Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,005
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 AKBelgianBeast
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Throw your oatmeal away! Murphys pours and is truly alive inside as you watch the bubbles "rain up" the glass. a cool visual experience. black as oil and a head like pudding. thick and creamy, yet increadibly smooth. a wonderful irish stout. dry and frothy dark malty taste with hints of coffee or dark chocolate. truly a staple of an irishmans diet. so drinkable you wont even realize your drunk until youve soiled your trousers in the wagon!

Photo of madjr80
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like this beer out of can better than draft. Maybe something was wrong with the draft line, because it was very watery and didn't form the thick head of foam that I was expecting.The can was much better. the pour from the can to the glass was similar to Guinness. I noticed a semi-sweet taste from the first sip. Good head retention throughout the whole pint, but I don't think it beats Guinness head to head.

Photo of bruachan
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

i have my feelings about nitro...

very dark. more so than i would have expected (it's essentially opaque!). oh yeah, and there's a frothy, persistent head up there (if i didn't drink it would end up in the geology section of the natural history museum)

a touch of soy sauce comes to the nose. truthfully, the smells are weak, which is a symptom of the nitro, i feel. there's some roastiness in there

it's actually quite bitter, though more likely from roasted grains than hops. super smooth, but how flavorful? there's a dominant flavor (it's tactile, too) experience that really isn't nice. astringent. a subtle sweetness redeems to some degree but cannot resuscitate in my opinion

dry...but bitter?

it even tastes like the can

Photo of burnstar
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a nice big head. Typical nitro stout look. Aroma is dark roasted malt with hint of underlying sweetness. Taste is mild burnt malt. Very mild bitterness from the malt balances by mild sweetness. Overall the taste is very mild and very balanced. Creamy with a dry finish. Very drinkable. Overall this is a very solid stout. Nice beer overall.

Photo of wl0307
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at a local supermarket at just 74p, for it's separated from the package-damaged original pack of four and reduced to clear. BB Oct. 08, served semi-chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: very dark brown in colour, with caramel glows when seen against light, coming w/ a thick, as-creamy-&-tight-as-you-can-expect-from-a-nitro-assisted-pour head that simply lasts forever.
S: burned malts, bitter chocolates and coffee, with light nutty hints and a touch of dust. Standard for an Irish Dry Stout, smooth, light, w/o much complexity to enjoy.
T: the foretaste is milder than the Guinness, with burned barley's sour-bitterness like expired and oxidised coffee beans and some displaced maltiness, leaving powdery bitter bits and dispersed roasty flavour in the end. Bitter and sour overall, showing no structure at all, and messy.
M&D: the texture is much much "lighter" than what the word "smooth" can possibly suggest to its best intent... or, it's just watery, full stop. And, despite the creamy-soft facade imposed by nitro-gas, the body is just thin, thin, thin! In addition, there's little taste left in this cold, watered-down coffee, so I personally find this canned beer a total waste of money, even at 74p!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

14.9 oz. nitro-can,

A: Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance, with a thick, very creamy head, which leaves gobs of lacing and has great retention.

S: Light smell, but as the beer warms up, you can smell distinct chocolate notes.

T: Unlike the Beamish, which I just had, Murphy's has a distinct dark chocolate character, with less burnt toast and coffee. Having these beers back to back, you can tell the slight, but palpable differences between them. A less challenging taste than Beamish, but still tasty.

M: Smooth and creamy, though lacking the body found in non-nitro stouts, not bad though, a fuller body than Guinness.

D: A easy drinking beer for a night at the pub, or a session at home while watching the game, Murphy's is a beer that is dangerously drinkable, low in alcohol, I could drink a lot of this.

Photo of BiereBlanche
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served (apparently from a nitro-tap) into a pint glass.

A very dark, nearly opaque brown with a caramelly-brown foamy head, reminiscent of cappuccino, that filled the glass to the brim. The cap is very nice and long lasting, leaving huge sheeting as it descends. A coffee malty aroma dominates with undertones of cocoa. No hops or fruity aromas. The taste is strongly of the same rich maltiness, with almost no hops flavor or bitters to interrupt. The finish is dry and roasty. Tiny banana flavor at times. Medium-low mouthfeel and low carbonation. Very drinkable, light and low alcohol. Not complex flavors, but rich and tasty.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a creamy black with a creamy khaki head. The head stays around a long time and the beer has very heavy lacing. Dark, dark brown boarding on black.

