Murphy's Irish Stout | Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited

Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
BA SCORE
58.1%
Liked This Beer
3.75 w/ 2,463 ratings
Murphy's Irish StoutMurphy's Irish Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Ireland
murphysbeers.com

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,495
Reviews:
1,011
Ratings:
2,463
Liked:
1,432
Avg:
3.75/5
pDev:
14.13%
Alströms:
4.19
 
 
Wants:
116
Gots:
433
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,463 |  Reviews: 1,011
Photo of Juiposa
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Weezle94
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SmokySignals
2.43/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pint can poured into the only glass big enough to hold it.

Very very dark, smooth fine head, but not much of one. Descends but stays awhile.

Very little aroma of any kind.

Very little taste of any kind. Watery feel, bland, and boring.

The can was the most exciting/interesting thing about Murphy's. The only balls it has is in the can, rolling around. Gimmick.. Will save the others for relatives/furniture polish.

Pass on this and get a craft American Stout or Black Ale. These must have been changed since Heineken took over. Can't imagine that this is what it used to be, Not worth half the price.
Nutshell - Flat, odorless, watery, tasteless - 4 things a real stout isn't.

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Photo of Pav42
4.59/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fthegiants
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PorterPro125
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 440 mL Can

L- Pours a dark, slightly ruby hue topped by a creamy tan 1 finger cap. Tons of lacing.

S- Roasted chocolate malt, dark roast coffee, slight creaminess. Everything one should expect from a proper stout.

T- Oh wow. The first taste is a solid punch of roasted malt. The creaminess quickly follows and then tapers out to the roasty coffee finish and a slightly bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. All flavours one should expect from a stout but the intensity and the way in which they are presented is just exceptional.

F- Insanely creamy medium body (thanks to the Nitro widget) and a low level of nitro bubbles. Perfect for a good Irish Stout.

O- I've always been a big fan of Guinness but have grown to find it a little light over the years. I'm happy to say that Murphy's has filled in the void for me and I now have a new go-to stout. Absolutely exceptional appearance, aroma, flavour, feel... everything is top notch.

Buy it. Try it. Love it.

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Photo of anthony-s
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Stout_Scout
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a narrow imperial pint glass: color is black, solid, very dark; head is tan, super fine bubbles, traditional irish stout presentation from the nitro can; great lacing on the glass.

Smell is a bit roasty, slightly creamy, mild chocolate and espresso.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with a little bit of earthy hops - roast, cream, chocolate, coffee, earthy/dry hops.

Mouthfeel is moderate, nitro is smooth than a slight bite.

Overall a very, very good irish stout, need to seek this out a bit more as its flavor and presentation are well above average.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Profundobaso
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look - a textbook Irish stout that yields a perfect pour. Solid one inch head after settling.
Smell - coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Lots of roasted, smoky flavor.
Taste - taste the same as it smells, albeit a bit more subtle. Excellent smoky flavor that stands out.
Feel - easy drinking, definitely on the light (even watery) side. About as smooth as a beer can get.
Overall - Similar to a Guinness, but I wouldn't put my hands on it to say that it is superior in every way. It's a good Irish dry stout, and a nice one if you plan to have more than a couple for the night.

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Photo of matcris
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with that creamy nitro look, and mild lacing. The aroma is milk and dark chocolate, coffee, and Bailey's. The flavor is on the sweeter side, with chocolate and mild coffee notes. Slightly creamy feel up front, drying on the finish, and on the thinner side. Pretty nice, and might be great for dark beer newbies because of it's sweetness.

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Photo of Ferretferret
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

The nitrogenation may give this a misleadingly high score, owing to what it imbues to the look, feel, and even odor.
The beer, however, is just fine. That being said, I find it far from the best example of the style, given the ubiquity of nitro stouts, these days. A strange sweetness runs amok in a beer too thin for its own good, with an excellent aftertaste of caramel, chocolate, and coffee.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of trimon90
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of samwshaffer
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Browner than expected with Guinness/Beamish in mind, but a rich and inviting brown. Subtle but noticeable whiff of alcohol on the nose. Classic dry stout flavors and feel but short-lived. Overall, nothing to blow your socks off, but a smooth and comfortable beer and one that's easy to chalk down as a "go-to".

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Photo of dubnation
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveCash
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Strigiform_Witness
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of americancontrarian
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Beer rating: 58.1% out of 100 with 2,463 ratings
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