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Murphy's Irish Stout - Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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969 Reviews

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Reviews: 969
Hads: 2,248
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 22.31%
Wants: 90
Gots: 293 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited visit their website

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 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.


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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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Photo of Fatehunter
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Dozi
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of GMB
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of BierJager89
4/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of seydou
4.76/5  rDev +28%
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.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
84 out of 100 based on 969 ratings.