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: 37   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, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2012
330ml bottle. Very very very very very very very yuuuuuuuuuuuuumy. One of their best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Major thanks to Josh for the bottle! Poured deep brown with an easily-resuscitated, tight-bubbled dark tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasted oak, brighter earthy and fruity character, and sweet dates over sweeter, roasty chocolates and deeper vanilla bean.. coconut right on the back of the nose.. the Belgian yeast kind of took over. The flavor found roasted black and lesser chocolates malts at the core, with a lot of dark fruit and peppery yeast plus toasted coconut laced throughout.. a lot more coconut and fairly sharp oak on the slightly grainy finish. Medium-bodied and a bit sharp on the palate.. the Belgian yeast did give some interesting character, but it also gave sharpness and tartness that didn’t work as well.. aiight overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fletchfighters (1507) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
A-- Poured motor oil black with touches of lighter cola black (makes no sense really). Settled black and had to coax a one finger head light brown head with swirling. Once got that the head hung around a good while. Some decent lacing on the sides of the glass. S-- Lots of dark fruits, molasses, dark Belgian chocolate and some hints of oak and vanilla. First thought needs more oak. T-- Lots of Belgian chocolate, yeast, and dark fruits. Changed halfway through drinking to more of a fruity RIS as got green apple and lighter style fruits. Got a bit sweet for me. M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Not as much roast as Wild Thing. More about dry chocolate. Did get Oak in the finish as it finished quite dry. Got very one dimensional. O-- Needs more Oak. First half was quite good but second half was very MEH. Got too sweet and too much chocolate. Nothing to balance it out. Better than the non oaked version though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1021) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle. Pours jet black with dense tan coloured head. Nice lacing as it falls away. Aromas of toasted grains, dark dark chocolate and some alcohol. Not getting much from the wood to be honest. Flavours show lots of raosted character with a decent whack of alcohol on the finish. Once again dont really get anything from the wood.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, Slowbeer. Pours brown black with a small brown head. Aroma is dry roasted malty pears fruity slightly smokey and vanilla, but more mated and in balance compared to the original one. Flavor is velvety roasted bitter chocolate and peppery in front, more sweet and fruity chocolate and coffee in middle and towards the end with a nice touch of vanilla and dill. Not too heavy and drinkable. Finishes with a longlived bitter dry peppery aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Fruity roasted aroma, chocolate, pear, licorice, some cocoa powder. Chocolate flavor, woody, spicy, chilli, a bit too much spices. Bitter finish with chocolate and chilli.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
floydian1 (1448) - FNQ, Australia, - JUN 2, 2012
330ml bottle. Matt black pour, dense beige head with a green-yellow sheen showing excellent retention and lacing. Dark chocolate, vanilla, figs and plums on the nose with a light alcoholic presence. Palate is rich and smooth with a largely bitter malty flavour profile finishing with a substantial dryness and pleasant alcoholic warmth. It doesn’t have the creamy nutty and coffee elements typical of a dessert stout but this is not a dessert stout and all the better for it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stoutyness (2) - AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2012 does not count
Pours with a thick, firm head. Great colour, nice and dark. Smells of coffee cocoa, a little oaky, and some yeast. Complex tasting, feels great in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 15, 2012
Bottle at Murray’s at Manly. Pours black and viscous with an offwhite head. Smells estery, with some high fruity notes, plenty of phenols, oak. Tastes of a medium sweetness, medium-light bitterness, lots of late chocolate malt, wood. Some peppery fruit notes at the end. Picks up more roasted malt and chocolates as it warms. Medium-full body, soft carbonation, oily texture. Its interesting, but the aroma leaves something to be desired.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GothGargoyle (2585) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2012
Dark brownish black with a small chocolate head. Aroma is plum, fig, oak, licorice, brandy. Taste is coffee, oak, chocolate, vanilla. A liitle astringent on the body with a dry, woody and slightly bitter/burnt finish. I think this was left on the wood a bit long, perhaps some bottle aging will mellow it out and restore some balance.

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