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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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1,882 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,882
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 54
Gots: 70 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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3.48/5  rDev -7%

16oz Nitro-can (4 pk.) bought at McKinnon's Market in Salem, NH shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. Pours a dark ebony color with a good inch to an inch and a half of a tan creamy head. scents of chocolate, coffee, and maltiness. flavors of a slightly bitter dark roast coffee immediately jump on the tongue, with high notes of dark chocolate in the immediate background, with a subtle creamy maltiness in the background. very light and fine carbonation and full bodied. easy drinker. the first sip invites another. when transporting it from the store to your destination becareful not to let it move around so much. my can was in the fridge for an hour after i got home before i opened it and it was still a gusher. no complaints about this beer though.


03-19-2010 21:24:06 | More by CheckMate
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Nitro-can poured into imperial pint glass.
As with most nitro products, the pour created a nice looking creamy head and a cool waterfall look for a few seconds. Once settled, it had a dark brown, almost black, color with notes of amber. Head lingered and laced well as expected. Nose is almost non-existent. Sweet milky taste with a little roasted grain and chocalate notes thrown in. Very simple flavor that works well. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel with a slighty dry finish. Quite drinkable. Not the best stout I've ever had (or had this week- O'haras gets that honor) but a pretty solid brew nonetheless.

03-18-2010 12:33:55 | More by JunkYardJake
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

In honor of St. Patrick's Day - 16 fl. oz. nitro-can served in my Sam Smith Nonic. Poured with a cascading, creamy/frothy head that eventually coalesces into a two inch dense, tan-colored cap. Head eventually settles into a solid one inch cap with thick sheets of lacing coating the sides of the glass and exhibiting excellent adherence. Appearance is a dark brown with ruby highlights around the edges and when backlit. Nose is subtle - dry with a hint of roast. Taste follows nose, with the addition of an expression of light, toasted malt, a slightly watery quality and a metallic flavor that peaks out at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, with the consistency of watery milk. Pretty good drinkability for the style and really quite easy to session, although my preference is for Guinness Draught.

03-18-2010 01:11:47 | More by Jwale73
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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Appearance - Black with a tan, creamy head.

Smell - I can honestly barely smell anything. Trace amounts of alcohol and coffee.

Taste - Roast coffee and grain husk predominate. There's a slight medicinal taste in the middle, too. A dryly bitter finish, with little to no alcohol taste. The finish gets more bitter as it warms up, and not in a good way.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy, obviously nitrogenated.

Drinkability - The high point of this beer, it is very drinkable.

Notes - There's not much to this other than the drinkability and creamy mouthfeel. It's not even from Ireland: it says on the can that it was made in Edinburgh. I feel ripped off.

03-17-2010 16:02:43 | More by Fnord
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2.9/5  rDev -22.5%

A - nice and dark with short lasting foam.

S - lite but full, if that makes sense. You do want to take a sip from the smell alone.

T - disappointing after the smell. Not bad, but not as full as expected. Mild bitter after taste. Bellow average for the type.

M - creamy with mild tingle on sides of tongue.

D - okay, but I'll pass.

03-15-2010 22:29:51 | More by biglite351
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%

A-pours a jet black and a quarter inch light tan head
S-a very creamy nose to it with a nice roasted character but lacking in bitterness
T-a smooth very malty beer that is very light on the bitterness when compared to its counterparts but still has a nice chocolate taste with a little bit of coffee in the background
M-a very light body with no carbonation and a nice full feel that is still very easy to drink
D-a very drinkable beer with a good taste and a light body that can easily be enjoyed throughtout the night

03-15-2010 02:39:29 | More by joshstevens87
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

I have always liked Murphys. When I lived in Ireland, I would always drink Murphys wherever it was available, which in the early 90's meant County Cork and maybe Galway City.

It is a beautiful pour, settles in about a minute into a pint glass. Pous black with a creamy 1 finger white head.

Smells of roasted malts. It tastes very smooth, without the bitterness of Guinness. It is also very drinkable, almost quaffable and a pint is gone in about 3-4 sips.

You forget that you're only dealing with a beer that is 4%, so it is really an enjoyable session beer.

Up Cork.

03-14-2010 03:58:32 | More by mirish72
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a deep brown, looks like muddy water. Only an inch of a tan head, good lacing.

Smells like sour chocolate milk.

Taste pleasant. Hints of coffee and cream and rye toast.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a chalky finish. The body is medium with minimal carbonation.

Nothing wrong this just isn't my style. I wouldn't order one but I wouldn't turn one down.

03-10-2010 01:58:18 | More by sitarist
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New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

From nitro-can number 30-04-7-L9111-10-17:27. Sampled on March 8, 2010. The pour is dark brown with a snowy widget-enhanced silky, creamy tan head and busy carbonation. The head is a good inch thick. The aroma is of dark caramel malts, toffee, and even a tiny hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel runs about medium but comfortable. The taste is quite clean and crisp with a bit of vanilla bean and pleasingly bitter hops. It is also a tad soapy. Basically likeable.

