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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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Ratings: 1713
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on nitro-tap at the local watering hole last night. Served at the appropriate temperature into a Murphy's branded pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown color that shuts out all the light. About 1.5 fingers worth of creamy velvety head, thanks to the nitro-tap. The head is so dense it appears as if it is whipped cream on top of this beauty.

Smell - Very roasty, some coffee and dark chocolate, with maybe a slight sweet undertone.

Taste - Again mostly roasted flavors, coffee some dark chocolate, some bitterness on the aftertaste, but it is restrained. Well executed.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and velvety especially with head, otherwise significantly thinner but I wouldn't call it watery, retains it's body slightly better than Guinness in my opinion. Medium dry finish.

Overall - Curiosity found me a new favorite stout to hap on tap up here, given the rather limited selection of most fine establishments. Definitely will repeat this purchase.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-17-2013 13:18:14 | More by DenisKolkin
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-tap in a pint glass.

A- Black and opaque with a mocha-tan 1-plus finger head that has staying power. Heavy foamy lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts with a hint of Irish whiskey back up the strong chocolate and coffee aromas.

T- Malted milk with a drop of Irish whiskey.

M- Medium and creamy with no carbonation. Roasty malt dry finish.

O- This Irish dry stout avoids the thin feel and limpy body found in other versions of the style. That helps set it apart.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-03-2013 01:21:27 | More by NiceTaps
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4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

In keeping with the holiday, I've decided to approach a traditional nitro tapped stout for the first time with some actually useful stylistical context

A- deep burnt sienna... Throws some auburn on the edges... Half inch head...looks like a giant espresso doppio

S-roasting coffee, rubosto cigar.. Slightest hint of allspice

T- smoky caramel, more coffee some notes of rhubarb pie!

M- light but deep, bouncy but rich..not slippery

O- since my beer journey has started in earnest.. It feels good to review a commonly familiar style. The mouthfeel offered more and more with each sip.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-17-2013 03:57:51 | More by EternalCask
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4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review for the Murphy's that I had in Ireland on tap. Definitely looses something when buying it in the can.

It pours similar to Guinness as it needs to settle because of the nitrogen. It pours very dark, almost black in appearance, unless held up to light where you an see that it is actually a VERY dark red. The head was a nice off-white/tan, thick, creamy head. The smell of roasted barley, sweet cream, and coffee is very subtle. The taste is (and should be) just as subtle. Light roasted flavour with coffee notes with a creamy finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes and have numerous times... even buy it in the can now.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-01-2012 04:05:01 | More by NilocRellim
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Catching up on some more reviews from notes.
Pint, nitro-tap in Toronto. Not sure how nitro affects this one as I haven't heard the regular version to compare.

The beer is dark brown, mahongany color. The head is short, but tight foam (very Guinness-like). The floating cap of foam lasted for the entire pint, decent looking lace coats the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, maybe a bit of coffee, but I think the nitro kills alot of the aroma.
The flavor is quite mild, some more roasted malt, slight hints of coffee or cocoa. A little bit of bitterness at the end. Body is quite thin, but the nitro keeps it creamy and smooth.
A good sessional beer, not too bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-04-2012 21:12:40 | More by BigBry
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ The Keg

A - Black with one finger of thick, dense mocha coloured head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee.

T - A fairly prominent bitterness throughout with roated malts, dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. There is a sweetness evident as well that compliments the bitterness fairly well.

M - Medium body, somewhat smooth. At times this really feels like a nitro-tap and at other times it is a touch thin.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-12-2012 20:09:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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New York

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

A: Straight black upon the pour, large amounts of coffee brown foam that stays around for awhile
S: Light malty aroma, some hints of coffee
T: Smooth roasted malt tastes, some coffee, hints of chocolate, not too overpowering taste-wise
M: Thick, creamy, very drinkable
O: Really enjoyed this, somewhat light on the taste but has just enough to make it interesting, can preserves that creamy from-the-tap mouthfeel and makes this an extremely drinkable stout

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-08-2012 03:49:06 | More by wafers
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-31-2012 15:12:33 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On special for the upcoming St. Patrick's day holiday. Murphy's Stout is one of the few true session beers available around me. Classic nitro look - black body, thick and creamy mat of foam. Faint roast like weakly brewed coffee and a toasted nuttiness. Firm bitterness at the back end along with some earthy hop flavor keeps it interesting. Some fruit pulls through as it warms up. Dry, drinkable, and a tad better than Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-10-2012 21:29:48 | More by bump8628
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken during a side-by-side Murphy's and Guiness on nitro-tap session.

Gives the same nitro-boosted textbook jet-black and tan whipped froth visual presentation as any Irish Stout would when on nitro-tap. Nose presents the typical roasted malt and coffee grounds aroma, somewhat muted by the layer of foam on top. About halfway through the pint, as it warmed up and the foam was manually removed, it developed a bit of a loose-leaf tobacco background aroma. When compared to a Guinness side-by-side (also on nitro-tap), the flavor has a slightly heavier emphasis on bitter coffee grounds and the body seems slightly thinner. In fact, I would dare say that it seems like the Murphy's starts out quite dry and finishes semi-sweet, while the Guinness starts out semi-sweet and turns dry in the finish. Texturally, both are just about as creamy and smooth as can be given the nitro-tap treatment.

