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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,933 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,933
Reviews: 929
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 61
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of shippos
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a dark black withsome ruby hints at the bottom of the glass.
thick slightly off white/tannish head. creamy aroma with some sweetness and a touch of roast. very smooth taste with some hints of roasted malt and a bitterness, not sure if it's from the grain or hops. very nicley balanced and a refreshing aftertaste, very easy to drink.

shippos, Nov 06, 2003
Photo of Pooba001
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can you talk Irish stouts without making a Guinness comparison? Of course not, so I'll get that out of the way first. Murphy's beats Guinness hands down, and is my favorite readily available stout. That said, I'll move on. A great looking classic Irish stout with the nitro cascading effect, great head, and beautiful light/dark contrast. Smell is good but not exceptional, again the classic roasted malt/cocoa/coffee notes. The taste is what sets this apart from Beamish and Guinness, its everything that makes those two good, just done better!

Pooba001, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of theozag
4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the absense of Guiness Extra Stout, Murhpy's Irish Stout is my drink of choice. Well, truth be told, just about any stout is my drink of choice, but Murphy's is a darn good stout.

Pours a caramel brown that tumbles into a jet black beauty with a near-white, creamy head. It's smell is so faint, to my nose anyway, that I can hardly detect any aroma at all. This stout starts smooth and malty with a bit of chocolate or dark creme flavoring. It is - of course - full-bodied with gentle flavors and a wheat or barley thickness to the beer. Letting a bit of the head onto your tongue only serves to highlight that wheat flavor. This stout finishes strong, dry, and smooth with a pleasant bit of aftertaste. Mouthfeel, overall, is above reproach. This stout does leave a gentle weight in the stomach, however, which - when combined with limited smell - detracts from total drinkability.

theozag, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of putnam
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black paint-colored with a bone white, creamy head.
It smells of sweets and sour roasted coffee.
A silky, lean texture is supported by active gas.
The flavors are of tangy, dark roasted coffee.with a background of dried, cool herbs and stems.
Sweet alcohol presides over a finish of melting tannins.

putnam, Nov 01, 2003
Photo of grynder33
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always liked Guinness the best, but I poured a Guinness, a Beamish and a Murphys side by side and taste tested them all. Murphys had the better nitro show, a more distinct and pleasing aroma, a slightly sweeter and more satisfying taste. The mouth feel was nicce on all of them. I can't see how anyone could call it different

grynder33, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of DESTRO
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

awesome cascade action after cracking it open. settles as a solid black with a creamy tan 1/2 inch head that sits there the whole drinking session. light aroma of roasted malts and coffee. the taste is lightly sweet, with roasted malt and light coffee flavors. the texture is light and creamy and goes down too easily.if you want something that goes down the hatch without effort and lends a nice pleasant taste while doing it, this is your stout. perfect session brew for me. and you. and your momma.

DESTRO, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have drank this a few times in the last few weeks and hope it gets better each time I drink it but it dont.A very nice looking black with a good creamy head that stays but there isnt much aroma a slight roasted smell but not much there.Taste is on the dry side with some light roasted malt flavors but a little watery taste to it somewhat bland.My best friend just got back from Ireland and said Murphys was the cheap beer to get in the pubs there,of the big 3 Guinness,Beamish,and this of Irish dry stouts I give this the lowest rating.

oberon, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, this one surprised me...if you like light beers, don't waste your time and try this offering. The appearance was outsatnding...a creamy head that lasts forever with a beautiful cascading efffect...almost pitch black in appearance. Smell was malty and inviting. Tatse had a touch of burnt malt with a somewhat watery mouthfeel, but the again, it's only 4.0 abv. Extremely drinkable. A very pleasant surprise I will try again.

edchicma, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Kwak
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad looking beer nice black color, good head malty brown tint stayed for the whole beer. The taste of this stout was something different int had decent enough flavor, mild not to bitter. a solid stout nothing to fancy better than most. Not a thick beer but not to thin either!

Kwak, Sep 20, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew came on looking like a million bucks - dark, murky black with a delightfully creamy tan head that wouldn't give up and sincerely sticky lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. The smell was of murkiness also. It gave me a sense of great earthiness, perhaps like peat in the bogs. The flavor was good, if not great, being less coffe-like and more like a weak chocolate. The feel was definitely thin and watery, but I'd still say the overall drinkability was above average. I guess I was expecting more of a Guinness "bite."

