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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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1,818 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,818
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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3.85/5  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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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a can, this was dark brown with tan head and good lacing. Nose of roasted malts and chocolate. Rich mouthfeel. Roasted malts dominate and the finish is dry. This was drinkable, and tasted quite good considering it came from a can. I would buy this again.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-31-2008 03:59:17 | More by rkuhnel
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know I've been much more impressed with Murphy's Stout when it's fresh off the tap. Out of the can, however, I'm not as impressed.

It's a great looking beer that pours dark brown, almost black, and shows ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy and stays with the beer from start to finish. The smell has pleasant hints of roasted malt but the aroma is very mild, and stays that way, even as it warms.

Murphy's Irish Stout is smooth, lightly carbonated and has a moderately light body. The taste is well balanced with a touch of roasted malt bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very worthy Irish stout that it would be easy to drink gallons of, if one was so inclined.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-25-2008 06:07:00 | More by 86sportster883
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I had one of these. Always liked this one.

A: Pours very black, blacker than I remembered. Nitro head foams up quickly, and disappears almost as fast. Not much lacing.

S: Not much here, actually. What I do smell is pleasant, but it's just a bit weak.

T: Considerably more flavor than the smell would suggest, and definitely more flavorful than Guiness (not that I don't like Guiness). Creamy and just a touch of bitterness (though not in the hoppy sense). Nice.

M. Sort of creamy, but mostly light in body. I would like a bit more carbonation, but for a nitro this is good.

D: Goes down almost too smooth. Good thing it's only 4%. Easily sessionable.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-19-2008 06:19:01 | More by milesfan76
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Nitro-can into a pint glass, pours a pitch black with that nitrous head that we all enjoy, I enjoy watching the head flow through the glass once poured, awesome looking. Smell is almost non existant to me, I can't really smell to much of anything. Taste is a bit of a smooth creamy bitterness, it goes it a bit thick but very easy to drink, I can taste a bit of malt and roasted barley in there, I have been on a irish stout kick as of lately and this is just another fine offering.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2008 23:50:58 | More by gunnerman
Photo of SargeC


4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black brew with a dense, tan head.

Smell: Rich malt with a semi-sweet quality.

Taste: Solid brew. Subdued mineral tones hide beneath a thick blanket of dense, malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite canned stouts. Any port in a storm, a classic.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-08-2008 04:26:48 | More by SargeC
Photo of bboven


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oil black body with a thick pale tan head and huge amounts of lacing.

Faint roast and sweetness in the aroma.

Muted flavors. It's a bit plasticy, but drinkable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full The only thing is that it leaves your palate feeling chalky. Not the most pleasant of sensations.

There are tastier stouts out there, and for the price of four cans of Murphy's I would be tempted to go find them.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-30-2007 23:12:36 | More by bboven
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2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got to try out my new pint glasses with a pint sized nitro-can of Murthy's Irish Stout. The best thing about this beer was that I proved that I did indeed get full pint sized glasses, and not those smaller glasses passed off as pint glasses.

The nitro-can produced pour is indeed a sight to behold. Beautiful black on bottom with fascinating cascading brown in the middle with a moderately sized tan head on top. If only the beer was as exciting to taste as it was to watch!

The taste was weakly creamy and very thin with very little body. Something this dark and as exciting to watch should certainly taste better then this! Unfortunately this is not the case. It tastes and feels just weak and thin. A little creamy, but nothing substantial is to be found in this beer. Very little aftertaste is to be found, but this is to be expected on such a thin tasteless beer.

Not very drinkable. It sat there on my desk for quite a while until it was finished. I just did not have a strong desire to pickup and drink such a tasteless brew.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-29-2007 01:19:23 | More by MarcGetty
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into Guinness pint glass

I love the appearance of these. Pours a nice dark jet black with a light tan creamy foam head that lasts till the end.

Smells of earthy toasted malts, typical irish stout smell I suppose.

Real smooth taste of toasted malts and coffee. Some caramel taste seems to come through too.