03-09-2010 00:32:34 | More by puboflyons
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

I really enjoyed Murphy's Irish Stout. I was similar to Guinness (obviously). It was a very dark stout, but little head. The flavor was comparable to Guinness. I thought this beer was extremely smooth. There was little bitterness and aftertaste. Great texture, just went down smoothly, not sure how else to describe it. If you like Irish stouts, I recommend Murphy's.

03-05-2010 03:11:21 | More by Cubsfan1087
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2.95/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

03-05-2010 00:38:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +7%

From the 16oz nitro-can, Murphy's pours that standard Irish stout black, with a creamy nitro head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of roasted and light chocolate malt.

Flavor is very easy and smooth, complimented by the near-zero, cask-like carbonation. Touch of buttery diacetyl comes through the overall tangy and darkly malty flavor profile. Not very hoppy or bitter. Very easy to quaff.

Here's an Irish stout that is smoother and more balanced than Guinness, without giving up classic flavors. Yum.

03-01-2010 23:22:55 | More by dasenebler
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

A - Black with a good sized tan head. Decent retention and fair amount of lacing.

S - Fair amount of roasted malt and milk chocolate. Fairly sweet.

T - Roasted malt base with a good amount of chocolate (not all as bitter/dark as something like Guinness). Also a bit of coffee. Somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter. A little bit of caramel and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a velvety texture. Bit of a drying finish.

D - Very easy to drink. The mouthfeel just lets this slide down your throat and the flavors are nice and inoffensive.

Notes: Nice to get at a bar with a limited selection, especially if you want something smooth and creamy. Somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter.

03-01-2010 00:48:28 | More by FreshHawk
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

500ml nitro can poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a huge creamy fizzy beige head. Impressive retention (it lasts for long time): The Nitro device really works. The color is a deep black but not completely opaque

S: Huge roasted malts in the nose. Followed by caramel and some hints of dark chocolate

T: Strong on roasted malts. A bit sweet upfront but, in overall, a dry and bitter taste, as expected. A bit metallic with a light earthy hoppy presence too

M: Light body. Low carbonation and a nice and mild bitter aftertaste

D: High. The bitter aftertaste and the low ABV improves a lot its drinkability.

02-26-2010 17:12:36 | More by eduardolinhalis
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured from the nitrogen can into an imperial pint.

Gotta love the cascade effect, but once that settles a deep mahogany, almost black, stout is revealed; with a milky, tan head that leaves super thick lacing all the way through.

Nice dry, roasted malt on the nose, kind of coffeeish.

The roast is overpowered by toast and cracker notes on the tongue and milk chocolate with a slight, roasty bitterness on the finish leaving it dry.

The mouthfeel is velvety, some might think it's watery due to the nitrogen carbonation and the body is light. Very drinkable; a good, more obscure Guinness substitute.

02-24-2010 01:15:53 | More by brownbeer
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2.63/5  rDev -29.7%

Reviewed 1/12/2010 (Nitro-Can):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, opaque, with a big creamy light brown color head. Lasting head. Chocolaty aroma, some rasted scents. Has a light watery taste. Body is somewhat creamy. Very watery taste, light on flavor.

02-21-2010 03:29:39 | More by jujubeast6000
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New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +22.5%

A- dark brown with nitro bubbles rushing down. As they settle it turns into a charcoal black color. The head sticks around and leaves a thick lacing till the bottle of the glass.

S- roasty coffee like aroma is prominent with subtle sweet vanilla-like fragrance coming through at the end.

T- a rich and hearty expresso flavor hits the tongue at first with a light chocolate undertone.

M- on the heavy side with the a smooth side though.

D- A very tasty beer. The flavor was complex, rich and inviting. An overall enjoyable beer that I took a liking too.

02-20-2010 22:23:33 | More by vazy
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Pours like chocolate, but turns into a very, very deep brown as the nitrogen bubbles rise up and form a one finger cream colored head. No movement whatsoever. Head disappears as you work your way down the glass.

S - Toasty. Chocolate of coffee maybe?

T - Some coffee, maybe a bit nutty and some dark chocolate thrown in there. Touch of bitterness in the back of the mouth.

M - Medium body, but as most nitro-brews, very smooth. A milk like consistency.

D - The low ABV makes me think I could session with this. The finish isn't quite as clean as I'd like though for a beer I'd want to drink more than several of.

02-19-2010 02:35:18 | More by shutupdoodah
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

02-14-2010 18:43:37 | More by Hojaminbag
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4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

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.

02-06-2010 19:13:23 | More by schoolboy
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2.8/5  rDev -25.1%

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.

02-03-2010 06:01:38 | More by alleykatking
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1.85/5  rDev -50.5%

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.

01-30-2010 21:38:59 | More by schanker21
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4.55/5  rDev +21.7%

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

01-23-2010 05:38:55 | More by Dster
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

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

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

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

01-03-2010 05:39:34 | More by rwrk42
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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