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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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

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 EternalCask


4.36/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

In keeping with the holiday, I've decided to approach a traditional nitro tapped stout for the first time with some actually useful stylistical context

A- deep burnt sienna... Throws some auburn on the edges... Half inch head...looks like a giant espresso doppio

S-roasting coffee, rubosto cigar.. Slightest hint of allspice

T- smoky caramel, more coffee some notes of rhubarb pie!

M- light but deep, bouncy but rich..not slippery

O- since my beer journey has started in earnest.. It feels good to review a commonly familiar style. The mouthfeel offered more and more with each sip.

Serving type: nitro-tap

03-17-2013 03:57:51 | More by EternalCask
Photo of timn


3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark brown until it settles. Once it settles, it is a nice pitch black with a thick tan head. One of the nicer-looking beers you'll see in a glass.

S: Not a lot in the way of aroma here. Some roasted barley or malt, but not a lot else. Pretty similar to Guinness and other Irish stouts.

T: A consistent light flavor of roasted barley with some coffee undertones. The taste is solid and good, but nothing stands out or hits hard.

M: The head is great -- nice and thick and creamy. Once you get past that, though, Murphy's is quite thin. You barely notice you're drinking it. This isn't the "beer milkshake" type of mouthfeel that is popular with a lot of stouts nowadays, but it works for an Irish Dry stout. The head is the standout here, by far.

O: I tried Murphy's on a whim one day instead of buying Guinness, and enjoyed it at the time. Grabbed a 4-pack of cans for St. Patrick's Day this year and still found this a pleasing, easy-drinking Irish stout. If you're looking for a thick, complex, meal-in-a-can type of stout, this isn't it. This one is made for drinking a few in a sitting, or maybe having one with a meal or a snack. Pretty comparable to a Guinness, though maybe a little more flavorful.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-17-2013 03:43:30 | More by timn
Photo of AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An excellent dry irish stout. Better than Guiness, IMHO, though Beamish may have it beat.

I'm not a huge stout drinker...tending to pay attention to it mostly around St. Patrick's day, however, as a rule, I prefer Imperial Stouts (high gravity/alcohol) to dry Irish ones. Of course Imperial stouts are sweeter, and usually more complex, than the authentic dry Irish style. Still, simplicity is a beautiful thing, as I've learned with German beers...and Murphy's is simple, and great.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-15-2013 19:29:48 | More by AnalogReigns
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tall, 500ml nitro-pressurised can with widget, purchased from Dan Murphy's in Alexandria.

Hisses with that gorgeous nitro explosion on opening, and pours a creamy off-white, which settles into a persistent reverse cascade, eventually (after quite a few sighs) resulting in a clear, red-tinged black, with a perfect cream of head. Lacing is spectacular, as expected. Very fine bubbling as it's tilted. Really, it looks just about picture-perfect. Just about as good as an Irish Stout can look, and almost as perfect as you can expect from a can.

Nose is smooth and creamy. No roast, perhaps a slight grainy toastiness, but more of that rich thick cream, some vanilla, and a suggestion of sweet spices: cinnamon and nutmeg—perhaps the only true darker tones to the aroma. Very nice.

Taste is clean and light. Smooth, creamy entrance. More spice, nutmeg, and a slight minerally character. Again, very little true roast: there's a tickle on the back of mild toasty darkness, and a synergy between the darkness, the mineral character and even a suggestion of smoke that leaves a slight phosphorous character lingering. It's very nice and very smooth.

Feel is as you would expect. Extremely creamy with almost no noticeable carbonation. Despite the richness it's relatively light, meaning it doesn't cloy in the mouth.

I really love a good Irish Stout, and I think this is a particularly good one. It's certainly much, much better than the locally contract-brewed Guinness you'd get here in Australia. At 4% ABV, this is exquisitely sessionable. Indeed, the whole can went down without a question, and I'm already craving another.

Serving type: nitro-can

03-09-2013 05:17:24 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of PaterMorse


3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Today was a quick taste test between stout macro-brews: Guinness Draught, Guinness Extra Stout, and Murphy's Stout.

A: Pours black. Head -- fluffy snow-drift white at first, turnng slightly tan over time. Ever-present to the end; very LOOONG lasting. The ideal in consistency, if not simple/one-dimensonal in color.

S: Pleasing enough, yet one-dimensional. Nice, smooth "sout" scent, with chocolate notes. Faint roasted barley. Sweet. Nothing remarkable, other than a total absence of drawbacks.

