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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,974
Reviews: 931
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 62
Gots: 101 | 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 jlandis
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep brown black with 4cm thick cream head that last to end of the glass.

S - Beautiful simple chocolaty toffee and slightly roasty.

T - Coffee espresso with hints of chocolate. Toffee like flavors with subtle bitterness.

M - Surprisingly thin mouthfeel with little to no carbonation.

D - Highly drinkable and delicious. Low abv and carbonation make this an excellent session beer.

jlandis, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours like you'd expect from a nitro-canned stout. Cascading brown that turns dark as it settles and leaves a wonderful thick creamy tan head. Good lacing/rings down the pint.

Did not catch much aroma -- some light scents of roasted malt, maybe that's it.

Deep roasted malt with some milk-like sweetness. A bit more complex than Guinness, with some better coffee-like notes and a little more cream on the palate. Has a noticeable bitterness, and has a bit of that light sourness in the long finish. Decent.

Just enough body to keep this from being a chugger, but thin enough where the pints could go down fast. As you begin to try more complex stouts, you see this beer in a different category -- it is gateway stout. Worth trying and having a couple of times a year, but this won't blow your doors off either.

OtherShoe2, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of popery
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't say that I particularly love the flavor of this beer. These nitrogen widget cans can definitely hurt the flavor of a beer, but they make the thing so darn pretty. The head is like meringue, and the separating bubbles are enjoyable to watch. The aroma is roasty and a bit nutty. The flavor is on the bland side of Irish dry stouts but certainly not bad. It's a welcome change from Guinness. I would love to have a fresh pint closer to the source.

popery, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a nice two-finger tan head. Leaves very nice lacing.

Nose is slight roasted and sweet. Hit is very creamy and smooth, finishing only slightly bitter with a mild burnt wood aftertaste.

The creaminess and mild flavor make for an excellent session stout.

beer2day, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken at the Brickskeller in Washington, D.C.

A: Extremely black, like motor oil, with a thin white head that sticks.

S: Roasted malts and a general smokiness.

T: Strong roasted malts and smokiness, along with bitter chocolate notes. Slight milk creaminess gives it some character and depth that ith would otherwise lack.

M: A bit thin, not think enough to back the flavor.

D: Drinkable like Guinness is drinkable.

thekanna, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint can into unlabeled imp pint glass.

A - bit of a gush at the opening, I'm used to as such by now. dark brown, very dark, with some ruddy tinges in at the bottom. a perfect uber-creamy head forms (a thumb's worth). looks like every other nitro can in a pint glass to be perfectly honest. the head might be a nit lighter, but nothing spectacularly noticeable.

S - a slight malty aroma. cannot grasp much of anything else

T - light/manageable bitter malts throughout the whole drinking process. not much else really. maybe a bit sweet on the tip of the tongue during initial drinking..

MF&D - the feel is thin like a normal nitro stout. but this one is a bit thicker which makes up for the supreme lack of carbonation that these beers tote, thus it earns the 3.5. I still have yet to find something with a really good body that is satisfying as a stout without nitro.

erz316, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of davexisxrabid
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This stout was cola colored - almost black except for around the edges where it was tinged with brown. There was a thick creamy head with excellent retention on it and good lacing on the glass throughout the drinking period.

Aroma was a little bland - I could faintly detect the roasted malts and chocolate. Maybe my honker is going out.

Taste was in line with the smell; a bittersweet chocolate flavor. Not too complex but good.

The flavor does hang around on your palate for a while, which I enjoy and it doesn't get cloying. It did feel a little thin, however, for a stout.

Excellent drinkability. Not the best stout I've had but it packs pretty decent flavor and provides an enjoyable drinking experience.

davexisxrabid, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of ascrivens
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a decent stout to pour back in the pub.

Appears pretty dark, but not extreme. Nice thick head (but could be great pour and nitro tap).
The smell is creamy and hints of coffee and roast barley.
Taste has some fruity notes but smooth creamy coffee flavours were the most prevalent. Not a strong flavoured beer but not washed out or watered down either.

The mouthfeel was nice, smooth and complimented creamy nature of taste. This all added up to a better than average drinkability i feel. Under right circumstances, relaxing in the pub, live music, etc, this is an ideal beer. (could be influenced by drinking it in this exact situation)

ascrivens, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of mashedpotatoes
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Irish Stout is pasteurized, pressurized, draught style, in a 1 pint can and pours a beatifully authentic pub draught style creamy head with a pitch black body. The head smells of light chocolates and maybe a bit of coffee. The taste of the body of the beer is a bit thin for a stout and felt somewhat metallic on the palate, however, the rich creamy head offsets this upon mixing your mouth. I would say this stout is much better than the overrated Guinness but if you want the real stout experience, go for Young's Double Chocolate, Samuel Smith's or North Coast.

mashedpotatoes, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Since it is was St. Patrick's Day, I decided to try a irish stout I had never tried before. This was at my local liquor store, and I had heard good things about it, so I bought a four pack of nitro-cans. THe appearance was opaque and black with a creamy texture. There was also a substanial head with good retention. There was very little aroma in this beer, but from what I could pick up it was mostly chocolate from the malt. The taste hit upfront with a lot of sweetness which paired nicely with the texture. However, I really disliked the bitter aftertaste which was didn't really add anything to the brew. The mouthfell was creamy and suited the beer greatly. Drinkability is pretty high as the flavor is rather watered down and mild.

