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

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Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of raclark
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving style is a 16 oz. nitro-can.

It pours a beautiful pint with a thin creamy oatmeal colored head that clings nicely to the glass as you sip. Dark black color lets no visible light shine through.

The smell is a rich toasted malt scent.

The roasted bitter flavor of the malt carries over to the taste which is balanced with a creamy sweetness.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style which makes for excellent drinkability.

Of course any beer of this style begs a comparison to Guinness. Although I'm not a big stout drinker, I'd have to say I prefer Murphy's. Definitely a recommendation for any fan of this type of beer.

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

Pours black with a sliver of chestnut at the bottom of the glass. Short but characteristically creamy beige head. Very light, sweet malty aroma...a hint of chocolate. Light, sweet, dark roasted malt flavor. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and nuts. Very thin, obviously meant for drinking in numbers. Light and creamy mouthfeel. Easily drinkable, if boring.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than expected. Closedmindedness to cans I guess. Smell's like a lighter stout, lacking the burnt coffee and chocolate you might expect.

Taste, like an Irish stout, is smoother than the appearance. Very silky. Likeable, mouthfeel doesn't change, first sip is like the last, but you might not stop at one, once you get into a flow with these. Decent, but not mindblowing to say the least.

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Photo of magine
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pour an almost black brew, with nice one finger off white head - minimal lace.

Brew smells of roasted malts, chocolate.

Tastes of roasted chocolate malts, a slight hop presence in the aftertaste. Has a very smooth mouthfeel and taste. Very tasty and smooth.

Brew is very drinkable, very smooth. This is the better option then the Guinness Draught can. Good.

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

Poured into a pub glass.

A: Pours a head that is two fingers thick, tan in color and very dense with some descent residual lacing. The color of the brew itself is motor-oil black.

S: Mild chocolate, caramel malt and faint hops.

T: Burnt caramel, faint dark chocolate and earthy hops.

M: Thick and creamy mouthfeel, mild, faint carbonation and very smooth overall.

D: This is a very drinkable stout. Would easily pick up a case of this...

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Almost black color; completely opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy tan head with excellent retention. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Big toasted malts; burnt toast, roasted nuts.

T: Consitent with smell with big toasted malt flavors; burnt toast, coffee, nuts. Lingers to an even bitter. Very dry.

M: Light to medium body. Low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.

D: Good as it gets; great example of the style.

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Photo of bob3701
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass (I know but too lazy to get a proper one). I love the cascade effect from the nitro and the head that it leaves. Not as dark as most stouts since light shines through and not as much aroma. Really smoth a subtle taste. Not as dry as other Irish stouts. A little on the weak side of stout.

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

I assume this came out of a nitro can. I had it at a restaurant and it wasn't on tap. Very creamy light tan head. Good retention. A light covering stayed on the top throughout. Sheet of lacing, more like a filmy coating than thick lacing.

Smell was pretty mild bitter chocolate.

Taste was good. Malts and a little bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel was very smooth but kind of thin at first. A little coating on the tongue minimized this somewhat.

Drinkability is good. Between the light but pleasant taste and the creamy smooth mouthfeel, this is a good session beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: nearly black with a mocha colored creamy head. I love the nitro can and how creamy it makes the head.

S: sourdough bread and burnt toast dominate the bouquet.

T: follows the lead of the nose and delivers sourdough bread and a wallop of roastiness. Very dry.

M: thin body with a velvety texture.

D: the paragon of the dry Irish stout style. This is a must try for any DIS fan.

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Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. nitro can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit sweet, chocolate and malts. Taste is rather mild, malts with hints of coffee. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and drinkability is very good. Overal this is a fine quality beer.

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Photo of Long813
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

G: Murphy's Pint Glass

A: Opaque black body with 1.5 inches of tan creamy head. Great retention and leaves amazing lacing. Also the four leaf clover that the bartender added was a nice touch.

S: Dark coffee beans, dark chocolate and other roasted malts.

T: Coffee and chocolate are dominant, not much else can be described as they are to faint.

M: Light bodied, low-zero carbonation. Nice creamy texture and feel. Smooth down the throat and a dry bitter chocolate finish.

D: I enjoy this irish stout quite a bit and it is my go to at a bar that serves only macros. It's great for the price too.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black. When I hold it up to the light, I see nothing but black.
Thick 1-inch creamy head, dissipates very slowly to ΒΌ inch. Little to no lacing.

Smells of malt and a hint of coffee. Smell is faint, and not overpowering.

A creamy malt and smoke taste. A little bitterness at the end with a slight roast coffee aftertaste. Rich and full bodied.

