Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

2,433 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  rDev -19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of seesnow3
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imperial pint glass, $2.19/pint can, unknown freshness

Pour-Pour straight into the bottom of the glass (this is how I was told to pour a nitro can). Pours a two finger, creamy, light brown head that holds at a little less than one finger. Very thick, rich, creamy like marshmallow. Thick, even lacing that sticks very well. Tons of little carbon bubbles on the inside of the glass. Very dark brown color that is mostly opaque, but you can see light through it a little bit when you hold it directly up to it.

Nose-Immediately after pouring it has a rich coffee and bittersweet chocolate aroma. Since the head holds so well, it doesn’t really go anywhere and smells mostly the same after a minute or two. Some light yeasty and moderate malty aromas are present as well. Possibly a hint of fruit?

Palate-Not very sweet at first, though a little bit, a good amount of saltiness actually like a saltine almost. A good amount of sour component though light and in balance, the bitter is there but not as strong as I’m used to for such a dark beer. Mostly unsweetened chocolate, though not very strong and astringent coffee. There is not much else going on except for moderate malt and light bitter hops.

Body-Moderately heavy, very rich and creamy on the tongue without being too heavy. There is some effervescence present, though it’s somewhere between light and moderate. Overall nice, everything is in balance, the bitter offsets the sour and salty flavor, and the little bit of sweetness keeps it interesting. It’s certainly an easy drinking beer and great for a session beer due to the alcohol. Would get it again, not bad for the price. Pairs fairly well with smoked gouda.

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

A nice pour. Smokey in the glass with a thick halo of head about 15% of the glass. Lacks distinction from other Irish stouts. Enjoyable but nothing remarkable. I cannot detect any strong odor emanating from the glass. I wonder if my alergies are acting up. Good mouthfeel, good taste, just good good good.

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Photo of fx20736
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a Nitro Can into a British Pint Glass. Drank at Room temp.

Dark ebony that only reveals the slimmest ruby shards of light when backlit. Thick cappuchino head, perfunctory lacing.

Aroma of toasted and roasted caramel malt with a faint hoppiness.

Mouthfeel: a velvety unctuousness.

Taste: toasted and roasted caramel goes thin and dry before leaving a little herbal bitterness.

Notes: an Irish Stout. Ho hum.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

[poured into generic goblet]

B: [1 Pint (16 FL.OZ.)] It's a cool can with a nice choice in colors... nothing too loud. There's a decent amount of info on the can, but there isn't any abv info that can be found.

A: Very dark brown body with a milky mocha head(very slow dissipation) and good lacing.

S: very faint... light roasted malt and chocolate. Really nothing much at all to the aroma.

T: Light milk coffee, roasted sweet malt, and miniscule bitterness.

M: Milky/creamy, faint chocolate, no alcohol presence, light/med bodied(watery), and low carbonation.

O: This is often compared to Guinness and for good reason. They are very similar, with the Murphy's coming off as more creamy, and the Guinness coming off with slight (very light) alcohol presence. To be honest, I didn't feel like I had a beer at all. More like something you drink at Starbucks. Can't see anything special about this, but I suppose it would perfect for those starting out with beer.

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Photo of Jerone
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, almost black with a beautiful one and a half finger head that is very creamy, love the cascade effect.

S - Lots of dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate.

T - Unfortunately the taste is lacking a bit, there is roasted malt and a bit of coffee/chocolate notes, but just not a whole lot there.

Mouthfeel is watery and the nitrogen doesn't do it for me.

O - Not a bad beer, but just not my thing, I want a bit more flavor and mouthfeel to my stouts.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.14/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Nitro 1 pint can poured into a Guinness glass. No date, but some cryptic markings on bottom.

Appearance - Tan pancake batter head. Black body with sheets of brown nitro bubbles cascading down the sides.

Smell - Faint coffee and soy sauce. Almost no smell whatsoever, then again that's not suprising when drinking it at the recommended "chilled" temperature.

Taste - Stale metallic water. Coffee. Chocolate. In order of prominence.

Mouthfeel - Very watery. Mildly astringent. The head foam offers no creaminess or texture; it has the consistency of air.

Overall Drinkability - No redeeming qualities other than perhaps the sixer-mixer price of $1.50 per can.

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3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had about a hundred Guinness Draughts, so it provides the easiest basis for comparison. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown that pales slightly toward the edge of the glass. Little bit of ruby up to light. There is a finger of khaki nitro-head.

Smell: Good scent, about 5-10% stronger than a Guinness. Sweetish and pleasant malt, dark but not roasted.

Taste: Naturally, similar to Guinness but not quite as good in my opinion. The malt flavor range seems a little more limited, lacking a little bit of sweetness perhaps. There's also a tiny background taste throughout which I imagine comes from hops, but reminds me more of the aroma of catnip.

Mouthfeel: Nitrogen means smooth, creamy feel -- and Murphy's doesn't disappoint in that regard.

Overall: A worthy competitor, but I like Guinness better.

