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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 joshstevens87
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a jet black and a quarter inch light tan head
S-a very creamy nose to it with a nice roasted character but lacking in bitterness
T-a smooth very malty beer that is very light on the bitterness when compared to its counterparts but still has a nice chocolate taste with a little bit of coffee in the background
M-a very light body with no carbonation and a nice full feel that is still very easy to drink
D-a very drinkable beer with a good taste and a light body that can easily be enjoyed throughtout the night

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Photo of mirish72
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have always liked Murphys. When I lived in Ireland, I would always drink Murphys wherever it was available, which in the early 90's meant County Cork and maybe Galway City.

It is a beautiful pour, settles in about a minute into a pint glass. Pous black with a creamy 1 finger white head.

Smells of roasted malts. It tastes very smooth, without the bitterness of Guinness. It is also very drinkable, almost quaffable and a pint is gone in about 3-4 sips.

You forget that you're only dealing with a beer that is 4%, so it is really an enjoyable session beer.

Up Cork.

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

Pours a deep brown, looks like muddy water. Only an inch of a tan head, good lacing.

Smells like sour chocolate milk.

Taste pleasant. Hints of coffee and cream and rye toast.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a chalky finish. The body is medium with minimal carbonation.

Nothing wrong this just isn't my style. I wouldn't order one but I wouldn't turn one down.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From nitro-can number 30-04-7-L9111-10-17:27. Sampled on March 8, 2010. The pour is dark brown with a snowy widget-enhanced silky, creamy tan head and busy carbonation. The head is a good inch thick. The aroma is of dark caramel malts, toffee, and even a tiny hint of smokiness. The mouthfeel runs about medium but comfortable. The taste is quite clean and crisp with a bit of vanilla bean and pleasingly bitter hops. It is also a tad soapy. Basically likeable.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed Murphy's Irish Stout. I was similar to Guinness (obviously). It was a very dark stout, but little head. The flavor was comparable to Guinness. I thought this beer was extremely smooth. There was little bitterness and aftertaste. Great texture, just went down smoothly, not sure how else to describe it. If you like Irish stouts, I recommend Murphy's.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served up what would seem like an opaque, near black body were it not for the ruby-hued highlights at the edges. 1½ inch head of lasting ecru foam.

Smell: Presents a rather mild nose, smelling of burnt barley and only the vaguest notes of chocolate.

Taste: Roasted, blackened malts make up the lion's share of the flavor, yielding only a lesser hint of weak coffee and a Very mild hint of unsweetened chocolate. A slight astringency from the burnt grains perks up now and again from all that charred barley. A tad chalky on the dry, roasty, but ultimately hohum finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied. Scant carbonation, but a creamy mouthfeel from the nitro.

Drinkability: Well, while it's relatively light body and cream mouthfeel helps to ease it down the gullet, it's also a bit bland and forgettable.

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

From the 16oz nitro-can, Murphy's pours that standard Irish stout black, with a creamy nitro head. Nice lacing.

Aroma is of roasted and light chocolate malt.

Flavor is very easy and smooth, complimented by the near-zero, cask-like carbonation. Touch of buttery diacetyl comes through the overall tangy and darkly malty flavor profile. Not very hoppy or bitter. Very easy to quaff.

Here's an Irish stout that is smoother and more balanced than Guinness, without giving up classic flavors. Yum.

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

A - Black with a good sized tan head. Decent retention and fair amount of lacing.

S - Fair amount of roasted malt and milk chocolate. Fairly sweet.

T - Roasted malt base with a good amount of chocolate (not all as bitter/dark as something like Guinness). Also a bit of coffee. Somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter. A little bit of caramel and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with adequate carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with a velvety texture. Bit of a drying finish.

D - Very easy to drink. The mouthfeel just lets this slide down your throat and the flavors are nice and inoffensive.

Notes: Nice to get at a bar with a limited selection, especially if you want something smooth and creamy. Somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml nitro can poured in an ordinary glass.

