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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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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 scalffd
4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro can into a Guinness (of course!) pint glass. Pours a dark, dark brown with slight ruby hints around the edges when held to the light - not totally opaque black, but a very nice color. A large 3" off-white creamy head forms and reduces to about .5" for the remainder of the glass. Smells of roasted malts, vanilla and cream. Taste is very light - some may think flat, but it suites me fine. Great creamy mouthfeel. Could easily drink many of these!

Photo of weeare138
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears as a typical Irish Stout on nitro does. Black with brown edges when held to the light. A thick, creamy, off white head that never goes away. Tons of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is subtle of cocoa powder, cream, toffee, light fruit, and roasted malts.
Taste is of the same aromas. This is pretty much what I expected with the roasty, chocolaty flavors coming through. Seems to be a mix of gentle sweetness and bitterness caressing the palate.
Mouthfeel is super smooth with sweets and bitters flowing along the tongue while bouncing off the roof of the mouth.
The abv isn't even noticeable in this one. I drank a few out in the sun and it was even slightly refreshing.

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

I used to drink chock full o' nuts out of a percolator back in the day, this fine stout reminded me of it the minute it crossed my lips.It tasted strong at first and than quickly backed off, giving in to more subtle flavors. This is a fine stout, hints of chocolate, strong malty roast and smooth earthy aroma can be found throughout.

The pour revealed a nice thick creamy tanned head, which held nicely,throughout my drinking. The mouthfeel was pleasant, dry, a little watery which only added to it's drinkability since I was enjoying it in the twilight of summer.

Overall this is a nice stout, and a pleasant divergence from Guinness or Beamish, all 3 of them making up the Holy trinity of Irish Stouts.

Photo of davidchollar
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

by total coincidence i had a nitro can of guinness before trying this can of murphy's. the funny thing about it is that it's the first guinness i've had in a long time, (probably the first can since my review almost a year ago) only got it because along with heineken it's the only foreign beer at this particular store i was at. bought it a few days ago, then today i saw that they had murphy's at a different local store, this is a new product for them. good news for me, provides a good comparison.

in comparison, appearance is very similar. but murphy's irish stout is even better looking. it does the same impressive pour, entertaining cascading, awesome head. but this head stays forever. super thick and creamy. and then there's the smell. significantly more than guinness. almost a banana-like fruitiness? not what i expected! the more i sniff, i get the roasty malt, coffee scents associated with any stout. this one is definitely better than the similarly 4% abv, can version of guinness.

the taste is very familiar. so light and dry. really weak, compared to stronger stouts i've had recently, (had my first impy a couple weeks ago). this is almost watery when i think of more impressive stouts. but when i think 4%, i'll take this over just about any other i've tried in the less than 5% session beer category. there is a lot going on, plenty of flavor, balanced with a slightly bitter finish. can't believe i just had this for the first time! the overall score is just a little higher than its more popular counterpart, (take a look at irish dry stout, ranked by number of reviews) but i think it's quite a bit better. definitely deserving the overall recommended score. i look forward to getting it again.

Photo of pootz
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My personal choice in Irish stouts...this one hasn't the sharp bitterness of Guinness...is more mellow and rounded with a hint of malty sweetness. Still has the signature Irish stout look; black as coal with a thick tan cap...medium-heavy body. More toasty grain and some cocoa tones in the falvor.

I'll order this over Guinness any day.

Photo of goodbyesoberday
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours nicely - slightly opaque with ruby hilights and a good dense head. Aroma is negligible and carries a faint mustiness as well as a carryover whiff of the can it was in.

Flavour is equally low, carries a tiny bit of roast acidity and a faintly bitter finish. Otherwise the only thing noticeable is the low carbonation and creamy yet watery mouthfeel.

Very bland and watery, any roast qualities are overriden by the awful nitro widget. Has the qualities it needs for the style but only just barely, not enough to warrant a good score.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass transluscent dark brown with a brownish tall head and the cascading effect of the nitro widget.

The aroma was fruity and estery with a cherry vibe and chocolate character. Coffee and a light roast were also notable.

The flavor was light with more fruit character and a sizeable roastiness. The flavor was estery and had an interesting chocolate presence and a light caramel that added no appreciable sweetness to the beer. As it warmed the flavor came off as a slight bit tart.

The finish was dry with a lasting impression of light roast and chocolate long into the aftertaste. The body was just below medium with a very creamy mouthfeel due to the widget. The estery presence was interesting and made the beer more enjoyable to consume.

16 ounce can with nitro widget.

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

I actually prefer this to Guinness. (comparing nitro cans of each). It's very similar and we actually had a contest one night to see if folks could distinguish the two in blind tasting and to see which was preferred. (Most could distinguish and most preferred Guinness, but a few people could not distinguish and a couple of others misidentified each as the other.)

I find this slightly sweeter yet a tad less heavy than Guinness. Otherwise the two are very similar.

