Name: Murphy’s Irish Stout
Brewery: Murphy Brewery Ireland Limited
Country of Origin: Ireland
City & State: Cork, Ireland
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4%
First Brewed: 1856
It pours as black as peat and has all roast flavor a good stout should have. There’s a slight hop profile, not as easily detected, but sure enough, it’s bitter. Pair it with red meat.
This is not my favorite style. Irish stouts usually have a metallic flavor that I have a hard time getting past. No, it’s not the can causing that… just the brewing process. I was excited to learn this is OK to drink in the summer because it is getting HOT outside. I looked this beer up on BeerAdvocate before writing this, and saw that BBQ was a suggested food pairing. Good thing we are eating BBQ for dinner. Well, I am. I will mention that again when I am drinking/reviewing.
You might notice this beer is canned; NOT bottled. Not all of the beers on the list are in bottles, but some of these beers deserve to be reviewed even though they are not bottled. There is a little “widget” inside the can. If you see this on the shelf, or a can of Guinness, grab it and shake it a little. Hear that widget? Fun! Maybe I will write a blog post about the widget, what it does, and how they get it in the can.
OK, time to drink!
In the Glass: This beer poured thick, and with a TON of bubbles. Not overly carbonated, but just the way this style was poured. If you ever see a bar pour a Guinness, a similar style, they will take several minutes to properly pour the beer. I am not sure the saying… but I think it is supposed to take 90 seconds or more to properly pour a Guinness. That is what this beer reminds me of. The head, by the time the beer settles, is thick and creamy. That is the best way to explain this beer. Creamy. The beer has a nice lace, too.
Nose: There isn’t a lot of aroma here, but what I am getting is a hint of chocolate. I have to take a deep breath to get much. I am also blown away with the low ABV on this can. 4% isn’t even enough to write home about. Of course, at 4% I could drink a gallon of this and not even know it! I hope the flavor is better than the aroma.
Flavor: This is better than Guinness… a little more flavor than Guinness. Sorry I keep comparing this beer to that, but that is what it reminds me of. I just took a bite of BBQ, and they were right… it IS a good pairing. I must say, I wouldn’t order this in a bar. I WOULD order this when in Ireland, but I wouldn’t order it here. Beers over there taste better, anyway.
Mouthfeel: Creamy. It looked creamy in the glass and has a very thick and creamy mouthfeel. I bet this beer would taste best room temperature in a room temperature glass. Typically I like beers with low carbonation, and while there are a lot of bubbles in the glass, the beer isn’t very carbonated. I even swished the last drink around in my mouth, and nothing. Quite frankly, the flavor is boring. I will say I am not getting the metallic flavor that I expect from most Irish dry stouts.
Aftertaste: What aftertaste? I drink, there is a hint of flavor, and then it’s gone again. There is literally no aftertaste here. I also like how they spell draft. On the can it says, “DRAUGHT STYLE”. That is not how you spell draft! Oh well. I will give this beer credit for the style… but just not for me.
Murphy’s Irish Stout – The bottle says: “MURPHY’S STOUT HAS BEEN BREWED TO THE SAME UNIQUE RECIPE SINCE 1856. THE INGENIOUS FLOATING DRAUGHTFLOW® SYSTEM IN THE CANS ENABLES YOU TO ENJOY THE CREAMY HEAD OF DRAUGHT STYLE MURPHY’S FROM A CAN.”
Yes, the entire thing was in caps.
I have never had the beer that we are having today before, at least that I can remember. It’s a stout that I’ve heard of before, but I don’t know that I’ve really heard much about it. I like stouts, so we’ll see how it goes.
It definitely looks like a stout in the glass, very thick and heavy. When Ricky opened the can, it fizzed and sounded like it might foam over. It didn’t, but it definitely had a lot of head. Mine is still sitting there with some foam on top. This beer is a nitro beer, so that makes sense. The most recent nitro beer I’ve had before this one was on tap at Fate Brewing Company near us. They’ve been introducing some interesting beers this week, and one of them I just had to try. It’s the Candy Bar Milk Stout, and it really does taste like a candy bar. You can taste the peanut butter in it. Peanut butter should be used in more beers. Anyway, this isn’t a review about that one… let’s get back to Murphy’s.
The beer is dark, thick, and heavy looking in the glass. It’s pretty much black, and you can’t see through the glass at all. When I go to smell it, I don’t really smell much… maybe a small hint of chocolate. That’s about all I get. Let’s see if it tastes any better than it smells.
Hmm… this beer is interesting. Ricky is right, it does remind me a lot of Guinness. I kind of like Guinness, but it’s definitely far from being one of my favorite beers or even one that I drink much. It’s kind of a strange flavor to me. I can’t even think of how to describe it. It has kind of a dark chocolate taste, but even more bitter. It’s actually very bitter. I’m not really sure what else to say about it. It’s ok, and especially if you like Guinness, you might like it. But it’s not for me. Probably not one I’d buy again.