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Murray’s Heart of Darkness Oak Aged

Formerly brewed at Murrays Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Murray’s Heart of Darkness is a big beautiful Belgian-inspired beer. An imperial stout (sort of), with strong esters and light phenolics from the Belgian yeast, and a greater emphasis on the chocolate malt character rather than the more traditional roast barley. A luscious brew made for sipping.

To celebrate our 500th brew, we put a twist on this infamous beer and oak aged it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (40504) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

[ Trade by GothGargoyle ]. Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, raisin, plum, prune, wood, alcohol - bourbon. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, wood, raisin - dark fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20130406]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
33 cL bottle. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is thick malty and light vanilla touch. Dark roasted malty, chocolate and light vanilla. Bitter, dark malty and smooth chocolate mixed with vanilla. Smooth malty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (31418) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a thin dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, wood, brettanomyces, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, soy sauce, bread, and a bit of brettanomyces, leading to a lightly tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of bluebetty. Pours an almost pitch black with a vague reddish hue and a beige head. Roasty nose, some raisins and a vague woody note. Solid body, heavy roast, sweet raisins and a subtle if absolutely woody note. Warming alcohol finish. 140212

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (24402) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 17, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Dark brown coloured with a medium sized beige head. Roasted aroma of caramel, alcohol, marzipan and liquorice. Roasted flavour of caramel, liquorice, hops and alcohol. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21867) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 4, 2012
Bottled, thanks baggio! Black, faint head. Oaky nose with some raspberry. Mid sweet, plenty of licorice, near full body. Aniseed and oak. The oak seem to have toned down the rich chocolaty flavours, all in favour of oak. Salty, mildly warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (19649) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
13th November 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Thanks to Josh, never thought I would get to try this. Opaque dark brown beer with a small pale tan head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Smooth dark malts with nicely rounded vanilla. Touch of wood. Mellow dark fruits underneath. Whisper of aniseed. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
saxo (15393) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roast malt, licorice and hops. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15303) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Fruity roasted aroma, chocolate, pear, licorice, some cocoa powder. Chocolate flavor, woody, spicy, chilli, a bit too much spices. Bitter finish with chocolate and chilli.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (15280) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - huge thanks to Josh for this Oz whale. Pours deep brown, clear, with a frothy tan head. Nose holds burnt wood, dry chocolate, dried dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor, some charred wood, light baking cocoa, burnt marshmallows. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Well balanced to finish, good roasted malts, more burnt marshmallows, light vanilla, hints of dark fruits, dark chocolate. Rich with nice balance. Really solid.

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