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Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of stevoj
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint draught can pours beautifully with thick creamy head. Light aroma, but nice sharp taste. Lots of coffee/dark chocolate , but not overpowering bitterness. Well done!

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Murphys Stout.

Friends as of late have been leaving behind their empties at my house. When I get sick of looking at them, I tend to brain them in and buy something I wouldn't normally buy. Hence why I am now siting here with four nitro cans of this stuff. I've seen it around but never thought to pick it up. Oh well, let's se what we get.

Look - Cracked the top on the can and a fair bit squirted out onto my desk. Poured from the 16.9oz nitro can into one of those glasses that should accent the head. Beer initially comes out looking like chocolate nesquik as it pours hard, forming into one massive chocolate milk read which slowly reveals beer underneath the pillowly velvety thickness that slowly envelopes and creeps towardste top. Upon final formation it sits pitch black with a perfect two finger off white head of pillowly galore. What a beauty.

Smell - The nose starts off a bit chocolate with a nice dab of coco nibs and burnt maltyness. No smoke or meat characteristic but that's to be expected seeing as this isn't a massive stout. Bit of a chocolate cherry like presence as the beer sits and warms up a tad.

Taste - Taste is much like the smell only with a milky aspect taking over. Dominated by the chocolate with a touch of bitterness. A drying beer. The cherry once again comes through and lingers around the mouth well into the finish.

Feel - While the head is still retaining beautifully, it doesn't add much in terms of making the beer feel creamy in the mouth. It is quite watery, perhaps one of the most watery beers I have ever encountered. Swallows easily and coats the mouth in an ever present sweetness.

Overall - It wasn't bad. Not loaded with flavor and quite watery, but still an alright drink overall. Perfect for nights at the pub where you want something with more flavor than the American average and you don't want to get intoxicated too quickly. A lot like Guinness though better in my opinion. Probably wouldn't buy it at 7.99 a four pack, but I basically got it free so I can't bitch too much..

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Photo of Savan
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours a midnight black soul with a lovely milky white head of vanilla , not much to smell , subtle coffee notes and dried barley. Taste of milk chocolate .... for lack of any better comparison. Feels a bit like heaven in yer mouth lad! Drink up :)

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 14.9oz nitro-can poured into a 22oz Liberal Cup shaker. The eruption of malty goodness never gets old. Upon scrutinizing the can, seems that Murphy's is brewed in Edinburgh by Heineken, not Cork. No worries.

Not much of a nose, but black is beautiful color with an insistent lacing. Very little carbonation, smooth nitro mouth, very nice to drink this for the first time in quite awhile. Someone said less bitter than Guinness, I agree. Some coffee and chocolate notes for sure.

Overall, a fine example of this style. Not gonna hit you upside the head with flavor, but flavorful in a subtle way. Not unlike Guinness, which I love as well. Actually a "light beer", a fine session candidate if you want to keep your wits about you.

I do miss Beamish, which may have been my favorite of the Irish Dry Stouts. I think it was bought by Murphy's and pulled from the US. Crushed the competition!

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

This was poured into an English pub styled pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a one finger off white creamy color-ed head that leveled out in its dissipation. Lacing broadens around the glass in a spectacle sure to please the eyes (nice show).
The smell has roasted coffee beans with a light dry cocoa bean revolving around the coffee. There's a light roasty aftertaste sliding into quick sweet to roasty finish.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body with a fair smooth creamy sessionable feel surrounding my tongue. It feels really nice.
Overall, for an Irish dry stout, this one comes off a bit smoother and creamier than expected. To me, I didn't mind that. I'm guessing its because the ABV is low and there's no date on the can. Good, but almost always seems better when on draught.

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Photo of do_ob
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Can into a pint glass. Pours a chocolate-milky brown and settles opaque in the glass. Good 3 finger head of tan foam on top. Great head retention. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt on the nose. Not overly assertive but decent. Roasted malt and bitter coffee on the taste with a touch of unsweetened caramel. Not much chocolate. Much thinner than it looks. Not a great mouthfeel, but I have to remind myself this isn't an imperial. Dry finish.

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Photo of anthony23cippy
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Have had on draft and the nitro can, one of the few beers I prefer from its package vs draft. Pours a dark brown to black with a nice two finger to khaki foamy head, typical of a good stout. Smells of dark Malts, chocolate, bread, and q hint of rum. Tastes about the same strong malt flavor, after taste of breadiness. Mouth fell is great, perfect limited carbonation nice frothy foamy feeling. Overall a great stout that is available almost anywhere, the go to at a commercial chain store with limited selection, prefer it to Guinness!

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours nearly black with some ruby tones at the bottom of the glass. nice white head. doesn't cascade like Guinness does or maybe i poured too fast, i don't know.

smell is nearly nonexistent. can get some tones of a regular stout, some coffee.

very thin, some toasted malt with some coffee flavor.

goes down easy and is quite thin but isn't great.

overall it's not bad but far from great. i prefer Guinness but i know neither are truly great. easy drinking but simple flavor.

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Photo of Hahnin
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's funny that this beer has a better score than Guinness, they are equally awesome. Pepsi and coke comes to mind. Equally delicious, but Murphys does have that coffee richness

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty tasty Irish stout that is inoffensive and about what one would expect. It pours a rich brown-black with a big, beautiful head. The nose is pretty nutty with a hint of milk chocolate. It tastes similar but is more cocoa-centric than it is nutty. The flavor is definitely the least noticeable aspect of it. It is very drinkable and pretty thin with light carbonation and not much of a finish. Neither spectacular nor bad. I will usually pick it over Guinness in bars with nothing else as I find it to be a little more flavorful.