Mouthfeel is creamy, not much carbonation and a somewhat watery finish.

A very enjoyable beer. I think I would enjoy it with a hearty meal, or smoked cheese.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep black body with hardly any carbontion visible. Really nice fluffy 2-finger head that floats on top of the beer for a loooong time. Settles to a good 1/4-inch cap that leaves unbelievable lacing IMO.

S - Dark roasted malts, not burnt, with just a slight whiff of hop bitterness. A little coffee and a little dark chocolate round it out.

T&M - Taste is so much like the smell, just bolder. Both taste and mouthfeel are incredibly smooth and light-bodied. This is not a heavy beer by any means. The roasted malts are so smooth and really not at all bitter. The flavor of hop oil is in there but does not add bitterness to this beer. Faint dark chocolate comes through more than the coffee does in the flavor. The body is so creamy and coats the mouth well.

D - I really enjoyed this and could put a few down easily. To be perfectly honest I think this puts Guinness to shame. I would doubt if there is a creamier and smoother Irish stout out there that maintains great flavor without any odd flavors or after-tastes.

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Photo of stakem
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black in color with a thick (finger plus) creamy head of tanned silk goodness which is only seen in the power of nitro. Tons of lacing completely coating the glass. Lacking in the aroma department, not much of a nose except for slight bits of malt. Burnt barley plays most of the flavor profile. Slightly bitter but with a clean finish. As it warms it has a bit of a metallic taste that lingers. Light feel mostly in part by the nitro.

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

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

Appearance is a dark brown/black after the nice cascading bubbles form a creamy tan colored head that sticks around the whole way through.

Smell is is of light roasted coffee and malt. Fairly sweet and pleasant.

Taste is of somewhat sweet roasted coffee and malts, with a hint of dark chocolate and a little bit of bitterness towards the end. A pretty balanced and rich flavor.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy with a low amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is quite good. Its goes down very easy and is nice and tasty. A definite session beer for me. This beer is much better than Guinness and Beamish to me. It just seams to have a much more pleasing flavor.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz nitro-can into a beer mug.

It's hard not to love the appearance of nitro-beers, as Murphy's Stout produces a rich, creamy tan head that slowly cascades along the inside of the glass, eventually forming a well-retained quarter inch of foam. Body takes on a deep cola hue with hints of ruby red at the edges. Creamy nitrogen sweetness greets the nose with hints of powdered cocoa and steamed milk. Subtle hints of coffee and English brewer's yeast as well.

Decent flavor profile, but a bit on the lighter side which fits, I suppose, with the low ABV. Toasted chocolate malts and marshmallow creme balance nicely with a subtle, earthy hop bite that suggests wood and spice. Normally, I find the mouthfeel of nitro-taps and -cans to be phenomenal, but this is just "okay"...nevertheless, the creamy-smooth body is a delight to consume, albeit on the thinnish side. Great drinkability, glad I picked up this single can at Specs because I'd forgotten how tasty these UK nitro-beers can be.

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Photo of jseekamp84
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - The beer was poured into a 16oz. plastic container which probably didn't help the appearance in any manner but it still looked very impressive. Clearly defined beer head and good separation.

S - deep burnt "coffee-like" smell, overall enjoyable to smell.

T - I expected a somewhat Guiness-like taste but felt this beer to taste completely different AND a lot better. Typically, while drinking Guiness it takes time to drink, for me to be able to palate the taste, with this I took my time instead to enjoy the taste.

M - very good "chocolate"-like flavor profile.

D - I took my time drinking this beer because of its superior taste and smell. One of my most enjoyable beer experiences in a while.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown, pretty much black colored body with a beautiful cascading effect from the nitro-can. Head is big and thick, made of many bubbles

S- The smell is of very gentle malts that remind me of oats with a subtle sweetness. Some honey and a hint of dark roast.

T- The flavor is very subtle and borders on miniscule. Not really looking for too much flavor in this style, but I want to at least taste it.

M- Creamy, thin, and sticky.

D- May be a session beer for many but I can't get enough flavor out of it to recommend drinking too much of it without a meal. Really pairs well with a diverse range of foods from breakfast pancakes to lunch corned beef on rye with swiss to dinner steak.

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Photo of esv
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Gorgeous. I love how the absolute height of the beer never changes. You can't poor to heavily and overflow the glass. Amazing.

Bubbles well up under the head as thought they are caught in a net. Off-white head, 1/3' tall, atop a black pint of beer. The head never dies, strong men also cry.

