Murray's Heart of Darkness Oak Aged

Formerly brewed at Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
Murray’s Heart of Darkness is a big beautiful Belgian-inspired beer. An imperial stout (sort of), with strong esters and light phenolics from the Belgian yeast, and a greater emphasis on the chocolate malt character rather than the more traditional roast barley. A luscious brew made for sipping.

To celebrate our 500th brew, we put a twist on this infamous beer and oak aged it!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, - DEC 6, 2012
330ml bottle. Very very very very very very very yuuuuuuuuuuuuumy. One of their best.

madmitch76 (25325) - , Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
13th November 2013
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Thanks to Josh, never thought I would get to try this. Opaque dark brown beer with a small pale tan head. Palate is soft and a little dry. Smooth dark malts with nicely rounded vanilla. Touch of wood. Mellow dark fruits underneath. Whisper of aniseed. Nice.

Theydon_Bois (20450) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle shared at my 5K tasting at Bruce’s pad, big thanks to Mr Charles Chaplain for another Aussie tick, 13/11/13. Mid black with a good sized tan head. Nose is light roast, bourbon infused, dark fruits, soft oaky booze, mellow, dark toffee exhaust. Taste comprises light roast, dark chocolate, bourbonic woodness, molasses, toffee fudge. Full bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate. Decent BA impy, the bourbon is pretty subtle, nice work.

Scopey (15431) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle, big thanks to Josh. It pours darkest brown with a medium light tan head. The nose is rich roast, cocoa, earth, juicy, caramel, toffee, dried fruit oak and vanilla. The taste is roasted malt, toast, earth, pretty dry, light metallic notes, wood, aniseed, alcohol warmth, vanilla and marshmallow. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Tasty and well-balanced. A great beer to end the night with!

Leighton (22027) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - huge thanks to Josh for this Oz whale. Pours deep brown, clear, with a frothy tan head. Nose holds burnt wood, dry chocolate, dried dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor, some charred wood, light baking cocoa, burnt marshmallows. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Well balanced to finish, good roasted malts, more burnt marshmallows, light vanilla, hints of dark fruits, dark chocolate. Rich with nice balance. Really solid.

fonefan (50669) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 31, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

[ Trade by GothGargoyle ]. Clear dark brown colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, raisin, plum, prune, wood, alcohol - bourbon. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, wood, raisin - dark fruit. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20130406]

Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2013
Pours totally black with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, oak, some yeast, soy sauce, bread and vanilla. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to smooth roasty and sweetish finish. Bloody good stuff!

Rasmus40 (21690) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. Oily. 060413

chrisv10 (18213) - DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
Bottle, 9.6%. Almost black with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, medium sweet, oak, vanilla and liquorice.

saxo (19270) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 6, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is dark brown. Aroma and taste are bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, roast malt, licorice and hops. Nice.

Dredd (969) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - MAR 23, 2013
Pour is impenetrable black with dark tan head. Aroma is predominantly chocolate malts. Flavour is oily dark malts with a texture that is light and fluffy despite the high ABV. Finish is very long with hints of vanilla and moderate bitterness. expected something more challenging but us quite pleasant. Another winner from the Murrays folk.

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