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
Ireland | website

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 WesWes
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thick creamy off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice sweet dark malt scent with a creamy dry finish. The taste is good. It has a thin dark malt flavor that feels a little watered down, but good. It has a definate Irish style to it. It goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body and adequate carbonation. The beer drinks well. This is a fine Irish style stout.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Lets be honest here, it has to be compared to Guinness. Same great Nitro poured look and weak aroma with the muted flavors. Flavor was actually quite good with a sweetness running right along side the coffee bitterness. Nice dry finish. Very easy drinking beer, and I find it a bit more interesting than its rival from St James Gate.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first experience with a nitro bottle and I'm having trouble deciding if it worked as designed. I followed the instructions on the bottle, but I got a very small head as a result. The color of the beer is dark mahogany brown with plenty of lighter brown highlights. The head is small, only about one finger, even after an aggressive pour. Disappointing. The cap is persisting nicely however, and I can see sheets of lace below the surface of the beer as I tip the glass to drink, but there's no lace on the glass itself when I put it back on the coaster. Odd.

The nose says 'classic Irish stout'. Roasted black malt with an undertow of coffee; not much chocolate in this one. The first thing that I notice when I drink is how thin the body is. It's firming up somewhat as it warms, but doesn't venture anywhere close to full. The nitro does give the mouthfeel a certain creaminess though. The flavor is also weak (again, roasted malt and coffee) as if there's something coming between the beer and my taste buds.

The less than aggressive flavor profile, the too-thin body and the low ABV make Murphy's Irish Stout quite drinkable/sessionable. It's pretty underwhelming though, all things considered. I can't help but think that it would be much better beer without the nitro gimmick.

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Photo of scottum
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a big tan nitro head which is smooth like so fine yes it is. Better than the other big Irish stout import, which says a lot. Too much crutching on the nitro body though. Nice and roasty with a touch of bitter to help it go down. Worth a taste if you havn't tried the other Guinness yet.

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Photo of BadBadger
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14.9 FL. OZ. with draughtflow device.
Nice off-while head hangs around for awhile. A dark color, though not pitch black. Held to a light, the light shines through. A nice mellow smell, nothing overwhelming. A very nice smooth taste and feel. Not the most drinkable but worth having on occassion. Can says to chill for a few hours before opening but it tastes best at room temp.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

440ml nitro can

Pours with a dark brown body, followed by a creamy tan head, not quite as impressive visually as guinness but still, slightly less retention as u are half way through

Smell, strong chocolatly aromas, vanilla and coffee

Taste is malty, less bitterness than guinness but shares many of its traits. Hints of vanilla are quite strong and of dark coffee, nice vanilla sweetness on the finish, plus has that 'verging on chocolate stout' turkish delight sweetness

All in all a great stout, dry but well balanced to include some sweetness

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Photo of JAL67
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had to try this beer. Excellent color with a nice head. Real good taste and no bitterness like Guinness. Mind you I like Guinness(even though most of it is marketing), but Murphy's is the stout I really prefer. It's a "light" stout with 4% and these I can really throw down...especially around St. Paddy's or for that matter anytime is good for me.

Great beer and highly recommend.


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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Classic cascading tan head; deep mahogany brown that is slightly darker than Beamish. Excellent lace

Sweet milk chocolate aroma, some black patent notes, light cream also there; the hop is expectedly light.

Strong coffee flavors--the head lightens the bitterness with a whipped butter consistency. The carbonation seems light, but not so much so as to detract. If I hold the sip for three or more seconds, I detect the hop. The aftertaste is a pleasant blend of cocoa-like malts and flowery hop.

My personal favorite from the big three in Ireland, although my memory of Murphy's on-tap is better.

