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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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1,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 1718
Reviews: 915
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 14.44%

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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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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from Nitro-can into a pint tumbler

A: Completely opaque, deep rich black, beautiful cascading with a two and a half finger head that lasts with persistent lacing, ideal stout appearance
S: Sweet, roasted malt, a bit of a metallic edge
T: Roasted, chocolate and toffee? notes, quite palatable
M: Well balanced, a bit creamy, light

O: Distinct flavor with a high level of drinkability, which pairs nicely with the low ABV. Definitely something you can slug and readily available at a reasonable price. I am fan.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-08-2013 18:11:03 | More by ZagZagg
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout is one of my long time favorites. I had the chance to partake again recently and was not disappointed. A great stout that is smooth and rich, and is very satisfying.

I recommend this to anyone who wants try a stout that is easy to find and is readily available.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 15:49:35 | More by JohnLilja
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draught Style can into a pint glass.

A--Dark as it gets. Creamy, thick head. Head is off-white and looong lasting. Leaves considerable lacing. A beer from a can has neever looked better.

S--Chocolatey (bitter) with burnt malts also very prominent.

T--Rich & malty. Bitter chocolate from the nose carries through. Burnt malts also follow from the nose. A bit of coffee comes through as well.

M--Mmmm, creamy and filling. Carbonation isn't heavy, but is obviously there to account for the level of creaminess.

O--As good as you're going to get from a can. Excellent product that really takes me back to times spent in pubs in Ireland.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-24-2013 21:12:14 | More by horshamguy
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4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had this in quite a while, maybe since the advent of widgets. A delicious creamy mustache stout that is actually very middle of the road. Poured into a goblet at approx 50 degrees, black in appearance with a tan dense head that wasn't going anywhere. Watery mouth feel and wonderful after essence of coffee and dark roasted grain but no lingering or cloying attributes. Its flavors intensify somewhat as it warms up. It has very low nitro fizz and its highly drinkable with low ABV. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-17-2013 16:34:14 | More by klimoja
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on nitro-tap at the local watering hole last night. Served at the appropriate temperature into a Murphy's branded pint glass.

Appearance - Very dark brown color that shuts out all the light. About 1.5 fingers worth of creamy velvety head, thanks to the nitro-tap. The head is so dense it appears as if it is whipped cream on top of this beauty.

Smell - Very roasty, some coffee and dark chocolate, with maybe a slight sweet undertone.

Taste - Again mostly roasted flavors, coffee some dark chocolate, some bitterness on the aftertaste, but it is restrained. Well executed.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and velvety especially with head, otherwise significantly thinner but I wouldn't call it watery, retains it's body slightly better than Guinness in my opinion. Medium dry finish.

Overall - Curiosity found me a new favorite stout to hap on tap up here, given the rather limited selection of most fine establishments. Definitely will repeat this purchase.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-17-2013 13:18:14 | More by DenisKolkin
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3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a nitro kick to produce a whoppingly tall and dense head with a nice cascading effect.
Aroma was very nicely roasted.
I hoped the taste would be like the nose but it wasn't. It was dry and velvetty flat. There was some subtle nuiances of roasted barely and faint lingering gritty charcoal. Plus some canny metallic aftertaste.
I like it.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-09-2013 00:53:40 | More by micromaniac129
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4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black, opaque, dense, fine-textured nitrogen head, a model-perfect stout
S: sweet, earthy, chocolatey
T: moderately bitter, woody, roasted coffee with a tinge of chocolate
M: smooth, medium-bodied, dry
O: Well-balanced, sessionable, never sates. An easy choice.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-09-2013 00:00:12 | More by RandomExile
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro can poured into imperial pint glass.

A - Dark brown / black with some ruby when held up to light. There is a beautiful cascading effect when poured from the nitro can. A finger of very creamy tan head stays the entire time.

S - Lots of roasted coffee and some cocoa. Sweet and roasty

T - The predominant flavor is roasted coffee, with chocolate/cocoa following closely. Not much complexity but it's still a good taste.

M - As I was expecting of the style, the body is quite thin and watery. It somewhat makes up for this with the nitro creaminess. It's incredibly smooth and velvety.

