jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 5, 2004
The nitrogen widget in the bottle created wonderful thick, creamy, light-tan head on top of the near-black body, making this beer extremely attractive. Aroma was malty but somewhat weak, and this hinted at my main complaint. What was a great looking beer with a luscious, creamy palate was surprisingly lacking in flavor. Good flavors of roasted malt, sweetness, and chocolate were present, but were simply not strong enough. The thick feel of this stout made me expect more flavor. Definitely a good brew, and one that I'll drink again, but it just doesn't quite live up to my expectations. wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Pours a dark brown, almost black with a medium tan head that lasts quite some time. The aroma is very sweet with a roasted malty hint. The flavor is similar to that of Guinness, though not as strong, and it the beer in the mouth feels very light. Unlike most beers, this beer feels like water in my mouth, with almost no carbonation. firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Good appearance with the great nitro-can creamy head. The taste is more gentle than Guinness. Very refreshing and drinkable, but Guinness might be a bit better.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - FEB 3, 2004
Very dark brown color with a creamy tan nitro head. Faint roasted malt aroma. Slightly sweet roasted malt and chocolate flavors. Creamy feel, with a lightly bitter finish. Not terrible, but extremely watery. hershiser2 (3825) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Appearance: Black, with nice frothy head that last and lasts.
Smell: Sweet, a bit roasted... yummy!!
Taste: Nice and creamy. A bit dry and bitter, but definitely a nice, nice taste.
This beer's very drinkable for about one. After one, it might get to be a bit filling... but give this one a try.
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2004
Draft, nitro. Deep brown, reddish glints. Really dense off-white head, sort of like the foam on espresso. Vinous/roasty aroma. Malt, roast, and some fruitiness on the flavor. Hops really way in the background, manifest only as a very slight grassiness. There is practically no bitterness apparent. I like Silktork's comments about this being reminiscent of a mild; while I haven't had many examples of that style it does seem similar. sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 (Nitro can, 4.0% ABV) Clear, dark cola color with a tight, lacy and creamy, tanned nitro head. Roasted-malty aroma with milk chocolate and coffee. Roasted-malty, dryish and slightly ashy flavor with coffee hints. Medium-bodied, creamy and (obviously) smooth-carbonated palate. Not much flavor here, but very easy to drink, and enjoyable as such. I prefer this to Guinness, though.
(4.0% ABV, Draughtflow can) Black color, nice, big and tight, tanned, lasting (lasts longer than the beer :) head. Roasted-caramel-malty coffee aroma. Very malty, slightly smoked, tar flavored. Smooth, dry, full-bodied and creamy palate. A very nice and easily drinkable stout. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2004 This has become my favourite mass produced Irish Dry Stout, not because of an increase in quality, but more because it has maintained a decent standard while others have fallen. Thinner and sweeter than Guinness and a little easier to drink - I had this on tap in Cork last year on holiday and it was very nice. SilkTork (5920) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2004 On tap in a pub. Very smooth. Initially not much flavour comes through because it's served way too cold. When warmed a pleasant raspberry and yeast aroma arises pleasantly, reminiscent of a decent Mild. Some soft stout like flavours come through, though perhaps more Mild than Stout - and certainly not a dry stout. Very pleasant as a mild, with the familiar raspberry flavours - but a bit laid back as a stout. [3.1] SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Can: Head to Head with Guinness Draught. The head has a milky coffee colour - slightly darker than the Guinness, otherwise they look the same. The nitro in both products gives them initially a similar smooth mouthfeel, though the Murphy's does feel "wetter". Gentle coffee flavours - quite pleasant, like a decent quality instant. A dry roast finish with less bitterness than the Guinness. Murphy's is a decent enough dark beer - it's more gentle, more coffee-accented and softer, less bitter finishing than the Guinness. When all the nitro nonsense has burned off, and the beers have warmed up so they can be tasted, I find both to be quite enjoyable. The Guinness has a greater range of flavours and experiences, and could be said to be the more complex and interesting, but I found the Murphy's to be slightly more palatable on a personal level. [3.1]
Very similar to Guinness, the commercial description is on; not as bitter and a smoother head. Slightly metallic. I'm still waiting to have a great dry stout and this isn't it...drinkable.