Murphy's Irish Stout
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Stout - Irish Dry
Ranked #48
Ranked #22,317
3.76 | pDev: 14.36%
May 01, 2022
Dec 17, 2000
Very Good
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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4.41 by harsley from Massachusetts on May 01, 2022
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3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

Pours a dark brown with a tan, almost nitro like head, somee lacing. Nose gets some roasted grains, taste is similar. Rich creamy body, long lasting carbonation. I prefer this to Guiness.

Mar 17, 2022
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4.68/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by ATL6245 from Georgia

Appearance: Jet black with khaki mousse-like head exhibiting excellent retention.

Aroma: Roasted malt & coffee like aroma

Flavor: Deep roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate. Low to medium bitterness. Dry.

Mouthfeel: Light & creamy body. Dry at the finish with a touch of astringency.

Overall: Amazingly smooth & light for a dark beer. Very similar to a Schwarzbier for lager fans. Drank one a little too chilled, the second much warmer. Definitely want to drink this beer on the warm side, makes for a totally different and better drinking experience. Produces a thick, mousse-like head that lasts forever. I could find zero flaws in this sample or the first.

Mar 17, 2022
3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado on Mar 16, 2022
3.82 by jml51 on Jan 25, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by TheMatts

Like Guinness. Had the Guinness look, but a slightly darker head, a very creamy head. Slightly more bitter than Guinness and had a slightly maltier taste. This is quality, but just like Guinness it needs to be poured well and have all its ducks in a row to be a 5/5 (which it can be).

Jan 18, 2022
3.47 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Jan 05, 2022
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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by 1009 from Massachusetts

First enjoyed this in Ireland. I’m a Cork man myself, so it holds an extra special place in my heart. On first glance the average drinker would mistaken it for a Guinness. Looks almost identical and smells like that dry stout aroma. However, taste is unique. Low to zero bitterness and more coffee and cocoa notes than Guinness in my opinion. Excellently smooth and creamy. Wonderfully sessionable. However one word of advice, don’t take a tequila shot after slamming one of these!

Dec 05, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

Poured from pint can into clear plastic cup
Look: Black with a thick tan head measuring 2 fingers with great retention. Extremely similar to a Guinness.
Smell: Subtle coffee and chocolate notes
Taste: Follows the nose with hints to coffee and chocolate. Once again, very similar to a Guinness.
Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium bodied with decent carbonation.
Overall: In a blind taste test, I don't think I could tell the difference between this beer and a Guinness, which speaks volumes of how good this beer is.

Dec 01, 2021
4.47 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 04, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with minimal light penetration. There’s a half inch of creamy beige head on top. The aroma is of dark malt. I’m tasting dark malt and caramel. The mouth is very creamy and decadently smooth.

Oct 31, 2021
3.98 by Fallen232 from Pennsylvania on Oct 21, 2021
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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

Look: Coal black, with a one finger marshmallow grey head. The head is super dense with amazing staying power. The head has barely disappated after 5 minutes. It leaves lace all over the glass as the beer comes to its ultimate end.

Smell: I'm getting both milk and bitter chocolate, with dark coffee undertones. There is a hint of sandal wood in the mix which adds to the complexity.

Taste: Typical watery front end that you expect from an Irish stout. By the middle of the sip you notice the bitter dark chocolate characteristics, and a substancial creaminess's. Woody with a hint of tabacco flavour at the end.

Feel: Thick, creamy a definate mouthful. There is something for every part of your mouth in this brew.

So here's the thing, stouts as a style are my favourite beer category, but that being said, Irish Stouts are my least favourite stout variation. I tend to find them tops on look and feel, but watery in flavour, and in the end a beers flavour is the most important characteristic to me. All that said, this would be the best Irish stout I've ever had. Not as pretty as a Guinness, but better tasting and with as good a mouthfeel. So it earns a strong B+.

Oct 02, 2021
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2.3/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by TheSolidifiedSnake

This is by far the best smelling beer I ever smelt but that's where it stops. It's one of the worst tasting beers I ever had.

Aug 27, 2021
3.85 by Chipwells from Georgia on Aug 22, 2021
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2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 2
by HiIBU4Me from Pennsylvania

This is another stout with a gas ball inside. Big hiss when you pop the tab and that's it for nitro. Otherwise tastes like a fairly good stout that lost it's fizz. pretty disappointing.

Aug 16, 2021
4.08 by JanglezB19 from Canada (ON) on Aug 07, 2021
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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by VABA from Virginia

Pours a very dark color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has coffee, chocolate and toffee hints
The taste follows the nose with silky coffee, chocolate and coffee flavor
A medium bodied decently carbonated beer
A good Stout

Aug 01, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jonphisher from New Jersey

Pours a very very dark brown, it comes off as black but the edges and holding to light reveals the dark brown. Beautiful creamy nitro head with a nice off white color with a hint of brown. Some really nice lacing that usually comes with nitro beers.

Aroma is roasty, the the smell of a very light coffee, then some wood-like notes. I’m no wood worker so I’m not gonna pretend to pick a certain one but it’s definitely there.

The flavor follows the nose. The roastiness comes out really nice and flavorful. I didn’t notice any chocolate in the nose but the flavors meld together to taste like a lighter chocolate which oddly finishes like a dark chocolate, because of the substantial roast going on. Really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and creamy. I’m really thrown off by the bitter aspect, I can’t tell if it’s bitter or it’s just the roastiness making me think it’s more bitter than it is.

I love this beer, complex flavor, low abv and super drinkable.

Aug 01, 2021
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RadMan18 from Illinois

Irish dry stouts are one of my favorite beers, so this is beer is aimed right at me. I first tasted this on draft in Ireland during a vacation many years ago along and sampled it with Guinness and Beamish on draft. I remember my favorite being Beamish at the time. The version I am reviewing is the nitro can found in a 4 pack.

The look of Murphy is right in line with what is expected from this style of beer. Deep black body with a creamy head that lasts all the way to the end. The smell is subtle like most in this class with a hint of dark wood, tobacco and very slight sweetness of molasses. Although Irish dry stouts are on the thick side, they are extremely refreshing. The weight of the beer cools my mouth and the thick body dissolves quickly due to the high carbonation.

On the front, the beer tastes like it smells but as it moves back it takes on just enough bitterness to wake up my taste buds. As soon as I drink it, it is gone leaving a cool, refreshing feeling with the slight bitterness and alcohol making my mouth water for the next drink.

While not a flavor-filled experience, this stout is perfect for those that enjoy the feel more than robust flavors. I really like these types of beers and Murphy is a great, consistent example.

Jul 31, 2021
3.57 by Hopweiser from Korea (South) on Jun 09, 2021
3.55 by Namwobius from Canada (ON) on May 16, 2021
3.79 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut on May 14, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sigmund from Norway

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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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

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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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

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
4.29 by Slyde180 from Texas on Mar 31, 2021
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

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
3.94 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania on Mar 21, 2021
4.06 by miwestcoaster from Michigan on Mar 20, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Mugman8 from New York

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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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by backblast from Alaska

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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

coffee chocolate milk.

Mar 12, 2021
3.92 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Mar 11, 2021
3.84 by youxtas from Greece on Feb 21, 2021
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