O - Better than I was expecting, and my favorite Irish stout to date. It's simple but tasty, with a nice nitro mouthfeel (could have been thicker).

Serving type: nitro-can

11-07-2013 18:41:30 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a cola-black in color with a thick creamy cocoa colored head.

There’s a light, roasty chocolate aroma to it with a flavor that has a slight roast with a touch of milk chocolate. Smooth, and rounded, albeit thinly bodied, with a sweetish finish. Not bad for a buck a can, and certainly a great alternative to the ubiquitous Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-25-2013 07:50:48 | More by elNopalero
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New Mexico

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small light brown head with staying power over a very dark brown to almost black colored stout that seems to be pretty clear.

Light aroma of chocolates and hops mixed together.

Nice blend of flavors with light chocolate highlighting this beer.

A full bodied beer with a dry aftertaste with some light chocolate tastes remaining.

A pretty good beer, seems like a step or 2 above Guinness.

Serving type: can

10-21-2013 23:19:52 | More by LXIXME
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4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: This stout pours beautifully out of the Draughtflow can with a pitch black hue and clouds that settle nicely. Comes to a rich, velvety head that retains a nice lacing.

S: The aroma is subtle compared to most stouts. It has a pleasant coffee-like scent but nothing really stands out too much; just very clean and a hint of sweetness.

T: Coffee and chocolatey malts come to the front with just a touch of bittersweetness on the back end. This stout is quite balanced without too much sweet or hops. It's a full bodied flavor with a hint of roasted barley in the mix.

M: Smooth and rich without feeling too thick. The head is a velvety texture that sticks around and blends very well with each sip. Full bodied without being heavy, it washes over the palate with just the right amount of crispness at the finish.

O: A solid stout that covers all the bases. I love the way it pours and dances across the palate from first sip to final drop with its fresh coffee flavor and smooth finish. I'd highly recommend Murphy's for any occasion!

Serving type: can

09-30-2013 22:52:14 | More by Crafts_and_recreation
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New York

4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my first stouts tried after Guinness and must say it is pretty classic and good.
This dry stout pours a nice creamy foam head.
My nose detected great hints of dark roasty nuts and it is very dark in color.
Great for people who are new to stouts.

Recommended with grilled chicken.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-25-2013 14:52:20 | More by Lenzzzzzz2099
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Like most Irish stouts, presentation is one of the primary joys of this beer. A gentle pour produces a beautiful cascading effect, topped off with a modest yet creamy head that persistently sticks to the sides of the glass. 'Tis a beautiful thing.

Smell: The cocoa notes in particular stand out, as if I just stuck my nose into a tin of Hershey powder. It's tinged with a hint of sour breadiness that gives it balance.

Mouthfeel: Thin & airy. Soft on the tongue. The nitro gives it a light, frothy feel. Silky smooth.

Taste: Grain, coffee, and cocoa flavors merge together in equal measure. Malty flavor upfront, with a somewhat bitter black coffee finish. It leaves a gentle bitterness on the tongue.

Verdict: There are more impressive beers out there, sure, but if you're in the mood for a classic Irish pint then I can't imagine this not hitting the spot.

Serving type: nitro-can

08-17-2013 23:34:14 | More by bearrunner44
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4.31/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome lacing on this beer. Very dark. Opaque almost. Rich creamy head.

The smell is a little subtle, but you can pick up roasted barley, coffee, caramel hints. Nothing overwhelming at all.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy. No carbonation. Almost reminds me of milk.

Taste is on point. Coffee and roasted barley are the two overwhelming tastes. The aftertaste comes in with a hint of sweetness, followed by a perfect balanced bitterness right at the end.

Overall, I'd say this is a great stout. Definitely one up from the traditional Guinness. Grab this one at your local store if you like stouts or are looking for something new to try!

Serving type: nitro-can

07-20-2013 05:16:50 | More by apdavids
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nitro-tap in a pint glass.

A- Black and opaque with a mocha-tan 1-plus finger head that has staying power. Heavy foamy lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts with a hint of Irish whiskey back up the strong chocolate and coffee aromas.

T- Malted milk with a drop of Irish whiskey.

M- Medium and creamy with no carbonation. Roasty malt dry finish.