AtLagerHeads, Sep 04, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad. Not as much coffee taste as in most Irish Stouts. Pours a dark color with a really thick and creamy head that lasts throughout. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate - no surprises here. The flavor was pretty smooth with burned malt being the dominant flavor backed by coffee and chocolate. I enjoyed this beer, but not nearly as much as my beloved Guinness.

clvand0, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of steelreign
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a favorable alternative to Guinness, in my opinion. The brew pours a nice, dark brown, complete with huge, thick, creamy head. The aroma was redolent of chocolate, roasted barley and some slight hops. A very smooth beer. Easily quaffable. Nice rounded taste, roasted grains, chocolate and hints of coffee like notes. Mouthfeel was above average, not as thin as Guinness, but not quite as hearty as Victory or others. Seek this one out if you like other comparable stouts - you will most likely enjoy this one.

steelreign, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a great stout. A nice pitch dark beer with a wonderful head. It had a wonderful roastiness that would make this a great beer in the morning. I would drink this instead of coffee. It may make getting to work harder though. This was on tap at, get this, Murphy's Jazz Cafe. A very drinkable stout. One of my favorites.

Ellbert, Aug 01, 2003
Photo of kindestcut
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The Murphy's stout was presented to me with a substantial head, at least two fingers, which put it above the lip of my glass. Beautiful! The beer was very dark, bordering on dark black (if there is such a thing, this would be it). This just looks like a Stout (capital "S").

The aroma was actually a bit predictable, knowing the style. I smelled roasted malt, a tiny hint of chocolate and a musty dampness. No real surprises, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

And then I tasted it... And it is the taste that sets Murphy's apart. The Murphy's is dominated by roasted, bordering on burnt, malt. A hint of sweetness is there as well, mostly in the character of very faint chocolate. A variety of nutty flavor peaks through as well. I almost call the Murphy's latently sweet since the dryness is domiated by strong flavors. I can imagine, the addition of some sugar to this stout would make for an incredible drink (I might try that one day...or not!).

The drinkability of the Murphy's is just great...smooth, creamy and strong enough in flavor that it is very savory. I can't recommend it enough to folks discovering stouts or expanding their dark beer experience.

kindestcut, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Sine' Irish Pub.

Recently saw a show called "The Thirsty Traveller". Not too sure if this is a regular show or not (flipping through the satellite channels...you know the drill). Anyway, the host was in Ireland and the show was all about Irish Stouts. I learned quite a bit watching that show, and also learned that I wanted to try a few more stouts when the occasion was right. Needless to say, sitting in an Irish Pub, quaffing an Irish stout seemed the only logical thing to do.

Arrived at my table with the wonderfully thick head that really looked great. It was perched atop the black brew and laced like there was no tomorrow as I drank it. Aromas of roasted coffee and nuts, with a little bitter chocolate and toffee thrown in for good measure. As for the taste, there's still nothing quite like that first sip of a good stout with the creamy head smearing on your lips. The aromas translate nicely into the flavor. All sorts of toasted flavors are evident, and just a whiff of smoky flavor is noted. All of these flavors are lovingly slathered in the creamy smoothness that coats your palate. Mouthfeel is very creamy and it's one easy-drinkin' stout. Can't go wrong with this one. It'll hold its own against Guinness.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For a stout a bit strange. The robustness is lacking from this one.

A great pour. Like a waterfall that settles in reverse. Very dark and a brown head. Lacing stays throughout the drink and some stays at the bottom at the end. The scent is a milk chocolate and some roasted malt flavors.

The taste is roasted coffee and some chocolate. There is a watery quality about this stout. It must be the widget. I am not sure but this stout is much better on tap. I do like that there is no fruity or sweet aftertaste that is attributable to some stouts. The mouthfeel is watery and it does drink easy.

I will stick to the tap version of this stout. I have never seen it in a bottle in California. I am curious about the bottle flavor. I'll find it.

Rumrunner, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mild aroma in a black body with an energetic head of light brown fine bubbles. Near the top of the head below the beer line a continuous flow of small bubbles can be observed. No carbonation in the taste and very smooth for a stout. Some coffee flavor but it is not overwhelming. Clinging vine lace adorns the side of the glass. It is a very nice smooth stout that I found myself liking more and more after each taste.

