Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

BA SCORE
84
good
2,452 Ratings
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:
2,452
Reviews:
1,010
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
14.25%
 
 
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116
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425
For Trade:
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Photo of Jsteez
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a nitro-can into a dimpled English beer mug.

A-It looks like chocolate milk when initially poured because of the nitro. When settled, it's pure black with a tan creamy 1 finger head. Left creamy lacing on the glass.

S-Hints of coffee (only slight) with bits of molasses. The smell is quite tame. There were bits of malt in the nose as well.

T-Very smooth, even crisp for this style. Taste of coffee, malt, and some slight bitterness from the hops in the aftertaste. Very balanced in every way. Quite a refreshing stout. It's a little sweet, a little dry, a little bitter..it's perfectly balanced. It was so good, I grabbed another one out of my fridge. I couldn't just stop at one, it's creamy and silky smooth!

M-lighter bodied but satisfyingly sessionable. Crisp and smooth. Light carbonation/moderate carbonation. Quite a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, buy it! It is underrated(unfortunately) but it's worth every sip. Great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of Skagnetti
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of clemtig76
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of 604growler
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of PorterThwarter
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Polasiuss
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of AAG
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured it from a nitro-can directly into a pint glass.

Appearance - Got to love the thick head on a Murphy's stout! The head poured about two fingers and lasted forever. Very pleasing; coats the sides of the glass. Head is tan; beer is dark brown/black. Not as dark as a guinness but still pretty dark.

Smell - Very difficult for me to discern. Maybe oats or grains? Slight coffee-like smell, perhaps. Struggling here...

Taste - Very nice, dry stout. I think I prefer Murphy's over Guinness these days. Very dry...lightly carbonated.

Mouthfeel - Very easy on the palate; carbonation is very limited; thick head improves the mouthfeel.

Overall - I really like Murphy's stout. It's dry, easy to drink, not too heavy for a stout, and very tasty. I will continue to return to this staple in the future...

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Photo of rph97
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of petluo
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of tjdrewry
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of kristenrae8
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of nleaders
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into a conical pint glass; nitro can with a serial number but no date.
A: Pours almost black with serious effervescence, then the clearing typical of the nitro carbonation strategy; after clearing, thick, khaki head with long retention and lacing.
S: Nose remarkable for smooth maltiness with almost a "meat drippings" note. Perhaps a little coffee and mushroom
T: Initially very sweet on the palate, with maltiness and black coffee to mocha coming in throughout into the finish.
M: Full bodied mouthfeel; solid effervescence.
O: I "grew up" on Irish porters and stouts and tend to favor darker, fuller brews, in general, so I willingly acknowledge some bias here. That said, Murphy's is a much more complex brew than is reflected in the BA score. Trust "The Bros" on this one.

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Photo of HugoGrim
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass. Dark black body with the standard cream colored thick head. The head was smaller than I would like on a stout... only one finger which got smaller.

Almost nothing in scent.

The flavor is traditionally stout-like... roasted nuts, malty, deep bitter flavor. Nice.

Not bad, though I'm sure it would be much better in draft.

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Photo of cfitterer
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep, mahogany red, but not dark enough to be called black by any means, which puts it behind most stouts right out of the gate. The head was quite thin, but creamy, with good retention and lacing.

S: Very weak in the aroma department. Toasted malt, fresh-cut grass, but not much more.

T: Not strong, but rather tasty. Burnt grain is front and center, with coffee making a solid appearance. Hops are present after the swallow, with both citrus rind and bitter flavors, but the last taste on the tongue is acrid malt.

M: Very thin, not much crispness against the moist feel washing over the palate.

O: Certainly drinkable, but not really worthy of the "stout" label. I won't be abandoning my Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout anytime soon.

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Photo of Freshie
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nitro-can with widget. Came in a nice 4-pack, at a very good price of 4.50.

Good stout appearance of cascading effect, caused by the nitrogen. Basic stout color and body, with frothy head.

Aromas of dark sweet malts.

Taste is smooth and creamy, and balances its flavors much better than its larger competitor. Rich sweet malt with light bitterness. Clean on palate. Very dry finish.

My favorite Irish stout, and go to stout whenever I can get it.

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Photo of ABokononist
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of rsant
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JamesGrove
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of gunnerman
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Matt73
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of reaganrvltn
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
3.72 out of 5 based on 2,452 ratings.
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