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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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1,847 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,847
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 61 | 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 ajr24


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
Photo of hoegaardenhero


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
Photo of iceball585

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
Photo of thierrynantes


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
Photo of plexiprs


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This surprsied me with a thick and creamy head that remained after I'd drained the beer from the glass! Far better than that "other' famous Irish Stout; less bitter, but with a slightly thinner mouthfeel. Goes down quick and easy; which on a weekend at home means time for more!!

Got the nitro dingy thingy in the can but this makes a foam of the smallest microscopic bubbles... like on a malted milk shake.... Bravo Mr. Murphy, Bravo!

Serving type: nitro-can

10-27-2007 20:02:46 | More by plexiprs
Photo of dnichols


2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a 4 ounce sample at a distributor sponsored tasting at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It was a dark opaque black/brown brew with a modestly thick sticky tan head.

S: Very noticeable toffee with a touch of burnt malts.

T: There was an initial flavor of toffee and toasted malt flavors. However, the thinness of the flavor resulted in a disappointed overall taste experience.

M: It had a thin, watery body with a touch of creaminess. Its finish was clean but I attributed that to the modest flavor profile that had little left for the aftertaste.

D: It as short on body and flavor. I doubt this will be a stout I will sample again..

Serving type: nitro-can

10-25-2007 20:12:17 | More by dnichols
Photo of nickynick


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

Appearance of this beer was good. Dark brown, with a very creamy head. Smell was faint, chocolate and hops. Good balance of flavors. Slightly sweet entry, then followed by bitter dry taste. Mouthfeel was very creamy. Drinkability is good. Its not too light, not to rich. Could be session beer. Overall I liked this stout, not as much as Beamish for Irish stout, but better then Guinness in my opinion.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-23-2007 23:08:29 | More by nickynick
Photo of Rootdog316


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy’s is very much like Guinness, but less. It’s slightly thinner than Guinness is, and I think a tiny bit less bitter. There is still that coffee aroma, but slightly less so. It’s a very dark beer, but a tiny bit less dark than Guinness is. Murphy’s has a creamy, smooth, long-lasting head, but less so than Guinness. The flavor is not overly complex, and has "smoky" and coffee-like hints of taste mixed into a somewhat watery "base." The flavor seems to just attack the front of the tongue, and finishes cleanly and smoothly. The end result is a very "drinkable" brew that quenches that thirst and tastes pleasant through and through.

Serving type: can

10-22-2007 02:07:19 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of theSaj


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark coloring with a frothy head. A rich roasted flavor reminiscent of roasted coffee. Slight bitterness but not over-powering. Leaves a mild aftertaste but not over-powering. Found the aroma to be a bit lacking.

I am finding that I prefer this to Guinness on most occasions. Much easier to drink. More of what I enjoy and less of what I do not.

(Oh yeah, nice watching the sinking bubbles.)

Serving type: nitro-can

10-16-2007 00:25:32 | More by theSaj
Photo of NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After cascade, settled with a nice 1 to 2 finger creamy whitish-tan head. Appears black, but dark ruby color shows itself in the light. Smell is smokey, slightly roasted and ....meaty? Taste resembles smell, but with some chocolate notes as well. Slight hop bitterness. Very drinkable.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-10-2007 01:06:09 | More by NCBeernut
Photo of srandycarter


2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from pint can. Pours nice in tulip glass. Dark, with small bubbles cascading up to inch think near white thick head. Good Start.

A- Stark contrast of black and white. Anticipating the settling of the carbonation. Looking good.

S - Not much here. Dark, slightly sweet malt, some chocolate.

T - Disappointment. Light flavors matching the original smell.

M - Disappointment. Light viscosity and fullness in mouth matching the original smell.

