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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,716 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1716
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%


Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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wmtxbb

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick finger sized head.

Smell: Creamy dark malts and a sort of metallic.

Taste: Sharp stout bite with a background of cream like dark malts.

Drinkability: very drinkable. Isn't too thick or thin. Bitterness from the hops enough to keep it interesting. Not a bad beer.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-11-2010 01:25:22 | More by wmtxbb
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JayQue

Virginia

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.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-14-2009 03:00:16 | More by JayQue
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-26-2004 22:56:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big stubby brown bottle: Color pours out a dark red-toned black with some highlights but not much light gets through it. Head was very foamy, frothy and whipped cream looking and off-white, close to getting light brown in color with some large bubbles and divets. Smell is mostly roasted malt tipping towards a burnt/toasty mocha or chocolate thats faint and soft. Taste is creamy smooth in its bitterness that lends itself to a roasted/toasted malt thats just a hint of chocolate cream or toffee flavored. Feel is creamy smooth, almost velvety with a lingering smooth bitterness thats dry and sweet. Super awesome feel. Drink, and drink some more. Pretty decent stout and would like to see this offered more at places that think Guiness is the stout to be drinking, cuz this is a slightly better offering.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-14-2003 17:58:30 | More by tavernjef
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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

It's pitch black. The head is the usual nitrogenous thick and creamy sort. Always a pleasure to admire the appearance of these stouts. I didn't get much out of the aroma, a little bit of roasted maltiness. Tasting this reveals a sweeter stout that it's competitors. It's quite pleasing. The smoothness and high drinkability is there of course. Roasted malts are pretty much the entire flavor, with some bitterness coming in on the dry finish. I enjoy this a lot more than Guinness, and just a tad more than Beamish. I really like O'Hara's Irish Stout when it comes to this style. But this is definitely a brew I will be going back to on many occasions.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-12-2003 13:58:30 | More by AudioGilz
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

Beautiful nitro-head of light tan foam atop a rich, dark red chestnut beer. The aroma is faint, but is a bit of a hop floral smell. The atse is also light, with roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is a good sweetness to it, followed with a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is near excellent. A solid Irish Stout.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-06-2003 16:17:43 | More by aaronh
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maxpower

Missouri

1.85/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Nitro bottle, pours thin black color, creamy foamy tan nitro head, light roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor, has a dry semi bitter finish, thin and watery mouthfeel, like Guinnes and Beamish IMHO they are overrated and pretty weak.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-28-2002 14:37:59 | More by maxpower
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ThreePistols

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque ruby-brown, huge creamy head, faint burnt malt nose, dry with some malt sweetness in the background, light body, roasted malt flavor with almost no hops, light dry roasted malt aftertaste, watery. I was disappointed with the lack of ample flavor and body.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-27-2002 12:14:44 | More by ThreePistols
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StevieW

Florida

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

Nitro bottle....Nice jet black color as you would expect, but the head on this one was very thin and lacked the creamy, fluffy, fullness that the other nitros produced. Not sure, if this is good or bad. Heavy roasted coffee smells, more than guinness. Nice dry flavor on the finish, less sweetness on the finish. Lacked the creamy smoothness of the guinness nitro. Overall very tasty, a bit thinner than expected, but very good. I think it will be much better on tap....

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-14-2002 19:28:39 | More by StevieW
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John

New York

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

Haven't had the Guinness version of this yet, so I can't make the comparison. But I was pleasantly surprised that this was decent and drinkable. I typically don't care for the astringency that nitro widget brings to the beer. That being said, this was as good as any similarly packaged simulated draught beer. I prefer the draught version.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

05-08-2002 08:38:33 | More by John
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy fresh 3/4 inch head, doesn't cascade downward like a Guinness nitro. Some chocolate hints in the smell. Extremely smooth and with a taste reminiscent of cream itself. Needs more of a dark roasted malt flavor and more bitter mid mouth tastes to be a better Irish Stout in my opinion. Very drinkable but not better than OK to fairly good.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-01-2002 10:43:52 | More by ADR
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro can was poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that for the most part is still there. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. That is expected. Frothy lacing on the glass all the way down.

