Murphy's Irish Stout
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #78
Ranked #26,804
3.78 | pDev: 14.02%
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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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Photo of mothmanscott
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From notes 12/20/11: Pours black with a hint of ruby around the edges when held to the light producing 2 fingers of tight, tan head. Nose is malty with some milky chocolate. Taste starts creamy but is watery thin chocolate, caramel with little or no hop presence as it should be; chocolate more prominent in the finish. Aftertaste somewhat like that produced by chocolate milk over ice. A bitter note throughout the sip with an increasing bitterness from middle into the slightly astringent aftertaste.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pitch black body. 2.5 fingers of creamy tan nitro head with good retention.

Smell: Roasted, slightly burnt coffee and chocolate, mild tanginess.

Taste: Mostly a roast malt taste. Very little bitterness from any source. Relatively mild and quickly fading.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with mild carbonation.

Overall: A “beginner’s stout.” Meets the standards for the profile, but not much beyond that.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout brewed by Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited, with an ABV of 4.00% This Irish Dry Stout pours out of a 16oz/ 14.9oz nitro can into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep brown black color with a nice off white tan head. This brew has the look of the black coffee, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with Roasted goodness. You pick up on a lot of roasted grains an malts in the smell. There is also a slight sweetness in the smell as well. So far Murphy's Irish Stout is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. Lots of roasted notes. Not to heavy, the body of this Stout is a solid medium. Nice clean smooth finish. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. For being a stout it is nice an light. This Stout would go nice with any thing. Lunch, Dinner, Hot day , Cool day, your choice. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Roasted, Clean, Smooth, And Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Murphy's Irish Stout a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited, did a real nice job with this Stout.

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Photo of willcull78
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Creamy black goodness. It pours deliciously, cascading, forming into a creamy chocolate foamy head. The look is certainly inviting and the smell is aromatic with its chocolate and coffee overtones. It is a delicious stout with a touch of bitterness that is expected but not as much as its older Irish competitor. And with its low ABV one can enjoy a few - a session - without getting overly intoxicated. Certainly worth enjoying.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It’s fun pouring this from the can into the glass at a 45 degree angle. I pour it about 3/4 of the way and watch as a dense layer of billowing foam finally settles to allow the beer’s black color to be revealed. I pour the rest and watch an irresistible creamy head retain throughout.
Aromas of chocolate malts, toffee, caramel and roasted malts. So far very much on par with the style and alluring to the nose.
The taste is dominated by nutty and lightly roasted malts. Although there is a subtle dark chocolate and caramel sweetness, I find that the light bitterness of the roasted malts shines a bit brighter. A bit clean and watery in flavor, nevertheless, the dry and roasty bitterness of the finish keep things interesting.
The creamy mouthfeel is its best aspect, however, the somewhat watery profile leads to some thinness in the body. Carbonation is quite soft as per the nitro style.
I enjoyed this overall as it is somehow the first time I have ever tried this famous brew. It would be interesting to compare it side by side to a Guinness.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Unknown vintage; drank 3/28/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a reverse cascading tan nitro head; thick, frothy lace.

Cream, oats & faint milk chocolate notes in the nose.

The mouthfeel is thin yet creamy; an odd juxtaposition!

Oat flavors up front; faint cream notes on the finish.

Pretty close to flavorless; inoffensive, but what's the point?

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Photo of Exec_Crawfish
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint nitro can into dimple pint, well chilled. Pours a deep cola-ish brown, tending to black. Two fingers pale khaki head, good retention.

Smell is fairly light, but includes roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, and some nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, no discernible syrupiness, just a faint creaminess on the finish.

Taste is roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate - very little persistence on the palate, only a touch of bitterness remains. Very dry, with no discernible alcohol either.

Overall, very closely on-style, a touch lighter than Guinness, and quite enjoyable, but lacking complexity.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nitro can into a tall tap.

Pours opaque brownish black with a spectacular foamy head. Excellent soapy lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasted malt. Nice, but rather muted.

The flavor is very malty and rather sweet, but with a smoky background to balance the malts. Like the aroma, it is pleasing, but lacking in presence.

Medium bodied. Has a nice creamy complexion. Not "crisp" but decently dry at the finish.

Very drinkable and compares favorably to Guinness, although with a touch less character.

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Photo of Sprowt20
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and creamy, but dry. This beer looks fantastic, as you'd expect from an Irish stout, with cloudiness clearing to a cappuccino-style black with a white foamy head. Not much smell to speak of, but nothing unpleasant. Goes down easy, with no bitterness or aftertaste. Light ABV beckons you to enjoy in multiples.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4 pack of this recently at a good price in a local liquor store -- tall boy cans. The beer has a slightly burnt bitter taste. Truthfully, I slightly prefer Guinness. The best by date is April '19, so I saved one for St. Patrick's Day this weekend.

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Photo of edc20
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

People often think this is interchangeable with guinness. The two are obvious similar, but I enjoy Murphy's a fair amount more than Guiness. I find Guinness to be a thin and plain by comparison. Murphy's has a richer, more roasted and creamier taste to me. It's relatively light ABV (4.0) but it comes in bigger cans too (14.9 ounces) so the overall effect is the same as your average beer.

