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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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2,054 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,054
Reviews: 946
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 69
Gots: 165 | FT: 0
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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 whynot44
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium/full bodied, very opaque coffee color with a creamy tan head.

Mild aroma, more nutty than coffee, with a bit of chocolate and caramel malt.

Coffee flavor is definite but moderated and creamy with a slightly burnt chocolate note and a dry finish with hops and coffee bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't know if it is the nitro-pour, or just guiness/murphy's in general - but i am just not the biggest fan.

An immensely creamy brew - frothy like a root beer float. Strong roasted malts and some hop bitterness predominate. I think its massive bitterness stems more from unrefined chocolate, straight off the bean. Might be better off trying to create some bittersweet chocolate sensantion to mix better with the creaminess.

Anyways, its an ok brew. Not my fav, but hell - it was free, so cool.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had one of these left over from the last time my friends wanted to do Irish Car Bombs, so I figured I would give it a review and open up some room in my fridge.

As always, the nitro pour provides a spectacle of entertainment as the nitro settles out of the beer. The head cascades up to a perfect creamy smoothness leaving a flat black liquid in its wake. Only has the feintest suggestion of a ruby hue. The foam sticks to the glass like... something really sticky.

The smell is not particularly impressive on this beer. Smells like your average crap Irish Dry Stout depleted of its carbonation, aroma, and taste due to the nitro, but it's my favorite crap Irish Dry Stout... and at least the nitro makes it *look* cool right? Who really cares about taste anyway? The smell is of a very subtle vanilla with cheap malts.

The taste is also very tame with the nitro and all, but it is slightly better than the nose. Add a bit of a chocolate flavor to the cheap malt and there you go.

The mouthfeel is great. Nice and creamy. I don't think it's worth it to rob the beer of its carbonation, aroma, and flavor for an entertaining pour and a creamy mouthfeel however. This still makes a good session beer. I prefer it to Guinness at least, but that's not really saying much.

Photo of HugoGrim
2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. Dark black body with the standard cream colored thick head. The head was smaller than I would like on a stout... only one finger which got smaller.

Almost nothing in scent.

The flavor is traditionally stout-like... roasted nuts, malty, deep bitter flavor. Nice.

Not bad, though I'm sure it would be much better in draft.

Photo of BDTyre
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is what I taste when I get Guinness on tap.

A deep ruby colour bordering on black with a dense, light tan head that clings ever so slightly to the side of the glass. Smells of roasted malts, with coffee hints. The taste is dry, malty with a bit of sweetness to it. Not at all tinny, or harsh like the nitro-can/bottle Guinness.

Not quite as good as Beamish, but certainly far superior to a nitro-can Guinness. Easily om-par with Guinness served properly

Photo of ChefSchipull
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours like chocolate milk out of the nitro can, gorgeous! Very nice 1/2 inch creamy head on top that lingers the whole way down the glass.

Smell: "Goodbye Guinness!" Murphy's stout is very well rounded even in the smell. Good roasted malts, as well as a definite whiff of chocolate, and bitter.

Taste: Cant pick up too much more flavor than what it smells like.

Mouthfeel: This brew is very smooth, very little carbonation, a little meatier than guinness in my opinion which makes it appealing.

Drinkability: The smoothness and the low alcohol content (4%), makes this beer easy to drink with all types of food or just as a casual cold one.

I would definitely recommend this beer, its one of the best irish stouts I've tried so far.

Photo of xduderx
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Until last night I'd only had the nitro-cans of murphy's, but thanks to the local flying saucer I'm now in heaven. The nitro-cans are good, the tap is phenominal. I was left wondering why anyone even messed with guinness when this stuff is available.

the appearance is a black with slight red tinges with a nice 3/4" thick white foamy head. the smell is very similar to most stouts with a nice roasted aroma. the taste is out of this world with coffee, chocolate, and a slight hops flavor. ther mouthfeel is full bodied with a very creamy texture. If I'm only going to have a pint or two, this is my go-to beer. Very drinkable and cheaper than guinness.

Photo of Hibernator
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout
16 oz nitro can
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a jet black with ruby brown highlights on the bottom of the glass. Excellent tan colored head on top with great trails of lacings

Aroma of dark roasted malts with a faint backdrop of hops.

This is a super smooth and creamy Irish stout. Dark roasted malts provide coffee, espresso and chocolate flavors. There is also some dairy sweetness mixed in too.

Minimal carbonation, which is to be expected from a nitro can. This leads to a good drinkability level.

Photo of BurnsTau
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz draughtflow can.

After the great seperating effect there is a massive head which never goes away, with I dont know if I would call it lacing so much as coating that stays well after the beer is gone.

The smell is of coffee and chocolate.

Tastes is about the same, coffee is what I would say is the strongest taste, some chocolate. Nothing too overpowering here, but a well balanced taste which is a bit on the hop side. I would say this is my favorite of the 3 major irish stout beers that are available here (Guinness, Beamish, Murphy's).

Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great session beer for stout lovers. I love the cascading head you get from nitro cans. Really a beautiful piece of beer art.

Nothing exceptional about the flavor. Fairly light and timid compared to American Stouts, but of course that's generally the case with beer from the UK as compared to beer from the US. Always more reserved... more proper. But good and i'd take this over many a beer.

Photo of Opethsprite
2.66/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

(Taken from notes)
Pours a dark, dark brown with shades of crimson. The head is a creamy, thick, eggshell-colored one. Fairly easy on the eyes. It smells strongly of roasted malts and chocolate with a slight hoppy note. The taste is quite strong, somewhat bitter chocolate with an everso faint mint strand. It definitely could have used more carbonation in the mouthfeel, but all in all, a somewhat decent choice. Note: I hate nitro cans.

Photo of Troyone
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the biggest explosion from a nitro can yet for me. Pours similar but different colors than on the can, clear off black color with a minimal amber hue, beige creamy head that stays around, lingered some lacing, and no carb action.

Ironically has a banana molasses malt smell with some citrus hops.

Light to moderately sweet, acidic, and bitter dark and milk chocolate malt with some coffee notes also a decent spruce and grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Medium bodied, dry kind of creamy texture, no carbonation, and a smooth almost milky and slightly twangy finish.

Very drinkable, the flavors are close to being chewy and there is a decent balance of flavor and although mild a milky yet twangy finish.

Photo of semihobo
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This fit in a curved, nonic/becker (I can't find the difference) imperial pint glass perfectly. I popped the top on the 16 oz can, was ready for the nitro bomb and poured it straight in. Looked just like chocolate milk, a very nice brown. After a cascading, sheeting inverse bubble effect, it settled after a minute into the perfect pint. The most picture perfect beer I've ever seen, I think. 1 inch head of very fine cream colored bubbled, sitting on a dead black column. I am a sucker for the nitro can, and in the right glassware, this is something to behold.

Smells like ... stout. The big nitro head provides a strong nose, reveals the dark malts and a bitter scent. Some woody clove scent as well. Yum. Now how am I gonna get past the head down to the beer...

Bitter malts, an odd aftertaste that really tastes a lot like soybeans or tofu. Weird. In the dozen seconds after the sip, the aftertaste reveals itself to be hops, but I wish they were more assertive. Oily and nutty. Surprisingly mild. Taste grows on me as I drink more of it and think less about it.

Mouthfeel is great. I can feel the bubbles on my tongue with a full mouth, but during a normal sip, the bubbles are too fine to feel. Just a smooth, creamy feel from start to finish.

I could drink some more of these now, although the taste isn't terribly interesting. With the masterfully done nitro-can, everything shines BUT the taste, which is just average. Because of that, this is a pleasure to drink, and it's an okay stout, but I wouldn't drink it every day.

Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown/black, opaque, cascading nitro-bubbles form a thick layer of tan cream, good head retention, lots of lace

Aroma: mild coffee, chocolate poundcake, light fruitiness (honeydew melon)

Flavor: gentle sweetness laced by a twinge of malt and a roasty-bitter edge, coffee, unsweetened baker's chocolate, subtle acidity, finishes bone dry with a lingering aftertaste of roasted grain bitterness and fresh-cut grass

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, soft and silky texture

Other comments: I "think" I prefer this to Guinness, but I'm not sure. Drank one yesterday, but didn't rate it. The one I'm drinking today had a nitrogen-bobble failure, so it came out like a normal bottled beer which is sort of nice because it doesn't have that nitrogen "bite".

Photo of dciskey
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saw a four pack at World Market for 5.99. How could I resist? My only experience with Irish stouts has been Guinness Draught at a few bars and Extra Stout bottles at home.

After the crazy nitro effect, about a finger and a half head, which diminishes by half but sticks around to the bottom of the glass; decent lacing on the sides. Smells like chocolate with roasted malt. Roasted taste, a little bit of coffee-like bitterness. Wish there were more taste but that's nitrogen for you. A touch of chocolate maybe on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, feeling after I take a drink is kind of like after one eats a piece of chocolate; slightly gritty in a good way.

This beer is extremely easy to drink, thanks to the creamy nitro effect, though you do sacrifice an amount of taste. Good for a nitro fix at home.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beer explodedev from the niro can ( I really love the look) o=into an oversized glass. Deep brown color with massive foamy head that would not quit. Smell a combination of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is coffee-like with roasted notes. A great beer.

Photo of ryantupy
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nothing to special in the works here, however nothing to bad either. This stout poured a usual dark dark beer with a frothy creamy head sitting at top that retained some pretty nice retention. It smelled faintly like creamy malts and hops and predominatly like coffee. It tasted about the same, creamy and smooth with some roasted flavors aswell. I found it to be less enjoyable than some of the other Irish Stouts but enjoyable non the less.