Smell: Roasted coffee, bready oats, toffee, caramel, chocolate, a little smoke, and earthy aromas.

Taste: Same as above blended well together. Very tasty for a 4% nitro beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, lite bodied, a little chewy, some bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer can't do no wrong. Easy to drink and delicious. More please.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-16-2014 06:02:36 | More by Flounder57
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delta490

Virginia

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

Poured a deep, dark brown, with a ruby-tint towards the bottom of the glass. A creamy khaki head lasts throughout the beer and leave some nice lacing. The aroma is very sweet, think very dark caramel, with just a hint of burnt grain. The taste is very malty with a nice earthy hops finish. It's thinner along the style of dry stout and is just a great stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-08-2014 21:18:32 | More by delta490
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superspak

Michigan

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

14.9 oz can into imperial pint glass, canned on 2/14/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and creamy light tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense creamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant balance of roast/bready malt flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, lush, and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a nice dry stout. Good balance and robustness of roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-24-2014 02:38:49 | More by superspak
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Back body with a rich micro tan head. Excellent spider web lacing

S - Roasted cereal grains, cocoa puffs, milk chocolate malt, notes of coffee.

T - Toasted grains, milky cocoa, cold coffee, very silky and creamy flavors. Mineral flavors mix with multigrain cracker dough. Finishes creamy and dry

M - Milky cream texture, medium weight with a full body. Dry finish.

Always love kicking this beer back. You can session this all day but the creaminess makes you drink it slower. An excellent stout for any occasion.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-21-2014 02:09:40 | More by StaveHooks
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, on good old St. Paddy's day of course. Pretty cool that they brought this classic in for the occasion. A dark brownish black brew, with a reddish twinkle here and there although largely opaque, with a creamy light tan head. Smells like dry chalky chocolate and light roast coffee, with hints of medicinal licorice and fruity esters than recall red berries. Lewis, in his book on stouts (part of the Classic Beer Styles series), describes this brew as extremely dry and roasty and I do not disagree. It is bone dry but also extremely smooth and creamy, quite carbonated but nevertheless easy on the mouth. Light bodied and crisp. I get chocolate and coffee flavors but also a robust fruitiness, perhaps unique to the tap format, with some cherry gum, strawberry, grape, and faint mint adding a rather refreshing element that moderately offsets the dryness. Does not come off like a mass-produced brew but should certainly work as a session option for the dark malt aficionado. Gotta say, it beats Guinness by a long shot from my perspective over here in sunny Alberta.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 01:41:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
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fourstringer

Maryland

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz nitro can into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand and allowed to settle. Some cryptic numbers printed on the bottle of the can. Never been much of a fan of Guiness and it's St. Patrick's day, so this was the other Irish stout available...

A: Essentially black, opaque body with a red tint at the edges. 1+ finger of cream-colored head. Excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Light roasted malt. Biscuit, toasted bread. Bit of toffee and coffee. Overall subdued scents. Smells mostly of nitro head.

T: Tangy, roasted malt with a dry, moderately bitter finish. A certain burnt element with some associated astringency. Overall flavor is light. No alcohol.

M: Very smooth, low carb consistent with a nitro can. Watery, light body. Built to pound, it seems.

O: That last sentence is the crux of the matter. The flavors and scents are subtle, but damn if this one doesn't just compel you to suck it down. Seems I put the glass down and it was gone. Just the ghost of a dry, roasted, bitter, very clean finish ringing on the palate. The 2nd and 3rd cans went down much the same way.

