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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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1,839 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,839
Reviews: 925
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 50
Gots: 59 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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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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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
Photo of Gusler


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think my widget (I know that's a term for another producer's gadget, but whatever) was broken. The head was really little, but nothing like what I've seen from this beer in the past.

The beer was a very dark brown, nearly black, and barely and head because of my dysfunctional widget do-dad. Light malty smell along with toasted grains. That was the low point. Tastes great! Toasty beer which was relatively light on malt flavors. This was made up for by smokiness. Perhaps a little thin body and a slight metallic aftertaste. Otherwise, great dry finish and lingering bitterness.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-18-2002 10:27:53 | More by yen157
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3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It starts out with a creamy tan head, and a dark brown body. Not a bad beer, but it is not that substantial, not really much to say in the hop department, however, I can say that it is a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2002 18:28:56 | More by jtw5877
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4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Okay, okay, I'll admit it: I'm a sucker for nitro-draft stouts, and Murphy's is no exception. Viscous black color with a thick tan froth. Coffee and chocolate aromas. Mouthfeel is as creamy as it looks. Flavors of mocha and cocoa, with a hop bitterness toward the finish. Couldn't be easier to drink. Sign me up.

Serving type: nitro-tap

10-04-2002 22:26:16 | More by doerickson
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Again while in New Zealand, this beer on tap was soooo good. It was between dark brown and black with a heavy pale light brown foamy head. A mixure of chocolate and malted barley's with a smoky under tone set this beer on top of others. Also, it was very, very thick when poured in to a glass. To enjoy this beer you have to aquire a taste for this brew. Tried it here and struggled through the can. Yuck!

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2002 18:56:20 | More by BeerManDan
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me in a chilled glass---far too cold for a stout IMO. The black color and thick creamy creamy head (which lasted the length of the beer and left excellent lacing) beckoned to me. The aroma was chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor was more of the same, although there was a hops presence the smell did not elude to. The drawbacks were that the flavor did not last as long as I expected and there was not near the dry finish that I expect and enjoy (could have been too cold?). Aside from these points, it is an excellent beer and well worth the money to try. Is it better than Guinness? I don't think so, but it holds its own.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2002 19:53:28 | More by ryanocerus
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very good stout. Full flavor with less of the roasted malt aftertaste of a Guinness. Very easy to drink. Not as complex as most micro-brewed stouts, but a classic nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2002 10:23:47 | More by proc
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3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had the can version. I was a little unimpressed with this one. As far as a comparison with Guinness, I thought this had a more bitter taste and a thinner body. Any points gained by the widget were lost by being a Heineken beer. Just get a Guinness can or Beamish can if you have the choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2002 08:17:00 | More by Dogbrick
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Ontario (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I've been wanting to try some Murphy's for a couple years now, but haven't been able to find it in the ruralness of my home area. It's definitely worth it. It has the typical thick head and black colouring of a stout, but the taste is smoother and more refined than Guinness. This means that it is also more drinkable than Guinness as well.
Now I need to find some of their Amber.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2002 08:54:37 | More by the42ndtourist
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New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not quite what i had expected. for an irish stout, this one was a bit toned down. it was not as creamy and thick as others i have downed. however, it's somewhat lighter body was enjoyable and unique. i'd get it again

Serving type: nitro-can

07-05-2002 07:50:38 | More by ElGuapo
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My review for this beer will be very similar to the review of StevieW just below mine. The pour was beautiful from the nitro can, but I was surprised that the head wasnt thicker and creamier. The beer wasnt as thick as expected either, but still tasted excellent. Will definitely buy this again, its an excellent stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-24-2002 13:55:07 | More by IrishRedRock
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro bottle....Nice jet black color as you would expect, but the head on this one was very thin and lacked the creamy, fluffy, fullness that the other nitros produced. Not sure, if this is good or bad. Heavy roasted coffee smells, more than guinness. Nice dry flavor on the finish, less sweetness on the finish. Lacked the creamy smoothness of the guinness nitro. Overall very tasty, a bit thinner than expected, but very good. I think it will be much better on tap....

Serving type: nitro-bottle

06-14-2002 19:28:39 | More by StevieW
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3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nitro / CO2 mix facilitates the typically dense and well - retained beige head. The head is thicker than other canned nitro Irish stouts. Deep garnet in color and very clear when held to light. Light chocolate malt and roasted barley sharpness in aroma. When combined with the subtle and pleasant diacetyl the aroma is more pronounced than nitro can Guinness. Flavorwise, Murphy's is soft and balanced-- The hop and roasted unmalted barley bitterness is mild for style, but residual sweetness is low as expected for a dry stout. Chocolate malt provides complexity and makes this beer bittersweet overall. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel and body was a bit thin. Murphy's finishes clean, dry, w/ lingering roasted grain bitterness. It's a decent stout for sure, but as far as canned nitro stouts go, Beamish remains the best, IMHO.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-10-2002 20:03:36 | More by marc77
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep dark black. Similar looking to Guinness, but not quite as deep dark and mysterious. Extremely smooth, like drinking a cool refreshing milkshake. Sweetness adds to its texture. Finishes dry with a slight pleasant bitter roasted flavor. Superior to Guinness in my opinion.

Serving type: nitro-tap

05-31-2002 10:10:20 | More by psugrad98
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United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weakish flavoured stout, slightly watery, but the roasty coffe chocolate flavour is there, its decent but not great.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-14-2002 17:32:53 | More by rastaman
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can a stout smell thin? Aroma lacks the richness I expect from a stout. Appearance is right - cascading bubbles from the nitro widget, settling into a nice beige head on top of a black-ruby body. Taste is fairly blah, even considering it is a nitro can. Balanced and smooth to a fault. Thinner to taste than I remember. NO real roastyness. Can indicates now brewed at Whithead UK instead of in Cork. The purchase by Heineken may finally be taking a toll on this fine, but once finer, stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-10-2002 23:20:41 | More by RonfromJersey
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