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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,934 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,934
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 60
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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Photo of ahking
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard not to like this beer. Probably the best Irish stout in the nitro-can, though it has been a while since I had Beamish. Pours a jet black, cascading into a large fluffy tan head that sticks around until the bitter end. Smoother and a little sweeter than Guiness. Aroma is light and hard to pick up when served chilled. Still, I can sense aromas of whole grain bread, rough hewn wood, and light chocolate. Flavor is well balanced. More chocolate and sweet bread in the palate.

Mouthfeel is expectedly creamy and smooth. Little carbonation here, though this is true to the style. Drinkability is high since this is a medium bodied, dry stout, not a heavy American or Imperial style. It would follow also that hop bitterness and aroma is not as high as in a Imperial or Sweet stout. Lower ABV makes this a nice session brew.

ahking, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint for St. Paddy's Day. Pours an inky black with a thick creamy tan head, tiny bubbles and lots of lace rings, good retention. Smell is sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a little iron/cherry. Taste is dry roasted coffee, chocolate, little bit of cherry and some vanilla. Mouthfeel is light bodied with low carbonation, very creamy and smooth. A decent stout, head above Guinness.

Viggo, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of LarryV
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours with black depths and a nice creamy 1/2 inch tan head. Aroma of toasted barley is quite inviting. Taste is smooth and creamy. A hint of bubblegum seems to come through in the background of roasted malts, but it seems welcome here. Not as bitter as Guinness with a nice rounded sweetness that's not cloying at all. A very nice stout, and one which I prefer over Guinness.

LarryV, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can from a 4-pack, Riley's

St Patty's day weekend, celebrate the heritage

appearance: I will admit...I am a fucking sucker for nitro can pours. People have varying opinions on this, but I love it from time to time. The can kind of exploded giving that nitro hiss. Beautifully layered, ala guiness. when it all settles a 1 inch foamy beige head remains permanently. body is dark and opaque

smell: roasty, very subtle aromas as anticipated...some weak coffee, faint bitter chocolate

taste: served slightly above room temperature...pretty bland all around. its a good pub stout but there are no flavours that stick out above the rest...dark roasted malt, faint grassy hops, very light coffee/chocolate, semi-sweet, a little gummy. Judging by this can, this is no guinness

mouthfeel: creamy and smooth

drinkability: low alcohol, very easy to drink

dirtylou, Mar 17, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jet black and mainting a good tan coloured head in a pint glass.
The smell was very mild but there were some charcoal overtones.
The taste was pleasantly middle of the road sort of stout.
Thankfully not watery but thickish and delivering a decent amount of toasted grain crunch.

jarmby1711, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of audiojon
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours as any other nitro-can, great looking head that lingers for a long time. Poured into a tulip glass, the initial smell is very bad, but once the nitrogen foams out the smell improves greatly. Taste is heavily roasted malt and coffee. It's enjoyable, but I can't say I'd choose it over any other stout, Irish or otherwise. The low ABV makes it a great session beer, but I'd probably choose Boddington's over this at a pub.

I'm growing very tired of nitro brews in general, I think Boddy's is about the only left I truly enjoy.

audiojon, Mar 15, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Widget works its wonders with cascading sand-colored head to creamed coffee churning to deep black with garnet highlights. However, I'm not sure that it's any better-looking than other nitro-infused stouts, whether on tap or in can or bottle. Subdued aromas of floral hops atop milk chocolate. Earthy-floral hop flavors ride the crest of a malty roasted cocoa wave. Mineral aftertaste. Taste is bit simple, but seems appropriate for the style. Mouthfeel is initially creamy, but immediately thins out. Low abv + thin body = easy drinking. Whether I'd choose this over another style is another story, though...

orfeu, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, very comparable to Guinness. Sweeter (lactose?), creamier, richer, and not as dry or chalky. Still highly roasty, medium heavy, cocoa, nutty, and clean. Bitterness is lower lying than expected from big roasted malt (charcoal). Lowly hopped as well. Colored a nearly opaque black / brown with ruby highlights. Still retains a firm head that remains unwavering. Maybe better than it's competitors.

BEERchitect, Mar 13, 2006
Photo of Naes
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When pored from the nitrous can, this beer has a wonderful black appearance with a one inch thick layer of tan head. The lacing and retention are exceptional.
This one fails a bit in the aroma department as there is only trace amounts of malt.
The flavor has a nice roastyness with many tones of semi-sweet chocolate and it becomes some what bitter near the finish.
Mouth feel is a bit thin and it could stand to be a bit more carbonated.

