Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,007
Reviews: 937
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 61
Gots: 114 | 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 morebeergood
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My second stout of the night at Porter Bellys in Brighton Center was a Murphy's. I wanted to have it right after a Guinness to compare. Pours with a dark amber color, almost black. The first sip revealed a head that was so thick that my lips made an impression in the foam. This had a bit of substance to it. Taste was good, with chocolate and coffee flavors on the palette. There was a lot more bitterness that I noticed in a Guinness, which caught my attention. Seemed to fit the style of a dry stout a bit better. When I am looking for a stout and they have Murphy's on tap, it's an easy choice over a Guinness.

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

Appearance black whith one finger thick tan head with fome that stuck to sides of glass the whole way down. Smell chocolate and coffee. Taste same as smell with nice roasted notes and maby a hint of smoke which could be frome the roasted grains. Mouthfeel light carbonation very creamey mouthfeel. Drinkability one of my favorate Irish Stouts.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro-can a deep opaque black with a huge thick off-white head that never left.

Aroma of roasted malts and coffee.

Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. Finished with a touch of bitterness.

Light mouthfeel, a bit thin, and moderately carbonated.

Easy to drink, but nothing really memorable about it.

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

The beer is black with a nice creamy cap of dense foam that lasts until the end. The aroma is earthy, dark roasted malt and bitter hops. The beer is light on the palate and has the bite of espresso. A slightly dry bitterness is present throughout and follows through to the finish. A nice drinkable beer. A very good well rounded Irish stout.

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack at North Ridge Liquors. Wanted an Irish Stout that wasn't Guinness and I was luck enough to find this.

A: Poured a very very dark brown, almost black with an off white, leaning towards the tan side head, which finally settled to about half an inch and remained throughout. Ruby tints when held to the light. I love watching the cascading bubbles.

S: Smoky flavors, roasted smells, a slight bitter smell. Very aromatic as I poured it into the pint glass.

T: Slight chocolatey taste up front, kinda watery, smoked malt flavors come through, nice hop bitterness at the end, but it is very faint and doesn't last long. Not incredibly flavorful, but not offensive in the least. Flavors come out a bit more as it warms.

M: Smooth and creamy from the Nitro-Can but a bit thin in general. Coats the mouth and begs for another drink to understand it a bit better.

D: Pretty darn drinkable, a much better alternative to other Irish Stouts. All in all a good stout and nice change of pace.

Photo of charlzm
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 12/03/07 at Crown City Brewing, Pasadena.

Very dark brown. Nitro head about a finger thick, stuck around to the bottom of the glass! Almost no aroma. Creamy nitro texture. Slight sourness goes along with mild roasted malt flavor. Subtle bitterness on finish. Then, unexpected black coffee bitterness appears on tongue long after beer is gone.

Not especially thrilling.

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

Love the appearance of this brew. The bartender gave me an excellent pour! It was black as coal, no light coming through and the dark reddish brown head was about perfect. You could have taken a picture of this pour for a doggone commercial it looked so good!

The smell was great! A bit smokey with malts, coffee and some hints of toffee.

The taste is pretty good, smooth with a decent finish, but a bit thin for a stout.

Mouth feel is kind of like the taste, not bad, but a little to thin for my taste.

This is a pretty drinkable brew, but there are better stouts out there.

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

16 oz nitro can into dog faced mug

A: Dark dark with a creamy nitro bubbly tan head.

S: Malts and very faint cocoa and coffee.

T: Ultra smooth with dark tasting maltiness and caramel hints with a bit o' hop bite near the end winds up dry.

M: Kind of watery but not bad for this ultra-processed beer.

D: A one.

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

Soft black with some ruby highlights around the bottom of the glass, with an appropriately thick and creamy nitro-widget induced head.

Aroma is on the faint side, but mostly roasted malt.

Taste is mildly balanced roasted malt with light bitterness coming into play from the blackened grain. Hints of nuttiness with just a tiny sour twinge in the finish. Sweeter and smoother with more flavor than that "other" Irish stout that comes in nitro cans.

Very light in body and very quaffable @ 4.0 ABV.

