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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,937 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,937
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 61
Gots: 88 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 TheBierBand
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I tried one of these side-by-side with a Guinness just to see the difference.

Here's a review from the nitro can. Pours out with it's neat cascading tiny bubbles to form a creamy 3/4" head over a jet black liquid.

The smell is faint. Coffee, Dark Chocolate... more pronounced than Guinness

The taste is pretty mild as far as stouts go. Hints of Coffee and a slight hint of dark chocolate. Sweeter than Guinness...

Mouthfeel: Sorry.... I don't like the watery, yet creamy nature of these nitro cans... give me some more carbonation.

Drinkability: I'll have a couple of these if I must.... but I prefer a thicker, more robust stout. It's better than the Guinness in my opinion though... only slightly.

TheBierBand, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This Dry Irish Stout pours the expected deep brown/black with a thick and dense mocha head that holds very well. The characteristic (of nitro-cans) down flow of creamy carbonation gives me a good hint about the potential mouthfeel.

As for the aroma; lacking. Mostly malt and a bit of coffee and chocolate. Somewhat roasty, but not impressive.

Initially the flavor is almost watered-down tasting, but redeems itself a bit in the finish with some nice roastiness and mild coffee. Overall very mild though.

Much thinner than expected. I guess it was wishful thinking but I expected at least a bit of texture. Not so.

The best quality of this selection is the creamy velvet head. Albeit a small part of the experience, it does count for something. My final judgment is that it is lacking.

letsgopens, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black hue with some amber streaking with a one finger creamy off white head. There was good retention and decent lacing. Nice cascading as well.

The smell featured a subtle burnt grain with some coffee notes.

The taste consisted of a smooth, yet bitter burnt grain and coffee. Some mild sweetness detected toward the end.

The mouthfeel was creamy and of average fullness.

Overall a very easy to drink stout. A touch sweeter than Guinness in my opinion.

plaid75, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of BBM
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a thick black into the pint glass, with a very solid off-white head. Not as pretty as a Guinness, but not bad either. There really wasn't much scent to the beer; maybe a slightly metallic and roasted quality.

Well, this beer is easy to drink, that's for sure. The flavor is a bit watered down, but what's there is a solid Irish stout. Roasted nuts, slightly chocolaty, and just a touch bitter. Overall decent. Mouthfeel is medium, and the finish is smooth. This is just an easy drinkin' stout to be sure, but it's not going to set anyone's world on fire.

BBM, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of penguinjive7
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured form the tap into a Murphy's glass. Nick cascading effect, settling black with a thin white head. Lacing is excellent. Smell is mostly of roasted malts. The taste is the same as the smell with the addition of chocolate and a very faint hint of coffee. The carbonation was very light, even for being on-tap. It was very creamy and goes down nice and smooth.
This is an excellent pub brew. I would have to have some more of this to make a fair judgment, but as of now I think I would take this one over Guinness.

penguinjive7, May 21, 2007
Photo of botham
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

For a stout, this brew is somewhat dissapointing.

It pours a deep black with a dense cream colored head that remains through the consumption. Wonderful looking brew.

Smell is somewhat absent: a touch of hops, with not much else for the nasal passages.

Taste is the same, but with a slight hint of banana and vanilla thrown in.

Mouthfeel was surprizing, very light and thin. Not much body. Almost like water on the way down. Very smooth though. Could have been done much better.

On a more positive note, the head on this brew is phenomenal. Dense and cream colored. It takes some time to develop, and is quite resilient.

botham, May 20, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark black and opague with a cappacino coloured head. Not much smell to speak of. Slightly roasted malt. Taste is very good. Bracingly bitter from the roasted malts upon first sip followed by an extremely smooth aftertaste. I think this is slightly better than guiness taste wise. A decent overall dry stout but I have had better. Mouthfeel is creamy at first but then slightly thin at the end. Could be better.

sleazo, May 18, 2007
Photo of mjc410
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pour into my brand new Murphy's glass (I had to buy a case of stout to go with it!) does the usual nitro cascade effect, which never fails to impress. When it's over, it forms a sturdy one finger-plus head, the color of Irish cream, and a lot lighter than the tan on the beer's can. A fair amount of ruby makes it through the glass when backlit, and even shows up a bit when viewed normally. The lacing is fairly sticky, but less than on some Irish stouts I've seen.

