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Brewed by Murray’s Craft Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Bob’s Farm, NSW, Australia
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.3
Stew41 (2081) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 4, 2014
A cellaring experiment (mid 2011 bottling). Should have tasted on release to get a better means on comparison but I suspect this hasn’t done too much over the past 2.5 years. Quite faithful to the style but the abv is a bit rough, boozy and peaty. Doesn’t make for easy drinking albeit structurally very sound for its age.

3.9
Shark_Pants (765) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours pitch black with small tan head that disappears quickly leaving a film on top. Aromas of Belgian yeast, dark fruits, toffee. Interestingly, has aromas more similar to a quad. Taste is pitched somewhere between an imperial stout and a quad - caramel, cherries, plums, raisins, Vegemite, with the more familiar roasted malts and dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Quite full bodied with a light oily texture. Lots of flavours, if not exactly lots of layers, and not strictly to style but very enjoyable nonetheless. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
Theydon_Bois (20609) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2013
Bottle shared at my 5K tasting at Bruce’s pad, big thanks for Josh for another OZ tick, 13/11/13. Mid black with a good sized tan head. Nose is roast malt, dark chocolate, light booze, brown sugar, upfront and straightforward for the style. Taste comprises roast malt, molasses, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, muscavado sugars. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, nice roasty tones in the closure. Decent enough impy, lacks depth to be a great but a fairly easy drinking number.

3.7
Scopey (15663) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle big thanks to Josh. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is pretty sweet, juicy, roasted malt, vanilla, coconut and some tang. The taste is roasted malt, earth, toast, cocoa, vanilla, good bitterness, mild acidity and a bit of spice. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Rather nice.

4.1
StevieT (2039) - 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

3.8
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours black with smallest bit of ruby red around the edges and a attractive tan head. Aroma is big on a type of powdered chocolate, some vanilla and a sugary sweetness slight Belgian yeast aroma too. Taste is malty chocolate up front with some brown sugar and sultanas and other dark fruits that linger. Very solid imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Gramoit (494) - Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2013
Been aging for close to a year. Top class Imperial Stout this one. Pours jet black, with a chocolate head without a massive nose but hints of chocolate, coffee and some vanilla on the side. Taste includes lots of dark chocolate. Good!!

4
Kosmokrator (849) - ITALY - MAR 20, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2015 Nera ed impenetrabile con un velo di solida schiuma marroncina. Tostata, caffettosa, cioccolatosa, al naso e al palato, con note di liquirizia, biscotto e luppolo, un buon equilibrio dolce-amaro con quel tocco belga che si riconosce al volo. Corpo medio, struttura oleosa, gusto pieno; meritevole!

3.9
lliams (204) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 14, 2013
it sure is dark! i would love to see how this beer ages as this young one has a touch too much gas for me to score any higher... still, the best beer i’ve tried this week, so far

3.2
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Appearance - Low head retention, light brown hue to head, dark brown colour, moderate carbonation Smell - Chocolate, blackcurrant, cherry, malty, floral, alcohol presence Taste - Fruit and dark berries, under-ripe cherries, over ripe plums, sweet, dried fruit, raisins, cognac like alcohol presence, slightly tart fruitiness. Bitterness in finish. Mouthfeel - Lacks body, moderate carbonation, heavy fruit and alcohol Drinkability - Heavy beer, doesn’t sit well, lacks body Overall - Unbalanced, too tart. Drinkable beer, good in ways, but has it’s flaws


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