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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 61
Gots: 88 | 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 losdizzel
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Alright here we go .
Poured into a Guinness glass Im sorry ,looks very good tho nice creamy head a little darker than Guinness but defenitly not Guinness other than that a nice very drinkable beer .
Not a whole lot of taste here but very nice mouth feel , had it plenty times before figured i would review it.

Nice color
nice smell
nice mouthfeel
Not outstanding but nice
would recomind this have fun be safe


losdizzel, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of SimplySinister
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This stout looks quite a lot like Guinness at first glance. It pours nearly jet black; though it is translucent. It sports a large tan head that provides quite a bit of lacing. Its level of carbonation is adequate. The smell is rather subdued- not a whole lot going on here. If I use my imagination, I think I might be able to pick up some dark fruit or chocolate notes.

As far as its taste is concerned, it is also quite subdued. Nothing here tastes synthetic; though the brew does seem slightly watered down. Some bitterness comes through at the end, but I consider this a pleasant characteristic. I can detect the presence of some malts, mixed with a noticeable hint of chocolate espresso.

The mouth-feel is smooth and velvety to be sure. The taste does tend to linger a tad though. However, I think that I could easily drink a few of these; there is a sense of a cleanliness to this brew that I find fascinating.

In conclusion, I find this beer to be enjoyable, even if it is a little simplistic. I can't say that I would, in any way, pass on my old favorites to partake in this offering, but this brew does have a place. Additionally, considering I found a 4 pack of pints at my local grocer for 5.99, I can't complain whatsoever. All in all, a solid B beer.

SimplySinister, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Ceili Cottage - the last time I had this beer, it was because I dragged a few cans back from Eire herself...

This beer appears black, with red highlights, and two fingers of thick, creamy light beige head (with a Shamrock etched in the foam) which leaves random smatterings of lace around the Imperial pint glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of lightly roasted malt, and a floral earthiness. The taste is light roasted barley, a bit of dry coffee, and a soft pitted fruit essence. The carbonation on the low side, the body super-smooth, creamy, and subtly weighted - definitely not heavy, and it finishes dry and clean.

A superb dry Irish stout. I don't know if it's just contrarian of me or not (heh), but I always seek this out, whereas Guinness just seems to always be there, Murphy's just isn't that easy to find. A shame or a boon, I don't know, because I could happily sip on these all bloody night!

biboergosum, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of alovesupreme
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a rich mocha colored head, with the consistency of whip cream. An almost black body with ruby notes on the edges.
Smells subtly of cream and toasted malts.
Dry roasted taste with a hint of vanilla. Not much going on.
I am biased with Nitro but the mouthfeel although thin was very creamy and pleasant.
A good beer that I will have when more desirable options are not available.

alovesupreme, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slightly roasty, lots of caramel. The taste is malty, some roast notes, and caramel. Light body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

Wasatch, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of CheckMate
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz Nitro-can (4 pk.) bought at McKinnon's Market in Salem, NH shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. Pours a dark ebony color with a good inch to an inch and a half of a tan creamy head. scents of chocolate, coffee, and maltiness. flavors of a slightly bitter dark roast coffee immediately jump on the tongue, with high notes of dark chocolate in the immediate background, with a subtle creamy maltiness in the background. very light and fine carbonation and full bodied. easy drinker. the first sip invites another. when transporting it from the store to your destination becareful not to let it move around so much. my can was in the fridge for an hour after i got home before i opened it and it was still a gusher. no complaints about this beer though.


CheckMate, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of JunkYardJake
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nitro-can poured into imperial pint glass.
As with most nitro products, the pour created a nice looking creamy head and a cool waterfall look for a few seconds. Once settled, it had a dark brown, almost black, color with notes of amber. Head lingered and laced well as expected. Nose is almost non-existent. Sweet milky taste with a little roasted grain and chocalate notes thrown in. Very simple flavor that works well. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a slighty dry finish. Quite drinkable. Not the best stout I've ever had (or had this week- O'haras gets that honor) but a pretty solid brew nonetheless.

JunkYardJake, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In honor of St. Patrick's Day - 16 fl. oz. nitro-can served in my Sam Smith Nonic. Poured with a cascading, creamy/frothy head that eventually coalesces into a two inch dense, tan-colored cap. Head eventually settles into a solid one inch cap with thick sheets of lacing coating the sides of the glass and exhibiting excellent adherence. Appearance is a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges and when backlit. Nose is subtle - dry with a hint of roast. Taste follows nose, with the addition of an expression of light, toasted malt, a slightly watery quality and a metallic flavor that peaks out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with the consistency of watery milk. Pretty good drinkability for the style and really quite easy to session, although my preference is for Guinness Draught.

Jwale73, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of Fnord
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Black with a tan, creamy head.

