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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,056
Reviews: 947
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 Offa
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent Irish stout, far better than Guinness Draught but not up to the level of Guinness Extra Stout or many others. This is qualified, however, by the fact that I can only ever find it in a nitro can or on nitro tap and to me this always subdues the aromas and flavours. Even so, compared to others on nitro (like Beamish or Third Street Aleworks Blarney Sisters), this lacks character and body.

It is predictably dark, essentially black, with a tan, thick, creamy head that lasts forever.

The aroma is very mild, but pleasant burnt toast, hints of chocolate and coffee.

The taste is similar, toast, chocolate, coffee, rather dry, with pretty good sweet-bitter balance, but on a fairly thin, watery body.

Photo of usmittymc
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro-can into an Imperial Pint glass. Picked these up at Aquistapace in Covington, LA for $.99 a pint!!

A: Almost opaque midnight black. Faint shades of ruby are present when held to the light. Tight tan head forms to a little over a finger thick.

S: Faint coffee. Dark roasted malt.

T: Just as the nose detected. Faint coffee. Dry malty flavors.

M: Not substantial, but typical for style. Dry and mildly bitter.

D: A notch above Guinness in my book. Can pour back a few of these quite easily, with almost no consequences.

Photo of woodychandler
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my last remaining CANs in the ol' reefer. I will have to reload and continue on my quest to drink canned beer.

A finger's worth of beautiful, deep-tan head was created on the pour. The cascade resulted in a dark-brown beer with ruby highlights. The nose was slightly smoky, highly appropriate for a dry stout. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a great smoky bitterness that lingered on and on. The finish was equally satisfying. Lovely, this.

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

Pours black, opaque. Moderate sized off white head with good retention.

A smokey, roasty aroma. Smells a little burnt if that is possible. No hop, and a clean but notable aroma for an Irish Stout.

Roasty, smokey, burnt aromas show up in taste as well. A lingering roast bitterness into the finish, but no harshness.

Fairly light body, no astringency, and a bit of creaminess from the gas. Carbonation is low-medium. Mouthfeel very style appropriate.

May have served it a bit warm, but flavorful for a Dry Irish Stout. Low alcohol, and not overpowering in any flavor sense, this beer would be easily sessionable.

Photo of ubermick
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my hometown beer, so I'm probably a bit biased. Had on tap from the Huntsman pub, just outside Blarney, in Co. Cork.

A: Typical Irish stout - extremely dark, with a thick creamy head just cresting the glass. When poured correctly, a work of art.

S: Roasted malts, a little coffee.

T: Creamy roasted malts, a little sweet.

MF/D: Very smooth and creamy texture, that goes down easily. As the drink goes, it does tend to get a tad watery towards the end.

Overall, it's my favourite stout. Far exceeds it's more dominant (and bitter) cousin Guinness, and in my opinion leagues ahead of Beamish as well. Phenominal brew that really has to be sampled on tap back in the old country to be truly appreciated!

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

A - Poured a basically black color with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt fairly light

T - Also is fairly light roasted malt

M - Is very smooth and creamy with light carbonation

D - This is the perfect session stout it has a good taste and a lower abv so you can drink it all night at an Irish bar and still be able to play some darts

Photo of mattster
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 16 Fluid Ounce pub can and poured into Nonic glass.

Tan creamy head of 2" sits atop a black opaque brew.

Smell is of coffee - very strong. Taste is also of coffee with some chocolate hints, very smooth, although a tad more bitter on the finish. Nice low bubbles in brew.

Really nice stout.

Photo of cjohnson
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black after pouring with a luscious inch thick cappuccino colored head that persists for a good while.

Smell is all around pretty weak, but there's a bit of a malty smell.

The taste is a bit bland, but there's a bit of a roasted taste. Nothing spectacular.

Very watery mouthfeel. Not sure what else to say.

Certainly drinkable and enjoyable, but there are definitely better stouts out there.

Photo of blackie
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the can is correct that it may over flow, but misleading in stating it will only happen when unchilled.

a: Pours a very dark ebony with the typically glorious nitro head and light retention.

s: dominant roasts give notes of watery coffee, a little chocolate, subtle English hops

m: Very low carbonation...practically nonexistent. The body is on the full side of medium and not at all thick, but smooth.

t: bland...watery roasted malts dominate, with the only other flavor being a dull English hop presence. Gentle bitterness.

d: like water

single nitro-can from Trader Joe's Cary

Photo of hyland24
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

Poured black which cascaded a deep brown that settled black with red hues when held up to the light. Formed an inch or so tan creamy head that stayed true and left a web like lacing.

Typical nitro stout smell with hints of roasted malt with bitter finish.

The taste was nice. Creamy toasted malt with a slight sweetness I cant place. Finished with a slight bitter taste(but not overly so).

