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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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1,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 59
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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Photo of NRa4ever
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very impressed, I felt that the head looked very creamy, but the texture did not feel right.I felt it had much more flavor than the guinness drought.I loved the burnt coffee taste, and the just enough bitter after taste to my liking.It had a semi choclately taste;however the coffee taste, fortunatley dominates the flavor.It goes to down to damn easy.I could drink four easy in fify minutes.I highly recomend, if you are a guinness drought fan.The head does not compare to the G-drought,but the flavor much fuller, and I have a cold.In addition, if you are a person such as I, who is skepticle of stouts that do not have much of a biter after taste.This beer having a mild bitter taste is excellent.

NRa4ever, Mar 02, 2005
Photo of BamaScholar
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So lovely...beer pours a nearly solid black with some garnet tones when light shines through. Nitro can produces a tremendous, creamy, khaki head and the cascading bumps the appearance up to exceptional. Glass-cling is also remarkable.

Nothing is astonishing about the smell...there is a chocolately and coffee aroma. Tastewise the coffee aspect is also present, very smooth like a slightly bitter tiramisu. The mouthfeel is medium and creamy...at only 4% alcohol this brew goes down quite easily.

There is enough bitterness also to lower the drinkability slightly for me, as I would probably need a little more sweetness in my next pint to balance things out. Therefore I rate the drinkability to be just good.

edit: have had three in a row so drinkability rating re-raised.

BamaScholar, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Luigi
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color and a large creamy head! Looks beautiful! The smell has a faint coffee and roasted malt to it. Not as strong of a smell I would like. I do think the Nitro can has something to do with it. Taste like coffee, some faint burnt sugar and a slighty dry hoppy finish. Medium-light mouthfeel. What a great session beer! the drinkablity is dangerous. I can drink pint after pint of this beer!

Luigi, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of mkobes
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Firewaters in Paramus.

Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Roasty, chocolatety flavors. Caramel notes too. Nice and roasty like coffee. Lots of malt. Hops are subtle. Clean mouthfeel. Full bodied beer. Enjoyable.
Big roasty flavor. Nice beer. Drinkable.

mkobes, Feb 18, 2005
Photo of theo871
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully from the nitro-can, dark with a large cascading foamy head. Smell is weak, thankfully the taste is not. Thicker mouthfeel than the guinness nitro-can, which has a much more watery consistancy. at 4% alcohol, it goes down nice and easy.

theo871, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of redmosquito
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance this beer is almost black with a brown cascading head, but closer inspection reveals a deep garnet color. Roasted malt dominates the aroma with a distinct smoke presence lingering. The flavor is smooth malt, creamy and crisp. This has a bit more body than the Guiness stout in a similar can, which is a welcome change. Overall, this is a great, very enjoyable stout.

redmosquito, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of swamiswamu
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Well, it looks great. I think it is pretty hard to award a nitro less than a 5. The cascading cream and perfect head are par for the course with a nitro, but still I love it every time. One could throw back several of these without really noticing. That's both a good and a bad thing. Yes, it this is a penultimate session beer, but there just isn't much flavor. There's some roasted malt flavor and all in all it is pretty thin. Good pub beer? Yes. Beer to really sit and enjoy? Nope.

swamiswamu, Feb 11, 2005
Photo of Illini5596
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll always be a bit biased towards Murphy's as it was my "gateway" beer. The first beers I had tried did not deserve the title (you know the type, they're commonly found at college parties). I was convinced that beer was a lost cause. Then when in Cork, a friend of mine offered to buy me a pint of Murphy's, I declined initially as I believed I did not like beer, but he insisted. I am glad that he did. I was amazed! Beer wasn't an aquired taste afterall, it was down right wonderful! As such I'm still a bit biased towards Murphy's. While better beers do exist (I'm partial to Barleywines myself, and Trappist Ales), Murphy's is a good solid Irish stout. It's more drinkable and has a more complex and full bodied flavor than Guinness, without the metallic harshness that plague's it's better known cousin. A solid choice, I'd recommend to anyone who loves a good stout.

Illini5596, Jan 11, 2005
Photo of foamer
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a ruby hue and one inch of creamy tan head that stays well down to the bottom of the glass. The smell is that of roasted malt. Hints of coffee and toffee in the taste and it finishes with a simple mild malty taste. A very smooth beer due to the nitro-can serving. A fairly decent stout, on par with guinness, and for £3 for a 4-pack I'll certainly be buying more of these.

foamer, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy old review in a notebook Batman!