Prost!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2014 04:56:14 | More by fourstringer
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a "widget" feature to give a nitro creaminess. Murky brown/black in color with a soft frothy head. Aroma is light; toasted bread, baking cocoa, cereal grains. Flavor is dry, very subdued and slight and follows nose. Not acidic and astringent like a RIS. Very one-dimensional with no undertones. No hop flavors. Silky mouthfeel that is very sensual, the best part of this brew. A saint patty's day beer that is at least better than green tinted Budweiser.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2014 08:18:26 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from nitro can into a pint glass

Appearance – Being a nitro pour, the beer shows the beautiful cascading nitro bubble vision. A cascade of white/tan carbonation/nitro bubbles streams up through the dark brown nearly pitch black body of the brew, with it advancing to the top of the beer and leaving a great level of thick off-white foam on the surface of the beer. The foam has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some coffee smells. Mixed with these are some hints of molasses and caramel, sweetening up the brew a bit. A bit of an oat and earthy aroma are there as well and when mixed with the sweet and nice roasty aromas it produced a very pleasant aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasty flavor mixed with some sweetness of a molasses and brown sugar nature. As the flavor advances the sweeter tastes fade all while being replaced by a lighter coffee flavor. Up front there is also a lighter chocolate taste, which like the sweeter flavors, ends up fading more toward the end of the flavor profile. Along with the increase of the coffee, so too comes some flavors of an earthier hop nature, which, with the drying of the flavors, ends up leaving a rather drier and darker roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Again being a nitro pour, the beer has a slightly thicker body feel for a brew of only 4.0 % abv. with a rather standard nitro driven carbonation/nitrogen feel. For the style it is quite appropriate with the lack of tingling bubbles but the smoother and creamier feel being nice for the mix of roast and lighter bitter flavors.

Overall – A rather decent Irish stout. It starts out sweeter, but dries out nicely with a decent level of bitterness from coffee and earthy hop flavors. With the nitro style pour, it makes for a good feel for the mix of roast and bitter as well as for the lower abv. of the beer and make for a rather decent session style drinker.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-16-2014 01:23:30 | More by Darkmagus82
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scratch69

Missouri

3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a nitro-can in a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with two fingers+ worth of tan head. Every swallow leaves a ring of lace around the glass.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, and smooth.

Overall- A good stout and a good substitute when Guinness isn't available.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-15-2014 01:33:06 | More by scratch69
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yardkl

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I must admit, I'm a little confused by the ratings here for this beer. I've done many back to back comparisons with Guinness and this beer is milder version of guineas. Less flavor but more creamy. Guinness is in no way perfect but this beer is, in my opinion, lacks the flavor that Guinness has. Still a good beer. Try it!

Serving type: can

03-11-2014 02:38:08 | More by yardkl
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Act25

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Better than Guinness, and as good as any sessionable, nitro stout stateside.

A; lovely head and lace. Blends extremely well in black & tans.
S: Roasty and chocolate malts dominate, plenty of aroma.
T: Bitterness is low, but it's not too sweet. Follows the smell with malts and more varied malts and not much hops. Yet, it's creamy, finishes well, blends well, and it's light.
MF: Thin, light, lightly carbonated, but doesn,t feel too light.

Most folks dont realize how much lighter (make a black & tan!), low cal, low ABV are dry stouts. Murphys is as good as they come and I wish I could source it locally by the case and a normal can size!
Must try.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-02-2014 01:32:38 | More by Act25
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of light tan head on a black body.
The aroma is black licorice, roasted malt and milk.
The taste is mild with light roasted malt and milk. Finishes with a mild bitter note.
The texture is smooth with a medium body.
It hits the right notes for a milder stout. Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: can

02-27-2014 11:24:55 | More by Fatehunter
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-16-2014 20:20:47 | More by ExtraStout
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Dozi

North Carolina

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this beer at my local grocery store. It was either this or Guinness. Glad I went with the Murphy's. Extremely smooth, finishes with just a touch of bite. As others have said, it isn't as thick as many stouts but I don't consider that a fault. No light passes through against light, so it's definitely not light by any means. I could drink a few of these in one sitting whereas many of the thicker stouts are more of a "one and done" type of experience. Fans of the style should definitely try Murphy's.

Overall, this will my goto stout from now on whenever there isn't many "specialty" stouts to choose from.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-15-2014 00:27:24 | More by Dozi
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