Murphy's Irish Stout
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
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Style:
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #83
ABV:
4%
Score:
85
Ranked #31,464
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 14.02%
Reviews:
1,092
Ratings:
2,721
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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
Notes: Murphy’s is an internationally recognized Irish stout, brewed since 1856 in the iconic Lady’s Well Brewery, Cork.

Classified as an Irish Dry Stout, Murphy’s is dark in color and medium-bodied. It is silky smooth with toffee & coffee undertones, almost no bitterness, and a irresistible creamy finish.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

My notes, many years ago: "A fine stout, giving Guinness real competition." It has been quite a while since I last had a pint of Murphy's, though - the sales seem to have lost momentum in Norway. Will sample again when I can find it. I'm a sucker for some nitro creaminess....

Apr 17, 2021
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Murphy Brewery 'Murphy's Stout' @ 4.1% , served from a 4pack of 440 ml can's
A-pour is a light brown from the can to a cascade almost black in the glass with a large creamy tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-dry Irish stout staples malt & barley
T-roasted malts , creamy smooth , dry bitter finish
MF-lots of carbonation , big medium body
Ov-smoky almost burnt thru out
prost LampertLand

Apr 17, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Murphy’s Stout pours into my glass pitch black, supporting a packed, coffee and cream colored head. As I type this, that head is in no hurry to go anywhere.
Holding the glass up to my nose, I notice a combination of chocolate and a soft, mineral profile. Chocolate and mineral aromas lead into a center where I smell what I can only describe at first as being something grainy. It’s somewhere between bread and a more generic aroma of ripe grain. All of this moves quickly and easily into hints of roasted coffee in the finish.
Taking a sip, I’m confronted with a thick, luscious mouthfeel. The first flavor I notice is a gentle, mineral sort of flavor. It’s a mineral quality that somehow reminds me of the sea. This is followed by flavors of coffee and a supporting hint of chocolate. Just enough to slightly sweeten the overall flavor profile. All of these flavors combine nicely to lead into a finish that has flavors of roasted grains, reinforcing the preceding flavors of coffee.
Murphy’s Stout is rich, smooth, and lush in its mouthfeel, which is something I look for especially in an Irish stout. The flavors are gentle, yet defined. The flavor profile has enough character to easily set it apart from lesser Irish stouts. Have this on a cold winter night, or with a plate of oysters on the half shell.

Apr 02, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - super dark brown with a nice lasting milky tan foamy head and lacing
Smell - a light coffee roasty malt scent
Taste - slight roasty malt with a hint of chocolate and coffee
Feel - light creamy body

Mar 27, 2021
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Mugman8 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful thick beige head on top of cloudy deep brown brew.....aroma is subtle toffee and coffee. Taste follows aroma, subtle flavors with creamy smooth feel. A mild stout, nice with a meal.

Mar 18, 2021
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backblast from Alaska

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tastes of dark roasted malt up front with a light malt bitterness. Also present is a roasted nuttiness mixed with some char and earthiness. Nice finish and aftertaste. Not bad for a 4%.

Mar 17, 2021
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RJLarse from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce nitro can, poured in to a pub glass. Pours a walnut brown color, with a creamy beige head. The taste is a rich coffee and chocolate color, with mild bitterness. A very nice and flavorful mild stout.

Jan 03, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this from a can poured into a shaker pint glass. Beautiful pour with a dark brown body topped with a creamy, foamy bei head and great lacing. Chocolate smell and taste with flavors of dark berries and dark toast. Tastes very rich but is light and refreshing. Classic stout!

Nov 08, 2020
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mikeinportc from New York

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium chestnut-brown, with long-lasting light tan head.

Smell is creamy chocolate .

Taste is roasted nuts, and some earthy, peaty char. Mildly bitter.

Feel is light , with smooth, creamy carbonation.

Overall, an enjoyable , easy-drinking Dry Irish Stout. I'd give it the edge over Guinness.

