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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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2,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 68
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

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 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.

Photo of soupyman10
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, opaque beer, with one finger head and lots of lacing

S - Good, roasted malty smell

T - Like the aroma, a malty smell with lots of roasted coffee scent, especially in the aftertaste

M - Very little carbonation (like a Guinness), but a smooth drink

D - For a stout, fairly drinkable; the taste is so good that I'd go back for two or three

Photo of goschool
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This was beer two in my three Irish dry stouts from Trader Joe's showdown. The results were #1 Black Toad, #2 Murphy's, and #3 Black Hart.

Appearance: The pour is dark red to black with the perfect nitro head.

Smell: The nose has roasted malts and chocolate milk. Imagine a black and tan with Young's Double Chocolate Stout and Tetley's.

Taste: Effing nitrogen... There's none of the chocolate from the aroma and the roasted malts are subdued by a creamy blandness. It's a very simple beer. Not a lot to pick out or savor.

Mouthfeel: The body is light, creamy, and silky smooth.

Drinkability: It's easy to slam a pint, but it's not so exciting to savor the bland flavor.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Looks a dark brown at first but lets through some cola coloring around the edges of my pint. The head is a tan-grey cream that stuck around ‘till the end leaving a heavy coat of foam behind.

Smells of powdery chocolate, creamy baking yeast and a fruity pear mixed with a pinch of brown sugar. Over all, it smells a bit dry.

Tastes of a watered down brown sugar and molasses that picks up a little tootsie roll before plummeting into a foul, cardboard, medicinal dryness that is probably going to force my hand into drinking this all in one slug.

Feels light and airy with minimal residual nitrogen carbonation.

With the foul aftertaste lingering in my palate, it’s hard to say much nice about its drinkability.

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

Pours dark as night, with a creamy tan coloured nitro head. Good retention. Extremely creamy mouthfeel, light and fluffy. Has a touch of roastiness and chocolate, but not much flavour overall. Very easy to drink and I much prefer this over Guinness at any irish pub.

Photo of iamtyler
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In search of Beamish, I picked up a four pack of this Irish Stout.

This stout pours very dark with a nice half-inch to an inch thick head which remains until the end of the beer (poured into an oversized pint glass). The smell, I thought, could have been a little stronger. It seemed rather subtle to me, even though I am very new to the idea of reviewing the characteristics of beer. But I felt it was a little subtle, really.

I enjoy the taste of this beer quite a bit. I found it to be fairly rich and you can really taste and smell the roast while drinking. The mouthfeel was also very smooth and I very much enjoyed drinking this beer.

I'm very new to reviewing the characteristics of beer and I'm very new to beer in general. This Irish Stout is a beer that I will likely keep on hand for a long time to come and I would recommend it for anyone interested in a stout.

Photo of MP72
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a nitro can into a tulip pint glass with a beautiful dark color.
Smell-Not much smell but a bit of burnt coffee.
Taste- burnt coffee and some bitter chocolate a great tasting beer
Mouthfeel- was medium bodied and smooth as silk , somewhat thin but thicker than Guinness
Drinkability- this was a very drinkable brew and again without trashing Guinness the Murphy's had more flavor and a thicker feel while being highly drinkable. My personal favorite is Beamish but this is a very satisfying Irish stout.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.49/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On nitro-tap 12/31/06 at The Celtic Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: Once the cascade of bubbles ends, the beer is black, with a large and very dense, off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick & even lace on the glass.

S: The smell is very faint but there’s some roasted malt and chocolate in there.

T: The taste is malty with a little chocolate mixed in. There was a metallic flavor at the beginning but it faded as the beer warmed. I guess I started drinking it a bit too soon. Overall, the taste seemed watered-down.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: I didn’t find it to be very tasty, but it goes down easily, a little bit filling. I’ve tried this beer a couple of times at tastings and didn’t like it. I decided to give it a fair shot by trying it on-tap. It tasted somewhat better but I still don’t like it very much.

