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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,025
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 66
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000

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

poured black with brown tinged around the edges with a tight nitro inch deep head after a few sip some nice bubbly lacing hangs around
smell is all deep burnt roasted malts a very dry smell as well
taste is a dry burnt malt very faint semi-sweet chocolate or maybe that's just the way I perceive both substances
mouthfeel is light and creamy feels somewhat watery as well
Drinkability well you can't really go wrong with any of the Big 3 of Ireland I prefer Beamish, Murphy's then Guinness

Photo of EatsTacos
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black with a thick pillowy head. Classic nitrogen widget cascading effect.

Smells faintly of coffee, chocolate and burnt malted barley

Dry from start to finish. Chocolate and coffee work well together, not overly bitter by any means and very well balanced.

Thin but creamy, not overly carbonated. There aren't a lot of beers more drinkable than this

Photo of bl400315
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

gotta love murphey's.. amazing in ireland but still good here. from nitro pint can, pours gray then layers black as only irish stouts can. 2 1/2 finger creamy head -yup the nitro-, takes a while to simmer down then provides excellent lacing. smells of roasted grains and barley, perhaps coffee, very smokey. medium to lighter body (for a stout) in mouth, holds up quite well. can taste the cocoa and coffee first finished by the roasted additions. creamy and smooth, very drinkable -an easy-going stout for sure.

Photo of TubaManJack
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally- I swear this beer is difficult to find let alone at a place that can pour a decent pint.

Appearance- A nice pour that is really nice and cascading, always fun to watch. The creamy tan head is amazing and ends up lacing the glass like velvet. (I wanted the beer in my glass not left on the sides, just kidding.) A black body that only yields an amber hue when held to the light.
Smell- A sweet blend of roasted grain and malt There are hops in there with caramel/toffee sweetness
Taste- A strong bite of roasted grain dominating and some hops detected, really balanced in the favor of malt, which is a good thing.
Mouthfeel- A very light nitro body but not watery or compromised. Its very creamy and the grain is nice on the tongue. Not silk, but certainly velvet.
Drinkability- Wow really good, nothing original but its just really well done.

Beats another Dry Stout. It really is a great beer and if the price is right will displace all variations of Guinness dry stouts in the future. You really need to try this if you think Guinness is the end all of Irish Stouts. A pint of Murphy's will be just as amazing as that first time you enjoyed Guinness Draught. Enjoy.

Photo of klintok21
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My second favorite stout, only preceded by Sierra Nevada. This is so much better than Guiness. Much more flavor, more creamy... more everything. Just a smaller more unknown brand. It seems to be VERY hard to find in the USA.... My local 'podunk' liquor store carries this on a regular basis (thank goodness). Even the famous West Michigan Irish Pub doesn't carry this stuff... and when I asked they said it wasn't available in the US, lol. If you find it try it... Otherwise go for a Sierra Nevada Stout, or just as rare a Beamish.

Photo of Jeffo
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought home a few cans from London.

Nitro can into a pint glass.

APPEARANCE: Beautiful mezmorizing cascading effect. A 1+ finger thick looking tan head forms with great retention. Beer is opaque and pitch black with no carbonation evident. A thick head remains and leaves lots of thick lacing down the glass. Looks great, though I prefer a white head on my nitro stouts.

SMELL: A decent nose of roasted barley malt, some smoky qualities, as well as a bit of licorice. Some hits of chocolate and cream in the background as well.

TASTE: Some roasted barley malt, licorice, and a bit of sweet cream as well. Some bitter chocolate and coffee in the mild but long lasting bitter-sweet aftertaste. Not the boldest taste, but enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and zero carbonation. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Zero carbonation makes it feel like silky water more than beer, but that's quite typical for these nitro-cans. Average at best for what it is.

OVERALL: A good nitro stout; enjoyable and drinkable for sure. Unfortunately the canned versions never quite have the same feel as the nitro-taps in the pub. I remember this one being much better when I used to session it at the Irish joint in Hamburg. Non-the-less, the canned version is a decent brew I'd pick up again.

Photo of diabecktic
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The pour is quite interesting; there is a cascade effect, but it is subtle. Creamy head formation (~1 finger) is fairly slow, but the retention and lacing are quite good. As expected with most stouts, this beer appears to be colored black. When held up to the light, you can see a dark red hue.

The aroma is quite sharp. I detect (listed in order of relative intensity) hints of roasted barley, coffee, and chocolate. There really isn't much to say other than that.

I would say that the taste matches the nose quite well. The roasted barley and coffee tones are dominant, but they are quite smooth - it's not too overpowering. Malt and hop character are decently balanced.

The body is a little lighter than I would have expected for a stout, but it's not watery; I would rate it as medium-light. Gentle creaminess is detectable on the tongue. I think "silky" would be an appropriate adjective.

I could sip on these all night long. The beer itself is quite smooth and best enjoyed a little on the warmer side. This beer finishes nicely; the aftertaste is a bit on the dry side and leaves you wanting more. Subtle sweetness fades away and is "cut off" as a result.

