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

Poured a dark brown body with a nice tight creamy head with HUGE retention and minor lacing. The head will not go away, and I've been staring this beer down for the last 10 minutes.

Roasted malts, and minor coffee make up most of the nose.

Taste was very creamy, with roasted malts being the main flavor as well as coffee. It was a bit light on the taste but not too bad. Alot better than Guinness in my own personal opinion.

Mouthfeel was thin, giving it huge drinkability potential. If they bumped up the ABV this could be a real winner.

Drinkability has decent marks due to its light body, and modest flavor.

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Photo of glid02
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Arizona Bar in Atlanta.

Pours one shade away from black with dark ruby highlights and a cascading tan head. The head settles into a medium-sized layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of lightly roasted malts and dark cocoa powder with very light fruit undertones.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Creamy roasted malt flavors with hints of semi-sweet chocolate. The ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with creamy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have a few more.

Overall this seemed like a classic dry Irish stout. Worth a shot.

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Photo of will4240
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From beer notes...

Had on tap September 13, 09...

A- Very nice deep dark black. BIG head, three and a half, maybe four fingers... It takes a good long while to let the head fizzle down...

S- Caramel, roasted malts...

T- The first time I had this, I honestly wondered if it was water with food coloring in it, but this time I was pleasantly surprised. Excellent taste featuring malts and caramel flavors, maybe even vanilla.

M- Great mouthfeel, medium in body.

D- Wow is this a stout? sooo easy to put back three or four of these guys.

A pleasant surprise after being dissapointed the first time.

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Photo of BigDank
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very black beer poured from a nitro-tap into a pint glass at O'Donovans Irish Pub it Minneapolis, MN. Bubbles started at the bottom and slowly rose in a cascade to form a thick creamy white foam head at the top. No way you're seeing through this beer, not even with a flashlight. Very smooth and somewhat creamy as with most of the well known irish stouts around. Definitely an easy beer to drink as it is soft in the mouth and goes down smooth. Low in alcohol so you could probably drink it all night without becoming too inebriated. The drinkability is also high so you should have no problem getting through a few. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Murphy's Irish Stout pours black into the glass with a nitro infused cascade of carbonation rising to the top. A finger width, light tan head quickly forms on the surface creating spots and lines of lace on the glass.

The aroma is sweet with notes of roasted malt, nuts and coffee. Each sip of this full bodied beer is very smooth and velvety on the palate. The flavor starts sweet with notes of dark fruit. In the middle roasted malt, chocolate and coffee flavors take over. It finishes dry and slightly acidic with a taste of hoppy bitterness.

A very easy to drink, well balanced stout. Similar to a Guinness, but with a bit less roasted malt flavor.

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

pretty similar to guinness, actually. I'd like to try them side by side sometime. But, from my notes, Murphy's is a slight bit more acidic/tart up front, and finishes a with less fruit, and bit drier with a little less hop bittering and a little more roast coming though.

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

On tap for $3. looks great, black, substantial foamy head. The smell is quite average, a bit of malt, boring. The taste reminds me of syrupy molasses and is just as unimpressive. I think I like Guinness better but this was still quite easy to drink..

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

A: 1 1/2 fingers of that creamy, grey beige head forms more quickly than other nitro dry Irish stouts I've had. The body is dark brown with red and orange edges. Good retention and lacing. And this beer actually fills up my whole pint glass!
S: Delicious roasted malts with chocolate coffee (which is weaker) that is backed up by bitterness. No kind in particular...just bitter.
T: Roasted goodness here. Dark chocolate and strong espresso bean. The bitterness is lower than its nitro-can counterparts. There are ripe berries and even a hint of alcohol. Not a bad flavor here at all.
M: Light body, low carbonation. Generally creamy mouthfeel.
D: This is one of the better nitro cans out there. I'd love to try it on nitro-tap!

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Photo of sweemzander
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro can poured into a Siedel.

(A)- Pours a foamy pitch black color. Initial pour produces a massive cascading head that took at least a minute to stop. Huge foamy off-white to tan head that isnt going anywhere. Plenty of foamy lacing. The foamy head is still present with the very last sip.