Photo of beeragent
4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

It doesnt get any better than this! Guinness is good, but I'll take this over Guinness any day. Poured into a pint glass, this beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, forming a creamy 1 inch head. The aroma is of milk chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is fantastic! Sweet, slight chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for a stout, but is still enjoyable. Overall, this is a great stout, and a very easy session beer. This is easily one of my favorite stouts available on the market in this area.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with a good sized creamy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like coffee and roasted malt. It tastes like roasted malt, bitter chocolate, smoke and coffee. There's a slight bitter aftertaste, but it's not strong at all. Mouthfeel is good and creamy, and a bit dry. The drinkability is good, it's very smooth, and with the low ABV it's a decent session beer. This is a pretty decent brew, I'd recommend it to anyone who likes this style of beer.

Photo of zuggy9
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This stout is one of my favorites and it pours well with a dark near-black brown and light tan head, sharing a smilar bubbling effect as many other stouts. The aroma is of dark roasted grains, coffee and a bit of baking chocolate. The tasted is rich, coffee, chocolate and a hint of smokiness -- all quite pleasing. It's a bit thinner, but nicely creamy. Very easy to drink, and isn't too heavy in the long run.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from 16oz can(nitro) avery dark brown with reddish hues and a large head of foam.

The smell is very light but I can sense some roasted malt.

The taste has some nice roastiness to it with a touch of sweetness. The finish has a semi bitter taste to it that is quite pleasant. Good sessionable Irish Dry Stout and I like it a lot...I could drink it all day. ;^)

Photo of Redrover
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As most nitro beers, the pour is impressive. The beer is jet black with a tan head and that wonderful cascade effect.

The aroma is of roasted, almost burnt malts, some coffee and dark chocolate.

The taste is of the charred malts, a bit of smoke, black coffee, and the faintest whisper of coco.

The mouth is a bit of a let down as it is thin for a stout but the nitro does add some creaminess.

This is an easy enough drinker. I like it better on tap, but the canned version is nice for home consumption.

Photo of russpowell
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ppurs chestnut with a 2fingers deep sand colored head. Amazing lacing & head retention, really pretty to look at

S: Hints of choclate & some roasted malt as it warms

T: Rich choclate up front, then a little grainyness & some bitter choclate. Finishes with lactic notes& a little more choclate & just a hint of dryness

MF: creamy, but lacking any true depth. A tad over carbonated

Just needs some more character to hold your interest. This is better on draft by miles. But this will work in pinch

Photo of cpmichael
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout is very smooth, much smoother than Guinness is. I enjoyed watching the beer settle after pouring into my pint glass. Murphy's has a rich taste, which has hint of molasses and coffee to it. Another great beer to have with a meal. I find that Murphy's suits me very well.

Photo of Phatz
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a beautiful opaque almost black color with a thick thick creamy beige/brown head. This magnificent head fades from 3 fingers to 1cm creamy cap and lasts for the duration of the beer. The lacing is simply pasted the side of the glass. Nitro may be gimmicky, but it sure does look nice.

Smell: hints of roasted malts sweet molasses, toasted grain, coffee and cream blend in mild but pleasant aroma.

Taste: This is amazing. As a Guinness fan for years I may now have become a convert to Murphy's Irish Stout. My first sip was disappointing. IT seemed thin, but as the beer sat for a bit and I opened my mid to it the warmer temp or the settling let the flavors and texture of the beer all come togterther. Toasted malts and grains are just sweet enough (a bit more than G...) and counterbalance the dry roasted coffe flavore and the bone dry finish. The dry aftertaste lingers for miles and beckons for the next sip.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Exceptionally creamy. It does thin through the center but that is what these nitro Irish Dry Stouts do, they start strong and peter out in the mouth, but it lends to great drinkability as the beer feels easy to put back a dozen.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of Liquids
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nitro cascade is a thing of beauty--I'm a sucker for a good presentation. When settled, it pours the ultra tan (not white) cappucino-like creamy head that is two fingers deep. The color is pittch black even in my pilsner glass, and it is a reddish mahogany color held up to the light. Beautiful. Aroma is--well, smells like good beer, roasty malts and lightly hopped, not stale smelling. Taste wise--wow, I'm impressed. Notable in taste here unilike most of my experiences with Guinness, it is light but roasty, a bit of both sour and sweet. Not dense and full like, say, SN Stout, but this is a different catergory. There are detectable flavos or cofee roasted malt, even some caramel and paler pilsner kind of malts too. Flavor is what makes this beer heads above others that are comprable. Mouthfeel--nitro has none of the joys of spot on carbonation, and at times the lack of it ruins the drinking. Much better than fizzy, though. Overall, this is ultra drinkable, smooth and light. If you enjoy the taste, it is more drinkable than water. I dont know why anyone would rather drink fizzy corn flavored yellow beer instead of a stout when available, price not withstanding. I do at times wish this were more intense in flavor, but this is the go-to irish dry stout, and notably a good beer to drink if you want something that wont kill you in calories or alcohol content.

