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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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1,719 Ratings

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Ratings: 1719
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%

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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Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2005 21:47:15 | More by Sammy
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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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-22-2011 01:56:25 | More by UCLABrewN84
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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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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.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-20-2011 07:41:17 | More by womencantsail
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 18:21:32 | More by BEERchitect
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New York

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.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-12-2013 12:59:03 | More by metter98
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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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-05-2010 00:38:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2003 00:43:55 | More by oberon
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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...).

Serving type: nitro-can

07-10-2011 04:33:06 | More by TMoney2591
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Alberta (Canada)

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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-22-2010 22:09:36 | More by biboergosum
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Rhode Island

2.45/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap 12/31/06 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: Once the cascade of bubbles ends, the beer is black, with a large and very dense, off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick & even lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very faint but there’s some roasted malt and chocolate in there.

T: The taste is malty with a little chocolate mixed in. There was a metallic flavor at the beginning but it faded as the beer warmed. I guess I started drinking it a bit too soon. Overall, the taste seemed watered-down.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn’t find it to be very tasty, but it goes down easily, a little bit filling. I’ve tried this beer a couple of times at tastings and didn’t like it. I decided to give it a fair shot by trying it on-tap. It tasted somewhat better but I still don’t like it very much.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-01-2007 15:07:40 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ppurs chestnut with a 2fingers deep sand colored head. Amazing lacing & head retention, really pretty to look at

S: Hints of choclate & some roasted malt as it warms

T: Rich choclate up front, then a little grainyness & some bitter choclate. Finishes with lactic notes& a little more choclate & just a hint of dryness

MF: creamy, but lacking any true depth. A tad over carbonated

Just needs some more character to hold your interest. This is better on draft by miles. But this will work in pinch

Serving type: nitro-can

11-03-2006 21:27:16 | More by russpowell
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New York

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

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick creamy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice sweet dark malt scent with a creamy dry finish. The taste is good. It has a thin dark malt flavor that feels a little watered down, but good. It has a definate Irish style to it. It goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body and adequate carbonation. The beer drinks well. This is a fine Irish style stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-08-2004 23:42:27 | More by WesWes
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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.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-12-2008 22:01:16 | More by zeff80
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap@ West Ender sports pub in Marlboro.

It has a nice nitro upside down waterfall effect with a long settling nitro head, dark but not black color.

Typical nitro stout nose, dark malts, creamy nitro, touch of roast.

Taste is also just as expected, very creamy with nitro, a dry Irish stout taste, a little dark malts with chocolate malt, touch of a slightly fruity and dry Irish yeast. Semi sweet too despite being a dry stout.

Mouth is rich and creamy but not super thick.

Finishes dry with a touch of residual sugar, lots of lingering creamy nitro and light bitter stout flavors. Little dry fruity Irish yeast too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-23-2010 21:11:01 | More by jlindros
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with the characteristic cascading nitrogen creamy light brown head that sits atop a deep brown almost black beer. The aroma is fairly enticing with notes of chocolate and sweet grain. This beer is quite smooth on the palate, with a creamy mouthfeel from the low carbonation level. There is not a whole lot of flavor going on here, but there is a subtle chocolate note as well as a hint of roasty astringency in the finish. It seems to be a bit more flavorful than Guinness, but not by much. Basically an easily quaffable brew, that could certainly use a bit more roasted grain.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-25-2005 01:42:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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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.

Serving type: nitro-can

07-04-2011 07:43:38 | More by Knapp85
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours the usual nitro cascading head -
Smell of iron and roasted barley - Very mild. Tastes the same - creamy, airy...VERY similar to Guinness. Not much complexity in the flavor. Only difference between it and Guinness is maybe this has a very (very) slight more body.
A fun one to drink on St. Patty's day - Cool to look at. Easy to drink quite a few of, though a metallic taste is left after a few.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-29-2006 04:11:52 | More by jwc215
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a big nitrogenous tan creamy head, leaves thick coating of lace. Aroma: Dry slightly acidic mild coffee nice brew can't complain, it's a staple as far as Dry Irish Stout's go. Taste: Creamy even flavor very similar to Guinness, the toasted malts and dry finish seem like the same beer. While, Beamish has some varitation to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: Light and ariy mouthfeel nice and creamy, nitro tap. Drinkability: Excellent easy goingi dry Irish the working man's ale.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-31-2004 17:58:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic cascading tan head; deep mahogany brown that is slightly darker than Beamish. Excellent lace

Sweet milk chocolate aroma, some black patent notes, light cream also there; the hop is expectedly light.

