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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
84
good

1,907 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,907
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pros: It's not Guiness, it's only 4%, it's creamy, it has some roastiness and chocolate malts, and it pours a nice lasting head. However, it's low on overall flavour, and does not go to the pros with bold stoutiness as in many other stouts I have had.

Sammy, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

t0rin0, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish brown with a 1 inch dense bone colored head that settles down into a small cap. Foamy thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee beans, and some chocolate aromas. Taste is of roasted malt and coffee primarily with some dark chocolate flavors to a lesser extent. Very faint bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with an almost flat and creamy texture. Overall, this is a pretty good irish stout but I am not sure I would get this one again.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

zestar, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-Can. Super creamy and light. Tastes sweet like milk chocolate, but might not be as flavorful and complex as some other irish stouts. A little one note. Easy to drink, i could chug this if I wanted to. This is still one of my go to beers after many years. Excellent.

acurtis, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but extremely dark amber in color (black when viewed from afar) It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has stronger flavors of coffee and roasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and a little creamy and thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are also perceptible.
O: This beer is very drinkable and goes down easily. The smooth and creamy nature from the nitro-can help to make up for the thin mouthfeel.

metter98, Apr 12, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 26, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, very comparable to Guinness. Sweeter (lactose?), creamier, richer, and not as dry or chalky. Still highly roasty, medium heavy, cocoa, nutty, and clean. Bitterness is lower lying than expected from big roasted malt (charcoal). Lowly hopped as well. Colored a nearly opaque black / brown with ruby highlights. Still retains a firm head that remains unwavering. Maybe better than it's competitors.

BEERchitect, Mar 13, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Texasfan549, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%

kjkinsey, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another old tick from the notebook.

A: Pours a thick dark brown, almost black, with a creamy and large khaki head.

S: Smells like roasted malts and coffee for the most part. A bit of bitter dark chocolate is in there. Maybe a bit burnt or charred on the nose, but otherwise it's pretty tame.

T: Flavor is sort of watered down, but you get a sense of creaminess from the nitro. Roasted malts and dark chocolate along with a moderate coffee character. Nothing too exciting, I must say.

M: The body is definitely thin with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

O: Not bad, and it is something different from the usual Guinness, but not something I'd necessarily go back to.

womencantsail, Mar 20, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

ygtbsm94, Jun 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

GRG1313, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

jaydoc, Nov 13, 2013
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 Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is nearly a splitting image of Guinness, I honestly would have to try them side by side to tell the apart. The pour is a milky looking brown color as the nitro charges the beer. The head surges to the top making a tan colored creamy looking head. The smell of the beer had some earthy aromas and a light roasted smell to it. The taste was flavorful but with some of the roasted malts carrying over from the nose and some of the earthy peat flavors as well. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth despite the color. Overall it's a good brew to try I think. Worth looking into.

Knapp85, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have drank this a few times in the last few weeks and hope it gets better each time I drink it but it dont.A very nice looking black with a good creamy head that stays but there isnt much aroma a slight roasted smell but not much there.Taste is on the dry side with some light roasted malt flavors but a little watery taste to it somewhat bland.My best friend just got back from Ireland and said Murphys was the cheap beer to get in the pubs there,of the big 3 Guinness,Beamish,and this of Irish dry stouts I give this the lowest rating.

oberon, Sep 29, 2003
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

It's been a while since I last had a Murphy's stout. Howzabout we change that today, eh? It pours a solid matte black topped by an even more solid finger of off-cream foam. The nose is pretty weak, comprising some extremely mild roasted malts, light cocoa powder, and a touch of what seemed like mint. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light dark chocolate, very light molasses, and that light twinge of mint again. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a very light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a solid Irish stout, one that could easily give Guinness a run for its money (though, if forced to choose, I think I'd still side a bit more quickly with the boys from St. James Gate...).

TMoney2591, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i decided to dump a shot of coffee into this son of a bitch just to see what would happen, so this review is for murphy's irish coffee stout. pretty much opaque in appearance, nearly black in color, the coffee makes this stuff look a bit less girly i guess. signature frothy nitro head is prevalent and long-lasting. the aroma is of coffee and that's basically it. it's somewhat charred and burnt, but that's probably my fault for burning the coffee. the taste is coffee with maybe a bit of beer in the background, hard to tell, the coffee is somewhat overwhelming. fairly dry mouthfeel, a little chalky (possibly from coffee grounds). drinkability is good, this would make a nice morning picker-upper. in fact, i think i'll have one of these in the morning.

largadeer, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, foamy, capucino-like head. It left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and some coffee aromas.

T - It tasted very malty, a smooth roasted malt with an earthy/peaty flavor. It even had a slight sour taste.

M - It was smooth, crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking stout. You can easiy have a couple of these in a night.

zeff80, Sep 12, 2008
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
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

JAHMUR, Feb 18, 2013
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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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