The nose is lightly toasted chocolate and coffee, with the usual Irish stout acid odor. Fairly mellow, as expected.

Taste is richer and sweeter than the benchmark Guinness, with less acidity. There's a bit of a bitter taste in the middle, which slowly ends with a milk chocolate sensation. As I drink more to pick up more subtlety, I get more sweetness and chocolate toward the beginning. Tastes wonderful.

The mouth is light and simple, with perfect smoothness. Again, simple wins here. A fine beer that I'm happy to review again with some more experience. One of my favorite Irish stouts.

mjc410, May 08, 2007
Photo of Dmann
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty good Irish Stout. The beer looked great out of the nitro can and the cascading effect was nice to see. The smell was slightly grainy with a bit of sourness in there as well. The taste was all dark malts with a slight bit of smokiness in the very dry finish. The creamy mouthfeel was great though and really added to my enjoyment of the brew. The finish was quite bitter though, a little too dry. Due to the low ABV of this beer, it would be a good session brew for stout fans, so I'd recommend trying it for yourself for sure.

Dmann, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

poured a dark chocolate in color with a creamy head that stuck around awhile. Smell is sweet with roasted malts and dark chocolate. Dissapointed by the taste though, it has a roasted malt and coffee flavor with bitter chocolate and has a creamy mouthfeel, but lacked the body needed in a stout.

Bookseeb, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of tapman
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent Guiness replacement, still a little short of exceptional.

It looks good enough and has that nitro cascade that everyone loves, but not too different from ant other IDS, perhaps a bit more ruby in color than some others.

Smell is dissapointing. Once again the nitro kills much of the smell, but there are hints of sweet, floral hops and some sugary light-roasted malts...definite taste of coffee with this one.

If I had to switch stouts in mid-drink, I wouldnt be too dissapoointed. Pretty average stout taste. Still delicious, but nothing we haven't seen before, perhaps a bit lighter than most in the malt department. Definetly something going on in the hop department opposed to other IDS brews...sweeter than most and not so dark.

Mouthfeel is lacking even with the nitro boost. Watery is how I would describe this one believe it or not. Does not sit on the tongue well and goes down too quick.

Overall, I'll drink this in the pub no problem, especially if it is priced right. But for home purchase, there are a couple that would be a little more worth the money.

tapman, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Jet black color. Head is smooth, fluffy, pillowy and offwhite in color. Lacing is pretty strong. Very attractive in my imperial pint glass.

S - Smell is faint overall, get close enough and you can smell bitter and sugary malts.

T - Starts off bitter and leads into a toasty malt. Aftertaste is bitter and toasty.

M - Thin consistency with very little carbonation, as expected for the style.

D - Overall a very drinkable english/irish-style stout. Mouthfeel and smell are thin, taste is slightly better.

umustdrink, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of tatterdash
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown-black with a creamy off-white nitro-head that laces like Guiness. Aroma of coffee, burnt toast, roasted barley. Taste was lots of roasted barley and hints of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel was quite smooth and creamy. An above average and very drinkable stout.

tatterdash, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of drpimento
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured with a nice, thick, creamy, fine, tan head. Some lace too. Aroma is mainly chocolatey with some roasty, malty, and slightly beery character. Flavor's about the same, but not all that dry despite its label. Of course it's creamy, but also a bit watery too. Very short easy finish. Very easy drinking; a stout for people who really don't want a pow stout. Perhaps almost a porter in some regards.

drpimento, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of skillerified
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark red in color, nearly black. You can just see a faint red glow through it in direct light. Big creamy head created by the nitro-can. Ridiculous lacing of course. For the style, it's pretty typical (which is a good thing in my opinion).

