Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Reviews: 956
Hads: 2,184
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 82
Gots: 249 | FT: 0
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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 fourstringer
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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! (1,118 characters)

Photo of Aaron_Ramson
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (477 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (2,088 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of yardkl
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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! (323 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of light tan head on a black body.
The aroma is black licorice, roasted malt and milk.
The taste is mild with light roasted malt and milk. Finishes with a mild bitter note.
The texture is smooth with a medium body.
It hits the right notes for a milder stout. Quite enjoyable. (290 characters)

Photo of ExtraStout
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the best style of beer to look at is the Irish Dry Stout. Cascading nitro style waiting period. Dark brown to black, sticky, fully coated lacing. Carbonation is almost non-existent after the pour completes itself.

Some charred barley, but like most from this style it is on the easy drinking, creamy, laid back. Watered taste, milky mouthfeel, and the drinkability is average just because I can't see myself looking forward to this or pursuing it any time soon. Once again another brew I'd prefer to try on tap, without the nitro blasting ball, but for this review in a can its simply uneventfull. (606 characters)

Photo of Dozi
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Grabbed this beer at my local grocery store. It was either this or Guinness. Glad I went with the Murphy's. Extremely smooth, finishes with just a touch of bite. As others have said, it isn't as thick as many stouts but I don't consider that a fault. No light passes through against light, so it's definitely not light by any means. I could drink a few of these in one sitting whereas many of the thicker stouts are more of a "one and done" type of experience. Fans of the style should definitely try Murphy's.

Overall, this will my goto stout from now on whenever there isn't many "specialty" stouts to choose from. (617 characters)

Photo of GMB
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A standard pour of Murphy's Stout fills my glass with viscous-looking foam that slowly change into a nearly opaque black brew. It was a pleasure to watch the cappuccino foam in the glass rise slowly towards the top to yield a head that has as much staying power as one can expect from a can of beer. The beer's opaqueness makes it difficult to make out the nature of carbonation in this brew. Even when I hold my glass against strong light, I'm barely able to appreciate the beer's ruby highlights.

The nose is exactly what one expects from an Irish stout. Aromas are light and crisp, and comprise bread dough, roasted grain, and hints of coffee.

Roasted coffee flavors are given a boost by some mildly bitter hopping, and play a much more important role on the palate than they did in the nose. The flavor profile isn't very complex, but that doesn't matter. This is a delicious, smooth, creamy stout. Yum. Some of my BeerAdvocate colleagues have bemoaned the beer's thin mouthfeel. I'm not bothered by it. This beer is light and drinkable, and a fuller mouthfeel wouldn't work. The only problem is that the carbonation in my glass doesn't last long.

Murphy's Stout is more delicious than I remember it being. I'll have to pick up another can and do a comparative tasting of it and Guinness. I suspect that Murphy's would win hands-down. If memory serves, it's sweeter on the palate, drier in the hang, and its roasted malt flavors are better balanced by hopping. (1,468 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a creamy tan head. Beautiful.

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, medium roast coffee and.. Nitrous?

T: Roasty, nutty, some chocolate, some medium roast coffee.

M: Medium bodied and creamy smooth.

O: Pretty typical of an Irish dry stout. Perhaps a bit more complex. Recommended for fans of the style. (321 characters)

Photo of seydou
4.76/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a draught can.

The most aesthetically beautiful beer I've had. Pours thick, creamy, takes some time to settle out of a relaxed and bubbly tan into a perfect dark beer with a layer of thick creamy head that looks like icing on a cake.

Smells rich, and the taste is perfect. Just the right amount of bittery undertones and a clean, clean, clean drink. Tasting something like a bitter chocolate or a toasted nut of something. Just perfect. Smooth and thick without being bloaty-inducing. (502 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout pours a black color, with a large creamy head. There is a creamy dry aroma with coffee and chocolate notes. The taste is very creamy, nice smokey and very dry malty flavors. Nice taste, but watery body. Overall its a nice Irish dry stout, a step above Guinness. (282 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Imported Stout, Draught Style. Tasted 19 January 2014.

Pour is gorgeous, thanks in large part to the nitro-can, I imagine. Nearly black, but dark reddish and clear at the very edges. Cascading head that leaves 1 finger of off-white creamy foam. Fantastic retention and good lacing. Wow.

Smell is faint, mostly rosted barley for that nice char effect. Other than that, it's light, as it should be, but there's just not all that much to it.

