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Murphy’s Irish Stout (255 of 1001)

Rating: 4.05

Another of the beers that I sampled whilst in Dublin recently, this one a pint of Murhpy’s Irish Stout that features on the 1001 beers lists and as such is one that I’ve been on the look out for probably since starting this blog. I’ve always wanted to see how this one compares to Ireland’s national drink, Guinness, which is said to be a more full-bodied stout than this one. The beer falls under the Heineken umbrella and has done since 1983 when the brewery took over ownership of Murphy’s and heavily promoted this drink worldwide as an alternative to the much more popular Guinness, although they failed to make much of a dent on Guinness during that time.
Murphy's Irish Stout

Appearance (5/5): Dark brown to black in colour with the odd red tinge towards the base. There was a very creamy looking and perfectly still, thumb-sized head that was off-white in colour and had amazing retention throughout, also managing to leave some pretty nice lacing on the sides of the glass too
Aroma (6/10): Subtle roasted notes and earthy malts on the nose initially, there was some creamy notes as well though with some lactose coming through alongside some light coffee and touches of bitterness towards the end, perhaps a touch of chocolate too.
Taste (7/10): This one started with some roasted malts, a touch of coffee and the same chocolate that appeared in the aroma as well. I could detect some sweetness with hints of faint bitterness alongside some biscuit flavours.
Palate (5/5): Incredibly smooth to drink, definitely the beers selling point with it going down ridiculously easily from the start. Carbonation was very soft and the beer was quite dry with a faint bitterness throughout that left you wanting to take another drink straight after the last.

Overall (15/20): This one was a beer that I thoroughly enjoyed and one that definitely grew on me as I worked my way down the glass. It seemed lighter, smooth and less bitter than a pint of Guinness and is a good alternative to that one with a solid taste to back it up. I’m not sure how good this would be from a nitro can but I might just have to grab a couple and find out since this one isn’t really available on-tap in the UK these days.

Brewed In: Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Brewery: Murphy’s Brewery Ireland
First Brewed: 1856
Type: Irish Dry Stout
Abv: 4.3%
Serving: Draught (Pint)
Purchased: Gallagher’s Boxty House, Dublin, Ireland
Price: €5.00 (approx. £3.95)

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