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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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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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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap, nearly everywhere in Ireland

A: Black under a creamy white head. Pretty standard as far as Irish Stouts on nitro go. Big lace and retention.

S: Not that much. Little bit of roastedness, slightly sweet.

T: A little bit more here then Guinness. Slightly more chocolate in the taste, maybe a bit more roasted character as well.

M/D: Medium to full bodied with good drinkability. Can't really go wrong with any of the 3 big Irish dry stouts, are all similar. I would put this one slightly ahead of Guinness, but below Beamish.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-19-2008 13:43:25 | More by NCSUdo
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2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black with some brown around the edges. A one finger tan head forms and sticks around to the end with that cascading effect. Some nice lace down the side.
S: A bit of chocolate and some bready malt. Weak and not very impressed.
T: Similar to the nose. Bitter chocolate and malt. Some hop bitterness as well.
M/D: Watery and thin. Kind of drinkable. Not really a session beer for me, but it is smooth.

I don't think I like Irish Dry Stouts, or I just don't like the nitro-effect. There is no depth and the few that I have tried are watery. This one is no different.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2008 20:46:07 | More by champ103
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing and Irish Stout-a-thon, 3-17-08. Thought I had done a review for this, oh well, I have one now.

Appearance: Poured from the 16 oz nitro can into a nonic pint glass. One plus this is a 16 oz can compared to a 14.9 for the Guiness and Beamish. More beer, yay! The can opens with a whoosh and foam begins to build so I pour rather quickly. Good thing my pint glass is more than 16 oz (20 oz, I think). The beer is black, as expected with a big, thick, dense, tanish head that sits on the beer and lasts forever, never completely fading.

Smell: As with other dry stouts, aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Big in the malt department. Flavors of roasted chocolate, coffee and almonds with this one. Some slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nearing medium in body. Not quite as watery as the Guiness, but still not "heavy". As I may have said before, the beer is black and lloks like motor oil, but it is actually light, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable. I have been going through four Irish Dry Stouts and I barely feel it. The style lends itself to low ABV (this one only 4%) which makes this a perfect session beer IMO. Light yet tasty.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2008 03:13:09 | More by BigRedN
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark with a surprisingly small head for a nitro-charge. Just 3/8" tan head sits atop the beer. Head retention was good.

The smell is weak except for a sweet chocolate aroma.

It seemily has a burnt taste with a bitter finish. A little coffee and chocolate flavors are barely noticeable. Overall weak flavors and unimpressive.

Has a thin body with a creamy mouthfeel from the nitro. I couldn't imagine drinking this beer without a nitro-charge. It wouldn't be very good. Although the ABV is low and you won't get filled up drinking this beer, I didn't rate drinkability very high because of the expense of a 4-pack.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2008 23:34:45 | More by morimech
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Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, it's St. Patrick's Day 2008, and it's time for my obligatory Irish Stout. Usually I drink a Guinness (my Irish wife wouldn't have it any other way), but this year I wanted to break with tradition and try a different Irish Stout. I decided on Beamish but my LLS didn't have it (blasphemy!). Having decided to break with tradition, I couldn't get the Guinness so I bought the Murphy Irish Stout, which surprisingly, I've never tried.

The cascading pour from the can was similar to Guinness' pour. Eventually, the rich, creamy head grew to at least two fingers and then subsided and remained at one. The color is deep black; light could not penetrate the darkness.

The first sip is what I have come to expect from a dry, Irish stout: it is sharp and crisp with a hint of bitterness on the finish. It leaves behind a pleasing cottonmouth feeling. I also detected a burnt quality at the very end.

I am pleasantly surprised with this beer; it is quite similar to Guinness but has a smoother finish...I'm glad I broke with tradition. Hope my Irish lady approves.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2008 22:59:25 | More by PorterHall
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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce draughtflow can into a metric pint glass.

A: Poured a deep black body with no clarity and a two-finger head of creamy tan foam. The cascade affect isn't as impressive as a Guinness.