S- Smell of malt, chocolate, and coffee

T/M – Rich sweet and creamy almost like a good desert than a beer.

D- Extremely drinkable very light for a stout. Gould easily drink the whole 4 pack

Photo of ajr24
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Bridgewater's Pub at 30th street station while waiting for a train... I got to 30th early on purpose.

A- Thick, creamy and stout. Nice creamy/off-white head that lasted all the way down.

S- Smelt of burnt malts, chocolate and coffee/toffee... Smells like an excellent Irish dry stout.

T- Tastes a bit smoother than Guinness (since that's the Irish dry stout to compare to) and more caramel and sweeter undertones to it.

M- Silky smooth in the mouth.

D- Sessionable dry stout, low ABV and tastes good.

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

a: deep dark black with a generous two-finger off-white head; good retention

s: coffee malts are the first to hit the nose followed by some lighter malty sweetness; another little hint of bitterness at the end

t: good coffee flavors with some chocolate overtones; quite simple but quite enjoyable

m: really rich and creamy; so smooth you could drink it in one gulp

d: definitely better than a certain irish stout whose name rhymes with puiness; the balance of the creamy mouth-feel with the simple flavors is quite enjoyable; a great stout that i could down a few pints of

Photo of iceball585
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black, non-transparent, two finger thick tan creamy head w/ good retention

S- Creamy, chocolate, coffee, vanilla

T- Creamy, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, slight smokey taste

M- Medium/heavy body, little carbonation, creamy, smooth

D- Another good dry stout

Murphys seems to me to be a slightly weaker version of Guinness (weaker in both smell and taste). It is still a really good beer though.

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : Stout noir ébène, à la crème brune abondante et stable. Smell : Arôme fin assez typique des stouts, odeur de malt grillé, subtiles nuances de caramel.
Taste and mouthfeel : Bouche veloutée et très amère à la fois, saveur torréfiée équilibrée, très nuancée, moyennement corsée.
Drinkability : Excellent stout, encore meilleur à la pression ou à consommer chez soi en version cannette (N2)

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

This surprsied me with a thick and creamy head that remained after I'd drained the beer from the glass! Far better than that "other' famous Irish Stout; less bitter, but with a slightly thinner mouthfeel. Goes down quick and easy; which on a weekend at home means time for more!!

Got the nitro dingy thingy in the can but this makes a foam of the smallest microscopic bubbles... like on a malted milk shake.... Bravo Mr. Murphy, Bravo!

Photo of dnichols
2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had a 4 ounce sample at a distributor sponsored tasting at the Beer Shoppe in Yakima, Washington.

A: It was a dark opaque black/brown brew with a modestly thick sticky tan head.

S: Very noticeable toffee with a touch of burnt malts.

T: There was an initial flavor of toffee and toasted malt flavors. However, the thinness of the flavor resulted in a disappointed overall taste experience.

M: It had a thin, watery body with a touch of creaminess. Its finish was clean but I attributed that to the modest flavor profile that had little left for the aftertaste.

D: It as short on body and flavor. I doubt this will be a stout I will sample again..

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

Appearance of this beer was good. Dark brown, with a very creamy head. Smell was faint, chocolate and hops. Good balance of flavors. Slightly sweet entry, then followed by bitter dry taste. Mouthfeel was very creamy. Drinkability is good. Its not too light, not to rich. Could be session beer. Overall I liked this stout, not as much as Beamish for Irish stout, but better then Guinness in my opinion.

Photo of Rootdog316
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy’s is very much like Guinness, but less. It’s slightly thinner than Guinness is, and I think a tiny bit less bitter. There is still that coffee aroma, but slightly less so. It’s a very dark beer, but a tiny bit less dark than Guinness is. Murphy’s has a creamy, smooth, long-lasting head, but less so than Guinness. The flavor is not overly complex, and has "smoky" and coffee-like hints of taste mixed into a somewhat watery "base." The flavor seems to just attack the front of the tongue, and finishes cleanly and smoothly. The end result is a very "drinkable" brew that quenches that thirst and tastes pleasant through and through.

Photo of theSaj
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark coloring with a frothy head. A rich roasted flavor reminiscent of roasted coffee. Slight bitterness but not over-powering. Leaves a mild aftertaste but not over-powering. Found the aroma to be a bit lacking.

I am finding that I prefer this to Guinness on most occasions. Much easier to drink. More of what I enjoy and less of what I do not.

(Oh yeah, nice watching the sinking bubbles.)

