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

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Added by Todd on 12-17-2000

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the can with the characteristic cascading nitrogen creamy light brown head that sits atop a deep brown almost black beer. The aroma is fairly enticing with notes of chocolate and sweet grain. This beer is quite smooth on the palate, with a creamy mouthfeel from the low carbonation level. There is not a whole lot of flavor going on here, but there is a subtle chocolate note as well as a hint of roasty astringency in the finish. It seems to be a bit more flavorful than Guinness, but not by much. Basically an easily quaffable brew, that could certainly use a bit more roasted grain.

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

Bought this for St. Patty's Day, but never got around to it until the other night. Pours a dark black in color with a very slight red tinge around the extreme edges if I look extremely closely. The head is thick, spongy and milky. The flavor is all malts with a lsight hop finish. Other flavors make me think of eating clover and milk duds. The mouthfeel has a very dry finish. A good beer to end a long day and it sits happily in the tummy.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Comes in a 16oz can with a widget. After popping the top, the widget cracks and, well, a little bit spilled out. Beautiful cascading of the carbonation for about a minute and a half, before the beer settles out into a perfect 1.5-inch stiff, creamy head atop a midnight black body with ruby highlights. Rich aroma of roasted malt, with traces of cola, molasses, and a faint whiff of alcohol. Palate contains more rich, roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, molasses, and cola, and finishes with a small flourish of hops. Mouthfeel is a decadent creaminess from the head, balanced nicely by the lightly carbonated body. While some would say I should probably be drinking Guinness on St. Patrick's Day, I'm very, very happy with Murphy's.

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Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pros: It's not Guiness, it's only 4%, it's creamy, it has some roastiness and chocolate malts, and it pours a nice lasting head. However, it's low on overall flavour, and does not go to the pros with bold stoutiness as in many other stouts I have had.

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

On tap at Copra in Mt. Vernon
Sampled to keep me warm during Sunday's St. Patrick's Day Parade
Pours a deep dark brown/black that was fairly opaque with a bit of reddish highlights. Had a thick off-white head that lasted forever and left beautiful lacing down my plastic Imperial pint.
Roast toasty malts were abound. The predominant flavor was a slightly chocolate flavored coffee. There weren't much hops to speak of.
Mid level mouthfeel went down smooth and creamy, leaving a slight caramel sweetness from the malts. Very drinkable and worth a few. Even though they are quite large, they have maintained their quality

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Photo of rowew
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16 oz. draughtflow can. No freshness info.

Appearance: Pours like you would expect from a nitro. Nice dark color with a slight red tint. Settles down to have a thick foamy tan colored head that has nice retention.

Smell: Aroma is slightly weak - probably because of the thick nitro head. Slight roasted smell.

Taste: Very nice roasted malt flavor with just a hint of bitterness. Very smooth and drinkable.

Overall impression: A step above the more common Irish Stout. The roasted flavors shine through nicely, and it is still incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of NRa4ever
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very impressed, I felt that the head looked very creamy, but the texture did not feel right.I felt it had much more flavor than the guinness drought.I loved the burnt coffee taste, and the just enough bitter after taste to my liking.It had a semi choclately taste;however the coffee taste, fortunatley dominates the flavor.It goes to down to damn easy.I could drink four easy in fify minutes.I highly recomend, if you are a guinness drought fan.The head does not compare to the G-drought,but the flavor much fuller, and I have a cold.In addition, if you are a person such as I, who is skepticle of stouts that do not have much of a biter after taste.This beer having a mild bitter taste is excellent.

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Photo of BamaScholar
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So pours a nearly solid black with some garnet tones when light shines through. Nitro can produces a tremendous, creamy, khaki head and the cascading bumps the appearance up to exceptional. Glass-cling is also remarkable.

Nothing is astonishing about the smell...there is a chocolately and coffee aroma. Tastewise the coffee aspect is also present, very smooth like a slightly bitter tiramisu. The mouthfeel is medium and only 4% alcohol this brew goes down quite easily.

There is enough bitterness also to lower the drinkability slightly for me, as I would probably need a little more sweetness in my next pint to balance things out. Therefore I rate the drinkability to be just good.

edit: have had three in a row so drinkability rating re-raised.

