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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,907 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,907
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

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 schellsbeer
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Creamy. Beautiful Black - Completely Black. One of my favorite Irish Stouts. Better than Guiness by far....

A - Yes - Black and Thick. Perfect HUGE head that never leaves. Wow, I like this beer. Fantaistic.

S - Good. The smell has to get through the huge head. This is where the proplem lies but who cares.

T - Excellent. Very nice and thick stout that is easy to drink and easy to find. Much rather have this than Guiness any day. Malt. Chocolate. Dry. What else could you want.

M - Thick and Rich. Oh sweet nectar of Ireland.

D - Most definitely. Just went throug 3 of these during an evening at the in-laws. Had to escape some way.

schellsbeer, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with some ruby edges. The head is compact and tan, lasting a little while and leaving modest lacework behind. The aroma shows coffee, cocoa powder and malt sugars with some herbal, bitter hops. The taste is roasty and chocolatey with a touch of lactic acidity and floral hops. A decent hop bitterness compliments the roasted barley astringency and chocolatey flavors nicely. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The bitterness and chocolate sweetness lingers in the finish.

A very good dry stout. Richer and roastier than Guinness.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of theBubba
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark with a nice creamy head. Lots of lace, all the way to the end. I'm staring at an empty glass that's laced from top to bottom.

The smell is mostly roasted malt with a touch of orange coming through. Carbonation is nil, but that adds to the creamy mouthfeel. Not particularly hoppy, but after a few you're left with a bitter taste in the mouth. Time for some Stilton or Gorgonzola, ha.

Overall, a pretty decent Stout that's fairly easy to find in most places that sell beer.

theBubba, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of gabe23
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

14.9oz nitro can poured into a tulip pint glass

A - As with all nitro can stouts, this one has a beautiful cascading effect leading to a black color. The 1 finger tan-colored head lasts throughout and laces well.

S - The smell is a bit muted by the head, but I pick up mainly malt with a bit of coffee and hops.

T - Slightly bitter, with strong roasted character. Some coffee and dark chocolate lurking underneath.

M - Smooth and creamy, but still light.

D - It's an easy to drink stout that makes for a great session beer.

Murphy's is my least favorite of the 'Big 3' Irish Stouts, but there honestly isn't that much difference between them. I would NEVER turn one down, and I still pick up a 4 pack when I find it on sale.

gabe23, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of dbtoe
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nitro can poured into a pint

Look very black body with a good finger and a half of head that lasted until the last drink.

Smell is roasted malt and some coffee bitterness
Taste is smooth roasted malt and mild coffee some bitterness to finish. I love the flavor of this one.

Feel good carbonation with a clean finish very good.

Drink can you say smooth? This is a very easy drinking stout that can be drank all night and again the next day.

Comment I did a taste test between this and Beamish. A hard choice to pick one both are great beers. Beamish has a little less carbonation and is sweeter, more on the chocolate side and Murphy's is more carbonated and on the roasted coffee side. I recommend both highly.

dbtoe, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of alankwak
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found this to be so similar to Guinness that I could easily buy this beer without hesitation if no Guinness was to be had.
Wonderful notes of chocolate. Low to moderate hoppiness and great head retention and lacing.
Mouthfeel was awesome.
Nitrogen makes for a great effect as it does with Guinness.
Very dark(although it looks black is actually a very dark red like Guinness from the roasted barley).
Very good Irish Dry Stout.

alankwak, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of MisterE
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking Murphy's on tap for almost two years now, and it never gets old. Megan at Brophy's makes a perfect shamrock in the foam every time.

A: a deep opaque brown, indistinguishable from black in pub light, topped by a soft foamy head that never entirely disappears

S: earthy and clean aroma of dark roasted maltiness with just a hint of hops

T: dry but loaded with a rich dark flavor of roasted grain, also a hint of dark chocolate and a mild smokiness

M: very smooth and mellow - easy on the tongue - yum!

D: much too good to drink just one

This is my session beer. After four pints in two hours, I can still walk just fine.

MisterE, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of danny013
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

16 oz. widget can poured into a 16 oz. dimple mug. Pours a rich widget cascading effect, settles out into a rich black body with hints of mahogany and is topped with a light brown creamy cake of a head that stays the entire pint and leaves some slight lacing.