T: VERY thin, almost watery. Extremely easy sipper. Dry, begs for another sip. Creamy, no bite (for better or worse).

M: Pretty lame -- really, like swishing your own spit. Leaves bitter unpleasing after-taste.

O: Very smooth, but actually too smooth. Velvety feel, no bite -- but it's so noticeably missing that it's a little disconcerting. If you can get past that, EASIEST DRINKER of any stouts yet. Bottom line: largely unremarkable, but perfectly fine staple for serving...

Repeat? Yes, for quantity and price sake. Serve to newbies, serve to down a lot; but I wouldn't reach for it over other more complex / interesting stouts (and would probably rather have a Guinness Draught when comparing these two softer beers).

Where Ideal? Bonfire, tailgate, party when introducing newbies to stout.

Two Words: Flimsy Staple

Serving type: nitro-can

03-02-2013 17:30:02 | More by PaterMorse
Photo of Beerstorian

District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Served from a nitro-can into a standard pint glass.

Aroma: Very light, with a slight sweet malt. Some roastiness in the background. Nothing big here.

Appearance. Coal black. Full, foamy head that lasted for the duration.

Taste: Full malt flavor, some sweet roastiness. Slightly hard background.

Mouthfeel: Not unlike a pub beer, but sharper than a hand-pulled stout would be.

Overall: Not bad, not stellar. It's a good stout for people who don't like huge, full-bodied stouts. It's definitely designed ot appeal to the mass market.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-24-2013 12:58:01 | More by Beerstorian
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured this Irish Dry Stout from a 16 oz can into a pint glass. Poured a dark brown color, produced a thick tan head, excellent retention and it left a great amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma consisted of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is a bit watered down, but it does have some base of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Not a huge fan of Irish Stout's but this is one of my favorites.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-18-2013 19:55:40 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of LuDookie

4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from the can into a mug.

It appeared like a Guiness, foam all the way from the bottom of the glass that very slowly dissipates.

Maybe it was the can but when it first cracked it smelled like a Lone Star. I didn't dig that, but once it was in the mug it took on a nice roasted malt smell, just like a Guiness.

The taste is very similar to Guiness, but I always prefer Murphy's over Guiness. It seems to have just a little more substance, and it great on tap.

Mouthfeel smooth and malty, with the flat feel of this type of beer.

Overall, it is what it is. Basically a Guiness Draft in a different suit. I would be hard pressed to tell the difference if I were tested.

Serving type: can

02-15-2013 13:26:06 | More by LuDookie
Photo of JamesMN


3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black with a one finger tan creamy head.

Aroma: As with most nitro beers the aroma is a bit diminished and some of the nitro smell is present. Under that there are faint toasted malts and a hint of roasted coffee.

Taste: It always surprises me how Irish Dry Stouts can be so watery yet enjoyable. The only discernible flavors are light roasted dark malts and bits of toffee. Finish is every bit as smooth as the surface of the head and there is a bitter coffee aftertaste. 4% ABV actually seems quite potent for how thin the beer is.

Mouthfeel: Thin in body with just a hint of carbonation. Superbly smooth, drinkable, and sessionable.

Final Thoughts: The use of a nitro-canning definitely improves this beer and makes it one that anyone can enjoy. Would I drink it again? Most likely but I don't often seek it out.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-10-2013 00:12:00 | More by JamesMN
Photo of EgadBananas


4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Felt like some Guinness the other day, but pulled the trigger on this since it was almost $4 cheaper than the Guinness 4 pack.

Poured with the traditional nitro-can cascading...always a nice sight. Finger of creamy khaki colored head, going nowhere fast. Poured a dark brown, with plenty of lighter spots around the edges...the only really unfortunate part of its appearance.

One of the most aromatic Irish dry stouts I've had. Plenty of roasted barley, some chocolate sweetness notes, light roast coffee,

Light sweet milk chocolate notes, roasted notes, slight bittersweet coffee notes and a tinge of rustic noble hops on the finish.

Body was medium and creamy from the nitro. Clean finish, soft and silky.

