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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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1,842 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,842
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | 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 yemenmocha


4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a luxurious near-black with tan head that is quite thick, dense, retains well, and has a beautiful contrast line wit the beer. That black to tan line is razor sharp. Gorgeous.

Nose has chocolate, whopper's candy nougat, and a big roasty component. Very appetizing.

On the palate it is delightfully dry in character, unlike so many stouts today purporting to be an Irish Stout. Unsweetened chocolate and roasty malt flavours come through nicely. Body is medium, perhaps perceived to be thicker than it is due to nitrogenation.

Finish is dry, roasty, and leaves a slight chalkly taste that is quite good.

One of the best imported stouts available in draught nitro can.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-05-2008 04:45:32 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of berserker256


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

Beautiful rich black appearance with a thick foamy head that sticks to the side of the glass. Sweet coffee and roasted malt aroma. Bittersweet milky flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate, and nicely toasted malts. has the consistancy of a thin milkshake. Low carbonation, as it should be. Easy to drink. Very good.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-03-2008 02:27:15 | More by berserker256
Photo of Traquairlover


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro-can poured into a pint glass.

A = Deep red mahogany, clear at edges but impenetrable in the middle, two finger foam head with very good retention.

S = Sweet caramel, bittersweet chocolate, light floral notes.

T = Tart at the tip of the tongue with light sweetness hitting at mid-palate light flavors of cocoa, caramel, coffee with skim milk all tempered by a good amount of bitterness at sides of tongue and a long bitter finish.

M = Light to medium-light body, no better than fair mouthcoating, fomay creamy mouthfeel.

D = A very drinkable light-bodied stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-31-2008 18:42:30 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of apratsunrthd


4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours an almost totally opaque black with one finger of creamy, frothy head. Nice lacing.

S - dark, nutty, and roasted, like a good cup of coffee.

T - delicious! One of my favorite stouts! Very nice coffee flavors. Perfectly roasted.

M - Nicely creamy with good carbonation.

D - good but heavy.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-31-2008 00:22:35 | More by apratsunrthd
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dense obsidian black, velvety and dark still at the margins. Cascades of nitrogen-fed bubbles offset a finger of tight mousse-like tan head. Dollops of lacing whip the inside of the glass.

The aroma is a somewhat sparse but notable for dabs of chocolate, dark coffee, and charred malt. Beyond that, it gets pretty hazy.

Upon tasting, the malt is so very briefly sweet, like burnt sugar before it goes acrid, but it falls short of that indignity. Chocolate and coffee again seep forth. A late-comer dash of toffee slides into a very dry and crisp finish. It's classic, I suppose, but quick and a bit thin.

A touch north of light bodied, it's especially soft, smooth, and creamy on the palate, like a blended shake or smoothie, but with a decidedly crisp close.

Talk about being all over the board. It looks enticing, feels seductive, and tastes and smells like a good stout but nothing that would make you scream and shout for more. And yet, as it slides down, it becomes more and more effortless to take the next sip. So while it's not exactly consistent, it ends up leaving a positive impression that means I'll never refuse one of these. In fact, I might just have to keep a four-pack on hand for those light-beer kind of evenings.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-28-2008 18:59:40 | More by Foxman
Photo of Goliath


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black and opaque from the can with dark brown edges in the light. A thick one inch creamy light tan head forms on top with great retention.

The aroma holds some nice malty tones including coffee and chocolate.

Taste is ok with some decent coffee and chocolate tones.

Mouthfeel is full, thick and creamy with a still feel.

Drinkability is fairly high. Low alcohol and simple but pleasing flavors make consumption pretty easy.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-23-2008 02:37:07 | More by Goliath
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North Carolina

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

Got this on tap at a pub by the same name. Deep brown almost black with excellent lush one finger head that was tan in the room lighting. Smell of roasted malts. Taste is the same, bit of a powdery feel and a dry finish. Great drinkability. This is what you'd expect from a dry Irish stout and I think I prefer it to the industry standard. I'll buy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 20:57:48 | More by srrn
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark, opaque, color with a solid 1 finger compact, creamy light beige head that left a spotty lacing behind.

S: very light and mild with fresh coffee grinds the only thing I could distinguish.

T: fresh, cold coffee and really smooth. A light, smooth, roasted malting and bitterness rounds things out. There was some dry vanilla and some chalkiness as well in the finish.

M: thin, very light, with a flat carbonation, compliments of the widget and a chalky finish.

