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 RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout has a thin, creamy, beige head and a dark brown appearance (deep-dark red, under light), with roiling fine bubbles in the top half of the glass. The lacing is thick and milky down the glass. Aroma is of dark-roasted coffee and barley malt, with chocolate notes. The taste is a delicious blend of coffee, chocolate, and malt, with a mild hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouth-feel is medium to thick, and Murphy's Irish Stout finishes mostly dry. Overall, this beer is fantastic and certainly worth a try (or two).


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

16oz Tall Boy can. Pours what looks like a chocolate milkshake with a good sized tan head. Tons of lacing. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, a hint of caramel and some roasted malts. Taste is a nice mix of chocolate and coffee flavors. Roasted malts and a slight coffee aftertaste. This is a very drinkable creamy beer. The low ABV, drinking it chilled, and the smoothness of this one make it extremely drinkable. Underrated brew.

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Photo of Meerkey
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Thick, lovely off-white head. Almost impenetrable brown-black with maybe the barest hint of ruby when held directly to the light.

S: A lot of coffee grounds, some bitter chocolate, malts, some roasted barley. Smells good, but the aroma is faint.

T: More coffee, chocolate chocolate, toasted malts.

M: Not as heavy as most stouts I've had. Smooth, but kind of watery. Fails to keep me interested.

D: Quite easy to drink, because while it's a pretty good tasting beer, it doesn't have a lot of presence and is kind of muted.

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Photo of bmwats
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz nitro-can into a standard pint.

A: Black with cascading carbonation pervasive throughout on the initial pour. Pours about a 1 finger creamy, and frothy, white head. Huge amounts of thick, creamy, lacing remain as you drink it down.

S: Rich, pale malty tone. Has a bit of a woody and peaty note, and just a hint of caramel.

T: Dry, pale malty flavor with a bit of peaty hop note.

M: Thick, rich body. Heavy feel of carbonation (as is characteristic of the nitro-can draught), dry finish.

D: This brew just goes down smooth.

Atmosphere is really nice. Deep, rich, intimidating appearance with the great head, cascading carbonation throughout, and plenty of lacing. Nose is not complex, but a good malty character with some peat and sweet notes. Flavor, also, not complex, but a really good pub draught. A little stout....and a little dry. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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

Murphy's Irish Stout or "the Guinness of Cork" is one of the main rivals to the classic Guinness Dry Irish Stout (the other being Beamish). Guinness was itself for many years my beer of choice at the pub, so let's give Murphy's another look (I did drink it in Cork many many years ago).

Poured from a 500ml nitro-can into a 500ml "mini" Stein glass (yeah, yeah, I need to get a traditional pub pint glass already).

A: Deep dark ruby (yes Irish Stouts are actually ruby coloured - they just look black), poured a perfect 1.5cm white head that leaves rings to the glass as I drink - a perfect looking Dry Irish Stout.

S: Roasted Barley, Espresso coffee and a certain sweetness - I would dare say smells like raw sugar, but of course there is no added sugar to this product. I'm not getting any typical Macro brewery "metallic" odors, which is great.

T: Roasted Barley and a coffee flavour are the big winners here. Perhaps also a hint of Chocolate. The sweetness is present, as is the Macro metallic tang (disappointing, but it could be from the can). The major letdown (and I'm not sure if they have changed their recipe or my taste buds have just gotten old) is how watery this beer tastes.

M: Everything is normal in this department except how watery this ale is (and I'm not talking about carbonation as the Irish Stouts are renowned for their low carbonation)... goes down without a fight one might say. One thing I do really like about this beer is the nitro-can. Why aren't there more nitro-cans out there? I think it makes a huge improvement over other beers in both the appearance and the mouth-feel and I can't wait till more brewers start packaging this way.

D: Extremely drinkable - mostly due to the watery nature of the beverage, however it is nonetheless also it's downfall in my eyes - I don't want a beer that is no challenge to drink. I like it when my taste buds go on a journey. If I want water I just drink it from a tap. This is one I would class as a session beer.

Food match: Meat pie, stews, casseroles or bangers and mash (with a nice heavy gravy).

