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Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

986 Reviews
Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Ireland | website

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of Suds
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know that I've had this beer many times, and can't believe that I've never reviewed it. From a nitro can, it pours a black color with a thick, creamy head. The aroma has some roasted notes, grain, and a bit of burnt toast. Muted, however. The taste is clean, dry, and has just a hint of bitterness. Somewhat thinner in the finish than I'd like. It's okay...honestly better than I expected.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured from a 440 mL can into a nonic pint glass, dark ruby brown almost black with a creamy tan head complete with nitro cascading bubbles, clear

S: malty, chocolate milk, patent malt, coffee

T: heavily malty, caramel, chocolate, light coffee bitterness

M: almost still with little carbonation, light and watery

O: It's sweeter and less carbonated than it's Dublin competitor. The lack of carbonation and little hop presence make this preferable for use in cooking over other stouts.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance- Mostly black with brown/red hues. Typical pour from the nitro widget with the surge of brown bubbles lasting about a minute. A nearly two finger,thick/creamy, off white head develops and remains throughout.

aroma- Mild roasted malts with a dark chocolate and creamy chocolate combo.

taste- Creamy chocolate and mild roasted malts. The flavor is a little thin and almost watery at times.

feel- light/medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a smooth creamy finish.

overall- Definitely a step from Guinness in feel and flavor. The feel is great with a richer creamier body and finish, and the taste, while nothing special, has a nice creamy chocolate flavor thats matches the feel well. The roasted malt is kind of stale though and makes for an awkward taste at times. Very good stuff overall and much better than Guinness.

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Photo of bwood06
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a nonic glass

A - This beer is pitch black in appearance so that the carbonation cannot be ascertained from looking at it. The head is very creamy, 1 finger in height, and dissipates to a thin lacing by the end of the tasting. Head is light tan in appearance. 4/5

S - Very dark malt permeates every bit of the aroma and is backed up by espresso, charred wood, cocoa powder, and an earthy hop profile. Not very sweet smelling, much more on the roasted side of things. 3.75/5

T - Dark chocolate, espresso, and roasted dark malt dominates the taste profile throughout the entire tasting. There is a slight sweetness as if from a cereal malt but this is not a caramel sweetness. More roasted than toasted or caramelized. There is a bit of grassy and earthy hops on the back end but the bitterness seems to come mainly from the malt itself. 4/5

M - Medium bodied stout that is dry throughout with a dry finish, although not as dry as many IPAs are. The dryness is a step below those. Very smooth but with a light carb burn and a lightness that is evocative of the style. 4/5

O - This is not a stout that is thick, creamy, and bursting with sweet flavors. This one is truly dry throughout in order to stand up to some heavy Irish/English fare. Great with fish and chips. Not overly bitter but definitely not a sweet stout either. 4/5

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Great looking pour from the nitro can. What I Look for in a stout... Black body, huge pillowy head where you can't even distinguish individual bubbles. Head is khaki and sticks around for the duration. Not much on the smell. Faint roasted, malt, chocolate. Taste is lightly burnt/bitter, but not to much. Hint of dark chocolate. Feels watery and pretty thin. Dry.

Compared to Guinness nitro can, this has lighter head, slightly less watery, more bitter, less coffee. i like them both as nice intros to dry stouts, and also some of the best looking pours you can get outside of a pub draught. A little pricy though.

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint draught can pours beautifully with thick creamy head. Light aroma, but nice sharp taste. Lots of coffee/dark chocolate , but not overpowering bitterness. Well done!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Murphys Stout.

Friends as of late have been leaving behind their empties at my house. When I get sick of looking at them, I tend to brain them in and buy something I wouldn't normally buy. Hence why I am now siting here with four nitro cans of this stuff. I've seen it around but never thought to pick it up. Oh well, let's se what we get.

Look - Cracked the top on the can and a fair bit squirted out onto my desk. Poured from the 16.9oz nitro can into one of those glasses that should accent the head. Beer initially comes out looking like chocolate nesquik as it pours hard, forming into one massive chocolate milk read which slowly reveals beer underneath the pillowly velvety thickness that slowly envelopes and creeps towardste top. Upon final formation it sits pitch black with a perfect two finger off white head of pillowly galore. What a beauty.