D: Drinkability was pretty bland, and ordinary, sorry to say.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-06-2008 23:06:23 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of DIM


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: This was a very dark ruby red. It poured with a beautiful, creamy, light tan colored head that stuck around for a while.

s: Faint malty aromas that smell a bit like chocoloate.

t: This is quite dry, as the name would suggest. It tastes of smokey, chocolate malts with just a hint of bitterness.

m: Fantastic creamy carbonation, gotta love the nitro can.

d: I like this one quite a bit, but I prefer Beamish.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-05-2008 10:40:54 | More by DIM
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

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

Poured from nitro-can into nonic pint glass.

A - Very dark with two finger tan head that settles to a decent white cap. Some lacing.

S - I got the generic aroma of coffee, chocolate, and burnt bread as per most dry stouts, but nothing terribly deep or complex. Nitro-can is probably to blame for this issue.

T - Coffee, burnt coffee really, fairly dry and with less chocolate presence than other stouts. Some generic nut flavor is thrown in as well. Roasted malt is obvious, but further nuance is again masked by serving method. Fairly dry finish, again like black coffee.

M - Nice and creamy as most nitro cans with no carbonation. I love the way this/these beers feel. A little thick too.

D - It would probably be pretty easy to down a few of these, but my question is why? It's not a bad beer but at the end of it all I feel it's fairly one dimensional, not a good feeling about a stout. Nitro-cans are nice gadgets, but with fuller bodied beers like this I think they really mask a lot of otherwise interesting nuance. Is it Murphy's or just the can? I may never know.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-29-2008 05:07:45 | More by PatrickJR
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was served a Murphy's with a two-finger beige head. It was dark brown, almost black in appearance. There's a scalded coffee ground smell to it. The taste is strong, and somewhat bitter. Mouthfeel is thick. This beer goes down easy. Highly drinkable and very close to Guinness Stout.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-24-2008 02:53:35 | More by theghost3
Photo of Offa


3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent Irish stout, far better than Guinness Draught but not up to the level of Guinness Extra Stout or many others. This is qualified, however, by the fact that I can only ever find it in a nitro can or on nitro tap and to me this always subdues the aromas and flavours. Even so, compared to others on nitro (like Beamish or Third Street Aleworks Blarney Sisters), this lacks character and body.

It is predictably dark, essentially black, with a tan, thick, creamy head that lasts forever.

The aroma is very mild, but pleasant burnt toast, hints of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is similar, toast, chocolate, coffee, rather dry, with pretty good sweet-bitter balance, but on a fairly thin, watery body.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-18-2008 21:49:32 | More by Offa
Photo of usmittymc


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can into an Imperial Pint glass. Picked these up at Aquistapace in Covington, LA for $.99 a pint!!

A: Almost opaque midnight black. Faint shades of ruby are present when held to the light. Tight tan head forms to a little over a finger thick.

S: Faint coffee. Dark roasted malt.

T: Just as the nose detected. Faint coffee. Dry malty flavors.

M: Not substantial, but typical for style. Dry and mildly bitter.

D: A notch above Guinness in my book. Can pour back a few of these quite easily, with almost no consequences.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-18-2008 03:08:42 | More by usmittymc
Photo of woodychandler


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my last remaining CANs in the ol' reefer. I will have to reload and continue on my quest to drink canned beer.

A finger's worth of beautiful, deep-tan head was created on the pour. The cascade resulted in a dark-brown beer with ruby highlights. The nose was slightly smoky, highly appropriate for a dry stout. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a great smoky bitterness that lingered on and on. The finish was equally satisfying. Lovely, this.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-13-2008 18:51:57 | More by woodychandler
Photo of mpyle


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

Pours black, opaque. Moderate sized off white head with good retention.

A smokey, roasty aroma. Smells a little burnt if that is possible. No hop, and a clean but notable aroma for an Irish Stout.

Roasty, smokey, burnt aromas show up in taste as well. A lingering roast bitterness into the finish, but no harshness.

Fairly light body, no astringency, and a bit of creaminess from the gas. Carbonation is low-medium. Mouthfeel very style appropriate.

May have served it a bit warm, but flavorful for a Dry Irish Stout. Low alcohol, and not overpowering in any flavor sense, this beer would be easily sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-12-2008 20:28:40 | More by mpyle
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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my hometown beer, so I'm probably a bit biased. Had on tap from the Huntsman pub, just outside Blarney, in Co. Cork.

A: Typical Irish stout - extremely dark, with a thick creamy head just cresting the glass. When poured correctly, a work of art.

S: Roasted malts, a little coffee.

T: Creamy roasted malts, a little sweet.

MF/D: Very smooth and creamy texture, that goes down easily. As the drink goes, it does tend to get a tad watery towards the end.

Overall, it's my favourite stout. Far exceeds it's more dominant (and bitter) cousin Guinness, and in my opinion leagues ahead of Beamish as well. Phenominal brew that really has to be sampled on tap back in the old country to be truly appreciated!

