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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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

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 edmundfitzoil
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pint while eating dinner here: http://www.brendanoneills.com/

Appearance: Gorgeous black.

Smell: Lacking, nearly non-existent in the pour that I got, but it is a nitro-tap. I got a little chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Chocolate, again, and some coffee and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Excellent creaminess and an excellent body that is not too light like I often find Guinness to be.

Drinkability: Sitting down to a night of bs'ing with some good friends and just kicking back to a few of these would be a pleasure. A great brew and - in my opinion - superior to much more popular, or at least smarter marketed, Guinness stout.

edmundfitzoil, Jul 03, 2005
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro-can into an imperial pint glass yielding a thick, frothy one finger head that was just slightly off white. The beer started out a chocolate milk brown then beautifully cascaded to a pitch black color. Lace lined the glass the whole way down throughout the sample.

Smell was very malty and semi-sweet upfront. Some roasted grain and perhaps a bit of a coffee fragrance. Some burnt chocolate as well.

Taste was very smooth and balanced. Oh so creamy it almost tasted more like a chocolate stout or cream stout than it did an irish dry stout. Not very bitter and just a clean balanced taste throughout the sample.

Moderate to thick on the palate, little to no carbonation present.

Very easy to drink and so enjoyable. On tap now in many more places, and the one I'll go for if the rest of the selection is ho-hum. Very easy to put a few of these down, and enjoyable to do so at the same time.

Sycodrummer, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dense chocolate black with an even denser nitro-cushion of creamy tan head. Nose of light chocolate/cocoa powder with light roasted, nutty bitterness and a whiff of cardboard. Chocolate flavors are more pronounced as it warms. Milk chocolate sweetness with a nutty edge is balanced against a smooth roasted bittereness. Finish is bittersweet. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Pretty good, especially for a style I'm not crazy about.

alexgash, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in the nitro can, these are quite touchy. A few of them basically blew up when I opened them.

Pours a pitch black with huge creamy tan head. I love the way these nitro cans pour. Tons of lacing and head retention all the way through. Very little in the aroma department, some roasty malt but that is about it. Nothing bad though. Taste is better nice dark malts, chocolate and maybe coffee. Not quite as dry as I would like, but decent none-the-less. As I mentioned, I really love the mouthfeel of these nitro cans, and I could drink many of these brews.

Good beer that I have enjoyed for years, finally got around to reviewing it.

hobbes2112, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely deep brown in color, verging on black. When poured, the beer roils violently in the glass, resembling an avalanche surging down a mountain. Once settled, there is a large and incredibly thick and persistent cream-colored head. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Bittersweet chocolate dominates the aroma, with lesser notes of coffee, something like a fusion of chocolate milk and espresso; this is quite appealing.

Taste: Rich coffee notes dominate the taste from start to finish. Midway through the taste, some herbal hop notes assert themselves, but only subtly. Towards the finish, bittersweet chocolate notes appears as well. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite creamy, very soft on the palate. The carbonation is very soft.

Drinkability/notes: A truly superb Dry Stout, satisfying in every sense.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce can with a nitro capsule; served in a standard pint tap glass. Needless to say, the tap glass cannot contain the entire beer, so two pours were required.

Pegasus, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nitrocan bought from Harrington's Wine & Liquors, Chelmsford, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, got the whole cool nitro-cascade thing working, formed a dense 1" putty-hued head over the clear, yet almost opaque, dark mahogany brew. Head is frothy, as one expects from the serving style, and lasts superbly, with sticky, creamy lacing. Aroma is minimal, with little identifiable beyond a light, generic "beer" smell. Taste is sedate dark malts, with that nitro flavor that seems to pop up, and a lightly bitter close. Not bad, but as most nitro brews, lacking in character. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, yet seems thin at the same time. Drinkability is excellent though, and at 4%abv, we've got a session brew here, a good standby when more exotic choices are unavailable.

ppoitras, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of lackenhauser
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep drown color. Not quite black I can see some light coming thru. Nice head from the nitro can. Low aroma-I almost think Im smelling the foam and not the beer. Nice roasted flavor. Not quite as bitter as Guinness. A more rounded flavor comes thru in the Murphys. Slight smokiness. Great velvety mouthfeel. A very drinkable brew. I could easily make a night out of this.

lackenhauser, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of Hunter
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Typical presentation of draught-style stout, in aluminum can with nitrogen widget.

