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


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11341) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2012
330 ml bottle. Very dark brown colour. Slightly funky spicy aroma with notes of white pepper and Belgian abbey yeast. Rich malty flavours with toffee and port. Slightly vinous. Caramel and chocolate. Interesting crossover beer, a nice mix of abbey beers and imperial stout. Very cool label.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DeliriumT (496) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2012
Pours jet black with tan head. Aroma is thick with chocolate, burnt toffee and toast. Flavour is syrupy sweet yet still quite robust

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CitrusP (65) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - OCT 14, 2012
A little lighter than their other imperial stouts, this one is surprisingly easy to drink considering the 9.6% abv. Sits somewhere between a strong belgian ale and an imperial stout, leaning more towards the latter with it’s smooth chocolate finish. Remember the bitterness on this one being very well balanced with upfront flavours - dark fruit, yeast and even a hint of soy. Confused me the first time I had it but have now come to understand exactly where it’s coming from.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sethmerlin (6) - - SEP 4, 2012 does not count
Nicely alcoholic on the nose, little bit of the Belgian esters coming through but alcohol dominant aroma. Palate thick and creamy, chocolate, a little anise, slight sharpness from the high ABV. Finishes a little quickly. Would be keen to compare to the oak aged version if I could find it. Enjoyable for sure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (4123) - NORWAY - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle at Olympen, july 2012. Dark brown, small vanishing light brown head. Aroma is fruity and roast with chocolate. Rich roasted taste with smoke, coffee and dried fruit. Very nice. Malty finish with hops and alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Davros (2810) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours pitch black with a large, tan head. Nose shows chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, liquorice and oats, alongside spicy phenols and higher alcohols. Very similar flavours; quite sweet at first before the roasted malt bitterness and soft alcohol make their presence felt. Lots more liquorice, roast and spicy Belgian notes. Seems a little brash though. Could use higher, creamier carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
A-- Poured reddish black, settling black with just a few tints of red on the sides and top of the glass. Just a bit of carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. Very short lived head that was a deep dark brown sugar color, became just a layer of film but had good head retention. Spotty but good lacing. S-- Chocolate, lots of chocolate, sweet Belgian Chocolate, some bitter baking chocolate, and some coco powder. There is also a fruity quality to this. Think this is crossed with the Murrays Grand Cru. Get green apple and green banana with the smell. More like a chocolate fondue with apple and banana. T-- When I tasted this at the brewery I first thought it was the Grand Cru but with chocolate. Very sweet, bitter chocolate, thick and a alcohol burn to this. M-- Medium carbonation and medium to heavy bodied. Lots of chocolate in the mouth, bitter chocolate. Has a bit of an AVB spice burn to this. Thick and coating in the mouth on all levels.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewBandit56 (17) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2012
33ml Bottle. Mane liquor. I told myself I wouldn’t compare this to "wild thing" but I can’t help myself. Still not a bad stout, strong aniseed aroma backed up by a distinct salted liquorice taste with a mild hint of rum/liquor which sits in the mouth till the next sip. Enjoyable none the less.

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