The mouthfeel was typical of this style with a thick creamy, chewy feel. It coated the mouth well leaving behind a slight bitter aftertaste. Good example of this style, probably third on the big three list behind Beamish and Guinness. Fairly common so not a big find but definitely worth trying if you haven't had it.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- looks nice right out of the can, just like every stout i've ever had. this one is pitch tar black, with nothing around the edges in the barlight. standard creamy beige nitro foam, mildly beige in color, quilts the inside of the glass for that rootbeer float effect.

S- mild aroma, just as i expected, some roasted malt, coffee, and the faintest hint of cocoa somewhere in there.

T- roasted, toasted, and somewhat subdued malt character, seriously reminds me of guinness in alot of ways, mostly in the look and smell. the taste has more hop character in my opinion. just a little bit, and it's earthy and fresh, but not quite as dry as beamish.

MF- smooth creamy and rich. full bodied, feels just like...ah nevermind.

D- this is a pub pounder fo-sho. well rounded stout. (guinness+5)

Photo of cbleary
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 16oz. nitro-can into a nonic pint glass.

The beer poured beautifully with a big silky head. The smell and taste, however, are fairly average with a touch of roasted malt and coffee. I like Murphy's because it's cheaper than Guinness and you get a full pint. But, I feel that Guinness is just slightly better.

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

A- Pub draught can, poured the ubiquitous cascading head, which is always pretty and marvelous, though commonplace now days. A creamy tan head that ends up (after full cascade) being a solid 3 fingers and lasts the entire beer. A deep brown body a few shades lighter than other stouts. Very pretty ale.

S- Not a whole lot of nose here...Espresso, banana bread, roasted malts, toast. No notable hop aroma, all present aromas are pretty faint, lethargic.

T- Creamy, bittersweet/cocoa, a combination bite of buried hops and very roasty grains. A nice espresso/black coffee flavor with some after-notes of toasted grains.

M- Creamy, thick, coating. Mild acidity and low carbonation.

D- Easy drinking, nice low ABV. Great after a meal in place of coffee, or as your dinner beverage. Goes great with left over corned beef and cabbage.

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was awesome. It definitely appeared lighter than a Guinness, but it was as wonderful to watch. Slight amber coloring around the dark black appearance differentiated it from Guinness, but it also had a light brown, almost frappe-like, thick head. The aromas of mocha and coffee were the strongest that I sensed. It was wicked sweet, almost dessert-like, filled with chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouthfeel was great: thick, frappe-like but very light. Overall, a great rival to Guinness.

Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served Nitro Tap. Poured a black with a thin head once it settled and was served to me. The beer laced the glass most of the way down. The aroma was of deep roasted malts, some chocolate, and some coffee. The taste was nice with a deep roasted malt base followed by the hints of chocolate and coffee probably from the malts used. The mouthfeel was extremely creamy since it was a nitro tap but I think it could have used a little bit more carbonation. It was a drinkable beer and I could go for another. Perhaps I would like it more out of the bottle.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-tap, nearly everywhere in Ireland

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. I would put this one slightly ahead of Guinness, but below Beamish.

Photo of champ103
2.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost black with some brown around the edges. A one finger tan head forms and sticks around to the end with that cascading effect. Some nice lace down the side.
S: A bit of chocolate and some bready malt. Weak and not very impressed.
T: Similar to the nose. Bitter chocolate and malt. Some hop bitterness as well.
M/D: Watery and thin. Kind of drinkable. Not really a session beer for me, but it is smooth.

I don't think I like Irish Dry Stouts, or I just don't like the nitro-effect. There is no depth and the few that I have tried are watery. This one is no different.

Photo of BigRedN
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Doing and Irish Stout-a-thon, 3-17-08. Thought I had done a review for this, oh well, I have one now.

Appearance: Poured from the 16 oz nitro can into a nonic pint glass. One plus this is a 16 oz can compared to a 14.9 for the Guiness and Beamish. More beer, yay! The can opens with a whoosh and foam begins to build so I pour rather quickly. Good thing my pint glass is more than 16 oz (20 oz, I think). The beer is black, as expected with a big, thick, dense, tanish head that sits on the beer and lasts forever, never completely fading.

Smell: As with other dry stouts, aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste: Big in the malt department. Flavors of roasted chocolate, coffee and almonds with this one. Some slight bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Nearing medium in body. Not quite as watery as the Guiness, but still not "heavy". As I may have said before, the beer is black and lloks like motor oil, but it is actually light, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Immensely drinkable. I have been going through four Irish Dry Stouts and I barely feel it. The style lends itself to low ABV (this one only 4%) which makes this a perfect session beer IMO. Light yet tasty.

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

Pours very dark with a surprisingly small head for a nitro-charge. Just 3/8" tan head sits atop the beer. Head retention was good.

