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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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1,909 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,909
Reviews: 927
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%
Wants: 57
Gots: 75 | 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 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
Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro bottle....Nice jet black color as you would expect, but the head on this one was very thin and lacked the creamy, fluffy, fullness that the other nitros produced. Not sure, if this is good or bad. Heavy roasted coffee smells, more than guinness. Nice dry flavor on the finish, less sweetness on the finish. Lacked the creamy smoothness of the guinness nitro. Overall very tasty, a bit thinner than expected, but very good. I think it will be much better on tap....

StevieW, Jun 14, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The nitro / CO2 mix facilitates the typically dense and well - retained beige head. The head is thicker than other canned nitro Irish stouts. Deep garnet in color and very clear when held to light. Light chocolate malt and roasted barley sharpness in aroma. When combined with the subtle and pleasant diacetyl the aroma is more pronounced than nitro can Guinness. Flavorwise, Murphy's is soft and balanced-- The hop and roasted unmalted barley bitterness is mild for style, but residual sweetness is low as expected for a dry stout. Chocolate malt provides complexity and makes this beer bittersweet overall. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel and body was a bit thin. Murphy's finishes clean, dry, w/ lingering roasted grain bitterness. It's a decent stout for sure, but as far as canned nitro stouts go, Beamish remains the best, IMHO.

marc77, Jun 10, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep dark black. Similar looking to Guinness, but not quite as deep dark and mysterious. Extremely smooth, like drinking a cool refreshing milkshake. Sweetness adds to its texture. Finishes dry with a slight pleasant bitter roasted flavor. Superior to Guinness in my opinion.

psugrad98, May 31, 2002
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weakish flavoured stout, slightly watery, but the roasty coffe chocolate flavour is there, its decent but not great.

rastaman, May 14, 2002
Photo of RonfromJersey
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can a stout smell thin? Aroma lacks the richness I expect from a stout. Appearance is right - cascading bubbles from the nitro widget, settling into a nice beige head on top of a black-ruby body. Taste is fairly blah, even considering it is a nitro can. Balanced and smooth to a fault. Thinner to taste than I remember. NO real roastyness. Can indicates now brewed at Whithead UK instead of in Cork. The purchase by Heineken may finally be taking a toll on this fine, but once finer, stout.

RonfromJersey, May 11, 2002
Photo of John
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Haven't had the Guinness version of this yet, so I can't make the comparison. But I was pleasantly surprised that this was decent and drinkable. I typically don't care for the astringency that nitro widget brings to the beer. That being said, this was as good as any similarly packaged simulated draught beer. I prefer the draught version.

John, May 08, 2002
Photo of packetknife
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best nitro-can out there IMO. I've had it on-tap once and I feel it edges Guinness just a bit. I really like the aroma, it smells sweeter than it is. A tad-bit thinker than Guinness nitro-can.

packetknife, Apr 21, 2002
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Creamy fresh 3/4 inch head, doesn't cascade downward like a Guinness nitro. Some chocolate hints in the smell. Extremely smooth and with a taste reminiscent of cream itself. Needs more of a dark roasted malt flavor and more bitter mid mouth tastes to be a better Irish Stout in my opinion. Very drinkable but not better than OK to fairly good.

ADR, Apr 01, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good draught. Aromas give off burnt malt and coffee and chocolate flavors. The same aromas can be tasted on the palate but a very dry finish. Very nice creamy, milky, smooth mouthfeel and overall very drinkable. Very comparable to Guinness...at least that's what I think.

WilliamPhilaPa, Mar 22, 2002
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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