CitrusP (59) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - SEP 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Really is the best from Murrays and one of my favourite beers. The flavour balance is near perfect for this style. good mix of alcohol warmth smooth creamy dark chocolate and bitter espresso. nice uplifting fruitiness on the nose that compliments a rich chocolate aroma. great beer.
ciaranc (1058) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 5, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black with a rich, coffee brown head. Cocoa powder aroma. Sweet, sharp and light up front, dissipating into a medium heavy, smooth, flatly carbonated dark chocolate bitter finish. Big alcohol is warming but not detectable in taste. Excellent.
mkel07 (3922) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 5, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
330ml bottle. Pours as black as coal and just as thick. Great dense coffee coloured head and big rich chocolate aroma with vanilla and aniseed. Thick in the mouth and oh so good. This is all beer and more.
Brenhophead (632) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Squealer on a stormy September night. Pours like jet black oil with a large fluffy mocha head. An amazing aroma of chocolate with a slight hop fruitiness and vanilla essence notes.. WOW. Firstly i get an alcohol warmth on the tongue and then that amazing chocolate flavour followed by a lingering bitter espresso hit. What an amazing beer.
apcandrew (46) - Gold Coast, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark black with a dark tan head. Aroma of honey, chocolate and malt. Taste chocolate and malt. Enjoyable.
fletchfighters (1187) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A-- Poured black, almost ink black. Dark one finger brown sugar head that slowly faded away. Just a touch over film when it finished settling. Really good head retention to this when swirling. Imposing looking beer.
S-- Dark and thick. Dark chocolate, coffee and sugar. Very straightforward.
T-- Coffee, baking chocolate and more chocolate. Once again very straightforward.
M-- Thick and rich but and a bit of acidic coffee finish. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee but at times gets a little thin. It works well though. Do get the occasional vanilla flash. Think it is still developing though. ABV is very well hidden. Low carbonation and heavy feel. Finishes a bit dry.
O-- Real good RIS. Best to age it though
BrewBandit56 (17) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Mane liquor. Everything that I would ever want in an imperial stout! Nothing I write is going to do it justice, if ur a self confessed beer geek give it a run and you won’t be disappointed!!
Gramoit (377) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Excellent beer. Pours jet black with thick very dark tanned chocolate head. Intense dark chocolate and roasted malts aroma. Taste buds worked over time with this one, Loads of chocolate and coffee but with a nice hoppy finish. Full Bodied with the alcohol hidden well this is a another ripper from Murrays.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Re-rate: After my first try I was so impressed. However, the past x3 (x1 tap at murray’s x 2 bottle) drinks have been less than impressive. It is let down by a lack of complexity. You are teased for the first moments the beer is in your mouth, then it disappears. I need more body in my RIS. Still the best stout in Australia.
Miksu (5023) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle from GBBF 2011. Black color. Sweet and roasty salty licorice aroma with coffee. Sweet and roasty flavor with raisins, licorice, coffee, dark sugar and bitter chocolate. Full body. Good solid imperial stout.