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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,979 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,979
Reviews: 932
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 62
Gots: 101 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-17-2000)
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Photo of jackndan
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout: Happy St. Patty's Day. and its time to write a review of Murphy's Irish Stout in a big "draught" bottle.

Of course pours a deep black with hints of garnet around the rim and edges. Not much of a head, this bottled beer seemed to lose its carbonation somewhere along the line.

The taste is nice, roasted malts and a wee bit of coffee. This appears to be a typical dry stout, light on alcohol, easy to drink, and deceptively rich and filling. I'd still like a nice pint.

jackndan, Mar 18, 2004
Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro can hissed sharply upon opening and the beer began to foam quickly through the mouth of the can. I began pouring as fast as I could with minimal spillage. The color is black with the tiniest of ruby peeking through the bottom of my pint. Thick off-white and creamy tan head. Lacing is like a thick sudsy coating. Aroma could be a little stronger. Hints of roasted malt and vanilla sweetness emerge. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. The body isn't nearly as full as say, Guinness or Beamish, but thick and coating non-the-less. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors initially. Hop bitterness arrives toward the back and with it comes a more of a burnt malt flavor. Finish is soft and mildly dry. Murphy's is extremely smooth and easy drinking.

Winter, Mar 14, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, now this is a fine brew! Nitro can, pours out nice and coal black, supporting a sturdy, creamy tiniest of bubbles head and leaving a ton of creamy lace. Nose is pure breadyness. Taste is clean and malty, more then a hint of roastyness. Nice drying bitterness, leads to a long and smooth tasty finish. This one should be a staple for any stout lover

Billolick, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of stewart124
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate color with thick off-white head. Smells of sweet roasted malts and coffee. Very thick body with a smooth creamy feel. Nice blend of malts and the faint hint of hops completes the beer. This ends with a dry and slightly bitter taste and tends to get watered down as you finish the beer. This is a quality stout and really goes down easy.

stewart124, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of tommy78
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a nitro-can, very similar process to the Guinness in a can. However, similiarities end there. On appearance, Murphy's has a nice, thick black colour with a tan head. The smell is pleasant, with a coffee-like odor that hits the upper reaches of your nasal passages. For the taste, it is initially thin. However, when it hits the back of your tongue, Murphy's sweet roasted flavor comes into play. As it goes down, you really feel the heaviness of the beer. If you want to watch a game and drink down beers, this is not the kind to drink. However, if you are with good mates and enjoying conversations, then this is the kind to have.

tommy78, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murphy's Irish Stout

Appearance- pours a midnight black with a thick biscuit head that will sit there forever!

Smell- sweet and roasted hops.

Taste- roasted coffee hops. A slight sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel- watery with a slight bitter bite in the rear.

Overall- A decent stout I wouls say is better tasting than Guiness.
Would buy only if the tap offerings were slim pickings though.

NJpadreFan, Feb 29, 2004
Photo of gentlebubbles
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Emerald Rose

This time I watch foamy milky chocolate separate into cocoa foam and dark chocolate. The foam is so deep it takes me a few sips to get past it. I keep tasting bittersweet chocolate, with expresso in the finish. A faint sour hop slowly fades out.

Not the head--stubborn as all hell, it doesn't leave much behind, and all the way to the bottom of the glass, there's still a layer of cocoa.

on tap at the Field

A dense, tan head floats on inky beer with a hint of ruby at the bottom. I smell and taste a high-pitched, sour hops. I'm not entirely sure I like it but I admire how it lingers all the way down the glass.