Smell - The nose starts off a bit chocolate with a nice dab of coco nibs and burnt maltyness. No smoke or meat characteristic but that's to be expected seeing as this isn't a massive stout. Bit of a chocolate cherry like presence as the beer sits and warms up a tad.

Taste - Taste is much like the smell only with a milky aspect taking over. Dominated by the chocolate with a touch of bitterness. A drying beer. The cherry once again comes through and lingers around the mouth well into the finish.

Feel - While the head is still retaining beautifully, it doesn't add much in terms of making the beer feel creamy in the mouth. It is quite watery, perhaps one of the most watery beers I have ever encountered. Swallows easily and coats the mouth in an ever present sweetness.

Overall - It wasn't bad. Not loaded with flavor and quite watery, but still an alright drink overall. Perfect for nights at the pub where you want something with more flavor than the American average and you don't want to get intoxicated too quickly. A lot like Guinness though better in my opinion. Probably wouldn't buy it at 7.99 a four pack, but I basically got it free so I can't bitch too much..

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Photo of Savan
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a midnight black soul with a lovely milky white head of vanilla , not much to smell , subtle coffee notes and dried barley. Taste of milk chocolate .... for lack of any better comparison. Feels a bit like heaven in yer mouth lad! Drink up :)

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 14.9oz nitro-can poured into a 22oz Liberal Cup shaker. The eruption of malty goodness never gets old. Upon scrutinizing the can, seems that Murphy's is brewed in Edinburgh by Heineken, not Cork. No worries.

Not much of a nose, but black is beautiful color with an insistent lacing. Very little carbonation, smooth nitro mouth, very nice to drink this for the first time in quite awhile. Someone said less bitter than Guinness, I agree. Some coffee and chocolate notes for sure.

Overall, a fine example of this style. Not gonna hit you upside the head with flavor, but flavorful in a subtle way. Not unlike Guinness, which I love as well. Actually a "light beer", a fine session candidate if you want to keep your wits about you.

I do miss Beamish, which may have been my favorite of the Irish Dry Stouts. I think it was bought by Murphy's and pulled from the US. Crushed the competition!

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into an English pub styled pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white creamy color-ed head that leveled out in its dissipation. Lacing broadens around the glass in a spectacle sure to please the eyes (nice show).
The smell has roasted coffee beans with a light dry cocoa bean revolving around the coffee. There's a light roasty aftertaste sliding into quick sweet to roasty finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fair smooth creamy sessionable feel surrounding my tongue. It feels really nice.
Overall, for an Irish dry stout, this one comes off a bit smoother and creamier than expected. To me, I didn't mind that. I'm guessing its because the ABV is low and there's no date on the can. Good, but almost always seems better when on draught.

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Photo of do_ob
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can into a pint glass. Pours a chocolate-milky brown and settles opaque in the glass. Good 3 finger head of tan foam on top. Great head retention. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt on the nose. Not overly assertive but decent. Roasted malt and bitter coffee on the taste with a touch of unsweetened caramel. Not much chocolate. Much thinner than it looks. Not a great mouthfeel, but I have to remind myself this isn't an imperial. Dry finish.

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Photo of pcbnumber1
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

440ml can with widget, poured into glass.

Appearance (Look): Beautiful pour, black with slight red borders. Forms a lovely 1 finger deep cream foam.

Smell: Light roasted malt and coffee hints. Tempts you to dive in.

Taste: Initial caramel sweetness dies, bitter coffee finish, leaves a drying bitterness on the tongue, Not bad but far from outstanding.

Mouthfeel (Feel): Smooth, creamy. No complaints here, easy to drink.

Overall: Didn't amaze, yes its a low ABV stout but I found this mostly dull.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have had on draft and the nitro can, one of the few beers I prefer from its package vs draft. Pours a dark brown to black with a nice two finger to khaki foamy head, typical of a good stout. Smells of dark Malts, chocolate, bread, and q hint of rum. Tastes about the same strong malt flavor, after taste of breadiness. Mouth fell is great, perfect limited carbonation nice frothy foamy feeling. Overall a great stout that is available almost anywhere, the go to at a commercial chain store with limited selection, prefer it to Guinness!

