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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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1,816 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,816
Reviews: 923
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 49
Gots: 53 | FT: 0
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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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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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-14-2010 18:43:37 | More by Hojaminbag
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.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-06-2010 19:13:23 | More by schoolboy
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2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16oz nitro-can.

A- First let me say this beer when just sitting after all the "magic" is done looks fake. Doesn't even look like a freakin beer. Put pours a nice deep dark brown color. One finger creamy light tan head just sits there. Doesn't do anything....kind of pissed it doesn't do anything. Lacing all over the sides of the glass but a lot of it just slides back into the beer.

S- Light metallic tinge to the aroma. Roasted malts come into play along with some light coffee notes. I understand this beer isn't like bigger stouts that have a ton of aroma but this one is lacking it...a lot. I had to almost stick my nose into the beer to pick up on anything. I get more aroma with adjunct lagers than this beer.

T- There is a sweetness in the front of this beer that caught me by surprise. Not like chocolate sweet but more of a cream like sweetness. Roasted malts and light coffee notes bounce all throughout my beer. The only I didn't care for in the taste was how water down the flavors were coming to the middle to end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Creamy yet watery taste in the mouth throughout the entire beer. Roasted malts left on the palate with a coffee taste added to the aftertaste.

D- This was a very drinkable beer I suppose. I didn't like the water down feeling to this beer at all. It would stop me from ever trying it in either the bar or at home once again.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-03-2010 06:01:38 | More by alleykatking
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1.85/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this on-tap just for the hell of it. I've had it canned before, and my beer tastes have developed quite a bit since then, but still, this tastes almost exactly like Guinness draft.. I don't understand the high rating on here. It looks neat when poured due to the nitro, however, it still tastes like someone took a very mediocre stout and added a whole bunch of water. Well overpriced for what you get. I will not give this beer three strikes; two tries were enough for Murphy's.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2010 21:38:59 | More by schanker21
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4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe I'm a sucker for the style. Which I think should always have high drinkablity or it is missing the point.

Appearance: sexy, black, opaque with tan silky head.

Smell: Faint but smells of chocolate and coffee

Taste: Low carbonation, not overly complicated, taste of iced coffee and toasted nuts on the back of the tounge

Drinkabilty is killer because of low carbonation and straight forward tase

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 05:38:55 | More by Dster
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served on a nitro can into a beer mug

Appearance:Pitch black with no carbonation and a head,2 fingers thick and a bit yellowish

Smell:It smelt great!I didn't kept it cold enough so alot of smell was muted,thus I needed to keep agitate it.Had a strong smell of roasted malts,then very sweet smelling chocolate,then came some sweet coffee smell,some what like a espresso .Then it had a coffee smell that wasn't so sweet,like those coffee bean brewed coffee

Taste:Just like the smell,roasted malts,chocolate,and some coffe smell,it tasted great

Mouthfeel:Creamy and watery.Very mellow,maybe too mellow that I felt like I wanted to puke from drinking too much water,also very smooth down the throat

Drinkability:The body is perhaps too dense .A little carbonation would do great,overall a excellent beer

Serving type: nitro-can

01-03-2010 06:19:29 | More by lamergod
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with one of the best foamy heads out there and there is nothing like the cascading effect

Smell: Slight smell of roasted malts

Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Roasted malts with a slight bitter, dry finish

A very good Irish Stout which I highly recommend to anyone.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-03-2010 05:39:34 | More by rwrk42
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4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been drinking this stuff for a long-time and felt like doing a review after last night's session.

A: Pours jet black with a nice 1-inch caramel head that stayed well into the pint.

S: Roasted malts and coffee are present, but definitely not overbearing. Like other milk/dry stouts, the lack of aroma compared to RIS and other dark ales is not indicitive of the taste.

T: Burnt toast and coffee are the 1st flavors revealed. Some dark chocolate bitterness on the backend but not at all offputting. This is where it puts Guinness to shame. Great roasted flavor but none of the bitterness that it's Irish rival leaves on the palette.

M: Much the same as Guinness, its quite a thick beer with very little carbonation. Think a happy medium between 1% and 2% milk. Very creamy/smooth like a milkshake that has melted away.

D: Murphy's bread and butter. I've never understood why people have labeled most dry stouts hard to drink. The mouthfeel is heavy, but the low ABV and low calorie count make Murphy's easy to drown in.

