Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Ireland
murphysbeers.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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2,433
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Avg:
3.72
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14.25%
 
 
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Photo of waldoiverson
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nitro Can into Nonic

A: Very dark brown to black, solid nitro foam, 2 fingers deep, tan and creamy

S: a bit toasty, sweet, not really sure what to say other than it fits the style

T: lactic sweetness, dry toast, a bit of sudsy soap flavor but not totally in a bad way

M: oh so smooth and dry

D: this is a beer to spend a night with in a quiet pub.

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Photo of longbongsilver
2.01/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Really wanted a stout, but didn't have imperial money. Spotted this loose on a mix'n'match rack, haggled my way into a deal on a single (didn't want to get a pack in case I didn't like the first one). Fills mug a burnt brown that gets darker as the widget-influenced foam settles, very thick firm inch of head. As far as presentation goes, it's exactly what I expected for a basic stout, advertises itself OK. Let's see how accurate that is...

I have my answer: "not very". Was expecting creamy, got watery. Expected significant malt, got watered-down black coffee. Goes down easy, but isn't really giving me further reason for it to. No real distinction, and the only thing worse to me than a bad taste is no taste.

Congratulations, Murphy's. You've become my first drain pour.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro can, 16 oz

Pours almost black, with a two finger, dense head of small off white bubbles. Lacing is ok, and I am such a sucker for that waterfall effect after the pour. This is my favorite style of beer.

Smells are muted, typical of the "big three" in Irish stouts. Some malty and roasted smell.

Taste is delicious, chocolately with a roasted almond coffee in the end. The tastes are a bit subdued, though. Less watery and a bit more potent than Guinness.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, velvet smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is obviously there, I can't put this beer down when I start drinking it, if I can't do that with an Irish stout, then it's not a good stout. Had this a day after a few guinnesses, Murphys is much more flavorful and creamy.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Nice dark colour with about 1 finger-worth of pale cream head.

S - Dark oak and wheat. Roasted barley and grains.

T - Smooth and creamy. Reminds me of Guinness but darker and with a hint of coffee.

M - Again very smooth - quite soft going down.

D - Very easy to drink due to the smoothness.

Obviously Guinness comparisons here are hard to avoid but I should say this is actually slightly more bitter than Guinness but with a richer taste. Would be hard to split the two - you'd have this one day and the other the next.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.11/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I suppose it's difficult not to compare any Irish Dry Stout to Guinness. I'm a bit surprised that Murphy's isn't as big, if not, bigger than Guinness in the U.S. Side by side with Guinness Draught, Murphy's has an edge in taste and mouthfeel, therefore, making it my choice if I had to decide between the two.

Poured out of a nitro-can, a lovely cascading effect with the bubbles gently fades into a creamy, yet lightly stuccoed/pockmarked, finger width khaki-colored head. The corpus of the beer is a dark, charred brown with reddish highlights on the edges of the glass. Lacing is left behind in sheets that break into wavy bands.

Where Guinness has a soft bite of bitter roast up front in its flavor, the bitter and roast in Murphy's seem to be scaled back, ever so slightly, while a nice cocoa emerges and develops as the beer warms. The bitter and roast do actually poke through the cream head for a gently pleasing aroma.

When it comes to mouthfeel, I've always felt Guinness to be thin, watery. Murphy's is a bit thicker, bordering on medium-bodied and has a clean, less dry finish than its counterpart.

This has to be the best dry stout I've had out of the maybe 10-12 I've tried (I'm more of an Imperial Stout admirer). Definitely will go back for seconds.

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Photo of yax75
4.58/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok this was my first time having this beer, and I was blown away by it. It was so smooth and creamy, and not just in appearance but in flavor, and mouthfeel. The color was dark and luxurious, with and nice firm long lasting head. The aroma was full of roasty goodness, and malt. I can definitely see why some people prefer this stout over a Guinness, its less astringent for one, but me I prefer both just because of their differences. If you can find this on tap try it, I have never had it from the can mind yah. The worst part about this beer was patiently waiting for the bartender to pour it.

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

Very dark brown with a thin, off-white head that remains.
Smell is lightly toasted malts, with a hint of smokiness to it. Hints of caramel and brown sugar as well.
Taste is more slightly smokey malts with some bitterness coming in after. Residual bitterness carries to the finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light, with a dry finish.
Easy enought to drink. Pretty good beer overall.

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

A: Nice contrast of tan foamy head to black opaque beer; head holds out quite nicely as well

S: Light malty quality; aroma is quite muted and simple--just not a lot going on

T: A bit more going on here; chewy with a nice grainy maltiness; quite bready and bisquity on the front of the mouth; something else-oats? on the back; not amazing but rather pleasant

F: Creamy and a bit chewy but rather thin

D: This is drinkable; simple but drinkable

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Photo of mysteriouspants
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Nitro cans are always reliable. Poured into a 20oz Pint glass. Deep, dark body with a perfect thick creamy head. There are few beers that look better!

