Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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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

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Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of sommersb
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 08-12-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. nitro can
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Very cool nitro effect on the pour, which settles into a tan head 1 finger high with small, tight bubbles. The beer is black and opaque. The head retention and lacing are good.

S: The aromas are mainly of dark, roasted malts with some chocolate as well. Overall the smells are weak, though.

T: Coffee-like bitterness and a burnt quality make up the flavors. Very dry with no sweetness.

M: Mouthfeel is light and thin on the body, with little carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter from the toasted malt.

O: I wasn't too impressed by this stout, and would not seek it out again.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured aggressively out of the can, upside down, since I've been told that's how to maximize the use of the widget. It has a beautiful appearance as it settles in the tall Magner's Cider glass. It's a cool black, topped off with a latte colored head... eggshell white at the top, slightly tan at the bottom.

A- some dark chocolate, roasted coffee, malt sweetness. Nothing exceptional, but it's clearly an Irish Dry Stout.

T- Creamy, some mild astringency. It doesn't have the bite I associate w/ the style, thanks to Guinness. It has a chewy malt body that finishes dry. Hints of dark chocolate, and little raisin.

M- Heaven. It's slides over the palate very refreshing, but doesn't linger too long.

O- Despite the low ABV, and low expense, this is a stand-out beer that offers the best a craft brew drinker could hope for without crushing the palate or compromising the faculties of the frontal lobe. Really a great beer, substantial enough that having just one won't leave you dissatisfied, but many over the course of the night won't leave you burnt out from the flavor or incapacitated.

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Photo of weizenbob
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce widget can purchased at Glen's in Traverse City, MI ($8/4-pack). I blasphemously poured the can into a Guinness imperial pint glass. [insert maniacal laugh]

The nitro fueled head takes about a minute to fully set up, but once it is finished, there is a beautiful finger and a half of fluffy tan head. I admit that I'm a sucker for the look of a stout on nitro. The perfectly defined line between the dark colored stout and light colored head, unnatural as it may be, is one of the most beautiful aesthetics in all of beerdom. Head retention is excellent as expected. A bit of lacing coats the glass. The brew is a deep ruby hue checking in slightly darker than cola. I could wish for a darker shade of beer, but that nitro head is something to behold.

The aroma is that familiar mass market Irish dry stout smell. Of course Guinness Draught is the king of the mountain as far as the style goes, so comparisons are unavoidable. Roasted malts dominate the aromatics. Dark chocolate and coffee are the obvious reference points. Minor fruity scents make an appearance. It smells much creamier than the aforementioned Guinness, which is a pleasant touch.

The flavor is nice too. It is somewhat light as per style. That doesn't stop the roasted malts from really shining through. Unsweetened chocolate is the primary implication. There is a hint of coffee and a strong creamy character. It is very lightly hopped and there is a small hint of alcohol on the tongue. It's a shade richer than Guinness, and thus more enjoyable.

In the mouth, this is a light bodied brew. Having nitro instead of carbonation would make the pint go down like water if it weren't for the really pleasant creaminess of this stout. The alcohol content isn't listed on the can but I'm going to guess that it's within half a percent of 4% ABV. Easy drinking is the name of the game, and by that measure this is a great success in the mouth.

Overall, this is a pleasant pint of beer. It's light and easy drinking while retaining ample flavor levels. It's beautiful to behold and it feels great in the mouth. The four-pack is similarly priced to the more commonly available Guinness Draught but it should be noted that these cans contain a full pint of beer while the Guinness Draught cans contain 14.9 ounces of liquid. The differences are subtle, but the little touches make Murphy's a better can of beer than Guinness. It's not the easiest imported beer to find, but as long as I continue to have access to Murphy's, it will be my stout of choice for St. Patrick's Day celebration.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give two Schlitz for Murphy's Irish Stout.

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Photo of DrinkThemAll
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz nitro can into a pint glass...

A-Pours almost opaque black with just a little ruby light present, had about a finger of the thickest most solid cream head ever. looked like ice cream on top, leaves great lacing as well...looks like a chocolate waterfall when poured...

S-Very sweet malts, smells like bread or roasted chocolate malt maybe, very faint on any direct aroma...maybe light cappuccino...

T-Burnt toffee, very sweet and creamy malts. has a faint bitterness after every sip which is kind of dry as well. very subtle on any flavors but very creamy and flat...sometimes I get a metal or can taste after a sip...