Pours out dark tan and sits dark brown in the class with crimson sides. Large creamy off-white head that lasts and lasts...

Smells nice and roasty with a thick, yeasty background. Maltiness abundant.

Tastes of coffee, toasted bread and roasted grain. Finished with good bitterness, dry and some decent hop flavor.

Very smooth, nice and full body. Couldn't be much closer to a Guinness. Easy drinking from start to finish, easy to handle.

Skidz, Nov 29, 2004
Photo of halo21
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Am partial to stouts so I am a little biased towards such beers.

I like the dark nature of the stouts, this one was a nice dark one with a little red showing through. The head was not too thick, maybe a 1/4 inch, but it lasted all the way through.

Smell was not so strong at first, then it opened up while drinking. They say taste is like 75% smell so I see how so here.

Tasted good, nice and smooth. Not as bitter as Gunniess which at the time I was drinking it was a good thing for that is not what I was looking for. A little on the mild side though. The texture was light and was nice and crisp.

On the note of preference: I will be buying more of this. Not something I would turn down nor shy away from.

halo21, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of jvajda
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black color and a very creamy head. The head remains for a long time.
Smell: Good maltiness and sweetness.
Taste: I think this compares somewhat to Guiness, only a little better. It's thicker and creamier. An excellent example of an Irish Stout.
Mouthfeel: Really creamy and enticing.
Drinkability: Makes a fine session beer for a stout.

jvajda, Oct 12, 2004
Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like dry stouts a great deal, but this one left only a marginal impression upon me. I liked the visual component enhanced by the nitro widget thing. The slow tumultuous settling is entertaining to watch and the head was not so violent upon cracking the can as to be unmanageable. After settling, the black body sat crowned with two fingers of dense creamy head. A light grassy smell dwelled in muted tones beneath the head and only broke through late in the game.

The flavor makes a nod towards sweetness and winks at roasted grains. But for the most part it is simply dry with an exceptionally clean finish. It’s easy to drink, but a bit simplistic, especially after the nitro wears off, the mouthfeel loses its initial appeal, and the taste rises higher towards the surface.

I enjoyed this beer and fondly remember many years ago hitchhiking through Ireland and drinking Murphy’s at every occasion. Years later I’ve got Murphy’s in a can in Portland, Oregon and while it’s still good, it does lack for excitement.

RedDiamond, Oct 03, 2004
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice, looks nice, not as big a head as I'd like and there are some ruby hues.

The smell is that of grain and coffee, very faint for a stout.

Upfront this tastes like bitter malt, almost like malts trying to be hops (if that makes any sense), fading into bitter coffee. The aftertaste is a smooth coffee with a faint hint of bread and alcohol. Nice tastes, but kind of weak. I thought at first that I might have been drinking it too cold, but it's the same at any temp.

The body is just a wee bit on the thin side, for a stout. Pretty good but not great. Goes down smooth.

This is strange because of the bitterness. I mean, it's bitter but there's no hops. What's the deal?

mynie, Oct 02, 2004
Photo of joecast
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks pretty damn good poured into a tall glass. forms dense 2cm thick biege head. well, more a layer of foam than a head thanks to our friend mr. widget.
lightish sweet, malty, nutty aroma.
very smooth flavor and mouthfeel. taste mainly dark chocolate with some roastedness as well. all very mellow.
doesnt make you jump out of your seat, but certainly does what it should, and does it well.

joecast, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black nitrous pour with zero light getting thru under a bit of a halo ring.

Barely detectable scents of basically nothing. No off scents. That's the best aspect.

First swigs: Just a lot of watery burnt flavors with the signature tight velvety nitrous pour. This is not a stout in the true sense of the flavor. Maybe a porter but watery.

The feel is superlative creamy soft but not overly impressive.

Last swigs: An ok beer bar drinker that needs to be warmer than this was served to me. Had to try it for beer research sake. Will never have this again.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

blitheringidiot, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of HardTarget
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nitro can brought back from Ireland by my dear sister.
Aroma: Heavy dark roasted malt with traces of peat, smoke, bran, and cream. Very complex.
Appearance: Black glass with the standard reverse cascade nitro effect on the pour leaving a thick mocha head that laced in sheets.
Flavor: Overall, surprisingly mild given all the smells that preceded it. The entire flavor is there, even heavier on the peat, smoke, and burnt coffee, but only as substantial as mist.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light body, very little carbonation, and a dry finish with a slight mouthcoat.
Overall: I'm going to go with the Guinness crowd, but this is an enjoyable Dry Stout. Flavorful, rich, light, quaffable. Drinkability is very good, an excellent session beer and a thirst quencher. Recommended.

