“ Brand: Murphy's / Type: Stot & Porter „
4 cans for £3.49 at Tesco
I bought some of this earlier this week. Normally, when it comes to stout, I'm a Guinness man. Yet, I don't often buy it in cans and it's an occasional purchase only. This week I fancied a Guinness, but this Murphy's was at a better price so why not give it a try? I'd had it before but couldn't remember whether I liked it and if so, how much?
First of all, to me, it seems like quite a different drink to Guinness altogether. It's clearly from the same stout family and the poured drink is in appearance much the same - a bit lighter, but just as creamy. I think it's a bit sweeter too. Texture wise, it was good - a nice smooth but thinner creamy head that stays with the drink all the way down the glass - careful how you pour this - slide it down the side of a tilted glass so that you don't fill it full of foam.
It has a full-bodied, smooth taste and a pleasant rich malty after-taste that stays with you between sips. I think it is best to take a nice mouthful, hold it in your mouth and swallow slowly. That way you get to savour the full taste sensation which is rich and strong - there's no subtlety here. To swig it from the can or to guzzle it would mean that you are missing out on the best bit.
This is a heavy beer. I have had nasty headaches through imbibing just 2 or 3 pints of Guinness in the past, so tend to just drink this type of drink in ones now. Murphy's is less familiar to me but hasn't given me a headache. I think it is best drunk slightly chilled, but I am not a fan of these ice-cold drinks - I think you lose too much flavour and taste if the drink is too cold.
The 400ml can is in an attractive black and cream colour and the drink that comes out is also black and cream so that can't be a coincidence. It has good shelf appeal, but sells in much lower volume compared to its heavily marketed prime competitor. All in all, I found it quite an acceptable alternative to the market leading Guinness. I still prefer Guinness but this comes a close second.
It's 4.0% alcohol by volume which is strong enough for me and one 440ml can represents 1.8 units of alcohol.
When it is summer one grill party reaches the other. When friends are around we drink some beer as well. Would you give your guests something you haven't tasted? Of course not! So we tested today Murphy's Irish Stout, lol. Tomorrow we have a beef stew party with loads of friends.
My husband took the kids out for shopping and they returned with two different types of dark beer. We tested Murphy's Irish Stout right after they arrived home. It was still cold and after cleaning half of the house I have to admit that it was really refreshing. The beers were in black and cream cans and four of them were packed together. The can contains 440 ml dark beer of 4% alcohol content (1.8 units). The colour of the can is in harmony with the beer poured in a glass.
After we opened the cans we poured the beer in a huge glass quickly, not as the lagers. It had wonderful creamy head of about an inch. There is a white plastic ball in the can (I think it is called scuba) which is there for making the beer foamier. We waited a few seconds until the foam came up to the top and the beer was ready for drinking. I read about it that it has caramel, chocolate, coffee, etc. tastes but I felt a delicious bitter taste and a smoky aftertaste like a BBQ. It is different from Guinness in its taste. It is slightly lighter and probably a little bit sweeter.
Murphy's Irish Stout was made according to the original recipe since 1856. After Heineken acquitted Murphy's Brewery this local Irish beer started its expansion all over the world. Now it is available almost everywhere. Its price is much lower than Guinness's price: a pack of four cans is available for 3.42 pounds in Tesco. I haven't seen it in Sainsbury's so probably it is not available in all the supermarkets. If you feel immediate temptation for a can, go to the Tesco you will surely find some.
So what is unique in this stout? It is dark brown like a glass of coke and it is slightly transparent. The head on the top of it is thick and so creamy that you can eat it with a spoon. It lasts until you drink your beer. It leaves foam on your glass. It tastes better when it is chilled. Fits well all savoury snacks and cheese. I found that it has coffee taste and is sweeter than Guinness. I felt smoky, BBQ-like aftertaste. As I really love dark beer I think from time to time we will buy some more. Although this beer is in competition with Guinness for me the number one is still Guinness and the second one is Leffe. The lagers are completely different category and I love them too. Drink carefully!
lesser known cousin of the ever alluring guiness, murphy's irish stout is a classic irish dark stout. In the same mould as the afforementioned relative, but how doe it compare?