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-07-2008 18:50:59 | More by ubermick
Photo of armock

New York

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

A - Poured a basically black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt fairly light

T - Also is fairly light roasted malt

M - Is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation

D - This is the perfect session stout it has a good taste and a lower abv so you can drink it all night at an Irish bar and still be able to play some darts

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-06-2008 22:46:58 | More by armock
Photo of mattster


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

Opened 16 Fluid Ounce pub can and poured into Nonic glass.

Tan creamy head of 2" sits atop a black opaque brew.

Smell is of coffee - very strong. Taste is also of coffee with some chocolate hints, very smooth, although a tad more bitter on the finish. Nice low bubbles in brew.

Really nice stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-04-2008 07:39:36 | More by mattster
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South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black after pouring with a luscious inch thick cappuccino colored head that persists for a good while.

Smell is all around pretty weak, but there's a bit of a malty smell.

The taste is a bit bland, but there's a bit of a roasted taste. Nothing spectacular.

Very watery mouthfeel. Not sure what else to say.

Certainly drinkable and enjoyable, but there are definitely better stouts out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-02-2008 03:34:55 | More by cjohnson
Photo of blackie


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the can is correct that it may over flow, but misleading in stating it will only happen when unchilled.

a: Pours a very dark ebony with the typically glorious nitro head and light retention.

s: dominant roasts give notes of watery coffee, a little chocolate, subtle English hops

m: Very low carbonation...practically nonexistent. The body is on the full side of medium and not at all thick, but smooth.

t: bland...watery roasted malts dominate, with the only other flavor being a dull English hop presence. Gentle bitterness.

d: like water

single nitro-can from Trader Joe's Cary

Serving type: nitro-can

03-31-2008 04:08:04 | More by blackie
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New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

Poured black which cascaded a deep brown that settled black with red hues when held up to the light. Formed an inch or so tan creamy head that stayed true and left a web like lacing.

Typical nitro stout smell with hints of roasted malt with bitter finish.

The taste was nice. Creamy toasted malt with a slight sweetness I cant place. Finished with a slight bitter taste(but not overly so).

The mouthfeel was typical of this style with a thick creamy, chewy feel. It coated the mouth well leaving behind a slight bitter aftertaste. Good example of this style, probably third on the big three list behind Beamish and Guinness. Fairly common so not a big find but definitely worth trying if you haven't had it.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-28-2008 07:03:41 | More by hyland24
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- looks nice right out of the can, just like every stout i've ever had. this one is pitch tar black, with nothing around the edges in the barlight. standard creamy beige nitro foam, mildly beige in color, quilts the inside of the glass for that rootbeer float effect.

S- mild aroma, just as i expected, some roasted malt, coffee, and the faintest hint of cocoa somewhere in there.

T- roasted, toasted, and somewhat subdued malt character, seriously reminds me of guinness in alot of ways, mostly in the look and smell. the taste has more hop character in my opinion. just a little bit, and it's earthy and fresh, but not quite as dry as beamish.

MF- smooth creamy and rich. full bodied, feels just like...ah nevermind.

D- this is a pub pounder fo-sho. well rounded stout. (guinness+5)

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2008 19:48:17 | More by hustlesworth
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North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

The beer poured beautifully with a big silky head. The smell and taste, however, are fairly average with a touch of roasted malt and coffee. I like Murphy's because it's cheaper than Guinness and you get a full pint. But, I feel that Guinness is just slightly better.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-21-2008 02:15:13 | More by cbleary
Photo of Maudite


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pub draught can, poured the ubiquitous cascading head, which is always pretty and marvelous, though commonplace now days. A creamy tan head that ends up (after full cascade) being a solid 3 fingers and lasts the entire beer. A deep brown body a few shades lighter than other stouts. Very pretty ale.

S- Not a whole lot of nose here...Espresso, banana bread, roasted malts, toast. No notable hop aroma, all present aromas are pretty faint, lethargic.

T- Creamy, bittersweet/cocoa, a combination bite of buried hops and very roasty grains. A nice espresso/black coffee flavor with some after-notes of toasted grains.

M- Creamy, thick, coating. Mild acidity and low carbonation.

D- Easy drinking, nice low ABV. Great after a meal in place of coffee, or as your dinner beverage. Goes great with left over corned beef and cabbage.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-19-2008 23:02:27 | More by Maudite
Photo of fitzy84


4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was awesome. It definitely appeared lighter than a Guinness, but it was as wonderful to watch. Slight amber coloring around the dark black appearance differentiated it from Guinness, but it also had a light brown, almost frappe-like, thick head. The aromas of mocha and coffee were the strongest that I sensed. It was wicked sweet, almost dessert-like, filled with chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel was great: thick, frappe-like but very light. Overall, a great rival to Guinness.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2008 21:14:56 | More by fitzy84
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