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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 1,813
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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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 tugdriver7


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pre-St. Patty's trip to Meiklejohn's in E-Burg. Chocolate milk (look) in the glass, dark brown with those wonderful nitro-tap bubbles cascading down the sides. Gorgeous tan head of foam that leaves the telltale moustache with each sip and lasts right to the end. Smell is smoky malt (as expected) with smooth mouthfeel and rich, subtle carbonation. Flavor is uniquely balanced malt with less bitterness than Guinness, rendering the whole much more drinkable. I know what I'll be enjoying on the 17th while someone I know (N&E) are in Ireland. Must be nice.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-14-2009 15:19:49 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep black that was not quite opaque. The customary cascade climbed to the top where a finger and a half of very thick, creamy head developed and did not dissipate. It's beautifully Irish.

Smell: Milk chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The milk chocolate from the smell comes through and is well balanced with an espresso-like bitterness.

Drinkability: It's smooth, but also watery, as if Murphy's brewed a stout and diluted it...heavily. Yet it's amazing. Here's to you, Leopold.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2009 07:17:50 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of treyrab


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Never took the time to try this, so I grabbed it at the store and poured it into my pint glass...

A: Like a typical nitro-can stout, this pours thick like a milkshake and the head slowly creeps away and yields a nice dark brew. The 1 finger nitro head lasts the whole time.

S: Smell is nice, light and refreshing with espresso beans, chocolate ice cream, coffee and dry roasted malts.

T: Nice and light with espresso beans, light milk chocolate, dark bitter roast. Everything is there, but everything is real light in flavor, which was expected.

M,D: Not the biggest fan of nitro, as it seems pretty flat.

Overall, this is a decent Irish Dry Stout that is very refreshing and I could sit down and have a few of these.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-08-2009 17:05:14 | More by treyrab
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

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

440 mL nitro can poured into a glass.

This stout pours beautifully! A 1-finger head of very thick, cream-colored foam.

Smells of roasted malts, no surprise there.

Goes down very easily, nice and smooth flavors. There's a slight burnt taste on the finish, much like a dark-roasted coffee, which is actually quite nice.

Smooth and slightly dry on the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, and modest ABV adds to that.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-04-2009 09:50:57 | More by fullsweep
Photo of asabreed

New York

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

16.9 oz. nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark amber and nearly opaque in the right light. Huge representative milky and foamy and dense mocha-colored head due to the draught-flow widget or whatever the hell makes it do that. It has the side-of-the-glass crawl going on to as it seeing-eye-like crawls up or down depending on where you look at it. The head also leaves awesome thick rings down the glass with each sip.

Smell: Mild roasted bitterness with a bit of sourness and chocolate. Subdued but nice.

Taste: Dry and roasted malts with a bit of a sourness to the finish, and a bit of acrid and mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but still a bit watery in a way, and it seems like it should be creamier since the head and the look in the glass seem to be leaps and bounds above.

Drinkability: I prefer Murphy's in the can to Guinness, and it's one of those every-once-in-a-while stouts that I can't help getting a 4-pack of for the price and drinkability. Bars get away with selling it at an insane price, but having a few on a cool night always makes it a better one.

Serving type: can

03-03-2009 04:36:29 | More by asabreed
Photo of Jekster


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a deep onxy black with a creamy thick light brown head. The head is definitely here to stay as it is still standing strong after literally thirty minutes of letting the beer warm to an appropriate drinking temperature.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is of lightly brewed coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted caramel. There is a body and depth to the aroma that I can only describe as creamy and coating. All smells are subtly blended together into a pleasant mellow aroma.