Overall, a prime example of the style and without a doubt my favorite session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2009 17:36:14 | More by MentorBeerGuy
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New Jersey

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

Serving style is a 16 oz. nitro-can.

It pours a beautiful pint with a thin creamy oatmeal colored head that clings nicely to the glass as you sip. Dark black color lets no visible light shine through.

The smell is a rich toasted malt scent.

The roasted bitter flavor of the malt carries over to the taste which is balanced with a creamy sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style which makes for excellent drinkability.

Of course any beer of this style begs a comparison to Guinness. Although I'm not a big stout drinker, I'd have to say I prefer Murphy's. Definitely a recommendation for any fan of this type of beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-30-2009 04:36:06 | More by raclark
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a sliver of chestnut at the bottom of the glass. Short but characteristically creamy beige head. Very light, sweet malty aroma...a hint of chocolate. Light, sweet, dark roasted malt flavor. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Very thin, obviously meant for drinking in numbers. Light and creamy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable, if boring.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-30-2009 02:14:45 | More by wedge
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than expected. Closedmindedness to cans I guess. Smell's like a lighter stout, lacking the burnt coffee and chocolate you might expect.

Taste, like an Irish stout, is smoother than the appearance. Very silky. Likeable, mouthfeel doesn't change, first sip is like the last, but you might not stop at one, once you get into a flow with these. Decent, but not mindblowing to say the least.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-26-2009 23:03:16 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pour an almost black brew, with nice one finger off white head - minimal lace.

Brew smells of roasted malts, chocolate.

Tastes of roasted chocolate malts, a slight hop presence in the aftertaste. Has a very smooth mouthfeel and taste. Very tasty and smooth.

Brew is very drinkable, very smooth. This is the better option then the Guinness Draught can. Good.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-26-2009 22:55:00 | More by magine
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Pours a head that is two fingers thick, tan in color and very dense with some descent residual lacing. The color of the brew itself is motor-oil black.

S: Mild chocolate, caramel malt and faint hops.

T: Burnt caramel, faint dark chocolate and earthy hops.

M: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, mild, faint carbonation and very smooth overall.

D: This is a very drinkable stout. Would easily pick up a case of this...

Serving type: nitro-can

12-26-2009 22:43:31 | More by ujsplace
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black color; completely opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy tan head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big toasted malts; burnt toast, roasted nuts.

T: Consitent with smell with big toasted malt flavors; burnt toast, coffee, nuts. Lingers to an even bitter. Very dry.

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.

D: Good as it gets; great example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 17:11:44 | More by Haybeerman
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New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass (I know but too lazy to get a proper one). I love the cascade effect from the nitro and the head that it leaves. Not as dark as most stouts since light shines through and not as much aroma. Really smoth a subtle taste. Not as dry as other Irish stouts. A little on the weak side of stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-15-2009 01:41:36 | More by bob3701
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I assume this came out of a nitro can. I had it at a restaurant and it wasn't on tap. Very creamy light tan head. Good retention. A light covering stayed on the top throughout. Sheet of lacing, more like a filmy coating than thick lacing.

Smell was pretty mild bitter chocolate.

Taste was good. Malts and a little bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was very smooth but kind of thin at first. A little coating on the tongue minimized this somewhat.

Drinkability is good. Between the light but pleasant taste and the creamy smooth mouthfeel, this is a good session beer.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-14-2009 03:00:16 | More by JayQue
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New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nearly black with a mocha colored creamy head. I love the nitro can and how creamy it makes the head.

S: sourdough bread and burnt toast dominate the bouquet.

T: follows the lead of the nose and delivers sourdough bread and a wallop of roastiness. Very dry.

M: thin body with a velvety texture.

D: the paragon of the dry Irish stout style. This is a must try for any DIS fan.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-13-2009 22:29:29 | More by Avagadro
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit sweet, chocolate and malts. Taste is rather mild, malts with hints of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and drinkability is very good. Overal this is a fine quality beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-07-2009 23:53:46 | More by tone77
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Murphy's Pint Glass

A: Opaque black body with 1.5 inches of tan creamy head. Great retention and leaves amazing lacing. Also the four leaf clover that the bartender added was a nice touch.

S: Dark coffee beans, dark chocolate and other roasted malts.

T: Coffee and chocolate are dominant, not much else can be described as they are to faint.

M: Light bodied, low-zero carbonation. Nice creamy texture and feel. Smooth down the throat and a dry bitter chocolate finish.