M-Light body no carbonation, very thin and watery. slight toffee water and a hint of bitterness...

O-Very flat and naked for being a stout...taste like watered down cappuccino...very creamy and drinkable but definitely nothing amazing or even compares to other stouts...does look beautiful after you pour it though.

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Photo of mjurney
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown to black color. Thick and creamy head. Lacing looks awesome on the glass.

Sweet bready malts, touch of roastiness. Some chocolate and dash of coffee.

Maltiness up front along with smooth creamy finish. Flavor is a little too light for a stout. I’m getting sweet bready malts, slight roasted, chocolate, a little coffee. There some very mild hop bitterness, but it’s a little crisp and dry. Milk shake texture, very creamy.

Smooth creamy finish. A little dry bitterness from the hops.

A little better and more flavor than Guinness Draught. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of soju6
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at an Irish pub.

A: Served a virtual black color with a creamy tan head and good lacing.

S: Mild aroma of roasted malt and coffee with a hint of sweetness.

T: Flavor is a mixture of sweetness and bitterness. There is a mild taste of coffee and has a dry finish.

F: fairly full bodied, creamy and smooth. Nice balance.

O: Easy drinker, good for the style, good for a few.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/22/11 notes. On tap at Stoney's in DC, poured into a pint glass. Best beer they had on tap.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, one finger of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and cream. Pretty nice, reminds me of Guiness.

t - Tastes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, toasted malts, and cream. Some light bitterness but not much.

m - Thick, full body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy. Very easy to drink and enjoyable.

o - Overall a good Irish Dry Stout that is pretty Guiness-like. Not ideal for this summer heat, but considering it was the best beer they had on tap, I would order it again before some of their other offerings.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish brown with a 1 inch dense bone colored head that settles down into a small cap. Foamy thick rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of roasted malt, coffee beans, and some chocolate aromas. Taste is of roasted malt and coffee primarily with some dark chocolate flavors to a lesser extent. Very faint bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with an almost flat and creamy texture. Overall, this is a pretty good irish stout but I am not sure I would get this one again.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Look: Pitch black with a small, creamy espresso colored head.
Smell: Roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate. Weak smell in general.
Taste: Burnt malts, some coffee and dry bitter aftertaste
Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, low carbonation, creamy feeling
Overall: Decent pub beer, bit one dimensional though

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Photo of socon67
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from nitro can to a pint glass. Pours brown and settles to black. Mocha foam rises up in the glass as the swirly vortex of bubbles dance underneath.

S - Some scents of coca, and notes of roasty malt. Pleasant but faint.

T - A solid dry stout. Some roastiness in the initial gulp. A slight bitterness shortly after that ends with a dry finish.

M - A bit thinner than Guinness, But light bodied, and easy to have a few and discuss the daily events. Great pub drinker.

O - I think it is as good as many of the craft varieties. It stands the test of time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a flared pokal.

It's been a while since I last had a Murphy's stout. Howzabout we change that today, eh? It pours a solid matte black topped by an even more solid finger of off-cream foam. The nose is pretty weak, comprising some extremely mild roasted malts, light cocoa powder, and a touch of what seemed like mint. The taste holds notes of roasted malts, light dark chocolate, very light molasses, and that light twinge of mint again. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a very light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a solid Irish stout, one that could easily give Guinness a run for its money (though, if forced to choose, I think I'd still side a bit more quickly with the boys from St. James Gate...).

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Photo of Knapp85
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is nearly a splitting image of Guinness, I honestly would have to try them side by side to tell the apart. The pour is a milky looking brown color as the nitro charges the beer. The head surges to the top making a tan colored creamy looking head. The smell of the beer had some earthy aromas and a light roasted smell to it. The taste was flavorful but with some of the roasted malts carrying over from the nose and some of the earthy peat flavors as well. The mouthfeel is very light and smooth despite the color. Overall it's a good brew to try I think. Worth looking into.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with hints of red. A small off-white head sinks into decent lacings.

S: Roasted malt, kind of sweet. Faint smoked ham. Hazelnuts. Chocolate and coffee way in the back.

T: Heavy roast on the malts. Dry. Dark bitter chocolate and strong black coffee.

M: Aftertaste is medium-long and holds a kind of burnt bitterness. Body is light and carbonation moderate.

O: Actually, nothing to write home about. Not bad, but not especially good either.

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Photo of lespaulrocker
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark, almost black. One finger tan head that sticks around for the entire pint. Good lacing.