TheDM, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's always good to find this in an Irish Pub. It is also good to have this before noon. It poured black, with not quite a head. It had a good sweet taste, with coffee and a hint of caramel. It went well with breakfast. In fact, I prefer it for breakfast over Guinness or coffee.

bewareOFpenguin, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nitro cans are good for one thing and one thing only. A sweet cascade pour. Murphy's certainly had that. It poured out like a milkshake that had to settle at the top, not the bottom. It settled into a kind of unnatural looking beige colored head. The smell was pretty indistinct with some sweet stoutish aromas and definite malt characteristics, but certainly lacking. The taste was full of coffee, but that was about it. No bitterness, or dryness that a dry Irish stout should have were present. The mouthfeel was also severely lacking. The is a very watered down feeling from nitro cans that I do not ever get when drinking tap. It is not something I relish.

GreatPondBrewer, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of FranklinPCombs
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Id have to say the best part about this stout is pouring it into a pint glass and watching the waterfall effect as the foam cascades up and the liquid precipitates out. The head ends up a fairly thick tan, with the consistency of slightly watery whipped cream. The smell at first is nothing but coffee, while upon further inspection there is a hint of hops and malt. It ends up smelling rather like a regular macro-brew. The feel of this beer is not exactly pleasant in the mouth. Although smooth, it feels thick and creamy, almost like drinking half and half. The taste is also immediately identifyable as coffee, and there's really not much more, besides a slight twinge of hops at the beginning that fades too quickly. The aftertaste is almost metallic, although it ends up tasting, again, like coffee. This is by no means a complex brew, and if you were looking for this taste, I would reccomend an iced cappucino.

FranklinPCombs, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of longpondbeerman
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I don't have a lot of experience with stouts, especially the more popular varieties (never reviews Guiness for instance). I have had the Storm King and Samuel Smith's, and these were quite good, so I was a little nervous to try this one, which was arrived in the form of a four-pack of 14.9 oz. thin cans. The pour was fascinating--what a cascade! It settled eventually into an impervious, dark brew with a beautiful espresso foam head. The coffee motif continues strongly into the smell, but loses vigor in the taste, which I found simply flat and dull--and there was no finish to speak of. That's about it; thankfully it was a gift.

longpondbeerman, Jul 01, 2003
Photo of MissOrch
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love to watch the creamy waves cascade down the side of the glass and float back up to settle on the top. This beer poured a very dark color with a creamy head. Most beer drinkers get annoyed when I touch the head and get my finger grease in there, but I had to make a Guinness Smiley face. I sat in front of a window, so I could see a little light around the edges, revealing its deep amber color.

It smelled like a mochachino, like chilled roasted coffee. It tasted roasted, and bitter, like malt and coffee with hints of chocolate. The flavor was strong at first, then the bottom fell out a little, and it finished with a bitterness that was just about right. Somehow, in between the first sip and the bitterness, it was almost like water, except for the creamy mouthfeel. It went down pretty fast. It's a great beer to share with a co-worker in the local Irish Pub with lunch on a rainy Friday.

MissOrch, Jun 13, 2003
Photo of Scooter77
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the perfect example of a great Irish stout. It pours a dark, almost black color with a thick creamy tan head. The aromas were of dark roasted malt and coffee. Taste if full of roasted malts and dark roasted coffee beans, with mild undertones of hops and chocolate, which leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; an extremely easy drinking stout. This is a must have for any stout lover.

Scooter77, May 31, 2003
Photo of Andreji
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a viscous dark liquid with no translucency at all. a very dense brownish head forms and fades in its size until settling at about 1.5 inches. An acute smell is let off at a distance reflecting its rather bitter but slightly chocolaty taste: No excess carbonation but a rather thick feel within like screaming "hey, you're drinking me" as it varies from bitter to smoked to chocolaty. Not all bad but its not my style.

Andreji, May 27, 2003
Photo of aracauna
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was so boring. I like stouts, but this is down on the bottom of the pile with Guinness (a bit below actually). I really couldn't gather a lot of flavor from the beer. It tasted a bit thin and the mouthfeel felt a bit thin as well. It's quite sad, actually.

aracauna, May 16, 2003
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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