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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,026
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 66
Gots: 144 | 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 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.

Photo of elniko
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of eweneek83
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of tbeck
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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.

Photo of webmanspidey
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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.

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

Photo of n00tz
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Squelch
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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.

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.

Photo of froghop
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of generallee
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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.

Photo of changeup45
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled from the widget nitro can. Pours a black color with a very thick creamy tan head. Nice foamy lacing left on the glass. There's a ton of coffee and malty flavor in this beer. Creamy and very smooth. I would get this again. Pretty easy drinking.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz nitro can poured into Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner glass

A-Looks so good. 2 inch whitish head resting atop a very black beer. I love the way these beers settle down off of the pour.
S-Slightly lactic and not quite as roasty/chocolately as I remember. Fairly low on aroms
T-Roasted coffee and chocolate taste. Some lactic/Sour tangy flavor. A little bit sweet.
M-Low Carbo, slightly dry, creamy, slightly drying
D-Not horrible, but I notice the lactic more and more when I drink these stouts.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The widget cans are brilliant and whoever came up with them should get a straight into heaven card. Serious cappuccino-colored head. Opaque black. Settles beautifully in the cascading style as an Irish Stout should. Aromas are strongly chocolate and toasted malt. The flavors are very rich and smoky. Chocolate again, and the malt character is hearty like roast beef (that roasted thing again). Unbelievable lacing (clings all the way down the glass leaving a curtain of tan bubbles!) Surprisingly light mouthfeel for a beer this dark. Very light carbonation and quite quaffable.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dog and pony show after the can is cracked. The beer has a lovely cascade effect in the mug leaving a dark dark brown liquid and a smooth creamy inch of head on top. Love the retention and the rings on the way down the glass as you drink.

Smell is of sweet roasted grains mixed with a little coffee. Robust and hints of being flavorful.

Taste is good but not as potent as the nose. It is a mild sweetness with a lightly toasted grain/malt flavor. Brief hints of coffee but its very watered down. In fact this whole beer is slightly watered down. The flavors seem to be muted by that feature and the beer suffers from it.

A very easy to drink beer that feels good to the mouth. One area where Murphy's stout really shines through is the drinkability. At 4% and so silky smooth I could drink this brew all night long.

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

Murphy's pours, looks and smells very similar to Guinness (Very dark with a creamy cascading head), but there is a subtle difference that you can discern very easily when compared side by side. I've had all of the main dark Irish Stouts that are readily available in my area (Guinness, Beamish, and Murphy's) and I enjoy all of them. Now for a short story of how I ran a blind taste test of all of these great brews.

So the other day, I felt like running a taste test to see which one people really enjoy. So sporting a nitro-can of each, I poured all the beers into cups with a label on the bottom of each, then I left the room and had a friend rearrange all the glasses (without looking at the bottom). We then proceeded to take blind tastes of each.

Surprisingly, Murphy's came out on top, due to it's extra creaminess. Beamish fell in the middle with Guinness not far behind with a more "sour" flavor. The five of us agreed Murphy's was the best, but there was some differences of opinion over Beamish and Guiness. When wanting a dark non-heavy stout any of the Irish stouts will quench that thirst, but when there is a choice I will always reach for a Murphy's.

Photo of zerofear13
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Murphy's Irish Stout a little bit more than Guinness, but only because it fits a niche that's a bit hard to find elsewhere. If I were aiming for a heavy stout or porter, there are plenty of amazing ones much better than Guinness. And if I wanted a lighter stout, I'd go for a Guinness. So Guinness is sort of hanging in the middle, whereas Murphy's fits this role of lighter stout.

Very creamy and smooth. Roasted flavors and hints of chocolate but not very overpowering. It's a tamed version of a stout in my opinion, but with all the right flavors and ingredients.

Murphy's is a bit tougher to find than Guinness. I think it's even harder to find on tap than Guinness. As a result, I'll pick up a Guinness in place of its subtler rival, but given the option, I think I'd reach for Murphy's.

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

Went to Ireland with my GF to see the site and drink some beer. This was by far one of my favourites. I would get this the minute I saw it on tap anywhere or in a store.

Rich and creamy full of roast barly and coffee like flavours. Looks greats in a glass with a nice think head on top. Looks so good you don't want to drink it, ya right!

Nice clean taste to it nothing to strong nothing to intense just a great all around Stout.

Photo of trentley87
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooray for having internet again...I've got a backlog of reviews I need to put up and this beer gets to be first since it is sitting in my fridge right now.

A: This beer looks great out of the can and into a pint glass...motor oil black with that wonderful cascading effect building into a perfectly smooth tan head.

S: Smell is less pronounced than expected but appetizing maltiness and dry roasted aromas. Standard fare for a dry stout.

T: I'm rating the taste low due to consistency. I got two 4-packs of pint cans to sample (I've never met a stout I didn't like) and the first one was watery tasting. The second batch really packed a punch though with deep roasted coffee and chocolate flavors. I would actually put it ahead of the big G IMHO.

M: Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy...open wide and let it glide

D: The low ABV and great characteristics of this beer made it highly sessionable for me.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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