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 FranklinPCombs
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Id have to say the best part about this stout is pouring it into a pint glass and watching the waterfall effect as the foam cascades up and the liquid precipitates out. The head ends up a fairly thick tan, with the consistency of slightly watery whipped cream. The smell at first is nothing but coffee, while upon further inspection there is a hint of hops and malt. It ends up smelling rather like a regular macro-brew. The feel of this beer is not exactly pleasant in the mouth. Although smooth, it feels thick and creamy, almost like drinking half and half. The taste is also immediately identifyable as coffee, and there's really not much more, besides a slight twinge of hops at the beginning that fades too quickly. The aftertaste is almost metallic, although it ends up tasting, again, like coffee. This is by no means a complex brew, and if you were looking for this taste, I would reccomend an iced cappucino.

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Photo of longpondbeerman
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

OK, I don't have a lot of experience with stouts, especially the more popular varieties (never reviews Guiness for instance). I have had the Storm King and Samuel Smith's, and these were quite good, so I was a little nervous to try this one, which was arrived in the form of a four-pack of 14.9 oz. thin cans. The pour was fascinating--what a cascade! It settled eventually into an impervious, dark brew with a beautiful espresso foam head. The coffee motif continues strongly into the smell, but loses vigor in the taste, which I found simply flat and dull--and there was no finish to speak of. That's about it; thankfully it was a gift.

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

I love to watch the creamy waves cascade down the side of the glass and float back up to settle on the top. This beer poured a very dark color with a creamy head. Most beer drinkers get annoyed when I touch the head and get my finger grease in there, but I had to make a Guinness Smiley face. I sat in front of a window, so I could see a little light around the edges, revealing its deep amber color.

It smelled like a mochachino, like chilled roasted coffee. It tasted roasted, and bitter, like malt and coffee with hints of chocolate. The flavor was strong at first, then the bottom fell out a little, and it finished with a bitterness that was just about right. Somehow, in between the first sip and the bitterness, it was almost like water, except for the creamy mouthfeel. It went down pretty fast. It's a great beer to share with a co-worker in the local Irish Pub with lunch on a rainy Friday.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the perfect example of a great Irish stout. It pours a dark, almost black color with a thick creamy tan head. The aromas were of dark roasted malt and coffee. Taste if full of roasted malts and dark roasted coffee beans, with mild undertones of hops and chocolate, which leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; an extremely easy drinking stout. This is a must have for any stout lover.

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Photo of Andreji
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a viscous dark liquid with no translucency at all. a very dense brownish head forms and fades in its size until settling at about 1.5 inches. An acute smell is let off at a distance reflecting its rather bitter but slightly chocolaty taste: No excess carbonation but a rather thick feel within like screaming "hey, you're drinking me" as it varies from bitter to smoked to chocolaty. Not all bad but its not my style.

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Photo of aracauna
2.89/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was so boring. I like stouts, but this is down on the bottom of the pile with Guinness (a bit below actually). I really couldn't gather a lot of flavor from the beer. It tasted a bit thin and the mouthfeel felt a bit thin as well. It's quite sad, actually.

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Photo of Morris729
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours near black in color with a tall creamy light tan colored head that lasts a remarkably long time. Nose is rather faint but there are notes of burnt coffee. Moderate in body and definitely lighter than I was anticipating by its looks. Taste is also a bit on the passive side with flavors of roasted dark malts, bitter coffee, and a mild trace of hops. All in all, a pretty boring beer.

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

It's a nice day outside, so I was easily persuaded to go have a pint at lunch. Got roped into going to the over-priced pseudo-Irish pub, so I had a Murphy's. Very clear, and a little "light" in the sense that light penetrates this beer a little easier than some stouts yielding that stout-standard ruby red glow. Creamy mouthfeel, light roasted flavor with just a hint of buttery notes, and a very low, kind of undetectable hop presence. Supremely drinkable.

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Photo of chilidog
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My Nitro-can went well. A creamy looking tan head forms and cascades through the black brew, it puts on a very nice show. The head thickens to form a half inch pillow. The aroma is of chocolate, cold coffee. The taste is a roasty chocolate balanced by a slight hop accent. The drink is smooth although the body is lighter, watery mouthfeel. The mouth is left with a dark chocolate hint of bitter. I'd give this a slight edge over Beamish, but both very close & very good.