Served quite cold, the body is actually fairly thin but tastes interesting: dark, bitter, burnt, with a malty, woody backtaste.
Very fine bubbles fill the mouth, and as I drink, the head leaves swaths of foam along the sides.

gentlebubbles, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of johnrobe
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you want to drink a light beer, turn to a nitro-draught stout, not any of that low-carb. BS! It pours a just-shy-of-opaque black with a tan-colored thick, creamy typical nitro head. The smell is full of dark roasted grain, some chocolate and is somewhat malty. The taste is rather simple and straightforward; roasted barley in abundance, lightly mild and finishing rather dry. Pretty similar to Guinness Draught but usually priced a little better. Mouthfeel is thin, but typical of most nitro beers.

johnrobe, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of murphyl
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the local pub, admittedly out of pure nepotism - I couldn't resist the novelty of drinking a beer with my name on it.:)

The beer was dark brown, almost black, with a thick cascading head that persisted for several minutes and left copious lace on the glass. The aroma was quite complex - roasted coffee and nut notes, and a subtle peat/earth backdrop - reminded me a little of a Speyside single-malt.

Flavors: coffee, hazelnut, and caramel or toffee notes. The head made a noticeable contribution to the mouthfeel, which was creamy throughout. The beer turned a touch thin once the head dissipated, but this was easily corrected by swirling the glass. The bitter roasted notes that you see so prevalent in Guinness and others were pleasantly subdued here.

A nice Irish stout, not the best I've ever had, but certainly worth my time and cash. Perhaps nepotism isn't such a bad thing after all.

murphyl, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a big nitrogenous tan creamy head, leaves thick coating of lace. Aroma: Dry slightly acidic mild coffee nice brew can't complain, it's a staple as far as Dry Irish Stout's go. Taste: Creamy even flavor very similar to Guinness, the toasted malts and dry finish seem like the same beer. While, Beamish has some varitation to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: Light and ariy mouthfeel nice and creamy, nitro tap. Drinkability: Excellent easy goingi dry Irish the working man's ale.

WVbeergeek, Jan 31, 2004
Photo of CBFanWish
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in colour with a decent tan head. This is a good beer, but not the best, as far as stouts go. It had a light chocolate aroma along with roated malts. The taste was similar wth a watered down feel. It was good, but nothing I would call impressive.

CBFanWish, Jan 29, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a nitro can. Nice black color with a huge head. Smell consisted of a coffee/earthy aroma. Taste is very smooth and creamy. But I think it's too thin. Overall though, it does taste better than Guinness, but just a little too thin not only for my liking, but for a stout overall. On the other hand, that's why I believe it's highly drinkable. If you want a nice, creamy, smooth beer, go with a muprhy's. If you want to suck on a bottle, go for a Guinness. It's your choice. I'll take a Murphy's anyday.

necoadam, Jan 28, 2004
Photo of elmocoso
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark-dark with a crimson dart of light, showing itself meekly.

A beige, solid head, a finger thick sits atop it and jiggles with any movement. It is very tight but looks like a slice of bread pudding. Seems to thick to cling. It holds its mass like a ball of mercury.

Taste is smooth. The head clings to my upper lip. Got Head?

This is a good beer. burnt smoothness - creamy on the tongue with a bitter resonance.

Not too complex, but the simplicity speaks for itself and matches the smoothness of the texture.

Good beer-good stout.

elmocoso, Jan 26, 2004
Photo of ecoboy
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ahhh, the nitro can burst widget sound. Nitro push results in thick tiny-bubble head. No question that nitro heads are impressively creamy in the mouthfeel department. Opaque and near-black.

Sour notes in the aroma offset the roasty pumpernickel malt.

Medium bodied (and I dislike a thin stout, so this is good) with coffee in that dark-bread malt taste. Finish has little hops, more a sourness lingering.

ecoboy, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I find it hard to discern the complete taste of beers when they come in these nitro cans and I think that's especially true for this beer. It poured a chocolate darkness with a huge, creamy tan head. Lots of lacing along the glass. I couldn't discern much from the smell, slight malt smell. The body was thin, very thin which left the taste weak. No real base. Chocolate and coffee seems to be the main flavors. Slight vanilla comes in along with some bitterness, malt bitterness probably. The finish is slightly bitter but it's also lacking. This beer just seemed to be lacking in substance all around. Not bad just not good either.

granger10, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Almost black in color with a wonderful, tan, cascading nitro head.

Smell – Subtle yet pleasing roasted malts along with some sweetened cocoa powder and maybe some coffee with a dash of cream.

