Murphy's Irish Stout
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
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Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #55
Ranked #22,479
3.76 | pDev: 14.1%
Aug 17, 2023
Dec 17, 2000
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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Reviewed by beerwithmeIRL from Ireland

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Porurs dark brown/black with 1.5 finger creamy white head which has excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malted barley and a slight hint of chocolate. Taste pretty much follows the nose and is a very pleasent beer to drink, nice and sweet malt character to it. If you can sample it on draught in Ireland (particularly in Cork), you'll enjoy it most.
Aug 17, 2023
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Reviewed by kp7 from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Not much to say here that hasn't been said before. I prefer Murphy's to that other Irish dry stout; more roast character with a hint of chocolate and coffee than the other.
Jul 03, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
16oz can into a tall glass. Best by November 2023.

Looks excellent, as most irish dry stouts do. Light aroma of roasted malt. Roast is more prominent in the taste, quite dry. Finish is not to my liking, a creamy, thin, bitter roast.
Jun 30, 2023
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Rated by Jule17 from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
So bitter but so beautiful. Not my favorite stout, but still nice.
Jun 24, 2023
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Reviewed by NorsemanOne from Utah

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can

Beautiful nitro pour

Great cold and at room temp and all in between

Far superior to guiness in my humble opinion. Extra smooth, milky, sweet and non-burned coffee.
Black as night with an impressive nitro head and delicious sheet lacing the whole way down.
Jun 05, 2023
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Reviewed by brutalist from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I like Guinness better. This one tastes too burnt. A bit too watery as far as mouthfeel is concerned. Definitely an enjoyable beer though. 14.9 oz can
Apr 25, 2023
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Reviewed by Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 14.9 oz can into stout glass. Looks dark, dark brown to black with a cream colored, nitro boosted head. Smell is roasted barley, coffee and cream, and a hit of cocoa. Taste follows nose with roasted malt standing out at first, then chocolate in the middle leads to some bittering and coffee notes in the finish. The taste stands out despite the nitro pour which usually mutes the flavors for me. Feel is amazingly smooth and silky, medium bodied, and a little dry in the finish. Overall, this beer is solid. The aroma and flavor are better than Guiness in my opinion.
Apr 23, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
14.9oz can, with the widget. Stamped on can bottom is 'BBD JUL2023'.
Deep brown colored body. Creamy beige colored head. The head remains as a partial sheet on the glass.
Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee.
Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of burnt coffee, and a touch of dark fruit.
Thinner mouth feel. Ultimately dry. Very good carbonation.
Has a sweetness and a creamy feel that make the beer extremely easy to drink.
Apr 20, 2023
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Rated by mpk2020 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Draft at Temple Bar Dublin
Mar 25, 2023
Rated: 3.85 by stanale from Illinois

Mar 17, 2023
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a completely black, dark opaque color with a strong tan head SRM of 24. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong aromas of dark grains, cocoa, dry chocolate. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of black grains, cocoa, smooth dry chocolate. (3.75)

feel: Medium-bodied, strong carbonation. Smooth, creamy with chocolate off the end that lingers. (4.25)

Compared to Guinness Draught 3/2023: Pours similar, larger head. Stronger aromas. More chocolate. More flavor overall. Smoother and creamier with more flavor.

Overall: A very nice Irish Dry Stout. Probably better than Guinness with more chocolate flavor and more creamier. Side-by-side and if I had to choose I'd pick this one. (Rating: 3.94)
Mar 16, 2023
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
16 oz can. Pours black with tall, long lasting, creamy, beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted malt, some dark and toffee. Body is light, creamy and smooth. Taste is of burnt grain, dark fruit, toasted malt, herbal hops and toffee. Finish is long and dry. OK brew.
Feb 24, 2023
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
14.9 oz can from the Wall of Beer in Clemson SC.

I start by being surprised that I haven't rated this beer before. And it's better than I remember. It looks great when poured partially due to the widget enhanced, creamy, dense beige head. It has a clean, roasty flavor with hints of bitter chocolate, coffee and licorice. This stout leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste with a substantial amount of roasted grain flavor.
Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 04, 2023
Rated: 3.96 by Chrisdavis163 from South Carolina

Jan 22, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by mpenske from California

Dec 11, 2022
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Reviewed by md3kcn from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Purchased from The Blue Door as a 14.9oz can for $2.75. Poured into an elongated tulip glass.

L - Pitch black, with a chestnut aura, and clear. A superfine cascade brings forth a three-finger creamy khaki head, after the course of a few minutes. Head retains extremely well, with gorgeous lacing.
S - Coffee, brown bread, and a hint of dark chocolate. Nice roasted backing.
T - Surprisingly savory. Still getting a roasted sort of brown bread, but it all seems umami in nature. Dry. Well-balanced throughout. A bit more one-dimensional than I would've preferred.
F - Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation. Chewy, and a bit watery. Super easy-to-drink. Silky.
O - Disappointed with the amount of roasted malt notes in your Guinness, but don't want to go balls-deep in baltic porter territory? Try this brew! I'll admit, I sort of wish this had more of a coffee/chocolate backing than it does, but it's pretty good. Fantastically dry. A beer worth pounding. I probably won't get it again, but I definitely won't turn one down.
Oct 27, 2022
Rated: 3.63 by JohnhatesIPAs from New Hampshire

Sep 30, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 14.9oz nitro can best by December 2022

On the pour a long-lasting and beautiful cascade formed leaving a super fine khaki head with honestly very good retention. A few minutes after the pour the head is still at 1 finger and poking out over the top of my pint glass. Body is not quite black but close. A reddish hue shines through.

Aroma is at first sniff, delicate, but once you get in there a nice roasty chocolatey sweet malt comes straight through, despite the thick head. A nice and smooth but lightly fruity ale note is present.

Taste follows the aroma woth dark chocolates and even dark roasted coffee notes are coming from the malts, but they still Maintain a nice sweetness and a bit of a nutty toffee finish. There is a nice balancing bitterness that could be some light hopping at first but it quickly comes through as a definite light burnt malt bitterness, but it goes with the sweetness to make a very nice balance. The ale yeast come through a bit at the end to brighten it up a bit and makes this a nice early fall afternoon refresher.

Feel is very smooth and creamy with virtually no carbonation bite. A very long velvety finish, while still maintaining a very drinkable almost crisp refreshing feel that makes you almost wanna give it an Irish go and chug the whole thing.

Overall this is a very versatile stout. Sessionable like guinness draught, but tasty like an overall better beer. It's the best of both worlds here: Macro consistency and drinkability, with craft flavor and feel. You might say I'm also talking about Sam Adam's and other similar breweries, but this is just better.
Sep 18, 2022
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