Sometimes I feel like having slightly more coffee grounds in my stout, and that is when I have a Murphy's. When I want more emphasis on the roasted malt, I drink a Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2012 03:26:21 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, almost black. One finger tan head that sticks around for the entire pint. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, maybe some chocolate.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

M: Creamy, light to medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Decent beer. I like it more than Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-20-2011 17:28:06 | More by lespaulrocker
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, virtually black. One finger tanned head lasts well (thanks nitro!) and leave plenty of lacing.
S- Really subdued nose. A roasted/almost burnt aroma and a bit of cocoa.
T- Pretty much just a roasted barley flavor, little more than burnt flavor until a flash of cocoa flavor in the finish.
M- Light but creamy body. Light carbonation until the creamy finish.
O- I don't know if the scores bear it out but for me this was on par with Guinness. Easily drinkable, but not much in the substance of it for me. Good while out on the town, but not a go-to for me.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-12-2011 14:50:40 | More by jsprain1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Irish Dry Stouts always look wonderful but sadly don't taste as wonderful as they look.

Not much of a smell, maybe some roasted malts, sort of weak, which is to be expected.

This is a very creamy beer, more so than Guinness and also has slightly more depth than Guinness. A lot of toastiness and roasted malts along with some coffee and chocolate undertones, or is that "overtones"?

This is better than Guiness but not by much, I'll stick to Russian Imperials thank you very much!

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-09-2011 23:54:56 | More by GodOfBeer
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap into a pint.

A - Dark brownish-black coloration, which of course poured a thick, pillowy white head that never disappeared. Lacing was inconsistent yet present. Very attractive brew.

S - Not much here to report, some toasted malt smells and a touch of grain.

T - Very creamy, malty body, slightly bitter, and an aftertaste of burnt chocolate. About what I expected, but still pretty decent flavor even though it wasn't very pronounced.

M - Thick medium body, smooth dry finish, nice carbonation level.

D - Had a few of these and enjoyed every one. If I'm ever at another spot that has it on tap, I'd grab another, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-27-2011 03:35:44 | More by PhageLab
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3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at Pat's Pizza last night. Poured into a green pint glass (which I wasn't happy about. With luck, Andy got the same thing in a clear pint glass so I reviewed the appearance from his glass). This one has a dark brown body with a creamy finger of beige head. Really good retention on this. The head stays through the entire drink.

Really a light aroma. A little bit of toasty charred malts with a touch of coffee. Everything is really faint in the aroma, I'm really reaching to pick up much of anything. Again the flavor is weak. Borderline watery. A little bit toasty, but not much going on. Really watery if you ask me.

Creamy feel on this. The carbonation is low, but it's typical for a nitro beer. Overall nothing really great here. I got this because my first beer choice was kicked. It's servicable and I enjoyed it well enough. Not a bad go to with little options.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-24-2011 23:33:48 | More by Bendurgin
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ceili Cottage, in Toronto.

You can't ask for a much better looking stout. The body is firmly black, although it will admittedly relent a flicker of maroon at angles where the light is especially strong. And its head has a dreamy, lush texture that could put any latte or mousse to shame. Although chunks of it stick to the glass, the foam never seems to decrease in quantity.

Despite all the research and development Irish brewers have put into creating that trademark creamy texture, they've consistently neglected to put any consideration into aroma. Judging by its colour, the beer evidently has a good portion of dark and roasted malts, but you wouldn't know it from smelling it. It leaves a very faint impression, if any.

To many the Guinness vs. Murphy debate is a Coke vs. Pepsi situation: an issue of two nearly indistinguishable products that comes down to subjective taste and the persuasion of advertisers. It's not. For one, Murphy offers considerably more flavour. While the taste of roasted malts and bittersweet chocolate rule, the beer's develops a tawny-like sweetness as it warms and sweats distinct notes of red wine and currants.

Furthermore, the texture is much more full-bodied and not so smothered in creamy nitrogen that a good amount of distinguishing water minerals can't be impressed onto the palate. Its roast is properly tempered - not enough to incite thoughts of, say, coffee - and the synergism of bitter and sweet elements showcase a true, uncorrupted maltiness.

