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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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BA SCORE
84
good

1,854 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,854
Reviews: 926
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 51
Gots: 64 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big stubby brown bottle: Color pours out a dark red-toned black with some highlights but not much light gets through it. Head was very foamy, frothy and whipped cream looking and off-white, close to getting light brown in color with some large bubbles and divets. Smell is mostly roasted malt tipping towards a burnt/toasty mocha or chocolate thats faint and soft. Taste is creamy smooth in its bitterness that lends itself to a roasted/toasted malt thats just a hint of chocolate cream or toffee flavored. Feel is creamy smooth, almost velvety with a lingering smooth bitterness thats dry and sweet. Super awesome feel. Drink, and drink some more. Pretty decent stout and would like to see this offered more at places that think Guiness is the stout to be drinking, cuz this is a slightly better offering.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

04-14-2003 17:58:30 | More by tavernjef
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francisweizen

Alaska

3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Murphys out of a Nitro Can. The appearance is beautiful of course. Wonderful cascading nitro appearance with a deep, dark black body and wonderfully fluffy beige head. Smell is masked a bit by the nitro. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts as well...where are the hops? Easy to drink all night long as this beer has a SUPERB creamy mouthfeel...a very good irish dry stout!
Slainte!,
F.

It loses a point or two out of the can for both appearance and mouthfeel. The nitro effect is still cool, but it is just not the same as it is at the pub. The mouthfeel is a bit more watery as well.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-04-2003 07:54:42 | More by francisweizen
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TXHops

Texas

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Of course, the cool thing about nitro canned stout, is the awesome look... My can exploded on opening, all over my wife’s running shoes, which were waiting next to the computer to be used in the morning. That’ll go over well… Still, I was able to save about 14 of the 16 Imperial ounces and all of the foam. Therefore, I had a finger and a half of light tan head to keep my and my beer company or the duration….

The smell of burning coffee and burnt popcorn greet my nose. Not great, but I know that holds promise. Interestingly, this beer doesn’t smell much like Guinness… Murphy’s seems less astringent but more roasted, if that’s at all possible. There’s also a certain smokiness to this beer which adds to its character nicely. Still, I keep being drawn back to the analogy to burned popcorn. Anyone that’s made a bag of microwave popcorn knows what the burned pieces look and taste like. They’re not black. Rather, they’re grayish brown, almost exactly like a Murphy’s head, coincidentally. The flavor and the texture are also very Murphyish—softer than normal popcorn (stout), but more burned in flavor.

Yeah, Murphy’s is a nice pint. I’d choose this over Guinness. It’s a little lacking in mouthfeel (it’s only 4% though) and I could do without the apple flavor, but it’s still a good stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-27-2003 19:50:35 | More by TXHops
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the nitro tap and beautiful dark black with a very nice brown head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was average and the biggest disappointment. The beer had a very flavorful malty chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel was creamy and full bodied. I find this stout much more drinkable than Guinness. I would recommend this beer to a new stout drinker trying to discover what a stout should be.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-23-2003 18:54:12 | More by LarryKemp
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with mahogany trim. A sandy beige NO2 enhanced head sits atop.
Submissive aromas of roastedness. In actuality, there is next to nothing on the nose.
Taste is similarly passive. Roasted barley yields to a watery coffee doused with nondairy creamer. Plain and simple.
Fluffed, albeit thin bodied. Nonetheless, this is drainable all night long...or until boredom catches up.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2003 20:41:28 | More by cokes
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours out of the nitro can with an ultra creamy dark cream-colored head that lasts 'til the last swallow. Liquid is practically opaque, shows some deep ruby highlights when held in front of a lightbulb. Nose has a nice bitter roasted barley with a small amount of smokiness to it. Taste is tangy and dry, with great roasted barley flavors, minute amounts of coffee and more smoky hints. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes long and and smooth with a bitter dry note...much better than Guinness and a pleasure to drink on this St. Patrick's Day!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2003 18:42:13 | More by beerluvr
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nitro can produces a mega creamy, beige coloured head that sticks around forever and leaves lots of lace. really nice choco/mocha roasted aromas. all kinds of eye and nose candy. flavors of gentle creamy bitterness...slightly roasty/toasty dark malts. ghostly hints of hopping. pretty light in the flavor department otherwise. super creamy mouthfeel, just velvety in texture. very drinkable, i could drink many, many pints of this without hesitation.

maybe slightly less flavorful than guinness, but smells a lot more inviting. all other categories are toss-up. pretty tasty!

happy st. patrick's day!