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Photo of mitchelsliwa
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a nitro can tall boy into a Guinness stout glass. It looks just like a beautiful stout should, chocolaty, creamy, dark with a 1 inch head and great lacing that never seems to fade.

S: Faint malts and some chocolate perhaps. Not a ton going on with the smell to be honest.

T: The taste is phenomenal and is really what makes this a great stout. I taste chocolate and smokey notes without a lot of bitterness and its not sweet like a milk stout either.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy like a velvety espresso. The carbonation is really low and it might feel flat to someone new to an irish stout.

D: Its super drinkable with a 4% ABV. I could sit down and knock down a few of these bad boys during a football game or a fight. To be honest, it makes the best freakin black and tan I have ever had. (Try Sierra Nevada Pale ale instead of Bass to kick it up a notch)

Overall, this Stout is my favorite for its style. I won't buy Guinness anymore.

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Photo of AbitaOnTap
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a can in an assorted 12 pack of winter beer for Christmas. Very interesting. At first when I saw it I was questioning how a canned brew could make it into a collection of such otherwise good beer, but I'll try anything sold by the pint so let's give it a go..

A: Poured into a very large, frosty mug. Pours that beautiful creamy black that makes me love stouts. One finger head. The head is incredibly thick and creamy.

S: Has a very dry, bitter scent to it with extremely subtle chocolate and coffee smells masked in the background. Impressed so far.

T: Not what I was expecting. Notably less bitter than Guinness, yet hardly any sweetness to it at all. Very subtle taste of chocolate. Almost a milky flavor. It's as if you taste the texture more than anything.

M: This is where this beer really shines. So creamy and smooth. Much smoother than Guinness in my opinion. All the pleasurable texture of a bonafide milk stout with a fraction of the sweetness.

D: I could drink this beer in large quantities on a good night. The texture is very good and it has just the right note of bitterness.. not too much, not too little.

All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. Never thought I could be this happy with a canned beer but I have been jovially proven wrong. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of NODAK
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is of roasted malts, chocolate notes, and a hint of coffee perhaps. A rather standard stout on the nose.

Pours black in the glass with a small but firm head.

Mouthfeel seems thin for style. Almost zero carbonation. Taste has a somewhat thin, restrained roasted malt and bitter chocolate taste to it....and a rather firm, for style, bitterness on the backend. While I wouldn't say that this is a rich stout, it's certainly more so than its cousin (Guinness). Could use more "oomph", as it comes across as pretty watery.

Of the "big two" Irish stouts, this is the more flavorful option. That's not saying much, though. It's not offensive, but probably nothing I'd actively seek out either.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown colour with a thick, creamy tan head.

Creamy, roasty aroma with a rich fruitiness which contributes nicely.

The flavour is a bit thin. The fruitiness dominates a bit with the roast and chocolate taking a back seat. Light roasty back note.

Medium-light body with low carbonation. Good.

A rounded stout but it's a bit dull and it doesn't hit the roasty bitterness that would make this pop.

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Photo of afksports
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Murphy's Irish Stout used to be my favorite beer. Then I had craft beer.

Out of a nitro-can it sure is fun to watch though. And it's dark, with a ton of head on it at all times. Too bad it isn't thick at all. Basically a light to medium body with little carbonation. That was the girlfriend's comment - although it delivered no "beerface", so that's saying something.

But truthfully the malty aromas aren't impressive (although they are present), and the taste delivers little more than water and a few runny malts that remind you somewhat of coffee and chocolate bitterness.

There are elements in this one that are done well, but none that have my running back to it for more. Especially at the price it usually draws. Think dark Speckled Hen, or darker Boddington's.

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Photo of dieselmilk
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

aggressive pour from a nitro-can into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful looking stout. Pitch black looking through the center of the glass, with dark brown and red hues around the edges when held in the light. Creamy tan head that never dissipates. Wonderful lacing that never fully goes away as you drink this beer to the bottom.

S - After giving a quick swirl: Faint coffee scent, toasty and roasted smells are dominant. Chocolate is minimal and cannot be found in every sniff, but there is a sweetness present all the time as it warms. Overall I love the smell.

