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Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of BPirlot
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Irish Stout to date. Love the silk smoothness, almost like the texture of drinking chocolate milk. The light burnt nut taste is what really puts this one over the top for me. I stopped buying Guinness after tasting this one.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours black as a starless night. Nice nitro action producing a normal head volume, World Class retention and outstanding lacing.

Outstanding classic Irish stout nose with rich chocolate, a bit of roast and a touch of coffee over a caramel sweetness with a mineral note.

Very light watery body with just a hint of smoothness. Very slight effervescence in the finish. Normal for the style.

Like the body, the flavor profile is light in intensity, slightly complex and well balanced. It delivers a blend of chocolate and roast that flows to a mild bitterness. As the bitterness fades, caramel is detected underneath along with a nice dominate mineral note. The finish is a lingering mineral bitter note.

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Photo of rscp
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I won't say this is better or worse than bottled imperial or oatmeal stouts–its just a different style. At first I thought it was flat in comparison, but after a couple I slowly began to appreciate the silky smooth qualities that you won't find in most bottled stouts.


This beer is beautiful. The cascade effect and the stark contrast between the deep black body and the creamy tan head is gorgeous. If you're drinking this straight from the can you're really missing out. You'd be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful beer in a can or bottle.


Smells nice, not pronounced much. Roasty and malty with a little sweetness and bitter expresso.


Not quite as flavorful as an Old Rasputin per say, but its got a very enjoyable flavor profile. Sweet caramel at the beginning, a roasty coffee, and then a bitter, dry, chocolatey-expresso finish. Great balance of malts and hops.


This beer is liquid velvet on the tongue. Slight carbonation, milky, silky, medium light mouthfeel. Goes down too easy.


A great example of the style. If you like the nitro effect of a stout on draft, you ought to try this. Murphy's makes a great dessert beer that can be slowly enjoyed anywhere anytime. Additionally, its smooth mouthfeel and lower level of carbonation means that 2 or 3 of these could go down easier than you'd think.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can into a nonic pint.

You simply can't top the appearance on this brew. Creamy, thick as yogurt or a shake with an oatmeal color, the head is a spectacle. The way it sits atop the body is something mighty. There's a cascading effect from the nitrogen but then the body sits still as night. The color is deep brown approaching black. 5

Dark roasted malt on the aroma, but it's faint. Coffee notes, sweetness and a pungent mash aroma are mildly noticeable. 3.25

Plenty of flavor though. Chocolatey, tart, sweet cream, and coffee. All of these flavors are on the subtle side, very low-key. It's a nice tasting beer. 3.75

Dry but occasionally sweet, thinner in body than I was expecting from a nitro beer, but it has its creamy moments. There's a touch of tartness and an overall easy-drinking effect to this beer. I could put back many of this without a problem. 3.75

Good beer. I'll make a habit of picking a couple cans up from Trader Joe's regularly. Certainly worth it at the price.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Basically the same as Guinness in appearance. typical dark almost black colouration with a thick foam head of nitrogen bubbles . Heavy lace left all the way down the glass.

Smell - More complex than many in the style, good mild coffee aroma with sweet notes of toffee and bitter chocolate.

Taste - Much richer than Guinness with more evidence of a coffee and chocolate like bitterness some biscuit sweetness like a toffee and ginger cookie.

MF - Full bodied and creamy almost buttery in fact but this gives way to a very nice drying linger.

Overall - Very good in all camps with no scores below four and no element that flags. In terms of the style this one is better than the more famous and better known Guinness.

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Photo of hophugger
3.02/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours beautiful, decent tan head and tremendous!!! lacing. Aroma is mild and smells like creamy hot chocolate. Ok, this is where it turns south from here. This beer tries, but does not give it's best effort. I get hints of malt, hot chocolate and creaminess, BUT, it is like someone added water to my beer when I wasn't looking. This beer lacks the complexity that I expected. Very weak. Maybe a bad batch??, maybe not!!?

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Photo of RMan
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

If you think the U.S. Murphy's is good try a draft when you are in Ireland. It's smoother than a baby's butt. No aftertaste. Could drink this all day.

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Photo of cbish68
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

The Murphy's Irish Stout is a very dark, almost black stout beer with a very thick tan head and strong lacing left on the glass. Very deep roasted malt smell with tiny hints of coffee and chocolate. Very similar to Guinness but without the over powering coffee taste. An instant favorite.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +7.5%

A: Nitro can fills up with a dark beige creaminess, then separates into dark brown, almost black on the bottom, a finger of tan on the top, and 4 fingers of dark chocolate in between. Eventually the middle separates into dark brown with a finger of tan head.