D- Could drink these all night and not get full or too tanked. Just not interested with so many other great beers out there.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-07-2007 05:08:33 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Durge


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unfotunately I know my recent experience with Murph's on tap at a local bar here in Waterbury, CT cannot do justice to this proven fine stout. I had it many years ago in Ireland where it tasted considerably smoother and meatier than it does here. And I've had it in the cans recently as well. This one poured nicely with dark brown/black appearance and a sturdy full tan head with great longlasting lace. The smell curiously came in as a grapefruit and malt combination, just a hint of chocolate perhaps. The first taste struck me as much thinner than one usually expects from a stout. It has a tingly carbonation and the taste brings up tart cherries and a smokey background. There are some bready qualities as well, but I struggled to detect much in the way of malt or coffee as I recall from my experience on the Emerald Isle. It is somewhat watery in this sample but it remains drinkable enough. Even in this condition I would say this is an interesting stout option that should be sampled by any dark beer lover. Hopefully you will find a more representative sample than mine. I will say that when I had it in Ireland, it easily rivaled the Guinness. Different but similarly delicious. I'll have to look for other sources and hope for a review upgrade. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2007 19:25:35 | More by Durge
Photo of malibujohnny


4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at Celtic Mist a new irish pub in Springfield,IL. I have had this before but never on tap.Let me tell you a tale...of one of thee most fantastic beers I have ever had.As the native irish bartender poured me a pint,I lavished as the head formed.It took about 5 mins. before i would even take the first drink as the head needed to settle properly.The smell is fantastic,dark rich malty character with a smooth creamy head.And the taste is something to talk about,smooth as it glides on the tounge,a perfect balanced stout.This beer is so drinkable, I love it!! No one in their right mind would turn their nose up at this one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2007 03:43:56 | More by malibujohnny
Photo of ralree


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured deep brown from the can. Has a light tan head of about 1.5 fingers. Great head retention - still 1/2 a finger after 4 drinks. Beautiful beer, really.

S: Alcohol very evident. Roasted smoky malt. Hints of sweet chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, some fruitiness, and mild herbs dominate the first flavors. Secondary flavors are a touch of alcohol and some nice hops. Woodfire finish - like a very light rauchbier.

M: Light-medium bodied. Non-astringent. Carbonation perfect.

D: Very drinkable. I actually find this more drinkable than Guinness. Good show from Murphy's!

Serving type: nitro-can

10-06-2007 03:17:56 | More by ralree
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

nitro-can, served in a pint glass.

A - dark brown/black color with a rolling boil, creamy tan head that left a bunch of lacing. This brew, like Guinness, is fun to watch.

S - roasted malt aroma, some metalic smell as well.

T - ok roasty malt flavor, but not as good as Guinness.

M - feel is a bit thin, creamy head is deceptive.

D - it's ok, but I'll have Guinness on St. Patty's Day

Serving type: nitro-can

09-30-2007 21:50:35 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of shererjt


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

Poured an opaque, deep cherry red color. Carbonation was moderate and the head was thick and rich. Aroma was fruity esters and a deep roastiness. Had a bit of toast smell late. Flavor was roasted malt up front with some hop flavor in the aftertaste. Body was light-to-medium. Malt flavor was subdued and balanced more by the roasted malt than by hop bitterness. Fairly dry. Drinkablility was excellent. Flavor really came out as it warmed; don't serve too cold.

A very tasty stout. This used to be my favorite Irish stout. Not quite as crazy about it as I used to be, though I'm not sure if the beer has changed or I have. Still quite yummy, though, and if I don't watch myself I can gulp these down faster than is good for me.

Serving type: can

09-25-2007 14:13:15 | More by shererjt
Photo of Floydster


3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint from Rcihmond Bar and Grill in El Segundo

Almost black in color, but dark brown with a very thick white head that stays around for quite some tiem

Smell is decent for a stout, but pretty bland

Taste is comparable to other Irish stouts like Guinness, but a little more flavor than that

Taste lasts a while

Beer was so heavy, cannot drink a lot of it

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2007 18:29:12 | More by Floydster
Photo of JamesS


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murphy's makes an excellent stout. It has a wonderful color, deep black and almost completely opaque. The head is tan and creamy and looks like a roiling boil as it's poured into a glass (and ends up leaving great lacing). It's aroma is great, a nice coffee scent to it. The only down side is that it's a little thinner than other comparable stouts. It still tastes great, just not quite as good as its more popular cousin from Ireland. I recommend you try it to see what you think yourself, and if this was the only stout at the bar I'd still be happy. It's just not the first stout I'd order.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-10-2007 01:03:49 | More by JamesS
Photo of Poser


2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best presentation is in a snifter. Dark black body with extreme lacing from the tan head. I find the aroma a bit weak -- roasted malts with a hint of coffee. I can barely smell it, though, and it's in a snifter. The taste is the same. A very dry finish. I'm not well-versed on pasteurized beer, but I found it to be a little too smooth and milky. The drinkability gets knocked down a bit because it upset my stomach a little.