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

A-Pours a deep dark brown nearly black,with three fingers worth of tan creamieness that never settled down,I could barely see through the gobs of lacing that were left behind

S-not a lot of aroma,small traces of toast and malts,kind of a staleness in general

T-dark roasted gourmet coffee,slight sweetness,suttle hop presence,no bitterness detected very balanced for such a dark brew

M-similar to a frothed latte very creamy and extra smooth,good strong body nothing watery about this stout

D-one of the most drinkable stouts I have ever enjoyed

Photo of BDIMike
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice cascading action out of the can. After settling it is a pure black color. A very nice thick cream head. The head stays and laces throughout the beer.
There is little to no smell. There really shouldn't be too much of a smell on Irish stouts, but there is a somewhat malted smell.
Very dry taste. A bit boring. Nice roasted malt taste stays on your tongue at the end.
Good mouthfeel. Very smooth. Not as thick as I would like it to be.
Drinkability is great for stout. It is nice and smooth, but light enough to drink all day long.

Photo of hardy008
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice alternative to Guiness, only not as good overall. It has a nice dark color with an off white foamy head. It is creamy with the aroma and flavor of burnt coffee. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy and this is a beer I could drink again, although I do prefer Guinness.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This, to me, I guess could be considered a guilty pleasure. I will be the first to admit that Murphy's stout is not a hall of fame beer, or stout for that matter. But it is damn good, especially since it took me forever to find a place that served in VA Beach, yet alone on tap.
Arrived in a regular pint glass (still haven't found a pub that has those nonic tumbler (the ones with the bump)) and had that frothy, creamy head that left lacing sheets as I drank the beer. The smell is malty with maybe some coffee malt sticking out. The taste is rather plain, with some coffee and possibly a roasted malt sticking out there, but it is so smooth and full bodied. It goes down like milk and there is absolutely no bitterness - you can just pound this stuff. I have no problem ordering this on draft and staying with it. Don't know why it gets knocked, it is pretty cheap to buy not because it sucks but because Murphy's doesn't have to rip off its drinkers to pay for silly commercials (you know who I mean).

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick creamy head that lasted until the beer was finished. Dark dark brown in color similar to almost all stouts.

S: It smelled like mushrooms to me. I didn't get any hoppy aromas or any other descent smells, just musty mushrooms.

T: Definitely average in taste. I got some faint hoppy flavors in there. Molasses was the main taste for this beer with a toast aftertaste.

M: Very low carbonation and watery. Very slight bitterness but can hardly tell.

D: It is a drinkable beer but would be hard for me to drink many of these. I really am not a fan of mushrooms and so I was not a fan of the smell at all.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for a good stout, so I picked up an old favorite. I let it sit and warm up a bit before opening.

I love the way a nitro-can brew pours. The magic of the nitro gas and the beer settling is beautiful. A nice off-white creamy head nestles on top. A little more carbonated than I'd like however. The aroma isn't really to die for. A faint roasted barley smell is all that's there. The flavor of this beer is pretty damn solid. Roasted barley dominates the drink. If you let the nitro seep out a bit, the flavors seem to come out more. Slight hop bitterness, but you'd never no they were there if you didn't know about em. Not overly bitter, which makes this oh so drinkable. The mouthfeel is light-medium and creamy, just like a stout should be. I always hate the statement "this is like eating a meal," when referring to a stout. A stout should be a session beer and should not be too heavy. This stout exemplifies that quality.

Overall, I love Murphy's. A great example of a stout. A great Guinness alternative for those of us who can't get the real stuff from Ireland. When comparing Murphy's head to head w/ a nitro-can Guinness, Murphy's wins. A true session beer.

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

Poured from nitro-can to pint glass.

Pours as dark as a beer can get, black with virtually know light shining through. Very nice tan, creamy head, finger-thick. Lots of lace on the glass. The smell is a combination of sweet malt and dark chocolate. Taste comes off sweet, roasty coffee and chocolate, also a hint of vanilla. Dry finish. Creamy, thick mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

To date, this is my favorite nitro-can stout, more flavorful than the Guinness standard.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a can, this was dark brown with tan head and good lacing. Nose of roasted malts and chocolate. Rich mouthfeel. Roasted malts dominate and the finish is dry. This was drinkable, and tasted quite good considering it came from a can. I would buy this again.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I know I've been much more impressed with Murphy's Stout when it's fresh off the tap. Out of the can, however, I'm not as impressed.

