Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
2,468 Ratings
Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rkinsella
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a nonic glass with the head crowning the rim.

Appearance - Awesome surge, picture perfect pint. Creamy head looks like soft-serve ice cream. Head stays for the whole glass without any reduction. Lacing coats the entire glass.

Smell - Roasted malt, touch of coffee. Smell was remarkably fresh for being from a can.

Taste - Sweetness upfront, bread like notes, touch of dark chocolate/coffee bitterness on the finish. Clean dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Low micro bubble carbonation creates a creamy texture that has very good body. Not watery like the Guinness nitro-cans I've tried.

Drinkability - With ABV at 4% and the low carbonation, they go down fast and smooth.

I know there are much better stouts out there. Ones that are lot more complex and interesting. But my goodness Murphy's is fun to drink. Nitro-can impressed me!

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Photo of bambam2517
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fulfilling the Irish constituent of my St. Paddys celebrating, mixed with Sierra Nevada PA in a Black n Tan upgrade. Came out great this way...

16oz nitro-can into a pub glass in this instance, but I've had it other ways in the past. It does seem better on draft but I'll keep my comments to this sampling for now.

A - This is where it shines, one of the prettiest beers I drink. Been doing alot of Stouts this past few months and this is tops for looks. Creamy billowy mocha froth when poured, looks like a thundercloud building up. Settles into an inky black body with a meringue-like mocha head. Sitcks around and laces nicely.

S - Mostly roasted malt, for what smell there is. A bit lacking here.

T - Roasted malt and coffee flavors, bit of unsweetened chocolate comes in at the finish.

M - Very creamy, then slick mid-palate and a watery finish. Starts off with a boom and ends with a fizzle.

O - For me its an occasion beer. I prefer it to Guiness (from here in the States anyway), but other than drinking "Irish" I'll get my stouts elsewhere. Too many good craft stouts out there to be stuck with this...

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Photo of gunnerman
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a Nitro-can into a pint glass, pours a pitch black with that nitrous head that we all enjoy, I enjoy watching the head flow through the glass once poured, awesome looking. Smell is almost non existant to me, I can't really smell to much of anything. Taste is a bit of a smooth creamy bitterness, it goes it a bit thick but very easy to drink, I can taste a bit of malt and roasted barley in there, I have been on a irish stout kick as of lately and this is just another fine offering.

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Photo of GSS
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

It's been a while since I last had a Murphy's stout. Howzabout we change that today, eh? It pours a solid matte black topped by an even more solid finger of off-cream foam. The nose is pretty weak, comprising some extremely mild roasted malts, light cocoa powder, and a touch of what seemed like mint. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light dark chocolate, very light molasses, and that light twinge of mint again. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a very light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a solid Irish stout, one that could easily give Guinness a run for its money (though, if forced to choose, I think I'd still side a bit more quickly with the boys from St. James Gate...).

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Photo of djura
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got it from Romania, can 0.5l

A - Tick, creamy with two finger foam. Black with low carbonation. Excellent.
S - Coffee malt, with malty aroma in all. Chocolate malt in the back.
T/M - Smooth, drinkable, balanced. Medium bitterness with coffee like aroma in the back, but nothing too much.

O - More then decent.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours with a nitro kick to produce a whoppingly tall and dense head with a nice cascading effect.
Aroma was very nicely roasted.
I hoped the taste would be like the nose but it wasn't. It was dry and velvetty flat. There was some subtle nuiances of roasted barely and faint lingering gritty charcoal. Plus some canny metallic aftertaste.
I like it.

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Photo of elniko
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro-can to pint glass.

A: Rich opaque coloring with finger full creamy head that did not dissipate. Really nice looking brew.

S: Nose rather faint, tones that I picked up mostly chocolate.

T & M: Creamy textures throughout with some smokiness mixed in. Quite nice, I think I prefer this to the standard Guiness but not to the Guiness extra.

D: Heavens yes, highly drinkable. I have to say that I am not the biggest fan of the creamy stout but for what it is this is a quality brew.

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Photo of unknownlamer
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much from this, but it stood up really well.

I will be honest. This was the best looking beer I have ever seen. A perfect still black with a not-quite-white perfect head up to the rim. Nitro beers do have that wonderful look.

It smelled of moderately strong roasted grain. Not terribly complex. Just the generic dry stout smell, but stronger than Guiness. The taste was nicely roasty and chocolately. The hops interact with the grain wonderfully giving a light berryish taste (think the smell of a berry plant vs the fruit). The taste is a bit subdued, but still very much there (vs almost flavorless guiness). It has a nice roast bite at the end (which is what bumps it up to a 4 for taste).