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Photo of Luigi
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black in color and a large creamy head! Looks beautiful! The smell has a faint coffee and roasted malt to it. Not as strong of a smell I would like. I do think the Nitro can has something to do with it. Taste like coffee, some faint burnt sugar and a slighty dry hoppy finish. Medium-light mouthfeel. What a great session beer! the drinkablity is dangerous. I can drink pint after pint of this beer!

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Photo of mkobes
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Firewaters in Paramus.

Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Roasty, chocolatety flavors. Caramel notes too. Nice and roasty like coffee. Lots of malt. Hops are subtle. Clean mouthfeel. Full bodied beer. Enjoyable.
Big roasty flavor. Nice beer. Drinkable.

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Photo of theo871
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully from the nitro-can, dark with a large cascading foamy head. Smell is weak, thankfully the taste is not. Thicker mouthfeel than the guinness nitro-can, which has a much more watery consistancy. at 4% alcohol, it goes down nice and easy.

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

At first glance this beer is almost black with a brown cascading head, but closer inspection reveals a deep garnet color. Roasted malt dominates the aroma with a distinct smoke presence lingering. The flavor is smooth malt, creamy and crisp. This has a bit more body than the Guiness stout in a similar can, which is a welcome change. Overall, this is a great, very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Well, it looks great. I think it is pretty hard to award a nitro less than a 5. The cascading cream and perfect head are par for the course with a nitro, but still I love it every time. One could throw back several of these without really noticing. That's both a good and a bad thing. Yes, it this is a penultimate session beer, but there just isn't much flavor. There's some roasted malt flavor and all in all it is pretty thin. Good pub beer? Yes. Beer to really sit and enjoy? Nope.

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Photo of Illini5596
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'll always be a bit biased towards Murphy's as it was my "gateway" beer. The first beers I had tried did not deserve the title (you know the type, they're commonly found at college parties). I was convinced that beer was a lost cause. Then when in Cork, a friend of mine offered to buy me a pint of Murphy's, I declined initially as I believed I did not like beer, but he insisted. I am glad that he did. I was amazed! Beer wasn't an aquired taste afterall, it was down right wonderful! As such I'm still a bit biased towards Murphy's. While better beers do exist (I'm partial to Barleywines myself, and Trappist Ales), Murphy's is a good solid Irish stout. It's more drinkable and has a more complex and full bodied flavor than Guinness, without the metallic harshness that plague's it's better known cousin. A solid choice, I'd recommend to anyone who loves a good stout.

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

Pours black with a ruby hue and one inch of creamy tan head that stays well down to the bottom of the glass. The smell is that of roasted malt. Hints of coffee and toffee in the taste and it finishes with a simple mild malty taste. A very smooth beer due to the nitro-can serving. A fairly decent stout, on par with guinness, and for £3 for a 4-pack I'll certainly be buying more of these.

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Photo of Skidz
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy old review in a notebook Batman!

Pours out dark tan and sits dark brown in the class with crimson sides. Large creamy off-white head that lasts and lasts...

Smells nice and roasty with a thick, yeasty background. Maltiness abundant.

Tastes of coffee, toasted bread and roasted grain. Finished with good bitterness, dry and some decent hop flavor.

Very smooth, nice and full body. Couldn't be much closer to a Guinness. Easy drinking from start to finish, easy to handle.

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Photo of halo21
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Am partial to stouts so I am a little biased towards such beers.

I like the dark nature of the stouts, this one was a nice dark one with a little red showing through. The head was not too thick, maybe a 1/4 inch, but it lasted all the way through.

Smell was not so strong at first, then it opened up while drinking. They say taste is like 75% smell so I see how so here.

Tasted good, nice and smooth. Not as bitter as Gunniess which at the time I was drinking it was a good thing for that is not what I was looking for. A little on the mild side though. The texture was light and was nice and crisp.

On the note of preference: I will be buying more of this. Not something I would turn down nor shy away from.

