Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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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 matcris
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with that creamy nitro look, and mild lacing. The aroma is milk and dark chocolate, coffee, and Bailey's. The flavor is on the sweeter side, with chocolate and mild coffee notes. Slightly creamy feel up front, drying on the finish, and on the thinner side. Pretty nice, and might be great for dark beer newbies because of it's sweetness.

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Photo of Ferretferret
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The nitrogenation may give this a misleadingly high score, owing to what it imbues to the look, feel, and even odor.
The beer, however, is just fine. That being said, I find it far from the best example of the style, given the ubiquity of nitro stouts, these days. A strange sweetness runs amok in a beer too thin for its own good, with an excellent aftertaste of caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

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Photo of samwshaffer
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Browner than expected with Guinness/Beamish in mind, but a rich and inviting brown. Subtle but noticeable whiff of alcohol on the nose. Classic dry stout flavors and feel but short-lived. Overall, nothing to blow your socks off, but a smooth and comfortable beer and one that's easy to chalk down as a "go-to".

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Photo of VoxRationis
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into a conical pint glass; nitro can with a serial number but no date. Pours almost black with this effervescence, then clearing typical of this carbonation strategy; after clearing, thick, khaki head with long retention and lacing. Nose remarkable for smooth maltiness with almost a "meat drippings" note. Initial very sweet to the palate, with maltiness and black coffee to mocha throughout to the finish. Full mouthfeel. I "grew up" on stouts and tend to favor darker, fuller brews, in general, so I will acknowledge some bias here.

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Photo of djura
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
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 moucon
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Love Murphy's. Currently my favorite canned/bottled stout - and I'm a stout drinker. Smoother than Guinness, with a crazy thick head, smooth satisfying dark caramel/roasted grain flavours you'd expect from a good stout, but with a shorter finish and overall fantastic drinkability. Pairs well with any "darkish" foods where you'd drink a cabernet or similar wine - beef stew and steaks.. sausages... fatty dishes in general. Even works with Mexican for me (although I must admit I go the Negra Modella route when out for Fajitas...) My only complaint if there was one.. at first it seems a bit "watery" compared to Guinness - but that is also a plus in that it's much "less heavy" (not the same as "lighter"- I just can't find the right descriptor). A bit expensive around here - the best price I've found is $7-ish for 4 cans.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

L: Dark black with a creamy head typical of nitro stouts. Very similar to Guinness but did not seem to have quite the same "cascading" effect that Guinness does. The head sticks around to the last drop.

S: Not sure if it is the nitrogen or not, but this has a metallic smell, with some roasted malt and coffee.

T: Taste is pretty simple, but good. Roasted/burnt malt, some coffee, and bitter chocolate. Not much sweetness to speak of.

F: Light bodied and very drinkable due to the lightness of the body and low ABV. Velvety and creamy thanks to the nitrogen head.

O: Like Guinness, but a little better IMO. Great beer if you are looking to do a long night of drinking without getting hammered.

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Photo of kerouac
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My first foray into Irish Stouts was much like many other's, I tried Guinness, but I thought it was fairly boring. I was used to beers that decided the right path was to make their formulation a flavor bomb. After years of drinking beer, I feel that it was a great direction that would take the American beer scene in a better direction (away from the macro-brews), but my mouth has had enough. I decided to give Irish Stouts another try, and my choice was Murphy's.

Taste had enough going on that I wasn't bored. I wasn't looking for excitement, but I found it. While Guinness typically bores the sweet bejeezus out of me, Murphy's gave me something to notice, but was smooth enough for me to not even notice that I was drinking pint after pint! Luckily the ABV is fairly low so I didn't have to worry about my liver (as much as my beer gut).

Re-trying this style of beer made me wonder, "Was I bashing Guinness too hard?" I bought a 4-pack, and I came back with the re-affirming "NO!"

If you think Guinness is boring, but you want to give this style another try, try Murphy's!

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

Black as night in appearance. Awesome looking, fluffy khaki colored head. Roasted Malt, some dark fruits and bitter dark chocolate. Smooth. Light bodied.

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Photo of crimsonfloyd
4.61/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really a beautiful beer off the pour. Dark, dark brown with cream color head that looks as soft as clouds. Bubbles gently float toward the top. Smells of chocolate and roasted barley. Tastes of coffee and barley with faint touches of cream. Just a touch of plum as it heats up. Nice coffeebean aftertaste. Super, super smooth mouthfeel. Overall, a phenomenal stout.

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Photo of EMV
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap in Ireland. Poured into a pint glass.

L: Looks... like a Guinness. Pours a deep inky black. Thick creamy dark brown head that lasts the entire pint.

S: Roasted malts. Sweet and tart.

T/F: Tasted... also like a Guinness. Dry with roasted malts. Nutty and a bit of a tartness from the roast. Slightly bitter hops at the finish. Very smooth and creamy... great carbonation. Just like they intended on nitro. Medium body.

O: Virtually indistinguishable from a Guinness... and I doubt I could tell them apart on a side to side pour/taste test (that being said... those are fighting words in parts of Ireland). That's not necessarily a bad thing. Very good fresh and on draft.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In terms of Irish Dry Stouts in the can, this one is darker than average, thankfully. Still dark brown with a crimson edge, 1/2" tan head. So many weak ass brown malt stouts in this style. Not as much roast in the aroma though, tepid.

