Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout

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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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Photo of Swedes21
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz draft at the Halifax Airport

Appearance - the beer pours with a tremendous amount of cascading head, the head is a light brown and appears extremely rich. The beer is dark, almost a chocolate brown and i am unable to tell the amount of carbonation. The head lingers and some remains throughout the whole tasting.

Smell - I can smell some roasted oats in this beer with a very subtle hint of sweetness, almost from a vanilla/caramel base.

Taste - Nice tasting beer, to me there is almost a "burnt" under tone to the beer. The bitterness is present and almost appears to be drawn from the roasted oats.

Mouthfeel - Minimal added carbonation added to the beer in the mouthfeel. The taste do come fwd however remain the same as the taste.

Drinkability - Overall good beer and glad i tried it, would be interested to see how it taste in a can. I can see myself having one or two of these, but that would be my limit.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - extremely dark brown/black, with about an inch or so of head that dissipates very slowly.

Smell - smokey, semi-coffeebean smell. Maybe a little malty in the smell.

Taste - very smokey in the inner cavity aroma/smell, and although still smokey-tasting, fairly bitter at the back of the palate, but before that it is slight sweetness at the middle of the mouth. The texture is surprisingly light, much closer to a watery texture than I would have thought.

Drinkability - to be honest, I don't love the taste. I like the smokiness, but there's also a "staleness", which I think is actually from the high hop content.

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Photo of acurtis
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro-Can. Super creamy and light. Tastes sweet like milk chocolate, but might not be as flavorful and complex as some other irish stouts. A little one note. Easy to drink, i could chug this if I wanted to. This is still one of my go to beers after many years. Excellent.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If looks could kill, all you can want. Jet black, creamy tan head, no signs of carbonation and incredible lacing. Toasted bread aroma, not too strong, not to weak. So far, so good. Ah, but true beauty is skin deep. Flavor is shallow. All I can find is some malt around the middle and a bit of bitterness in the back end. Artificial sweetener sensation after the finish. Mouthfeel is even a disappointment, as it is a bit rougher than the nitro would have you hope for.

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Photo of jsh420
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours chocolate milk then turn into a nice dark ruby brown with a 1+ finger tanish head that kept all the way to the last drink of the glass

smells is a little weak (maybe thats the nitro-can) but roasted malts with cream

taste guinness who? malts you can taste- roasted chocolate malts with some good dark fruit flavors - yes a tab watery but nothing like guinness

mouthfeel again is a little thin but smooth and creamy just as an irish dry should be

drinkability - 4%abv hell yes this is a session beer

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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a can into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 27th, 2010. Pours a dark tan/black. Certainly darker than Guinness. You're treated to a brilliant display of bubbles as the beer settles, but the show isn't quite as good as with Guinness. A two finger head that retains brilliantly. I love these nitro tap draughts. Head is thick and creamy.

Smell: A very subtle scent but a good one. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. Inviting, but not as strong as I'd like it to be.

Taste: Cream to roast to lackluster finish. Too one note for its promising smell. The finish is quite abysmal, especially when compared to Guinness or Beamish. I remember this beer tasting a lot better off the tap in Cork. Where's the bitterness I want in an Irish stout? This needs to be built far better.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but horribly dry, especially on the finish, which is reminiscent of a stale cracker.

Drinkability: I'd get another, but only because I remember it being better. Perhaps something is off with canned Murphy's.

Fans of Irish stouts (like me) are best off reaching for a Guinness or a Beamish in the pubs - and a Guinness Foreign Extra in the store.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour produces the standard nitro-driven cascade. Black stout with one finger of long lasting 'driven tan head. Nose of barley and spicy hops. Barley malt and molasses up front with hops bitterness at the back, and a hoppy, chocolatey, dry finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium, smooth body. High drinkability due to creaminess and low ABV.

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Photo of Sleestak
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From nitro tallboy. Pours and looks beautiful. Dense black with just a hint of mohagany around the base of the glass. Lots of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, smokey though all subdued. Creamy milkshake-ish feel but still thin. All in all I'm much more impressed by this beer than I ever thought I would be going in.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro is one of those things that seems to divide the beer community, either you like it or you don't. Well, I for one enjoy a good stout on nitro-tap so I decided to give the nitro-can a try. I was skeptical to see how well it would really work, but so far am impressed.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with just the slightest bit of light permeating through when help up to the light. A nice cascading effect leads to a moderate creamy ivory colored head, which has no problem hanging around for a while.

Aroma is rather sweet, being a bit caramel and chocolate, with a slight bit of roasted barley also being present. However, roasted notes are not nearly as strong as one would expect.

Taste was a bit tough for me to really pick apart, being a much lighter and more subtle than other styles of stouts. Not many American Stouts come in at 4% abv, but for an Irish-Dry Stout this seems just about right. Sweet and chocolaty at first but as the beer explores the palate, more bitter and roasted flavors come through. With warming, it opens up even more becoming quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very light, smooth and just about perfect for the style. Nitro really adds a whole new level of silky texture that makes this go down so well.