Taste: This beer has a slight malty bready sweetness which fades into hints of bitter coffee with a mild dry chalkyness. These very mellow flavors then fade into a lingering ashy burnt bitterness that is extremely prominent on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a definite creamy silky component from the wonderful nitro-infused head. The beer itself has a very light body, but with a slight slickness that gives the perception of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely drinkable due to it's light body, creamy head, and mellow flavors.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is not a beer that will wow your socks off with intensity of flavor or aroma. Rather, it is a mellow, quaffable, pub ale that I think would be perfect for long evenings of shooting the breeze with good friends. I think the easy drinking nature of this beer is a showcase and a perfect beer for someone who wants a light pub ale with a little with a roasted twist. It would pair exceptionally well with traditional pub grub like fish and chips, thick rich stews, or steamed oysters.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-03-2009 02:16:12 | More by Jekster
Photo of MiScusi


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro tap at Lucky Baldwin's, poured into a pint glass. Creamy nitro head as expected, jet black body. Mild roastiness in the nose, mild roastiness in the taste. Pretty thin body, but it definitely has more flavor that Guinness. Easy drinking overall, definitely could do a session of this when in the mood for a light stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-01-2009 05:06:02 | More by MiScusi
Photo of rkinsella


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a nonic glass with the head crowning the rim.

Appearance - Awesome surge, picture perfect pint. Creamy head looks like soft-serve ice cream. Head stays for the whole glass without any reduction. Lacing coats the entire glass.

Smell - Roasted malt, touch of coffee. Smell was remarkably fresh for being from a can.

Taste - Sweetness upfront, bread like notes, touch of dark chocolate/coffee bitterness on the finish. Clean dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Low micro bubble carbonation creates a creamy texture that has very good body. Not watery like the Guinness nitro-cans I've tried.

Drinkability - With ABV at 4% and the low carbonation, they go down fast and smooth.

I know there are much better stouts out there. Ones that are lot more complex and interesting. But my goodness Murphy's is fun to drink. Nitro-can impressed me!

Serving type: nitro-can

02-24-2009 15:15:02 | More by rkinsella
Photo of Greggy


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a 1.5 finger THICK and creamy light tan head over a black body with dark ruby highlights. Pretty good lacing clings to the glass as I drink.

S- I can actually smell this nitro stout.. good start. Chocolate, cream, coffee, some hazelnut. Very fresh and aromatic.

T- Starts out very creamy and smooth but leans into a bit oaky (odd) caramel, slight butterscotch and burnt coffee note. The finish is quite dry and is pretty one dimensional and has an out of place green apple note.

M- Very thin and one dimensional. Granted nitro stouts should be a bit thinner but still creamy. This just lacks the mouthfeel that Guinness and beamish offer.

D- This is a decent stout at best. When I want a nitro-irish dry, I'll stick to beamish.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-23-2009 03:49:43 | More by Greggy
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured froma 12oz. can into a pint glass.

The color is dark brown a foamy white head.

The smell is not very strong. Some malt and a slight hop flavor.

The taste is creamy, some roasted malt flavor. Also has abit of a chocolate feel to it as well.

A bit more creamy than some stouts, this beer does go down well but is a bit heavy.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-12-2009 20:55:18 | More by Duhast500
Photo of LittleCreature


3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Dark brown fades to black with a creamy, Baileys head.

Smell - 3.0
Very little aroma, slightly roasty and sweet.

Taste - 4.0
Chocolately, roasty, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - 4.5
Less roasted astringency than Guinness, very easy to drink.

OVERALL - 3.95
The best nitrogenated stout, I look forward to finding it on-tap again.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-11-2009 01:36:26 | More by LittleCreature
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i got this one off of a trade from a friend of mine. it pours a real dark thick black with a very nice creamy head that lasted all the way to the end of the glass with some pretty decent lacing, im guessing this is from the nitro can. the smell did not impress me too much, maybe some coffee, a little roastiness, and maybe a little chocolate malt. the taste was roasted malts and coffee with a little bit of a watery taste. it finished out real creamy and has that creamy finish most nitrogen conditioned stouts have. this beer is by all means nothing too special, reminds me of a upgraded guiness. but its pretty cheap and i was actually quite surprised, i had some low expectations for this beer but it turned out alright.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-31-2009 17:50:34 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of atis


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

Drank this one in Dublin.