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Photo of JetFeather22
5/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For the price this a a grate 5 star beer, I think it is better than Guinness and usually the same price, There's also the Belhaven black stout which is a bit better but it also more expensive, Like i said for the price this is a 5 star beer...

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; deep brown in color with a hint of ruby at the edges; less than a 1 finger creamy, medium tan head that receded slowly to a thin cap; sheets of lacing;

S: bittersweet chocolate, roasted grains, coffee with cream;

T;' follows the nose; mild bitterness on the finish;

M; medium to full bodied; light creamy carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not very complex (but more complex than Guinness); easy to drink;

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Photo of Kubishark
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's impossible to talk about this beer without comparing it to Guinness, since it basically is Guinness. In the same way you order a Coke and the waitress asks "is Pepsi OK?", I could see myself enjoying one of these *almost* as much as Guinness any time I'm in the mood for this particular style of beer.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown color with creamy foam. Aroma, roasted barley, a little bit of coffee and hops. Taste watery, roasted barley with some acidity, coffee and bitter chocolate.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black with a very finely bubbled 1” cream colored head. Roast espresso aromas. Creamy texture with rich roast flavors. The tap version is a little richer than the nitro can. My go to beer fro drinking with oysters.

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Photo of leantom
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time trying this popular brew. Here goes:

A: Pitch black with a small, creamy nitro head. A little underwhelming because of how small the head is (Left-Hand, by contrast, produces a much larger nitro head). Just OK.

S:Toasted and burnt malt. Coffee bitterness throughout with some cream. While the beer smells good, however, it's not exactly a robust and fulfilling smell.

T: Very underwhelming. Much too light on the flavor. Some coffee but, after all is said and done, the beer is too loose and watery. Smokiness is good, however.

F: Very watery.

O: An OK beer, but there are better Irish Dry Stouts on the market.

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

Poured into an English pint glass.

A - 5 - Pours a pitch black color with that lovely finger and a half of cream-white, pillowy head. Great head potential, amazing head retention and SOLID wall of lacing is left behind.
S - 4 - Light mocha coffee/chocolate, super fresh and roasty malt and a slight peaty smokiness.
T - 3 - Lightly sweet malt, light smokiness, bitter raw coffee bean finish. The downside, there's a slight metallic flavor that goes along with the drying nature of the beer and it definitely detracts from both the drinkability/sessionability of this beer as well as its subtle flavors.
F - 5 - Can't give this anything but a perfect score, the widget makes it so. Extremely pillowy soft head and creamy body.
O - 3 - A good representation of the Irish stout style and a great beginner stout, but Guinness draught still reigns supreme for me as the ultimate Irish stout experience.

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Photo of NaziBeerHunter
4.46/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drink a lot of Guinness, but whenever I feel like splurging, I'll go for the Murphy's. Around me, it only comes in 4 pack tall boys for $9-$11, while I can get a 12 pack of Guinness for less than $15 sometimes. It's a shame this beer isn't more available, because it really is great. Better flavor and mouthfeel than Guinness. Delicious beer, but it's just too godamn expensive when compared to Guinness.

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Photo of britbygenes
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

If like me you had a bad experience with stout as a teen ("what the hell is this stuff")- this will erase those memories.About Murphy's I could "see" someone saying: "I don't usually like beer, but I like this!". Smooth, malty, full of body, wonderful clean taste.

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Photo of jpwobbles
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark color with beige-colored foam head. Typical roasted smell and flavor profile of a dry stout. The body felt thin/watery though, and atypical to other stouts I've tried. I liked it, but it wasn't one I will continue to seek out.

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Photo of lucasldoria
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The 500ml can has a beautiful design and the famous little ball of nitrogen inside, designed to produce exactly a lovely thick beige cream, very persistent and consistent.
The color, the style itself is black, with ruby ​​traces against the light.
In aromas, striking coffee presences, bitter chocolate, besides traces of yeast toffee and toasted.
The carbonation, following the tradition, is low, and the body is good.
The bitterness is medium as the acidity.
The end refers to coffee.

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

Guinness little brother
Poured same deep black color nice head good lacing has a bit more ??? ( something I just can't place) but i had 2 and found it very drinkable

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Photo of FLima
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I used to drink this every week and it’s been more than three years since I last had it.
Beautiful nitro look cascading to a deep black color with a very thick beige head with great retention and leaving laces.
Nice aroma with predominant notes of creamy and dark chocolate, some hay and a bit of home coffee.
Flavor with notes of iced coffee, drops of Bailey’s liquor, earthy hops, a distant lactic sourness, licorice and roasted malts.
It finishes smooth and thinning and then finally dries out.
Light body with low carbonation. Velvet feeling.
Nice traditional Stout. I still have to compare it side by side with Guinness, though my impression is that has a better nose and it is slightly hoppier. Anyway both are now behind the dozens of newer kick-ass stouts available, but it has its place.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours beautifully black with a creamy tan head, smells of roasted malts with slight spicy hops, tastes of roasted malts and cherries. Creamy mouthfeel slightly thin but it's a low ABV beer, so not as much going into it as would be in a heavier beer.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
2.85/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very underwhelming. Just tasted like it had water in it. Guinness clone with less character. Drank like a light lager. Apologies for this review as it will likely be unhelpful to many

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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