T - Slight bitterness all the way through, with burnt flavors being the most dominant. Coffee and very faint chocolate on the back end and after taste. Delicious.

M - Great feel. Extremely creamy from the nitro. Not much else to say other than I love it.

D - Extremely drinkable. Not heavy like many stouts can be, but "stouty" enough in its thickness to be pleasurable. It's very easy to put away a few pints if you aren't thinking about it.

Overall I love this beer. I prefer darker beers like stouts over their lighter brothers. I would say the best temperature is around 45-50 degrees F. I started this beer around 38-40 and found that much of the flavor was subdued and you mainly got the bitterness. After it warmed in the glass to around 45-50, the coffee and roasted flavors became much more noticeable. Definitely one of my go-to beers for any session. I could drink this any time.

Compared to Guinness Draught: This is much more flavorful and significantly cheaper by the case. I think Guinness is a tasty beer but no where worth the hype or price. I'd take a Murphy's over Guinness any day, since it is better in every way.

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Photo of kush6875
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very good irish stout. highly drinkable. smells of roasted malts, some cocoa and coffee in their. smooth velvety mouthfeel. had 4 pints last night while building a play kitchen for my daughter. nitro can is 16 ounces vs 14 ounces (guinness). also is 8 dollar cheaper for a case.

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Photo of wmtxbb
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into pint glass

Appearance: Thick finger sized head.

Smell: Creamy dark malts and a sort of metallic.

Taste: Sharp stout bite with a background of cream like dark malts.

Drinkability: very drinkable. Isn't too thick or thin. Bitterness from the hops enough to keep it interesting. Not a bad beer.

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Photo of knoxtennessee
4.78/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer has just won the spot of "beer of my heart". The way it cascades upward into that perfect nitrogen head rises equal joy in my being. It's aroma is a bit understated but is still as comforting as a childs cup of hot coco. The flavor is where this stout really outshines the rest. It's as is someone took out that strange undesirable flavor from a Guiness and repaced it with smooth chocolate esspeso. The mouthfeel is a bit watery due to the nitrogen, but this seems to enhance the drinkability of this most fulfilling and simultaniously quaffable stout.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark chestnut brown with two fingers of creamy beige head that only nitro-can provide.

Smell -- Dark chocolate, roast malt, coffee with cream. Good, but not especially aromatic.

Taste -- Roast malt, dark chocolate, mild char, and a touch of earthy hops in the finish. Sadly, this one has a bit of the can flavor, though this is par for the course for nitros. Lingering flavors of char and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel -- Full-bodied with very mild carbonation. Love that nitro.

Drinkability -- My first revisit to my go-to stout from college has only confirmed my appreciation of this beer. Much better than Guinness Draught, easy-drinking, and arguably the best tasting beer to come from a nitro-can. I can't help but think: what if a US craft brewer made a nitro-can stout? Oh, to dream...

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Photo of dhannes
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A=Rich dark brown, good foamy head.

S=Enjoyable and sweet.

T=Much lighter than I anticipated...sweet and light.

M=Just alright...was hoping for more body.

D=Lightness makes this very drinkable.

I also used for a Black and Tan and was (finally) successful--can said "Draught Style Stout, " but I think it is the same as this beer, just a slightly different can.

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Photo of ConsumerWhore
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had a pint on tap at Gasthof Zur Gemutlichkeit in Minneapolis and of course I had a slightly more pleasant experience drinking the Murphy's out of a tap than I do drinking it out of the can.

Pours almost pure black with a large, tan, thick and creamy head which lingers with a decent lace which ensures you will get some of that creamy head with every sip.

Smells like I would expect a good stout to smell; roasted barley, burnt smell with those hints of coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Smell good but it is a little weak for a stout.

The taste is a little bland but at least better than the can. The taste is a good, smoky with good flavor of vanilla and oats almost. Not as bitter as I like my stouts. Almost tastes like a good beer watered down. Still beats a Guinness though IMO.

The feel is light and creamy. This would have made it amazing had it more flavor!