Drinkability is high, with such a low abv and light body but full of lots of subtle and well balanced flavors.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz nitro-can into a Samuel Adams sensory glass. Really dig the classy graphics and look of the tallboy can. Dark coca-cola brown black liquid with 1 cm tall super creamy small bubbled light tan head. Nice mix of spiderweb and sheet lacing left on the glass as this beer was transferred from glass to my piehole.

Aroma was lightly metallic, light toasted cracker, roasted grain, mocha, and some dry brown pine needles in there too (weird). Taste was light sweet and creamy maltiness and gentle roast bitterness experienced simultaneously, both feeling very mild. It was a little too cold when I started drinking, and the tastes intensified a teeny bit once it warmed up properly.

Carbonation felt super low, and this was watery without much body. Surprised this was so watery and not creamy at all to me. A light bodied and light tasting bittersweet brew. Seems like the kind of thing people would throw down multiple pints of while killing the afternoon at the local pub. Too watery and a bit weak for my tastes. I guess this style's just not for me...

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Photo of darkmartin
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to an opaque black with a large, creamy tan nitro-can head that lasts longer than the beer. Really looks great.

Smell: Dark fruit malts, roast, coffee, and the normal nitro smell.

Taste: Much like the nose, coffee and roasted malts dominate. No discernable hops, yet they are not needed. Very smooth, rich flavor that goes down great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Very smooth, no carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[email protected] West Ender sports pub in Marlboro.

It has a nice nitro upside down waterfall effect with a long settling nitro head, dark but not black color.

Typical nitro stout nose, dark malts, creamy nitro, touch of roast.

Taste is also just as expected, very creamy with nitro, a dry Irish stout taste, a little dark malts with chocolate malt, touch of a slightly fruity and dry Irish yeast. Semi sweet too despite being a dry stout.

Mouth is rich and creamy but not super thick.

Finishes dry with a touch of residual sugar, lots of lingering creamy nitro and light bitter stout flavors. Little dry fruity Irish yeast too.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a two finger gray-brown head of mousse-like foam on a cascading body eventually turns blackish brown with a hint ruby highlights. Infinite retention and thick lace.

S - A lightly roasted aroma with notes of chocolate. Little else.

T - Watery malt with light chocolate and cheap coffee flavor. Finishes with acrid roast and dry chocolate as well as a hint of molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not too bad. Much more flavor than Guinness with a nice contrast between the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The style is inherently limited, but this is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the new McDowd's in Kansas City.
Poured in a pint glass. Opaque black with a creamy, frothy 1/2" tan head that never quits. Looks exactly like an Irish stout should.
Not much going on in the smell, a little bit of roasty malt and some creaminess.
It's mildly roasty and bitter, with some hops in the finish. A hint of cocoa on the end.
Thin and watery texture.
Very smooth and easy to drink, though you're not particularly motivated to.
Not bad if you're just looking to knock back a few while watching a game at the pub or something, but pretty average tasting overall.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz nitro can into stein.

Pours pitch black with the signature dark brown nitro cascade during the pour, with a two finger, tiny-bubbled light-khaki head with excellent retention. Looks exactly like it's supposed to.

Nose is very roasty deep and soft, just a bit of mellow underlying char, a dusting of dry cocoa powder for depth.

Taste is a bit muted, as is to be expected of the nitro; muted acidity up front, roasty, bit more char initially that fades into a light dark-roasted coffee note. Finish has more roast, light acidity.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with the sort of dull lushness common to nitro. Medium-light body with an illusory fullness from the nitro.

Drinkability is good; just a bit fuller and more rounded flavor than Guinness Draught, its major comparison point, with a nice abv and no real rough edges. Now, nitro wears on me personally, but it's also pretty typical for the style, so I didn't deduct from teh score for personal preference.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured black with two fingers of tan head, good retention, and good lacing. Smelled very roasted, with hints of dry cocoa powder and sharp coffee bean. The taste confirmed the aroma, with a big roasted malt backdrop, accompanied by a dry subtle coffee/cocoa blend and a dry finish; a very good session stout, with a smooth, slick, nitro-enhanced body.

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Photo of 92jAKe47FS
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours and looks just like guinness. Black in color with a long lasting and tasty beige head that will not go away until you rinse the glass. The taste in my opinion is very similar to guinness in that is taste of coffee and light hoppyness, and is very creamy feeling. Since my palate is not trained well i can not distinguish why i like Guinness more, but i do

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Photo of Insomnicat
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours pitch dark brown and settle to a dark black with one finger of cream head

S - Roaster barley and I pick up hints of molasses or smoke for some reason

T - very mellow with an acidic bite to it. The crazy amounts of malt really show

M - very heavy and thick. it's almost like drinking a cream

D - the weight and thickness make it fill me up incredibly quickly. this could be good or bad, depending on your stance on the subject.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

appearance: Pitch black with a full creamy tan head.
smell: Some roasty coffee. Nice but very subdued. I gave it a high mark as it does fit the style.
taste: Again, very subdued. Tempted to write bland but imho it's not that. It's subtle but very good. Again a high mark because it fits the style.
mouthfeel: light creamy with a silky feel.
drinkability: this is where this guy really shines. I find myself gulping this refreshing brew. I do believe this is the most quaffable brew I've ever had.