Photo of NCBeernut
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After cascade, settled with a nice 1 to 2 finger creamy whitish-tan head. Appears black, but dark ruby color shows itself in the light. Smell is smokey, slightly roasted and ....meaty? Taste resembles smell, but with some chocolate notes as well. Slight hop bitterness. Very drinkable.

Photo of srandycarter
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from pint can. Pours nice in tulip glass. Dark, with small bubbles cascading up to inch think near white thick head. Good Start.

A- Stark contrast of black and white. Anticipating the settling of the carbonation. Looking good.

S - Not much here. Dark, slightly sweet malt, some chocolate.

T - Disappointment. Light flavors matching the original smell.

M - Disappointment. Light viscosity and fullness in mouth matching the original smell.

D- Could drink these all night and not get full or too tanked. Just not interested with so many other great beers out there.

Photo of Durge
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Unfotunately I know my recent experience with Murph's on tap at a local bar here in Waterbury, CT cannot do justice to this proven fine stout. I had it many years ago in Ireland where it tasted considerably smoother and meatier than it does here. And I've had it in the cans recently as well. This one poured nicely with dark brown/black appearance and a sturdy full tan head with great longlasting lace. The smell curiously came in as a grapefruit and malt combination, just a hint of chocolate perhaps. The first taste struck me as much thinner than one usually expects from a stout. It has a tingly carbonation and the taste brings up tart cherries and a smokey background. There are some bready qualities as well, but I struggled to detect much in the way of malt or coffee as I recall from my experience on the Emerald Isle. It is somewhat watery in this sample but it remains drinkable enough. Even in this condition I would say this is an interesting stout option that should be sampled by any dark beer lover. Hopefully you will find a more representative sample than mine. I will say that when I had it in Ireland, it easily rivaled the Guinness. Different but similarly delicious. I'll have to look for other sources and hope for a review upgrade. Cheers!

Photo of malibujohnny
4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at Celtic Mist a new irish pub in Springfield,IL. I have had this before but never on tap.Let me tell you a tale...of one of thee most fantastic beers I have ever had.As the native irish bartender poured me a pint,I lavished as the head formed.It took about 5 mins. before i would even take the first drink as the head needed to settle properly.The smell is fantastic,dark rich malty character with a smooth creamy head.And the taste is something to talk about,smooth as it glides on the tounge,a perfect balanced stout.This beer is so drinkable, I love it!! No one in their right mind would turn their nose up at this one.

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

A: Poured deep brown from the can. Has a light tan head of about 1.5 fingers. Great head retention - still 1/2 a finger after 4 drinks. Beautiful beer, really.

S: Alcohol very evident. Roasted smoky malt. Hints of sweet chocolate.

T: Roasted malt, some fruitiness, and mild herbs dominate the first flavors. Secondary flavors are a touch of alcohol and some nice hops. Woodfire finish - like a very light rauchbier.

M: Light-medium bodied. Non-astringent. Carbonation perfect.

D: Very drinkable. I actually find this more drinkable than Guinness. Good show from Murphy's!

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

nitro-can, served in a pint glass.

A - dark brown/black color with a rolling boil, creamy tan head that left a bunch of lacing. This brew, like Guinness, is fun to watch.

S - roasted malt aroma, some metalic smell as well.

T - ok roasty malt flavor, but not as good as Guinness.

M - feel is a bit thin, creamy head is deceptive.

D - it's ok, but I'll have Guinness on St. Patty's Day

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

Poured an opaque, deep cherry red color. Carbonation was moderate and the head was thick and rich. Aroma was fruity esters and a deep roastiness. Had a bit of toast smell late. Flavor was roasted malt up front with some hop flavor in the aftertaste. Body was light-to-medium. Malt flavor was subdued and balanced more by the roasted malt than by hop bitterness. Fairly dry. Drinkablility was excellent. Flavor really came out as it warmed; don't serve too cold.

A very tasty stout. This used to be my favorite Irish stout. Not quite as crazy about it as I used to be, though I'm not sure if the beer has changed or I have. Still quite yummy, though, and if I don't watch myself I can gulp these down faster than is good for me.

Photo of Floydster
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint from Rcihmond Bar and Grill in El Segundo

Almost black in color, but dark brown with a very thick white head that stays around for quite some tiem

Smell is decent for a stout, but pretty bland

Taste is comparable to other Irish stouts like Guinness, but a little more flavor than that

Taste lasts a while

Beer was so heavy, cannot drink a lot of it

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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