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Photo of Beck_Hardy_UK
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml can chilled for 2 hours in the refrigerator. Poured into an English pub glass. Tan/beige head. Fairly decent lacing. Chocolate/graham cracker/biscuit taste. Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Cola like aftertaste but not bad at all. Much better than Guinness.

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Photo of Scottish_Lad_48
2.76/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml nitro can. Chilled for two hours. Poured into a pint glass. Nice head similar to Guinness. Dark black color. Aroma of chocolate and dark cherries typical of stout. Tastes like chocolate milk. Smooth and creamy mouth feel. Much better than Guinness stout.

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Photo of osheamatth
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Faintly sweet on the nose reminiscent of the roasting of coffee. The taste and finish are both full bodied roasted barley malt with hints of caramel, coffee, toffee and bark. Murphy's drinks a wee bit dryer than Guinness and I enjoy that subtle difference.

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Photo of EMH73
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark brown with reddish hues, a one inch tan head that dissipated quickly to a ring and left nice lacing. Smell is on the mild side with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Taste follows the nose but with greater depth along with additional notes of tobacco, molasses and vanilla. Light to medium bodied for a stout, medium carbonation, mouth feel is on the thin side for a stout, slightly dry finish with a tobacco bite.

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Photo of 8k7k6k5k4k
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This stout had an interesting flavor that was very much akin to Chocolate with hints of roasted cocoa (I think due to the roasted hops). It went down smoothly (more smooth than I was expecting) and I thoroughly enjoyed the flavor. The instructions on the can told to pour it into a glass at a 45 degree angle since it contained those ball things to create a creamy head on the surface as if you were getting it straight from a tap. It contained a very dark almost black color to it. Overall, this stout is something I'd try out again due to the overall taste and smoothness.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 500ml can into tall glass. L. Very dark brown with a red tinge, tan head. The head is disappointing from the can, even with a widget. One finger solid head that fades quickly to a light cap and some lacing. S. Grainy and a little yeasty, but not much significant. T. Upfront lots of dark grain, a touch of charcoal even, fading to a dry finish. Not getting any of the chocolate, caramel or sweetness of others. F. Smooth, but not creamy. A little thinner than I expected. O. I have a huge soft spot for this beer, even though I am disappointed on this tasting. Prefer to Guinness when available. Much better on tap as I recall, but I have never seen it on tap in Australia.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a glass, the initial pouring look like cola but then three beautiful tones of beige, dark brown topped off with a cream-coloured lace (which kept its form throughout the session) is immediate before settling into a black color. When I put it into the light you can detect deep red hues in it. Minus the last part, if you're an espresso drinker you know what I mean. Very smooth, great tasting beer. Aromas and taste are a combo of chocolate, caramel, coffee, malts and roasted nuts. Taste is reminiscent of cold espresso for me. Bitterness is low and not very heavy to drink. I would have preferred a bit more punch or kick.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

15 Oz Can poured into glass
Look - Dark brown with an inch of foam that takes a while to recede. Thick glass lacing
Smell - Lots of creamy chocolate, leather, a little roasted coffee, brown sugar, and malt.
Taste - It's fairly simple but it's good. Watery roasted malt. Bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Slight tobacco aftertaste. Sweetness is about expected, medium. Carbonation is medium-low.

Overall, very good beer. Light enough to drink more than one but enough body and flavor that it's good for the cold weather. I give it an A-

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Photo of Mitch_hares
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful head. Very little carbonation

Little smell,

Watery hit with a strong coffee taste with chocolate tones and almost charcol like roasted flavour. Very good but also oddly watery.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

14.9oz nitro can poured into a pint

A- pours a deep black color with a two-finger thick and creamy khaki colored head that has great retention and leaves plenty of lacing behind

S- roasted grains, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, dark breads, coffee

T- dark roasted malt gives notes of milk chocolate and coffee up front, followed by undertones of vanilla and cream, the finish is toasted with more chocolate and coffee on the linger

M- medium body, creamy mouthfeel, silky and velvety finish, incredibly drinkable

O- one of the most flavorful stouts that I've had in the under 4%abv category while remaining smooth and drinkable. I actually prefer this over Guinness

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Photo of cmelt32
4.92/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I love this beer! If I both were available I always seem to go for the Murphy's over Guinness, it just is so smooth and easy to drink and I love the look of the beer.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Opaque dark brown, nice creamy 1.5-finger beige head, excellent retention, some laces.
Smell - rather weak, coffee, chocolate.
Taste - mild chocolate and coffee, dry and slightly bitter in the finish.
Light body, soft carbonation, utterly smooth and easy going.

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Photo of rex_4539
2.1/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

L: Dark brown color, quarter finger tan colored hea, nice lacing, light carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee.

T: Sweet, chocolate, coffee but extremely watery. Doesn’t even taste like a beer. An ashtray taste on the back end.

F: As empty and watery as a beer can get.

O: Looks and smells like a stout but taste like...not a beer.

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Photo of seanosh
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Better option than Guinness for the sweet tooth who enjoy the malts and not the hops. Love the low alcohol content with creaminess, plenty of flavor, and smooth finish. One of the few beers I actually like to drink strait out of the can.

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