Mouthfeel and drinkablitly are great. It's got a real smooth filling texture and goes done great. Give this stuff a try sometime.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-24-2007 01:41:17 | More by iceviper22
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a duo intro can in the duty free liquor store at the airport departure and had my first one in the Hotel after lunch and before a short comfy nap. The pour yielded a quick receding one inch head that tops the jet black stout below. The smell was primarily roasted malts and coffee. Taste was typically roasted malts with a slight lactic touch and coffee towards the finish; not something out of the world; rather typical but no flaws either. Bitterness at the finish was well within tolerance. Generally light tasting for the stouts that I have tried. The after taste was again primarily roasted malts and coffee; again nothing out of the blue. The mouth feel on this one was medium to full; thickness partly due to the expected creaminess which was good. I was expecting more creaminess though, due to the nitro. Creamy smooth drinking and definitely one of the more drinkable stouts around. Not bad but I am not really a fan of this one; I am sure many folks can make a good session out of this one though.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-20-2007 13:09:23 | More by basica
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a very dark color, almost completely opaque with a good off white head, quite inviting looking.

Smell- Carmalized malt in the nose.

Taste- A very smooth brew, almost oatmeally in its flavor, some burnt notes as well as coffee.

Mouthfeel- Fills entire palate in a very pleasant way.

Drinkability- One of the better irish stouts Ive had, give it a try.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-18-2007 02:31:03 | More by Bowdoinbeerboy
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4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful brew, I would say the creme of the crop along side Beamish. it pours nice and opaque, with a perfect white head, smells like any good pub in cork, or kerry. the taste is wonderful, light enough without being wimpy, and full of flavor. the mouth-feel is crisp and smooth, and it is so drinkable it is easy to find yourself asking where the 4 pack went. if you see this in the store pick it up, for certain.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-15-2007 10:17:12 | More by irishevans
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4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Throw your oatmeal away! Murphys pours and is truly alive inside as you watch the bubbles "rain up" the glass. a cool visual experience. black as oil and a head like pudding. thick and creamy, yet increadibly smooth. a wonderful irish stout. dry and frothy dark malty taste with hints of coffee or dark chocolate. truly a staple of an irishmans diet. so drinkable you wont even realize your drunk until youve soiled your trousers in the wagon!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-14-2007 06:32:46 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer out of can better than draft. Maybe something was wrong with the draft line, because it was very watery and didn't form the thick head of foam that I was expecting.The can was much better. the pour from the can to the glass was similar to Guinness. I noticed a semi-sweet taste from the first sip. Good head retention throughout the whole pint, but I don't think it beats Guinness head to head.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-06-2007 03:10:19 | More by madjr80
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District of Columbia

2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

i have my feelings about nitro...

very dark. more so than i would have expected (it's essentially opaque!). oh yeah, and there's a frothy, persistent head up there (if i didn't drink it would end up in the geology section of the natural history museum)

a touch of soy sauce comes to the nose. truthfully, the smells are weak, which is a symptom of the nitro, i feel. there's some roastiness in there

it's actually quite bitter, though more likely from roasted grains than hops. super smooth, but how flavorful? there's a dominant flavor (it's tactile, too) experience that really isn't nice. astringent. a subtle sweetness redeems to some degree but cannot resuscitate in my opinion

dry...but bitter?

it even tastes like the can

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2007 01:32:53 | More by bruachan
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice big head. Typical nitro stout look. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hint of underlying sweetness. Taste is mild burnt malt. Very mild bitterness from the malt balances by mild sweetness. Overall the taste is very mild and very balanced. Creamy with a dry finish. Very drinkable. Overall this is a very solid stout. Nice beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 03:03:17 | More by burnstar
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United Kingdom (England)

2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at a local supermarket at just 74p, for it's separated from the package-damaged original pack of four and reduced to clear. BB Oct. 08, served semi-chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: very dark brown in colour, with caramel glows when seen against light, coming w/ a thick, as-creamy-&-tight-as-you-can-expect-from-a-nitro-assisted-pour head that simply lasts forever.
S: burned malts, bitter chocolates and coffee, with light nutty hints and a touch of dust. Standard for an Irish Dry Stout, smooth, light, w/o much complexity to enjoy.
T: the foretaste is milder than the Guinness, with burned barley's sour-bitterness like expired and oxidised coffee beans and some displaced maltiness, leaving powdery bitter bits and dispersed roasty flavour in the end. Bitter and sour overall, showing no structure at all, and messy.
M&D: the texture is much much "lighter" than what the word "smooth" can possibly suggest to its best intent... or, it's just watery, full stop. And, despite the creamy-soft facade imposed by nitro-gas, the body is just thin, thin, thin! In addition, there's little taste left in this cold, watered-down coffee, so I personally find this canned beer a total waste of money, even at 74p!