Smell - I can honestly barely smell anything. Trace amounts of alcohol and coffee.

Taste - Roast coffee and grain husk predominate. There's a slight medicinal taste in the middle, too. A dryly bitter finish, with little to no alcohol taste. The finish gets more bitter as it warms up, and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, obviously nitrogenated.

Drinkability - The high point of this beer, it is very drinkable.

Notes - There's not much to this other than the drinkability and creamy mouthfeel. It's not even from Ireland: it says on the can that it was made in Edinburgh. I feel ripped off.

Fnord, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of biglite351
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - nice and dark with short lasting foam.

S - lite but full, if that makes sense. You do want to take a sip from the smell alone.

T - disappointing after the smell. Not bad, but not as full as expected. Mild bitter after taste. Bellow average for the type.

M - creamy with mild tingle on sides of tongue.

D - okay, but I'll pass.

biglite351, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black and a quarter inch light tan head
S-a very creamy nose to it with a nice roasted character but lacking in bitterness
T-a smooth very malty beer that is very light on the bitterness when compared to its counterparts but still has a nice chocolate taste with a little bit of coffee in the background
M-a very light body with no carbonation and a nice full feel that is still very easy to drink
D-a very drinkable beer with a good taste and a light body that can easily be enjoyed throughtout the night

joshstevens87, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of mirish72
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always liked Murphys. When I lived in Ireland, I would always drink Murphys wherever it was available, which in the early 90's meant County Cork and maybe Galway City.

It is a beautiful pour, settles in about a minute into a pint glass. Pous black with a creamy 1 finger white head.

Smells of roasted malts. It tastes very smooth, without the bitterness of Guinness. It is also very drinkable, almost quaffable and a pint is gone in about 3-4 sips.

You forget that you're only dealing with a beer that is 4%, so it is really an enjoyable session beer.

Up Cork.

mirish72, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of sitarist
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, looks like muddy water. Only an inch of a tan head, good lacing.

Smells like sour chocolate milk.

Taste pleasant. Hints of coffee and cream and rye toast.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a chalky finish. The body is medium with minimal carbonation.

Nothing wrong this just isn't my style. I wouldn't order one but I wouldn't turn one down.

sitarist, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From nitro-can number 30-04-7-L9111-10-17:27. Sampled on March 8, 2010. The pour is dark brown with a snowy widget-enhanced silky, creamy tan head and busy carbonation. The head is a good inch thick. The aroma is of dark caramel malts, toffee, and even a tiny hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel runs about medium but comfortable. The taste is quite clean and crisp with a bit of vanilla bean and pleasingly bitter hops. It is also a tad soapy. Basically likeable.

puboflyons, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed Murphy's Irish Stout. I was similar to Guinness (obviously). It was a very dark stout, but little head. The flavor was comparable to Guinness. I thought this beer was extremely smooth. There was little bitterness and aftertaste. Great texture, just went down smoothly, not sure how else to describe it. If you like Irish stouts, I recommend Murphy's.

Cubsfan1087, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up what would seem like an opaque, near black body were it not for the ruby-hued highlights at the edges. 1½ inch head of lasting ecru foam.

Smell: Presents a rather mild nose, smelling of burnt barley and only the vaguest notes of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted, blackened malts make up the lion's share of the flavor, yielding only a lesser hint of weak coffee and a Very mild hint of unsweetened chocolate. A slight astringency from the burnt grains perks up now and again from all that charred barley. A tad chalky on the dry, roasty, but ultimately hohum finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied. Scant carbonation, but a creamy mouthfeel from the nitro.

Drinkability: Well, while it's relatively light body and cream mouthfeel helps to ease it down the gullet, it's also a bit bland and forgettable.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 16oz nitro-can, Murphy's pours that standard Irish stout black, with a creamy nitro head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of roasted and light chocolate malt.

Flavor is very easy and smooth, complimented by the near-zero, cask-like carbonation. Touch of buttery diacetyl comes through the overall tangy and darkly malty flavor profile. Not very hoppy or bitter. Very easy to quaff.

Here's an Irish stout that is smoother and more balanced than Guinness, without giving up classic flavors. Yum.

dasenebler, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with a good sized tan head. Decent retention and fair amount of lacing.

S - Fair amount of roasted malt and milk chocolate. Fairly sweet.

T - Roasted malt base with a good amount of chocolate (not all as bitter/dark as something like Guinness). Also a bit of coffee. Somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter. A little bit of caramel and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a velvety texture. Bit of a drying finish.

D - Very easy to drink. The mouthfeel just lets this slide down your throat and the flavors are nice and inoffensive.

Notes: Nice to get at a bar with a limited selection, especially if you want something smooth and creamy. Somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter.

FreshHawk, Mar 01, 2010
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
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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