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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 59
Gots: 77 | 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 eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank fro my Bombardier pint glass.

A - Pours the classic ebony colour with a tannned nitrogen head that does not move.

S - Aromas of molassis and roasted malt.

T - Plenty of roasted malt, a lttle chocolate and a little bitter on the finish.

M - It's just so bloody smooth. Pefect balance between full body and minimal carbonation

D - This is superiror to Guiness and a far better example of an Irish stout.

eric5bellies, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is 8:45 AM. I want coffee and hash browns. Since I cannot convince my brother to go with me to the breakfast spot (dine alone? hah), I may as well po' up some morning brouhaha. As in a chilly-cold-brouhaha...

A - Nice nitro stout look, deep brown-black body, creamy meringue-like head, etc. The cascading effect of the nitrogen settling out is particularly pronounced here. After downing about half the brew, it occurs to me that the lace on the glass is so thick that it looks like upholstery.

S - I cannot detect aroma in any appreciable quantity. Par for the nitro-stout course.

T - Tastes good; it is a bit fuller in flavor than the inescabably comparable Guinness nitro stout that is so prevalent in US bars. There is a light roastiness and some pleasant bitterness that seems to increase towards the finish.

M - Thinner and less creamy than other examples; not necessarily a bad thing, the quaffability is enhanced by the lighter viscosity.

D - I would probably prefer this over Guinness nitro, by a slim margin.

ktrillionaire, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of thegodfather2701
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Black with auburn hues. Thick, rich, creamy off white head that lasts the entire drinking experience. Nice cascading and lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some licorice.

T-Just like the nose roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, and a hint of toffee. None of the flavors are overwhelming its very balanced and easy drinking. It is very smooth and creamy.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-This beer is delicious and its not too heavy, it seems kind of light in comparison to American Stouts, and it has a low abv. making it a session beer all the way. I could drink many pints of this with no problem.

Overall, I doubted this was going to be better than Guinness but it was. It tastes better, feels better, and is smoother. It is delicious and I plan on drinking it again in the near future.

thegodfather2701, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time since I've cracked a nitro-can open, but this is the last of a session four pack for the Super Bowl so I figured I'd post this here.

Poured into a mini pint glass which was a mistake since that wonderful cascading effect was completely lost in the tiny glass.

A: Still pours out a wonderfully thick ruddy black and topped with that familiar, latte tan head that lasts to the end.

S: Smell is a bit fruiter than I would have expected, not as heavy on the roasted malt aromas here with gentler malt aspects getting to shine through. A nice change of pace and adds some real depth to this beer.

T/MF: Taste is lightly roasted maltiness, maybe some latent roasted smokey astringency and I know this is just the mouthfeel talking but damn if this beer doesn't just taste the least bit like a lacto-stout as there is just a touch of creaminess in here as well.

D: A certainly easy sipper and with loads of depth on Guinness a clear winner between the two.

bluemoonswoon, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: Pours deep, dark brown w/a lasting creamy, velvety smooth light biege head that laces well. Lightly roasty and chocolatey w/ a moderate nuttiness and bready freshly ground malts. A hint of sourness in the nose. Smooth flavor w/ lightly coffee roasty flavor and nutty w/a hint of burnt coffee in the finish & aftertaste. Finish is lightly dry (duh, it's a dry stout). Some light caramel malt and a hint of sourness from dark grains. Velvety smooth m/f, lighter medium body, low carbonation, just enough to let you know it's there. A bit less flavorful than some other brands, but still a good solid beer. Great session beer.

CuriousMonk, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of DJED69
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been on a nitro-can kick as of late. Not sure why, but that's neither here nor there. Let's get to reviewing the Murphy's Irish Stout. Purchased locally in a 4 pk. containing 16 oz. nitro-cans. Yes, real pints, unlike Guinness and the lame 14.9 oz. can they use. One up for Murphy's here. Pours a beautiful cascade of black and tan, ultimately settling to a great, creamy tan head that lasts to the end. Taste is definitely another one up on Guinness---roasted barley and malt, some chocolate and cream. Just a hit of bitterness. Very good. Coming in at 4% ABV, this is a real lightweight---but I'm fine with that. I can sip and enjoy a few of these over an evening and be very satisfied. Given the choice, I would go with Murphy's over Guinness any day. More volume, more flavor, more real. Overall, a very good Irish stout.