Taste smooth, silky almost oat like roasted malts, not bitter or heavy, not really dry either though. Pedestrian for the most part and relatively expensive for what it is.

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Photo of righthereisay
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Yeah, I've had plenty of craft beers....IPAs,,.....imperial stouts, name it....I try them. Many are great. But I believe both Guinness and Murphy's get a bad rating because they are very popular. Both are probably the best pour in beer, period. Great tasting. Very nice and smooth.

Sure they are not complex by any means. But they are both great beers. And this website should acknowledge that.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a very dark opaque reddish brown with creamy tan head. Flavors are a creamy roasted malt. And I might persuade myself that there is a French Roast Coffee flavor. Body is just moderate and it finishes as disappointingly watery.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This one has a great nitro look (the can contained a nitro doohickey). Once it all settles, it's jet-black, with a thick and velvet-like head that lasts for ever.

Nose: Can't smell much other than the faintest hint of roastiness.

Taste: After having recently drank some insanely flavorsome stouts and porters this one tastes very watered down.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin despite its appearance. Goes down easily, like water.

Overall: A very sessionable stout, which to me sounds a bit like an oxymoron as I'm used to the american flavor-bomb (and booze-bomb) stouts.

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Photo of ordybill
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Columbia, SC. The appearance is identical to Guinness. The aroma is malt driven and the taste is malt with a slight smokiness. very enjoyable.

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Photo of alarmclock314
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

14.9oz can, no bottle date, nitro widget. Pours clear brown/amber when held to the light with a dense tan nitro head. Smells of roasted and sweet malt, dry hops, and a hint of indistinct coffee/cocoa; lower intensity. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt and dry hops; again low intensity and lacking some depth. The hops remind me of Corona Extra and Leinenkugel's Original. Very light bitterness in the finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel and relatively thin body. Overall, it's a fairly standard flagship beer similar to a less roasty Guinness.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.51/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: silky dark black color, with some muddy dark brown notes, and some dark ruby red on the bottom of the glass (where the light is penetrating). 1/2 finger tan nitro head thats you could rest a level on

s: roasted malts, milk chocolate, hint of char, cocoa powder. nothing complex, but smells like you'd want it to

t: roasted malts, cocoa powder, a nice nutty presence behind that as well. there is a slight bitterness towards the back of the flavor - tastes like a roasted malt bitterness (as opposed to a real hop presence)

m: mouthfeel is light, but straddles the medium. carbonation level is nitrogen - is silky and smooth (i'm a fan of nitro beers)

o: a nice Irish Dry Stout offering. a little more to the flavor than we see in some of the bigger name beers of the style, yet remains easily drinkable. thumbs up, and i'd recommend

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Jack Quinn's in Colorado Springs...

Dark, brownish body with a smooth, creamy head; lacing down the glass. Mild aroma of chocolate and cocoa (perhaps subdued due to the cold temperature of the pour). The taste mirrored the smell along with some mildly acrid hop bitterness. Medium body; smooth; mostly dry.

A decent enough stout, rather mild compared to newer, more adventurous offerings, yet completely satisfying when you just want an easy drinking dark ale.

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Photo of MusaJames
4.69/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is not Guinness. It doesn't have the same roasted taste nor does it have the same body. About all the similarities are in the country it comes from and the color. Smoother and sweeter. I love Guinness but when I have the choice between the two I always choose Murphy's.

I have noticed that in recent years it isn't produced in Ireland anymore but in the UK(Its no longer and Irish stout). No matter still a great beer.

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Photo of dipso123
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap/nitro it's a beautiful looking beer with a creamy head that makes a sleeve all the way to the bottom of the glass. Not a lot of aroma and the taste is a lot of roast and little or no chocolate. The mouth fee of this beer is the low point. There is a lingering astringent bitterness in the dry finish that is unpleasant and makes this stout less than session-able. Overall, a disappointing example of a style I prefer.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes great smells good looks good but too smooth. Smooth carpet layers of malt. Lack of texture leads to malts blending together into one big sameness? I could drink gallons of this. "if you really like malt say oh ya" - bobby jimmy & the critters, from the song milkshake.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A Guinness by any other name would taste as sweet, I think someone once said.

Okay, so Murphy's isn't a dead-on imitator: I find it a bit sweeter, a bit less roasty. But it's a lovely beer, and you cannot really go wrong with it. Smell is mild, but the taste delivers. Lots of malt, chocolate, coffee, creaminess, and a balancing sweetness. Less "bog water" than I get from Guinness (and I say that as someone who enjoys Guinness).

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Photo of Masonz223
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Taste: light roastiness dry charcoal coffe bitterness in the aftertaste. Very creamy dry mouthfeel.
Overall: a lot like Guiness all the way around but with a bit more flavor.

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Photo of Evilyak
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a nitro can. did the whole cascade and creamy head thing.

you know what you're going to get with this one, and it delivers entirely. nothing special about it, but fits the mold perfectly.

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