S: Smells of semisweet toasted malt, a bit of coffee and some chocolate.

T: Sweet toffee and caramel malt with a chewy, roasted coffee rush over the mid-palate. The finish is a little hoppy, and has a creamy texture.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit creamy up front, but a tad watery before finishing pretty clean and tasty.

D: The clean, roasted flavors and low ABV make this dry stout quite drinkable.

Murphy's is a good stout, great drinkability and taste, but it's not quite the same as a Guinness. More flavor, it seems, but the draughtflow isn't the same experience. On par in some departments, but not as good in others.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2008 19:24:30 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with an ecru head of about half a finger. It makes up for this modesty in height by having insane retention. Score one for the nitro. As a result of the ever-present foam, there's a nice amount of lacing.

Aroma is pretty faint. There's a bit of chocolate and a bit of roastiness, but nothing else.

Flavor is also pretty weak, but it's not as gross as Guinness. Inoffensive watery chocolate and roasted barley.

Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect from a can with a nitro widget inside: flat and creamy. There's about as much carbonation here as there is in coffee, although the texture is quite silky. This is the perfect beer to throw into a carbomb and not even taste anything.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2008 08:43:35 | More by illidurit
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1 pint (16 fl. oz.) nitro-can, served straight from the fridge to a pint glass.

A: I am such a sucker for the 'nitro' effect: solid 1-finger head of undying head, colored like aged paper; I've watched this thing for 5 minutes without it moving 1 millimeter. Sits atop a perfectly ebony liquid that shows only glimpses of auburn and a few larger carbonation bubbles stuck oddly at the bottom of the glass. Any lace sticks in tiny, Braille-like bits...

S: Light aroma of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Not big, but certainly pleasant.

T: Flavor is a creeping blend of cocoa and mocha, sweetened with cream and a hint of vanilla. Light chalky bittering follows and lingers for minutes...

M: Light-bodied, almost like drinking a very watered down cup of coffee. Stealthy grainy textures build and the lasting feel is oh-so-creamy and smooth.

D: Perfectly sessionable, the type of ale one could sip pint after pint of at the pub. It's subtlety in an era where plenty of beers aim for big alcohol, huge flavors and 'extreme'-ness. Glad I picked this one off the 'St. Patrick's Day' display at New Seasons; will have to mix it into the beer line-up more often.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2008 06:08:44 | More by msubulldog25
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Still love the nitro affect and the dance of the cascade of bubbles. Gives an off white creamy, thick head you want to serve up on a plate. Very dark in color nearly opaque. Held up to the light it may have a reddish characteristic, but otherwise looks black.

S - Roasty and chocolatey. Not an overwhelming smell, but you don't have to try too hard to find it either.

T - Light flavor. Mostly roasted coffee and more chocolate. Not real obvious, but not missing flavor either.

M - Gotta sip thru the dense head of the beer to find a light and smooth sip. Some roasted malt aftertaste, but not huge. Not sweet or bitter right up front, but roasts sits on the back of your tongue for a bit.

D - pretty easy. I wish I had a peat burning fire place to watch the flames flicker as I enjoy this one. A real good stout and I wouldn't mind having another.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2008 02:52:59 | More by Tolann
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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second stout of the night at Porter Bellys in Brighton Center was a Murphy's. I wanted to have it right after a Guinness to compare. Pours with a dark amber color, almost black. The first sip revealed a head that was so thick that my lips made an impression in the foam. This had a bit of substance to it. Taste was good, with chocolate and coffee flavors on the palette. There was a lot more bitterness that I noticed in a Guinness, which caught my attention. Seemed to fit the style of a dry stout a bit better. When I am looking for a stout and they have Murphy's on tap, it's an easy choice over a Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-12-2008 01:50:28 | More by morebeergood
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance black whith one finger thick tan head with fome that stuck to sides of glass the whole way down. Smell chocolate and coffee. Taste same as smell with nice roasted notes and maby a hint of smoke which could be frome the roasted grains. Mouthfeel light carbonation very creamey mouthfeel. Drinkability one of my favorate Irish Stouts.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-09-2008 18:32:41 | More by BeerTaster
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro-can a deep opaque black with a huge thick off-white head that never left.