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Photo of MattyG85
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a stout glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown with a little bit of ruby red shining through the bottom. Solid four fingers of very creamy off white head with great retention. Decent amount of lacing.

Smell: Roasted dark malts with some chocolate, caramel, and hints of milk. Very roasty and sweet smelling aroma.

Taste: Starts out with a creamy milk like taste and than the dark roasted caramel malts take over. A good amount of milk chocolate lingers around. No hop presence noticeable. Actually kind of watery overall.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a heavy carbonation. Creamy, smooth, and somewhat watery.

Overall: Some nice roasted malt flavors going on here, but overall too watery for a stout.

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3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An opaque near-black with a lighter and persistent head--gorgeous lacing. The smell is mostly roasted malt, the taste is chocolate and roast with some chalk at the end, and the mouthfeel is creamy but curiously thin, offering no resistance to the gullet--kind of like a beer version of chocolate milk, comforting and smooth and sessionable.

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

A very pleasurable dry stout.

A: Beautiful black with a thick brown head that doesn't dissipate easily.

S: faint sweetness from malt.

T: not over bearing. Faint bitter makes it a contender for a session beer

M: A bit watery. After reading BJCP guidelines I was surprised to see that it fell into the proper range that starts from light-medium. I guess I am just used to associating black with full body.

O: It is a well crafted beer and a great example for it's style. I will drink it again, but I can't shake the watery impressions it gives.

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Photo of tykees88
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- This is just a very pretty beer. The nitro can lets this form a super creamy off white khaki mocha head on top of a pitch black brew.

S- The smell is not very nice however. There is not much of anything, very mild hop and malt aroma.

T- this is nice. Chocolate and a little coffee with just an ever so slight hop profile.

M- As creamy as they come. I really think this stands out as the most memorable feature of the beer be it good or bad.

O- its nice. alot of people probably hate on this beer, but for what it is I enjoyed it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with the usual nitro head.
Nose is subtle, just some caramel, soft roasted malt and butterscotch. Soft but nice.
Flavours include faint roasted malt and caramel. Once again, soft but very easy to drink.
Very creamy body, could use more carbonation.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

ap. Deep brown/black with minimal head.
sm. A little chocolate at first, some lemon?, and finally some roasty malts.
ta. Not much up front, some tartness. Midway comes the roasted/toasted/nicely burnt flavors..some caramel and a lightly bitter finish.
mf. Seems thin.
dr. Easy enough, but I was hoping for more from this one.

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Photo of JMad
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a pint glass...

Pours black with a thick, solid, creamy head that left plenty of lacing. Smells of roasted coffee, dark chocolate and metal. I tasted mostly bitter coffee grinds with a hint of chocolate and a slightly metallic taste. The beer is very light with almost no carbonation and a dry finish. This beer's not bad, it definitely beats Guinness Draught.

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Photo of mjw2808
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a very creamy two finger head. Smell is of roasted malt. The taste is nice and malty but not too sweet. Not very complex but at the same time has a satisfying taste. Very creamy mouthfeel, one of the best ive noticed in a while. This stout doesnt bring anything super unique, but it does just what its supposed to as a dry stout.

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Photo of Merkur
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very thick, dark black. About one finger worth of tan head.

The beer tastes very roasty, while suprisingly sweet. Much more flavor than Guinness.

The beer is very easy drinking with an excellent amount of lacing. Very smooth.

I would recommend this over Guinness

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Photo of Chyren
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out smooth, clarified dark-brown to black, with a creamy frothy tan-colored head. Heavy lacing to the last drop.

S: Somewhat roasted with a little of that sweet-cidery yeast scent and straight bready malts.

T: Clean and easy roasted malt with just a tough of dark bitterness. Just barely sweetened by its malty body. Tastes of the classic stout.

M: Smooth, light, so very easy going. Goes down quick. Maybe a bit dangerous.

O: The ultimate chillin dry stout. It satisfies without making you think too much. Hard not to like this stout.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz nitro can into pint glass

A-almost black with 1 finger head that stays well and leaves lacing all the way down

S-lots of roasted malt

T-roasted malt and bitter coffee flavors

M-not as creamy as it looks actually a little on the watery side

O-It is good except for the thin mouthfeel if it was as creamy as it looks it would be really good

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Pasteurized in cans, bottles and kegs, with nitrogen.Contract brewed by Interbrew at Magor for Heineken the license holders.Ingredients: Pale and chocolate malts; roasted barley; Target hops."

In view of the above, This is a Welsh Sweet Stout based on the Irish style! It is, in my opinion, a very nice and decent drinkable stout that edges out the equivalent Guinness product(which I also happen to like!)

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a nitro can into a mug. Pitch black with a creamy almond froth head that is about 3/4 in thick and remains.

smell is of dark roasted malt and tobacco like aroma. some oak like notes as well

heavily roasted malt and oak flavor dominant. some hop piney notes are towards the end. dark cherry like flavor as well somewhere in the middle.

thick full bodied beer doesn't get any better

overall a good stout with nitro

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
3.72 out of 5 based on 2,433 ratings.
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