Photo of palliko
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is that familiar inky-black with a beige head and retentive lace. Aroma is of fresh cream and malt. Initially one tastes the sweet lactose, but then roasted grains with a hint of banana, and then the hops smooth out the experience by adding some dry, bitterness. This allows the finish to be pleasant and not too sweet. Reminiscent of Guinness, but nowhere near as good as Stone’s Imperial Russian Stout or Samuel Smith's.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a pint while eating dinner here: http://www.brendanoneills.com/

Appearance: Gorgeous black.

Smell: Lacking, nearly non-existent in the pour that I got, but it is a nitro-tap. I got a little chocolate and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Chocolate, again, and some coffee and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Excellent creaminess and an excellent body that is not too light like I often find Guinness to be.

Drinkability: Sitting down to a night of bs'ing with some good friends and just kicking back to a few of these would be a pleasure. A great brew and - in my opinion - superior to much more popular, or at least smarter marketed, Guinness stout.

Photo of Sycodrummer
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a nitro-can into an imperial pint glass yielding a thick, frothy one finger head that was just slightly off white. The beer started out a chocolate milk brown then beautifully cascaded to a pitch black color. Lace lined the glass the whole way down throughout the sample.

Smell was very malty and semi-sweet upfront. Some roasted grain and perhaps a bit of a coffee fragrance. Some burnt chocolate as well.

Taste was very smooth and balanced. Oh so creamy it almost tasted more like a chocolate stout or cream stout than it did an irish dry stout. Not very bitter and just a clean balanced taste throughout the sample.

Moderate to thick on the palate, little to no carbonation present.

Very easy to drink and so enjoyable. On tap now in many more places, and the one I'll go for if the rest of the selection is ho-hum. Very easy to put a few of these down, and enjoyable to do so at the same time.

Photo of alexgash
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dense chocolate black with an even denser nitro-cushion of creamy tan head. Nose of light chocolate/cocoa powder with light roasted, nutty bitterness and a whiff of cardboard. Chocolate flavors are more pronounced as it warms. Milk chocolate sweetness with a nutty edge is balanced against a smooth roasted bittereness. Finish is bittersweet. Creamy mouthfeel with a medium body. Pretty good, especially for a style I'm not crazy about.

Photo of hobbes2112
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in the nitro can, these are quite touchy. A few of them basically blew up when I opened them.

Pours a pitch black with huge creamy tan head. I love the way these nitro cans pour. Tons of lacing and head retention all the way through. Very little in the aroma department, some roasty malt but that is about it. Nothing bad though. Taste is better nice dark malts, chocolate and maybe coffee. Not quite as dry as I would like, but decent none-the-less. As I mentioned, I really love the mouthfeel of these nitro cans, and I could drink many of these brews.

Good beer that I have enjoyed for years, finally got around to reviewing it.

Photo of Pegasus
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Extremely deep brown in color, verging on black. When poured, the beer roils violently in the glass, resembling an avalanche surging down a mountain. Once settled, there is a large and incredibly thick and persistent cream-colored head. The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Bittersweet chocolate dominates the aroma, with lesser notes of coffee, something like a fusion of chocolate milk and espresso; this is quite appealing.

Taste: Rich coffee notes dominate the taste from start to finish. Midway through the taste, some herbal hop notes assert themselves, but only subtly. Towards the finish, bittersweet chocolate notes appears as well. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and quite creamy, very soft on the palate. The carbonation is very soft.

Drinkability/notes: A truly superb Dry Stout, satisfying in every sense.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen ounce can with a nitro capsule; served in a standard pint tap glass. Needless to say, the tap glass cannot contain the entire beer, so two pours were required.

Photo of ppoitras
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz nitrocan bought from Harrington's Wine & Liquors, Chelmsford, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, got the whole cool nitro-cascade thing working, formed a dense 1" putty-hued head over the clear, yet almost opaque, dark mahogany brew. Head is frothy, as one expects from the serving style, and lasts superbly, with sticky, creamy lacing. Aroma is minimal, with little identifiable beyond a light, generic "beer" smell. Taste is sedate dark malts, with that nitro flavor that seems to pop up, and a lightly bitter close. Not bad, but as most nitro brews, lacking in character. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, yet seems thin at the same time. Drinkability is excellent though, and at 4%abv, we've got a session brew here, a good standby when more exotic choices are unavailable.

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

Pours a deep drown color. Not quite black I can see some light coming thru. Nice head from the nitro can. Low aroma-I almost think Im smelling the foam and not the beer. Nice roasted flavor. Not quite as bitter as Guinness. A more rounded flavor comes thru in the Murphys. Slight smokiness. Great velvety mouthfeel. A very drinkable brew. I could easily make a night out of this.

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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