Photo of BeerSox
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep black with hints of ruby red. Very fine bubbles build a light tan head. Excellent head retention. Lacing sticks to glass very well, creating dense lace.

Milky aromas are present along with hints of black malts.

Mostly a light roasty malt flavor with a tinge of hop bitterness at the end. Creamy sweetness parallels well with the milky aromas. Roasty dry finish.

Lighter bodied than other stouts with little carbonation. Not much complexity, but the smoothness isn't bad.

Pretty much an average Irish Dry Stout, which is a good thing. Definitely a good alternative to Guiness.

Photo of tempest
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at my local irish pub. Great appearance, long lasting head with thick lacing. Smell can't match unfortunately. Very faint aroma of nitrogen, and bitter chocolate. Occaisonal off-smells make me wonder about freshness. Taste is rather bland. Friendlier than Guinness, but not a big improvement. A little chocolate here, a dash of coffee there, but not much substance. I expected more out of this beer, maybe the keg was old, I dont know. I wouldn't refuse a pint, but I wont be seeking it either.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours super-dark maroon brown, with deep ruby highlights. Light beige nitro head, about one finger with predictably long-lasting retention and sheets of lace. Mild roasted barley nose, with faint herbal english hops. The taste immedidatly delivers rich, dark roasted barley, and slowly presents kindred flavors. Coffee and black patent become apparent in the properly dry aftertaste. The kiss of sweetness from the malt is just enough to balance the low hop bitterness and charred taste. Low carbonation and light in body, this is not only liquid silk, but defines the session ale. Just a touch of baking chocolate and burnt malt in the finish prevent it from drying out. I like that the nitro character fades quickly here, and gives way too a better Irish Stout than the likes or Guinness or Beamish.

Photo of SetarconeX
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visually, one of the best looking things that can come out of a can. Nice bubble layering, which I expect would look much better had it been on tap. Nice thick layer of froth on top. Scent is your typical nicely roasted coffee and chocolate stout scent, though perhaps not as strong as some others.

Flavorwise, it's perhaps just a tad stronger and toastier than guiness, with perhaps just a tad of an odd bitterness. A very drinkable stout, and definately one that I'll pick up again.

Photo of ReDave
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the nitro "show". [The three layered levels of color/bubbles..]

Bottom black. middle brown/tan, top, dark tan/cream... at least for awhile ti' it dies down, then black with a creamy head that lasts. Light roasty aroma. A light dry roasty barley flavor, nice standard Stout, perhaps a tad better than the Guinness can (?) Very drinkable, almost always available at my local Von's, reasonably priced, good to have on hand. As my taste has grown more hoppy, i don't have this very often, but it still is a nice beverage.

Photo of MusicmanSD
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout. This stuff is hard to find in stock! Let me first just say I literally thought I was drinking coffee when I first had one of these. Makes Guinness seem mellloooow, a little more watery however. The appearance was pitch black, but upon holding it into the light, has a ruby tint, large creamy head. A real stout baby! The smell is almost non-existent from the can, but in a Guinness pint glass sort of formulates to coffee-ish, nothing strong. The taste is quite a smack to the face initially. Cocoa flavors, chocolate, coffee, a little bitterness, and roasted flavors. Very impressive, gets a little tiresome after awhile though. The mouthfeel is the major blow against this, and most other stouts. More watery than a natty light, then again, that’s the stout style... Drinkability is excellent, stout is THE session beer. Lower in alcohol and no cringing after about three of these, of course, they only come in four packs...Very well done, however, not on par with Guinness Extra Stout in my opinion. Slightly mellower than that offering, but hey, its a good beer! Highly recommend if you’re into the coffee scene/fad.

Photo of cratez
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this on tap during a recent trip to southern Ireland.

Appearance: robust black body and beautiful tan head that resembles the top of a latte. Looks appetizing. Sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell: dark chocolate with hints of barley and coffee.

Taste: sweet and smooth, not as stewy as Guinness. Chocolatey-malty flavour is followed by a bitter and roasted caramel finish.

Mouthfeel: starts off smooth and sugary, finishes dry and mildly bitter. Carbonation is low, head is creamy and enjoyable. Well done.

Drinkability: unfortunately, I felt a bit stuffed after three of these. However, Murphy's is a great beer to either start or finish the night with. A solid stout overall.

Photo of Damian
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper brown/black with a huge, creamy, frothy, white head (typical of nitro's). Intense lacing stuck to the entire inside of the glass.

Rich, bitter sweet chocolate and coffee aromas.

Sweet, creamy taste. Notes of toasted malts and coffee prevailed. Little hop presence.

Thinner body than expected. Very little carbonation.

Quite drinkable, particularly for a stout.

Photo of wingman14
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a creamy tan head. Smell is mostly sweet, hard to pick up any huge characteristics. The taste is sweet with a bit more flavor than a Guinness. A very small bitter bite with a sweet finish. The thing I love most is the creamy quality of this beer. It is so smooth and delicious. The taste is not super potent, but delivers. The mouthfeel is amazing, I have yet to find another beer that is this creamy. This beer is very drinkable, a great beer for all beer lovers. Enjoy!

