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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2010
Tap. Masterpiece. Aromas of liquorice, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Taste has a sweet start, with bitter notes, and very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black colour, with an off-white head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pyobon (1315) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2012
(bottle) Poured black with coffee coloured head. Aroma is intense and impressive with coffee, roastiness and smokey hints overlaid on the base of a stout. Full bodied, oily with lovely fine carbonation. The flavour is rich and intense - dark roast malt, molasses, coffee with a good long finish with with bitter notes both with hop and black coffee resemblance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 19, 2010
Tap. Very dark brown pour, almost black, with a creamy tan head that lasts ages. Aroma is subtle, roasty and mildly sweet with notes of dark chocolate, licorice, smoke and coffee. Flavour is very similar to the aroma but stronger and with some hints of dark fruit; very roasty with lots of coffee and licorice. Thick, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a lingering roasty, bitter finish. A very good Impy overall, one of the best Australian examples of this style I have tried for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 25, 2011
wow a really delicious and surprisingly subtle beer. chocolatey and winey at once, sort of like marsala, plenty of nice leafy but not overly zingy hops supporting a long and dry finish - not a sweet impy at all, but not ridiculously bitter either, subtly phenolic and again marsala-like in aftertaste, with some pleasant toastiness from the wood. not usually a fan of oak aged beers but here it works well. perhaps just lacking in a really knockout aroma to score higher for me.

   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StevieT (1627) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2013
Pours very dark and thick, faint aroma of dark chocolate. Strong chocolate and coffee flavours, a drink to be sipped slowly. Love it

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Shaker: Black body, creamy brown head. Aroma is very interesting: yeast, flowers, marzipan, prunes, raisins, liquorice, coffee, some rubber. Flavour is roasty, spice, chocolate, some coffee and other dark ingredients with a crispy yeast tone, very nice. Aftertaste is roasty, bitter, fruity, marzipan, coal and some wood roast. Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mattburns (114) - USA - JUL 11, 2010
Classic. Another pearler from Murray’s. Big flavour. Loved the complexity. Chocolate, coffee, toasty, roasty, nutty. You name it. Dark fruits, toffy, caramel. Big on the alcohol, which is a shame as I would love to spend the whole night on this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2012
Bottle at Papsř - Thanks. Black - offwhite edges. Burned, fruity, mentol, english licorice, oiley notes, dryness, high licorice, high malty, zulu, light tarmac.

   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

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