DJED69, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Everydayoff
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured 500ml nitro-can into a pint glass with best before date indicated on the bottom.

Very dark brown to almost black as night color with thick everlasting creamy and frothy tan head, fine lacing appear sip by sip. Medium carbonation, some visible bubbles cling to an inner wall of a glass.

Roasted malt blends with hint of dark chocolate and coffee.

Prominent roasted bitterness as a core flavor; there are malt, barley, dark chocolate and coffee. Slight bready with bitterness linger as an aftertaste.

Light body, watery touch, smooth with low carbonated in the mouth.

Own every trademark of Irish stout, together with low ABV it is easy drinkable without doubt.

Everydayoff, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of nyabinghi
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm pouring this bad boy from a nitro-can into a mug. One can notice the creamy light nougaty colored head. And obviously there's no chance to see thorugh the beer itself. Some coffee tones is touching my nose when smelling. Nice.

The taste is a bit "clean" and lean. Nothing that blows one's mind or something. I think it's very gentle and smoothing in the mouth, which is a big plus.

Overall a quite good beer.

nyabinghi, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of r3o
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a solid pitch black beer that yields no light, a half inch head in a cafe au latte color that laces nicely.
S: malt takes the front, some sweetness to it, not very powerful, burnt coffee at times.
T: you can taste a creamy chocolate at first with some bitterness in the aftertaste that is quite gentle
M: good carbonation, not as thin as others in its group, I'd say medium body.
D: very easy to drink, fun beer, I'd have another one.

r3o, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of anakar
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Creamy King, even better than Guinness

App - Dark black, little carb with a big white uniformed beautifull head.
Smell - Bittery and hop-ish
Taste - The bitter taste of Irish stouts, very well done, but much better from tap
Mouthfeel - Exceptional is perfect. It's creamy and amazingly smooth.
Drink - Have em one after another, very drinkable.

anakar, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pint-sized nitro can at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a completely opaque black color with two fingers of white nitro froth that laces incredibly well.

S: Some earthiness, light biscuit, and not much else.

T: More earthy notes, a little wet bread, and some faint hoppiness (goldings?).

M: It has a light body that is very creamy througout.

D: This is quaffability at its finest; lovely.

bucklemyshoe, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout has a thin, creamy, beige head and a dark brown appearance (deep-dark red, under light), with roiling fine bubbles in the top half of the glass. The lacing is thick and milky down the glass. Aroma is of dark-roasted coffee and barley malt, with chocolate notes. The taste is a delicious blend of coffee, chocolate, and malt, with a mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouth-feel is medium to thick, and Murphy's Irish Stout finishes mostly dry. Overall, this beer is fantastic and certainly worth a try (or two).


RonaldTheriot, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz Tall Boy can. Pours what looks like a chocolate milkshake with a good sized tan head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, a hint of caramel and some roasted malts. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate and coffee flavors. Roasted malts and a slight coffee aftertaste. This is a very drinkable creamy beer. The low ABV, drinking it chilled, and the smoothness of this one make it extremely drinkable. Underrated brew.

PicoPapa, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Thick, lovely off-white head. Almost impenetrable brown-black with maybe the barest hint of ruby when held directly to the light.

S: A lot of coffee grounds, some bitter chocolate, malts, some roasted barley. Smells good, but the aroma is faint.

T: More coffee, chocolate chocolate, toasted malts.

M: Not as heavy as most stouts I've had. Smooth, but kind of watery. Fails to keep me interested.

D: Quite easy to drink, because while it's a pretty good tasting beer, it doesn't have a lot of presence and is kind of muted.

Meerkey, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz nitro-can into a standard pint.

A: Black with cascading carbonation pervasive throughout on the initial pour. Pours about a 1 finger creamy, and frothy, white head. Huge amounts of thick, creamy, lacing remain as you drink it down.

S: Rich, pale malty tone. Has a bit of a woody and peaty note, and just a hint of caramel.

T: Dry, pale malty flavor with a bit of peaty hop note.