Photo of mnj21655
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Black with a 1" tan head. Nice lacing.

S - Mix of malts and sweetness. Not overly powerful.

T - Chocolately, malty, sweet.

M - A bit watery.

D - While the wateriness detracts from the mouthfeel it certainly adds to the drinkability. I could have quite a few of these... especially at only 4% ABV.

Overall a good session beer. A more economical choice than Guinness, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Photo of veech
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The brand just recently became available again from my local distributors, and damn am I glad. I hoisted many a pint of this in my last trip to the Emerald Isle and I've missed it over the past 2 years locally. I depended on trips to my brother's in SC to fill my Murphy's fix. I digress. A: Ebony in a pint glass when held to light a dark ruby red with a light tan head; excellent lacing and carbonation. S: Malted chocolate and mild coffee with caramel hints. T: Ambrosia.The taste has less of a bite of coffee than other stouts esp. Guinness, smooth and malty. M: Medium to thick with adequate but not overwhelming body. D: Almost too drinkable due to its smoothness and light aftertaste. Moderation is the key as I'm way too fond of this stuff. Sorry to sound blasphemous to Guinness purists, but both Beamish and Murphy's are a little smoother more in the nitro-cans than in their unpasteurized draught encarnations in the mother country. At least one good thing to come out of Heineken buying them out is wider distribution now.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had another one of these in the nitro can recently at Ireland's 32 in Van Nuys, CA.

A - Black as pitch with a thick tan head. Very foamy.

S - Malty.Sweet.

T - Has that dark chocolate chaulky taste. Very sweet. A little bit more watery than it could be.

M - Not particular strong mouthfeel.

D - The sweetness would deter most, but I have a powerful sweettooth. Plus the wateriness actually makes it go down very smoothly, take that as you may.

Photo of UnionMade
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of the can it pours nearly black, topped with a creamy layer of off white froth. Great nitro head retention, with typical sheeting lace. Thin aroma, chocolatey and roasty with a whisp of dry engish hops. The flavor is decent. It begs to be compared to Guinness, and it's on par. Perhaps a touch more chocolate malt, but completely unassuming besides. Thin bodied with creamy nitro carbonation, which is fine, but still compromises the flavor by way of meekness. Some banana and pear esters. Cocoa dominated finish with a bit of herbal english hops. Snaps off dry and lingering on the coffee. Decent enough, homogenous with the other nitro can irish stouts.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I gotta be honest, I once went an entire summer drinking primarily Murphy's. The store down the street where I lived at the time sold them for something like $1.88 per nitro can.

When you pour this, the darkness envelopes you. then you notice the cascading effect...so fun to watch. A thick FROTHY off white head at least 2" thick.

It's very aromatic, chocolate and smoked hops!

Taste is equally as robust, and Soooo Creamy, this is why I was hooked for so long! It's creamy frothyness. Sometimes it's not as thick and creamy. excelent blalnce here, malty sweet and slightly bitter hops are fighting for dominance. neither will win.

This one is off the chart in the drinkability catagory because with an ABV% of 4 I could, and have drank these all day.

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

Pours from the 16fl.oz. nitro can , an ultra dark (almost black) mahogany brown with a creamy, frothy cocoa head. The blllowy upwelling of nitrogen eases off as the head eventually settles to 1/2 inch with some thick, sturdy lacing to follow.

Smells of dark roasted malt, coffee grinds, baking chocolate, some mild green hops and a hint of alcohol. Has kind of an earthy, musty aroma as well, can't place it.

Tastes as it smells, without the musty fragrance. It starts with a subtle sweetness, very short lived as the coffee bitterness kicks in, followed by bitter baking chocolate, then not so bitter hops that leave your mouth cleanly dry with some nice bitter aftertaste.

Medium to heavy in body, with a bittery, creamy mouthfeel. A good, easy drinkin, solid Dry Stout, very tasty and mildly alcoholic...cheers!

Photo of znarf
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murphy's Stout is not as popular in Southwest Ireland as is Guinness. Been to the homeland and tried both and prefer Murphy's. This is because to me Guinness has little flavor compared to other stouts. This is true in the US and Ireland. Murphy's Stout has stronger chocolate and coffee flavors that adds to its appeal. Would pick Murphy's over Guinness any day. Guinness just has better marketing.

Photo of oldirtycaffrey
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Though it seems that Murphy's has a better reputation on Beeradvocate.com than Guinness, I couldn't tell too much difference between the two. However, Murphy's was a little less "foamy" towards the end. The appearance is dark black with an inch creamy head which stays consistent throughout. Leaves a good lacing on the glass. The taste is excellent - very robust and with a good chocolate aftertaste. The smell is also robust with hints of chocolate. Ultimately, it's extremeley smooth - could have these all night. I can't say it's a lot better than Guinness, but it does give it a run for its money.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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