The mouthfeel is the one disappointing part. Even with the nitro smoothness it is a bit watery. This is a decent stout.

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Photo of r3o
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a solid pitch black beer that yields no light, a half inch head in a cafe au latte color that laces nicely.
S: malt takes the front, some sweetness to it, not very powerful, burnt coffee at times.
T: you can taste a creamy chocolate at first with some bitterness in the aftertaste that is quite gentle
M: good carbonation, not as thin as others in its group, I'd say medium body.
D: very easy to drink, fun beer, I'd have another one.

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Photo of wketel
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very light and drinkable

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Photo of cwbern
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a big nitrogenous tan creamy head, leaves thick coating of lace. Aroma: Dry slightly acidic mild coffee nice brew can't complain, it's a staple as far as Dry Irish Stout's go. Taste: Creamy even flavor very similar to Guinness, the toasted malts and dry finish seem like the same beer. While, Beamish has some varitation to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: Light and ariy mouthfeel nice and creamy, nitro tap. Drinkability: Excellent easy goingi dry Irish the working man's ale.

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Photo of PeatReek
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black body with perfect nitro head, ecru in color. I renew my protest against the need to make an "appearance" rating for stouts. Smells affirmatively nutty with notes of roast biteyness. The first sip... my god it's easy to mistake this for Guinness. This only the third nitro stout I've ever had so I guess that's no surprise really. The taste is slightly nuttier, less hop-bitter, and slightly fuller-bodied than the old standby; I actually slightly prefer it. It's as if they nitro'd the Guinness extra-stout. As to drinkability, well, I could pound Irish stout all night long and have on many occasions; I imagine this one would fit the bill nicely.

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Photo of phantomanboy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joegallows
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of redmosquito
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance this beer is almost black with a brown cascading head, but closer inspection reveals a deep garnet color. Roasted malt dominates the aroma with a distinct smoke presence lingering. The flavor is smooth malt, creamy and crisp. This has a bit more body than the Guiness stout in a similar can, which is a welcome change. Overall, this is a great, very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in the 14.9 oz "draughtflow system" can..brewed inUK by Whitebread.
Pours a lovelly dark coffee brown almost pitch black , with a nice sized tannish head after the cascade has settled
Pretty good aroma of roasted malts..smells like a strong colombian coffee does early on a Monday morning..good!!
Now the taste I found to be a little thin and watery..but the after taste is still good nice coffee..cream..some hops ok.
Very smooth as would be expected in the mouth.
Very drinkable stuff
Good Irish stout though not as good as Beamish..on par with Guiness Draught.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz nitro can poured into a 14 oz "pint glass". Pours a dark black with a frothy cream color head. Smells like darkly roasted malt very sweetly. Very pleasant for a stout. Tastes of coffee predominately with hints of caramel, but initially has some watery taste. Very drinkable and smooth, going down really easy with a lighter body for a stout. Overall, a good Irish stout, definitely an improvement over most St. Patrick's Day brews from Ireland available in the USA.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a jet black color with a thick creamy foam head that leaves really nice lacing.

S- Wow, this really smells nice! Very roasted dark chocolate malt aroma with some nice espresso beans and smoke.

T- A much more muted version of the nose. Some roasted flavor with a bit of chocolate.

M- The nitro helps make this relatively smooth but the body is quite thin.

O- Overall this is a very solid dry stout that I would most likely purchase over other more popular examples.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a single can to do an Irish car bomb for St Patty's Day :). Left some over to rate. Was looking for something 'other' than Guinness that would, hopefully, be of higher quality. I was pleasantly surprised.

Pours dark (of course), nearly opaque brown. Good 'stout' foam head, a couple of fingers tall, nice retention. Lacing was good also. Smells a lot better than Guinness. Slight chocolate notes, malts in the nose and the taste. Creamy, not watery, very good texture and mouthfeel. This would be my choice for canned stouts.

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Photo of Humbaz
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cypressbob
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

440ml nitro can

Pours with a dark brown body, followed by a creamy tan head, not quite as impressive visually as guinness but still, slightly less retention as u are half way through

Smell, strong chocolatly aromas, vanilla and coffee

Taste is malty, less bitterness than guinness but shares many of its traits. Hints of vanilla are quite strong and of dark coffee, nice vanilla sweetness on the finish, plus has that 'verging on chocolate stout' turkish delight sweetness

All in all a great stout, dry but well balanced to include some sweetness

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Photo of OrtheusMaximusRex
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great - equal to Guinness. Very similar taste profile to Guinness.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 2,468 ratings
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