Actually quite well. Like all of the irish stouts out there (guiness and beamish for example), it has a destinctive dark, almost black colour, topped by a cream coloured thick head. In the glass the two stouts look incredible similar, though i think that the head on guinness is slightly creamier, and lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass. This small point apart, what we have here is a very similar look to the more expensive guinness.
And what about the taste? well again, very pleasing to be honest. the deep roasted malt tones make for a combination of flavours coming through. you have definate coffee flavours, verging on the chocolately. In terms of the bitterness, its a lot lower key than i thought it would be. a creamy sensation in the mouth, it tastes almost thick. smooth, and easy to drink, with little or no after taste. In coparison to guinness? well there are two different thoughts to this.
In the pub - if you are in ireland itself, then there can only be one. Guinness poured in ireland has no competitors. pure and clean as the land in which it was made. However if the pint is to had in the rest of the uk then i would favour murphy's truth be told. Just not the same guinness out of ireland. Murphy's is has come very close to taking the crown as king of the irish stouts, but still i think for sheer creaminess, and ease of drinking i think that guiness just tops it. sure they are both good enough to be drunk on a long night out with friends, and due to the lower alcohol content that the irish stouts possess, they get you drunk from the head down!! what i mean to say is that your head feels drunk, but the legs keep going!!
At home - this time i think that murphy's has it. Both the bottle and the can come with a widget which makes for better pouring, and makes it a lot more similar to the pub experience. Murphy's pulls this off better, and their canned version is so similar to the pub, that i think it makes for a great drink at home. The guinness works well too, but it is rediculously expensive in comparison to murphy's, which i buy in lidl for 67p per can!!!!
in conclusion - both are in and around the 4.0 per cent alcohol mark, but one is very expensive, the other very reasonable. if you come over to ireland i would suggest nothing other than a drop of 'proper' guinness, but to be honest, in england, i have had too many bad pints to have confidence in it. however at home i would definately say muphy's takes the prize. almost as good as when pored in the pub, it is like drinking pure irish culture and heritage.
Guinness is now, and always will be the top of its class. You dont become one of the most widely exported stouts in the world for nothing, but this young pretender doesn't come out of this too bad. A budget option perhaps, but it is far from being a poor one.
Try it, i guarantee you will like it too!!! G
I decided to take my Murphys draught Irish Stout at home rather than in a pub. The stout came in a 440-ml can alcoholic content 4% by vol. According to the pictogram on the can this is the equivalent to 1.8 UK units.
The product is produced under licence in the UK and distributed by INBEV UK Ltd. Murphys was established in 1856. You can contact Interbrew at INTERBREW UK LTD, LUTON LU1 3LS. They have a website at www.drinkaware.co.uk
Murphys like Guinness pours slowly once complete youll notice a white head tops the black stuff. Its suggested you serve chilled. At room temperature some of the flavour is lost. Murphys stout is sweet not bitter and for me this gives it an edge over Guinness and adds considerably to the malty taste experience (I noticed a nutty background flavour). It has a smooth texture which helps give a rich full flavour, almost a meal in itself. I noticed no strong aroma. I did notice a lingering slightly bitter aftertaste.
At 4% alcohol content by volume this beer packs quite a punch, careful with use when driving or operating heavy machinery. Its strong flavour means a little can add a lot to a meal. Today I tried mine with pizza, pork pie and salad. Great !
The can is recyclable steel and contains a pressurised insert. Which helps to make you feel great about the whole thing.
When you think of Irish beer, you think of stout. And when you think of Irish stout, you think of Guinness. But there's more to Irish brewing than a drop o' the black stuff.....not a lot more though.
There are a few contenders which are trying to dislodge Guinness from its position at no1, and one of these is MURPHY'S IRISH STOUT.
Murphy's Brewery was founded in 1856 in the Irish city of Cork. It's now a part of the Interbrew group whose plans for world domination seem to be running bang on schedule. If you feel the need to learn of the history and corporate achievements of Murphy's, or indeed Interbrew, then have a look at their websites.
Murphy's brew an Irish Red Ale but are better known for their Irish Stout.
* THE STYLE *
STOUT is a style which even the most casual of beer drinkers are familiar with. The classic Irish-style stout, such as Guinness, is a low-alcohol (4.2-4.7%) black ale with the distinctive flavour of roast barley. It's usually full bodied, has a robust bitterness and gives the impression of being a bigger beer than it actually is - stouts are session beers.