Pours very dark, almost black with dense head that does not dissipate till the end of pint, leaving thick and dense lacing. Amazing.

Aroma is quite weak - roasted malty, some cofee, could not detect anything else. Taste is dry roasted malts, some coffee and very dark chocolate with dark fruits finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but also felt slightly watery.

I am not a fan of stouts, but enjoyed this one a lot.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-30-2009 19:42:50 | More by atis
Photo of droomyster


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown with exciting caronation cascades (owing to the special draftflow you hear clinking in the can) and super creamy brown head that leaves perfect lace rings until the entire pint is gone. Chocolate and coffee ground aromas are extremely subdued. Taste is very good; I taste what I smelled with the addition of an earthy and roasty bitter finish. The body, however, is even more watery than Guinness. Beautiful to behold and good-tasting -- will buy this one again.

Serving type: can

01-27-2009 07:37:08 | More by droomyster
Photo of MisterClean


4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pine on nitro tap at De Veres

A - Pours a dark mahogany to black with a creamy head. Takes forever to dissipate and leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and flowery hops.

T - Coffee richness, followed by some smooth chocolate and a small amount of flowery hops.

M - Very creamy and filling. Not earthy or gritty compared to another famous, yet pejorative Irish stout.

D - Pretty good. Would consider downing another in the future.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-24-2009 18:29:15 | More by MisterClean
Photo of Rchap1


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I start this, let me say that there is a major difference in this beer depending on where you have it. If you drink this in Ireland on tap, it tastes decidedly different than what's available in the states. Not sure if this is just the pasturization or what, but it certainly is different. That being said, this I had this on tap in Sine in Cork City.

A: Nice deep ruby red when it's held to the light. Very solid creamy head. There's nothing more exciting than watching a pint settle for a good 3-4 minutes, setting up that nice thick foam. Leaves very good lacing too,

S: Dry, malty, not really much on the hops side, but there's a tiny touch in there.

T: Very clean, deceptively light tasting. Considering it's only a 4%, you certainly wouldn't expect to taste any alcohol, and you don't. Good malt flavor, little hint of coffee as well

M: Very silky, lighter on the carbonation.

D: It's very easy to put several of these down in a sitting, lucky that ABV is kinda low! This is a great social beer, easy to sit back and relax with.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-20-2009 01:37:51 | More by Rchap1
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown with a one finger off white head with very good retention, doesn't ever disappear. Some lacing but not a lot.

S: Not very strong at all. Smells of coffee and some roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts that turn into a coffee-heavy dry finish.

Overall It's not too far behind Guinness. Pretty good for it's style though and fairly drinkable. Something I'd buy on-tap at a bar with no selection.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2009 07:28:57 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

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

A: A deep, dark brown with an average sized, densely creamy off-white head with great retention and some foamy lacing.

S: Roasted grains and some earthy, lactic, and coffeelike aromas. Perhaps vaguely nutty as well.

T: Faint dark malts and then a riding, gradual milky sweetness accompanied by a subdued earthiness. A bit of coffee and some faint dark chocolate.

M: Light in body, somewhat watery despite how appealingly creamy it is. A bit of a dry finish.

D: This one is much better from the nitro can than Guinness. Still a subdued flavor profile, but it's tasty and extremely easy to drink. I get a craving for something like this once in awhile, and I'll keep Murphy's in mind next time that I do.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-19-2009 04:25:23 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of LordHammer

New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the nitro-can into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Pours a deep black, a tough red if held up to the light, with about an inch of cream-colored head. Has the lovely waterfall effect up the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is mostly roasted grains, nothing unusual or special here.

T: Nothing impressive here. Roasty grain profile that lingers on until the next sip. A bit bland.

M: The nitro serves to beef it up a little, bit this is a bit thin to me.

D: It is certainly enjoyable, but nothing special. I could certainly drink a few.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-18-2009 22:26:38 | More by LordHammer
Photo of Pedro07


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always think of dry irish stouts as awsome session beers. Low abv., and very satisfying for some random reason. I'm more of a Beamish and Murphy's guy than Guinness.

