Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

2,446 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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of madeofsteel
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic. I've heard this is comparable to Guinness, but am going to try my best to not let it be the middle child.

A - Pours a solid, midnight black, with about a half inch of cream-colored head that isn't going anywhere, and neither is the solid lacing just holding onto the glass for dear life. Seriously, this is one sexy looking beer.

S - Not much of anything. Very faint coffee roast, but nothing else.

T - Burnt, watered down coffee. Grainy. Underwhelming malt, and not much else at all.

M - Smooth, creamy, and almost watered-down.

O - For what it is, I'd say it has more flavor than Guinness, even if it isn't nearly as popular. Certainly worth a turn of the head, if this is your thing. It's drinkable, dangerously so since it has no carb to speak of and is notably watery.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Pencible
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: This poured a nearly opaque black cherry with a little light tan head.
S: It smelled like faint coffee and dark chocolate, with bready yeast.
T: It tasted like watery corn and creamy yeast, with a little mocha. It had a somewhat dirty and bland aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with super fine carbonation. Nice creamy body, due to the nitro.
D: This was about on par with Guinness. Nice nitro body, but scent and taste are like a macro stout. Not very pleasant, although not entirely repulsive either.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Black as night. One perfectly cut sensational finger of light cream head with permanent retention. Lovely sheets of lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Very weak on the nose. Light milk, coffee, charcoal and water.

T - Watery and very mild but nice combination of chocolate, coffee and burnt grain.

M - Disasterously thin, low carbonation, dry.

O - Kim Kardashian. Dark and drop dead gorgeous, but very little substance.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -53%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of smakawhat
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a nitrous can into a nonic pint glass.

Out of the can nitrous and chugging as usual, created a classic light caramel tan head of about a centimeter tall. Body color is really nice, a dark classic walnut with lots of red hues on the edges with some tranparency. Quiet nice.

Nose is a subdued mix. Drip coffee, mild chocolate and toasty malts, bit of a fruity ester quality sort of English pale ale.

Taste overall is kind of lacking, but still manages to show up. Light toasty malted grains, and watered down coffee seem to dominate the palate. The nitro really doesn't bring much of a creamy texture, still some depth but quite wet. Finish brings a good sweetness of the malt.

Overall for 4% you really can't complain. Nothing impressive but nothing offensive either, real simple.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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2.33/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

The "dryrish" stouts are not my cup of tea, full disclosure...that said I did buy a case in march after getting a little too psyched for st paddy's day...The greatest thing about this beer for me is the pour. The science of the widget can to pint glass pour almost brings a tear to my eye. After that it's all downhill. Very little aroma, and what j could detect was a hint of malt. One mouthful tastes of sheer boredom to me. I do prefer it far beyond Guinness, but again, it's just not my type of beer. One on march 17th for me and that's it.

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3.14/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz nitro-can into pint glass.

A: Dark dark brown, bordering on black, with medium tan head. Opaque. Looks like a lava lamp when poured with all the wandering movement. Mesmerizing to watch. As with most nitro-cans, when it settles it is very still, although the head is retained well.

S: Really lackluster here. A little malt sweet aroma and not much else. A soft coffee aroma does develops as the beer warms some.

T: Roasted malt, bit of sweetness up front. Small amount of hop bitterness at the end but not any particular character than I can define. As the beer warms (seriously, I guess I'm starting these off too cold) there is some mocha flavor in the back half.

M: A little thin of a mouthfeel for a stout, but acceptable. It is smooth, a bit creamy. The mocha with a touch of bitter aftertaste is actually pleasant but doesn't last long.

O: It's a quality old stand-by, and I think superior to its main competitor. It seems to me that it improves significantly as it warms several degrees from refrigerator temperature.

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2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

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3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a pint nitro can into a Guinness pint glass (Oh, I know)

A - Poured directly into the glass to get that lovely cascade effect as waves of darker liquid sink to the bottom through the tan head. Pours a motor oil black with amber highlights and sitting atop it all is perfectly creamy, two-finger, tan head. The large tan cap stays intact all the way down the glass and scores of lacing are left behind. A perfect looking Irish dry stout!

S - Dark chocolate and freshly ground coffee beans with a hint of earthy hops and chocolate crystal malt.

T - A slight dark-chocolate bitterness upfront. The body is really underwhelming with light hop and espresso notes playing around in a sea of creaminess. A bit more hop flavor comes through as the beer passes over the back of the tongue before an espresso finish.

M - Super-smooth and creamy thanks to the nitro-can with virtually no carbonation. The lack of carbonation gives it a nice authentic cask-served in an English pub style. To me, the body is too light, even by Irish Dry Stout standards as it is just an iota thicker than water.

The real allure of this beer is the perfect appearance and superbly creamy mouthfeel that few beers posses. However, despite all the somewhat rare nitro tricks and solid nose, this beer has very little substance and almost tastes like a Guinness Extra Stout combined with 50% water. This tasted significantly better from the tap in New Zealand with a more substantial body and stronger flavors. I might purchase a few more cans then and again, but only to have the novelty of the English draught experience in my own home.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
3.72 out of 5 based on 2,446 ratings.
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