Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

2,171 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,171
Reviews: 983
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 80
Gots: 242 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website
Ireland

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 beerboy21
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Roast coffee in the nose. Roast found in the sea of creaminess. My go-to nitro canned Irist stout.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a very finely bubbled 1” cream colored head. Roast espresso aromas. Creamy texture with rich roast flavors. The tap version is a little richer than the nitro can. My go to beer fro drinking with oysters.

Photo of leantom
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this popular brew. Here goes:

A: Pitch black with a small, creamy nitro head. A little underwhelming because of how small the head is (Left-Hand, by contrast, produces a much larger nitro head). Just OK.

S:Toasted and burnt malt. Coffee bitterness throughout with some cream. While the beer smells good, however, it's not exactly a robust and fulfilling smell.

T: Very underwhelming. Much too light on the flavor. Some coffee but, after all is said and done, the beer is too loose and watery. Smokiness is good, however.

F: Very watery.

O: An OK beer, but there are better Irish Dry Stouts on the market.

Photo of Nevbo
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Weird aftertaste. Not as good as Guinness draught.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into an English pint glass.

A - 5 - Pours a pitch black color with that lovely finger and a half of cream-white, pillowy head. Great head potential, amazing head retention and SOLID wall of lacing is left behind.
S - 4 - Light mocha coffee/chocolate, super fresh and roasty malt and a slight peaty smokiness.
T - 3 - Lightly sweet malt, light smokiness, bitter raw coffee bean finish. The downside, there's a slight metallic flavor that goes along with the drying nature of the beer and it definitely detracts from both the drinkability/sessionability of this beer as well as its subtle flavors.
F - 5 - Can't give this anything but a perfect score, the widget makes it so. Extremely pillowy soft head and creamy body.
O - 3 - A good representation of the Irish stout style and a great beginner stout, but Guinness draught still reigns supreme for me as the ultimate Irish stout experience.

Photo of NaziBeerHunter
4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drink a lot of Guinness, but whenever I feel like splurging, I'll go for the Murphy's. Around me, it only comes in 4 pack tall boys for $9-$11, while I can get a 12 pack of Guinness for less than $15 sometimes. It's a shame this beer isn't more available, because it really is great. Better flavor and mouthfeel than Guinness. Delicious beer, but it's just too godamn expensive when compared to Guinness.

Photo of britbygenes
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

If like me you had a bad experience with stout as a teen ("what the hell is this stuff")- this will erase those memories.About Murphy's I could "see" someone saying: "I don't usually like beer, but I like this!". Smooth, malty, full of body, wonderful clean taste.

Photo of jpwobbles
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark color with beige-colored foam head. Typical roasted smell and flavor profile of a dry stout. The body felt thin/watery though, and atypical to other stouts I've tried. I liked it, but it wasn't one I will continue to seek out.

Photo of lucasldoria
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 500ml can has a beautiful design and the famous little ball of nitrogen inside, designed to produce exactly a lovely thick beige cream, very persistent and consistent.
The color, the style itself is black, with ruby ​​traces against the light.
In aromas, striking coffee presences, bitter chocolate, besides traces of yeast toffee and toasted.
The carbonation, following the tradition, is low, and the body is good.
The bitterness is medium as the acidity.
The end refers to coffee.

Photo of henkejo
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very similar to guinness with a bit less flavor and smoothness.

Photo of ECV1846
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

creamy head, a bit watery not alot of flavor

Photo of gnikola
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A rather bland and watery beer, but that is to be expected from an Irish dry stout.

Photo of Pukstopper
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness little brother
Poured same deep black color nice head good lacing has a bit more ??? ( something I just can't place) but i had 2 and found it very drinkable

Photo of bluto1998
4.67/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great Irish traditional stout. Comparative to Guinness only a slightly better feel and flavor.

Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this every week and it’s been more than three years since I last had it.
Beautiful nitro look cascading to a deep black color with a very thick beige head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of creamy and dark chocolate, some hay and a bit of home coffee.
Flavor with notes of iced coffee, drops of Bailey’s liquor, earthy hops, a distant lactic sourness, licorice and roasted malts.
It finishes smooth and thinning and then finally dries out.
Light body with low carbonation. Velvet feeling.
Nice traditional Stout. I still have to compare it side by side with Guinness, though my impression is that has a better nose and it is slightly hoppier. Anyway both are now behind the dozens of newer kick-ass stouts available, but it has its place.

Photo of somalley26
4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a highly underrated stout to the general public. Sláinte!

Photo of ZinFanDave
2.79/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Thin and weak. Tastes like cold coffee. Unpleasant finish

Photo of ZBowden
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully black with a creamy tan head, smells of roasted malts with slight spicy hops, tastes of roasted malts and cherries. Creamy mouthfeel slightly thin but it's a low ABV beer, so not as much going into it as would be in a heavier beer.

Photo of MammothTarantula
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very underwhelming. Just tasted like it had water in it. Guinness clone with less character. Drank like a light lager. Apologies for this review as it will likely be unhelpful to many

Photo of drunkenmess
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thought it would be heavy like Guinness, but was sadly let down. Still not bad tho... but was lacking that PUNCH of bitterness. Idk, kinda watered-down to me. Wouldn't turn it down tho.

Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Every bit as good as Guinness if not a bit better. Silky smooth and easy drinking. yb

Photo of Thepumpkinpiper
4.73/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Guinness' big rival, and fuller-flavoured little brother. It took me longer to get into this one, and for a few years, I found it just to rich and heavy. Not so now; in fact, it is arguably becoming my favourite beer.

Look - Same as Guinness Draught, though darker, with a bigger head.

Smell - Reminiscent of being in a seaside Irish pub - one can just imagine the little packets of brown sauce on the table, fresh fish and chips being prepared, the ever-changing weather outside. A bit of sourness in the scent, with a stronger roasted barley nose.

Taste - Full-flavoured. More bitter than Guinness, a bit of sour smokiness that lingers for a long time. Lots of roasted malt, some chocolate and coffee.

Feel - Where Guinness is milky, Murphy's is creamy. Rich, luxuriant.

Overall, a beautiful beer. Due to Canada's ridiculously bizarre liquor laws, it is absolutely unavailable outside of a good Irish pub that will likely charge one exorbitant prices for a pint of said beer. Truly tragic. If you can get it on tap somewhere, take it over Guinness and allow yourself some time to make acquaintance with it. You won't regret it.

Photo of gspec
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

This beer uses the Draughtflow technology just like what Boddington Pub Ale uses.
It's very dark brown with nice, creamy head.
The smell is decent, but the taste too watery for me. Overall, this is an ok beer.

Photo of 1patrick1220
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good all around stout , great all around beer

Photo of john_farley3_rd
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smooth tasting stout with rich body and flavors

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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