A- Dark, nitro doing it's thing. Creamy 1.5 finger head on top.
S- There is some faint malty-roasted-barley notes in the smell, despite the nitro.
T- Creamy and smooth, these are the first things that become apparent. The flavor compounds start to emerge in the middle and the finish. There's a dry-malted/roasty flavor. I don't really catch any coffee or chocolate flavors.
M- Full! Smooth with nothing unpleasant.
D- Great. These stouts will do trick for a session if you're not looking to burn-out your taste buds on IPA's. Plus, a low abv. always helps the sobriety factor!
All in all, for what they are intended to be, they do a good job. People mark these beers down because they aren't an RIS. News flash, they're not trying to be. Appreciate them for what they are!

Serving type: nitro-can

01-18-2009 00:58:28 | More by Pedro07
Photo of taylor714914


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Great dark colored brew pours thick. Black Gold as far as I'm concerned!

S- Coffee, Roasted Goodness, maybe faint chocolate somewhere in the mix??? Can't say for sure.

T- Coffee and roasted goodness right up front. Dark, bitter chocolate, malts.

M- Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation and great coating mouthfeel.

D- Yes. Multiple Murphy's wouldn't be difficult at all.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-17-2009 02:06:04 | More by taylor714914
Photo of Mistofminn


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

Poured from a 16 oz nitro-can.

The waterfall effect always gets me. Creamy off-white has excellent retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell reminds me of Guinness, with a little more roasted coffee and nuts present.

I get mild coffee tones for taste, not as strong as the scent would suggest, but they are definitely there. Also a sort of oatmeal flavor. The mouthfeel is watery but very smooth. After the initial "waterfall effect" the carbonation sort of disappears which affects the mouthfeel, but still. Very very smooth.

Considering how smooth this is, and the lack of carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. I could see myself easily downing numerous of these in a single night.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2009 20:33:16 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of roadhouse


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance is of course just about perfect, gotta love the nitro can for that. It's not quite black, with some ruby red highlights coming through on the bottom. The thick and creamy head is about one and a half inches thick and after about 15 minutes is still at least a half inch thick. Massive sheet of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is mild overall, but contains some coffee, milk chocolate, and a general fruitiness. Too much of nothing going on to rate it higher.

Taste is much better than Guinness, but still not great. Towards the front end there's not much at all and is very similar to taking a sip of some heavy water. The flavor doesn't kick in until the beginning of the swallow and it is mostly just bitter roasted coffee with a bit of fruitiness that comes out more towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, but leaning towards the full side. It seems pretty flat though I'm guessing that's how it's supposed to be.

Still can't say I'm a fan of the Irish Dry Stout, but I'm trying. I think I'm just gonna have to get O'Hara's Celebration and if that doesn't do it, I'll have to conclude it's just a style I don't like.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2009 02:02:21 | More by roadhouse
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a beautiful cascading motor oil dark brown/black that sits opaquely and laces nicely in my Samuel Smith's English pub glass.

S - chocolate malts, coffee beans, roasted malts, very light hoppiness, hints of nutmeg.

T - roastiness and coffee up front followed by a quick dose of herbal/bitter hops. Slightly bitter/tangy aftertaste.

M - medium/full bodied, mild carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - highly drinkable, easy to drink a few.

Overall - Not an especially exceptional stout by any means but definitely a sturdy one to session with or if you don't feel like spending more. I find Guinness to taste better but this is still a decent brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2009 01:09:21 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of cvfish


3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a oil black color that produced a brown foamy head that retained ok, and left some lacing

S - Some roasted coffee scents

T - Burnt coffee bean and some bitter aftertaste, nothing complex

M - Creamy, but kind of dry, with some carbonation and a heavy body

D - Dry stouts are not my favorite stouts, and I love me some stouts. ok beer, not that complex to me

Serving type: can

01-08-2009 21:19:53 | More by cvfish
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