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

Appearance: dark brown, cascading bubbles, thick foamy head, cute nitro gadget
Smell: nutty, coffee-like aromal, malty
Taste: Surprisingly light for appearance, I'm not a stout drinker and this was great with St. Patty's corned beef a cabbage dinner, coffee taste was not overbearing, nice hop background
Mouthfeel: like a bubble bath, lots of fun
Drinkability: not my type, but I understand the attraction

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Photo of brewQ
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A silky creamy nitro head- soft tan color.
No light is passing through this stout!

The aroma is malty with a hint of licorice.
This sets up the chocolaty flavor well.

The feel is clean for such a malty brew, really quite drinkable.

My only gripes here: Nitro cans do not match my Tap beer expectations and The product is made in Canada but they try to obfuscate that with French! (I suppose Guinness started that movement).

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Photo of Elemental
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours nicely with a thick head and bubles that float down. Nive lacing and a deep dark bllack color.

Smell - slight malt aroma with hints of aromatic hops. not a huge smell but very intising.

Taste - wonderfully dry with a nice balance of maltiness and hops. Has a mild burnt chocolate taste to it (but in a good way)

Overall - A damn nice irish stout

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Photo of Zorro
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown brew with a thick tan head.

Smell is chocolate, fruit and bubble gum.

Taste is fruitier than the canned version, almost has a cola flavor to this. Chocolate and metallic flavors come through.

Mouthfeel is good.

Beats Guinness any day, I think the bottle is a bit better.

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Photo of jackndan
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murphy's Irish Stout: Happy St. Patty's Day. and its time to write a review of Murphy's Irish Stout in a big "draught" bottle.

Of course pours a deep black with hints of garnet around the rim and edges. Not much of a head, this bottled beer seemed to lose its carbonation somewhere along the line.

The taste is nice, roasted malts and a wee bit of coffee. This appears to be a typical dry stout, light on alcohol, easy to drink, and deceptively rich and filling. I'd still like a nice pint.

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Photo of Winter
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nitro can hissed sharply upon opening and the beer began to foam quickly through the mouth of the can. I began pouring as fast as I could with minimal spillage. The color is black with the tiniest of ruby peeking through the bottom of my pint. Thick off-white and creamy tan head. Lacing is like a thick sudsy coating. Aroma could be a little stronger. Hints of roasted malt and vanilla sweetness emerge. Mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy. The body isn't nearly as full as say, Guinness or Beamish, but thick and coating non-the-less. Chocolate and roasted malt flavors initially. Hop bitterness arrives toward the back and with it comes a more of a burnt malt flavor. Finish is soft and mildly dry. Murphy's is extremely smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Billolick
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, now this is a fine brew! Nitro can, pours out nice and coal black, supporting a sturdy, creamy tiniest of bubbles head and leaving a ton of creamy lace. Nose is pure breadyness. Taste is clean and malty, more then a hint of roastyness. Nice drying bitterness, leads to a long and smooth tasty finish. This one should be a staple for any stout lover

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Photo of stewart124
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark chocolate color with thick off-white head. Smells of sweet roasted malts and coffee. Very thick body with a smooth creamy feel. Nice blend of malts and the faint hint of hops completes the beer. This ends with a dry and slightly bitter taste and tends to get watered down as you finish the beer. This is a quality stout and really goes down easy.

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Photo of tommy78
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a nitro-can, very similar process to the Guinness in a can. However, similiarities end there. On appearance, Murphy's has a nice, thick black colour with a tan head. The smell is pleasant, with a coffee-like odor that hits the upper reaches of your nasal passages. For the taste, it is initially thin. However, when it hits the back of your tongue, Murphy's sweet roasted flavor comes into play. As it goes down, you really feel the heaviness of the beer. If you want to watch a game and drink down beers, this is not the kind to drink. However, if you are with good mates and enjoying conversations, then this is the kind to have.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murphy's Irish Stout

Appearance- pours a midnight black with a thick biscuit head that will sit there forever!

Smell- sweet and roasted hops.

Taste- roasted coffee hops. A slight sweetness to it.

Mouthfeel- watery with a slight bitter bite in the rear.