Overall, I enjoyed this as a treat for St. Patrick's Day, but I much prefer Guiness over Murphy's. Worth a try, but not something I will pick up regularly.

Gosox8787, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If you've never had it, Murhpy's is a good alternative to Guinness. Go out and find a can at least once a year (ie. St. Patrick's Day). Better yet, try it on nitro-tap.

A: Very dark brown, almost black in color. Creamy light tan head.

S: Almost none at all other than the nitrogen. Some molasses and burned barley notes beneath the surface.

T: Toasted, almost burned malt taste. Maybe a minor taste of stale coffee. As it warmed up and breathed a bit more, some molasses sweetness combined w/ bitterness came up. Possibly a hint of licorice?

M: Smooth and creamy. Not very thick, but good overall mouthfeel for the genre.

D: Not my favorite beer, but nothing really hindering the drinkability.

jnn4v, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pint can into pint glass.

A: pours cloudy chocolate brown, like foamy chocolate milk. Settles to dark brown/black and a thick cream-colored head.

S: Coffee, roasted grain.

T/M: Tastes like black coffee, with a mild roasted grain astringency. Slightly sweeter than Guinness and Beamish. Creamy nitro-stout mouthfeel. Finishes well: leaves a coffee-like aftertaste and feels thick.

D: Nice session stout; sweeter alternative to Guinness and a nice change of pace. Definitely something for when I'm in the mood for a nitro-stout.

MurphyMacManus, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Stimack
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well it has been a number of years since I had my last Murphys but what I remember of it, I did like it. The can poured to a nice dark brown color that is hedging on black, has a nice creamy light tan colored head that had great retention and left some nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is somewhat mellow but quite nice, toasted malt, some chocolate and coffee notes. The flavor is also good, similar properties to what was identified in the nose. Toasted malt, chocolate and coffee are there with some sweet properties and the end has a quite dry finish. Nice feel as it is very slick and velvety. Nice brew, not quite what I remember but over the past few years my choice of beers have changed a it. Still a nice brew to have once in a while.

Stimack, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pre-St. Patty's trip to Meiklejohn's in E-Burg. Chocolate milk (look) in the glass, dark brown with those wonderful nitro-tap bubbles cascading down the sides. Gorgeous tan head of foam that leaves the telltale moustache with each sip and lasts right to the end. Smell is smoky malt (as expected) with smooth mouthfeel and rich, subtle carbonation. Flavor is uniquely balanced malt with less bitterness than Guinness, rendering the whole much more drinkable. I know what I'll be enjoying on the 17th while someone I know (N&E) are in Ireland. Must be nice.

tugdriver7, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a deep black that was not quite opaque. The customary cascade climbed to the top where a finger and a half of very thick, creamy head developed and did not dissipate. It's beautifully Irish.

Smell: Milk chocolate and coffee.

Taste: The milk chocolate from the smell comes through and is well balanced with an espresso-like bitterness.

Drinkability: It's smooth, but also watery, as if Murphy's brewed a stout and diluted it...heavily. Yet it's amazing. Here's to you, Leopold.

TheQuietMan22, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of treyrab
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Never took the time to try this, so I grabbed it at the store and poured it into my pint glass...

A: Like a typical nitro-can stout, this pours thick like a milkshake and the head slowly creeps away and yields a nice dark brew. The 1 finger nitro head lasts the whole time.

S: Smell is nice, light and refreshing with espresso beans, chocolate ice cream, coffee and dry roasted malts.

T: Nice and light with espresso beans, light milk chocolate, dark bitter roast. Everything is there, but everything is real light in flavor, which was expected.

M,D: Not the biggest fan of nitro, as it seems pretty flat.

Overall, this is a decent Irish Dry Stout that is very refreshing and I could sit down and have a few of these.

treyrab, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

440 mL nitro can poured into a glass.

This stout pours beautifully! A 1-finger head of very thick, cream-colored foam.

Smells of roasted malts, no surprise there.

Goes down very easily, nice and smooth flavors. There's a slight burnt taste on the finish, much like a dark-roasted coffee, which is actually quite nice.

Smooth and slightly dry on the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, and modest ABV adds to that.

fullsweep, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of asabreed
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Deep dark amber and nearly opaque in the right light. Huge representative milky and foamy and dense mocha-colored head due to the draught-flow widget or whatever the hell makes it do that. It has the side-of-the-glass crawl going on to as it seeing-eye-like crawls up or down depending on where you look at it. The head also leaves awesome thick rings down the glass with each sip.

Smell: Mild roasted bitterness with a bit of sourness and chocolate. Subdued but nice.