S: Deep malts and Devonshire cream. Molasses, caramel, but mostly molasses with a creamy texture.

T: Creamy malty taffy and molasses, dark almost burnt bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue. I got a tinge of metallic as well.

M: Smooth creamy feel, the texture of whipped cream from the nitro head, and a smooth almost carbonation free bottom.

O: Really good brew. Wasn’t expecting the nitro, but found it to be a pleasant surprise. Found and drank in Chiang Mai. Drank on Oct. 9th, 2014.

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Photo of thechadwix
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: 1 inch head, light and creamy with a slight tinge of brown, the way freshly baked bread takes on a tinge of brown. Dark brown, almost opaque. Foam remains like a halo on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Tinny, with a tinge of honey, albeit muted like most stouts.

Taste: Caramel on the front-end, with an iron-y finish and a mellow lingering, almost coffee-like, flavor.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout.

Overall: Good stout staple for sipping during a movie or pairing with music.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint nitro can into a shaker. A careful pour produces about an inch of creamy, velvety tan head. I can only see light through the beer by using my Mini-Maglite, and then only a distant red orb within a deep dark brown. The head reduces to about a half inch and sticks around for the duration.

Lots of mineral qualities in both the aroma and flavor, along with an underlying caramel-molasses and light, nutty, bittering hops. A certain perceived sweetness dissipates toward the finish, which is rather dry. Creamy mouthfeel yet with a light body overall.

A flavorful brew and very quaffable. I think it is definitely superior to the Guinness available in the U.S.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint on-tap in Gallagher's Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland (€5):
Dark brown to black with red tinges at the base. Creamy looking & still, thumb-sized head that's off-white with great retention & good lacing on the sides.

Roasted notes & earthy malts initially, some creamy notes & lactose coming through alongside some light coffee & touches of bitterness towards the end with a touch of chocolate too.

Roasted malts, a touch of coffee & the same chocolate that appeared in the aroma as well. I could detect some sweetness with hints of faint bitterness alongside some biscuit flavours.

Very smooth & goes down very easily from the start. Carbonation was very soft & the beer was quite dry with a faint bitterness that left you wanting to take another drink straight after the last.

I thoroughly enjoyed this one & it definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. Lighter, smoother & less bitter than Guinness, it's is a good alternative to that one with a solid taste to back it up. Can't wait to see how it tastes by the can since it's hard to find on draught in the UK these days.

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Photo of SFNC
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Nitro-can into a pint glass. A nougat coloured head over a deep, dark cola body. There is lots of action beneath the surface after the intial pour. Smells of roast, burnt toast and grain. The taste is mild, with coffee and chocolate undertones mixing with the burnt toast of the nose. The mouthfeel is creamy, but seems too thin and watery for a stout. Overall, it's not too bad, but there are better options out there.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9-oz nitro-can into porter/stout glass

A - beautifully cascading bubbles settle slowly into a finger of creamy cream-colored head over a deep body with black appearance, red/orange highlights when back-lit; beautiful

S - slight malty smell, not much to it

T - roasted notes, slight coffee flavor, maybe a touch of chocolate; malty and biscuity

M - light for a stout, but creamy and smoother than smooth; low carbonation

O - It looks amazing and the smooth feel is impressive. Otherwise this one's fairly unimpressive. Not bad, but not impressive.

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Photo of MMaxim11
2.44/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

This is a very dark brown beer with a tan rich head. Murphy’s has an awesome lace that clings to the glass. Looking at this beer poured into a glass I could not wait to take a sip.

However, I was surprised and disappointed to see that the taste did not match the quality of how the beer looked. After the swallow I get the roasted malt flavor with minor coffee undertones.

When you first sip this beer you would think someone poured a cup of water into your glass. The beer is watery, and flat; like drinking flat soda. I don’t normally waste beer, but I’m thinking long and hard about pouring this down the sink.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

14.9 onz can

A: Dark chocolate with a creamy color foam that stays there for a long long time. The foam is really nice.

T: Nice solid taste and after-taste. Coffee and caramel like.

M: Nice smooth and silky mouthfeel, not carbonated at all.

Compare to the other stouts i had in the past, this is the best hands-down.

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Photo of Roxie_B
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Can

Appearance: Wish I could tell you. The bar I was at didn't bring me a glass so I suspect I am missing out on this one.

Smell: Had a bit of chocolate and coffee which was nice.

