Brewed by Murrays Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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Murray’s Heart of Darkness ‘Belgio’ Imperial Stoutis a mix of styles and according to Head Brewer, Shawn Sherlock, “one of a kind”. “This is a big, beautiful beer. A big, dark, beautiful beer. A big, dark, Belgian inspired beautiful beer. And at 9.6% abvit’s made for sipping - perfect for the darkest of winter nights.” Shawn describes Heart of Darkness as an Imperial Stout in basic style but with a stronger accent on the chocolate malt over the roast barley, some rummy, portiness from the dark brown sugar, and underpinning it all, some classic Belgian esters and very light phenolics from the yeast.The beer pours very dark brown/black in colour with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonnyguns (1093) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours black with smallest bit of ruby red around the edges and a attractive tan head. Aroma is big on a type of powdered chocolate, some vanilla and a sugary sweetness slight Belgian yeast aroma too. Taste is malty chocolate up front with some brown sugar and sultanas and other dark fruits that linger. Very solid imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gramoit (377) - AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2013
Been aging for close to a year. Top class Imperial Stout this one. Pours jet black, with a chocolate head without a massive nose but hints of chocolate, coffee and some vanilla on the side. Taste includes lots of dark chocolate. Good!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kosmokrator (517) - ITALY - MAR 20, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2014 Nera ed impenetrabile con un velo di solida schiuma marroncina. Tostata, caffettosa, cioccolatosa, al naso e al palato, con note di liquirizia, biscotto e luppolo, un buon equilibrio dolce-amaro con quel tocco belga che si riconosce al volo. Corpo medio, struttura oleosa, gusto pieno; meritevole!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lliams (196) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2013
it sure is dark! i would love to see how this beer ages as this young one has a touch too much gas for me to score any higher... still, the best beer i’ve tried this week, so far

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Appearance - Low head retention, light brown hue to head, dark brown colour, moderate carbonation Smell - Chocolate, blackcurrant, cherry, malty, floral, alcohol presence Taste - Fruit and dark berries, under-ripe cherries, over ripe plums, sweet, dried fruit, raisins, cognac like alcohol presence, slightly tart fruitiness. Bitterness in finish. Mouthfeel - Lacks body, moderate carbonation, heavy fruit and alcohol Drinkability - Heavy beer, doesn’t sit well, lacks body Overall - Unbalanced, too tart. Drinkable beer, good in ways, but has it’s flaws

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiammanghilla (699) - Genova, ITALY - FEB 26, 2013
Bottiglia 33cl Grande stout meditativa. Amara al punto giusto con persistente aroma di caffè

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (16489) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
11th March 2012
Opaque brown - black beer. Short tan head. Surprisingly crisp palate. Rich dark malt with a trace of roast. Minerals. Coffee. Subtle fruits underneath. Tangy dark malt before a crispy dry finish. Lingering licorice bitter aftertaste. Decent and quite light on it’s toes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (6372) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 4, 2013
Small brown head. Opaque black body. Spicy perfumy chocolatey aroma with linoleum and cardamom notes. Dry-sweet cardamom and chocolate taste with spicy mealy notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, dusty mouthfeel. Dry spicy papery cardamom afteraste with chocolatey earthy notes. Nice, but a bit spicy. (0.33l bottle at Schouskjelleren, Oslo.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8702) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2012
Shared 330ml bottle at Schouskjelleren. Beige layer at the top of a deep dark body added by ruby highlights. Dotted spots down the glass. Dark malty nose, lots of cocoa powder. Fine balanced taste profile of chocolate, cocoa, anise and herbal hops. Dry, dark bitter ending. Crisp in the mouth. Well bodied. Tasty (Oslo, 10.12.2012).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - DEC 14, 2012
Nera con riflessi rossi. Schiuma marroncina. Aroma di cioccolato a tratti zuccherino. Alcolica. Inbocco strano. Zucchero di canna, alcol, liquore di cioccolato e malti tostati. Presente il luppolo. Finale addirittura fruttato che ricorda la frutta rossa con una buona persistenza. Originale e ben fatta.

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