(S)- Dry, yet robust roasted creamed coffee with a raisiny molasses nuance.

(T)- Exceptionally dry roasted malts that turn into a rather creamy finish of milk and cream. Lightly sweetened. Nuances of cocoa.

(M)- Silky smooth mouthfeel with a good carbonation level. Dry, yet slightly sweet. Creamed roasted coffee finish. Balanced very well.

(D)- A fine stout that is very easy to drink. Simple and straightforward, but enjoyable for its simplicity. If there were a session stout, then this would be at the top of that list.

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Photo of hdofu
3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it with a thin one inch tan head appearing after the suds subsided. The coloring is reddish black. Not much to smell, maybe a bit of cocoa. Taste is pretty good like pure cocoa in liquid form. It has a crisp muddy suddsy feel. Goes down easy enough if you like a bitter stout

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Photo of hockeyhead
4.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into tulip glass
A: poured ruby red almost black like with a tan dense head like most other nitrogen stouts
S: smells of sweet chocalate malt maybe hints of coffee and nice nuttieness
T: sweet chocolate almond notes goes down than dry bitter finish with a lingering licorice flavor mmm
M: thick and velvety goes down so smooth it seems you drink it too fast
D: i love this beer my favorite stout from ireland my opion way better than guinness

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Photo of bgreg3
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

App - Black but you're able to see through it if you shine light, but points are made up with the amazing looking foam, light cream, absolutely beautiful.

Smell - Roast coffee, some chocolate, and vanilla. Had to smell through foam.

Taste - Subtle coffee is the first thing to come to and with a slow and enjoyable transition to chocolate while notes of chocolate attacks the tongue. Sweet malt is in the background. The finishing taste is vanilla, sweet the whole way through, balanced by hops throughout as well.

MF - Very creamy, it's great! Medium mouth-feel, not too heavy for a stout.

Drinkability- Very refreshing. I'm surprised. I didn't know a stout could be so refreshing and satisfying. This is the first daught I've ever had though and the lowest ABV for a beer. Session is written all over this one.

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Photo of cudmud
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep brown color with a wonderful tan head of one finger in depth. Next, the beer produces good lacing.

The aroma contains chocolate, hops, coffee, and malt. There's a lot going on here with the aroma. I love it.

I like the flavor of this beer; however, I think it's a little thin. I taste chocolate and roasted malts. These malts work well together. I also taste hints of chocolate and fine aftertatse of hops.

This beer feels good in the mothh. It's very creamy. In addition, the drinkability is enjoyable.

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

Pours a nearly black color with a lush, creamy tan head that leaves great lacing.
Smell and taste are similar but the smell is a touch more muted; we have smokey, well roasted malts with hints of cocoa and coffee. Yum.
Has a medium body that is creamy and smooth.
Overall a tasty, lively brew that is better (IMO) than the more popular Guinness offering.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a plastic cup at Coca Cola Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons ($5.75).

A: Black in color, frothy, tan/gray head, nice lacing.

S: Nutty, chocolate, malt.

T: Creamy in texture, deep in nature with hints of that chocolate and lots of molasses. Bitter on the withdraw that seemed to me as too over the top.

M: Little thick in body, low carbonated, real frothy, abv nonexistent.

D: Not too much, maybe one day in Ireland I'll have another one.

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Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Murphy's Imperial Pint glass.

A: Dark mahogany. Almost black. Very thick and dense cream colored head. Left a nice amount of lace.

S: Coffee, cocoa, and vanilla.

T: Very nice, in my opinion. Burnt malt flavor up front. Coffee, cocoa and vanilla flavors follow. Finished dry with a lingering burnt bitterness. Overall, very balanced.

F: The light body feels slightly slick. A small amount carbonation was also present.

D: The low ABV and general lightness make this an outstanding session beer. I'm really glad I had this.

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Photo of BierFan
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce nitro-can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Two fingers of stiff tan foam. Body is black. Great thick lacing.

Smell: Sweet dark malts. Seems a little bit smokey.

Taste: Not a whole lot to the taste. Sweet, smokey, little bit of bitterness.