S- Chocolate and roasted malt.

T- Pleasant, fairly light. Not as burnt tasting as Guinness.

M- Smooth at first, though tends to taste a little watery towards the end

D- Low alcohol content makes it pretty easy to drink. Goes down easily.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz., nitro-can poured into a nonic pint.

A- It had the classic, nitro pour. Cascading bubbles created a 1-1/2 finger tan/brown head. The body was a rich brown, nearing black. The head maintained at about 1/2 finger by then end and left thick, foamy webs on the glass. I'm a sucker for the nitro pour when it comes to appearance.

S- It was quite rich and aromatic. Milk chocolate initially. Lighter coffee aroma in the background (not overly roasty or burnt). As will happen, the aroma became stronger with warmth.

T- Pleasant chocolate flavor. Gently roasted malts impart a very slight smoke. It's pretty delicate. Not as grand as the aroma would suggest.

M- Creamy, smooth feel that I'd expect from a nitro. Moderate viscosity. Ever so grainy. A little more substantial than some nitro-canned brews I've experienced.

D- It's an easy drinker (pretty common for the style), on par with Guinness or Beamish. Without doing a side-by-side, it seemed a little more refined.

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

Bought a tall boy can from the outlet opposite Mahesh Lunch Home at Mumbai. Since glassware was not available, we made use with the disposable plastic glasses. Popped open the can and the froth raised its head above the opening. Poured into the glass from a 3" height - poured a nice iced coffee colour with a brown, creamy (read nitrous) head. The cream settled to a 1/2 inch eventually and retained throughout. The beer smelt of coffee and burnt toast - just what I expect from my Dry Irish Stout.
The smell was replicated in the taste - coffee, toasted malts with a bitterness that is characteristic of the style. The body was rather thin, which is my biggest complaint about Guinness and the like. While the low ABV and the rather thin MF lend a lot to the drinkabilty, there is plenty of room to tweak the malt bill I feel.
Anyway, the beer is typical of the style and will fare rather well as a flavouful sessionable beer. No problemo !

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Photo of u2carew
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can. Consumed 3/4/10
A) Pours with a classic "nitro" pour - ebb and flow of the body as it settles. Thick creamy head. Opaque body. Tan colored head.
S) Bready. Hints of caramel.
T) Smoky, sweet caramel malt up front. Light roasted notes. Finishes with sweet tones and mellow coffee.
M) Smooth. Creamy. Full body but on the light side.
D) Delicious! This has always been one of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: More foam than Guinness Draught, but less lacing. Dark chocolate brown, nearly black. Again, more so than Guinness, making it not at all translucent. Shows very little carbonation, so there are no sinking bubbles.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee, in a pretty strong way. Very malty as well with even a bit of hops. Good smell. A bit metallic.

Taste/Mouthfeel: One of the smoothest beers imaginable. No carbonation, but not flat in the least. Warms you nicely like Extra Stout and avoids any sort of water or oily texture. Coffee and chocolate malts, overall stronger than its cousin.

Drinkability: Murphy's definitely fills you up after a while, but that's the only criticism.

Overall: I like pretty much anything about this beer. I wish more people would know about it, considering it seems to be a famous beer in Ireland. Goes toe to toe with Guinness like no other! Better than American Guinness, not better than Irish Guinness.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

man, it is so hard to distinguish between the Big Three irish stouts. having just reviewed Beamish, this tastes awfully similar, but equally as good. looks glorious with the little bubbles in the glass. taste and finish is roasty but clean. i guess it's just hard for me to find a well-made irish dry stout that i don't like.

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Photo of nick76
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is pretty much black with a tan head. The head was not as creamy as some nitro beers but it was acceptable. The aroma is very toasted with both coffee and chocolate. The taste is like the aroma with a burnt biter finish. The palate is to thin for the style especially for a nitro beer. The beer is very drinkable overall but has some problems.

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Photo of jettjon
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a pint can with "10 14" stamped on the bottom into a pint glass. Dark coffee-brown color which allows no light to pass. Nitro widget delivers the expected, gorgeous cascading carbonation. Solid one finger of foam is rock solid. Very good looking pint of stout, yessir. Nose of somewhat surprisingly sweet milk chocolately malt. Coffee beans and dark chocolate. Taste is drier than the nose advertises, but the charred semi-sweet malt is there. Bits of bitter coffee. Pretty much classic stout flavor. Ends on a dry, lightly bitter hoppy note. In the mouth it's smooth and a bit thinner than I expected, but not to a fault. Mainly it's simply silky smooth, with no tingling carbonation. Drinkability is stellar. THIS is what session beer is all about. 4% ABV and incredibly easygoing character.

Overall: A superior stout. Obviously, there will be comparisons with Guinness; this one is significantly better. Everything a stout should be without pushing any boundaries. Extreme beer? Not today, friend. Today I'm back to the basics, and I'm loving it.