Quite glad I got this instead of Guinness...it's miles better and for a better price.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-04-2013 20:57:18 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of DragonzBreath


3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muphy's Irish Stout, this beer poured black with Tan thick foam..we had the nitro can.
little carbonation, and thin .. crisp and dry
The head saves this beer for me.(loved the look)
Roasted coffee and malts.
Guinness 'esk Abv 4.0 Descent beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

02-01-2013 21:14:46 | More by DragonzBreath
Photo of WoodBrew


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried Murphys Irish Stout for this first time since I have been a member of BA. The beer looked great, nice and dark with foamy slightly off white head that left spotty lacing. The smell was simple, hints of roast and espresso. Thetaste seemed a bit off to me. The beer started with roast/espresso, then I got a finish that seemed to have bourbon or some type of scotch/whiskey in it. Wasn't very appealing. The mouthfeel was lighter in body for a stout with subtle carbonationl. Overall it was just ok.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2013 02:00:00 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of AAG


3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured it from a nitro-can directly into a pint glass.

Appearance - Got to love the thick head on a Murphy's stout! The head poured about two fingers and lasted forever. Very pleasing; coats the sides of the glass. Head is tan; beer is dark brown/black. Not as dark as a guinness but still pretty dark.

Smell - Very difficult for me to discern. Maybe oats or grains? Slight coffee-like smell, perhaps. Struggling here...

Taste - Very nice, dry stout. I think I prefer Murphy's over Guinness these days. Very dry...lightly carbonated.

Mouthfeel - Very easy on the palate; carbonation is very limited; thick head improves the mouthfeel.

Overall - I really like Murphy's stout. It's dry, easy to drink, not too heavy for a stout, and very tasty. I will continue to return to this staple in the future...

Serving type: nitro-can

01-27-2013 01:56:00 | More by AAG
Photo of divineaudio


3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro can into a nonic.

a - pours a translucent dark brown with a pinky of thick, creamy, tan head that lasts forever. head completely coats the inside of the glass.

s - roasted grain (oats?), faint dark cherry, faintly nutty.

t - lightly roasty with strong dark fruity notes, mainly dark cherry and raisin. has almost no hop character, but finishes bittersweet.

m - lighter side of medium with lighter carbonation and a fine (nitrogen) profile. slightly sticky.

o - true to style, this one goes down easy and doesn't suck. could drink a few in a session no problem, 3 of these would be roughly equal to one of the many imperial stouts out there. worthy of an occasional purchase.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2013 23:48:54 | More by divineaudio
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4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a dimpled English beer mug.

A-It looks like chocolate milk when initially poured because of the nitro. When settled, it's pure black with a tan creamy 1 finger head. Left creamy lacing on the glass.

S-Hints of coffee (only slight) with bits of molasses. The smell is quite tame. There were bits of malt in the nose as well.

T-Very smooth, even crisp for this style. Taste of coffee, malt, and some slight bitterness from the hops in the aftertaste. Very balanced in every way. Quite a refreshing stout. It's a little sweet, a little dry, a little bitter..it's perfectly balanced. It was so good, I grabbed another one out of my fridge. I couldn't just stop at one, it's creamy and silky smooth!

M-lighter bodied but satisfyingly sessionable. Crisp and smooth. Light carbonation/moderate carbonation. Quite a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, buy it! It is underrated(unfortunately) but it's worth every sip. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Serving type: nitro-can

01-13-2013 17:21:24 | More by Jsteez
Photo of Winston_Smith


3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Tasty looking black and tan beer. Looks creamy.

Smell: Malts, vague toffee smell.

Taste: Coffee and other things I can't identify. Tastes like dry Irish stout I guess.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and honestly a little more watery than I'd expected.

Overall: I'm glad I tried it, but doubt I will seek it again. It is about on par with it's obvious competitor, maybe a little better. The appearance is very nice, but I wish it had been a little less watery.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-30-2012 02:58:17 | More by Winston_Smith
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North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured into a standard pint glass from a nitro can. Smell has a hint of copper, and I can say the same for the taste initially. About halfway through the beer the taste matured into a creamier, darkest of chocolate with hints of coffee on the back of the taste. Very smooth, among the most dry, and easy drinking. I'm not sure why I tasted the metal initially. This disappeared, but the smell persisted.

By far its best attribute is the head combined with lingering, thick lacing. Among the darkest.

Overall: Excellent sipping beer. Dry and solid. At only 4.0% not too much guilt. Be sure to give the can a good roll before to loosen up the nitrogen. I can imagine that it looses something in the can, though. Would definitely order on a cold night off a tap.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-28-2012 23:35:21 | More by doubleheelix
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3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Gorgeous juxtaposition of pitch black beer, and white, frothy, half-inch of head. The creamy spiraling of the bubbles visible during the pour is appealing.

