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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,029
Reviews: 942
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 65
Gots: 145 | 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 tapman
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Photo of umustdrink
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of skillerified
3.59/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of CreamyStoutMan
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of IrishRacer
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of beveritt
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of Freshie
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of CharlieMopps
2.81/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of stephendr
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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

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.

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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

This beer pours a pitch black color with some red hues and a perfect thick, fine-bubbled head.

Smell is burned and oily from flaked barley or oats (?) with some earthy notes.

Taste is slightly burned in a mild way with some faint oily notes. Some stock or meaty notes from the yeast. The yeast gives a little fruitiness. All very mild and very digestable, but nothing too exciting. Yesterday I had the 3F Black Sun, which also was not very much my taste. So this is probably my taste that is different.

Photo of joe1510
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz. Nitro-can
$6.49 4-Pack
Sam's Downers Grove

Murphy's Stout poured the perfect looking pint out of the nitro-can. Darkest of brown body bordering on black with mahogany highlights when held to the light. Delicious looking cascade on the pour that formed a 2 finger head that acted like meringue and never went away. Left big sticky lacing with each drink.

Smell is mildly roasted malts with a touch of some dark roast in there. Mild floral aroma that's pleasant along with the smallest amount of coffee bitterness.

Flavor is much like the aroma. Mildly roasted malts go far in this beer along with a small and simple creaminess that becomes slightly sweet. Finishes with a lingering dark malt bitterness.

The body is thick and sublimely creamy and smooth. Finishes dry and leaves a nice lingering bitterness.

This is a good easy drinking stout. A stout you could easily sit down and enjoy a few at a time. Good beer for a good price.

Murphy's Irish Stout is definately a quality brew. One that I have passed on far too many times. I picked some up for St. Patty's Day and I'm glad I did. A nice treat.

Photo of atsprings
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served with a rich dense cappuccino head that was lasting and left glorious lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by roasted barley. Taste was good and typical of an authentic Irish dry stout. The beer was good and refreshing for one that dry. While I prefer a good American stout, it's good to catch up with the origins of the style once and a while.

Photo of shivtim
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap, thought I might as well review it. Looks pretty good, nice dark black/brown with a two-finger brown head that lingers. Smell is straight forward malts and chocolate. Taste follows suit, with mild but nice roasty malts. Mouthfeel is slightly thin but not bad. Drinkability is very high on this one, especially with the low ABV. A great session beer.

Photo of ski271
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a classic for me. One of the first beers I had that I couldn’t see through. Love the look, almost completely black with a large, light tan, creamy head with great retention. Lots of sticky lace. The smell is mild and roasty. Chocolate, coffee aromas are most prominent in the nose, but not very loud at all. In fact the nose in pretty tame, and the taste follows suit, being a bit watery after a while. But still the creamy mouthfeel is wonderful. I could drink this stuff all night! Dark and flavorful, but not heavcy and cloying. Yep, still a classic to me.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not quite as black as guiness, doesn't lace like it either. One finger of malted milkball, nitro head. Soft smells of milk, chocolate, roasty grain. This is a creamy brew with herbal hop flavor upfront, roasted grain characters that are both fuller and softer than those of its cousins. Light sweetness comes out at the back. Has none of the metallic flavors of Guiness. I know this kind of like splitting hairs between BMC, but I think I favor this over Guiness or Beamish. It is really smooth and creamy and just more drinkable. Aftertaste really straddles coffee and chocolate. It is very light, and hard to decide which it is. In the mouthfeel dept. this is very light for stout, and silky-smooth.

Photo of alexskovan
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In one of my first BA reviews, I trashed Guinness Draught -- I thought it tasted watery. I think this stuff is a little better -- but still watery. Maybe that is just the style for these stouts in the newfangled pop!-hiss! packaging.

Poured dark amber with the huge cascading head that you get from those gimmicky nitro cans/bottles. Aroma is nice, and a little more hoppy than usual for a stout. Taste is . . . I'm sorry -- watery. There is sweetness, and hoppyness, and maltyness, and it would be a really nice and well-rounded stout, if only there weren't that annoying thin watery feeling on the tongue.

Maybe I'm just old-fashoned.

2.69/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Dark brown to almost black stout. 2" khaki colored perfect collar of a head cascades up. Excellent retention. Good lace.

S - Mild roasted malts. Cocoa. Very muted overall.

T - Very mild roasted malt. Slight fruit. Cocoa powder in finish. Slight bitterness from the roasted malts in the end.

M - Seems thin bodied for this style -- especially the nitro. Low carbonation.

D - No thank you. I tried it now on to something else.

Photo of DPuro329
1.93/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Based on a friends recommendation I picked up some Murphy's Irish Stout in the pub draft can, to be honest I wasn't impressed.
I poured it into a clean glass. It had a dark body but a thin head which surprised me. It had a slight malty smell, but had what I thought was a stale odor. The taste was bland with not much malt or any real flavor which really surprised me. The feel was watery and average and the overall drinkability quite boring. I don't think I'll drink it again.

Photo of BillyB
2.66/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's coming up on irish beer drinking season so I thought I'd try this one on tap.
Appearance was average. Dark, opaque color but no cascade and head was not much.
Not much aroma either. Slight roasted malt.
The taste was watery and kind of bland. Just not much there. Mouthfeel was very light bodied and again, watery.
Average drinkability. I could pound these down but they wouldn't be very enjoyable.
Irish dry stouts are the "in" thing this time of year but out of the big three; Beamish, Guiness and Murphy's I would choose Beamish hands down.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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