HardTarget, Sep 25, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deepest ruby color with a creamy light tan colored head upon settling. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, subdued hops and an air of fruitiness. Flavors of sweet roasted barley, Challenger hops, coffee, chocolate and an oxidized, metallic taste that suggests smoked ham. Reasonably dry finish to a sweeter dry Irish stout. Pretty good beer, and I don't really care for nitrogenated beers. I hadn't had one in a long while. I thought I remembered preferring Murphy's over other Irish stouts, but it'd been that long since I had one. I could put down a dozen pints between dinner and last call on St. Patrick's Day if I was feeling Irish...

crookedhalo, Aug 30, 2004
Photo of watermelonman
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as very dark and left a nice big head that lasted very well. The lacing is pretty impressive and covers most of the glass.

The smell is plain but decent, with some roasting evident. The taste is very similar. Malts come through strong from start to finish, although a touch of bitterness eventually takes over.

The usual nitro-can properies take over in the mouthfeel. It seems a little thin considering the other properties of the beer, but is otherwise good.

watermelonman, Aug 28, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is Dark brown nearly black with a hint of mahogony when in direct light. Has a very thick light brown head that stays and stays. It was very hard for me to pick up much aroma thru that thick head. I did manage to pick up some maltyness with maybe a hint of butter. The flavor had a definite coffee and chocolate presence and a good roasted malt bitterness on the finish.

ybnorml, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of chriscolby
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 16 oz. nitro can (as pictured, at least at the date of this review).

Pours jet black with tan, creamy head that lasts and lasts. If you hold it up to birght light, you can see some clear, ruby colored highlights. Very inviting roasted malt notes dominate the nose.

I really like the roasted flavors in Murphy's Stout. It's roasty, with some coffee and chocolate notes, but without a sharp, stabbing bitterness from the dark grains. Conversely, it's not a stout that wimps out by using a lot of the more lightly roasted malts, like chocolate malt, either. It tastes to me like the dark roasted grains are just balanced perfectly by the hardness of the water. The hop bitterness and flavor hide just below the roastiness, supporting it and keeping the aftertaste from getting too sweet.

From the nitro can, Murphy's has a somewhat creamy, somewhat prickly mouthfeel. To be perfectly honest, I like Murphy's (and most other dry stouts in general) pushed by CO2 just like regular beers. The nitro packaging doesn't wreck the presentation for me, but I prefer a little bit more "CO2 prickly" mouthfeel in this (and most other) stouts. It's still good this way.

The obvious comparison here is to Guinness Stout. I actually like Murphy's a bit better, although I do enjoy Guinness a lot. For me, the roasted malt character of Murphy's seems "fresher" and better done. I can also put away more Murphy's in a sitting than I can Guinness, which starts to bog me down.

chriscolby, Jul 26, 2004
Photo of RocketWidget
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An excellent example of a stout. The tap pours an out of this world head thickness and retention. Off white, extremely dense fluffy foam is present throughout. Pure black color. Smell is subtle, of slight malt. Taste is extremely dry for a stout. Subtle hops in the aftertaste. A much lighter beer than it appears to be.

RocketWidget, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of kbub6f
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The big, dense, nitro head is light tan (almost just gray) and sits flat and creamy atop the black (red-brown highlights) beer. There is faint chocolate in the nose with some nuttiness. Nice, if light. A light fruity front turns creamy and chocolatey. Call me crazy, but there's bubblegum in there. A tangy, fruity finish shows some coffee. It's a nice, creamy, fruity, chocolatey beer.

kbub6f, Jul 21, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black as night with a thick tan head that lasts. Wonderful sheets of lace cling all the way down. Sweetish aroma with some roast. Creamy and sweet flavor, almost like a milkshake. Some roast comes in to cut the sweetness along with a light dose of hops. Finishes dry with a roasted barley astringency. Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, the smoothness of the beer makes it glide down your throat with ease. Just as good as Guinness, maybe better.

Lupe, Jul 09, 2004
Photo of cbl2
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Black with just a hint of ruby red with a nice tan/white creamy head.


Malty and bitter at the same time. Can't wait to see if the liquid is a well balanced as its aroma.


Oh so smooth with little to no carbonation feel on the tongue. Chocolate/malt flavors hit you at first which are delightful, only to be followed by a nice pleasant bitter coffee finish. Unreal how good this is.

cbl2, Jul 01, 2004
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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