Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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2.3/5 rDev -38.5%
The "dryrish" stouts are not my cup of tea, full disclosure...that said I did buy a case in march after getting a little too psyched for st paddy's day...The greatest thing about this beer for me is the pour. The science of the widget can to pint glass pour almost brings a tear to my eye. After that it's all downhill. Very little aroma, and what j could detect was a hint of malt. One mouthful tastes of sheer boredom to me. I do prefer it far beyond Guinness, but again, it's just not my type of beer. One on march 17th for me and that's it.
05-04-2012 00:31:23 | More by flyers1980
3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
Poured from 16 oz nitro-can into pint glass.
A: Dark dark brown, bordering on black, with medium tan head. Opaque. Looks like a lava lamp when poured with all the wandering movement. Mesmerizing to watch. As with most nitro-cans, when it settles it is very still, although the head is retained well.
S: Really lackluster here. A little malt sweet aroma and not much else. A soft coffee aroma does develops as the beer warms some.
T: Roasted malt, bit of sweetness up front. Small amount of hop bitterness at the end but not any particular character than I can define. As the beer warms (seriously, I guess I'm starting these off too cold) there is some mocha flavor in the back half.
M: A little thin of a mouthfeel for a stout, but acceptable. It is smooth, a bit creamy. The mocha with a touch of bitter aftertaste is actually pleasant but doesn't last long.
O: It's a quality old stand-by, and I think superior to its main competitor. It seems to me that it improves significantly as it warms several degrees from refrigerator temperature.
05-03-2012 04:49:01 | More by macrosmatic
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
poured from a pint nitro can into a Guinness pint glass (Oh, I know)
A - Poured directly into the glass to get that lovely cascade effect as waves of darker liquid sink to the bottom through the tan head. Pours a motor oil black with amber highlights and sitting atop it all is perfectly creamy, two-finger, tan head. The large tan cap stays intact all the way down the glass and scores of lacing are left behind. A perfect looking Irish dry stout!
S - Dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans with a hint of earthy hops and chocolate crystal malt.
T - A slight dark-chocolate bitterness upfront. The body is really underwhelming with light hop and espresso notes playing around in a sea of creaminess. A bit more hop flavor comes through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before an espresso finish.
M - Super-smooth and creamy thanks to the nitro-can with virtually no carbonation. The lack of carbonation gives it a nice authentic cask-served in an English pub style. To me, the body is too light, even by Irish Dry Stout standards as it is just an iota thicker than water.
The real allure of this beer is the perfect appearance and superbly creamy mouthfeel that few beers posses. However, despite all the somewhat rare nitro tricks and solid nose, this beer has very little substance and almost tastes like a Guinness Extra Stout combined with 50% water. This tasted significantly better from the tap in New Zealand with a more substantial body and stronger flavors. I might purchase a few more cans then and again, but only to have the novelty of the English draught experience in my own home.
05-02-2012 04:55:07 | More by Bockrules
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
I tried this on tap at the Bulldog Ale House in Roselle, IL. $5 for a pint glass, but only $2 on Thursdays.
The beer poured jet black with a full finger of creamy tan head on top that just wouldn't go away. I got tired of waiting for the head to subside so I finally just drank it with the head still on and put up with the tan mustache it gave my upper lip. The lacing was incredible.
Not much smell to this one - just some faint coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt.
This certainly lives up to the "dry" part of its style name. There's not a hint of sweetness in it. Weak black coffee, roasted barley, and powdered cocoa make up most of the taste. Some mild hop bitterness rounds out the flavor.
Creamy, yet light bodied with no carbonation. I didn't say low carbonation - I said ZERO carbonation, which may take some getting used to, but not altogether unheard of for the style.
If you like sweet stouts - this isn't it, but then again it's not supposed to be. It's a decent example of what it is - a dry Irish stout.
04-24-2012 18:19:26 | More by matjack85
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured into a glass mug. Pours creamy dark brown as the tan head builds in the glass. Sticky lacing coats the side of the glass as this beer is consumed. The aromas of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee hit the nose. The smells are mild, but detectable. The flavor is exactly like it smells. There are dark roasted malts, smooth bitter chocolate, and minor bitter coffee notes. The flavors are creamy and mellow. There is a touch of astringency as well. This is a medium bodied beer with a creamy mouthfeel. This beer pleasantly sticks to the mouth. It's refreshing and very easy to gulp. Overall, this is an excellent beer and classic example of the Irish dry stout. Murphy's is cheaper than Guinness, so those looking to experiment with this style could turn to Murphy's first.
04-18-2012 22:44:19 | More by acevenom
Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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