Naes, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of AlexJ
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical nitro-stout appearance, dark black with creamy, dense coffee brown head blah, blah, blah.

Aroma is roasty black malts, very weak coffee, dry leather, marshmellows, and a bit of grassy hops.

Flavor is similar, sweetish dark chocolate and highly roasted malts, dark bakers cocoa, and some drying earthy and grassy green hops. There's a distinct smokey quality here that I never noticed before.

Body is medium, creamy, and VERY easy to down. A far superior alternative to Guinness any day of the week.

AlexJ, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

One of the best style of beer to look at is the Irish Dry Stout. Cascading nitro style waiting period. Dark brown to black, sticky, fully coated lacing. Carbonation is almost non-existent after the pour completes itself.

Some charred barley, but like most from this style it is on the easy drinking, creamy, laid back. Watered taste, milky mouthfeel, and the drinkability is average just because I can't see myself looking forward to this or pursuing it any time soon. Once again another brew I'd prefer to try on tap, without the nitro blasting ball, but for this review in a can its simply uneventfull.

DogFood11, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful black with a pretty off-white foamy head- whatever anyone says about nitro-cans, they do make for an attractive looking beer!

Aroma is roasty, bitter coffee and malts. Flavor is overall a decent dry stout malt profile, but the main thoughts I had while drinking it was charcoal, ashes, and chalk. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and watery, but astringent (dry, as in the style). Did not really care for this beer.

Dukeofearl, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of CortexBomb
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at a local pizza place. The pour on the beer was very nice, proper stout black with a thick tan head on top. Nose was what one would expect, lightly roasted, not much else.

The flavour is what I would term slightly upscale macro: a lightly roasted flavour is there, and that's about it. It's not an unpleasant flavour, but it's also very shallow. Shrug.

The mouth on this was its worst point though, I'm much more used to heavier stouts, and the mouth on this was downright watery, without any hop tingles to mitigate it. Drinkability was solid though, an easy drinker which isn't bad for a meal.

The bottom line: this is just another mainstream Guinness alternative when one is out and about. Absolutely not worth buying from a beer store, but you could do worse in a bar.

CortexBomb, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of Walsar
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent stout -- a little less bitter than G -- but a tad more flavorful

An effort should be made to replace G with Murphy's at the local watering holes.

A creamy head and of course black as night -- mmm delicious

I prefer it in the can

Parade day is drawing near



Slainte

Walsar, Mar 03, 2006
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass- nitro clouds billow down to the bottom for a long time. The head is creamy kahki color with TINY bubbles. Excellent. Great lacing. A tad of light shows through the bottom if you look hard enough. Small bubbles hit the bottom sides of the glass. It smells vaguely of a porter's sour and a stout porter's creaminess. A slight smell of coffee. The taste is creamy, mellow, sour, bitter, dark, and a bit like 70% cacoa dark chocolate. The mouthfeel is a 70% thick and a bit sticky. The drinkability is decent to me. I didn't find this to be a shockingly great beer myself but I'm sure a ton of others will. I drank a Pabst before then I drank 3 of these in 2 hours and then I moved to another Pabst. Obviously this beer is not meant to be drank in this fashion lol, but I didn't find that I liked the taste so much so that cuts the drinkability down a bit for me. I don't regret this purchase though. Defniitely a beer you may as well try. It's such a relished one.

CaskofFlyingDog, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of tkarsies
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled from nitro can into pint glass. Great black appearance with cascade of bubbles when poured that lasted a minute, leaving 1/2 inch tan head that stayed until the glass was empty. Faint smell of roasted malt.
Initial sweetness followed quickly by bitterness of coffee, roasted malt. Leaves a pleasant lasting bitterness. Light, smooth, creamy mouthfeel.
Smooth, tasty, very drinkable. Very easy to drink several with low ABV, smooth
mouthfeel, and flavors that do not overwhelm the palate. More enjoyable to me
than Beamish, although I still prefer Guinness Extra Stout.

tkarsies, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picture-perfect nitro stout pour. Cascading tiny bubbles, big creamy tan head, deep dark mahogany, nearly pitch black.

Just like other nitro-pour brews, Murphy's is smooth as velvet, with exceptionally soft carbonation. I know some people don't care for the nitro device, but I think for the Dry Irish Stout style it can work quite well.

This beer being dry as it is, the body is quite light, and there is a well-pronounced bitterness that rides long on the finish.

