Brewed by Heineken Ireland
Style: Dry Stout
Cork, Ireland


on tap

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RATINGS: 1898   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Pasteurised in cans and kegs, with nitrogen. As of late 2012, the 4.3% bottled version had been discontinued.
Has also been brewed in the UK under contract at InBev Magor and latterly at Heineken’s John Smith’s site in Tadcaster plant and at Monteiths in New Zealand.
Ingredients: Pale and chocolate malts; roasted barley; Target hops.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ingevara (904) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2003
Black, almost all-head to start with, after a few minutes only a thick creamy layer covering the surface. A distinct ash aroma to start with, but it doesn't linger long. After a few minutes it is rather tasteless soup without depth or freshness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (6691) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
Almost blck, surprisingly weak head. Smoky coffee-aroma. Soft and smooth palate, though too thin. Rather bitter, smoky flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
Excellent close-foam head, very thick and creamy. Mouthfeel however, is very thin. Slight coffee and toffee aroma. Not quite as bitter as others---very drinkable and enjoyable. Not as good as Russian Stouts, but still, very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2003
(draught) Black with a soapy and sticky tan head. Roasty aromas of chocolate and sweet coffee. Smooth taste of chocolate and some sugar. Finishes slightly bitter and smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nedman (10) - ward, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Blackish-brown, with rich,white foamy head. Medium body and bitterness. Chocolate and subdued roasted malt notes. Slightly watery, bland. Certainly not as substantial a brew as comparable dry stouts. Easy drinking, but lacks real character. Too bad it doesn't drink as good as it looks and smells.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
In bottle: Very dark brown with rocky tan head and good lacing. Of the 3 major Irish Dry stouts, this one has more chocolate tones and less coffee tones. The mouthfeel is thin and soft, always have detected a "milk" like presence from this brew during tasting. It smooth and could be drank all day, but I found the lack of bitter bite leaves it boring after more than one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EKGoldings (634) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
A session beer with character. Dry black malt and roasted barley, expresso and dark chocolate flavors are subtle. Just the right amount of bitterness, not much hop aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2003
As all other (good) Irish beers, Murphys looks great with an impressive head. Aroma and flavour is mostly characterised by coffee, chocolate, and a smooth fairly bitter dry finish - perhaps even with hints of smoke. A fine beer, although I would probably never buy more than one (pint) at a time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
(draught in Ireland) very dark black with gorgeous tan head. Sweet roasted malt aroma. Flavors of coffee and dark chocolate with just a hint of sweetnesss. Mild bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
Can specifically says "unchilled cans may overflow" and "serve chilled". BS. If this can't cut it at room temperature, it's not worthy. Can opened over sink - does not overflow. Beer pours (in Hoegaarden glass) a near black (but can be seen through held up to light) with no head unless agitated. I agitate and get a creamy, beige head. Aroma is of coffee and dark chocolate. Like other stouts I know, the consistency is like water and the flavor is a strong, burned coffee, with a slight biterness at the end of each mouthful. Overall, a great beer for a stout. Sampled at 75 degrees Fahrenheit.

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