Nov 03, 2020
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walser from New York

3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a great stout, and Irish-Irish, not Anglo-Irish like Guinness. I think Heineken has probably left it alone. Was in Cork in the late 1980s before Silicon Valley colonized Ireland and it seemed more real of a city, more Irish than Dublin. Joyce was there, and in the words of the young Joyce living near the Murphy brewery: `I Have read little and understood less.`

Oct 31, 2020
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion, better than Guinness Pub Draft.
A bit smoother, more rounded and just a perfect pint of Pub style draught beer.
A tad more roasted profile than Guinness.
Smooth as black silk.

Oct 30, 2020
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Paddy-loves-beer from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best way I can break it down for anyone reading this. Guinness is like the chocolate milkshake and to me, Murphy's was more coffee milkshake vibes. Both incredible beers, especially if you can drink them in their respective towns. NOW in terms of in America, I think Murphy's in a can is better than the Guinness is a can. Just a little FYI.

Oct 15, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep amber but appears black. Opaque. Nitro surge. 1 finger of beige head that lasts a long time.

S: Roasty. Caramel, toffee, kind of hard to get a nose through the head really.

T: Dark chocolate, as opposed to Guiness' milk chocolate. Bitter and dry. The roasted barley is clean and exceptional.

F: Smooth, creamy, and light.

O: Murphy's saved my marriage.

Aug 28, 2020
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Crossbowy from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A very good beer to either drink or cook with. I like to make a beef stew with this as it's base instead of water. It also works for a beef marinade along with Worcestershire sauce and / or soy sauce.
As for drinking it has a hint of bananas especially if you get the kegged version. It also has a slight coffee flavor. In the canned version they do just like Guiness does now and Belhaven and add a N2 pill in the can to increase the tight head when it is opened. It will make for a good Black & Tan (which I like better than the Guiness black and Tan).

Jul 17, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can. Nice nitro pour, dark with a tan foamy head. Smells of grain and chocolate. Taste follows the smell, very smooth like most nitro beers. Good flavor.

Jul 09, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The look is tea-colored, smells of chocolate, coffee, and cream. Nitro widget unleashes a creamy head, with an off white-brownish tint to the beer. Mouthfeel is outstanding as the creamy though in light mouthfeel stout, is both full-bodied and dry. Upfront notes are roasted malts, creamy overall texture throughout the beer that is met with a bit of fruity nature that finishes impeccably chocolate-like. It's a shame there are only 4 as this is worth having 8 times in a sitting.

Jun 23, 2020
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Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 16oz nitro can into a pint glass. pours a dark cola brown but gathers in the glass black with a thin layer of creamy tan head. aromas of faint chocolate and roasted malts. taste is similar. might be but chocolate on the nose than with the taste but it’s light and easy drinking. smooth creamy mouthfeel albeit a little thinner but it’s a 4% European stout and works to add to this beer’s drinkability. i was going to try to refrain from the guinness comparisons but it’s hard not to. this is a little more chocolatey than guinness and possibly less bitter, not that guinness is overly bitter. overall, i think i prefer this but they’re both great, easy drinking stouts. in the world of craft beer where everything has to be a huge barrel-aged imperial stout, i find necessary respite in easier drinking lower abv dark beers.

Jun 11, 2020
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Sharkbite20 from Philippines

3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smooth Operator

My first ale was the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout which caught me offguard with its rather bold introduction and highly complex of flavor. It was a heavy meal i honestly struggled to finish.

Bracing myself for my second taste of an ale, I was surprised to find a lighter and amiable glass of Murphy. A reviewer below was correct in saying this goes down fast, if not, a little too fast!

L - Nitro can gives a slight dropping micro foam effect. Creamy, one finger head on my coca cola pint- down to half a finger after 17 minutes now. Persistent cap and lacing aplenty all over the glass. Opaque black with reddish caramel.

