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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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BA SCORE
84
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975 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 975
Hads: 2,283
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 22.31%
Wants: 96
Gots: 311 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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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 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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Photo of StaveHooks
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Back body with a rich micro tan head. Excellent spider web lacing

S - Roasted cereal grains, cocoa puffs, milk chocolate malt, notes of coffee.

T - Toasted grains, milky cocoa, cold coffee, very silky and creamy flavors. Mineral flavors mix with multigrain cracker dough. Finishes creamy and dry

M - Milky cream texture, medium weight with a full body. Dry finish.

Always love kicking this beer back. You can session this all day but the creaminess makes you drink it slower. An excellent stout for any occasion.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed a pint on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, on good old St. Paddy's day of course. Pretty cool that they brought this classic in for the occasion. A dark brownish black brew, with a reddish twinkle here and there although largely opaque, with a creamy light tan head. Smells like dry chalky chocolate and light roast coffee, with hints of medicinal licorice and fruity esters than recall red berries. Lewis, in his book on stouts (part of the Classic Beer Styles series), describes this brew as extremely dry and roasty and I do not disagree. It is bone dry but also extremely smooth and creamy, quite carbonated but nevertheless easy on the mouth. Light bodied and crisp. I get chocolate and coffee flavors but also a robust fruitiness, perhaps unique to the tap format, with some cherry gum, strawberry, grape, and faint mint adding a rather refreshing element that moderately offsets the dryness. Does not come off like a mass-produced brew but should certainly work as a session option for the dark malt aficionado. Gotta say, it beats Guinness by a long shot from my perspective over here in sunny Alberta.

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Photo of fourstringer
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 14.9 oz nitro can into a Sam Smith pint glass. Moderate hand and allowed to settle. Some cryptic numbers printed on the bottle of the can. Never been much of a fan of Guiness and it's St. Patrick's day, so this was the other Irish stout available...

A: Essentially black, opaque body with a red tint at the edges. 1+ finger of cream-colored head. Excellent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Light roasted malt. Biscuit, toasted bread. Bit of toffee and coffee. Overall subdued scents. Smells mostly of nitro head.

T: Tangy, roasted malt with a dry, moderately bitter finish. A certain burnt element with some associated astringency. Overall flavor is light. No alcohol.

M: Very smooth, low carb consistent with a nitro can. Watery, light body. Built to pound, it seems.

O: That last sentence is the crux of the matter. The flavors and scents are subtle, but damn if this one doesn't just compel you to suck it down. Seems I put the glass down and it was gone. Just the ghost of a dry, roasted, bitter, very clean finish ringing on the palate. The 2nd and 3rd cans went down much the same way.

Prost!

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Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can with a "widget" feature to give a nitro creaminess. Murky brown/black in color with a soft frothy head. Aroma is light; toasted bread, baking cocoa, cereal grains. Flavor is dry, very subdued and slight and follows nose. Not acidic and astringent like a RIS. Very one-dimensional with no undertones. No hop flavors. Silky mouthfeel that is very sensual, the best part of this brew. A saint patty's day beer that is at least better than green tinted Budweiser.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from nitro can into a pint glass

Appearance – Being a nitro pour, the beer shows the beautiful cascading nitro bubble vision. A cascade of white/tan carbonation/nitro bubbles streams up through the dark brown nearly pitch black body of the brew, with it advancing to the top of the beer and leaving a great level of thick off-white foam on the surface of the beer. The foam has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave lots of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some coffee smells. Mixed with these are some hints of molasses and caramel, sweetening up the brew a bit. A bit of an oat and earthy aroma are there as well and when mixed with the sweet and nice roasty aromas it produced a very pleasant aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasty flavor mixed with some sweetness of a molasses and brown sugar nature. As the flavor advances the sweeter tastes fade all while being replaced by a lighter coffee flavor. Up front there is also a lighter chocolate taste, which like the sweeter flavors, ends up fading more toward the end of the flavor profile. Along with the increase of the coffee, so too comes some flavors of an earthier hop nature, which, with the drying of the flavors, ends up leaving a rather drier and darker roasted flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Again being a nitro pour, the beer has a slightly thicker body feel for a brew of only 4.0 % abv. with a rather standard nitro driven carbonation/nitrogen feel. For the style it is quite appropriate with the lack of tingling bubbles but the smoother and creamier feel being nice for the mix of roast and lighter bitter flavors.

Overall – A rather decent Irish stout. It starts out sweeter, but dries out nicely with a decent level of bitterness from coffee and earthy hop flavors. With the nitro style pour, it makes for a good feel for the mix of roast and bitter as well as for the lower abv. of the beer and make for a rather decent session style drinker.

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Photo of scratch69
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this from a nitro-can in a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with two fingers+ worth of tan head. Every swallow leaves a ring of lace around the glass.

Smell- Light aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate and coffee notes.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, creamy, and smooth.

Overall- A good stout and a good substitute when Guinness isn't available.

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Photo of yardkl
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I must admit, I'm a little confused by the ratings here for this beer. I've done many back to back comparisons with Guinness and this beer is milder version of guineas. Less flavor but more creamy. Guinness is in no way perfect but this beer is, in my opinion, lacks the flavor that Guinness has. Still a good beer. Try it!

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Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Better than Guinness, and as good as any sessionable, nitro stout stateside.

A; lovely head and lace. Blends extremely well in black & tans.
S: Roasty and chocolate malts dominate, plenty of aroma.
T: Bitterness is low, but it's not too sweet. Follows the smell with malts and more varied malts and not much hops. Yet, it's creamy, finishes well, blends well, and it's light.
MF: Thin, light, lightly carbonated, but doesn,t feel too light.

Most folks dont realize how much lighter (make a black & tan!), low cal, low ABV are dry stouts. Murphys is as good as they come and I wish I could source it locally by the case and a normal can size!
Must try.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
84 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.