it (but in a good way)

Overall - A damn nice irish stout

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 04:15:47 | More by Elemental
Photo of Zorro


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown brew with a thick tan head.

Smell is chocolate, fruit and bubble gum.

Taste is fruitier than the canned version, almost has a cola flavor to this. Chocolate and metallic flavors come through.

Mouthfeel is good.

Beats Guinness any day, I think the bottle is a bit better.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 04:11:51 | More by Zorro
Photo of jackndan


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout: Happy St. Patty's Day. and its time to write a review of Murphy's Irish Stout in a big "draught" bottle.

Of course pours a deep black with hints of garnet around the rim and edges. Not much of a head, this bottled beer seemed to lose its carbonation somewhere along the line.

The taste is nice, roasted malts and a wee bit of coffee. This appears to be a typical dry stout, light on alcohol, easy to drink, and deceptively rich and filling. I'd still like a nice pint.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 02:36:53 | More by jackndan
Photo of stewart124


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate color with thick off-white head. Smells of sweet roasted malts and coffee. Very thick body with a smooth creamy feel. Nice blend of malts and the faint hint of hops completes the beer. This ends with a dry and slightly bitter taste and tends to get watered down as you finish the beer. This is a quality stout and really goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 05:08:20 | More by stewart124
Photo of steelreign

New York

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

This is a favorable alternative to Guinness, in my opinion. The brew pours a nice, dark brown, complete with huge, thick, creamy head. The aroma was redolent of chocolate, roasted barley and some slight hops. A very smooth beer. Easily quaffable. Nice rounded taste, roasted grains, chocolate and hints of coffee like notes. Mouthfeel was above average, not as thin as Guinness, but not quite as hearty as Victory or others. Seek this one out if you like other comparable stouts - you will most likely enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2003 14:34:52 | More by steelreign
Photo of TheDM


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mild aroma in a black body with an energetic head of light brown fine bubbles. Near the top of the head below the beer line a continuous flow of small bubbles can be observed. No carbonation in the taste and very smooth for a stout. Some coffee flavor but it is not overwhelming. Clinging vine lace adorns the side of the glass. It is a very nice smooth stout that I found myself liking more and more after each taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 15:34:06 | More by TheDM
Photo of longpondbeerman


3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I don't have a lot of experience with stouts, especially the more popular varieties (never reviews Guiness for instance). I have had the Storm King and Samuel Smith's, and these were quite good, so I was a little nervous to try this one, which was arrived in the form of a four-pack of 14.9 oz. thin cans. The pour was fascinating--what a cascade! It settled eventually into an impervious, dark brew with a beautiful espresso foam head. The coffee motif continues strongly into the smell, but loses vigor in the taste, which I found simply flat and dull--and there was no finish to speak of. That's about it; thankfully it was a gift.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2003 15:36:33 | More by longpondbeerman
Photo of aracauna


2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was so boring. I like stouts, but this is down on the bottom of the pile with Guinness (a bit below actually). I really couldn't gather a lot of flavor from the beer. It tasted a bit thin and the mouthfeel felt a bit thin as well. It's quite sad, actually.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2003 00:10:20 | More by aracauna
Photo of Naerhu


2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Inch high off white head. Jet black body.
Aroma – Tasty chocolate aroma.
Taste – Very light taste. Very little hops. What a huge disappointment.
Mouthfeel – This is no different from the Guiness Draft creamy crap.
Drinkability – If I want to pound beers, this may be good. I have not wanted to do that in a decade.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 01:10:50 | More by Naerhu
Photo of Gusler


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The prototypical stout color that I love, deep brown to ebony, the head impressive, the consistency creamy, the lace a latticework to coat the glass. Toasted grains, earthy, coffee all rolled up in one fine nose, the start is sweet and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is scarcely carbonated; the hops quite pleasant and dry as a bone aftertaste make it a quaffable brew. "Bottled Stout", but much better from the "Cask". Alas, this is getting to be a "RARE" thing these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 09:28:30 | More by Gusler
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