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2003 16:31:17 | More by budgood1
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Reidrover

Oregon

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

Bought this in the 14.9 oz "draughtflow system" can..brewed inUK by Whitebread.
Pours a lovelly dark coffee brown almost pitch black , with a nice sized tannish head after the cascade has settled
Pretty good aroma of roasted malts..smells like a strong colombian coffee does early on a Monday morning..good!!
Now the taste I found to be a little thin and watery..but the after taste is still good nice coffee..cream..some hops ok.
Very smooth as would be expected in the mouth.
Very drinkable stuff
Good Irish stout though not as good as Beamish..on par with Guiness Draught.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-14-2003 21:46:59 | More by Reidrover
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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

It's pitch black. The head is the usual nitrogenous thick and creamy sort. Always a pleasure to admire the appearance of these stouts. I didn't get much out of the aroma, a little bit of roasted maltiness. Tasting this reveals a sweeter stout that it's competitors. It's quite pleasing. The smoothness and high drinkability is there of course. Roasted malts are pretty much the entire flavor, with some bitterness coming in on the dry finish. I enjoy this a lot more than Guinness, and just a tad more than Beamish. I really like O'Hara's Irish Stout when it comes to this style. But this is definitely a brew I will be going back to on many occasions.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

03-12-2003 13:58:30 | More by AudioGilz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in Boston I have grown to loathe Guinness, Murphy’s is now my choice at many of the Irish pubs I may walk into. Murphy’s has a full flavor without too much bitterness, the creamy smoothness makes me want to quaff more than just a couple pints. It has the trade mark appearance of any other Irish stout but hands down it is the best as far as flavour.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-06-2003 17:14:15 | More by Jason
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Hobbz

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remembering when Murphy's stout was a rare find, I decided to warm up at a local establishment which has been serving it for years and years and to have a few while catching some sports action. Server had done a fine job with the pour of this Irish beer with one of the very best stout lacings to be had. Aroma does not play a large role, but the appearance is superb. Dry though its taste and afterwards, with roasted grainy taste on the subtle side. Great *Irish* stout (not to purposely compare with some very great domestic varieties). As much as I enjoy Guinness (has its roastiness been toned down of late?), I am very appreciative that this brew from Cork has its place among the taps.

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-09-2003 12:22:13 | More by Hobbz
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texascarl

Kansas

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

Appearance = opaque, black with a creamy tan head that stays. Beautiful lacing.

Smell = light roasted grain, chocolate-sweet. Not as much aroma as Beamish or Guiness.

Taste = Sweet roasted malt, long finish, dry mouthfeel.

A good beer, I'd place it just behind Beamish/Guiness and wouldn't hesitate to order it again.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-08-2003 17:06:12 | More by texascarl
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I consider Murphy's Irish Stout to be as good as Guinness Draught, and it is one of my favorite session beers. The flavor is very similar to Guinness, but perhaps a tad less bitter and with a little less body.

The appearance is excellent: deep black with a "pancake batter" light tan head that leaves a coating down the glass. The aroma is very modest (dark malt). The taste is not extremely rich or thick, but is of dark malt; there is only a trace of hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, though a bit thin. The drinkability is excellent, and I can drink this all night with no ill effects. I have tasted this side by side with Guinness at Irish pubs, and I can tell the difference, but I really do not have a strong preference for one over the other.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-11-2003 08:56:55 | More by UncleJimbo
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

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

Beautiful nitro-head of light tan foam atop a rich, dark red chestnut beer. The aroma is faint, but is a bit of a hop floral smell. The atse is also light, with roasted malt and chocolate notes. There is a good sweetness to it, followed with a nice hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is near excellent. A solid Irish Stout.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

01-06-2003 16:17:43 | More by aaronh
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bditty187

Nebraska

2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nitro-can encouraged frothy tan head, superb retention, some lace, almost opaque hue. Light but pleasant nose, clean, hints of roasted malt. Pathetically watery, weak roasted malt, whisper of coffee on the palate. Mouthfeel equals water thus it is “easy to drink” but not enjoyable to drink. Murphy’s is well below it’s nitro-Stout brothers (Guinness and Beamish). I will not bother with this one again, not recommended.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-05-2003 16:55:44 | More by bditty187
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purplehops

