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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,093
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 71
Gots: 187 | 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 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.

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

Pretty basic dry stout here no surprises. Pours an extremely dark color with ample head. Smooth taste very easy to drink and has always been enjoyable for me. Nothing significant with this one although I do prefer the taste of Murphy's over Guinness.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16-ounce can with a widget poured into a seidel yields a deep ruby-tinted ebony body awash in creamy goodness and capped with a finger of practically-solid cappuccino-colored foam that retains like foam rubber and sticks like thick whipped glue on the glass.

The aroma is chocolatey and toasty with sweet maltiness in abundance.

The drink is a bit chocolatey with a creamy café au lait thing going on. Laden with roasty notes of espresso with sweet milky smoothness on a nitro-velvety backbone, the drink is rich and yet still somewhat light-bodied with a soft, thin finish.

Extremely drinkable and a kick to enjoy out of the kitschy nitro-can, which really does make Murphy's look good!

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

wow, 522 reviews as of this writing. I have had this plenty of times but only now thought I should post a review. I had this in boston at a cigar bar. it was off hours and just my friends and I lounging. Round 1 beer, round 2 beer and a cigar. I thoroughly enjoyed the pairing and will happily have this beer many times in the future. Definetly worth a try.

Photo of cwocasio
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After being impressed by Murphy's Red I thought I would give the stout a try. The beer pours great, looks great, smells great...but after the exterior judging it falls apart. Perhaps it just doesn't match my taste buds. I felt like it was a really watered down beer. It was, I will admit, refreshing but I prefer something with a little more substance. I would love to taste a Murphy's Extra Stout if they have one.

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer obviously pours a very dark brown/black color and has a light tan to off-white head. It smells of roasted malts, and tastes like Guinness without the sourness. It is a great example of a standard Irish stout. The mouthfeel would be better if it was nitro, however it has a nice low carbonation, making it easy to drink. I would seek this out on tap, but I don't know if it would be worth going out of your way for in the bottle.

Photo of mlasher1
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout so far..

Pours dark brown with an amber hue in the light. Gotta love the cascading produced by the nitro leading to a single finger head which lasts throughout the drink and leaves nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee.

Sweet and creamy taste with little bitterness. Increadibly smooth.

Smooth mouthfeel.

Extremely drinkable.

Photo of happygnome
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a nice deep dark black color with about a half inch of head that dissapears leaving sticky lacing around the edge of the glass and down the glass
s: roasted malts with some creamy sweetness hints of chocolate
t: roasted malts hints of chocolate sweet creamy flavor
m: medium to full bodied beer with a smooth low carbonation mouth feel

overall, this is a good brew and i can see myself getting it again

Photo of TwinSox33
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, rich black, as the head begins to foam to the top. A spoonable layer of head forms, and is retained for quite some time afterward. The body is medium, and the taste is dry throughout with subtle hints of caramel or roasted chocolate. This Stout finishes with a subtle coffee aftertaste, quite like sucking on an actual roasted coffee bean, which I used to do to pass the time while working the Coffee aisle at Shaw's.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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