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Photo of drseamus
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A perfect looking pint. Dark black body topped with a perfectly foamy cream head. As with all nitro stouts, the process of pouring it is beautiful.

S: Sweet malt as with all irish stouts. Not a lot of aroma here.

T: Nice and smooth with some roasty bitterness. Just a touch of sweetness. Very balanced.

M: Gotta love nitro stouts. This thing is smooth as silk and creamy as semi-melted butter.

D: It's a good drinker. Very smooth, very easy drinking, very low ABV. Good beer.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I rated this beer on-site.

L- Black with a milky character to it. It actually appears to be a brownish black. Big, long sustaining, brown head.

S- Coffee malts and medium chocolate

T- The taste are pretty light for the most part. Light coffee that fades to a quick dry finish.

M- It's a light beer for the most part. Light bodied, light feel, light smell, light flavor

D- This is a dry-irish stout. Big look and decent smell and high drinkability as a session beer. Its low in ABV and calories so you could drink a big ole' mess of 'em. If there isn't anything worth while on tap and they have a nitro-system. Grab a murphy's and Ka-tang to the irish.

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Photo of voteforgoat
2.97/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance-nice dark color, nice foam

smell- eh. whatever. not great.

taste-tastes a bit watery and sweet. not that much taste

mouthfeel-too watery

drinkability-could play cards and drink this, if that's what there was. not overly impressed. would not buy again.

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

Alright here we go .
Poured into a Guinness glass Im sorry ,looks very good tho nice creamy head a little darker than Guinness but defenitly not Guinness other than that a nice very drinkable beer .
Not a whole lot of taste here but very nice mouth feel , had it plenty times before figured i would review it.

Nice color
nice smell
nice mouthfeel
Not outstanding but nice
would recomind this have fun be safe

later

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Photo of SimplySinister
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This stout looks quite a lot like Guinness at first glance. It pours nearly jet black; though it is translucent. It sports a large tan head that provides quite a bit of lacing. Its level of carbonation is adequate. The smell is rather subdued- not a whole lot going on here. If I use my imagination, I think I might be able to pick up some dark fruit or chocolate notes.

As far as its taste is concerned, it is also quite subdued. Nothing here tastes synthetic; though the brew does seem slightly watered down. Some bitterness comes through at the end, but I consider this a pleasant characteristic. I can detect the presence of some malts, mixed with a noticeable hint of chocolate espresso.

The mouth-feel is smooth and velvety to be sure. The taste does tend to linger a tad though. However, I think that I could easily drink a few of these; there is a sense of a cleanliness to this brew that I find fascinating.

In conclusion, I find this beer to be enjoyable, even if it is a little simplistic. I can't say that I would, in any way, pass on my old favorites to partake in this offering, but this brew does have a place. Additionally, considering I found a 4 pack of pints at my local grocer for 5.99, I can't complain whatsoever. All in all, a solid B beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thank you Ceili Cottage - the last time I had this beer, it was because I dragged a few cans back from Eire herself...

This beer appears black, with red highlights, and two fingers of thick, creamy light beige head (with a Shamrock etched in the foam) which leaves random smatterings of lace around the Imperial pint glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of lightly roasted malt, and a floral earthiness. The taste is light roasted barley, a bit of dry coffee, and a soft pitted fruit essence. The carbonation on the low side, the body super-smooth, creamy, and subtly weighted - definitely not heavy, and it finishes dry and clean.

A superb dry Irish stout. I don't know if it's just contrarian of me or not (heh), but I always seek this out, whereas Guinness just seems to always be there, Murphy's just isn't that easy to find. A shame or a boon, I don't know, because I could happily sip on these all bloody night!

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

Pours with a rich mocha colored head, with the consistency of whip cream. An almost black body with ruby notes on the edges.
Smells subtly of cream and toasted malts.
Dry roasted taste with a hint of vanilla. Not much going on.
I am biased with Nitro but the mouthfeel although thin was very creamy and pleasant.
A good beer that I will have when more desirable options are not available.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger creamy tan head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, slightly roasty, lots of caramel. The taste is malty, some roast notes, and caramel. Light body. Drinkable, not a bad brew.

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Photo of CheckMate
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16oz Nitro-can (4 pk.) bought at McKinnon's Market in Salem, NH shared with BA member MrHurmateeowish. Pours a dark ebony color with a good inch to an inch and a half of a tan creamy head. scents of chocolate, coffee, and maltiness. flavors of a slightly bitter dark roast coffee immediately jump on the tongue, with high notes of dark chocolate in the immediate background, with a subtle creamy maltiness in the background. very light and fine carbonation and full bodied. easy drinker. the first sip invites another. when transporting it from the store to your destination becareful not to let it move around so much. my can was in the fridge for an hour after i got home before i opened it and it was still a gusher. no complaints about this beer though.

Cheers!

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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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