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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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1,918 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,918
Reviews: 928
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 59
Gots: 77 | 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 Hobbz
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.

Hobbz, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of texascarl
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.

texascarl, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
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.

UncleJimbo, Jan 11, 2003
Photo of aaronh
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.

aaronh, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of bditty187
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.

bditty187, Jan 05, 2003
Photo of purplehops
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.

purplehops, Jan 02, 2003
Photo of maxpower
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.

maxpower, Dec 28, 2002
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.

Gusler, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of JISurfer
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.

JISurfer, Dec 17, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
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

CharlesRiver, Dec 11, 2002
Photo of Jarod
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.

Jarod, Dec 11, 2002
Photo of allboutbierge
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.

allboutbierge, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of ipogios
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.

ipogios, Nov 29, 2002
Photo of ThreePistols
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.

ThreePistols, Nov 27, 2002
Photo of garymuchow
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.

garymuchow, Nov 10, 2002
Photo of yen157
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.

yen157, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of jtw5877
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.

jtw5877, Oct 07, 2002
Photo of doerickson
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.

doerickson, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
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!

BeerManDan, Oct 01, 2002
Photo of ryanocerus
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.

ryanocerus, Sep 29, 2002
Photo of proc
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.

proc, Sep 09, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Aug 13, 2002
Photo of the42ndtourist
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.

the42ndtourist, Aug 02, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
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

ElGuapo, Jul 05, 2002
Photo of IrishRedRock
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.

IrishRedRock, Jun 24, 2002
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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