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 SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Happy St Patrick's Day! 16oz nitro-can. Bottom dated "31 12 U, L0348 10 14" whatever that means.

Pours with lots of thick cascading light tan head that settles out to about 1.5/2 inches. Body is black with some cherry brown around the edges and looks like good clarity.

Nose is really muted with some generic "beer" like aromas - smells a little like aged hops and iced coffee with creamer.

Palate is medium bodied and crisp on the midpalate, but the edges are soft and round from the nitro. Great tension on the texture! Flavors are light and like molasses and creamed coffee. Finish is dry-ish and creamy.

Notes: Would pick this every time over Guinness nitro-cans. It's richer in the mid-palate, where Guinness seems to have more acidity.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My choice of St. Patrick's Day brew.

A- Pours a very dark brown with a big beautiful tan creamy head. Looks very delicious.

S- Not much from the aroma. Bready malty characters come through a bit. Some woody tones in the back.

T- Great alternative to Guinness. Nice flavors and very drinkable.

M- Smooth velvety full bodied Irish stout. Not carbonation.

D- Great drinkability! I am going to have a couple of these tonight no problem.

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Photo of SeussMD
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's St. Patrick's Day. Am I hoisting a Guinness? No. Today it's Murphy's, a lesser-known Irish stout. Pub can, so it's Pasteurized -- you can't have everything -- but I'll toast to the Mahers and Mulroneys anyway.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

Appearance: Black, with a light tan head that settles to about a half-inch and stays put all the way to the bottom of the glass. That's not stout on my moustache, that's "later snack value." Very strong lacing. Watching a pub can of stout settle is one of life's great joys.

Smell: Not a strong aroma, but I detect malt and slight hints of coffee and vanilla. A little more beer sourness as it warms.

Taste: Some coffee along with some roasted malt; slight hops at the back end. Not very strong, flavor-wise; not offensively bland, either; but it leaves me wanting more.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy.

Overall: Not as sweet as Guinness' pub can offering, but I'd like a little more roasted malt flavor to go with the lovely mouthfeel. You could slam back an entire four pack, if that's your thing, at 4 percent abv. It's a fine alternative to Guinness. But if you're looking for something a little more distinctive to challenge your palate -- well, Victory makes a fantastic Imperial Stout.

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Photo of goalie33
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16oz nitro-can into pint glass.
A) Opaque black with 2 inches of creamy light tan head that sticks around for a really long time. Cannot see anything regarding carbonation. Leaves lots of lacing in the glass.
S) Not a very robust aroma, but I can pick out roasted malts and every so slight hints of chocolate and coffee.
T) Very thin, watery beer with roasted flavor. Really not much more to say about this.
M) Feels like water.

Really not a whole lot to say about this beer. Feels and tastes like water with some roasted flavoring. Looks really good, but not much to it.

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Photo of malty
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4-pack draught style in cans last week. I'll probably be socially involved tomorrow (St. Patty's Day) so I thought I'd give this brew a formal, sober review.

Pfffttt goes my nitro can upon cracking open. Pours into my imperial Guinness pint a tumultuous, churning midnight brown, finally settling with a 1/2" creamy, ultra-dense light khaki head. Unbreaking, thick walls of lace all the way down the pint.

Smells like an intense chocolate malt made with hot fudge, instead of cheap chocolate syrup. Believe me, I know, as I used to work in an ice cream shop back in high school. Madagascar vanilla. Fresh from the oven Irish brown bread. Lush concord grapes without the tannins.

The flavor borders more towards the coffee side, but still rails close to the milk chocolate arena. The flavors are quick and settle back with a light leathery tinge.

Mouthfeel is between light and medium with a less than moderate amount of pillow soft ultra fine carbonation.

Drinkability is good. In a social setting, I'm sure this would go down like water.

Speaking of water, I can't believe how watery the texture is on this stout. I understand this is a pedestrian stout, but I do remember it being a bit more meaty and a bit hearty way back in the early 90s. Alas, my palate has been tempered with a vast array of beefy, bruising ales in the past 20 years, but I still can't help but think this stout has been 'wussified'. I still will quaff these when I return home after slinging back a few celebrating St. Patty's Day tomorrow, while watching my Spartans play UCLA in the first round of the NCAA tourney. GO STATE!!!