Widget seems much more active than that of Guinness' can, releasing a rush of foam that settles into that typical cascading effect to reveal in the end a coal-black brew underneath a creamy, thick head. Waited a full two minutes for things to settle completely.

Aroma of coffee and dark chocolate promises something lovely to come. slight hits of oat and roasted barley play supporting roles.

Long, long pull fills the mouth with velvet smooth brew, and that's no joke. Easily some of the creamiest, smoothest brew one can get from a can. Mouthfeel has no peer.

The taste is somehow lacking, however. There's a metallic twinge to it that brings the score down, further than I would have liked to give it given how impressed I was with the mouthfeel. Some complain of Guinness being too bland. If so, they must feel like this isn't much better. It lacks the character I've gotten spoiled to from Sir Alec.

All in all not a bad, not at all. I'll stick with Guinness, thank you very much, but you could do much worse with this one.

Hunter, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of Vancer
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Fiddler’s Green in Orlando. Awesome!! Perfect cascading black with a tan head that laced the pint glass all the way down. Malt, coffee aroma that matched the creamy smooth taste. Medium body stout that you could drink all night, easily. Better finish than most dry stouts.

Vancer, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murphy's Irish Stout has the typical almost black color of a stout with the also typical large creamy head of a nitro can. The aroma is of roasted coffee with a mildly sweet finish. The taste is also of roasted coffee with a semi-sweet, dry finish. As for the comparisons to Guinness Draught, I find Murphy's to be a notch fuller in taste and aroma. I now need to try Beamish to finish off the big three of Irish dry stouts.

Gagnonsux, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with the characteristic cascading nitrogen creamy light brown head that sits atop a deep brown almost black beer. The aroma is fairly enticing with notes of chocolate and sweet grain. This beer is quite smooth on the palate, with a creamy mouthfeel from the low carbonation level. There is not a whole lot of flavor going on here, but there is a subtle chocolate note as well as a hint of roasty astringency in the finish. It seems to be a bit more flavorful than Guinness, but not by much. Basically an easily quaffable brew, that could certainly use a bit more roasted grain.

Gueuzedude, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for St. Patty's Day, but never got around to it until the other night. Pours a dark black in color with a very slight red tinge around the extreme edges if I look extremely closely. The head is thick, spongy and milky. The flavor is all malts with a lsight hop finish. Other flavors make me think of eating clover and milk duds. The mouthfeel has a very dry finish. A good beer to end a long day and it sits happily in the tummy.

MuddyFeet, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a 16oz can with a widget. After popping the top, the widget cracks and, well, a little bit spilled out. Beautiful cascading of the carbonation for about a minute and a half, before the beer settles out into a perfect 1.5-inch stiff, creamy head atop a midnight black body with ruby highlights. Rich aroma of roasted malt, with traces of cola, molasses, and a faint whiff of alcohol. Palate contains more rich, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, molasses, and cola, and finishes with a small flourish of hops. Mouthfeel is a decadent creaminess from the head, balanced nicely by the lightly carbonated body. While some would say I should probably be drinking Guinness on St. Patrick's Day, I'm very, very happy with Murphy's.

ElGordo, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pros: It's not Guiness, it's only 4%, it's creamy, it has some roastiness and chocolate malts, and it pours a nice lasting head. However, it's low on overall flavour, and does not go to the pros with bold stoutiness as in many other stouts I have had.

Sammy, Mar 17, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Copra in Mt. Vernon
Sampled to keep me warm during Sunday's St. Patrick's Day Parade
Pours a deep dark brown/black that was fairly opaque with a bit of reddish highlights. Had a thick off-white head that lasted forever and left beautiful lacing down my plastic Imperial pint.
Roast toasty malts were abound. The predominant flavor was a slightly chocolate flavored coffee. There weren't much hops to speak of.
Mid level mouthfeel went down smooth and creamy, leaving a slight caramel sweetness from the malts. Very drinkable and worth a few. Even though they are quite large, they have maintained their quality

Dithyramb, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of rowew
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16 oz. draughtflow can. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours like you would expect from a nitro. Nice dark color with a slight red tint. Settles down to have a thick foamy tan colored head that has nice retention.

Smell: Aroma is slightly weak - probably because of the thick nitro head. Slight roasted smell.

Taste: Very nice roasted malt flavor with just a hint of bitterness. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall impression: A step above the more common Irish Stout. The roasted flavors shine through nicely, and it is still incredibly drinkable.

rowew, Mar 12, 2005
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
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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