S: Roasted malts, maybe some chocolate.

T: Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee.

M: Creamy, light to medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Decent beer. I like it more than Guinness.

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Photo of MassDriver
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured into my trusty North Coast pint glass

A: The pour was average but the cascade formed by the nitrogen was a pleasure to watch. 2 finger tan head and a nice dark brown body.

S: Bit of a malt smell in there with some whiffs of chocolate but there was nothing that stood out to me.

T: The taste was about average for a stout, almost identical in flavor to Guinness

M: Amazing mouthfeel, so creamy and so smooth. It went down like a dream.

O: Average beer in my books, nothing special but something to try if only for that look of the cascading bubbles and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with red highlights. Has the Guinness like separation effect of head and body..not sure how to describe that really. Anyway, two fingers of a light tan head that largely stays in tact until you drink it down. As you drink Murphy's, it'll leave behind the caked on rings of lacing.

S: Roasted barley and light chocolate and coffee. Subdued nose, but what do expect out of a 4%ABV beer? It's good for what it is.

T: Pretty tasty. Semi-sweet chocolate, roasted flavors and maybe a little coffee. Again, nothing mind blowing, but good just the same.

M: The thick head lends Murphy's a creamy mouthfeel in the beginning, but once you're past that, the body actually is pretty thin.

O: As far as Irish Dry Stouts go, Murphy's is pretty good. This might sound a little strange, but this would make a pretty good lawn mower beer as it's fairly refreshing. If you're looking for a light, refreshing dark beer with a good amount of flavor, Murphy's would be a great choice.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, virtually black. One finger tanned head lasts well (thanks nitro!) and leave plenty of lacing.
S- Really subdued nose. A roasted/almost burnt aroma and a bit of cocoa.
T- Pretty much just a roasted barley flavor, little more than burnt flavor until a flash of cocoa flavor in the finish.
M- Light but creamy body. Light carbonation until the creamy finish.
O- I don't know if the scores bear it out but for me this was on par with Guinness. Easily drinkable, but not much in the substance of it for me. Good while out on the town, but not a go-to for me.

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Photo of GodOfBeer
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Irish Dry Stouts always look wonderful but sadly don't taste as wonderful as they look.

Not much of a smell, maybe some roasted malts, sort of weak, which is to be expected.

This is a very creamy beer, more so than Guinness and also has slightly more depth than Guinness. A lot of toastiness and roasted malts along with some coffee and chocolate undertones, or is that "overtones"?

This is better than Guiness but not by much, I'll stick to Russian Imperials thank you very much!

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Photo of Brittmb29
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at World of Beer Coconut Creek, FL

A- Black opaque but not hazy body. thin bubbly white head ~1/4" dissipates to thin ring once at temp, no lacing down glass. served in a murphy's cider pint glass.

S- roasted notes, some earthy slightly bitter tones.

T- Let to warm up slightly since cold off tap, roasted w/ some hops to add bitterness. earthy, almost tea-like or water down coffee flavor over the malt. not too satisfying for a stout.

M- very thin body and w/ no head it has no saving grace, lacks that thicker body to compliment roasty flavors. falls short for me.

D- Not drinkable for me, I would definitely look for a different stout unless you want a less tasty/less filling stout. For the same ABV you can get much richer flavors and body.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nitro tap into a pint.

A - Dark brownish-black coloration, which of course poured a thick, pillowy white head that never disappeared. Lacing was inconsistent yet present. Very attractive brew.

S - Not much here to report, some toasted malt smells and a touch of grain.

T - Very creamy, malty body, slightly bitter, and an aftertaste of burnt chocolate. About what I expected, but still pretty decent flavor even though it wasn't very pronounced.

M - Thick medium body, smooth dry finish, nice carbonation level.

D - Had a few of these and enjoyed every one. If I'm ever at another spot that has it on tap, I'd grab another, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one.

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

It is very consistent to the Dry Stout style. The color is jet black with a creamy tan head. The head is retained through the duration of the beer with good lacing.

Overall the aroma is weaker than expected but it is complex and enjoyable. It is of roasted barley with coffee overtone. There is nor real hint of hops (as the style suggest).

Very creamy and sweet initial taste with a bit of a bitter bite upfront. The overall taste is consistent with the aroma with a dry (coffee like) finish. The body is moderate with very mild carbonation.

