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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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2,057 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 948
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 68
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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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 MiScusi
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

Photo of rkinsella
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Photo of Greggy
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of atis
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank this one in Dublin.

Pours very dark, almost black with dense head that does not dissipate till the end of pint, leaving thick and dense lacing. Amazing.

Aroma is quite weak - roasted malty, some cofee, could not detect anything else. Taste is dry roasted malts, some coffee and very dark chocolate with dark fruits finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, but also felt slightly watery.

I am not a fan of stouts, but enjoyed this one a lot.

Photo of droomyster
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an extremely dark brown with exciting caronation cascades (owing to the special draftflow you hear clinking in the can) and super creamy brown head that leaves perfect lace rings until the entire pint is gone. Chocolate and coffee ground aromas are extremely subdued. Taste is very good; I taste what I smelled with the addition of an earthy and roasty bitter finish. The body, however, is even more watery than Guinness. Beautiful to behold and good-tasting -- will buy this one again.

Photo of MisterClean
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial pine on nitro tap at De Veres

A - Pours a dark mahogany to black with a creamy head. Takes forever to dissipate and leaves a nice, creamy lacing.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and flowery hops.

T - Coffee richness, followed by some smooth chocolate and a small amount of flowery hops.

M - Very creamy and filling. Not earthy or gritty compared to another famous, yet pejorative Irish stout.

D - Pretty good. Would consider downing another in the future.

Photo of Rchap1
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I start this, let me say that there is a major difference in this beer depending on where you have it. If you drink this in Ireland on tap, it tastes decidedly different than what's available in the states. Not sure if this is just the pasturization or what, but it certainly is different. That being said, this I had this on tap in Sine in Cork City.

A: Nice deep ruby red when it's held to the light. Very solid creamy head. There's nothing more exciting than watching a pint settle for a good 3-4 minutes, setting up that nice thick foam. Leaves very good lacing too,

S: Dry, malty, not really much on the hops side, but there's a tiny touch in there.

T: Very clean, deceptively light tasting. Considering it's only a 4%, you certainly wouldn't expect to taste any alcohol, and you don't. Good malt flavor, little hint of coffee as well

M: Very silky, lighter on the carbonation.

D: It's very easy to put several of these down in a sitting, lucky that ABV is kinda low! This is a great social beer, easy to sit back and relax with.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown with a one finger off white head with very good retention, doesn't ever disappear. Some lacing but not a lot.

S: Not very strong at all. Smells of coffee and some roasted malts.

T: Roasted malts that turn into a coffee-heavy dry finish.

Overall It's not too far behind Guinness. Pretty good for it's style though and fairly drinkable. Something I'd buy on-tap at a bar with no selection.

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

A: A deep, dark brown with an average sized, densely creamy off-white head with great retention and some foamy lacing.

S: Roasted grains and some earthy, lactic, and coffeelike aromas. Perhaps vaguely nutty as well.

T: Faint dark malts and then a riding, gradual milky sweetness accompanied by a subdued earthiness. A bit of coffee and some faint dark chocolate.

M: Light in body, somewhat watery despite how appealingly creamy it is. A bit of a dry finish.

D: This one is much better from the nitro can than Guinness. Still a subdued flavor profile, but it's tasty and extremely easy to drink. I get a craving for something like this once in awhile, and I'll keep Murphy's in mind next time that I do.

Photo of LordHammer
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the nitro-can into my Northern Brewer glass.

A: Pours a deep black, a tough red if held up to the light, with about an inch of cream-colored head. Has the lovely waterfall effect up the sides of the glass.

S: Smell is mostly roasted grains, nothing unusual or special here.

T: Nothing impressive here. Roasty grain profile that lingers on until the next sip. A bit bland.

M: The nitro serves to beef it up a little, bit this is a bit thin to me.

D: It is certainly enjoyable, but nothing special. I could certainly drink a few.

Photo of Pedro07
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always think of dry irish stouts as awsome session beers. Low abv., and very satisfying for some random reason. I'm more of a Beamish and Murphy's guy than Guinness.

A- Dark, nitro doing it's thing. Creamy 1.5 finger head on top.
S- There is some faint malty-roasted-barley notes in the smell, despite the nitro.
T- Creamy and smooth, these are the first things that become apparent. The flavor compounds start to emerge in the middle and the finish. There's a dry-malted/roasty flavor. I don't really catch any coffee or chocolate flavors.
M- Full! Smooth with nothing unpleasant.
D- Great. These stouts will do trick for a session if you're not looking to burn-out your taste buds on IPA's. Plus, a low abv. always helps the sobriety factor!
All in all, for what they are intended to be, they do a good job. People mark these beers down because they aren't an RIS. News flash, they're not trying to be. Appreciate them for what they are!

Photo of taylor714914
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Great dark colored brew pours thick. Black Gold as far as I'm concerned!