Taste: Dry and roasted malts with a bit of a sourness to the finish, and a bit of acrid and mild coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but still a bit watery in a way, and it seems like it should be creamier since the head and the look in the glass seem to be leaps and bounds above.

Drinkability: I prefer Murphy's in the can to Guinness, and it's one of those every-once-in-a-while stouts that I can't help getting a 4-pack of for the price and drinkability. Bars get away with selling it at an insane price, but having a few on a cool night always makes it a better one.

asabreed, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Jekster
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a deep onxy black with a creamy thick light brown head. The head is definitely here to stay as it is still standing strong after literally thirty minutes of letting the beer warm to an appropriate drinking temperature.

Smell: The aroma of this beer is of lightly brewed coffee, bitter chocolate, and roasted caramel. There is a body and depth to the aroma that I can only describe as creamy and coating. All smells are subtly blended together into a pleasant mellow aroma.

Taste: This beer has a slight malty bready sweetness which fades into hints of bitter coffee with a mild dry chalkyness. These very mellow flavors then fade into a lingering ashy burnt bitterness that is extremely prominent on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a definite creamy silky component from the wonderful nitro-infused head. The beer itself has a very light body, but with a slight slickness that gives the perception of a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: This beer is extremely drinkable due to it's light body, creamy head, and mellow flavors.

OVERALL IMPRESSION: This is not a beer that will wow your socks off with intensity of flavor or aroma. Rather, it is a mellow, quaffable, pub ale that I think would be perfect for long evenings of shooting the breeze with good friends. I think the easy drinking nature of this beer is a showcase and a perfect beer for someone who wants a light pub ale with a little with a roasted twist. It would pair exceptionally well with traditional pub grub like fish and chips, thick rich stews, or steamed oysters.

Jekster, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of MiScusi
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On nitro tap at Lucky Baldwin's, poured into a pint glass. Creamy nitro head as expected, jet black body. Mild roastiness in the nose, mild roastiness in the taste. Pretty thin body, but it definitely has more flavor that Guinness. Easy drinking overall, definitely could do a session of this when in the mood for a light stout.

MiScusi, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of rkinsella
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a nonic glass with the head crowning the rim.

Appearance - Awesome surge, picture perfect pint. Creamy head looks like soft-serve ice cream. Head stays for the whole glass without any reduction. Lacing coats the entire glass.

Smell - Roasted malt, touch of coffee. Smell was remarkably fresh for being from a can.

Taste - Sweetness upfront, bread like notes, touch of dark chocolate/coffee bitterness on the finish. Clean dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Low micro bubble carbonation creates a creamy texture that has very good body. Not watery like the Guinness nitro-cans I've tried.

Drinkability - With ABV at 4% and the low carbonation, they go down fast and smooth.

I know there are much better stouts out there. Ones that are lot more complex and interesting. But my goodness Murphy's is fun to drink. Nitro-can impressed me!

rkinsella, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Greggy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a 1.5 finger THICK and creamy light tan head over a black body with dark ruby highlights. Pretty good lacing clings to the glass as I drink.

S- I can actually smell this nitro stout.. good start. Chocolate, cream, coffee, some hazelnut. Very fresh and aromatic.

T- Starts out very creamy and smooth but leans into a bit oaky (odd) caramel, slight butterscotch and burnt coffee note. The finish is quite dry and is pretty one dimensional and has an out of place green apple note.

M- Very thin and one dimensional. Granted nitro stouts should be a bit thinner but still creamy. This just lacks the mouthfeel that Guinness and beamish offer.

D- This is a decent stout at best. When I want a nitro-irish dry, I'll stick to beamish.

Greggy, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of Duhast500
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured froma 12oz. can into a pint glass.

The color is dark brown a foamy white head.

The smell is not very strong. Some malt and a slight hop flavor.

The taste is creamy, some roasted malt flavor. Also has abit of a chocolate feel to it as well.

A bit more creamy than some stouts, this beer does go down well but is a bit heavy.

Duhast500, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of LittleCreature
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 4.5
Dark brown fades to black with a creamy, Baileys head.

Smell - 3.0
Very little aroma, slightly roasty and sweet.

Taste - 4.0
Chocolately, roasty, a little coffee.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkability - 4.5
Less roasted astringency than Guinness, very easy to drink.

OVERALL - 3.95
The best nitrogenated stout, I look forward to finding it on-tap again.

LittleCreature, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

i got this one off of a trade from a friend of mine. it pours a real dark thick black with a very nice creamy head that lasted all the way to the end of the glass with some pretty decent lacing, im guessing this is from the nitro can. the smell did not impress me too much, maybe some coffee, a little roastiness, and maybe a little chocolate malt. the taste was roasted malts and coffee with a little bit of a watery taste. it finished out real creamy and has that creamy finish most nitrogen conditioned stouts have. this beer is by all means nothing too special, reminds me of a upgraded guiness. but its pretty cheap and i was actually quite surprised, i had some low expectations for this beer but it turned out alright.

dogfishandi, Jan 31, 2009
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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