Aroma is pretty much of...well...nothing. After some hard searching throughout the pint some faint chocolate grains with a slight hop bitterness come out and shine slightly.

Taste is slightly better. Light dark chocolate notes up front, some roasted grains and a slight hint of coffee dominate. Slightly acidic. Beer rolls around the mouth smoothly and finishes with a good amount of bitterness, more bitter than any actual hop flavor but is still present. Dark chocolate sits along with the bitterness, this is actually the most prevalent it has been in the beer. Hmmm...

Mouthfeel is great, creamy and smooth with a medium body, this beer goes down like water.

Drinkability is great, nice and smooth, a great session ale at 4% ABV but is definitely not something to sit and ponder over and wade through.

Overall, this is not the Murphy's I remember. What was a rich, hearty, full-flavored stout is just a bland, slightly flavored stout eerily reminiscent of Guinness Draught. I've drank quite a few of these (i.e., lots) and this pack is just...bland. I suspect I have got an old set of cans or perhaps my palate has changed and this is not as great as it once was. Either way, I'm let down. I've got 3 more to go through, so we shall see...

danny013, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a completely black color with a big frothy head, just like guinness. i'm sure murphys is sick of hearing that but whatever. i poured it while it was too cold, so i can't promise this will be the most accurate review. Smell is of light caramel and maybe vanilla, no real hop flavors though. Taste if full and good, stouts are a different type of beer no doubt, a dry frothy mouthfeel accompanied by a molasses like soda thickness. stouts are good on certain times, cold nights like tonight they are great, i can't even fathom drinking this in the summer though.

1fastz28, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of elniko
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can to pint glass.

A: Rich opaque coloring with finger full creamy head that did not dissipate. Really nice looking brew.

S: Nose rather faint, tones that I picked up mostly chocolate.

T & M: Creamy textures throughout with some smokiness mixed in. Quite nice, I think I prefer this to the standard Guiness but not to the Guiness extra.

D: Heavens yes, highly drinkable. I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of the creamy stout but for what it is this is a quality brew.

elniko, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of eweneek83
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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. But this one is the best.

eweneek83, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of tbeck
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black with a creamy brownish white head that remaind during the drink. Aroma was oats with coffee and small tinges of alcohol. Taste was chocolate and coffee. Heavy texture, chewy but creamy. Light and crisp on the tongue. A good session beer but it is a little heavy. Very smooth and enjoyable.

tbeck, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of kingothewoods
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice waterfall action when you pour into a glass. Very dark black with a creamy tan head. The smell is malty and roasty. Taste leaves a chalky feel in the back of your mouth. The taste is not as good as a Guinness or Beamish. Also a little bit of tin flavor/smell. Definitely would have another of this Irish Stout.

kingothewoods, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Pipers Pub on the South Side of Pittsburgh.

I love the appearance of these Irish stouts. Dark and creamy with a thick tan head. Smell not quite as appealing.. but evidence of dark roasted malt, chocolate, etc. Tastes similar. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Not overwhelming by any stretch and drinkable.

webmanspidey, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark, with a nice head..good retention. Looked great. The head naturally remained as it should, all the way to the bottom.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee. Again, pretty typical for a stout. Mild smell but that was because of the thick head

Taste: Roasted malts, mild coffee and chocolate

Mouthfeel: Great...creamy and dry..medium bodied.

Drinkability: Well I can never have many stouts at once, but that is just me. I can tackle a couple though. These are good

kshankar, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - if looks could kill.... wow. Dense creamy tan head with bubbles sheeting down the inside of my pint glass. Dark body such as characteristic of a stout. VERY inviting.

S - Roasty and yet sweet smelling.

T - first sip and I detected bacon? what the hell. Cleared my palate with a slice of bread and some cheese and hit it again.... Cream, smoke and purified spring water freshness. I hope my tongue isn't playing games with me... cuz I like it a lot more now that it's not bacon lol.

M - Pleasant presence, very creamy texture... yet not too thick.