O- This Irish dry stout avoids the thin feel and limpy body found in other versions of the style. That helps set it apart.

Serving type: nitro-tap

06-03-2013 01:21:27 | More by NiceTaps
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoy the chocolate taste and aroma of this stout. Goes down smooth, great dessert beer. Not a very complex flavor, but I'm very surprised I liked this beer out of a can (I typically don't like canned beers; sue me). Doesn't taste as dry as many stouts do to me, and the roasted malt flavor really works. Coffee aroma and tastes were present as well.

Serving type: nitro-can

06-02-2013 03:31:16 | More by gpaul926
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North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

14.9oz nitro-can poured into a pint glass

As you pour it into the glass it first pours a creamy espresso color. As the glass fills up you see the foam head shoot to the bottom changing the beige color to a pitch black. It's really a sight to behold. Smell is roasted coffee - but faint. The taste is very "light" with barley and coffee tones. This is an extremely easy to drink beer, maybe the easiest drinking beer ive ever had. That said the body is extremely light, and i prefer a more full bodied beer. but reviewing to style i dont take off for that.

Overall this is better than Guinness Draught. And an excellent example of a dry irish stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

05-28-2013 22:31:10 | More by Axnjxn
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1.84/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

In the Glass: This beer poured thick, and with a TON of bubbles. Not overly carbonated, but just the way this style was pours. If you ever see a bar pour a Guinness, a similar style, they will take several minutes to properly pour the beer. I am not sure the saying… but I think it is supposed to take 90 seconds, or more to properly pour a Guinness. That is what this beer reminds me of. The head, by the time the beer settles, is thick and creamy. That is the best way to explain this beer. Creamy. The beer has a nice lace, too.

Nose: There isn't a lot of aroma here, but what I am getting is a hint of chocolate. I have to take a deep breath to get much. I am also blown away with the low ABV on this can. 4% isn't even enough to write home about. Of course, at 4% I could drink a gallon of this and not even know it! I hope the flavor is better than the aroma.

Flavor: This is better than Guinness… a little more flavor than Guinness. Sorry I keep comparing this beer to that, but that is what it reminds me of. I just took a bite of BBQ, and they were right… it IS a good pairing. I must say, I wouldn't order this in a bar. I WOULD order this when in Ireland, but I wouldn't order it here. Beers over there taste better, anyway.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. It looked creamy in the glass and has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. I bet this beer would taste best room temperature in a room temperature glass. Typically I like beers with low carbonation, and while there are a lot of bubbles in the glass, the beer isn't very carbonated. I even swished the last drink around in my mouth, and nothing. Quite frankly, the flavor is boring. I will say I am not getting the metallic flavor that I expect from most Irish dry stouts.

Aftertaste: What aftertaste? I drink, there is a hint of flavor, and then it's gone again. There is literally no aftertaste here. I also like how they spell draft. On the can it says, "DRAUGHT STYLE". That is not how you spell draft! Oh well. I will give this beer credit for the style… but just not for me.

Serving type: can

05-16-2013 20:21:20 | More by rickyleepotts
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but extremely dark amber in color (black when viewed from afar) It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has stronger flavors of coffee and roasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and a little creamy and thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are also perceptible.
O: This beer is very drinkable and goes down easily. The smooth and creamy nature from the nitro-can help to make up for the thin mouthfeel.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-12-2013 12:59:03 | More by metter98
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4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is better than I expected it to be. It has a lot more flavor than Guinness.

It has a thick creamy, white/tan head. A dark, black color (Black Beer).

Smells like coffee and roasted malts.

It has a lot more flavor compared to Guninness. It tastes like coffee and roasted malts. Nothing offputting.

Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Overall, it's a pretty good beer. I would take a Murphy's over a Guinness any day.

Serving type: nitro-can

04-05-2013 17:54:16 | More by MikeAAL
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3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz can into nonic pint glass.

A: Very beautiful beer. Pours with a fantastic cascading head. Once it settles, the beer is nearly pitch black with nice 2-3 finger extremely creamy tan head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S: Almost non-existent. Some malts and bread. Leaves me wanting something more here.

T: Very creamy and dry. No big flavors here, but it is an easy sipper.

M: A bit thin and watery for my taste, but the creamy texture in nice.

