Musical Cheers: Murphy's Irish Stout

andrew Kruse-Ross

andrew kruse-ross | musical cheers | april 2017

In the spirit of beer being the beverage of the everyday man (and woman), we present Musical Cheers, a column that puts real beer in the hands of real people. Musical Cheers is guest authored by a revolving selection of friends and columnists with tastes as varied as the beers they review.


Guest reviewer name/occupation:

Andrew Kruse-Ross, writer, editor

Currently listening to:

Mathias Grassow's “Kreuzblut"

Currently reading:

“Hunger" by Knut Hamsun, “The Dream We Carry" by Olav H. Hauge, Five Poems by Roberto Bolaño (The Paris Review, 201)

Lightsaber Color:


Preferred Blue Collar Brews:

Stroh's, Corona, Pacífico, Miller High Life

Preferred White Collar Brews:

Chimay Première Ale (red), Grolsch, Guinness, Hinterland White Cap, Bell's Two Hearted Ale


Name of beer reviewing:

Murphy's Irish Stout

Type of beer:

Irish Dry Stout


4 percent


Comes in your basic draught can. The older and more common Guinness is singlehandedly responsible for keeping gold honor cords off my shoulders during college graduation (Go Blue, by the way), so any other stout will be measured against Guinness. Post pour, it settles in the way only a lovely nitro stout can. A perfect pour, nice head, rich dark color. Not much to report on the nose: coffee, malt.


Velvety smooth going down, not even a hint of alcohol to be found. Slightly smoky at first. This one could sneak up on you; a friend used to say the third pint of stout in a sitting was the best. Honestly, I'm cool with each pint regardless of its position in line. It's smoother in character than Guinness, but that may or may not be a good thing, depending on your point of view. It could be seen as a flat pint of Guinness.

You'll like this beer if:

If you're a moderate stout drinker or perhaps have been put off by a richer version or a craft-brew varietal here in the states. Murphy's is a good entry point into Irish stout. It's also an exceptional ingredient in stews, roasts and chili, so there's a chance any self-proclaimed foodie will enjoy a good stout.

You'll dislike this beer if:

If you're a American lager type drinker with little variation or perhaps don't know what to expect with a stout and freak out when you pour a thick black pint full of dark liquid magic into your glass and think it's a sign your beer's “born on" date has expired … or if you've been brainwashed by American cork-sniffers that might have you believe 200-plus years of the Irish perfecting this brew somehow don't add up.



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