D - likely to show in my fridge to be introduced to my beer drinking buddies as a possible staple of Irish Stouts.

n00tz, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm "hopped out" from Hop 15 yesterday, so I'll choose to visit a session favorite of mine. Black body with a creamy tan head, very attractive to me. The nose is milky, some faint roasted coffee. Love the astringency in the nose as well. Somewhat sweet (banana-like) and very easy in the mouth, no rough flavors to be found here. Get's a little coffeeish later on in the experiance. Another yum yum experience provided by Murphy's Irish Stout.

DoubleJ, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, foamy, capucino-like head. It left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and some coffee aromas.

T - It tasted very malty, a smooth roasted malt with an earthy/peaty flavor. It even had a slight sour taste.

M - It was smooth, crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking stout. You can easiy have a couple of these in a night.

zeff80, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black with an off white creamy head from the nitro. Head lasts forever.

Smell: Can't pick up any aromas here. Too thick of a head

Taste: Very smooth low roasted flavors. clean beer

Mouthfeel: creamy from the nitrogen head.

Drinkability: Very Very nice. Could drink a few of these.

Squelch, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz nitro-can into a pint glass.

The pour looks like chocolate milk coming out, into a great looking fall of carbonation. After everything settles, it's a very dark brown (but just not deep enough to be black) with a rock solid finger of creamy tan head that just doesn't budge and wallpapers the sides of the glass with lace. The aroma is light roast, cream, and caramel, with a touch of hop bitterness in the nose.

The taste is a moderate amount of roasted malt character that fades into sweeter notes of caramel and cream. The mouthfeel is a light medium that gives off a watery sense at first but then firms up into a oh-so-smooth and creamy feel from the nitro.

The flavor and aroma profiles didn't quite blow me away here but man does thing stuff drink like a champ! A tasty and extremely easy drinking Irish Stout. Decent stuff!

Kegatron, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Herrbrokt
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From can into Mug

Black with chocolate brown corners. Fluffball tan head.

Faint smell of slightly smokey coffee chocolate.

Nice bitter smoke at first. Followed by mildly sweet chocolate and coffee. Ends with a mild hop smoke. Nice a bit watered down but real nice.

Ultra smooth velvet but no big punch. Little watery-only complaint

Loved it.

Herrbrokt, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4 pack recently and served each in a frosted mug.

a - pours full and smooth with an almost impenetrable dark chocolate hue topped by a thick, frothy tan head

s - wonderful blend of arabica beans and semi-sweet chocolate

t - slightly bitter at first, the creamy smooth texture slowly sweetens the palate with bursts of coffee and chocolate with a splash of hops

m - rich and velvety, the widget providing an ample blast of suds with each swallow

d - splendid stout out of the can; it's very difficult to have just one

Beats Guinness in my book.

akronzipfan, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a very dark brown with a red tint when held up to the light, medium size creamy light tan head, excellent lacing.

smell of cocoa, roasted malt, touch of coffee.

taste is a creamy bakers and milk chocolate, roasted coffee, some sour malt, slight metallic on the first swallow which goes away, nice dry ending with some lingering bitterness.

froghop, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of generallee
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a 16oz. nitro-can or "Draughtflow" can into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body was black as night with an abundance of small dark tan bubbles that fills the top half of the glass before slowly settling at the top of the glass. The head that forms is thick and creamy with a light tan color.

Smell: Its aroma has a light bouquet of roasted chocolate and caramel malts.

Taste/Mouth feel: There is a very smooth creamy yet dry character throughout with a nice roasted maltiness as well. Hop bitterness is mild and most noticeable in the finish. Its medium bodied smooth and thins out towards the dry finish.

Notes: This stout has a big smooth and creamy character from the nitro system and a maltier flavor than some other nitro stouts that I have tried.

generallee, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro can into a tulip pint glass.

A - Jet black with about a fingers worth of thick creamy tan foam. Thick lacing clung to the glass until the last drop.

S - Malty and slightly metalic, with hints of dark fruit.

T - Malty with a very slight sweetenss. Hints of coffee and a tiny bit of smoke. Finishes off dry and very mild.

MF&D - Creamy and easy drinking. The onlt drawback is it is a little thinner that Beamish or Guninness, but you still can't go wrong with this Irish classic.

nasty15108, Aug 26, 2008
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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