The two may share similarities, but there are reasons why I never order Guinness yet often jump at the chance for a pint of Murphy's where it's offered. I've added my two cents to the Great Irish Stout debate, citing flavour, mouthfeel and quality as my testimony. If anyone cares to rebuttal, I'd be happy to keep arguing over another few rounds!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-02-2011 21:59:31 | More by biegaman
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: Pours deep, dark brown w/a lasting creamy, velvety smooth light biege head that laces well. Lightly roasty and chocolatey w/ a moderate nuttiness and bready freshly ground malts. A hint of sourness in the nose. Smooth flavor w/ lightly coffee roasty flavor and nutty w/a hint of burnt coffee in the finish & aftertaste. Finish is lightly dry (duh, it's a dry stout). Some light caramel malt and a hint of sourness from dark grains. Velvety smooth m/f, lighter medium body, low carbonation, just enough to let you know it's there. A bit less flavorful than some other brands, but still a good solid beer. Great session beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-08-2011 14:54:46 | More by CuriousMonk
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4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has just won the spot of "beer of my heart". The way it cascades upward into that perfect nitrogen head rises equal joy in my being. It's aroma is a bit understated but is still as comforting as a childs cup of hot coco. The flavor is where this stout really outshines the rest. It's as is someone took out that strange undesirable flavor from a Guiness and repaced it with smooth chocolate esspeso. The mouthfeel is a bit watery due to the nitrogen, but this seems to enhance the drinkability of this most fulfilling and simultaniously quaffable stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-08-2010 20:35:07 | More by knoxtennessee
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Hurley's Irish Pub in Montreal. Really felt like a stout, none of the brewpubs were open yet, so figured this would do. Pours pitch black with thick off-white head that doesn't dissipate at all. Lacing all around the glass. Pretty much looks like you'd expect with a nitro stout. Smells of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Really nice flavour, basically like a Guiness, with more flavour. Very creamy mouthfeel. Really nice stout that hit the spot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-08-2010 00:20:17 | More by kwjd
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap@ West Ender sports pub in Marlboro.

It has a nice nitro upside down waterfall effect with a long settling nitro head, dark but not black color.

Typical nitro stout nose, dark malts, creamy nitro, touch of roast.

Taste is also just as expected, very creamy with nitro, a dry Irish stout taste, a little dark malts with chocolate malt, touch of a slightly fruity and dry Irish yeast. Semi sweet too despite being a dry stout.

Mouth is rich and creamy but not super thick.

Finishes dry with a touch of residual sugar, lots of lingering creamy nitro and light bitter stout flavors. Little dry fruity Irish yeast too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-23-2010 21:11:01 | More by jlindros
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a two finger gray-brown head of mousse-like foam on a cascading body eventually turns blackish brown with a hint ruby highlights. Infinite retention and thick lace.

S - A lightly roasted aroma with notes of chocolate. Little else.

T - Watery malt with light chocolate and cheap coffee flavor. Finishes with acrid roast and dry chocolate as well as a hint of molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not too bad. Much more flavor than Guinness with a nice contrast between the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The style is inherently limited, but this is pretty drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-12-2010 05:29:15 | More by nickfl
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3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the new McDowd's in Kansas City.
Poured in a pint glass. Opaque black with a creamy, frothy 1/2" tan head that never quits. Looks exactly like an Irish stout should.
Not much going on in the smell, a little bit of roasty malt and some creaminess.
It's mildly roasty and bitter, with some hops in the finish. A hint of cocoa on the end.
Thin and watery texture.
Very smooth and easy to drink, though you're not particularly motivated to.
Not bad if you're just looking to knock back a few while watching a game at the pub or something, but pretty average tasting overall.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-10-2010 14:26:36 | More by busternuggz
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this on tap at O'Connor's Pub in Doolin, Ireland on 10 July 2010. Appearance was an Irish stout work of art--nearly black with some traces of ruby red. A beautiful creamy white head crowned the top with a width of about one finger. The head basically coats the entire inside of the glass as the stout is consumed.

Smell was roasted/toasted malt notes with some sweetness thrown in. This stout has a nice sweetness to it that balances out the bitterness quite well. A terrific balance in this stout. Provides a creamy/velvety mouthfeel. I could drink these like the Energizer Bunny....

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-11-2010 18:22:16 | More by JohnnyP3
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: More foam than Guinness Draught, but less lacing. Dark chocolate brown, nearly black. Again, more so than Guinness, making it not at all translucent. Shows very little carbonation, so there are no sinking bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, in a pretty strong way. Very malty as well with even a bit of hops. Good smell. A bit metallic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: One of the smoothest beers imaginable. No carbonation, but not flat in the least. Warms you nicely like Extra Stout and avoids any sort of water or oily texture. Coffee and chocolate malts, overall stronger than its cousin.

Drinkability: Murphy's definitely fills you up after a while, but that's the only criticism.

Overall: I like pretty much anything about this beer. I wish more people would know about it, considering it seems to be a famous beer in Ireland. Goes toe to toe with Guinness like no other! Better than American Guinness, not better than Irish Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-24-2010 06:25:53 | More by tjsdomer2
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I rated this beer on-site.

L- Black with a milky character to it. It actually appears to be a brownish black. Big, long sustaining, brown head.

S- Coffee malts and medium chocolate

T- The taste are pretty light for the most part. Light coffee that fades to a quick dry finish.

M- It's a light beer for the most part. Light bodied, light feel, light smell, light flavor

D- This is a dry-irish stout. Big look and decent smell and high drinkability as a session beer. Its low in ABV and calories so you could drink a big ole' mess of 'em. If there isn't anything worth while on tap and they have a nitro-system. Grab a murphy's and Ka-tang to the irish.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-31-2010 18:23:16 | More by tippebrewcrew2
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