Dark malts and roast barley provide the characteristic flavour, but hop bitterness is usually present too.
There are also many sub-styles of stout, such as: Oatmeal, Imperial, Sweet and even Chocolate.
One fine sunny morning, the priest took a walk in the local forest. He had been walking by the small stream when he noticed a very sad looking frog sitting o
n a toadstool.
"What's wrong with you?" said the priest.
"Well," said the frog, "the reason I am so sad on this fine day is because I wasn't always a frog."
"Really!" said the priest. "Can you explain!"
"Once upon a time I was an 11 year old Choir boy at the local church. I too was walking through this forest when I was confronted by the wicked witch of the forest. 'Let me pass!' I yelled, but to no avail. She called me a cheeky little boy and with a flash of her wand, turned me into this frog you see before you."
"That's an incredible story" said the priest. "Is there no way of reversing this spell that the witch has cast upon you?."
"Yes" said the frog, "It is said, that if a nice kind person would pick me up, take me home, give me food & warmth and with a good nights sleep would wake up a boy once again."
"Today's your lucky day!" said the priest, and picked up the frog and took him home. The priest gave the frog lots of food, placed him by the fire and at bedtime put the frog on the pillow beside him. When the priest awoke, he saw the 11-year-old Choirboy beside him in bed,
"And that m'lawd, is the case for the Defence....... "
Back to the beer.....
"Murphy's is well known and loved for being a smoother, more mellow, creamy tasting stout which has strong appeal amongst repertoire* drinkers."
* Repertoire - a list of capabilities? No, it doesn't make sense to me either.
MURPHY'S IRISH STOU
T pours an opaque, almost black colour with faint, ruby highlights. It's topped by a thick and creamy, half-inch of tan-coloured foam that persists to the very end and leaves masses of sticky lace all the way down.
The aroma has quite a lot going on. There's lots of strong, roasted coffee, and an earthy, almost peaty tone.
The mouthfeel is soft and creamy, but maybe not as creamy as I was expecting. The taste is all about heavily roasted malts, with coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee all very prominent, not to mention hazelnut. (I'm wondering whether this should be stocked in a bar or a confectioners). Considering the oodles of dark and roasted malt that are so obviously shoveled into this, the bitterness is surprisingly low-key. It's perhaps a little light-bodied compared to most stouts, in fact it verges on watery. Not much in the way of hop profile, but the combination of the malts keeps it well balanced. It's not particularly dry, although it does turn that way a little towards the finish leaving only the vaguest aftertaste.
* THE VERDICT *
At 4% ABV, Murphy's is a decent enough stout, but not quite as good as its more famous cousin, or even Beamish. It's still very drinkable though, with a nice level of creaminess that helps it slip down. it would be pretty easy to sink a few of these in a session, and the low alcohol content would mean that the legs wouldn't go to rubbery, unlike the recommend dish for stout, oysters.
It's not bad, and in fact it's the No2 stout consumed in the UK, but I don't see it toppling Guinness just yet.
Would I drink it again? - Yes, if only to get rid of the taste of the Blarney Stone
Thanks for reading,
Murphy's Irish Stout is 'The Other' Irish beer(well ok there's Beamish as well but...) and close rival to the most exvcellent Guinness. Brewed in Cork since 1856 Murphy's will probably always be in the shadow of Guinness but can stand proud as being a rather superb beer in its own right. As with Guiness its effervescence comes through nitrogen which gives the beer a thick creamy head although this is much smoother than that exhibited by Guiness. It is also does not exhibit quite so much of a bitter aftertaste as Guiness and as such is probably a more accessible beer. It is jet black with a smooth tan coloured head. The smell is faintly reminiscent of coffee and is has quite a sour aftertaste which is actually extremely pleasant. I would recommend this to fans of Guinness looking for something new or to the average drinker looking for a change.
A strong contender to Guinness as the ultimate Irish Stot & Porter. Murphy's is not quite as bitter and has a smoother head. Both the can and the bottle include nitrogen widgets so either should provide the same great 'from the tap' experience. Brewer: Murphy Brewing Company. Style: Classic Dry Stot & Porter.