This is a beer that doesn't get as much respect as it should. I know that Guinness is the media favorite, but I wouldn't necessarily say that it's that much better than this brew. Given the price, I think it's nice to throw down a few of these every now and then. It may be a bit more costly than Guinness, but if you haven't tried it you really should. This beer is definately one of the more underrated ones. I don't know if it will ever find its way out of Guinness's shadow, but it's still a worthy competitor, regardless.

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

Sampled on April 21, 2009, in Dublin, Ireland:

A: A: The beer appeared a nice opaque black with a very nice cascade effect to it and a very nice, two finger, creamy and thick mocha head that was very well retained. As I recall most of the head was retained throughout the beer.

S: The aroma was pretty simple, but good...Roasted malts with a hint of sweetness.

T: Good flavor, again, nice roasted malts with a hint of chocolate and a dry bitter aftertaste.

M/D: The beer had a thick feel to it. The beer was rich, smooth and very creamy and the carbonation was good, but not really all that noticeable. The beer was very easy to drink and honestly, way better than Guinness.

Photo of deapokid
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is an Irish Stout I often pass by, probably because I confuse it with Mickey's, an awful American malt liquor.

Nice cascading effect and deep black color, reminiscent of Guinness and most likely due to these cool little nitro-cans. Boasts an absolutely amazing and thick 2-inch head which coats the glass like a glue and is totally inviting.

Smells of coffee aromas and that indecipherable scent that comes with every Irish dry are prevalent, not that it's a bad thing, just not an entirely original aroma.

Flavor is nice and light, but not distant, and has a sweet candied aftertaste that is distinctly different from the rubbery shoe aftertaste Guinness is known for in the US.

Beer coats the tongue with an unforceful wash of stout flavor. Not too strong a taste, but that would keep you from taking a 12-pack of these down in no time, which wouldn't be a good thing.

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

Poured a pub can into a standard pint.

Appearance: Beer pours a deep dark black color that lets no light through. A standard pour yields a 2+ finger white head.

Smell: Beer has a slightly above average standard roasted malt aroma.

Taste: Decent malt backbone with slight beginnings of faint coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel and a very light body. With the nitro-can, little to no carbonation was really present.

Drinkability: Due to the light body, the beer had a lot of drinkability. Smooth and easy going, this makes a great session brew for the home.

Final Thoughts - Nice draught style brew to enjoy at the house. Very affordable in the pub can 4 pack. Give it a try.

Photo of sevopie
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black, with definite reddish brown hues at the edges. Tall tan head thanks to the nitro.

Smell - Bitter cocoa and a touch of coffee.

Taste - Coffee and cocoa again are very prevalent, with a couple spices and a touch of nuts.

Mouthfeel - Artificially creamy due to the nitro, but not necessarily very thick.

Drinkability - This is a very sessionable beer, no doubt. I love the sweet nature of the flavor, this one is a couple steps above Guinness in my opinion.

Photo of HalfFull
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice brown/black from a nitro can and offers a dense and smooth half inch of light mocha head. Retention and lacing are better than expected and quite creamy.

Smell is slightly sweet and offers notes of milk chocolate and a sense of whole grated chocolate as well.

Taste is pleasant and offers a very good feel and drink. An easy drinking stout that does finish a bit thin, but at 4.0% that is to be expected. Singles available from T-Joe's, nice!

Photo of MS2k
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not my first time drinking this, but my first time appreciating it. =)

A: Pours a light brown but quickly separates into the same colors as the can. A jet black opaque body with a light, thick head of beautifully creamy appearance sustained up until the very end.

S: Caramel with some spices and milk chocolate.

T: Coffee, but deeper and earthier. Tends toward the dry side with some residual sweetness and, again, hints of chocolate.

M: Smooth and creamy. A bit oily towards the end, but overall a light-bodied and enjoyable stout.

D: Pretty good. Not my first choice, but I would drink it again.

Photo of largadeer
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i decided to dump a shot of coffee into this son of a bitch just to see what would happen, so this review is for murphy's irish coffee stout. pretty much opaque in appearance, nearly black in color, the coffee makes this stuff look a bit less girly i guess. signature frothy nitro head is prevalent and long-lasting. the aroma is of coffee and that's basically it. it's somewhat charred and burnt, but that's probably my fault for burning the coffee. the taste is coffee with maybe a bit of beer in the background, hard to tell, the coffee is somewhat overwhelming. fairly dry mouthfeel, a little chalky (possibly from coffee grounds). drinkability is good, this would make a nice morning picker-upper. in fact, i think i'll have one of these in the morning.

Photo of badmandy
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass.

Pours black with a tan frothy head that left little lacing . Not much to the smell. Smooth and light with noticeable carbonation. Not too bitter. Guinness was my first stout and although I still enjoy it, this is better. It is really easy to drink, leaves you wanting more.

Photo of Faune
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 500 ml can with widget

What can I say I love Murphy's. Similar to Guinness but not as dry, a bit sweeter.I guess its as close you can get to the pub without actually going there. I love the bubbles cascading down effect while waiting for the beer to settle, lots of lacing. The head was smooth creamy slightly off white. Roasted nuts, bitter sweet Chocolate, Smokey.

