Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Ireland
murphysbeers.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,432
Reviews:
1,005
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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113
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410
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Ratings: 2,432 |  Reviews: 1,005
Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pros: It's not Guiness, it's only 4%, it's creamy, it has some roastiness and chocolate malts, and it pours a nice lasting head. However, it's low on overall flavour, and does not go to the pros with bold stoutiness as in many other stouts I have had.

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Photo of acurtis
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-Can. Super creamy and light. Tastes sweet like milk chocolate, but might not be as flavorful and complex as some other irish stouts. A little one note. Easy to drink, i could chug this if I wanted to. This is still one of my go to beers after many years. Excellent.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish brown with a 1 inch dense bone colored head that settles down into a small cap. Foamy thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee beans, and some chocolate aromas. Taste is of roasted malt and coffee primarily with some dark chocolate flavors to a lesser extent. Very faint bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with an almost flat and creamy texture. Overall, this is a pretty good irish stout but I am not sure I would get this one again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is nearly a splitting image of Guinness, I honestly would have to try them side by side to tell the apart. The pour is a milky looking brown color as the nitro charges the beer. The head surges to the top making a tan colored creamy looking head. The smell of the beer had some earthy aromas and a light roasted smell to it. The taste was flavorful but with some of the roasted malts carrying over from the nose and some of the earthy peat flavors as well. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth despite the color. Overall it's a good brew to try I think. Worth looking into.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear but extremely dark amber in color (black when viewed from afar) It poured with a finger high creamy tan head that has good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of coffee and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but has stronger flavors of coffee and roasted malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied, smooth and a little creamy and thin on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. Hints of dryness are also perceptible.
O: This beer is very drinkable and goes down easily. The smooth and creamy nature from the nitro-can help to make up for the thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, very comparable to Guinness. Sweeter (lactose?), creamier, richer, and not as dry or chalky. Still highly roasty, medium heavy, cocoa, nutty, and clean. Bitterness is lower lying than expected from big roasted malt (charcoal). Lowly hopped as well. Colored a nearly opaque black / brown with ruby highlights. Still retains a firm head that remains unwavering. Maybe better than it's competitors.

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4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Ceili Cottage - the last time I had this beer, it was because I dragged a few cans back from Eire herself...

This beer appears black, with red highlights, and two fingers of thick, creamy light beige head (with a Shamrock etched in the foam) which leaves random smatterings of lace around the Imperial pint glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of lightly roasted malt, and a floral earthiness. The taste is light roasted barley, a bit of dry coffee, and a soft pitted fruit essence. The carbonation on the low side, the body super-smooth, creamy, and subtly weighted - definitely not heavy, and it finishes dry and clean.

A superb dry Irish stout. I don't know if it's just contrarian of me or not (heh), but I always seek this out, whereas Guinness just seems to always be there, Murphy's just isn't that easy to find. A shame or a boon, I don't know, because I could happily sip on these all bloody night!

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2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a can into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 27th, 2010. Pours a dark tan/black. Certainly darker than Guinness. You're treated to a brilliant display of bubbles as the beer settles, but the show isn't quite as good as with Guinness. A two finger head that retains brilliantly. I love these nitro tap draughts. Head is thick and creamy.

Smell: A very subtle scent but a good one. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. Inviting, but not as strong as I'd like it to be.

Taste: Cream to roast to lackluster finish. Too one note for its promising smell. The finish is quite abysmal, especially when compared to Guinness or Beamish. I remember this beer tasting a lot better off the tap in Cork. Where's the bitterness I want in an Irish stout? This needs to be built far better.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but horribly dry, especially on the finish, which is reminiscent of a stale cracker.

Drinkability: I'd get another, but only because I remember it being better. Perhaps something is off with canned Murphy's.

Fans of Irish stouts (like me) are best off reaching for a Guinness or a Beamish in the pubs - and a Guinness Foreign Extra in the store.

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Photo of largadeer
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i decided to dump a shot of coffee into this son of a bitch just to see what would happen, so this review is for murphy's irish coffee stout. pretty much opaque in appearance, nearly black in color, the coffee makes this stuff look a bit less girly i guess. signature frothy nitro head is prevalent and long-lasting. the aroma is of coffee and that's basically it. it's somewhat charred and burnt, but that's probably my fault for burning the coffee. the taste is coffee with maybe a bit of beer in the background, hard to tell, the coffee is somewhat overwhelming. fairly dry mouthfeel, a little chalky (possibly from coffee grounds). drinkability is good, this would make a nice morning picker-upper. in fact, i think i'll have one of these in the morning.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a two-finger, foamy, capucino-like head. It left soapy rings of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt and some coffee aromas.

T - It tasted very malty, a smooth roasted malt with an earthy/peaty flavor. It even had a slight sour taste.

M - It was smooth, crisp and dry. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an easy drinking stout. You can easiy have a couple of these in a night.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small light brown head with staying power over a very dark brown to almost black colored stout that seems to be pretty clear.

Light aroma of chocolates and hops mixed together.

Nice blend of flavors with light chocolate highlighting this beer.

A full bodied beer with a dry aftertaste with some light chocolate tastes remaining.

A pretty good beer, seems like a step or 2 above Guinness.

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

14.9 oz can into imperial pint glass, canned on 2/14/2013. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and creamy light tan head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense creamy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, brown bread, light herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of roast/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Light earthy herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, brown bread, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice and pleasant balance of roast/bready malt flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, lush, and creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a nice dry stout. Good balance and robustness of roast/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a two finger gray-brown head of mousse-like foam on a cascading body eventually turns blackish brown with a hint ruby highlights. Infinite retention and thick lace.

S - A lightly roasted aroma with notes of chocolate. Little else.

T - Watery malt with light chocolate and cheap coffee flavor. Finishes with acrid roast and dry chocolate as well as a hint of molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not too bad. Much more flavor than Guinness with a nice contrast between the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The style is inherently limited, but this is pretty drinkable.

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