Served extremely cold as recommended by the packaging. This has clearly masked the scent. Mostly just a creamy, milky scent. Not entirely unappealing, but not a typical beer scent at all. A bit of dried coffee, some powdered chocolate and maybe a hint of toffee come into play with a little warming.

Burnt coffee grounds and some dried bread on the first sip. Sounds kinda gross, but it's strangely appealing. Gets sweeter at the finish. Espresso bitterness. It does seem that the nitro masks some deeper flavors that are in there. There is a distinct milk and cream sort of flavor in there too. As it warms, an ever so slight dark berry and vinous flavor starts to come up. Makes you wonder what it would be without the nitro.

Strangly, this brew is sort of thick and thin at the same time. It's thin on the tongue once it gets there, but it feels sort of thick and creamy going in. It also seems to have a bit of a heaviness going down. A strange effect of the nitro-can, I suppose. Favors that coffee like bitterness, but seems to be sweetening as it warms.

A bit too light to be great, but the ABV is low, the calories are low and I think it's probably a little tastier than that other Dry Irish Stout. I could see an occasional craving for this stuff coming about.

skillerified, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- The only stout that I've poured that was more attractive than this one was by Young's (the Double Chocolate.) Pours a semi-translucent jet black. It is not as opaque in body as most stouts. The head is beautiful, thick, and creamy. It lasts through the entirety of the pint. When you hold this one up to the light in a pint glass, you can notice a pretty powerful dark-red tint. Beautiful.

Smell- The most dominant scents were that of toffee and malts. There are definitely strong hints of caramel and coffee as well

Taste- Toffee malts definitely dominate in this one. It has more of a hoppy quality than Guinness. It seems to have stronger malts as well. Very nice

Mouthfeel- Amazing texture!! Creamy as hell, which is what I usually look for in a stout.

Drinkability- This one's not as filling as most stouts. I notice that I downed a pint pretty speedily and easily. I could definitely drink ten of these. A good stout to get drunk off of.

CreamyStoutMan, Apr 18, 2007
Photo of IrishRacer
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

For a beer poured from a can, within the comforts of my own home, this is by far the best I think I can get. It's head was outstanding, and its flavor terrific. I served it up very cold (like I personally enjoy) and it went down so smooth. Yum! The 4-pack didn't last very long, however. I'd like to see this beer come in a bottle, however.

IrishRacer, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Arrived in a logoed glass, wtill reverse cascading from the nitro pour.

Appearance: Thick, creamy, light tan nitro head, probbaly 3/4 inch. Sticks around for the whole beer, even though the weather is getting kind of warm and muggy. The beer itself is black, with a hint of brown around the edges.

Smell: Light scent of roasted barley with hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Rich and creamy. Roasted barley with a slight hint of sourness. Decent level of lacto creaminess, almost like a milk stout. Undertones of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Low carboantion level. Nice body.

Drinkability: I had this one sitting ont he patio at a local Irish bar and it certainly hit the spot. Guinness may be the ubiquitious irish stout, but this one is much better.

beveritt, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of Freshie
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-can with widget. Came in a nice 4-pack, at a very good price of 4.50.

Good stout appearance of cascading effect, caused by the nitrogen. Basic stout color and body, with frothy head.

Aromas of dark sweet malts.

Taste is smooth and creamy, and balances its flavors much better than its larger competitor. Rich sweet malt with light bitterness. Clean on palate. Very dry finish.

My favorite Irish stout, and go to stout whenever I can get it.

Freshie, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. nitro-can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a glossy black colour. After the surging subsides you're left with a better-than-average nitro-can head -- dense, creamy, light tan, and a bit too placid.