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Photo of AdamBear
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very dark brown. has the cascade effect, but is a little quicker than Guinness. the head is thicker and is darker tan. The head stays and creates a nice lacing.

S-has a good dark roasted coffee scent.slightly chocolately. the strength is between low and medium.

T-comes in with a good hearty dark roasted coffee taste. its much more pronounced than Guinness. it then goes to a good chocolate taste. the after-taste is more of combination that resembles mocha. the tastes aren't strong but they sure are tasy. this is definitely my go-to dry stout.

M-this is very creamy with little carbonation. honestly, its awesome and smooth.

D-well the ABV and the taste make this a beer that i can drinker more of than almost any other beer. its just great. i first had this a long time ago and it always remains a beer that i occasionally fall back on.

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Photo of Homebrew35
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small half finger head of tan creamy looking head. Deep black with some dark red coming through when held up to the light. Smells faintly of sweet malts, slight bit of alcohol, chocolate, iced coffee. Tastes initially sweet and malty, then some roast malts, coffee, dark chocolate, some bitterness and maybe some sourness. The finish is medium dry, roasty notes linger, and some hop bitterness. The lingering roasty, medium dry and sourness on the finish is kind of off putting. Medium full bodied, light carbonation. I think this fits the style buy not my taste buds. I won't have a hard time finishing one pint but would if I tried another one. Overall a descent beer, better than the more sour Guinness. $7 a four pack.

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Photo of mdunman
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Opaque black with a thick light tan head.

S: Roasted malt and caramel

T: Roasted malt and some light caramel early on and it progresses to have barely a dry finish.

M: Full body with a decent amount of carbonation.

This is the beer that Guinness was supposed to taste like. Not the greatest stout ever, but it actually has a good taste to it. This is the beer I'll take from Ireland... even if it doesn't look as good when it's poured into a glass.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

tasted tonight at McNellie's in Oklahoma City

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Dark brown almost black with big fluffy light-tan head. Nice roasted aroma.

Flavor is good. Fairly dry. Just a little lingering bitterness. Some coffeeish notes. Roasted malt.

Fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Not extraordinary but quite good.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep brown with a one inch creamy off white head.

Smell: Malted caramel with a light coffee hint. Some toffee in there too.

Taste: Toast and coffee(breakfast anyone?). Some bitter coffee on the end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy but not overwhelming.

Drinkability: Finishes fairly long but with a moderate bite of astringency.

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Photo of JizackFH
2.19/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 1-finger very creamy looking light tan head. The head never goes away, It stays until the very last sip.

S - The smell has a faintly roasty malt aroma. There are some subtle notes of chocolate and coffee. It also smells a bit bitter and dry.

T - The taste is light and the roasty bitterness is unpleasant. There are subtle notes of coffee and chocolate. The flavors just seem quite watered down. The taste is just not that good.

M - This has a very light body and decent carbonation. This is just too light of a mouthfeel for a stout IMO. There is a slight creaminess to it, but still it's way too watery.

D - This has okay drinkability. It really doesn't taste that good, and the mouthfeel is too thin. It's not an offensive tasting beer, it's just not very flavorful. I like it better than guinness, even though that's not saying much. Overall, I don't really mind drinking this, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As with many nitro can beers, there seems to be an advantage to the appearance. Especially nitro stouts, with their cascading after the pour and thick, creamy meringue like heads. In a pint glass or snifter these brews have an uncanny ability to look amazingly inviting. Unfortunately, as with nearly all nitro can beers, there is little to no aroma, just a slight bit of roasted and dark malt that seems to escape through the thick topping of a head.

The taste is very similar to Guinness Draught, however I almost always enjoy a Murphy's more than I do a Guinness. I think it has to do with the seeming hodgepodge of flavors and cliches that come with Guinness. Murphy's tends to have a more focused flavor profile, with roasted barley, and flavors more along the lines of dark chocolate and coffee.

The nitrogenation of the beer produces a much less biting texture than a heavily carbonated beer. This usually allows for a more complete realization of the flavors in the beer. It feels much thicker than Guinness in the mouth and is more drinkable to me. Overall this is a great stout and a nitro can that should be tried by anyone who enjoys Guinness, but doesn't enjoy the sometimes biting acidity of carbonated stouts.

