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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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2,101 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,101
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 73
Gots: 193 | 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 AgingWarrior
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
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
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
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
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
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
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
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
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a very dark color, almost completely opaque with a good off white head, quite inviting looking.

Smell- Carmalized malt in the nose.

Taste- A very smooth brew, almost oatmeally in its flavor, some burnt notes as well as coffee.

Mouthfeel- Fills entire palate in a very pleasant way.

Drinkability- One of the better irish stouts Ive had, give it a try.

Photo of irishevans
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a wonderful brew, I would say the creme of the crop along side Beamish. it pours nice and opaque, with a perfect white head, smells like any good pub in cork, or kerry. the taste is wonderful, light enough without being wimpy, and full of flavor. the mouth-feel is crisp and smooth, and it is so drinkable it is easy to find yourself asking where the 4 pack went. if you see this in the store pick it up, for certain.

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
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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
2.74/5  rDev -26.7%
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
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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