S - Malty, Sweet Cream, Coffee, Milk Chocolate, Slight floral

T - Follows the nose, malt and roast coffee, some earth, spice and just short of tangy, finish with some milk chocolate. Sweet.

Feel - A little alcohol warmth at the end, nothing near the Guinness FES. Watery in comparison, with mild carbonation (very few burps haha) the polite guest who leaves too soon! I wanted to keep half of the can in a sealed bottle but i reached out for it very soon after. Again this goes down fast and smooth! Despite a watery and sweet character, will leave you a bit wanting. A little dryness and some syrup in the end. Enjoyed on a warm tropical evening like a lager.

Overall - Pleasant, sweet, surprisingly light but complex. Alcohol sneaks in about 20 minutes in. Watch out you may just reach for another pint!

May 16, 2020
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NorcalOak

2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark in appearance with some hues of ruby red. Decent head and good lacing. Smells of faint toffey and biscuit. Taste is slightly sweet but not cloying. Mouth feel is creamy and velvet. Overall a great product. What is odd is that on the nitro cans Edinburgh is listed as the place it was brewed. Under supervision of Cork brewers. Very interesting but still a good choice expecially if you don't care for Guinness.

Apr 28, 2020
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thesherrybomber from California

4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

look: two finger creamy, tanned head that sticks around; dark brown, murky body
aroma: milk chocolate, roast, sweetness, "wet dirt"
taste: black coffee, some bitterness
finish: smooth, light

I'm not the biggest stout fan (to be fair, most of my stouts have been of the big, boozy American variety), but this hits close to my beloved Köstritzer. It has an "extreme" taste, but otherwise pretty tame. If someone is looking to branch out into darker beers, this would not be a bad place to start!

Apr 11, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this from a $3.99 4 pack from Binny’s. If you like Guinness you’ll like Murphy’s. I don’t drink a lot of stouts but this one was tasty. It has notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted nuts. The mouthfeel does feel a little watery which would be my only knock. Overall a good Irish stout that is on par with Guinness.

Mar 27, 2020
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Bluecrow from New York

3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-ebony can pour with a classic nitro foam run and then a foam cap that persists for the entire drink. The aroma is of toasted malt and a bit of toffee sweetness. The favor follows the nose and is appreciably dry. This is very good.

Mar 18, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

what a total classic! i cant believe i havent reviewed this until now, ive consumed hundreds of these at least, always with pleasure. when i was a new beer drinker i used to think i knew something others didnt preferring this to guinness, but i guess it doesnt seem like much of a secret anymore, still i love this every time, under the radar or not, its an iconic example of the style, nitro cans unbeatable! great price, gorgeous nitro pour from the can with the widget, lasting creamy thick pale tan head, deep close to black liquid, pretty as can be in the glass. smells dry and simple, muted like they always do in this format, but simple, earthy, and roasty, black coffee and wet soil notes abound. some middle chocolate malt to this, obvious irish ale yeast which i just love in here coming through the dark grain, and a fast finish but with a creamy feel and some bitterness that comes back to the middle of the tongue after the swallow. i used to sit around in college and smoke weed and drink these to the curiosity of my peers, but this is and has always been a personal favorite. call it nostalgia, but you arent going to find a more classic example of the style than this, really! cocoa, light natural vanilla, and the bready yeast. just delicious, smooth as can be, and drinkable forever. this will always have a special place in my heart. i need to remind myself to drink this more often than just on st pattys day.

Mar 17, 2020
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent dry nitro stout. Pours dark with creamy foam. Malty aroma. Very smooth and dry with a big roasted malt finish. A little smokey. Goes down quick...a little too quick.

Mar 14, 2020
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irs from New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I love this stuff. Its nostalgic for me, it was on tap at Doll's Place in New Brunswick when I was in grad school at Rutgers. Its the standard for stout for me, because its the first stout I ever drank consistently. A little bit sweet, with roasty notes of coffee and cocoa and dark bread. Still the ideal chaser for a nice whiskey.

Mar 03, 2020
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