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Photo of Sudsy89
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a good, reasonably-priced alternative to Guinness. I prefer the nitro can Murphy's, as it has a thicker, foamier head, which lasts a long time and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is nice, mild coffee and chocolate flavors. I find it slightly less bitter than Guinness Extra Stout, which is pretty similar.
Mouthfeel is superior, has a nice creaminess to it, seems more filling so a couple pints would be enough for me. Only cost me $7.99 for a four-pack of pint-cans, so this is a pretty good deal. Besides the thickness it isn't really strong or bitter, so I'm sure other drinkers could put away more than me.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this one from my brother, who speaks very highly of it.

Appearance: A finger worth of creamy head thanks to the nitro can is good to see, but one and a half is my ideal number. Good retention though and is leaves respectable lacing. Also as black as night, as all good stouts should be.

Smell: Took quite a bit of warming to really come out, and is nice a simple. Well roasted barley dominates the nose, with also a smoked hickory smell far in the background.

Taste: Just an all around simple stout, just as the smell would have you believe. Starts with a very mild roasted malt taste that smoothly builds to a peak but is well reigned in by a sweet creaminess that keeps the bitterness to a minimum until a dusting of mild hops gives you a nice kiss goodbye. A bit simple perhaps, but solid all the same. I'd give it 4.25 but for a stout a bit more complexity could be there.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, which I suspect is the Nitro-can's doing. Nice creamy head, and excellent at slowly building the malt. The only thing stopping this from a perfect score is the hops in the aftertaste could be reigned in at bit more in favor of more dominant malt or sweeter creaminess. Even then though, I wouldn't call it unpleasant by any means.

Drinkability: I didn't think it was possible for a stout to be this smooth, as there were no issues getting this down. It's very rare you can find a stout that would serve you as well in the summer as the winter. I don't think I've encountered a stout that was this light and still flavorful.

Final Thoughts: How is this stuff not served where Guinness is available? I mean, the extra stout has it's place but this stuff simply trumps the draught in every aspect. Smoother, much better balanced and less alcohol content make this offering exceptional. No question, thumbs up. If you see it and haven't tried it, buy it.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank this on tap at O'Connor's Pub in Doolin, Ireland on 10 July 2010. Appearance was an Irish stout work of art--nearly black with some traces of ruby red. A beautiful creamy white head crowned the top with a width of about one finger. The head basically coats the entire inside of the glass as the stout is consumed.

Smell was roasted/toasted malt notes with some sweetness thrown in. This stout has a nice sweetness to it that balances out the bitterness quite well. A terrific balance in this stout. Provides a creamy/velvety mouthfeel. I could drink these like the Energizer Bunny....

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz nitro can poured into a guinness pint glass.

Pours amazing - I love nitro cans, it's pitch black with a nice little light brown very fine and creamy nitro head. Nose is very light and roasty a bit of burnt malt.

Wow - can you say Bacon? This is very smokey and tastes a lot like bacon! very odd! Fairly tasty but I'd say this is a step below Guinness nitro cans. It's got a bit of a sweet malt on the finish but the bacon dominates.

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Photo of feedsasquatch
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really, really like Guinness Extra Stout, so my cousin told me to try this as well. It's good, but not as good in my opinion.

16oz nitro can poured into a glass.

A - Pours brown, and turns black after it settles. Has a really good creamy tan head.

S - Chocolate sweetness, roasted malts, and coffee. It really fits the style.

T - Same as it smells, but a little stronger. Compared to Guinness it may have a slightly stronger flavor. I rated it a bit lower on flavor because it has a metallic flavor (iron). It's really unfortunate, because if it wasn't for the metal tinge to it, I would be much more inclined to drink it.

M - Very smooth and creamy. Though, I found Guinness to be creamier. In keeping with the style, it is also dry.

D - Despite the weird metal flavor in it, I still think it's a drinkable beer.

I probably won't buy this again, but I'm glad I have something to compare my Guinness Extra Stout to now.

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Photo of dcook11
2.29/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Great look. dark brown that fades into dark black at the finish of the pour. Nice creamy off white two finger head.

S- Coffee. roasted malt. Chocolate.

T- Too watery for me. Could have made everything alot stronger taste wise. I am a fan of IS's so too me this just does not do it.

M- Odd metal taste.

D- ditto on M.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 2,463 ratings
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