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 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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Photo of kojevergas
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from a can into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 27th, 2010. Pours a dark tan/black. Certainly darker than Guinness. You're treated to a brilliant display of bubbles as the beer settles, but the show isn't quite as good as with Guinness. A two finger head that retains brilliantly. I love these nitro tap draughts. Head is thick and creamy.

Smell: A very subtle scent but a good one. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, caramel, and roasted barley. Inviting, but not as strong as I'd like it to be.

Taste: Cream to roast to lackluster finish. Too one note for its promising smell. The finish is quite abysmal, especially when compared to Guinness or Beamish. I remember this beer tasting a lot better off the tap in Cork. Where's the bitterness I want in an Irish stout? This needs to be built far better.

Mouthfeel: Smooth but horribly dry, especially on the finish, which is reminiscent of a stale cracker.

Drinkability: I'd get another, but only because I remember it being better. Perhaps something is off with canned Murphy's.

Fans of Irish stouts (like me) are best off reaching for a Guinness or a Beamish in the pubs - and a Guinness Foreign Extra in the store.

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Photo of Swill5786
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour produces the standard nitro-driven cascade. Black stout with one finger of long lasting 'driven tan head. Nose of barley and spicy hops. Barley malt and molasses up front with hops bitterness at the back, and a hoppy, chocolatey, dry finish. Mouthfeel is good, medium, smooth body. High drinkability due to creaminess and low ABV.

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Photo of Sleestak
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From nitro tallboy. Pours and looks beautiful. Dense black with just a hint of mohagany around the base of the glass. Lots of roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, smokey though all subdued. Creamy milkshake-ish feel but still thin. All in all I'm much more impressed by this beer than I ever thought I would be going in.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nitro is one of those things that seems to divide the beer community, either you like it or you don't. Well, I for one enjoy a good stout on nitro-tap so I decided to give the nitro-can a try. I was skeptical to see how well it would really work, but so far am impressed.

Pours a deep mahogany brown with just the slightest bit of light permeating through when help up to the light. A nice cascading effect leads to a moderate creamy ivory colored head, which has no problem hanging around for a while.

Aroma is rather sweet, being a bit caramel and chocolate, with a slight bit of roasted barley also being present. However, roasted notes are not nearly as strong as one would expect.

Taste was a bit tough for me to really pick apart, being a much lighter and more subtle than other styles of stouts. Not many American Stouts come in at 4% abv, but for an Irish-Dry Stout this seems just about right. Sweet and chocolaty at first but as the beer explores the palate, more bitter and roasted flavors come through. With warming, it opens up even more becoming quite enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very light, smooth and just about perfect for the style. Nitro really adds a whole new level of silky texture that makes this go down so well.

Drinkability is high, with such a low abv and light body but full of lots of subtle and well balanced flavors.

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Photo of milkbaby9
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz nitro-can into a Samuel Adams sensory glass. Really dig the classy graphics and look of the tallboy can. Dark coca-cola brown black liquid with 1 cm tall super creamy small bubbled light tan head. Nice mix of spiderweb and sheet lacing left on the glass as this beer was transferred from glass to my piehole.

Aroma was lightly metallic, light toasted cracker, roasted grain, mocha, and some dry brown pine needles in there too (weird). Taste was light sweet and creamy maltiness and gentle roast bitterness experienced simultaneously, both feeling very mild. It was a little too cold when I started drinking, and the tastes intensified a teeny bit once it warmed up properly.

Carbonation felt super low, and this was watery without much body. Surprised this was so watery and not creamy at all to me. A light bodied and light tasting bittersweet brew. Seems like the kind of thing people would throw down multiple pints of while killing the afternoon at the local pub. Too watery and a bit weak for my tastes. I guess this style's just not for me...

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Photo of darkmartin
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to an opaque black with a large, creamy tan nitro-can head that lasts longer than the beer. Really looks great.

Smell: Dark fruit malts, roast, coffee, and the normal nitro smell.

Taste: Much like the nose, coffee and roasted malts dominate. No discernable hops, yet they are not needed. Very smooth, rich flavor that goes down great.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Very smooth, no carbonation.

Drinkability: I could drink these all day.

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Photo of jlindros
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[email protected] West Ender sports pub in Marlboro.

It has a nice nitro upside down waterfall effect with a long settling nitro head, dark but not black color.

Typical nitro stout nose, dark malts, creamy nitro, touch of roast.

Taste is also just as expected, very creamy with nitro, a dry Irish stout taste, a little dark malts with chocolate malt, touch of a slightly fruity and dry Irish yeast. Semi sweet too despite being a dry stout.

Mouth is rich and creamy but not super thick.

Finishes dry with a touch of residual sugar, lots of lingering creamy nitro and light bitter stout flavors. Little dry fruity Irish yeast too.

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Photo of nickfl
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a two finger gray-brown head of mousse-like foam on a cascading body eventually turns blackish brown with a hint ruby highlights. Infinite retention and thick lace.

S - A lightly roasted aroma with notes of chocolate. Little else.

T - Watery malt with light chocolate and cheap coffee flavor. Finishes with acrid roast and dry chocolate as well as a hint of molasses.

M - Medium-thick body, low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not too bad. Much more flavor than Guinness with a nice contrast between the chocolate and roasted malt flavors. The style is inherently limited, but this is pretty drinkable.

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Photo of busternuggz
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the new McDowd's in Kansas City.
Poured in a pint glass. Opaque black with a creamy, frothy 1/2" tan head that never quits. Looks exactly like an Irish stout should.
Not much going on in the smell, a little bit of roasty malt and some creaminess.
It's mildly roasty and bitter, with some hops in the finish. A hint of cocoa on the end.
Thin and watery texture.
Very smooth and easy to drink, though you're not particularly motivated to.
Not bad if you're just looking to knock back a few while watching a game at the pub or something, but pretty average tasting overall.

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

16 oz nitro can into stein.

Pours pitch black with the signature dark brown nitro cascade during the pour, with a two finger, tiny-bubbled light-khaki head with excellent retention. Looks exactly like it's supposed to.

Nose is very roasty deep and soft, just a bit of mellow underlying char, a dusting of dry cocoa powder for depth.

Taste is a bit muted, as is to be expected of the nitro; muted acidity up front, roasty, bit more char initially that fades into a light dark-roasted coffee note. Finish has more roast, light acidity.

Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, with the sort of dull lushness common to nitro. Medium-light body with an illusory fullness from the nitro.

Drinkability is good; just a bit fuller and more rounded flavor than Guinness Draught, its major comparison point, with a nice abv and no real rough edges. Now, nitro wears on me personally, but it's also pretty typical for the style, so I didn't deduct from teh score for personal preference.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 2,548 ratings