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Slightly more than a fingers worth of off-white colored head that is initially big and chunky but becomes much smoother and creamier once it settles a bit... A mellow black color with allows a little bit of light to leak and helps to highlight some ruby hue... Once the nitrous pour settles, this is a completely still brew...

S - Subtle but effective roasted malts dominate... Touches of caramel and toffee... Chocolate... Hints of freshly brewed coffee...

T - A more subdued version of the nose reveals itself on the palette... Weak chocolate... Weak coffee... Weak caramel... Weak toffee... Weak roasted malts... I think you get the picture...

M - Light to medium bodied... Even a bit on the thin side... Creamy and insanely smooth... A very subtle dry and bitter finish...

D - A very easy drinking and enjoyable Irish Stout... Quaffable... I could easily drink a couple of these in a sitting without hesitation... While far from world class, this is a very nice departure from the over the top stouts that are all the rage in today's beer scene...

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Photo of gh02t
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass in the standard way, by dumping it in with little delicacy. This stuff is even better on tap but the nitro can is as close to out of the tap as I've ever had.

A- jet black, which makes that really cool cascade effect from nitro cans even cooler looking. Settles to coffee black with a thick and persistant head that pretty much coats the glass.

S- caramel, toffee and chocolate.

T- Damn fine. Predominately chocolaty, less bitter than many stouts.

M- Like most in this style it isn't very carbonated. I don't really mind it, but I think it would be improved with a little more fizz.

D- Low alcohol and smoothness means you can session this beer easily.

Murphy's is one of my goto's. For the price (~$7 for 4 full pint cans) it's damn fine. I buy it regularly for drinking with friends, even people who don't like beer so much enjoy this stuff.

It's also good for cooking. Add half a can to your next pot of chili to give it a richness that you can't get any other way.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank fro my Bombardier pint glass.

A - Pours the classic ebony colour with a tannned nitrogen head that does not move.

S - Aromas of molassis and roasted malt.

T - Plenty of roasted malt, a lttle chocolate and a little bitter on the finish.

M - It's just so bloody smooth. Pefect balance between full body and minimal carbonation

D - This is superiror to Guiness and a far better example of an Irish stout.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is 8:45 AM. I want coffee and hash browns. Since I cannot convince my brother to go with me to the breakfast spot (dine alone? hah), I may as well po' up some morning brouhaha. As in a chilly-cold-brouhaha...

A - Nice nitro stout look, deep brown-black body, creamy meringue-like head, etc. The cascading effect of the nitrogen settling out is particularly pronounced here. After downing about half the brew, it occurs to me that the lace on the glass is so thick that it looks like upholstery.

S - I cannot detect aroma in any appreciable quantity. Par for the nitro-stout course.

T - Tastes good; it is a bit fuller in flavor than the inescabably comparable Guinness nitro stout that is so prevalent in US bars. There is a light roastiness and some pleasant bitterness that seems to increase towards the finish.

M - Thinner and less creamy than other examples; not necessarily a bad thing, the quaffability is enhanced by the lighter viscosity.

D - I would probably prefer this over Guinness nitro, by a slim margin.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-Black with auburn hues. Thick, rich, creamy off white head that lasts the entire drinking experience. Nice cascading and lacing.

S-Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and some licorice.

T-Just like the nose roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, and a hint of toffee. None of the flavors are overwhelming its very balanced and easy drinking. It is very smooth and creamy.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-This beer is delicious and its not too heavy, it seems kind of light in comparison to American Stouts, and it has a low abv. making it a session beer all the way. I could drink many pints of this with no problem.

Overall, I doubted this was going to be better than Guinness but it was. It tastes better, feels better, and is smoother. It is delicious and I plan on drinking it again in the near future.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been a long time since I've cracked a nitro-can open, but this is the last of a session four pack for the Super Bowl so I figured I'd post this here.

Poured into a mini pint glass which was a mistake since that wonderful cascading effect was completely lost in the tiny glass.