A: Pours a huge creamy fizzy beige head. Impressive retention (it lasts for long time): The Nitro device really works. The color is a deep black but not completely opaque

S: Huge roasted malts in the nose. Followed by caramel and some hints of dark chocolate

T: Strong on roasted malts. A bit sweet upfront but, in overall, a dry and bitter taste, as expected. A bit metallic with a light earthy hoppy presence too

M: Light body. Low carbonation and a nice and mild bitter aftertaste

D: High. The bitter aftertaste and the low ABV improves a lot its drinkability.

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

Poured from the nitrogen can into an imperial pint.

Gotta love the cascade effect, but once that settles a deep mahogany, almost black, stout is revealed; with a milky, tan head that leaves super thick lacing all the way through.

Nice dry, roasted malt on the nose, kind of coffeeish.

The roast is overpowered by toast and cracker notes on the tongue and milk chocolate with a slight, roasty bitterness on the finish leaving it dry.

The mouthfeel is velvety, some might think it's watery due to the nitrogen carbonation and the body is light. Very drinkable; a good, more obscure Guinness substitute.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reviewed 1/12/2010 (Nitro-Can):

Pours a very dark brown colored body, opaque, with a big creamy light brown color head. Lasting head. Chocolaty aroma, some rasted scents. Has a light watery taste. Body is somewhat creamy. Very watery taste, light on flavor.

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

A- dark brown with nitro bubbles rushing down. As they settle it turns into a charcoal black color. The head sticks around and leaves a thick lacing till the bottle of the glass.

S- roasty coffee like aroma is prominent with subtle sweet vanilla-like fragrance coming through at the end.

T- a rich and hearty expresso flavor hits the tongue at first with a light chocolate undertone.

M- on the heavy side with the a smooth side though.

D- A very tasty beer. The flavor was complex, rich and inviting. An overall enjoyable beer that I took a liking too.

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Photo of shutupdoodah
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours like chocolate, but turns into a very, very deep brown as the nitrogen bubbles rise up and form a one finger cream colored head. No movement whatsoever. Head disappears as you work your way down the glass.

S - Toasty. Chocolate of coffee maybe?

T - Some coffee, maybe a bit nutty and some dark chocolate thrown in there. Touch of bitterness in the back of the mouth.

M - Medium body, but as most nitro-brews, very smooth. A milk like consistency.

D - The low ABV makes me think I could session with this. The finish isn't quite as clean as I'd like though for a beer I'd want to drink more than several of.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murhpy's Irish Stout has a dark brown body that borders on black. The head is about three fingers tall and has the consistency of frothed milk on a cappuccino. Great retention, and a solid wall of lacing. Looks pretty good, like every other beer I've seen on a nitro tap.

The aroma has some roasted malts, some sweetness and a hint of coffee.

The flavor is the same as the smell; a bit of roasted malts, some sweetness and some coffee. pretty weak flavors overall, but nothing unpleasant.

The mouthfeel has that creamy, false-full quality from the nitro tap, but feels a bit insubstantial anyway.

Not bad for a low alcohol beer I guess.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What an exquisite beverage. A perfect 16 oz glass full of head flattening out to a dark creamy refreshment. Lace sticking to the glass forever. If there could only be one thing to drink in the world, this would be a good choice. Not much kick, so you could drink it all day and night without getting loopy. A sophisticated blend of bitter and sweet (mostly bitter).

Truly, this may be the ideal thing to get a belly full of. It tastes sublime, so you guzzle until there is no more room. At that point, you still aren't too wasted. I've loved this ever since it was available with the widget (and before??). It makes me imagine driving off in a Bristol on the wrong side of the road. Wonderful.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 16oz nitro-can.

A- First let me say this beer when just sitting after all the "magic" is done looks fake. Doesn't even look like a freakin beer. Put pours a nice deep dark brown color. One finger creamy light tan head just sits there. Doesn't do anything....kind of pissed it doesn't do anything. Lacing all over the sides of the glass but a lot of it just slides back into the beer.

