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


on tap


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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Your better to skip this beer and go straight to the wild things. This is the poor cousin, not a great IS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (6713) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo. Liqurice and coffee nose, malt, motuwatering. Salt, liqurice, quite light bodied. Finish resembles salt liqurice candy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, Slowbeer. Pours brown black with a small tanned head. Aroma is dry roasted malty pears fruity slightly smokey. Flavor is very roasted bitter chocolate velvety slightly sweet and quite peppery. Finishes with a longlived bitter dry peppery aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Black beer with a brown head. Tar aroma notes of the ice cream Päronsplit, fruity, chocolate, figs, hop notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, fruity, peppery, chilli notes, tar, dark chocolate. Definitely not an ordinary stout, but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2012
A big dark beer, not as bitter as some stouts, due to the chocolate malt. A very enjoyable beer, on a dark night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
highlandlad (1475) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2012
A solid imperial stout from NSW’s best brewer but not their finest work, imo. Falls short in a couple of areas.Disappointing appearance: dark indeed but the short, busy head fizzled out to nothing within a few seconds. Looked like flat cola. Subtle aroma of licorice, burnt coffee grounds, marshmallow, grout, a few jammy esters. No flaws but there’s nothing there to really build the anticipation before the first sip. Nice mouthfeel - creamy and mouth-filling. No disguising the alcohol - it’s up-front and lingers all the way to the stomach-lining. Oaky notes, souring summer fruits, soy sauce, short black. Warming with a salty finish. For my money, it’s a little too "burnt" tasting, despite the bottle notes alluding to a "greater emphasis on the chocolate malt character rather than the more traditional roast barley". Good, not great. (330ml bottle from Down Under Cellars, Leura. 9.6% abv. BB: 13/4/13)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
50belair (3426) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Roasty malt aromas. Good body, nice carbonation and mouthfeel, a bit on the hoppy side for me; but still a good imperial stout. Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hints of expresso and caramel, with a slightly bitter hop finish..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2012
From bottle at Olympen. Black with a creamy beige head. Bitter chocolade aroma. Dry chocolatey flavours, hints of fruitiness, leaves the tongue very dry. Some milk chocolate. Absolutely above average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2012
Thanks to Josh for the bottle! Poured fairly deep brown with a nice, dense tan head.. looked good. The aroma picked up semi-sweet toasted almonds, black patent, and chocolate malts with dark fruit and light cocoa accents.. brown sugar and just a kiss of raw molasses on the back of the nose.. nothing striking, but it was definitely good. The flavor opened with a touch of sour malts, with chocolate taking over after that.. brown sugar and molasses also settled in at the core.. finished with more chocolate, some peppery warmth, and an aftershock of dark fruity yeast.. tasty stuff. Medium-plus bodied, dry, and sharp at some times on the palate.. OK feel and flow.. this was a solid brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mjollnir (398) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAR 15, 2012
330mL bottle. Pours opaque brown-black with a thin ring of tan foam. Aromas of toast, coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, raisins, red wine, a little wood. Medium sweetness, lots of roast in the flavour, dark chocolate, medium bitterness. Medium-full bodied, soft creamy carbonation, fairly slick with a roasty finish.

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