Simply delicious and drinkable.

Photo of goblet
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured this out into a pint glass froma 500 ml nitro can ,although my can does look different from the one on this page ,it just says irish stout .

A, it opaque ,dull and dark as beer can get, with a thick off white frothy head that leaves sheets of lacing.

S,not much going on with the aroma ,some chocolate,and roasted coffee beans the froth is to thick to release much of anything .

T,more of the same as above medium body chocolate and coffee along with some spicey yeast and subtle hops.

M,the feel to this beer is a cream watery blend of spicey yeast and oily hops after taste .

D,it`s drinkable ,not the best stout on the market ,but enjoyable to sip on .

Photo of Misfit138
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my pint glass from nitro-can.

A- Beer doesn't look better than this. Almost jet black with a thick creamy head that leaves lacing behind until the beer is gone.

S- I almost detect no smell at all, other than some faint chocolate malt.

T- Nice dry initial taste followed by some roasty bitterness.

M- Smooth and velvety

D- I would rank this pretty well. Its a nice alternative to Guinness. I prefer Guinness over this, but this is pretty damn good too. I think that Murphy's has a tad more bitterness than Guinness.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro-can to a pint glass.

A- I like the look of these nitrogen-infused stouts. Dark, opaque, bubbles that cascade down the sides of the glass. About an inch of creamy, creamy head. Pretty good retention. Laces ok.

S- Not too strong, but present. Roasted malt with a little mocha/coffee.

T- Stronger than I was expecting--I was expecting something like Guinness. It's like Guinness, but better in my opinion because the flavors are more present. Coffee/mocha, roasty malt, pleasant slight hop finish. Slight alcohol taste in there too--gives it almost a subtle wine note but it's fleeting. Mocha/coffee aftertaste. Good taste, but still not as robust as I would like. I know Irish dry stouts are supposed to be more drinkable as session brews, but I still like more flavor.

M- Creamy, though medium bodied in my opinion. Smooth and drinkable.

D- Good session Irish dry stout. Seems to be pretty true to the style. Could definitely have a few of these in a sitting.

Photo of aeminter
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black with a thick cappuccino head. Okay lacing.

The aroma is coffee like with a nice malt background.

The flavor follows the aroma. Coffee and roasted grain, light body, low carbonation, with a lingering unsweetened chocolate taste in the finish.

I'd heard that this was better than Guinness, and I can see that, but it's not that much better. Maybe on draught...

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served up at The Mellow Mushroom in downtown Augusta, GA.

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro-widget-imbued can into a pint glass.

Pours with the expected fat, creamy, off-white meringue that is the staple of nitrogen-infused stouts; the beer is dark blackish-brown, showing some ruby-brown highlights when held to the light. The head shows excellent retention and stick to the sides of the glass with a strength suggesting molecular fusion.

Aroma is quite mild, giving off a simple nose of slightly smoky, roasted barley and just a faint whiff of black coffee.

Medium-bodied and, owing once again to the nitrogen, flat in nature. A slight touch of molasses is overtaken by roasted barley, with a light herbal hoppiness mixing-in in the middle to add a bit of balance to the barley's astringency, finishing medium-dry and slightly toasty.

An easy-drinker, and a nice dry stout. Not much more to be said; an excellent session beer, inoffensive and nicely balanced.

Photo of climax
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the widget can was kind of a pain in the ass (if you decide to pour it) for it did lend itself to glug and running down the side....but that's a petty complaint. the cascading effect was interesting as always. color ended up black with a definitely creamy finger of head that almost took a pinkish hue and decided to stay the entire time. lace was not lace...it was like smearing frosting on Kira Knightly

not a lot of nose, but i got the given smooth creamy roasted malt. smokey a bit meaty and a tish of aluminum

it was a joy having the foam coat the upper lip on every sip. flavor wasn't all too strong but it was definitely smooth and pleasant. roasted malt and cream/milk. a bit of coffee-like bitterness. the finish was delightful, ripened fruit and dry

mouthfeel was typical draught stout. a bit watery at first but the crisp chalkiness catches up and satisfies

this beer finishes like a drinkable beer should, makes you crave more. the abv would allow that. if i were to get a shot of this on a nitro-tap the rating could be easily inflated

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cascading sexyness with an opaque red, almost black color and frothy rich, tan head.

S - Creamy, sweet smell with slight hoppy aroma? It really smells exactly like Guinness.

T - Rich robust roasted coffee flavor with a creamy, dry taste on the finish.

M - Velvety smoooth.

D - Very drinkable drought Irish Stout. These types of beers are delicious to me and go down like water. I could have it all night.

Photo of Bung
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A rather black pour with a lasting creamy white head. Smell is some roast malt, wet grass. Taste is also light roast malt, cream and some chocolate. Sticks to the glass. Very nice creamy body, but a bit watery. Fairly dry finish. Slightly more balanced than Guiness. A good drinker.

Photo of jlandis
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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