I feel this beer is very consistent with the desired style. This is one of my 'go to' beers for many occasions and foods. Its a shame this one is not on tap in as many places as I feel it should be.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I gave this beer a pretty aggressive pour and I only got about a half finger head out of it, a little disappointing there. The head is slightly off white and is creamy as all hell, lots of small bubbles. The body is absolutely pitch black, nothing is getting through this beer at all. I'm a little disappointing with the overall look just because I didn't get much of a head, but still, it's a nitro beer and the look is still amazing, excellent lacing and a head that never leaves. The smell is much like that of a Guinness, pretty sour, very very malty, little to no hops. One thing that I can say about this smell that is very nice is an obvious coffee aroma, it's very different from Guinness and it adds a nice touch to this nitro beer. Overall the smell is good, not as potent as I would like, but what can I expect with a nitro beer. The stuff that I can smell, is good. The taste is almost exactly like a Guinness as well, the only difference is that coffee taste. You still get the heavy malt taste, the sour taste, and the somewhat metallic can taste, and then the one difference is the coffee taste. Maybe some spices in here as well or something, I'm detecting some interesting flavors that are very subtle. Overall though it's just way too similar to a Guinness, I gave Guinness a 3.5 on taste, and while this is slightly better, it's not better enough to get a raise on the score. With these nitro beers it's hard to explain the mouthfeel, because on one hand is is very creamy and smooth, but on the other hand it's a little watered down and thin. So overall the mouthfeel is good, just not great. The drinkability is very high, it's very smooth and easy to put back, especially since it's 4% ABV. Overall it's a good beer, a little thin and watery in some areas, and a little too similar to a Guinness, but it has a few steps up from Guinness in a few areas. It's got a lot of good qualities and some not so good qualities, but overall it's a good beer.

As I drink this beer more and more I find that there is substantially more creaminess to this beer than to a Guinness, Guinness is creamy and everything, but this is actually getting more and more creamy as I drink it. This affects the mouthfeel and the taste as well. I'm not going to change my grades, but still, thought it should be noted!

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Photo of jlb502
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It's a nitro-can so what's not to like? Pitch black with tons of tiny bubbles and a creamy (but not particularly voluminous) head. Though there's nothing wrong with it, I've certainly seen better.

S: Delicious. Like fermenting dough and just a touch chocolate.

T&M: I tried to like this more but this take on stout just doesn't really do it for me. I like the doughy flavor but the roast is a little strong and ultimately it's just watery. That's the big thing: It's thin and watery. Not necessarily watered down, and not thin in a way that's flawed, but it just doesn't do it for me.

O: I think this is an above average beer in a below average style. I'd like more body and maybe a touch more sweetness but I don't want to knock the beer too hard for being done right. I like that it has a low ABV but I would take an English Dark Mild over this every day of the week.

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Photo of Lauthaha
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a half-liter nitro-can into a beer glass.

Appearance: Simply beautiful. Beer is a very deep, dark brown color. As it is poured, three layers form; the bottom is the dark brown beer, the top is a thick, frothy white head, and the middle is a beautiful, nitrogen-enriched combination of the two former layers. The middle layer shrinks upward as the nitrogen escapes through the head ceiling. After nearly ten minutes, there is still a finger and a half of sticky, beige head.

Smell: Espresso-bean like bitterness paired beautifully with a richly toasted barley malt.

Taste/Mouthfeel: What I love best about an Irish Stout is how the head remains perfectly intact while you sip, so that the beer is even in frothiness and liquidity. That being said, this beer is perfect for the category. Even after the sip, tremendous head retention. Tastes of toasted wheat and coffee-like hops. Can't get much better than this.

Overall: Absolutely comparable to (and some might argue, better than) Guinness Stout. I, for one, would be one to argue. This is phenomenal, and I really hope I can find it on tap sometime soon!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black into a proper pint-sized pub glass with a light colored perfect whipped-cream-like head that remains in tact throughout the drinking experience. Smells like burnt toast and nutmeg.

One taste and you know you're in for a treat. It is very dry and bitter with just a touch of malty creaminess. You can't drink this fast. It is savored and enjoyed and, at only 4% ABV, you can do it again. Too bad dry stouts are not my favorite. Still, when I reach for a dry stout I prefer this one slightly over Guinness.

By the way, let me take this opportunity to state that I recognize the pub draft can (i.e., the nitro-can) as one of mankind's greatest inventions. I put it right up there between penicillin and peanut butter. Anyone else out there remember what dry stouts in the USA were like before these came along?

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 2,557 ratings