Strong coffee flavors--the head lightens the bitterness with a whipped butter consistency. The carbonation seems light, but not so much so as to detract. If I hold the sip for three or more seconds, I detect the hop. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of cocoa-like malts and flowery hop.

My personal favorite from the big three in Ireland, although my memory of Murphy's on-tap is better.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-21-2004 20:00:09 | More by smcolw
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

14.9 oz. nitro-can,

A: Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance, with a thick, very creamy head, which leaves gobs of lacing and has great retention.

S: Light smell, but as the beer warms up, you can smell distinct chocolate notes.

T: Unlike the Beamish, which I just had, Murphy's has a distinct dark chocolate character, with less burnt toast and coffee. Having these beers back to back, you can tell the slight, but palpable differences between them. A less challenging taste than Beamish, but still tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy, though lacking the body found in non-nitro stouts, not bad though, a fuller body than Guinness.

D: A easy drinking beer for a night at the pub, or a session at home while watching the game, Murphy's is a beer that is dangerously drinkable, low in alcohol, I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-30-2007 19:06:43 | More by Halcyondays
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The head settles down nicely, but the lacing and creamy foam along the glass is quite remarkable. Not a trace of sweetness, a big rush of burnt malt. The stuff is quite full of flavor for such a low alcohol brew-- I always forget how light weight the traditional English and Irish beers are. Black and watery, down the hatch. Hard to say if there are hops in this or if it's just the charcoal.

Opened a nitro-bottle of Left Hand stout with this one, and the differences between the dry and sweet stouts jump out at you. The LH Milk Stout has 50% more alcohol and so much rich chocolate flavor. You realize how austere the Irish dry style is.

The real test, which is surprisingly difficult to do in Ireland, is to compare the tap versions of the three Irish industrial stouts-- Beamish, Murphy's, and Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-14-2012 04:43:46 | More by mactrail
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at my local irish pub. Great appearance, long lasting head with thick lacing. Smell can't match unfortunately. Very faint aroma of nitrogen, and bitter chocolate. Occaisonal off-smells make me wonder about freshness. Taste is rather bland. Friendlier than Guinness, but not a big improvement. A little chocolate here, a dash of coffee there, but not much substance. I expected more out of this beer, maybe the keg was old, I dont know. I wouldn't refuse a pint, but I wont be seeking it either.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-17-2006 16:54:07 | More by tempest
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New York

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/22/11 notes. On tap at Stoney's in DC, poured into a pint glass. Best beer they had on tap.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and cream. Pretty nice, reminds me of Guiness.

t - Tastes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, and cream. Some light bitterness but not much.

m - Thick, full body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

o - Overall a good Irish Dry Stout that is pretty Guiness-like. Not ideal for this summer heat, but considering it was the best beer they had on tap, I would order it again before some of their other offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 20:39:04 | More by mdfb79
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2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a can into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 27th, 2010. Pours a dark tan/black. Certainly darker than Guinness. You're treated to a brilliant display of bubbles as the beer settles, but the show isn't quite as good as with Guinness. A two finger head that retains brilliantly. I love these nitro tap draughts. Head is thick and creamy.

Smell: A very subtle scent but a good one. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. Inviting, but not as strong as I'd like it to be.

Taste: Cream to roast to lackluster finish. Too one note for its promising smell. The finish is quite abysmal, especially when compared to Guinness or Beamish. I remember this beer tasting a lot better off the tap in Cork. Where's the bitterness I want in an Irish stout? This needs to be built far better.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but horribly dry, especially on the finish, which is reminiscent of a stale cracker.

Drinkability: I'd get another, but only because I remember it being better. Perhaps something is off with canned Murphy's.

Fans of Irish stouts (like me) are best off reaching for a Guinness or a Beamish in the pubs - and a Guinness Foreign Extra in the store.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-27-2010 21:09:51 | More by kojevergas
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