S- Light metallic tinge to the aroma. Roasted malts come into play along with some light coffee notes. I understand this beer isn't like bigger stouts that have a ton of aroma but this one is lacking it...a lot. I had to almost stick my nose into the beer to pick up on anything. I get more aroma with adjunct lagers than this beer.

T- There is a sweetness in the front of this beer that caught me by surprise. Not like chocolate sweet but more of a cream like sweetness. Roasted malts and light coffee notes bounce all throughout my beer. The only I didn't care for in the taste was how water down the flavors were coming to the middle to end of this beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Creamy yet watery taste in the mouth throughout the entire beer. Roasted malts left on the palate with a coffee taste added to the aftertaste.

D- This was a very drinkable beer I suppose. I didn't like the water down feeling to this beer at all. It would stop me from ever trying it in either the bar or at home once again.

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Photo of schanker21
1.9/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this on-tap just for the hell of it. I've had it canned before, and my beer tastes have developed quite a bit since then, but still, this tastes almost exactly like Guinness draft.. I don't understand the high rating on here. It looks neat when poured due to the nitro, however, it still tastes like someone took a very mediocre stout and added a whole bunch of water. Well overpriced for what you get. I will not give this beer three strikes; two tries were enough for Murphy's.

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

Maybe I'm a sucker for the style. Which I think should always have high drinkablity or it is missing the point.

Appearance: sexy, black, opaque with tan silky head.

Smell: Faint but smells of chocolate and coffee

Taste: Low carbonation, not overly complicated, taste of iced coffee and toasted nuts on the back of the tounge

Drinkabilty is killer because of low carbonation and straight forward tase

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Photo of lamergod
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Served on a nitro can into a beer mug

Appearance:Pitch black with no carbonation and a head,2 fingers thick and a bit yellowish

Smell:It smelt great!I didn't kept it cold enough so alot of smell was muted,thus I needed to keep agitate it.Had a strong smell of roasted malts,then very sweet smelling chocolate,then came some sweet coffee smell,some what like a espresso .Then it had a coffee smell that wasn't so sweet,like those coffee bean brewed coffee

Taste:Just like the smell,roasted malts,chocolate,and some coffe smell,it tasted great

Mouthfeel:Creamy and watery.Very mellow,maybe too mellow that I felt like I wanted to puke from drinking too much water,also very smooth down the throat

Drinkability:The body is perhaps too dense .A little carbonation would do great,overall a excellent beer

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Photo of rwrk42
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with one of the best foamy heads out there and there is nothing like the cascading effect

Smell: Slight smell of roasted malts

Taste: Very smooth and creamy. Roasted malts with a slight bitter, dry finish

A very good Irish Stout which I highly recommend to anyone.

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Photo of MentorBeerGuy
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Been drinking this stuff for a long-time and felt like doing a review after last night's session.

A: Pours jet black with a nice 1-inch caramel head that stayed well into the pint.

S: Roasted malts and coffee are present, but definitely not overbearing. Like other milk/dry stouts, the lack of aroma compared to RIS and other dark ales is not indicitive of the taste.

T: Burnt toast and coffee are the 1st flavors revealed. Some dark chocolate bitterness on the backend but not at all offputting. This is where it puts Guinness to shame. Great roasted flavor but none of the bitterness that it's Irish rival leaves on the palette.

M: Much the same as Guinness, its quite a thick beer with very little carbonation. Think a happy medium between 1% and 2% milk. Very creamy/smooth like a milkshake that has melted away.

D: Murphy's bread and butter. I've never understood why people have labeled most dry stouts hard to drink. The mouthfeel is heavy, but the low ABV and low calorie count make Murphy's easy to drown in.

Overall, a prime example of the style and without a doubt my favorite session beer.

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Photo of raclark
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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 -7.7%
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 -8.8%
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%
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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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 2,479 ratings
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