bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black body with lasting tan head. A little bit thick and heavy in the mouth but does taste all right, coffee, liquorice and some chocolate notes.
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle with thanks to Owen. Pours very dark brown with persistent half inch light tan coloured head. Aromas are dominated by doughy yeast. Some roasted grain, a hint of coffee and not much else for me. Flavours are quite sweet with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Decent alcohol wamring on the finish. Thin / medium mouthfeel. Perhaps it still needs some time as other have noted.
M_Jager (106) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was surprised by this beer. Based on the alcohol I thought it would be a bigger hit, but came through suprisingly smooth and easy to drink. No head on this one, very dark and a little earthy
mkel07 (4988) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours a jet black colour with a latte coloured head that builds. Aniseed and licorice in the aroma. Thick in the mouth with a big bold flavour thatbhits all parts of the mouth.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tan head good size dark pour medium carbonation aromas vanilla strong yeast creaminess spice malt sweetness caramel liquorice the flavours citrus spicy clove grain creaminess grainy malt liquorice raisin roasted chocolate medium bitter very morishing taste good to drink the finish farmyard and imperial tastes come together grain hop yeast fruit spice creaminess roasted and sweet malts medium bitter great aftertastes on the palate more better than I thought it would be
davidm (2068) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from King&Godfree. Exceptional, pumped up black IPA. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, and notes of grass, flowers, and liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy head.
fletchfighters (1391) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A-- Pours a dark cola color and settled midnight black. A thin layer of light brown film at first. When swirled head built to one finger of dark brown foam. Finally settling to a layer of film again. Obvious alcohol legs an nice spotty lacing.
S-- Wild, just wild. Rose petals, apricot and peach jam, tiramisu, Caramel and violets? Really? Really forward fruit with undertones of Caramel, chocolate powder, and some soft roast. ABV is non-existent.
T-- Bold, brash and rough. Once again very fruity at first but there is some grapefruit flavored nail polish remover taste and a lot of alcohol. Underneath is chocolate, coffee and caramel but really overwhelmed by the alcohol.
M-- Low carbonation and medium feel. Alcohol is very evident in this. Slick and oily at first but finishes a very grapefruit citrus dry. Quite confounding really as gets quite bitter in the end.
O-- Needs time to develop. Really good nose and in spots really nice and different as an imperial stout goes. A little too much harshness but that will smooth out into a really good stout.
hawthorne00 (3420) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2014 [8/12] Bottle, 14C. Black with a small tan head that fades to a coat. Aroma of roasted malt, weeds, earth, chicory. Not that sweet, but taste has molasses and kola nut, powdery cocoa. Astringent, earthy and herbal with vague bitterness. Warming rather than hot alcohol. Faintly rummy. No residual sweetness. Interesting, but the flavours don’t (yet?) meld together. [3.4]
[3/13] Bottle, 12C. Black with an inch of tan head. Mysterious funky earthy aroma with coffee and chicory, roasted barley, dark berries. Tight powerful roasted flavours, dark rum, pinot noir, cocoa. Insistent coffee, spices and zingy astringent flavours build. Now seems coiled. [3.6]
[3/14] Black with an inch of tan head that lasts well. Lots of chicory, light roasted coffee, earthy. Body was never substantial, seems to be thinning. Quite interesting. Not clear this is going anywhere, though.
[6/14] Last bottle, just a few days after its bb date. Black, 2 inches of head fades to a good coat. Very earthy, still quite boozy, a little astringent. Reminds me a bit of Moa IS - berries, moderate roast, chicory, that Murray’s rumminess. Still torn on this one - an interesting not-quite-success, I guess. Will get again if hiding anywhere. 3.7, but leaving score as journey average.
ComradeK (1100) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle. Pours a nearly opaque black, with chestnut highlights. A minuscule beige head fades rapidly and leaves no lacing. A bittersweet dark chocolate aroma is balanced by some smoky and buttery notes. Very faint herbal hops give way to a strongly buttery, shortbread flavour. This in turn is replaced by some dark chocolate and then cola in the finish. This is a passable stout, but not Murray’s best effort: it could do with more body and maybe a little more complexity.
CitrusP (65) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Anticipated this beer from murrays after experiencing a number of their other great brews (their 2IPA and Pale in Particular). Pours a deep black with a very thin brownish head. Slightly stunted aroma compared to their other brews, nice earthy farmhouse tones on the nose with a slight hint of passionfruit - wish it cut through a little more! Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice, slightly sour. Full body and delicious thick mothfeel, slight passionfruit in a very bitter finish. expected more from the aroma, but overall, very good!
After a further 4 months in the bottle.
Flavours are gelling more coherently and a sweeter milk chocolate creaminess is now coming through in the flavour. Still a hint of harshness from the alcohol, but less than i remember originally, settling nicely. Be interesting to cellar for a year or so. Really odd beer, enjoyed it even more this time.
16 months from initial rating: same batch. This one just gets better, more coherent, less harsh alcohol. The alcohol is warming, rather than the slightly nail polish remover characteristic it had last year. Complex and great beer, upped the rating slightly.