Contrary to popular conceptions about "stout" beers, Murphy's is quite drinkable and neither its body nor alcohol content make it particularly heavy or overbearing. I prefer this beer to Guinness.

VoodooBrew, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn I just love the looks of the carbonation of a nitro-beer cascading down the glass and rolling back up to form that pudding-like head on top.

The appearance of this one really reminds me of other similar beers I've tried, like Guinness and Beamish. The nose on this seems to be a little richer than that of its competition.

The taste is a bit different from the others. It has a touch of tangyness that the others dont. Murphys also seems to be quite thin, yet incredibly smooth.

jasonpeckins32, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark pour, nice 1-1/2 inch white head that stayed.
Smell was stronger than a Guinness, coffee, roasted malt, some raisin and nut.
Taste had a bite; coffee and roasted malt were prevelant with background of chocolate, nuts and a less-sweet molasses.
After the first round they become smoother, a good beer

Mebuzzard, Feb 06, 2006
Photo of NClifestyle
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours up amazingly in the glass, showing beautiful cascading action, leaving black body of beer behind as the silky cream settles atop the beer like icing on a cake. 1in. head does not want to move, and a layer of this cream never leaves the beer. Patchy lace is left behind.
Murphy’s shows black with ruby highlights, tan head. Murphy’s aromas are that of chocolate, almost a coffee smell. It has that chocolate hint, roasted malt, a creamier taste, with just a touch of earthy hop in the back. It's a tad sweet, but not too much so.
Slick and dry, no carbonation, thin to medium, extremely smooth and super easy to drink, session beer for sure.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Feb 05, 2006
Photo of TheDeuce
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cascading black filled with a foamy cloud of milky fuzz, huge big bubbled carbonation with the essence of chocolate and coffee flowing from the top. Taste is very coffee like, very balanced at the beginning with both bitter and sweet flavors coming through. Not as thick as Guinness going down, but quite good, obviously stout-like. At only 4% alcohol this is a great session beer for stout drinkers that deserves it's reputation. I think it's far superior to Guinness and at least as good as Beamish but to each his own.

TheDeuce, Jan 29, 2006
Photo of soulgrowl
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pouring creates a swirly cloud of foam that looks like milk being poured into espresso, in beautiful, downward-moving cascades of soft, creamy bubbles. Foam comes to rest in a luscious, impossibly dense and creamy almond-off-white head with incredible retention. The whole thing is smooth as silk. A very, very attractive brew.

Smell: Roasted coffee and dark cocoa with milk chocolate. Slight smokiness and a vague hop undertone.

Taste: How disappointing... a friend of mine said it's like a watered-down Guinness, and she wasn't far off. On the sweet side, weak coffee-flavored wih a smoky beef jerky-esque taste. A funky fat-end-of-the-carrot taste comes through mid-sip. Finish is quite lacking.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but quite light and flat in the mouth. Almost the same consistency as milk... or water.

Drinkability: This is much more fun to look at than to drink, but then that's not really a good reason to buy this beer. I don't recommend this one.

soulgrowl, Jan 28, 2006
Photo of sinistermadman
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Classic nitro-pour ending with a opaque black finish with a creamy head.

Taste is sweet, creamy and oh so drinkable. This whips the piss out of Guinness in my humble opinion. Perpetually drinkable as a pasteurized stout should be I suppose. Definitely something you can hammer back all night. Cheers.

sinistermadman, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of daliandragon
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best stouts I had on my Irish vacation last week, although it wasn't available in every region or pub so I grabbed it when it was available. I took these notes with an Imperial pint at Durty Nelly's pub outside Bunratty Castle in County Clare.
Although light was limited in the pub, the appearance was classic pitch black stout with a half finger of even, smooth cream head. Nose had the hint of hops against a solid backround of coffee and roasted malt. Lacing is terrific as you drink. The aroma is pleasant but not overpowering, in fact I accidentally dipped my beak in the foam trying to get a bigger whiff..
Taste is bold coffee with roasted malt. Full lip licking action with the rich broth here, just short of a meal. Mouthfeel is smooth and clean sporting almost no carbonation. Mild but thick body.
Got the advantage of an excellent pour but this is regardless an excellent stout.

daliandragon, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful thick stout with a black body and light brown head. After it settles, because it first pours a cloud and then rises to the top. Smells like a chocolate coffee. It has a very watery mouthfeel to it. It tastes like a nice coffee stout that has a hint of hops blended in.

Erdinger2003, Jan 19, 2006
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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