A: Still pours out a wonderfully thick ruddy black and topped with that familiar, latte tan head that lasts to the end.

S: Smell is a bit fruiter than I would have expected, not as heavy on the roasted malt aromas here with gentler malt aspects getting to shine through. A nice change of pace and adds some real depth to this beer.

T/MF: Taste is lightly roasted maltiness, maybe some latent roasted smokey astringency and I know this is just the mouthfeel talking but damn if this beer doesn't just taste the least bit like a lacto-stout as there is just a touch of creaminess in here as well.

D: A certainly easy sipper and with loads of depth on Guinness a clear winner between the two.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes: Pours deep, dark brown w/a lasting creamy, velvety smooth light biege head that laces well. Lightly roasty and chocolatey w/ a moderate nuttiness and bready freshly ground malts. A hint of sourness in the nose. Smooth flavor w/ lightly coffee roasty flavor and nutty w/a hint of burnt coffee in the finish & aftertaste. Finish is lightly dry (duh, it's a dry stout). Some light caramel malt and a hint of sourness from dark grains. Velvety smooth m/f, lighter medium body, low carbonation, just enough to let you know it's there. A bit less flavorful than some other brands, but still a good solid beer. Great session beer.

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Photo of DJED69
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been on a nitro-can kick as of late. Not sure why, but that's neither here nor there. Let's get to reviewing the Murphy's Irish Stout. Purchased locally in a 4 pk. containing 16 oz. nitro-cans. Yes, real pints, unlike Guinness and the lame 14.9 oz. can they use. One up for Murphy's here. Pours a beautiful cascade of black and tan, ultimately settling to a great, creamy tan head that lasts to the end. Taste is definitely another one up on Guinness---roasted barley and malt, some chocolate and cream. Just a hit of bitterness. Very good. Coming in at 4% ABV, this is a real lightweight---but I'm fine with that. I can sip and enjoy a few of these over an evening and be very satisfied. Given the choice, I would go with Murphy's over Guinness any day. More volume, more flavor, more real. Overall, a very good Irish stout.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured 500ml nitro-can into a pint glass with best before date indicated on the bottom.

Very dark brown to almost black as night color with thick everlasting creamy and frothy tan head, fine lacing appear sip by sip. Medium carbonation, some visible bubbles cling to an inner wall of a glass.

Roasted malt blends with hint of dark chocolate and coffee.

Prominent roasted bitterness as a core flavor; there are malt, barley, dark chocolate and coffee. Slight bready with bitterness linger as an aftertaste.

Light body, watery touch, smooth with low carbonated in the mouth.

Own every trademark of Irish stout, together with low ABV it is easy drinkable without doubt.

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Photo of nyabinghi
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm pouring this bad boy from a nitro-can into a mug. One can notice the creamy light nougaty colored head. And obviously there's no chance to see thorugh the beer itself. Some coffee tones is touching my nose when smelling. Nice.

The taste is a bit "clean" and lean. Nothing that blows one's mind or something. I think it's very gentle and smoothing in the mouth, which is a big plus.

Overall a quite good beer.

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Photo of r3o
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a solid pitch black beer that yields no light, a half inch head in a cafe au latte color that laces nicely.
S: malt takes the front, some sweetness to it, not very powerful, burnt coffee at times.
T: you can taste a creamy chocolate at first with some bitterness in the aftertaste that is quite gentle
M: good carbonation, not as thin as others in its group, I'd say medium body.
D: very easy to drink, fun beer, I'd have another one.

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Photo of anakar
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Creamy King, even better than Guinness

App - Dark black, little carb with a big white uniformed beautifull head.
Smell - Bittery and hop-ish
Taste - The bitter taste of Irish stouts, very well done, but much better from tap
Mouthfeel - Exceptional is perfect. It's creamy and amazingly smooth.
Drink - Have em one after another, very drinkable.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A pint-sized nitro can at 42 degrees into a pint glass.

A: It pours a completely opaque black color with two fingers of white nitro froth that laces incredibly well.

S: Some earthiness, light biscuit, and not much else.

T: More earthy notes, a little wet bread, and some faint hoppiness (goldings?).

M: It has a light body that is very creamy througout.

D: This is quaffability at its finest; lovely.

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