It's a great looking beer that pours dark brown, almost black, and shows ruby red highlights when held up to the light. The head is thick and creamy and stays with the beer from start to finish. The smell has pleasant hints of roasted malt but the aroma is very mild, and stays that way, even as it warms.

Murphy's Irish Stout is smooth, lightly carbonated and has a moderately light body. The taste is well balanced with a touch of roasted malt bitterness and a slightly dry finish.

Overall, a very worthy Irish stout that it would be easy to drink gallons of, if one was so inclined.

Photo of milesfan76
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's been a while since I had one of these. Always liked this one.

A: Pours very black, blacker than I remembered. Nitro head foams up quickly, and disappears almost as fast. Not much lacing.

S: Not much here, actually. What I do smell is pleasant, but it's just a bit weak.

T: Considerably more flavor than the smell would suggest, and definitely more flavorful than Guiness (not that I don't like Guiness). Creamy and just a touch of bitterness (though not in the hoppy sense). Nice.

M. Sort of creamy, but mostly light in body. I would like a bit more carbonation, but for a nitro this is good.

D: Goes down almost too smooth. Good thing it's only 4%. Easily sessionable.

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

Poured a Nitro-can into a pint glass, pours a pitch black with that nitrous head that we all enjoy, I enjoy watching the head flow through the glass once poured, awesome looking. Smell is almost non existant to me, I can't really smell to much of anything. Taste is a bit of a smooth creamy bitterness, it goes it a bit thick but very easy to drink, I can taste a bit of malt and roasted barley in there, I have been on a irish stout kick as of lately and this is just another fine offering.

Photo of SargeC
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Black brew with a dense, tan head.

Smell: Rich malt with a semi-sweet quality.

Taste: Solid brew. Subdued mineral tones hide beneath a thick blanket of dense, malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full body. Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkablity: One of my favorite canned stouts. Any port in a storm, a classic.

Photo of bboven
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Oil black body with a thick pale tan head and huge amounts of lacing.

Faint roast and sweetness in the aroma.

Muted flavors. It's a bit plasticy, but drinkable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full The only thing is that it leaves your palate feeling chalky. Not the most pleasant of sensations.

There are tastier stouts out there, and for the price of four cans of Murphy's I would be tempted to go find them.

Photo of MarcGetty
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got to try out my new pint glasses with a pint sized nitro-can of Murthy's Irish Stout. The best thing about this beer was that I proved that I did indeed get full pint sized glasses, and not those smaller glasses passed off as pint glasses.

The nitro-can produced pour is indeed a sight to behold. Beautiful black on bottom with fascinating cascading brown in the middle with a moderately sized tan head on top. If only the beer was as exciting to taste as it was to watch!

The taste was weakly creamy and very thin with very little body. Something this dark and as exciting to watch should certainly taste better then this! Unfortunately this is not the case. It tastes and feels just weak and thin. A little creamy, but nothing substantial is to be found in this beer. Very little aftertaste is to be found, but this is to be expected on such a thin tasteless beer.

Not very drinkable. It sat there on my desk for quite a while until it was finished. I just did not have a strong desire to pickup and drink such a tasteless brew.

Photo of iceviper22
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can poured into Guinness pint glass

I love the appearance of these. Pours a nice dark jet black with a light tan creamy foam head that lasts till the end.

Smells of earthy toasted malts, typical irish stout smell I suppose.

Real smooth taste of toasted malts and coffee. Some caramel taste seems to come through too.

Mouthfeel and drinkablitly are great. It's got a real smooth filling texture and goes done great. Give this stuff a try sometime.

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

Bought a duo intro can in the duty free liquor store at the airport departure and had my first one in the Hotel after lunch and before a short comfy nap. The pour yielded a quick receding one inch head that tops the jet black stout below. The smell was primarily roasted malts and coffee. Taste was typically roasted malts with a slight lactic touch and coffee towards the finish; not something out of the world; rather typical but no flaws either. Bitterness at the finish was well within tolerance. Generally light tasting for the stouts that I have tried. The after taste was again primarily roasted malts and coffee; again nothing out of the blue. The mouth feel on this one was medium to full; thickness partly due to the expected creaminess which was good. I was expecting more creaminess though, due to the nitro. Creamy smooth drinking and definitely one of the more drinkable stouts around. Not bad but I am not really a fan of this one; I am sure many folks can make a good session out of this one though.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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