S- Coffee, Roasted Goodness, maybe faint chocolate somewhere in the mix??? Can't say for sure.

T- Coffee and roasted goodness right up front. Dark, bitter chocolate, malts.

M- Smooth and creamy. Light carbonation and great coating mouthfeel.

D- Yes. Multiple Murphy's wouldn't be difficult at all.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz nitro-can.

The waterfall effect always gets me. Creamy off-white has excellent retention and nice sticky lacing.

Smell reminds me of Guinness, with a little more roasted coffee and nuts present.

I get mild coffee tones for taste, not as strong as the scent would suggest, but they are definitely there. Also a sort of oatmeal flavor. The mouthfeel is watery but very smooth. After the initial "waterfall effect" the carbonation sort of disappears which affects the mouthfeel, but still. Very very smooth.

Considering how smooth this is, and the lack of carbonation, this beer is very drinkable. I could see myself easily downing numerous of these in a single night.

Photo of roadhouse
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro can into a pint glass.

Appearance is of course just about perfect, gotta love the nitro can for that. It's not quite black, with some ruby red highlights coming through on the bottom. The thick and creamy head is about one and a half inches thick and after about 15 minutes is still at least a half inch thick. Massive sheet of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma is mild overall, but contains some coffee, milk chocolate, and a general fruitiness. Too much of nothing going on to rate it higher.

Taste is much better than Guinness, but still not great. Towards the front end there's not much at all and is very similar to taking a sip of some heavy water. The flavor doesn't kick in until the beginning of the swallow and it is mostly just bitter roasted coffee with a bit of fruitiness that comes out more towards the end.

Mouthfeel is medium in body, but leaning towards the full side. It seems pretty flat though I'm guessing that's how it's supposed to be.

Still can't say I'm a fan of the Irish Dry Stout, but I'm trying. I think I'm just gonna have to get O'Hara's Celebration and if that doesn't do it, I'll have to conclude it's just a style I don't like.

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

A - poured a beautiful cascading motor oil dark brown/black that sits opaquely and laces nicely in my Samuel Smith's English pub glass.

S - chocolate malts, coffee beans, roasted malts, very light hoppiness, hints of nutmeg.

T - roastiness and coffee up front followed by a quick dose of herbal/bitter hops. Slightly bitter/tangy aftertaste.

M - medium/full bodied, mild carbonation. Quite smooth.

D - highly drinkable, easy to drink a few.

Overall - Not an especially exceptional stout by any means but definitely a sturdy one to session with or if you don't feel like spending more. I find Guinness to taste better but this is still a decent brew.

Photo of cvfish
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a oil black color that produced a brown foamy head that retained ok, and left some lacing

S - Some roasted coffee scents

T - Burnt coffee bean and some bitter aftertaste, nothing complex

M - Creamy, but kind of dry, with some carbonation and a heavy body

D - Dry stouts are not my favorite stouts, and I love me some stouts. ok beer, not that complex to me

Photo of mooseisloose
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Smell like milk chocolate and tangy hops. Pours to a jet black with alight tan ultra fine bubble creamy head that stays put. Taste is roasted malt and good hop bitterness throughout. More bitter at the start then finishes a bit metallic at the end. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, kind of watery at the end, but then again it is only 4.00%. Again being only 4.00% for the flavor it is very drinkable. I could drink this stout in hot weather without a doubt.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a nitro can...what's not to like? Waterfall effect is always fun to watch. A creamy beige head sits forever on top of the beer and the lace is very clingy and patternous.

Smell is similar to Guinness, maybe a bit more roasty and nutty. coffee and almond aromas are most noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very watery and bland. It tastes good, but there is not much of it. I get the feeling I could chug many of these. Probably due to the low carbonation after the nitrogen breaks out of solution and the light texture of the beer. Has hints of oatmeal, very dark fruit and mild coffee flavors when swished in the mouth.

It's an ok beer, but for me it's nearly indistinguishable from Guinness. Not necessarily a bad thing by any means, but I see this as another good introductory stout.

Photo of mobyfann
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $5.99 for a 4-pack of the pint-sized nitro-cans....

This beer pours like the a work of art, dark chocolate colored base with a huge white-caramel colored head, 1/2" head retention and a Picasso of lacing all over the glass. Aroma... well, there is a limited amount of roasted malt but that is about it!

Taste is creamy, moderately heavy, well-roasted malts with an excellent aftertaste. Awesome in the mouth with that 1/2" head creating the cream and at any abv this is a session beer, hands down.

Final Thought: This blows Guinness out of the water on taste, a well-made Irish Stout!

Photo of magictrokini
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice alternative to Guinness. Pours similar; dark brown with a cascading tan head and a creamy top. Aroma is stronger with more bittersweet chocolate. A little more bitter in the taste as well, which I liked. Bigger without being heavy. Goes great with Bushmills and Bailey's. Ka-boom!

Photo of schellsbeer
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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