D: I enjoy this irish stout quite a bit and it is my go to at a bar that serves only macros. It's great for the price too.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-29-2009 06:12:04 | More by Long813
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black. When I hold it up to the light, I see nothing but black.
Thick 1-inch creamy head, dissipates very slowly to ¼ inch. Little to no lacing.

Smells of malt and a hint of coffee. Smell is faint, and not overpowering.

A creamy malt and smoke taste. A little bitterness at the end with a slight roast coffee aftertaste. Rich and full bodied.

Mouthfeel is creamy, not much carbonation and a somewhat watery finish.

A very enjoyable beer. I think I would enjoy it with a hearty meal, or smoked cheese.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-27-2009 19:05:26 | More by fsimcox
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black body with hardly any carbontion visible. Really nice fluffy 2-finger head that floats on top of the beer for a loooong time. Settles to a good 1/4-inch cap that leaves unbelievable lacing IMO.

S - Dark roasted malts, not burnt, with just a slight whiff of hop bitterness. A little coffee and a little dark chocolate round it out.

T&M - Taste is so much like the smell, just bolder. Both taste and mouthfeel are incredibly smooth and light-bodied. This is not a heavy beer by any means. The roasted malts are so smooth and really not at all bitter. The flavor of hop oil is in there but does not add bitterness to this beer. Faint dark chocolate comes through more than the coffee does in the flavor. The body is so creamy and coats the mouth well.

D - I really enjoyed this and could put a few down easily. To be perfectly honest I think this puts Guinness to shame. I would doubt if there is a creamier and smoother Irish stout out there that maintains great flavor without any odd flavors or after-tastes.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2009 15:25:54 | More by MrIncognito
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black in color with a thick (finger plus) creamy head of tanned silk goodness which is only seen in the power of nitro. Tons of lacing completely coating the glass. Lacking in the aroma department, not much of a nose except for slight bits of malt. Burnt barley plays most of the flavor profile. Slightly bitter but with a clean finish. As it warms it has a bit of a metallic taste that lingers. Light feel mostly in part by the nitro.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-12-2009 16:04:04 | More by stakem
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance is a dark brown/black after the nice cascading bubbles form a creamy tan colored head that sticks around the whole way through.

Smell is is of light roasted coffee and malt. Fairly sweet and pleasant.

Taste is of somewhat sweet roasted coffee and malts, with a hint of dark chocolate and a little bit of bitterness towards the end. A pretty balanced and rich flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy with a low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. Its goes down very easy and is nice and tasty. A definite session beer for me. This beer is much better than Guinness and Beamish to me. It just seams to have a much more pleasing flavor.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-09-2009 02:00:28 | More by MrStark
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro-can into a beer mug.

It's hard not to love the appearance of nitro-beers, as Murphy's Stout produces a rich, creamy tan head that slowly cascades along the inside of the glass, eventually forming a well-retained quarter inch of foam. Body takes on a deep cola hue with hints of ruby red at the edges. Creamy nitrogen sweetness greets the nose with hints of powdered cocoa and steamed milk. Subtle hints of coffee and English brewer's yeast as well.

Decent flavor profile, but a bit on the lighter side which fits, I suppose, with the low ABV. Toasted chocolate malts and marshmallow creme balance nicely with a subtle, earthy hop bite that suggests wood and spice. Normally, I find the mouthfeel of nitro-taps and -cans to be phenomenal, but this is just "okay"...nevertheless, the creamy-smooth body is a delight to consume, albeit on the thinnish side. Great drinkability, glad I picked up this single can at Specs because I'd forgotten how tasty these UK nitro-beers can be.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-03-2009 06:51:53 | More by wagenvolks
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4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - The beer was poured into a 16oz. plastic container which probably didn't help the appearance in any manner but it still looked very impressive. Clearly defined beer head and good separation.

S - deep burnt "coffee-like" smell, overall enjoyable to smell.

T - I expected a somewhat Guiness-like taste but felt this beer to taste completely different AND a lot better. Typically, while drinking Guiness it takes time to drink, for me to be able to palate the taste, with this I took my time instead to enjoy the taste.

M - very good "chocolate"-like flavor profile.

D - I took my time drinking this beer because of its superior taste and smell. One of my most enjoyable beer experiences in a while.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-02-2009 23:38:43 | More by jseekamp84
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