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

Trying Murphy's back-to-back with Guinness. This one, too, was poured from a draughtflow can.

Appearance: very dark amber, almost black, with a thick foamy head which maintained retention.

Smell: quite malty but relatively little complexity.

Taste: malty and a bit sweet. Good caramel flavors and a nice bitterness. Quite nicer than Guinness.

Mouthfeel: nice body and quite creamy. Again, this is probably due to the nitro can.

Drinkability: the bitterness seems to build as a cumulative aftertaste, but I don't really think this hurts it. I would have no problem having several of these out at the pub.

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Photo of association330
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. nitro-can with a classic British Isles look.

A - Pours near-black with that familiar cascading nitro effect. Results in no less than an inch of creamy, dense, light-tan head. Lacing sheets the glass.

S - Bittersweet roasted barely, light roast coffee beans, and some lactic, slightly sweet, milky kind of aroma.

T - A solid, roasty, bittersweet taste - barley and coffee, really. Almost a flavor you want to chew on a bit. Slightly acrid, semi-dry finish. Nice lingering coffee aftertaste.

M - Silky and pleasant.

D - Here's a nitro stout I can get behind. Very sessionable at 4%, and has that 1 or maybe 2-dimensional flavor you're looking for in a solid social beer. Flavor is also a little more pronounced than its estranged brother, Guinness Draught. Overall, this would be a great "pub crawl" beer.

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Photo of aaronxsubaru
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a good stout. not the best stout, but good. i think this is on par with guinness. Its not quite as good, but it has more coffee taste to it, which i enjoy alot. without the coffee notes, this wouldn't be nearly as good. if you like guinness but want somethign different, try this. If you want a great full flavored stout, try something else. where i go they usually only have 1 stout on tap at a time, so i'll get this when i'm in the mood, and thats what they have

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with a creamy cocoa colored head. Some one put a fishing bobber in my can.

Smooth roast malt and faint ovaltine.

Creamy roast malt with typical Irish bitter in back. 'Aight.

Pretty standard stuff but the best of the big three (Guiness, Murphy's, Beamish) IMO.

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Photo of TheSarge
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours the traditional nitro appearance. A finger thick of tight bubbled tan head, and has a jet black body.

The aroma is metallic and coffee, with a hint of a cardboard like trait.

The taste is slight coffee and cardboard.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery, slightly slick, and low carbonation.

While this is a boring beer, it's highly drinkable due to the fact there are not many characteristics to ponder. Makes a good session beer to drink with some buds, and talk about the weather.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.26/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a deep, opaque warm sable with a fine-bubbled tan head - it looks a lot like a well-poured Guinness. Malty, smoky aroma has a firm hint of coffee and is almost like Guinness though not quite as good. Flavor is smoky and malty with a coffee undertone. Velvety smooth, fizzy texture is redolent of Guinness. A worthy stout.

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Photo of mareth01
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured very nicely in to a pint glass that only left a quarter inch head, however, it had very good lacing and retention in that it was the same all the way to the bottom. The color was was a dark brown-black after it settled from a cool looking carmel haze.

It smelled pretty strong like a mixture of chocolate and weak soju.

The taste was not quite like what I expected, I thought I tasted kinda like a watered down black coffee

The mouth feel was smooth with little/no carbo.

Overall, the beer is not bad to drink a few but I wouldn't go around hunting for it.

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Photo of Trigcove
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a creamy, two finger nitro head.

The beer was served a bit too cold, so the aroma left a little to be desired. It smells of black roasted malt and just a hint of smoke, but not as rich as I expect from the style.

The taste is what I remember Guinness being like, before they did whatever it was they did. This one is now my Irish nitro stout of choice. It has a nice dark, smokey, malty sweetness that gets a wee shot of hop dryness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from a nitro stout. It's rich and creamy and thick and it's making my mouth water for another while I describe it.

At 4%ABV, you can drink these all day, if you want too. Also, the taste is not so overpowering that you feel compelled to sip. This is a working man's stout. You can pound them down with no remorse, and if it takes you more than 8 rings to finish the pint, you're a wee girly man.

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