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Space for head is a beautiful thing. Down with the poor man's pint glass.

S) Light, dry roast. Slightly sweet coffee. Heavy hints of vanilla. Pleasant, so pleasant.

T) A touch of sweetness flattened by a dry bitterness that rolls all over your tongue like a steamroller. Flat, bone-dry, bitter finish. I taste some coffee. No hops. Just roastedness and a hint of grain.

M) Light-Med mouthfeel. Feels a little creamy at times but the bitterness makes it feel a little thinner.

Such a nice beer. Nothing big, nothing crazy, low abv ... just a good-old beer. And good looking too.


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Photo of yuenglings
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:When first poured it looks very very tastey right off the bat. It is very dark brown almost black with a really nice half inch thick off white(brownish) foamy head that leaves a great laceing.
S:Roasted nutty and coco malts mabey a little coffee in there it is a very plesant smell but not as sweet as guinness.
T:First off its way better than guinness. I can taste something like roasted rasian bread right up front with a dark chocolate and coffee bitterness at the end.
M:Good smooth and creamy with good carbonation has a really nice balance
D:I find this beer very easy to drink and drink a lot very easly and will buy many more cases in the future.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at 'The Hideout', poured into a Nonic Pint Glass.

Gorgeous pour, enormous cascade effect. Typical stout look, but above average head size & retention, along with sheets of lacing sticking to the glass for at least the first 3/4 of the beer.

Smell is less exhilarating, weak tones of coffee, toast, chocolate.

Taste is solid, fuller flavored than Guinness Draught. Roasted chocolate malt, a somewhat under-pronounced dark coffee taste, light toasty smoke flavor. Not truly exceptional, but solid enough.

Creamy, taste does a good job of lingering for a long time.

Good appearance, dependable taste, and low ABV make this a very easy drinker. I'd prefer Oatmeal Stout in general to this, but Murphy's does a nice job here overall.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz nitro can into a mug

Appearance: Very dark brown, with ruby highlights when held to light. In ambient light, looks black. Very dense, thick, whipped-looking head that forms a solid cap. Great lacing after every sip. Really nice looking beer.

Aroma: The usuals. Nothing too special. Semi sweet, roasted malt. Doesnt smell as malty as I think it should. Some coffee and chocolate aroma, but the malt is the most obvious. Average.

Taste: Subtle, comforting and delicious. Roasted malt upfront mixed with a touch of dark chocolate. Slightly sour, astringent and milky nuances as well. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, but overall a little light. Smooth from the nitro bubbles and crisp finish make you want more.

Drinkability: Easy to drink, very drinkable and with the low ABV this is a great session beer. Affordable too.. thumbs up.

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Photo of BeanBone
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A dark brown, nearly black body with great red highlights. Up top, a beautifully dense tannish head that sticks around to the bottom of the pint, leaving beautiful lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Sweet, lightly grainy roasted malt with some light chocolate, coffee, and smoky tones.

Taste: A rather straightforward flavor profile consisting of a roasty malt backbone with nuttiness, a little chocolate, and some mildly sour, almost lactic-like notes mixed in. The aftertaste is roasty with just a hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, medium-light to medium body with smooth nitro bubbles and a drying finish.

Drinkability: An easy to drink and very sessionable brew.

Verdict: Murphy's Irish Stout is a cheerful enough Irish Dry Stout, though really nothing new if you've ever tried Guinness. So, if you're a Guinness fan looking for something just a little different, this might just be the beer for you to try next.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tall nitro can.

A - Black beer with creamy tan head. To me these lines and colors are beautiful in the glass. The head is so smooth and soft.

S - The smell is mild. Sweet, dry, roasted. Very pleasing.

T - I love the super smooth roasted malty taste of Murphys. This beer has a perfect balance and to me embodies what a dry stout should be.

M - The nitro can provides such a lovely milky experience. This beer is ultra smooth and creamy. The carbonation is perfect and the beer has a great medium body.

D - I'm not sure there is any other beer that is easier to drink than this. I can slide down a good number of these with no effort. May be easier to drink than water.

Notes - Guiness is great, so is Murphys. If youve had Guiness, try Murphys. In my opinion, Murphys has more character and flavor but both are the 2 of my favorite stouts.

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Photo of Madmax99
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful creamy head on this black beer. Very malty flavor to balance out the high hop content. The roasted malt taste isn't that unpleasant either so it makes the beer easy to drink. The body of this beer isn't that heavy either which I find helpful in the drink-ability as well. If you're a fan of guinness then you'll enjoy this beer, probably better.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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