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Photo of dmarch
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first instinct is to compare this to Guinness. I actually think the only difference is that Guinness is a little more well known. It has the look you'd expect from a nitro can irish stout. Black with a creamy tan head. There is a strong coffee aroma and the taste is more chocolatey. At 4.0% alcohol you would expect this to be a good session beer. Well thanks to the creamy head the drinkability is spectacular which shows that this was intended to be a session beer. Not the best stout, but if you can find it cheap than this is a great beer to take to parties ao you can enjoy it all night long when everyone else is drinking coors light.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Thistle Euston Hotel in London. Dark brown, not quite black, forming a decent, creamy light tan head with good retention and sparse lacing. Aroma is very weak... lightly fruity with subtle notes of vanilla and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is thin and soft. Taste is of burnt malts, but in a pleasant manner, with hints of licorice, wood, and black patent. Finish is lightly bitter and woody. A decent stout on tap, but not nearly as good as Guinness or Beamish.

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Photo of Naerhu
2.84/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Inch high off white head. Jet black body.
Aroma – Tasty chocolate aroma.
Taste – Very light taste. Very little hops. What a huge disappointment.
Mouthfeel – This is no different from the Guiness Draft creamy crap.
Drinkability – If I want to pound beers, this may be good. I have not wanted to do that in a decade.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big stubby brown bottle: Color pours out a dark red-toned black with some highlights but not much light gets through it. Head was very foamy, frothy and whipped cream looking and off-white, close to getting light brown in color with some large bubbles and divets. Smell is mostly roasted malt tipping towards a burnt/toasty mocha or chocolate thats faint and soft. Taste is creamy smooth in its bitterness that lends itself to a roasted/toasted malt thats just a hint of chocolate cream or toffee flavored. Feel is creamy smooth, almost velvety with a lingering smooth bitterness thats dry and sweet. Super awesome feel. Drink, and drink some more. Pretty decent stout and would like to see this offered more at places that think Guiness is the stout to be drinking, cuz this is a slightly better offering.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Murphys out of a Nitro Can. The appearance is beautiful of course. Wonderful cascading nitro appearance with a deep, dark black body and wonderfully fluffy beige head. Smell is masked a bit by the nitro. Smells of roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts as well...where are the hops? Easy to drink all night long as this beer has a SUPERB creamy mouthfeel...a very good irish dry stout!

It loses a point or two out of the can for both appearance and mouthfeel. The nitro effect is still cool, but it is just not the same as it is at the pub. The mouthfeel is a bit more watery as well.

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

Of course, the cool thing about nitro canned stout, is the awesome look... My can exploded on opening, all over my wife’s running shoes, which were waiting next to the computer to be used in the morning. That’ll go over well… Still, I was able to save about 14 of the 16 Imperial ounces and all of the foam. Therefore, I had a finger and a half of light tan head to keep my and my beer company or the duration….

The smell of burning coffee and burnt popcorn greet my nose. Not great, but I know that holds promise. Interestingly, this beer doesn’t smell much like Guinness… Murphy’s seems less astringent but more roasted, if that’s at all possible. There’s also a certain smokiness to this beer which adds to its character nicely. Still, I keep being drawn back to the analogy to burned popcorn. Anyone that’s made a bag of microwave popcorn knows what the burned pieces look and taste like. They’re not black. Rather, they’re grayish brown, almost exactly like a Murphy’s head, coincidentally. The flavor and the texture are also very Murphyish—softer than normal popcorn (stout), but more burned in flavor.

Yeah, Murphy’s is a nice pint. I’d choose this over Guinness. It’s a little lacking in mouthfeel (it’s only 4% though) and I could do without the apple flavor, but it’s still a good stout.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the nitro tap and beautiful dark black with a very nice brown head that lasted for a long time. The aroma was average and the biggest disappointment. The beer had a very flavorful malty chocolate flavor. The mouthfeel was creamy and full bodied. I find this stout much more drinkable than Guinness. I would recommend this beer to a new stout drinker trying to discover what a stout should be.