The smell is weak except for a sweet chocolate aroma.

It seemily has a burnt taste with a bitter finish. A little coffee and chocolate flavors are barely noticeable. Overall weak flavors and unimpressive.

Has a thin body with a creamy mouthfeel from the nitro. I couldn't imagine drinking this beer without a nitro-charge. It wouldn't be very good. Although the ABV is low and you won't get filled up drinking this beer, I didn't rate drinkability very high because of the expense of a 4-pack.

Photo of PorterHall
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, it's St. Patrick's Day 2008, and it's time for my obligatory Irish Stout. Usually I drink a Guinness (my Irish wife wouldn't have it any other way), but this year I wanted to break with tradition and try a different Irish Stout. I decided on Beamish but my LLS didn't have it (blasphemy!). Having decided to break with tradition, I couldn't get the Guinness so I bought the Murphy Irish Stout, which surprisingly, I've never tried.

The cascading pour from the can was similar to Guinness' pour. Eventually, the rich, creamy head grew to at least two fingers and then subsided and remained at one. The color is deep black; light could not penetrate the darkness.

The first sip is what I have come to expect from a dry, Irish stout: it is sharp and crisp with a hint of bitterness on the finish. It leaves behind a pleasing cottonmouth feeling. I also detected a burnt quality at the very end.

I am pleasantly surprised with this beer; it is quite similar to Guinness but has a smoother finish...I'm glad I broke with tradition. Hope my Irish lady approves.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16-ounce draughtflow can into a metric pint glass.

A: Poured a deep black body with no clarity and a two-finger head of creamy tan foam. The cascade affect isn't as impressive as a Guinness.

S: Smells of semisweet toasted malt, a bit of coffee and some chocolate.

T: Sweet toffee and caramel malt with a chewy, roasted coffee rush over the mid-palate. The finish is a little hoppy, and has a creamy texture.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit creamy up front, but a tad watery before finishing pretty clean and tasty.

D: The clean, roasted flavors and low ABV make this dry stout quite drinkable.

Murphy's is a good stout, great drinkability and taste, but it's not quite the same as a Guinness. More flavor, it seems, but the draughtflow isn't the same experience. On par in some departments, but not as good in others.

Photo of illidurit
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany with an ecru head of about half a finger. It makes up for this modesty in height by having insane retention. Score one for the nitro. As a result of the ever-present foam, there's a nice amount of lacing.

Aroma is pretty faint. There's a bit of chocolate and a bit of roastiness, but nothing else.

Flavor is also pretty weak, but it's not as gross as Guinness. Inoffensive watery chocolate and roasted barley.

Mouthfeel is about what you'd expect from a can with a nitro widget inside: flat and creamy. There's about as much carbonation here as there is in coffee, although the texture is quite silky. This is the perfect beer to throw into a carbomb and not even taste anything.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 1 pint (16 fl. oz.) nitro-can, served straight from the fridge to a pint glass.

A: I am such a sucker for the 'nitro' effect: solid 1-finger head of undying head, colored like aged paper; I've watched this thing for 5 minutes without it moving 1 millimeter. Sits atop a perfectly ebony liquid that shows only glimpses of auburn and a few larger carbonation bubbles stuck oddly at the bottom of the glass. Any lace sticks in tiny, Braille-like bits...

S: Light aroma of dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Not big, but certainly pleasant.

T: Flavor is a creeping blend of cocoa and mocha, sweetened with cream and a hint of vanilla. Light chalky bittering follows and lingers for minutes...

M: Light-bodied, almost like drinking a very watered down cup of coffee. Stealthy grainy textures build and the lasting feel is oh-so-creamy and smooth.

D: Perfectly sessionable, the type of ale one could sip pint after pint of at the pub. It's subtlety in an era where plenty of beers aim for big alcohol, huge flavors and 'extreme'-ness. Glad I picked this one off the 'St. Patrick's Day' display at New Seasons; will have to mix it into the beer line-up more often.

Photo of Tolann
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Still love the nitro affect and the dance of the cascade of bubbles. Gives an off white creamy, thick head you want to serve up on a plate. Very dark in color nearly opaque. Held up to the light it may have a reddish characteristic, but otherwise looks black.

S - Roasty and chocolatey. Not an overwhelming smell, but you don't have to try too hard to find it either.

T - Light flavor. Mostly roasted coffee and more chocolate. Not real obvious, but not missing flavor either.

M - Gotta sip thru the dense head of the beer to find a light and smooth sip. Some roasted malt aftertaste, but not huge. Not sweet or bitter right up front, but roasts sits on the back of your tongue for a bit.

D - pretty easy. I wish I had a peat burning fire place to watch the flames flicker as I enjoy this one. A real good stout and I wouldn't mind having another.

Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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