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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,919 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,919
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 59
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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 eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml nitro can poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a huge creamy fizzy beige head. Impressive retention (it lasts for long time): The Nitro device really works. The color is a deep black but not completely opaque

S: Huge roasted malts in the nose. Followed by caramel and some hints of dark chocolate

T: Strong on roasted malts. A bit sweet upfront but, in overall, a dry and bitter taste, as expected. A bit metallic with a light earthy hoppy presence too

M: Light body. Low carbonation and a nice and mild bitter aftertaste

D: High. The bitter aftertaste and the low ABV improves a lot its drinkability.

eduardolinhalis, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

brownbeer, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/12/2010 (Nitro-Can):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, opaque, with a big creamy light brown color head. Lasting head. Chocolaty aroma, some rasted scents. Has a light watery taste. Body is somewhat creamy. Very watery taste, light on flavor.

jujubeast6000, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of vazy
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with nitro bubbles rushing down. As they settle it turns into a charcoal black color. The head sticks around and leaves a thick lacing till the bottle of the glass.

S- roasty coffee like aroma is prominent with subtle sweet vanilla-like fragrance coming through at the end.

T- a rich and hearty expresso flavor hits the tongue at first with a light chocolate undertone.

M- on the heavy side with the a smooth side though.

D- A very tasty beer. The flavor was complex, rich and inviting. An overall enjoyable beer that I took a liking too.

vazy, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of shutupdoodah
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like chocolate, but turns into a very, very deep brown as the nitrogen bubbles rise up and form a one finger cream colored head. No movement whatsoever. Head disappears as you work your way down the glass.

S - Toasty. Chocolate of coffee maybe?

T - Some coffee, maybe a bit nutty and some dark chocolate thrown in there. Touch of bitterness in the back of the mouth.

M - Medium body, but as most nitro-brews, very smooth. A milk like consistency.

D - The low ABV makes me think I could session with this. The finish isn't quite as clean as I'd like though for a beer I'd want to drink more than several of.

shutupdoodah, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murhpy's Irish Stout has a dark brown body that borders on black. The head is about three fingers tall and has the consistency of frothed milk on a cappuccino. Great retention, and a solid wall of lacing. Looks pretty good, like every other beer I've seen on a nitro tap.

The aroma has some roasted malts, some sweetness and a hint of coffee.

The flavor is the same as the smell; a bit of roasted malts, some sweetness and some coffee. pretty weak flavors overall, but nothing unpleasant.

The mouthfeel has that creamy, false-full quality from the nitro tap, but feels a bit insubstantial anyway.

Not bad for a low alcohol beer I guess.

Hojaminbag, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an exquisite beverage. A perfect 16 oz glass full of head flattening out to a dark creamy refreshment. Lace sticking to the glass forever. If there could only be one thing to drink in the world, this would be a good choice. Not much kick, so you could drink it all day and night without getting loopy. A sophisticated blend of bitter and sweet (mostly bitter).

Truly, this may be the ideal thing to get a belly full of. It tastes sublime, so you guzzle until there is no more room. At that point, you still aren't too wasted. I've loved this ever since it was available with the widget (and before??). It makes me imagine driving off in a Bristol on the wrong side of the road. Wonderful.

schoolboy, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16oz nitro-can.

A- First let me say this beer when just sitting after all the "magic" is done looks fake. Doesn't even look like a freakin beer. Put pours a nice deep dark brown color. One finger creamy light tan head just sits there. Doesn't do anything....kind of pissed it doesn't do anything. Lacing all over the sides of the glass but a lot of it just slides back into the beer.

S- Light metallic tinge to the aroma. Roasted malts come into play along with some light coffee notes. I understand this beer isn't like bigger stouts that have a ton of aroma but this one is lacking it...a lot. I had to almost stick my nose into the beer to pick up on anything. I get more aroma with adjunct lagers than this beer.

T- There is a sweetness in the front of this beer that caught me by surprise. Not like chocolate sweet but more of a cream like sweetness. Roasted malts and light coffee notes bounce all throughout my beer. The only I didn't care for in the taste was how water down the flavors were coming to the middle to end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Creamy yet watery taste in the mouth throughout the entire beer. Roasted malts left on the palate with a coffee taste added to the aftertaste.

D- This was a very drinkable beer I suppose. I didn't like the water down feeling to this beer at all. It would stop me from ever trying it in either the bar or at home once again.

alleykatking, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of schanker21
1.85/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this on-tap just for the hell of it. I've had it canned before, and my beer tastes have developed quite a bit since then, but still, this tastes almost exactly like Guinness draft.. I don't understand the high rating on here. It looks neat when poured due to the nitro, however, it still tastes like someone took a very mediocre stout and added a whole bunch of water. Well overpriced for what you get. I will not give this beer three strikes; two tries were enough for Murphy's.

schanker21, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Dster
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm a sucker for the style. Which I think should always have high drinkablity or it is missing the point.

Appearance: sexy, black, opaque with tan silky head.

Smell: Faint but smells of chocolate and coffee

Taste: Low carbonation, not overly complicated, taste of iced coffee and toasted nuts on the back of the tounge

Drinkabilty is killer because of low carbonation and straight forward tase

Dster, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of lamergod
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served on a nitro can into a beer mug

Appearance:Pitch black with no carbonation and a head,2 fingers thick and a bit yellowish

Smell:It smelt great!I didn't kept it cold enough so alot of smell was muted,thus I needed to keep agitate it.Had a strong smell of roasted malts,then very sweet smelling chocolate,then came some sweet coffee smell,some what like a espresso .Then it had a coffee smell that wasn't so sweet,like those coffee bean brewed coffee

Taste:Just like the smell,roasted malts,chocolate,and some coffe smell,it tasted great

Mouthfeel:Creamy and watery.Very mellow,maybe too mellow that I felt like I wanted to puke from drinking too much water,also very smooth down the throat

Drinkability:The body is perhaps too dense .A little carbonation would do great,overall a excellent beer

lamergod, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of rwrk42
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with one of the best foamy heads out there and there is nothing like the cascading effect

Smell: Slight smell of roasted malts

Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Roasted malts with a slight bitter, dry finish

A very good Irish Stout which I highly recommend to anyone.

rwrk42, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of MentorBeerGuy
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been drinking this stuff for a long-time and felt like doing a review after last night's session.