Aroma of roasted malts and coffee.

Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Finished with a touch of bitterness.

Light mouthfeel, a bit thin, and moderately carbonated.

Easy to drink, but nothing really memorable about it.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-06-2008 01:55:14 | More by Monkeyknife
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New Mexico

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

The beer is black with a nice creamy cap of dense foam that lasts until the end. The aroma is earthy, dark roasted malt and bitter hops. The beer is light on the palate and has the bite of espresso. A slightly dry bitterness is present throughout and follows through to the finish. A nice drinkable beer. A very good well rounded Irish stout.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2008 00:42:20 | More by BeardedBoffin
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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack at North Ridge Liquors. Wanted an Irish Stout that wasn't Guinness and I was luck enough to find this.

A: Poured a very very dark brown, almost black with an off white, leaning towards the tan side head, which finally settled to about half an inch and remained throughout. Ruby tints when held to the light. I love watching the cascading bubbles.

S: Smoky flavors, roasted smells, a slight bitter smell. Very aromatic as I poured it into the pint glass.

T: Slight chocolatey taste up front, kinda watery, smoked malt flavors come through, nice hop bitterness at the end, but it is very faint and doesn't last long. Not incredibly flavorful, but not offensive in the least. Flavors come out a bit more as it warms.

M: Smooth and creamy from the Nitro-Can but a bit thin in general. Coats the mouth and begs for another drink to understand it a bit better.

D: Pretty darn drinkable, a much better alternative to other Irish Stouts. All in all a good stout and nice change of pace.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-04-2008 00:43:06 | More by pokesbeerdude
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2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 12/03/07 at Crown City Brewing, Pasadena.

Very dark brown. Nitro head about a finger thick, stuck around to the bottom of the glass! Almost no aroma. Creamy nitro texture. Slight sourness goes along with mild roasted malt flavor. Subtle bitterness on finish. Then, unexpected black coffee bitterness appears on tongue long after beer is gone.

Not especially thrilling.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-03-2008 15:02:50 | More by charlzm
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Love the appearance of this brew. The bartender gave me an excellent pour! It was black as coal, no light coming through and the dark reddish brown head was about perfect. You could have taken a picture of this pour for a doggone commercial it looked so good!

The smell was great! A bit smokey with malts, coffee and some hints of toffee.

The taste is pretty good, smooth with a decent finish, but a bit thin for a stout.

Mouth feel is kind of like the taste, not bad, but a little to thin for my taste.

This is a pretty drinkable brew, but there are better stouts out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-02-2008 00:51:26 | More by AgingWarrior
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz nitro can into dog faced mug

A: Dark dark with a creamy nitro bubbly tan head.

S: Malts and very faint cocoa and coffee.

T: Ultra smooth with dark tasting maltiness and caramel hints with a bit o' hop bite near the end winds up dry.

M: Kind of watery but not bad for this ultra-processed beer.

D: A one.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-29-2008 03:07:06 | More by baos
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soft black with some ruby highlights around the bottom of the glass, with an appropriately thick and creamy nitro-widget induced head.

Aroma is on the faint side, but mostly roasted malt.

Taste is mildly balanced roasted malt with light bitterness coming into play from the blackened grain. Hints of nuttiness with just a tiny sour twinge in the finish. Sweeter and smoother with more flavor than that "other" Irish stout that comes in nitro cans.