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Photo of cokes
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black with mahogany trim. A sandy beige NO2 enhanced head sits atop.
Submissive aromas of roastedness. In actuality, there is next to nothing on the nose.
Taste is similarly passive. Roasted barley yields to a watery coffee doused with nondairy creamer. Plain and simple.
Fluffed, albeit thin bodied. Nonetheless, this is drainable all night long...or until boredom catches up.

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

Pours out of the nitro can with an ultra creamy dark cream-colored head that lasts 'til the last swallow. Liquid is practically opaque, shows some deep ruby highlights when held in front of a lightbulb. Nose has a nice bitter roasted barley with a small amount of smokiness to it. Taste is tangy and dry, with great roasted barley flavors, minute amounts of coffee and more smoky hints. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes long and and smooth with a bitter dry note...much better than Guinness and a pleasure to drink on this St. Patrick's Day!

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Photo of budgood1
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

nitro can produces a mega creamy, beige coloured head that sticks around forever and leaves lots of lace. really nice choco/mocha roasted aromas. all kinds of eye and nose candy. flavors of gentle creamy bitterness...slightly roasty/toasty dark malts. ghostly hints of hopping. pretty light in the flavor department otherwise. super creamy mouthfeel, just velvety in texture. very drinkable, i could drink many, many pints of this without hesitation.

maybe slightly less flavorful than guinness, but smells a lot more inviting. all other categories are toss-up. pretty tasty!

happy st. patrick's day!

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Photo of Reidrover
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in the 14.9 oz "draughtflow system" can..brewed inUK by Whitebread.
Pours a lovelly dark coffee brown almost pitch black , with a nice sized tannish head after the cascade has settled
Pretty good aroma of roasted malts..smells like a strong colombian coffee does early on a Monday morning..good!!
Now the taste I found to be a little thin and watery..but the after taste is still good nice coffee..cream..some hops ok.
Very smooth as would be expected in the mouth.
Very drinkable stuff
Good Irish stout though not as good as Beamish..on par with Guiness Draught.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's pitch black. The head is the usual nitrogenous thick and creamy sort. Always a pleasure to admire the appearance of these stouts. I didn't get much out of the aroma, a little bit of roasted maltiness. Tasting this reveals a sweeter stout that it's competitors. It's quite pleasing. The smoothness and high drinkability is there of course. Roasted malts are pretty much the entire flavor, with some bitterness coming in on the dry finish. I enjoy this a lot more than Guinness, and just a tad more than Beamish. I really like O'Hara's Irish Stout when it comes to this style. But this is definitely a brew I will be going back to on many occasions.

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Photo of Jason
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Living in Boston I have grown to loathe Guinness, Murphy’s is now my choice at many of the Irish pubs I may walk into. Murphy’s has a full flavor without too much bitterness, the creamy smoothness makes me want to quaff more than just a couple pints. It has the trade mark appearance of any other Irish stout but hands down it is the best as far as flavour.

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Photo of Hobbz
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Remembering when Murphy's stout was a rare find, I decided to warm up at a local establishment which has been serving it for years and years and to have a few while catching some sports action. Server had done a fine job with the pour of this Irish beer with one of the very best stout lacings to be had. Aroma does not play a large role, but the appearance is superb. Dry though its taste and afterwards, with roasted grainy taste on the subtle side. Great *Irish* stout (not to purposely compare with some very great domestic varieties). As much as I enjoy Guinness (has its roastiness been toned down of late?), I am very appreciative that this brew from Cork has its place among the taps.

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

Appearance = opaque, black with a creamy tan head that stays. Beautiful lacing.

Smell = light roasted grain, chocolate-sweet. Not as much aroma as Beamish or Guiness.

Taste = Sweet roasted malt, long finish, dry mouthfeel.

A good beer, I'd place it just behind Beamish/Guiness and wouldn't hesitate to order it again.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I consider Murphy's Irish Stout to be as good as Guinness Draught, and it is one of my favorite session beers. The flavor is very similar to Guinness, but perhaps a tad less bitter and with a little less body.

The appearance is excellent: deep black with a "pancake batter" light tan head that leaves a coating down the glass. The aroma is very modest (dark malt). The taste is not extremely rich or thick, but is of dark malt; there is only a trace of hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy, though a bit thin. The drinkability is excellent, and I can drink this all night with no ill effects. I have tasted this side by side with Guinness at Irish pubs, and I can tell the difference, but I really do not have a strong preference for one over the other.

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