Drink-ability is good. If your planning on kicking back a few and prefer a stout flavor to a "pee colored beer", you could almost down these all day. If your just having a beer for the moment, there are better stouts out there.

Well it was still lacking some of that much loved 'body', it did have more than the nitro-cans do. When drinking this out of a can, I like to crack it open really cold, then let it breath up to a good, slightly higher than normal temperature before I pour and drink. It seems to make it taste a little more heavy if that makes any sense.

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Photo of kwjd
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Hurley's Irish Pub in Montreal. Really felt like a stout, none of the brewpubs were open yet, so figured this would do. Pours pitch black with thick off-white head that doesn't dissipate at all. Lacing all around the glass. Pretty much looks like you'd expect with a nitro stout. Smells of roasted malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Really nice flavour, basically like a Guiness, with more flavour. Very creamy mouthfeel. Really nice stout that hit the spot.

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Photo of brdc
2.56/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had this on tap, poured into a pint glass.

The presentation is indeed very nice, with a nearly pitch black color, and that reverse cascade producing a very thick and long lasting dark brown head. Average lacing.
Aroma is good, with roasted grains, but not a lot of those, and some chocolate. It lacks depth and complexity.
The taste is also fairly bland, and unidimensional, with some grain notes, but neither sweet nor bitter.
Easy to drink, but overall a fairly mediocre stout.

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

Pours a deep blackish brown color with a thick tan head and some great lacing. Smells of vanilla and roasted barley with some sweet notes. Tastes of vanilla, roasted barley, a little sweetness with enough bitterness to even it out. Dry finish to this pretty good beer. Mouthfeel is medium with a little carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

20 oz draft at the Halifax Airport

Appearance - the beer pours with a tremendous amount of cascading head, the head is a light brown and appears extremely rich. The beer is dark, almost a chocolate brown and i am unable to tell the amount of carbonation. The head lingers and some remains throughout the whole tasting.

Smell - I can smell some roasted oats in this beer with a very subtle hint of sweetness, almost from a vanilla/caramel base.

Taste - Nice tasting beer, to me there is almost a "burnt" under tone to the beer. The bitterness is present and almost appears to be drawn from the roasted oats.

Mouthfeel - Minimal added carbonation added to the beer in the mouthfeel. The taste do come fwd however remain the same as the taste.

Drinkability - Overall good beer and glad i tried it, would be interested to see how it taste in a can. I can see myself having one or two of these, but that would be my limit.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look - extremely dark brown/black, with about an inch or so of head that dissipates very slowly.

Smell - smokey, semi-coffeebean smell. Maybe a little malty in the smell.

Taste - very smokey in the inner cavity aroma/smell, and although still smokey-tasting, fairly bitter at the back of the palate, but before that it is slight sweetness at the middle of the mouth. The texture is surprisingly light, much closer to a watery texture than I would have thought.

Drinkability - to be honest, I don't love the taste. I like the smokiness, but there's also a "staleness", which I think is actually from the high hop content.

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

Nitro-Can. Super creamy and light. Tastes sweet like milk chocolate, but might not be as flavorful and complex as some other irish stouts. A little one note. Easy to drink, i could chug this if I wanted to. This is still one of my go to beers after many years. Excellent.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If looks could kill, all you can want. Jet black, creamy tan head, no signs of carbonation and incredible lacing. Toasted bread aroma, not too strong, not to weak. So far, so good. Ah, but true beauty is skin deep. Flavor is shallow. All I can find is some malt around the middle and a bit of bitterness in the back end. Artificial sweetener sensation after the finish. Mouthfeel is even a disappointment, as it is a bit rougher than the nitro would have you hope for.

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Photo of jsh420
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours chocolate milk then turn into a nice dark ruby brown with a 1+ finger tanish head that kept all the way to the last drink of the glass

smells is a little weak (maybe thats the nitro-can) but roasted malts with cream

taste guinness who? malts you can taste- roasted chocolate malts with some good dark fruit flavors - yes a tab watery but nothing like guinness

mouthfeel again is a little thin but smooth and creamy just as an irish dry should be

drinkability - 4%abv hell yes this is a session beer

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