Taste – Again, subtle at the taste. I lost the smidgen of chocolate at the tongue but the remaining flavors from the nose were well-blended and pleasant.

Mouthfeel – I thought that this was the Stout’s strong point. This one was super creamy and smooth. It was light in the body and went down like silk.

Drinkability – If you are looking for “engine oil” stout or some West Coast hop monster then pass this one by. But, if you want something mellow or something you can drink all afternoon than pick up a few of these.

RoyalT, Jan 16, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Someone left a few nitro cans after new years eve so I thought I would revisit this stout. Pours a near pitch black with a nice creamy head. Has the mesmorizing cascade effect that the nitro cans produce. Smell is that of dark roasted malts, coffee, and a little chocolate. Taste is nice and dry with hints of coffee. It seems a bit more thin that Guinness, but that could be because it was in the nitro can and not on draft. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety. Drinkability is High due to the creamy nature and low ABV.

TinusTime, Jan 03, 2004
Photo of Beastdog75
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murphy's Stout is a pretty decent stout that is near Guinness in terms of quality and flavor. Of course, the version that I had was the nitro-can which probably masked some of the more subtle qualities of this beer, but it is a pretty drinkable brew, and somewhat of a lightweight at 4% abv (similar to Guinness). On another note, this was brewed in Luton, England at the Whitbread Brewery under Murphy's supervision.

Murphy's pours a coffee with light cream color from the can and into the glass. It settles with a cascading effect into a near black color with ruby highlights. A creamy light tan foam head settles atop the brew, measuring about less than a finger. The aroma contains a cocoa powder like smell to it, mixed with some roasted notes and a dark-fruity scent. The mouthfeel is smooth, but is a little watery for a stout. Flavorwise, there is a decent roasted malt flavor here with notes of coffee, light cocoa, nuttiness, and it ends up being slightly more sweet than Guinness. There is a roasted bitterness throughout the beer, but nowhere near as pervasive as Guinness. Hops are nearly undetectable, but the roasted bitterness helps balance the sweetness. The roasted notes and bitterness continue into the aftertaste but choose not to linger for too long. Murphy's finishes out with very little alcoholic warmth.

This didn't impress me as much as I was expecting it to, but I wouldn't turn one of these down if offered one. As with Guinness, I'm sure that if truly want the highest quality Murphy's, I'd have to go to the Emerald Isle to get it. In summary, a decent nitro-stout that is a tad bit watery and boring.

Beastdog75, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It is eerie how perfect this beer looks.. From that reverse cascade pour comes a perfectly consistent black liquid under a similar khaki head. Stain is crazy thick and solid like the lace. Nitro it is, but I can dig it.

Smelled of roasted coffee and wood scents, and thats about all. Taste is awfully thin but satisfying - roasty, bark-like, and thinly hoppy, enough to make you think Dry Irish Stout. Strange and unnatural, thin and light, but satisfying after so many bigger and better beers. I’ll take this in a can, nitro widget and all, any day.

nomad, Dec 12, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

WIDGET CAN. Dark black color. Large foamy white head. Aroma is chocolate and fruity. A light to medium bodied stout. Malts are chocolate and roasty. There is a slight metallic taste and it is a little thin and watery tasting. I wonder if the off taste is due to the widget? Touches of coffee and vanilla. This particular can is not very appealing. Will need to re-taste some time. The off taste just drowns out the stoutness of this beer. Mouthfeel is very thin. Finish is crisp and clean. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

beerguy101, Dec 01, 2003
Photo of Mustard
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16oz. nitro can; no discernible "best before" or "canned on" date; purchased as a stray single for, I believe, $0.83 from Trader Joe's.

Appearance: Completely opaque in hue; thick, foamy, cascading head; heavy sheet style lacing; stellar head retention.

Aroma: Lightly of roasted barley with a hint of chocolate malt.

Taste: Primary flavor characteristic is of a mild, roasted bitterness complemented by a touch of sweetness and chocolate malt; creamy, almost milky, mouthfeel.

Notes: Not bad; enjoyed this a bit more than I thought I would.

Mustard, Nov 12, 2003
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
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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