Very light in body and very quaffable @ 4.0 ABV.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-27-2008 17:01:03 | More by shirfan
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep dark brown nearly black,with three fingers worth of tan creamieness that never settled down,I could barely see through the gobs of lacing that were left behind

S-not a lot of aroma,small traces of toast and malts,kind of a staleness in general

T-dark roasted gourmet coffee,slight sweetness,suttle hop presence,no bitterness detected very balanced for such a dark brew

M-similar to a frothed latte very creamy and extra smooth,good strong body nothing watery about this stout

D-one of the most drinkable stouts I have ever enjoyed

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2008 03:58:34 | More by orangemoustache
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice cascading action out of the can. After settling it is a pure black color. A very nice thick cream head. The head stays and laces throughout the beer.
There is little to no smell. There really shouldn't be too much of a smell on Irish stouts, but there is a somewhat malted smell.
Very dry taste. A bit boring. Nice roasted malt taste stays on your tongue at the end.
Good mouthfeel. Very smooth. Not as thick as I would like it to be.
Drinkability is great for stout. It is nice and smooth, but light enough to drink all day long.

Serving type: can

02-21-2008 03:13:40 | More by BDIMike
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3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice alternative to Guiness, only not as good overall. It has a nice dark color with an off white foamy head. It is creamy with the aroma and flavor of burnt coffee. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and this is a beer I could drink again, although I do prefer Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-16-2008 16:01:19 | More by hardy008
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This, to me, I guess could be considered a guilty pleasure. I will be the first to admit that Murphy's stout is not a hall of fame beer, or stout for that matter. But it is damn good, especially since it took me forever to find a place that served in VA Beach, yet alone on tap.
Arrived in a regular pint glass (still haven't found a pub that has those nonic tumbler (the ones with the bump)) and had that frothy, creamy head that left lacing sheets as I drank the beer. The smell is malty with maybe some coffee malt sticking out. The taste is rather plain, with some coffee and possibly a roasted malt sticking out there, but it is so smooth and full bodied. It goes down like milk and there is absolutely no bitterness - you can just pound this stuff. I have no problem ordering this on draft and staying with it. Don't know why it gets knocked, it is pretty cheap to buy not because it sucks but because Murphy's doesn't have to rip off its drinkers to pay for silly commercials (you know who I mean).

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 05:36:20 | More by clayrock81
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2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick creamy head that lasted until the beer was finished. Dark dark brown in color similar to almost all stouts.

S: It smelled like mushrooms to me. I didn't get any hoppy aromas or any other descent smells, just musty mushrooms.

T: Definitely average in taste. I got some faint hoppy flavors in there. Molasses was the main taste for this beer with a toast aftertaste.

M: Very low carbonation and watery. Very slight bitterness but can hardly tell.

D: It is a drinkable beer but would be hard for me to drink many of these. I really am not a fan of mushrooms and so I was not a fan of the smell at all.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-07-2008 00:32:15 | More by Kemmerlin
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for a good stout, so I picked up an old favorite. I let it sit and warm up a bit before opening.

I love the way a nitro-can brew pours. The magic of the nitro gas and the beer settling is beautiful. A nice off-white creamy head nestles on top. A little more carbonated than I'd like however. The aroma isn't really to die for. A faint roasted barley smell is all that's there. The flavor of this beer is pretty damn solid. Roasted barley dominates the drink. If you let the nitro seep out a bit, the flavors seem to come out more. Slight hop bitterness, but you'd never no they were there if you didn't know about em. Not overly bitter, which makes this oh so drinkable. The mouthfeel is light-medium and creamy, just like a stout should be. I always hate the statement "this is like eating a meal," when referring to a stout. A stout should be a session beer and should not be too heavy. This stout exemplifies that quality.

Overall, I love Murphy's. A great example of a stout. A great Guinness alternative for those of us who can't get the real stuff from Ireland. When comparing Murphy's head to head w/ a nitro-can Guinness, Murphy's wins. A true session beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-05-2008 02:24:12 | More by brewdoc75
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can to pint glass.

Pours as dark as a beer can get, black with virtually know light shining through. Very nice tan, creamy head, finger-thick. Lots of lace on the glass. The smell is a combination of sweet malt and dark chocolate. Taste comes off sweet, roasty coffee and chocolate, also a hint of vanilla. Dry finish. Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

To date, this is my favorite nitro-can stout, more flavorful than the Guinness standard.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-02-2008 22:20:50 | More by IgnatiusReilly
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