A: Pours jet black with a nice 1-inch caramel head that stayed well into the pint.

S: Roasted malts and coffee are present, but definitely not overbearing. Like other milk/dry stouts, the lack of aroma compared to RIS and other dark ales is not indicitive of the taste.

T: Burnt toast and coffee are the 1st flavors revealed. Some dark chocolate bitterness on the backend but not at all offputting. This is where it puts Guinness to shame. Great roasted flavor but none of the bitterness that it's Irish rival leaves on the palette.

M: Much the same as Guinness, its quite a thick beer with very little carbonation. Think a happy medium between 1% and 2% milk. Very creamy/smooth like a milkshake that has melted away.

D: Murphy's bread and butter. I've never understood why people have labeled most dry stouts hard to drink. The mouthfeel is heavy, but the low ABV and low calorie count make Murphy's easy to drown in.

Overall, a prime example of the style and without a doubt my favorite session beer.

MentorBeerGuy, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of raclark
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving style is a 16 oz. nitro-can.

It pours a beautiful pint with a thin creamy oatmeal colored head that clings nicely to the glass as you sip. Dark black color lets no visible light shine through.

The smell is a rich toasted malt scent.

The roasted bitter flavor of the malt carries over to the taste which is balanced with a creamy sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style which makes for excellent drinkability.

Of course any beer of this style begs a comparison to Guinness. Although I'm not a big stout drinker, I'd have to say I prefer Murphy's. Definitely a recommendation for any fan of this type of beer.

raclark, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of wedge
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a sliver of chestnut at the bottom of the glass. Short but characteristically creamy beige head. Very light, sweet malty aroma...a hint of chocolate. Light, sweet, dark roasted malt flavor. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Very thin, obviously meant for drinking in numbers. Light and creamy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable, if boring.

wedge, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than expected. Closedmindedness to cans I guess. Smell's like a lighter stout, lacking the burnt coffee and chocolate you might expect.

Taste, like an Irish stout, is smoother than the appearance. Very silky. Likeable, mouthfeel doesn't change, first sip is like the last, but you might not stop at one, once you get into a flow with these. Decent, but not mindblowing to say the least.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of magine
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pour an almost black brew, with nice one finger off white head - minimal lace.

Brew smells of roasted malts, chocolate.

Tastes of roasted chocolate malts, a slight hop presence in the aftertaste. Has a very smooth mouthfeel and taste. Very tasty and smooth.

Brew is very drinkable, very smooth. This is the better option then the Guinness Draught can. Good.

magine, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of ujsplace
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Pours a head that is two fingers thick, tan in color and very dense with some descent residual lacing. The color of the brew itself is motor-oil black.

S: Mild chocolate, caramel malt and faint hops.

T: Burnt caramel, faint dark chocolate and earthy hops.

M: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, mild, faint carbonation and very smooth overall.

D: This is a very drinkable stout. Would easily pick up a case of this...

ujsplace, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black color; completely opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy tan head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big toasted malts; burnt toast, roasted nuts.

T: Consitent with smell with big toasted malt flavors; burnt toast, coffee, nuts. Lingers to an even bitter. Very dry.

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.

D: Good as it gets; great example of the style.

Haybeerman, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of bob3701
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass (I know but too lazy to get a proper one). I love the cascade effect from the nitro and the head that it leaves. Not as dark as most stouts since light shines through and not as much aroma. Really smoth a subtle taste. Not as dry as other Irish stouts. A little on the weak side of stout.

bob3701, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of JayQue
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

JayQue, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of Avagadro
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nearly black with a mocha colored creamy head. I love the nitro can and how creamy it makes the head.

S: sourdough bread and burnt toast dominate the bouquet.

T: follows the lead of the nose and delivers sourdough bread and a wallop of roastiness. Very dry.

M: thin body with a velvety texture.

D: the paragon of the dry Irish stout style. This is a must try for any DIS fan.

Avagadro, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit sweet, chocolate and malts. Taste is rather mild, malts with hints of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and drinkability is very good. Overal this is a fine quality beer.

tone77, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Murphy's Pint Glass

A: Opaque black body with 1.5 inches of tan creamy head. Great retention and leaves amazing lacing. Also the four leaf clover that the bartender added was a nice touch.

S: Dark coffee beans, dark chocolate and other roasted malts.

T: Coffee and chocolate are dominant, not much else can be described as they are to faint.

M: Light bodied, low-zero carbonation. Nice creamy texture and feel. Smooth down the throat and a dry bitter chocolate finish.

D: I enjoy this irish stout quite a bit and it is my go to at a bar that serves only macros. It's great for the price too.

Long813, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of fsimcox
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black. When I hold it up to the light, I see nothing but black.
Thick 1-inch creamy head, dissipates very slowly to ¼ inch. Little to no lacing.

Smells of malt and a hint of coffee. Smell is faint, and not overpowering.

A creamy malt and smoke taste. A little bitterness at the end with a slight roast coffee aftertaste. Rich and full bodied.

Mouthfeel is creamy, not much carbonation and a somewhat watery finish.

A very enjoyable beer. I think I would enjoy it with a hearty meal, or smoked cheese.

fsimcox, Nov 27, 2009
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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