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Photo of jvajda
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark black color and a very creamy head. The head remains for a long time.
Smell: Good maltiness and sweetness.
Taste: I think this compares somewhat to Guiness, only a little better. It's thicker and creamier. An excellent example of an Irish Stout.
Mouthfeel: Really creamy and enticing.
Drinkability: Makes a fine session beer for a stout.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I like dry stouts a great deal, but this one left only a marginal impression upon me. I liked the visual component enhanced by the nitro widget thing. The slow tumultuous settling is entertaining to watch and the head was not so violent upon cracking the can as to be unmanageable. After settling, the black body sat crowned with two fingers of dense creamy head. A light grassy smell dwelled in muted tones beneath the head and only broke through late in the game.

The flavor makes a nod towards sweetness and winks at roasted grains. But for the most part it is simply dry with an exceptionally clean finish. It’s easy to drink, but a bit simplistic, especially after the nitro wears off, the mouthfeel loses its initial appeal, and the taste rises higher towards the surface.

I enjoyed this beer and fondly remember many years ago hitchhiking through Ireland and drinking Murphy’s at every occasion. Years later I’ve got Murphy’s in a can in Portland, Oregon and while it’s still good, it does lack for excitement.

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Photo of mynie
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nice, looks nice, not as big a head as I'd like and there are some ruby hues.

The smell is that of grain and coffee, very faint for a stout.

Upfront this tastes like bitter malt, almost like malts trying to be hops (if that makes any sense), fading into bitter coffee. The aftertaste is a smooth coffee with a faint hint of bread and alcohol. Nice tastes, but kind of weak. I thought at first that I might have been drinking it too cold, but it's the same at any temp.

The body is just a wee bit on the thin side, for a stout. Pretty good but not great. Goes down smooth.

This is strange because of the bitterness. I mean, it's bitter but there's no hops. What's the deal?

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Photo of joecast
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

looks pretty damn good poured into a tall glass. forms dense 2cm thick biege head. well, more a layer of foam than a head thanks to our friend mr. widget.
lightish sweet, malty, nutty aroma.
very smooth flavor and mouthfeel. taste mainly dark chocolate with some roastedness as well. all very mellow.
doesnt make you jump out of your seat, but certainly does what it should, and does it well.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.79/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark black nitrous pour with zero light getting thru under a bit of a halo ring.

Barely detectable scents of basically nothing. No off scents. That's the best aspect.

First swigs: Just a lot of watery burnt flavors with the signature tight velvety nitrous pour. This is not a stout in the true sense of the flavor. Maybe a porter but watery.

The feel is superlative creamy soft but not overly impressive.

Last swigs: An ok beer bar drinker that needs to be warmer than this was served to me. Had to try it for beer research sake. Will never have this again.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nitro can brought back from Ireland by my dear sister.
Aroma: Heavy dark roasted malt with traces of peat, smoke, bran, and cream. Very complex.
Appearance: Black glass with the standard reverse cascade nitro effect on the pour leaving a thick mocha head that laced in sheets.
Flavor: Overall, surprisingly mild given all the smells that preceded it. The entire flavor is there, even heavier on the peat, smoke, and burnt coffee, but only as substantial as mist.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, light body, very little carbonation, and a dry finish with a slight mouthcoat.
Overall: I'm going to go with the Guinness crowd, but this is an enjoyable Dry Stout. Flavorful, rich, light, quaffable. Drinkability is very good, an excellent session beer and a thirst quencher. Recommended.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deepest ruby color with a creamy light tan colored head upon settling. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, subdued hops and an air of fruitiness. Flavors of sweet roasted barley, Challenger hops, coffee, chocolate and an oxidized, metallic taste that suggests smoked ham. Reasonably dry finish to a sweeter dry Irish stout. Pretty good beer, and I don't really care for nitrogenated beers. I hadn't had one in a long while. I thought I remembered preferring Murphy's over other Irish stouts, but it'd been that long since I had one. I could put down a dozen pints between dinner and last call on St. Patrick's Day if I was feeling Irish...

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Photo of watermelonman
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as very dark and left a nice big head that lasted very well. The lacing is pretty impressive and covers most of the glass.

The smell is plain but decent, with some roasting evident. The taste is very similar. Malts come through strong from start to finish, although a touch of bitterness eventually takes over.

The usual nitro-can properies take over in the mouthfeel. It seems a little thin considering the other properties of the beer, but is otherwise good.

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Murphy's Irish Stout from Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
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