M: Thick, rich body. Heavy feel of carbonation (as is characteristic of the nitro-can draught), dry finish.

D: This brew just goes down smooth.

Atmosphere is really nice. Deep, rich, intimidating appearance with the great head, cascading carbonation throughout, and plenty of lacing. Nose is not complex, but a good malty character with some peat and sweet notes. Flavor, also, not complex, but a really good pub draught. A little stout....and a little dry. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of doktorhops
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Murphy's Irish Stout or "the Guinness of Cork" is one of the main rivals to the classic Guinness Dry Irish Stout (the other being Beamish). Guinness was itself for many years my beer of choice at the pub, so let's give Murphy's another look (I did drink it in Cork many many years ago).

Poured from a 500ml nitro-can into a 500ml "mini" Stein glass (yeah, yeah, I need to get a traditional pub pint glass already).

A: Deep dark ruby (yes Irish Stouts are actually ruby coloured - they just look black), poured a perfect 1.5cm white head that leaves rings to the glass as I drink - a perfect looking Dry Irish Stout.

S: Roasted Barley, Espresso coffee and a certain sweetness - I would dare say smells like raw sugar, but of course there is no added sugar to this product. I'm not getting any typical Macro brewery "metallic" odors, which is great.

T: Roasted Barley and a coffee flavour are the big winners here. Perhaps also a hint of Chocolate. The sweetness is present, as is the Macro metallic tang (disappointing, but it could be from the can). The major letdown (and I'm not sure if they have changed their recipe or my taste buds have just gotten old) is how watery this beer tastes.

M: Everything is normal in this department except how watery this ale is (and I'm not talking about carbonation as the Irish Stouts are renowned for their low carbonation)... goes down without a fight one might say. One thing I do really like about this beer is the nitro-can. Why aren't there more nitro-cans out there? I think it makes a huge improvement over other beers in both the appearance and the mouth-feel and I can't wait till more brewers start packaging this way.

D: Extremely drinkable - mostly due to the watery nature of the beverage, however it is nonetheless also it's downfall in my eyes - I don't want a beer that is no challenge to drink. I like it when my taste buds go on a journey. If I want water I just drink it from a tap. This is one I would class as a session beer.

Food match: Meat pie, stews, casseroles or bangers and mash (with a nice heavy gravy).

doktorhops, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of mitchelsliwa
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a nitro can tall boy into a Guinness stout glass. It looks just like a beautiful stout should, chocolaty, creamy, dark with a 1 inch head and great lacing that never seems to fade.

S: Faint malts and some chocolate perhaps. Not a ton going on with the smell to be honest.

T: The taste is phenomenal and is really what makes this a great stout. I taste chocolate and smokey notes without a lot of bitterness and its not sweet like a milk stout either.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy like a velvety espresso. The carbonation is really low and it might feel flat to someone new to an irish stout.

D: Its super drinkable with a 4% ABV. I could sit down and knock down a few of these bad boys during a football game or a fight. To be honest, it makes the best freakin black and tan I have ever had. (Try Sierra Nevada Pale ale instead of Bass to kick it up a notch)

Overall, this Stout is my favorite for its style. I won't buy Guinness anymore.

mitchelsliwa, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of AbitaOnTap
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a can in an assorted 12 pack of winter beer for Christmas. Very interesting. At first when I saw it I was questioning how a canned brew could make it into a collection of such otherwise good beer, but I'll try anything sold by the pint so let's give it a go..

A: Poured into a very large, frosty mug. Pours that beautiful creamy black that makes me love stouts. One finger head. The head is incredibly thick and creamy.

S: Has a very dry, bitter scent to it with extremely subtle chocolate and coffee smells masked in the background. Impressed so far.

T: Not what I was expecting. Notably less bitter than Guinness, yet hardly any sweetness to it at all. Very subtle taste of chocolate. Almost a milky flavor. It's as if you taste the texture more than anything.

M: This is where this beer really shines. So creamy and smooth. Much smoother than Guinness in my opinion. All the pleasurable texture of a bonafide milk stout with a fraction of the sweetness.

D: I could drink this beer in large quantities on a good night. The texture is very good and it has just the right note of bitterness.. not too much, not too little.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Never thought I could be this happy with a canned beer but I have been jovially proven wrong. Definitely worth a try.

