While I was at the store picking up the Guinness Draught for Monday’s review (here) I noticed another can of Irish stout that I wasn’t familiar with. That can is Murphy’s Irish Stout, usually just referred to as Murphy’s and is what I’ll be drinking tonight. Murphy’s has always been a second runner up to Guinness in sales but lets see how it compares in taste.
The state of Guinness in America has always surprised me a bit. In a nation of fizzy, yellow, and generally flavorless beer many bars have on tap this black as night, creamy, and semi-flavorful beer. Something I’m quite glad about. I’m no Guinness-fanatic, even though I’m mostly Irish, but I do prefer it over the fizzy yellow stuff. If you’ve never had a Guinness can or bottle, or if you’ve had and pondered what that clinky sound is, allow me to educate you on the widget. Nitrogen is a way of dispensing beer and is what helps make Guinness on tap so nice and creamy. To achieve that in a can/bottle they decided to create a “widget” basically a little nitrogen container that releases it’s nitrogen when you crack open the beer. Next time you open one of these listen closely and you’ll hear it go off. Widget or not I’m ready to drink.
OK, so I feel bad. I keep reviewing beers that you can’t get around here. But hey, if you travel through somewhere and see this then you’ll know to grab it and bring it home to share! This is also an awesome beer with a great story.
When I posted my review of Sam Adam’s Irish Red and noted how generic it was for the style a friend of mine suggested I try 3 Floyds Brian Boru, saying it would “give me a whole new Irish Red perspective.” That it certainly did. Brian Boru is a far cry from Sam’s Irish Red and is unlike any other Irish Red, or any other beer, I’ve encountered before. Read on after the break to find out why….