It is brewed to be less heavy and less bitter than its chief competitor Guinness.Its flavour is evocative of caramel and malt, and is described as “a distant relative of chocolate milk. The resemblance to milk extends beyond flavour to texture: Murphy’s is free from any hint of carbonation and is delivered “black as strong cappuccino” with an inch of foam – the head – on top. The water of the River Lee in Cork allegedly gave Murphy’s its quality.