March 15, 2007

Murphy's Irish Stout

To keep with this month’s theme of Irish inspired beers, I’ve chosen one that actually comes from Ireland. It’s a beer that some have had the pleasure of trying, while others may not have heard of it. This week I review Murphy’s Irish Stout by Murphy’s Brewery.

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Murphy’s Irish Stout comes in a 1 pint Nitro Can. “The ingenious floating Draughtflow system in the can enables you to enjoy the creamy head of draught style Murphy’s from a can.” I’m pretty sure this is very similar to, if not the same, as Guinness’ floating widget. The can is tan in color with a shield insignia over the name of the beer.

We have another beer that is a drink and a show. It’s a very thick beer and the nitro system infuses the beer with gas making a beautiful display of bubbles rising to form a thick tan head that lasts. It leaves a nice lacing on the side of the glass. The beer is black like coffee in color. Light doesn’t really pass through the beer at all.

The tantalizing smell of dark roasted malts enhanced with a touch of cocoa and hint of coffee tickle the nose. The smell is light and not overpowering, it’s an enhancing side to the main course that is the taste. Upon taking the first sip, the mouth is awakened with blend of flavors. Roasted barely malts dominates the taste with underlying flavors of coffee and chocolate malts. There is a touch of hopps to it that makes a good finish that isn’t too bitter.

This is a nice medium to heavy bodied beer. There is a nice creamy texture to it that coats the mouth and throat. The nitrogen infusion from the can gives it a good “carbonation” that keeps the beer from being too heavy.

This happens to be a beer I truly love. I would rather drink this then Guinness any day. Unfortunately it’s not as common as Guinness is. This beer is an 8.0 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at March 15, 2007 06:32 PM | TrackBack

Murphy's is another beer that is yummy but farking expensive. All the good beers seem to fall into that category.

Posted by: Shadoglare at March 16, 2007 07:20 AM

Eh. Murphy's is a bit watery for a stout.

You know what, I'm thinking we need to do a Carlyle's review here... yeah, it's local, but their Stout rocks...

Posted by: Graumagus at March 16, 2007 11:30 AM

This sounds waaaaay yummy. Next blogmeet? I'll buy...

Posted by: Richmond at March 16, 2007 01:47 PM

Heh - he could go buy one of those growlers of the Carlisle's stout for the review photo.

Posted by: Shadoglare at March 16, 2007 05:13 PM

I've thought of doing one from Carlysle, but it's only a local beer... then again I should be supporting the local economy as well.

As for Murphy's being thin... it's thicker then Guinness.

Posted by: Contagion at March 16, 2007 06:29 PM

I have been drinking Murphy's lately. Saw the pint cans and had to try it. I think it is very close to Guinness but there are differences, as you point out. I still prefer Guinness.

And just for the record, Guinness and Murphy's are not black. They are ruby. Hold the Murphy's up to a strong light and you can see it. And if you don't believe me, ask Fergal Murray, master brewer at the St. James Gate Brewery.

Posted by: Petey at March 17, 2007 12:26 AM