Topping the panel’s Irish beer tastings was Murphy’s Stout in a draught can. This beer immediately wowed the panelists with an amazing appearance, including the nitrogen-enriched cascading head settling to a creamy foam atop a nearly-black stout.
The nose was very light, with hints of vanilla and a trace of smoke. Where this beer excels is in the drinkability. It’s creamy with a great mouthfeel, trailing to a slight bitterness laced with smoke in the aftertaste.
It wasn’t all “oohs” and “aahs” for Murphy’s, though. The panel felt the beer was light on taste, and the smoothness bordered on watery.
Overall, though, the panel felt it was very good. One note, though…If you’re going to pick this up, let it sit for a bit when you take it from the fridge. It tastes best at a temperature in the mid-40s.
(Appearance 10, Smell 7.67, Taste 23.33, Aftertaste 15.33, Drinkability 23.67)