Ingevara (904) - SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
larsniclas (6691) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Almost blck, surprisingly weak head.
Soft and smooth palate, though too thin.
Rather bitter, smoky flavour.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(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.
Nedman (10) - ward, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
EKGoldings (634) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JUL 30, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 22, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(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.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.