AbitaOnTap, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate notes, and a hint of coffee perhaps. A rather standard stout on the nose.

Pours black in the glass with a small but firm head.

Mouthfeel seems thin for style. Almost zero carbonation. Taste has a somewhat thin, restrained roasted malt and bitter chocolate taste to it....and a rather firm, for style, bitterness on the backend. While I wouldn't say that this is a rich stout, it's certainly more so than its cousin (Guinness). Could use more "oomph", as it comes across as pretty watery.

Of the "big two" Irish stouts, this is the more flavorful option. That's not saying much, though. It's not offensive, but probably nothing I'd actively seek out either.

NODAK, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of dgilks
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown colour with a thick, creamy tan head.

Creamy, roasty aroma with a rich fruitiness which contributes nicely.

The flavour is a bit thin. The fruitiness dominates a bit with the roast and chocolate taking a back seat. Light roasty back note.

Medium-light body with low carbonation. Good.

A rounded stout but it's a bit dull and it doesn't hit the roasty bitterness that would make this pop.

dgilks, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of bundy462
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a frothy and sticky tan head.

S: Dark malts, chocolate, sweet.

T: Dark chocolate malts that is very sweet. Hint of caramel and vanailla. Burnt taste lingering in the dry finish.

M: Creamy and medium bodied. Very smooth.

O: Good brew, it's tasty, not too heavy, smooth as silk.

bundy462, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of afksports
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Murphy's Irish Stout used to be my favorite beer. Then I had craft beer.

Out of a nitro-can it sure is fun to watch though. And it's dark, with a ton of head on it at all times. Too bad it isn't thick at all. Basically a light to medium body with little carbonation. That was the girlfriend's comment - although it delivered no "beerface", so that's saying something.

But truthfully the malty aromas aren't impressive (although they are present), and the taste delivers little more than water and a few runny malts that remind you somewhat of coffee and chocolate bitterness.

There are elements in this one that are done well, but none that have my running back to it for more. Especially at the price it usually draws. Think dark Speckled Hen, or darker Boddington's.

afksports, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of dieselmilk
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

aggressive pour from a nitro-can into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful looking stout. Pitch black looking through the center of the glass, with dark brown and red hues around the edges when held in the light. Creamy tan head that never dissipates. Wonderful lacing that never fully goes away as you drink this beer to the bottom.

S - After giving a quick swirl: Faint coffee scent, toasty and roasted smells are dominant. Chocolate is minimal and cannot be found in every sniff, but there is a sweetness present all the time as it warms. Overall I love the smell.

T - Slight bitterness all the way through, with burnt flavors being the most dominant. Coffee and very faint chocolate on the back end and after taste. Delicious.

M - Great feel. Extremely creamy from the nitro. Not much else to say other than I love it.

D - Extremely drinkable. Not heavy like many stouts can be, but "stouty" enough in its thickness to be pleasurable. It's very easy to put away a few pints if you aren't thinking about it.

Overall I love this beer. I prefer darker beers like stouts over their lighter brothers. I would say the best temperature is around 45-50 degrees F. I started this beer around 38-40 and found that much of the flavor was subdued and you mainly got the bitterness. After it warmed in the glass to around 45-50, the coffee and roasted flavors became much more noticeable. Definitely one of my go-to beers for any session. I could drink this any time.

Compared to Guinness Draught: This is much more flavorful and significantly cheaper by the case. I think Guinness is a tasty beer but no where worth the hype or price. I'd take a Murphy's over Guinness any day, since it is better in every way.

dieselmilk, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of kush6875
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very good irish stout. highly drinkable. smells of roasted malts, some cocoa and coffee in their. smooth velvety mouthfeel. had 4 pints last night while building a play kitchen for my daughter. nitro can is 16 ounces vs 14 ounces (guinness). also is 8 dollar cheaper for a case.

kush6875, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick finger sized head.

Smell: Creamy dark malts and a sort of metallic.

Taste: Sharp stout bite with a background of cream like dark malts.

Drinkability: very drinkable. Isn't too thick or thin. Bitterness from the hops enough to keep it interesting. Not a bad beer.

wmtxbb, Dec 11, 2010
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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