Smell: Coffee is the first thing I notice, followed by some toffee and other roasted malt flavors.

Taste: Has a malty, milk chocolate-like taste, with a bit of coffee thrown in. Light bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: A viscous medium-bodied beer that is quite smooth. Minimal carbonation. Seems to have a bit of that typical nitro-can feel.

Drinkability: Low ABV and generally fine taste, though the coffee and chocolate is a bit too much for me at times.

A generally nice beer, though some of the flavors aren't to my typical liking. I believe that many aspects of this beer suffer from the nitro-can -- it's probably much better in it's natural state. Generally common in the can and worth trying, though I don't really anticipate getting this again.

mithrascruor, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured an impenetrable black hue with a good finger and a half of foamy, dense head brought on by the nitro widget. The thick head provided good retention in the glass.

S: Toasted malt scent with a weird undertone, as if something went slightly awry. There's a bit of roasted coffee and hints of chocolate, but again, some was a bit off.

T: A quite watery taste with a bit of a malty base underneath. Very washed out on the flavor, possibly due to the nitro, or maybe just the beer itself. Something didn't seem quite right, as the maltiness seemed flattened out and not as pleasing to the palate.

M: Syrupy and thick mouthfeel, but the watery texture to it made all the foaminess seem a little put-on. Quite odd, but would probably even out a lot better on tap as opposed to the nitro-can.

D: In the past, I was more of a champion for Murphy's in the Irish Dry Stout category, but now I'm not so sure. The flavors didn't seem as robust as they once did. I'll have to give this one another try though, because I'd hate to see a fairly reliable stout go down the tubes.

CharlieMopps, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of stephendr
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can - color of dark black , with a two toned head after pour gray , and frothy tan settles with heavy long lasting tan head - nose of milk chocolate , malty , and anise – taste of milk chocolate , malty , milky , and bitter chocolate - body is creamy , smooth , and slight bitterness – aftertaste of maltyness , slight bitterness , and milk chocolate

stephendr, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of Newglarusguy
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this is a fine Irish stout much better than a Guinness I do believe but that's just my opinion well ok lets start this review.

Serving type 16 oz nitro can poured into my 22 oz mug glass.

Appearance: Just simply amazing quezzacotyl would be the word for it wonderful black body with a nice creamy tan head that stays! actually stays! it foams and dissapates to about 1 inch but still stays at 1 inch! now that's a beer.

Smell: Wonderful dark malty aromas, nice chocolate and coffee tones to the mix.

Taste and mouthfeel: Great I love it! creamy and smooth the way of the true beer as I call it the only reason I didn't give it fives was the lack of it's other flavours but that it being a stout it should'nt have all that pizazz but it ranks high among classic brews and after all who likes to drink a few GREAT beers and be wasted? not I.

Newglarusguy, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of BadRockBeer
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 16oz. Nitro-Can

Appearance: Dark brown almost black with crimson hue. Creamy tan head that last throughout.

Smell: Burnt chocolate malts, mild espresso note.

Taste: As the nose indicates this stout tastes of burnt malts, very apparent chocolate flavor I also taste coffee. Slightly sour and a bit astringent in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, a lot lighter that the pour would suggest. Very light carbonation that by the end of the glass is gone. Which in my opinion is okay. This beer can be enjoyed at still at cellar tempratures.

Drinkability: Great. I could drink this often. With the girly 4% ABV this makes for a pretty good session beer. Also make a great black and tan.

BadRockBeer, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Wow at first it looked like a coffee milk shake, but after it settled it was a pitch black color with a creamy tan head.

Smell - Roasted malts and coffee.

Taste - Roasted taste with a dry taste at the end, no carbination. Kinda flat after awhile

Mouthfeel - Creamy, kinda think and roasted.

Drinkability - Not the same as a Guiness.You should try both and compare them. Very similar,but diffrent.

auxiliary, Mar 19, 2007
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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