Taste is just okay. Light char, some roasty bitter in the back. But not a whole ton of flavor. Two-note and generally bland.

Feel is thin and flat. The nitro brings almost nothing to the feel, and it just sits there dead on my tongue, with the bitter back-end starting to taste stale.

Thin and rather flavorless. It's nice to have a low-ABV stout, but there are much better ones out there, including much better nitro Irish dry stouts. So I'll pass on this one for the foreseeable future. (942 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Can from Bert's
Pours a solid dark brown with faint garnet highlights at the edges and a huge creamy tan head that persists forever and ever. Aromas of earthy roasty coffee and light cream with a hint of vanilla and chocolate. The flavor is a slightly mineralized caramel and coffee with bits of earth and roast. Medium to light body with a moderate to high level of carbonation and a creamy watery mouthfeel and a lingering roasted bitterness on the palette. Easy drinking somewhat flavorful creamy ale. I could pound a few of these back if I were in it for the long haul. (573 characters)

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - It is black to very dark brown in color, with a creamy tan head.

Smell - a sweet sugary smell, with some roasted malts.

Taste - Very sweet from beginning to end; have to make sure you drink it when the head is there.

Mouthfeel - It is a silky smooth beer, a bit light for a stout.

Overall - Not as thick as Guinness, but a bit sweeter and smoother. (365 characters)

Photo of gueuzeonhigh
2.66/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The nitro widget sure made this beer pour like the can was hooked to the brewery's tap.
Produced a dark brown almost black beer with a dense but short lived head.
As the head receded it left generous lacing-- I thought it a very satisfying look--
especially if I was at the pub quaffing draft!

But all that leads me to the rest of the story-- no real nose to speak of-- maybe it's my smeller. I inhaled and inhaled-- is there anybody there? If there is a nose from this stuff it's mighty small!

Flavor-- OK it's a "light" stout-- but if I was blindfolded I would not declare this a stout-- I probably would not claim this was a beer!

One thing I did like was the comparatively low ABV. Do commendable beers these days have to have "weld to your chair" ABV levels?

The mouthfeel was probably the highlight of my session with this beer. Had a velvety cordial embrace that made the beer feel almost seductive-- save the flavor-- which I could find almost no trace of- -try as I might.

Overall-- there are much better in this style If you're looking for a hearty beer don't be fooled by "Stout" on (in this case) the can.. (1,129 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had from a can poured into a nonic pint at Three Blind Mice in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Price was $5.

Appearance: About what you’d expect from a can with a nitro widget... super creamy. Thick head. Pretty nice lacing. About black.

Smell: It... barely smells. Guinness has a faint chocolate and roasty note, and this smells like an ounce of chocolate in a bottle of water. There’s seriously almost nothing there.

Taste/feel: A very slight step up from Guinness. Guinness has a slightly more bitter flavor that I remember, and this is a touch sweeter. I feel like Guinness (strangely enough) manages to have MORE flavor, but I may prefer Murphy’s by a slight margin. Both have a thick and creamy mouthfeel.

Decent beer, but nothing compared to many other stouts I’ve had before. (790 characters)

Photo of bamastout
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Its better that Guinness but its just not my taste in stout.

Very fun to pour and look at but it just falls short on being flavorful.

Dark, creamy and sooo pretty. Keeps a head and looks like the best beer visually.

The aromatics are a typical stout but it seems to lack much of a strong taste

Very much drinkable and i wouldn't hesitate to recommen for the Guinness drinker however I prefer imperial stouts, double stouts, ect.

No bitter taste, very smooth.

The last chug doesn't leave an aftertaste but the foamy head follows all the way down.

Last thoughts: looks perfect and wont disappoint the beer drinker, however the stout lover may want to try a friends before purchase. (688 characters)

Photo of mlichens
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a nitro can into a pint glass. A very good, underrated dry Irish stout. Frankly, I'll drink this over Guinness any day of the week (sorry, fellow Irish New Englanders). The mouthfeel is creamy, quite smooth. Appearance is dark, a healthy white head with only minor lacing. Initial taste is sweet, with some coffee notes and a slight bitterness at the end. This is one of those old-school stouts that I could drink by a gallon. (438 characters)

Photo of ZagZagg
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (522 characters)

Photo of JohnLilja
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (283 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of klimoja
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (508 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.81/5  rDev +3%
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. (954 characters)

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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