Smell: Not many smells emanating here. A bit of chocolate. Similar beery smell of other British Isles beer.

Taste: Soft, subtle first impression of turkish coffee maltiness. Very clean. There is a balance there, like the sweetness and bitterness of dark chocolate. Slight hop brightness: so reserved and gentle. Each drink leaves you wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Silky and creamy. The carbonation is elusive.

Overall: True drinkability. All things about this are subtle and reserved. I give this high marks because you continuously want another sip. That said, it lacks in flavor and complexity. An enjoyable smoothness, however.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-27-2012 00:51:22 | More by erickehoe
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark beer

S: Chocolate aromas, not much to pick up on several attempts it seems.

T: Coffee and chocolate to be noticed pleasantly subtle but not what I have come to expect with this style of beer.

M: Almost too smooth. Stouts usually have a bitter kick at the end, this does not.

O: A decent beer. It is definitively a lot smoother than other beers of the same style which for some may be good.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-20-2012 00:56:31 | More by smwesson500
Photo of DavidST


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint can into a pint glass, nitro can. This pours a pitch black color with a foamy nitro head which leaves a finger thick head which remains throughout the beer. The smells are good, you get chocolate, coco, some light dark roasted malts. The feel is medium although creamy. The taste is pretty good, somewhat , light but creamy and tasty, you get the roasted malts, light bitterness, likely oatmeal, smooth nice session beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

12-13-2012 04:41:15 | More by DavidST
Photo of NilocRellim


4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This review for the Murphy's that I had in Ireland on tap. Definitely looses something when buying it in the can.

It pours similar to Guinness as it needs to settle because of the nitrogen. It pours very dark, almost black in appearance, unless held up to light where you an see that it is actually a VERY dark red. The head was a nice off-white/tan, thick, creamy head. The smell of roasted barley, sweet cream, and coffee is very subtle. The taste is (and should be) just as subtle. Light roasted flavour with coffee notes with a creamy finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes and have numerous times... even buy it in the can now.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-01-2012 04:05:01 | More by NilocRellim
Photo of barknee

New York

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pouring opaque black with a super dense, whipped meringue, deep mocha colored highly sustainable head, Murphy's is no doubt a fine looking stout.
The nose is of rich dark chocolate, chicory and oatmeal with an admirable mouthfeel. Not too unctuous as to be drinking 5w-20, but just enough weight that it doesn't feel limp. Also enjoyable is the fact that it isn't too sweet, perhaps less so than Guinness, and noticeably has far less alcohol than many domestic stouts making this a great long termer. Well balanced and somewhat straightforward, Murphy's quenches and satisfies without attempting to be pretentious.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-25-2012 22:22:26 | More by barknee
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Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Catching up on some more reviews from notes.
Pint, nitro-tap in Toronto. Not sure how nitro affects this one as I haven't heard the regular version to compare.

The beer is dark brown, mahongany color. The head is short, but tight foam (very Guinness-like). The floating cap of foam lasted for the entire pint, decent looking lace coats the glass.
Smells of roasted malt, maybe a bit of coffee, but I think the nitro kills alot of the aroma.
The flavor is quite mild, some more roasted malt, slight hints of coffee or cocoa. A little bit of bitterness at the end. Body is quite thin, but the nitro keeps it creamy and smooth.
A good sessional beer, not too bad.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-04-2012 21:12:40 | More by BigBry
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3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint nitro-can into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Beautiful nitro look with cascading carbonation and a residual creamy head, about an inch and a half thick. Very appealing.

S- Roast malts, delicious smelling chocolate and dry stout aroma. Appealing.

T- Less rich than Guinness, but similar in many ways. Perhaps more hoppy, but still rich and creamy malts. Not tremendously well developed. Drinkable and dry.

M- Dry, creamy. Good.

O- Still not as good as Guinness, but a very tasty Irish Stout.

Serving type: nitro-can

11-01-2012 02:25:33 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Finn


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a typical jet-black for the style, with the nice off-white creamy head on top. aroma is mellow, slightly roasty and slightly sour and husky. Flavor is very on par: mellow roasted malts with a hint of sweetness behind it all, and a touch tangy. finishes with a creamy mild coffee note. This is very drinkable and for the style very good. I keep coming back to this as a subtle, but tasty stout to have on hand when I want a simple, comforting beer.

Serving type: nitro-can

10-12-2012 01:43:40 | More by Finn
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