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours nearly black with some ruby tones at the bottom of the glass. nice white head. doesn't cascade like Guinness does or maybe i poured too fast, i don't know.

smell is nearly nonexistent. can get some tones of a regular stout, some coffee.

very thin, some toasted malt with some coffee flavor.

goes down easy and is quite thin but isn't great.

overall it's not bad but far from great. i prefer Guinness but i know neither are truly great. easy drinking but simple flavor.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's funny that this beer has a better score than Guinness, they are equally awesome. Pepsi and coke comes to mind. Equally delicious, but Murphys does have that coffee richness

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty tasty Irish stout that is inoffensive and about what one would expect. It pours a rich brown-black with a big, beautiful head. The nose is pretty nutty with a hint of milk chocolate. It tastes similar but is more cocoa-centric than it is nutty. The flavor is definitely the least noticeable aspect of it. It is very drinkable and pretty thin with light carbonation and not much of a finish. Neither spectacular nor bad. I will usually pick it over Guinness in bars with nothing else as I find it to be a little more flavorful.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the price this a a grate 5 star beer, I think it is better than Guinness and usually the same price, There's also the Belhaven black stout which is a bit better but it also more expensive, Like i said for the price this is a 5 star beer...

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; deep brown in color with a hint of ruby at the edges; less than a 1 finger creamy, medium tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; sheets of lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains, coffee with cream;

T;' follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M; medium to full bodied; light creamy carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not very complex (but more complex than Guinness); easy to drink;

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Photo of Kubishark
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's impossible to talk about this beer without comparing it to Guinness, since it basically is Guinness. In the same way you order a Coke and the waitress asks "is Pepsi OK?", I could see myself enjoying one of these *almost* as much as Guinness any time I'm in the mood for this particular style of beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color with creamy foam. Aroma, roasted barley, a little bit of coffee and hops. Taste watery, roasted barley with some acidity, coffee and bitter chocolate.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a very finely bubbled 1” cream colored head. Roast espresso aromas. Creamy texture with rich roast flavors. The tap version is a little richer than the nitro can. My go to beer fro drinking with oysters.

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Photo of leantom
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this popular brew. Here goes:

A: Pitch black with a small, creamy nitro head. A little underwhelming because of how small the head is (Left-Hand, by contrast, produces a much larger nitro head). Just OK.

S:Toasted and burnt malt. Coffee bitterness throughout with some cream. While the beer smells good, however, it's not exactly a robust and fulfilling smell.

T: Very underwhelming. Much too light on the flavor. Some coffee but, after all is said and done, the beer is too loose and watery. Smokiness is good, however.

F: Very watery.

O: An OK beer, but there are better Irish Dry Stouts on the market.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into an English pint glass.

A - 5 - Pours a pitch black color with that lovely finger and a half of cream-white, pillowy head. Great head potential, amazing head retention and SOLID wall of lacing is left behind.
S - 4 - Light mocha coffee/chocolate, super fresh and roasty malt and a slight peaty smokiness.
T - 3 - Lightly sweet malt, light smokiness, bitter raw coffee bean finish. The downside, there's a slight metallic flavor that goes along with the drying nature of the beer and it definitely detracts from both the drinkability/sessionability of this beer as well as its subtle flavors.
F - 5 - Can't give this anything but a perfect score, the widget makes it so. Extremely pillowy soft head and creamy body.
O - 3 - A good representation of the Irish stout style and a great beginner stout, but Guinness draught still reigns supreme for me as the ultimate Irish stout experience.

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Photo of NaziBeerHunter
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drink a lot of Guinness, but whenever I feel like splurging, I'll go for the Murphy's. Around me, it only comes in 4 pack tall boys for $9-$11, while I can get a 12 pack of Guinness for less than $15 sometimes. It's a shame this beer isn't more available, because it really is great. Better flavor and mouthfeel than Guinness. Delicious beer, but it's just too godamn expensive when compared to Guinness.

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

If like me you had a bad experience with stout as a teen ("what the hell is this stuff")- this will erase those memories.About Murphy's I could "see" someone saying: "I don't usually like beer, but I like this!". Smooth, malty, full of body, wonderful clean taste.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
84 out of 100 based on 986 ratings.
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