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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Ratings: 2,094
Reviews: 959
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 71
Gots: 189 | FT: 0
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

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 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.

Photo of dbalsock
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: dark/black, with bountiful head

smell: where is it? can't really pick it up, and when i can... don't smell anything awesome or special

taste: yummy, i think this is one of the better irish stout imports, by one of the better... i mean best, clearer taste than guiness, just a tad better.

mouthfeel: smoother than a guiness and not quite as heavy... if i remember correctly, maybe their the same, but i like murphy's better

drinkability: easily drinkable all night, not to thick, not too rich. The 4% alcohol makes it easy too, very well done session brew

Photo of beeroclock
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I was really hoping for something more. I tried this a long time ago before I was drinking the dark beers and didn't like it then. I had another yesterday and was looking forward to it as I feel like I've come to appreciate this type of beer. Boy, was I disappointed, this beer has nothing on a Guinness, it tasted bland. It has a coffee taste to it w/ out the roasted malt hint that is so important in a beer like this. It also tasted on the flat side. The appearance is very nice though, the lacy head lasts until the bottom and then leaves a hunk of foam on the bottom of the glass. I can drink it and I don't dislike it, but clearly not a competitor of Guinness or a good stout or porter in my opinion.

Photo of BeerBob
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murphy’s Draught Style “STOUT” pourers a Cole sack reddish black from a 16oz nitro can. head is off the scale... Massive... Lacing... Massive.

Nose is a damp charcoal... Palate is a dry Kingsford Charcoal Brickets... I was looking for coffee... anything sweet... Fig... Licorice... anything...

My take?... A rather dry Black, some what viscus black foamy liquid, that goes not much over a three pointer in my book.

Photo of cro250klr
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm a Belgian strong dark B.A. So, at the time this was the only dark available. I figured I had tasted Guinness befrore, this seemed to be the same, so may as well give it a shot. It's got the same smooth nitro mouthfeel as Guinness, but it' s a bit ligheter on the abv. Same chocolaty, malty taste but just a tad sweeter. I wasn''t too impressed. Especially at $3 + a can for such a low abv brew. It brought back the same wallet crunching memories I have of Sam Adams Chocloate Bock for $22 a 750ml. I was involved in some good conversation and, before I knew it, had five of these down. For the money that I spent, I don't think this one was worth it. Much better than any BMC offering, but that doesn't say much.

Photo of unknownlamer
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much from this, but it stood up really well.

I will be honest. This was the best looking beer I have ever seen. A perfect still black with a not-quite-white perfect head up to the rim. Nitro beers do have that wonderful look.

It smelled of moderately strong roasted grain. Not terribly complex. Just the generic dry stout smell, but stronger than Guiness. The taste was nicely roasty and chocolately. The hops interact with the grain wonderfully giving a light berryish taste (think the smell of a berry plant vs the fruit). The taste is a bit subdued, but still very much there (vs almost flavorless guiness). It has a nice roast bite at the end (which is what bumps it up to a 4 for taste).

The mouthfeel is the one disappointing part. Even with the nitro smoothness it is a bit watery. This is a decent stout.

Photo of silver1audi
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A truly great beer. Poured into a standard pint glass it's almost black (as probably expected...) with a very rich and super creamy head that lasts throughout the entire drinking experience. Tastes of chocolate and coffee are present and the mouth feel is a little lighter than I expected and a little less carbonated. Very drinkable.

This is a truly great beer. Not extraordinary, but very good. Perfect type of beer to always have in stock in your fridge. It's great when you just want a really good brew and are in the mood for something easy and that won't get you wasted if you decide to have a few in one sitting. IMO far more enjoyable than Guinness, though I do like Guinness in the nitro-can as well. Also good for someone new to the world of stouts. Highly recommended.

Photo of goochpunch
3.22/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out an opaque black with shimmering brown at the edge of the glass. Thick, creamy, off-white head and thick lacing as well. Smells like a dry stout from a nitro can. Slight roasted malt. Tastes chocolatey and quite roasty with the ever-present nitro can taste. Get's a bit watery in flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, but too thin.

Not bad considering this bastard spewed all over me and my kitchen, causing me to have to clean the walls while missing the cascading nitro. Suffers from the typical nitro problems but still miles ahead of Guinness draught.

Photo of styrene
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a curvy Guinness glass.

Appearance: Perfect creamy head on top of a deep, dark body.

Smell: light and malty..in general, the nose doesn't suggest much.

Taste: Caramel-y, roasted malt dominates, with just a hint of bitterness. There's a bit of alcohol presence in the finish, as well as a more robust dark, bitter, nearly-burnt malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Unctuous, as I would have expected from a nitro-stout, though a bit light in the end.

Drinkability: I could drink stouts like this all night. Served cold, this beer is quite refreshing.

This is a very good stout. Nothing is outstanding, but this stands up to, and would perhaps precede, Guinness any day.

Photo of PeatReek
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black body with perfect nitro head, ecru in color. I renew my protest against the need to make an "appearance" rating for stouts. Smells affirmatively nutty with notes of roast biteyness. The first sip... my god it's easy to mistake this for Guinness. This only the third nitro stout I've ever had so I guess that's no surprise really. The taste is slightly nuttier, less hop-bitter, and slightly fuller-bodied than the old standby; I actually slightly prefer it. It's as if they nitro'd the Guinness extra-stout. As to drinkability, well, I could pound Irish stout all night long and have on many occasions; I imagine this one would fit the bill nicely.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last night. Came out to a dark black color with a creamy head that stay until the bottom of the glass. Amazing well drawn by the bar tender. Smell was fair, some dry malt and chocolate. Flavors along the same lines, and remained very easy on the palate. Very drinkable considering the lower ABV. I'm gonna have to compare a canned or bottled version. Highly Recommended. A step up from Guinness.

Photo of Drew966
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout pours a thick black color with a tan, typical nitro head. The aroma is lacking, probably because it's a nitro beer. Nothing bad mind you, just not much of anything. Taste has notes of chocolate, coffee and most notable to me, licorice. The flavor is somewhat bitter, but not in an unpleasant way. This is my favorite of the Guiness/Beamish/Murphy's trio. A good example of the style, recommended.

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