O: A decent example of Irish Stout, and a nice alternative to Guinesss. I used another can for my Irish stew which turned out fantastic. this past weekend, and that might be a better use for this brew.

Serving type: can

03-21-2013 23:16:50 | More by richj1970
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4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So I happened on some of this for St. Pat's, not having tried it in a while (and having never reviewed it?), thought I'd give it a go. I used to drink this on and off in the mid-90s, usually rotating with Guinness Draught and Beamish -- when that was available.

"Imported" from Edinburgh, Scotland? Yeah, brewed at the Scottish & Newcastle brewery, now owned by Heineken, "under supervision of Murphy Brewery Ireland Ltd."

16 oz. can (in answer to a thread started today) with a Julian code on the bottom: canned on July 29, 2012. Poured into my Guinness imperial pint.

A -- Deep, dark black with ruby highlights when a Mag-Lite is held at the pint's base. Very long-lasting, creamy tan head.

S -- Creamy cocoa characters and roasted barley.

F -- Cocoa or milk chocolate characters up front blending into mellow roasted malt. Finishing dry with roasted malt, but still carrying a lingering cocoa finish.

M -- Light medium body with a smooth & creamy mouthfeel up front finishing dry.

O -- A great example of the style. "Better" than Guinness Draught? Not particularly, but just the mildest difference in having more chocolate character than the roasted, coffee-like character in the Guinness.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-20-2013 20:52:45 | More by steveh
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3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fulfilling the Irish constituent of my St. Paddys celebrating, mixed with Sierra Nevada PA in a Black n Tan upgrade. Came out great this way...

16oz nitro-can into a pub glass in this instance, but I've had it other ways in the past. It does seem better on draft but I'll keep my comments to this sampling for now.

A - This is where it shines, one of the prettiest beers I drink. Been doing alot of Stouts this past few months and this is tops for looks. Creamy billowy mocha froth when poured, looks like a thundercloud building up. Settles into an inky black body with a meringue-like mocha head. Sitcks around and laces nicely.

S - Mostly roasted malt, for what smell there is. A bit lacking here.

T - Roasted malt and coffee flavors, bit of unsweetened chocolate comes in at the finish.

M - Very creamy, then slick mid-palate and a watery finish. Starts off with a boom and ends with a fizzle.

O - For me its an occasion beer. I prefer it to Guiness (from here in the States anyway), but other than drinking "Irish" I'll get my stouts elsewhere. Too many good craft stouts out there to be stuck with this...

Serving type: nitro-can

03-18-2013 20:39:44 | More by bambam2517
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3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- When first poured, the "waterfall" head is gorgeous. Once things die down, the beer is a very dark reddish brown. It has a creamy, off white head with unbelievable lacing. The head lasts all the way to the bottoem of the glass.

S- Pretty tame, some very light notes of coffee.

T- Coffee, dark roasted malt, a little smokey. The finish is dry, bitter, and astringent.

M- IT feels a little too watery for my liking. The carbonation is so low it's almost a still beer, which isn't a complaint.

O- I figured I'd try a new Irish beer for St. Patty's day, but upon further inspection I found that this beer is brewed in the UK. It loses some style points there. Overall, it looks amazing in the glass, but it lacks any real aroma or a heavy mouthfeel that I expect from stouts.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2013 16:59:21 | More by silverking
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3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Pours a creamy dark brown, with a nice waterfall thanks to the nitro. Head is thick, lingering and light tan, almost looks like the color on the outside of the can. This looks really good in the glass.

S – Kind of boring, certainly some roasted malts and some lactose, but that is pretty much it. Standard for the style

T – Light notes of roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate. Nothing comes up and grabs you, quite dry, and flavors are quite understated.

M – Overall this is quite thin, and drinkable. It does have somewhat of a lingering creaminess, but nothing too cloying or sweet. Again, this is dry, and nicely so.

O – Good beer, the style itself leads to beers that are for the most part underwhelming. This beer however is one of the best looking beers I have ever seen. It tastes standard for the style, though perhaps a bit better, it doesn't have the earthy/dirt notes of some of its competitors. This is easy drinking, and leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2013 07:19:48 | More by Moose90
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