Maine

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murphy's pours a deep black with a creamy light tan head made up of many little bubbles. The aroma is clean with faint notes of black malt and carmel.
The taste starts with a creamy maltiness and background flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate. The finish is black malt and roasted barley with notes of chicory all combining to create a dry bitterness. The aftertaste has some notes of coffee and carmel. Not as bitter as its cousin Guinness. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a warmth to it. IMHO Murphy's tasted a hair better than Guinness (less bitter) but for the most part they are about the same for me. If you don't have anything better than I will have one type beers. Murphy's only low point to Guinness is it's visual appearance.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-02-2003 22:00:34 | More by purplehops
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maxpower

Missouri

1.85/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Nitro bottle, pours thin black color, creamy foamy tan nitro head, light roasty aroma. Roasted malt flavor, has a dry semi bitter finish, thin and watery mouthfeel, like Guinnes and Beamish IMHO they are overrated and pretty weak.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

12-28-2002 14:37:59 | More by maxpower
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Gusler

Arizona

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The prototypical stout color that I love, deep brown to ebony, the head impressive, the consistency creamy, the lace a latticework to coat the glass. Toasted grains, earthy, coffee all rolled up in one fine nose, the start is sweet and the top middling in mouth feel. Finish is scarcely carbonated; the hops quite pleasant and dry as a bone aftertaste make it a quaffable brew. "Bottled Stout", but much better from the "Cask". Alas, this is getting to be a "RARE" thing these days.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 09:28:30 | More by Gusler
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JISurfer

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am a real big "fan" of Guinness, but I would put this on a pedistool with it. At some of the places I have had it at, it's actually better than Guinness. Has a nice hearty taste and feel comperable, sometimes even better than Guinness. It's a good strong stout, with an "earthy"/coffee taste to it. It's kinda funny, the more I like coffee, the more I dig Murphy's. Has a nice thick head, which I call the "bitter barrier". Mine was like 3/4 inch thick. The body was a good solid black color. Great after taste of nuts/chocolate. If you are a fan of Guinness, you will most definately enjoy this. If you don't, then I am sorry.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2002 21:44:07 | More by JISurfer
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

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

Much like a Guinness only with a bit more flavor and doesn't seem as dry. Both pour very similar pitch black bodies with bone white heads. The head stays consistent through and leaves a beautiful lace. I only pick up slight hints of coffee or chocolate, just a bit more than Guinness. It would be very interesting to try both of these head to head on tap. I think Murphy's might edge it out in my book

Serving type: on-tap

12-11-2002 15:42:09 | More by CharlesRiver
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

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

This beer pours into the glass a brown/black color. The head is a beige/tan color, semi thick and lasting. The aroma is of coffee, malt, and hints of chocolate. The taste is of coffee, chocolate, and a sweet malt. Kind of reminded me of that other Irish Stout, Guinness. Not a bad drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2002 13:12:55 | More by Jarod
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Has a very good mouthfeel and head retention due to the nitro can. Many don't like the nitro cans, but I love them. Slightly bitter, and even slighter roasted malt elements of flavor. Noticeable dry chocolate/coffee flavors too. Dark color but not opaque. My girlfriend has a lot of family in Ireland so she's been there a few times. She says alot of the bars are either full of guiness fans or murphys fans. I can see why; their tastes and qualities are that close. I think I like Murph's a little more though.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-05-2002 11:05:35 | More by allboutbierge
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ipogios

Cyprus

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

Nice looking beer with nice head that settles down rather easily. Malty flavour and a bit mild. Mouthfeel was very very thick and creamy. Nice brew and probably the next best alternative for guinness.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2002 10:02:15 | More by ipogios
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ThreePistols

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Almost opaque ruby-brown, huge creamy head, faint burnt malt nose, dry with some malt sweetness in the background, light body, roasted malt flavor with almost no hops, light dry roasted malt aftertaste, watery. I was disappointed with the lack of ample flavor and body.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

11-27-2002 12:14:44 | More by ThreePistols
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a good show of a nitro can with a creamy biege foam that settles into a tan/cream head with a brown to black base. As with this dispensing system, virtually no aroma, but eventually gives a coffee-like scent. Taste has a lot of malt bitterness in front of the dark malts, but not overpowering or unpleasant. Pretty simple overall, and not particularly complex, yet pleasing in its own way. Finish has a coffee like bitterness with a fair amount of lingering. Nice creamy smoothness to the drink with adequate mouthfeel. I'm usually not a big fan of nitro-cans, but this is better than most.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-10-2002 18:47:52 | More by garymuchow
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