Photo of Envious
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Upon opening the can suds began to run down the sides and onto the floor. Poured into a pint glass the foamy liquid begins to settle out to a solid black color. The head is thick and creamy. Held up to a light the core appears black and the sides are a rich red.
There is a hop, sour grain, and coffee aroma. The first sip is sour and bitter. The last sip is also sour and bitter. No alchol taste is present and although this is a full bodied beer with hints of hops, yeasty sour dough, and a prominent coffee taste it lacks a smoothness to be a drinkable session beer.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This pours from the nitro can to one of the best appearances I have ever seen: a dark brown body with hints of ruby, and a thick, creamy, dark brown head that stays atop the beer for the duration. Unfortunately, the aroma was only faintly chocolate malt, not nearly as strong as I would expect, and the body was extremely thin and watery, which overwhelmed whatever taste there was. Palate was so thin, I felt like I had just finished a glass of dark brown water with whipped cream topping. Quite disappointing.

Photo of hanco005
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz nitro can, marked L6 156 ML and 16:40 826, poured into a pint glass

A—pours a solid curtain of tan bubbles that rise to the top, producing a solid black liquid and a 2 inch creamy tan head that stays until the “bitter” end. I love nitro cans. Picture perfect, lacing is thick and abundant

S—faint chocolate, malty, mildly sweet, a little sour twang is there, too, very nice

T—bitter roasted coffee and mild chocolate, nothing real sweet about this one, starts bitter and stays bitter, finishes on the dry side

M—smooth and creamy, just a bit chalky, full bodied, perfect carbonation for a nitro can

D—a very drinkable stout and a sessionable choice to boot. I will return to this one again and again.

Photo of hoffman
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a typical Nitro brew. The look is jet black poured in traditional fashion from the nitro can. The smell is noe-existant....at best a masked malty aroma. Taste is light and all malt....covered by a thick mask of creamy nitro. Creamy mouthfeel with more of a malty full backbone than was expected. Overall a very quaffable entry...not good but not bad.

Photo of Mark
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The usual deep color and a thick off white head. Thick and chunky lacing, beautiful Aroam very similar to Guinness and quite nicely familiar. Nice creamy roasted taste with a hint of cherry. Excellent stout. It's been quite sometime since I had one on tap and it was very good. Very drinkable, went down nice. Nothing bad to say at all.

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

The pour took a while, but it was worth the wait. The cascade settled to a clear dark brown body with ruby highlights and a finger and a half of meringue-like khaki colored creamy head. Copious amounts of sticky lace lined the glass and marked each sip.
The smell is of toasty malts, sweet caramel, faint coffee bean notes, and a vague grassiness.
The taste is roasted dark malts, sweet caramel, toffee, and bright grassy hops. There is also a pleasant moderate bitterness and a slightly dry finish. Between the nitro-tap, the medium-light body and light carbonation this one could have the creamiest of the creamy mouthfeels out there.
A classic Irish Dry Stout and undeniably sessionable.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz nitro-can.

A- Typical nitro-pour cascading effect. Very much like Guinness. Almost black, deep burgandy when held up to a bright light. Froathy, thick nitro head that doesn't ever go away.

S- The smell is rather faint. Malty, burnt, creamy.

T- Slight dairy taste for some reason. A lot like a Guinness but not nearly as bold and pronounced.

M- Thick, chewy, creamy.

D- It might fill you up quickly but if you don't want dinner drink it all night. Good session stout.

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




PURCHASED @: sullivans

COST: 8/4pack

HEAD: thick

LACE: some

TRANSMITTED- dark amber

AROMA: roasted grains


COMMENTS: Much like Guinness, a little too sweet. Like I drank a gallon of milk. Has more calories than Guinness too...

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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