Overall- A decent stout I wouls say is better tasting than Guiness.
Would buy only if the tap offerings were slim pickings though.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the Emerald Rose

This time I watch foamy milky chocolate separate into cocoa foam and dark chocolate. The foam is so deep it takes me a few sips to get past it. I keep tasting bittersweet chocolate, with expresso in the finish. A faint sour hop slowly fades out.

Not the head--stubborn as all hell, it doesn't leave much behind, and all the way to the bottom of the glass, there's still a layer of cocoa.

on tap at the Field

A dense, tan head floats on inky beer with a hint of ruby at the bottom. I smell and taste a high-pitched, sour hops. I'm not entirely sure I like it but I admire how it lingers all the way down the glass.

Served quite cold, the body is actually fairly thin but tastes interesting: dark, bitter, burnt, with a malty, woody backtaste.
Very fine bubbles fill the mouth, and as I drink, the head leaves swaths of foam along the sides.

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Photo of johnrobe
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If you want to drink a light beer, turn to a nitro-draught stout, not any of that low-carb. BS! It pours a just-shy-of-opaque black with a tan-colored thick, creamy typical nitro head. The smell is full of dark roasted grain, some chocolate and is somewhat malty. The taste is rather simple and straightforward; roasted barley in abundance, lightly mild and finishing rather dry. Pretty similar to Guinness Draught but usually priced a little better. Mouthfeel is thin, but typical of most nitro beers.

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Photo of murphyl
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the local pub, admittedly out of pure nepotism - I couldn't resist the novelty of drinking a beer with my name on it.:)

The beer was dark brown, almost black, with a thick cascading head that persisted for several minutes and left copious lace on the glass. The aroma was quite complex - roasted coffee and nut notes, and a subtle peat/earth backdrop - reminded me a little of a Speyside single-malt.

Flavors: coffee, hazelnut, and caramel or toffee notes. The head made a noticeable contribution to the mouthfeel, which was creamy throughout. The beer turned a touch thin once the head dissipated, but this was easily corrected by swirling the glass. The bitter roasted notes that you see so prevalent in Guinness and others were pleasantly subdued here.

A nice Irish stout, not the best I've ever had, but certainly worth my time and cash. Perhaps nepotism isn't such a bad thing after all.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a big nitrogenous tan creamy head, leaves thick coating of lace. Aroma: Dry slightly acidic mild coffee nice brew can't complain, it's a staple as far as Dry Irish Stout's go. Taste: Creamy even flavor very similar to Guinness, the toasted malts and dry finish seem like the same beer. While, Beamish has some varitation to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel: Light and ariy mouthfeel nice and creamy, nitro tap. Drinkability: Excellent easy goingi dry Irish the working man's ale.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in colour with a decent tan head. This is a good beer, but not the best, as far as stouts go. It had a light chocolate aroma along with roated malts. The taste was similar wth a watered down feel. It was good, but nothing I would call impressive.

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Photo of necoadam
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a nitro can. Nice black color with a huge head. Smell consisted of a coffee/earthy aroma. Taste is very smooth and creamy. But I think it's too thin. Overall though, it does taste better than Guinness, but just a little too thin not only for my liking, but for a stout overall. On the other hand, that's why I believe it's highly drinkable. If you want a nice, creamy, smooth beer, go with a muprhy's. If you want to suck on a bottle, go for a Guinness. It's your choice. I'll take a Murphy's anyday.

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Photo of elmocoso
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark-dark with a crimson dart of light, showing itself meekly.

A beige, solid head, a finger thick sits atop it and jiggles with any movement. It is very tight but looks like a slice of bread pudding. Seems to thick to cling. It holds its mass like a ball of mercury.

Taste is smooth. The head clings to my upper lip. Got Head?

This is a good beer. burnt smoothness - creamy on the tongue with a bitter resonance.

Not too complex, but the simplicity speaks for itself and matches the smoothness of the texture.

Good beer-good stout.

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