Taste: Watery. Grassy hops. Then the big happy coffee taste that I love about stouts.

Mouthfeel: Bit crisper than I'd like. Not as "chewy" as I'd like.

Overall: Not a bad experience and the best I could get where I was. If I am forced to go listen to drunk secretaries sing karaoke and all the horror that entails this will at least help me feel better about it.

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Photo of Casey_Butt
1.68/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

If it were possible to be worse than Guinness Guinness Draught this would be it. Thin, watery, bitter, flat... tastes like something gone bad. Doesn't look bad, smell too bad or have a bad mouth feel, but it tastes so bad it's hard to finish a can.

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Photo of Beejay
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours like chocolate mud, once the beer settles it is dark black in the glass with a soft creamy tan head on top.

S: Coffee grounds and baking bread. In the finish there is a little something fruity. I'd like to think that I pick up just a hint of smoke and chocolate as well.

T: Fairly light, but a nice coffee flavor. Slight bitterness in the finish although it seems to be more from the dark malts rather than hops.

M: Smooth and creamy feel, although the lower carbonation gives is a touch of a watery like consistency. Finish is a touch dry, and leaves you wanting another sip.

O: What can I say? It's Murphy's. Hits dead on for style, but doesn't blow me away. It's simple and elegant, and dependable. Good for when you want to knock back a few beers and are hankering for something dark.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: March 17, 2014... GLASSWARE: the "new" Guinness glass, straight from the brewery itself... OCCASION: St. Patrick's Day pub crawl #3 at Penn State... APPEARANCE: pours a creamy, thick, impressively stable brownish black head; jet black body that shows a harrowing red eye in the light--picture perfect... AROMA: peat, biscuit, doughy strength with some chocolate hints...soft ground coffee too...PALATE: smooth yet substantial; creamy and viscous--a pleasure to ease into an all-day affair with...TASTE: surprisingly hoppy to start with a strong, malty throat-satiating finish; roasted and smoothly, subtly chocolaty... OVERALL: can't beat St. Patrick's Day in Penn State; this is a morning maker if ever there was one, like a loaf of bread that also brings the oven, the coal, and the warmth with it--a rival to the Guinness crown...no doubt a blind taste-test may be in order....

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Photo of Auraan
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, nearly black color with a one finger, foamy head the stuck around and left nice lacing down the glass. Quite nice looking. Scents of roasted malt, coffee, cream, chocolate and an earthy, herbal undertone. Quite nice, a typical dry stout aroma with a nice addition of herbal character. Flavor begins with a nice hit of black coffee and roasted malt, moving into some dirty mineral flavors, cocoa powder and black coffee and roasted malt, alongside some herbal flavors in the background. Finish is dry, with roasted malt and earthy herbal flavors. Aftertaste is roasted grain and bitter black coffee. A very, very slight acidic sourness is present throughout. A very nice dry stout flavor, true to form, nothing off. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with low carbonation, and a smooth, creamy initial feel giving way to a chalky, drying finish. Quite nice. Very easy to drink. Overall this is a fairly good Irish Dry Stout. It hits the style notes straight on, and is quite nice to drink.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Dark cola brown-black with a fat nitro cap. Almost two fingers of head. Lots of density.

Mucky dirt malt with faint cocoa and scalded milk and a hint of bergamot oil. Earthy and raspy.

Flavors offer roasty malts with burnt chocolate and dirty earthy notes. Watery Keurig coffee backdrop, which lingers in a lackluster finish. Creamy body from the nitro widget, but the body doesn't hold fully solid beyond that. The carbonation pushes it to near-exquisite.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nitro can was poured into a Samuel Smith imperial pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that for the most part is still there. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. That is expected. Frothy lacing on the glass all the way down.

Smell: Roasted coffee, bready oats, toffee, caramel, chocolate, a little smoke, and earthy aromas.

Taste: Same as above blended well together. Very tasty for a 4% nitro beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, lite bodied, a little chewy, some bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer can't do no wrong. Easy to drink and delicious. More please.

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Photo of delta490
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep, dark brown, with a ruby-tint towards the bottom of the glass. A creamy khaki head lasts throughout the beer and leave some nice lacing. The aroma is very sweet, think very dark caramel, with just a hint of burnt grain. The taste is very malty with a nice earthy hops finish. It's thinner along the style of dry stout and is just a great stout.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can into imperial pint glass, canned on 2/14/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and creamy light tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense creamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant balance of roast/bready malt flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, lush, and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a nice dry stout. Good balance and robustness of roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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