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Murray’s Heart of Darkness Oak Aged

Formerly brewed at Murray’s 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (4978) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours like smooth silky oil, lush, black and rich with a well formed even layer of tan foam. Looks to good to drink almost. Chocolate with a backdrop of raisin and spice in the arom. Full and creamy in the mouth. The flavour rolls across the tongue. As the label says, made for sipping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutyness (2) - AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2012 does not count
Pours with a thick, firm head. Great colour, nice and dark. Smells of coffee cocoa, a little oaky, and some yeast. Complex tasting, feels great in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
330ml bottle. Very very very very very very very yuuuuuuuuuuuuumy. One of their best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sevenlee (1735) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours totally black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, oak, some yeast, soy sauce, bread and vanilla. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to smooth roasty and sweetish finish. Bloody good stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a large tan head, which lasts well, and leaves good lacing. Cocoa and coffee are present on the nose, along with a touch of cherry. Mild, herbal hops introduce the beer, leading into a lighter, fruity flavour. Strong milk chocolate is present in the body, and the oak-ageing is quite evident at this point, lending a warmth to the beer which leads into a dark cocoa finish. I enjoyed the standard Heart of Darkness a lot - the mix of imperial stout and Belgian ale, whilst unusual, certainly works well. The addition of oak-ageing, however, just lifts it up a notch. A fine celebratory brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15096) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle at Papsř - Thanks. Black - offwhite edges. Burned, fruity, mentol, fruity, oakey, english licorice, oiley notes, dryness, high licorice, light medicine, herbal notes, high malty, zulu, light tarmac.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
floydian1 (1335) - FNQ, Australia, - JUN 2, 2012
330ml bottle. Matt black pour, dense beige head with a green-yellow sheen showing excellent retention and lacing. Dark chocolate, vanilla, figs and plums on the nose with a light alcoholic presence. Palate is rich and smooth with a largely bitter malty flavour profile finishing with a substantial dryness and pleasant alcoholic warmth. It doesn’t have the creamy nutty and coffee elements typical of a dessert stout but this is not a dessert stout and all the better for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18030) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Muggus69 (2018) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle. Murrays Dark Beer Dinner, and at the Brewery Hard to do a comparison, with the original beer a bit of a memory atm, but i’ll try. Sinfully dark, dark orange-tan head hangs is dense and menacing. Aroma is certainly complex with lots of coffee, and dark chocolate, and spice, with the added complexity of toasted coconut and cinamon from the oak. Viscious, ruthlessly persistant body, seems somewhat more attenuated/drier than the original, still BIG and mouthfilling. So much on the body to think about, and really I could write the typical sort of rambling novel length description I often do with beers I enjoy, but for me it’s got almost a Cherry Ripe thing going on - dark chocolate malts, black cherry esters, coconut from the wood, with spicy kick and alcohol embrace to ruin the whole chocolate bar fantasty and dry out the finish. Good to see more and more oak aged stuff coming out in Australia. Keep it up guys!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (39955) - 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.

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