Serving type: nitro-can

12-02-2007 19:55:55 | More by wl0307
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

14.9 oz. nitro-can,

A: Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance, with a thick, very creamy head, which leaves gobs of lacing and has great retention.

S: Light smell, but as the beer warms up, you can smell distinct chocolate notes.

T: Unlike the Beamish, which I just had, Murphy's has a distinct dark chocolate character, with less burnt toast and coffee. Having these beers back to back, you can tell the slight, but palpable differences between them. A less challenging taste than Beamish, but still tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy, though lacking the body found in non-nitro stouts, not bad though, a fuller body than Guinness.

D: A easy drinking beer for a night at the pub, or a session at home while watching the game, Murphy's is a beer that is dangerously drinkable, low in alcohol, I could drink a lot of this.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-30-2007 19:06:43 | More by Halcyondays
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3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served (apparently from a nitro-tap) into a pint glass.

A very dark, nearly opaque brown with a caramelly-brown foamy head, reminiscent of cappuccino, that filled the glass to the brim. The cap is very nice and long lasting, leaving huge sheeting as it descends. A coffee malty aroma dominates with undertones of cocoa. No hops or fruity aromas. The taste is strongly of the same rich maltiness, with almost no hops flavor or bitters to interrupt. The finish is dry and roasty. Tiny banana flavor at times. Medium-low mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very drinkable, light and low alcohol. Not complex flavors, but rich and tasty.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-30-2007 16:10:46 | More by BiereBlanche
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a creamy black with a creamy khaki head. The head stays around a long time and the beer has very heavy lacing. Dark, dark brown boarding on black.

S- Smell of malt, chocolate, and coffee

T/M – Rich sweet and creamy almost like a good desert than a beer.

D- Extremely drinkable very light for a stout. Gould easily drink the whole 4 pack

Serving type: nitro-can

11-28-2007 03:39:52 | More by monkeybeer
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bridgewater's Pub at 30th street station while waiting for a train... I got to 30th early on purpose.

A- Thick, creamy and stout. Nice creamy/off-white head that lasted all the way down.

S- Smelt of burnt malts, chocolate and coffee/toffee... Smells like an excellent Irish dry stout.

T- Tastes a bit smoother than Guinness (since that's the Irish dry stout to compare to) and more caramel and sweeter undertones to it.

M- Silky smooth in the mouth.

D- Sessionable dry stout, low ABV and tastes good.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-20-2007 07:09:53 | More by ajr24
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: deep dark black with a generous two-finger off-white head; good retention

s: coffee malts are the first to hit the nose followed by some lighter malty sweetness; another little hint of bitterness at the end

t: good coffee flavors with some chocolate overtones; quite simple but quite enjoyable

m: really rich and creamy; so smooth you could drink it in one gulp

d: definitely better than a certain irish stout whose name rhymes with puiness; the balance of the creamy mouth-feel with the simple flavors is quite enjoyable; a great stout that i could down a few pints of

Serving type: nitro-can

11-17-2007 19:02:23 | More by hoegaardenhero
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New York

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

A- Pitch black, non-transparent, two finger thick tan creamy head w/ good retention

S- Creamy, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

T- Creamy, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, slight smokey taste

M- Medium/heavy body, little carbonation, creamy, smooth

D- Another good dry stout

Murphys seems to me to be a slightly weaker version of Guinness (weaker in both smell and taste). It is still a really good beer though.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-15-2007 22:52:18 | More by iceball585
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Stout noir ébène, à la crème brune abondante et stable. Smell : Arôme fin assez typique des stouts, odeur de malt grillé, subtiles nuances de caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : Bouche veloutée et très amère à la fois, saveur torréfiée équilibrée, très nuancée, moyennement corsée.
Drinkability : Excellent stout, encore meilleur à la pression ou à consommer chez soi en version cannette (N2)

Serving type: can

10-28-2007 17:06:11 | More by thierrynantes
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