Overall, it goes down a lot like Guinness with a nitro can. I have a friend who swears by this stuff, so I'll probably give him the rest of my 4-pack. I can see how it might be enjoyable to some, I guess, but it's not for me.

Serving type: nitro-can

09-05-2007 01:34:56 | More by Poser
Photo of hellcatsjg


2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a good respectable stout should look. Dark with a good size creamy head.

Smell: Not much. Slight, very slight, chocolatey smell.

Taste: Again, not much. Slight roasted chocolates and maybe a hint of caramels but you really have to look for them.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery. For a stout, this is disappointing. Nothing more of mention here.

Drinkability: Suppose that it is drinkable, but that is far from a compliment. Too watery and flavorless to really enjoy, but if your looking for something to have a few of without suffering the effects that many good beers bring, this could be right up your alley.

Not recommended unless a last resort amid a bunch of BMC taps.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2007 01:16:38 | More by hellcatsjg
Photo of Limberg316


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

In all honest, this is a pretty weak stout. It is very easy to drink with not a lot of flavor to back it up. Guinness has it beat pretty easily. Don't get me wrong, it isn't a bad beer but if there are other options available, take 'em. It's worth it to atleast give it a try once.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-31-2007 22:56:27 | More by Limberg316
Photo of inbeertruth


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this from a nitrocan with a friend of mine on the night before my wedding – June 1, 2007

Appearance: Pours jet black and dark as night, with a milky creamy head which is something reminescent of cappuccino.

Smell: French roasted coffee, tobacco, toasted malts.

Taste: Chocolate and coffee tones. Slight sweetness with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth. Like licking a silk teddy.

Drinability: While I’m not a huge fan of Irish Dry Stout, and I think that Guinness is “trendy,” this isn’t bad at all. I would even consider having it another time! It is quite heavy and makes you pace yourself, so it is a great beer to have around for a slow, long talk with friends.

Just a note of interest about this beer: According to my friend who has ties to Ireland, Murphy’s is often considered the Irish Dry Stout for Catholic consumers, whereas Guinness is more popular with a Protestant audience.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-23-2007 16:06:05 | More by inbeertruth
Photo of Daredevil


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not as thick as the original Guiness, and at 4% ABV also relatively "light" this is a very easy to drink stout, nevertheless of some sophistication and excellent balance ... it also accompanies food very well .... excellent with seafood, especially any crustaceans

Serving type: can

08-21-2007 21:24:42 | More by Daredevil
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a nearly black color with a brown, creamy head. Aroma smells roasty, almost like coffee with some faint hints of chocolate. Taste is much of the same except that the roastiness is more pronounced on the tongue. Rich and creamy and also somewhat thin by a bit. Still a damn good example of the style that I've had. There's a bit of dryness/bitterness leftover on the tongue but nothing offensive at all. This is what a simple dry stout should aim to be.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-21-2007 03:06:37 | More by Brad007
Photo of livingregret


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: A lovely nitro-can

Appearance: Great looking beer. Pours a black liquid that lets no light through but leaves a milky white head that is very slow at dissipating.

Smell: Coffee, malts, roasted barley smell? Almost smells like smoke from a cigarette as well...

Taste: A chocolate and coffee taste that is a little bitter for my preference but still not bad. The chocolate taste is dark as is the coffee that lingers. A bit bitter toward the end.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy...maybe because it's from a Nitro-can, but it feels great

Drinkability: I might not be a huge fan of the taste BUT it is not overly bitter and I would glady try another one. The ABV makes it a bit more drinkable than what I might normally rate...like I said this isn't my cup of tea but it has it merits and worth a try for those who like a little more bitterness in there drink

Edit: Having enjoyed more of the drink(Alright...a 2nd one) I wanted to re-review the drink. The drinks dry flavour blends in a little more w/ the creamyness as you drink more making it a more enjoyable drink. Worth a shot to anyone interested

Serving type: nitro-can

08-20-2007 22:25:42 | More by livingregret
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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