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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,908 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,908
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 74 | 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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4/5  rDev +7%

dryndantheman, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of madjr80
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer out of can better than draft. Maybe something was wrong with the draft line, because it was very watery and didn't form the thick head of foam that I was expecting.The can was much better. the pour from the can to the glass was similar to Guinness. I noticed a semi-sweet taste from the first sip. Good head retention throughout the whole pint, but I don't think it beats Guinness head to head.

madjr80, Dec 06, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

LaughingZebra, Jul 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

HavasuDG, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of HedleyLamarr92
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

HedleyLamarr92, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of RandomExile
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black, opaque, dense, fine-textured nitrogen head, a model-perfect stout
S: sweet, earthy, chocolatey
T: moderately bitter, woody, roasted coffee with a tinge of chocolate
M: smooth, medium-bodied, dry
O: Well-balanced, sessionable, never sates. An easy choice.

RandomExile, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of gabe23
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9oz nitro can poured into a tulip pint glass

A - As with all nitro can stouts, this one has a beautiful cascading effect leading to a black color. The 1 finger tan-colored head lasts throughout and laces well.

S - The smell is a bit muted by the head, but I pick up mainly malt with a bit of coffee and hops.

T - Slightly bitter, with strong roasted character. Some coffee and dark chocolate lurking underneath.

M - Smooth and creamy, but still light.

D - It's an easy to drink stout that makes for a great session beer.

Murphy's is my least favorite of the 'Big 3' Irish Stouts, but there honestly isn't that much difference between them. I would NEVER turn one down, and I still pick up a 4 pack when I find it on sale.

gabe23, Nov 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev +7%

Jhatwig, Apr 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

jik18, Aug 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

MaltAndHopsFC, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Finn
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a typical jet-black for the style, with the nice off-white creamy head on top. aroma is mellow, slightly roasty and slightly sour and husky. Flavor is very on par: mellow roasted malts with a hint of sweetness behind it all, and a touch tangy. finishes with a creamy mild coffee note. This is very drinkable and for the style very good. I keep coming back to this as a subtle, but tasty stout to have on hand when I want a simple, comforting beer.

Finn, Oct 12, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown black with 4cm thick cream head that last to end of the glass.

S - Beautiful simple chocolaty toffee and slightly roasty.

T - Coffee espresso with hints of chocolate. Toffee like flavors with subtle bitterness.

M - Surprisingly thin mouthfeel with little to no carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable and delicious. Low abv and carbonation make this an excellent session beer.

jlandis, Mar 20, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Uniobrew31, Jul 28, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

porterman66, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of ThreePistols
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque ruby-brown, huge creamy head, faint burnt malt nose, dry with some malt sweetness in the background, light body, roasted malt flavor with almost no hops, light dry roasted malt aftertaste, watery. I was disappointed with the lack of ample flavor and body.

ThreePistols, Nov 27, 2002
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in the nitro can, these are quite touchy. A few of them basically blew up when I opened them.

Pours a pitch black with huge creamy tan head. I love the way these nitro cans pour. Tons of lacing and head retention all the way through. Very little in the aroma department, some roasty malt but that is about it. Nothing bad though. Taste is better nice dark malts, chocolate and maybe coffee. Not quite as dry as I would like, but decent none-the-less. As I mentioned, I really love the mouthfeel of these nitro cans, and I could drink many of these brews.

Good beer that I have enjoyed for years, finally got around to reviewing it.

hobbes2112, Apr 29, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured aggressively out of the can, upside down, since I've been told that's how to maximize the use of the widget. It has a beautiful appearance as it settles in the tall Magner's Cider glass. It's a cool black, topped off with a latte colored head... eggshell white at the top, slightly tan at the bottom.

A- some dark chocolate, roasted coffee, malt sweetness. Nothing exceptional, but it's clearly an Irish Dry Stout.

T- Creamy, some mild astringency. It doesn't have the bite I associate w/ the style, thanks to Guinness. It has a chewy malt body that finishes dry. Hints of dark chocolate, and little raisin.

M- Heaven. It's slides over the palate very refreshing, but doesn't linger too long.

O- Despite the low ABV, and low expense, this is a stand-out beer that offers the best a craft brew drinker could hope for without crushing the palate or compromising the faculties of the frontal lobe. Really a great beer, substantial enough that having just one won't leave you dissatisfied, but many over the course of the night won't leave you burnt out from the flavor or incapacitated.

MONKandTUCK, Aug 07, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Daniel9913, Jan 06, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown, cascading bubbles, thick foamy head, cute nitro gadget
Smell: nutty, coffee-like aromal, malty
Taste: Surprisingly light for appearance, I'm not a stout drinker and this was great with St. Patty's corned beef a cabbage dinner, coffee taste was not overbearing, nice hop background
Mouthfeel: like a bubble bath, lots of fun
Drinkability: not my type, but I understand the attraction

surfmeister, Mar 19, 2004
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2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best presentation is in a snifter. Dark black body with extreme lacing from the tan head. I find the aroma a bit weak -- roasted malts with a hint of coffee. I can barely smell it, though, and it's in a snifter. The taste is the same. A very dry finish. I'm not well-versed on pasteurized beer, but I found it to be a little too smooth and milky. The drinkability gets knocked down a bit because it upset my stomach a little.

Overall, it goes down a lot like Guinness with a nitro can. I have a friend who swears by this stuff, so I'll probably give him the rest of my 4-pack. I can see how it might be enjoyable to some, I guess, but it's not for me.

Poser, Sep 05, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Poppellian, Mar 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

spencerg293, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of The_1084
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black with some very faint ruby hues around the edge; 1.5 finger creamy head that sticks around for the finish; great lacing

S: blend of coffee and chocolate with the coffee becoming more dominant as the beer warms

T: follows the nose well with a bitter aftertaste

M: surprisingly thin texture, almost watery; medium carbonation

O: this beer is a little too watery in texture for my personal preference, otherwise it's an excellent stout; I think "light stout" describes this beer well and it would probably be a good introductory beer for someone who is just branching over into the world of stouts

The_1084, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

drwatson32, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of tar
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as expected from a nitro can with a nice cascade of bubbles. After everything has calmed down the glass is left with a very dark brown beer capped by a sticky, off-white, creamy looking head. A sharp contact separtes the two, giving the beer a very nice appearance. Smells nicely of roasted malt and coffee. Tastes creamy with flavors of roasted malt present as well. Unfortunately the somehwat unpleasant "nitro can taste" is also present and masks some of the other flavors. This is a very smooth beer (as expected from a nitro can) and fairly drinkable. A pretty good beer, but not one of my first choices for a stout.

tar, May 10, 2004
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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