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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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3.9
Davros (3310) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 24, 2012
Pours pitch black with a large, tan head.
Nose shows chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, liquorice and oats, alongside spicy phenols and higher alcohols.
Very similar flavours; quite sweet at first before the roasted malt bitterness and soft alcohol make their presence felt. Lots more liquorice, roast and spicy Belgian notes. Seems a little brash though.
Could use higher, creamier carbonation.

3.2
fletchfighters (1590) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
A-- Poured reddish black, settling black with just a few tints of red on the sides and top of the glass. Just a bit of carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. Very short lived head that was a deep dark brown sugar color, became just a layer of film but had good head retention. Spotty but good lacing.

S-- Chocolate, lots of chocolate, sweet Belgian Chocolate, some bitter baking chocolate, and some coco powder. There is also a fruity quality to this. Think this is crossed with the Murrays Grand Cru. Get green apple and green banana with the smell. More like a chocolate fondue with apple and banana.

T-- When I tasted this at the brewery I first thought it was the Grand Cru but with chocolate. Very sweet, bitter chocolate, thick and a alcohol burn to this.

M-- Medium carbonation and medium to heavy bodied. Lots of chocolate in the mouth, bitter chocolate. Has a bit of an AVB spice burn to this. Thick and coating in the mouth on all levels.

3.9
BrewBandit56 (17) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2012
33ml Bottle. Mane liquor. I told myself I wouldn’t compare this to "wild thing" but I can’t help myself. Still not a bad stout, strong aniseed aroma backed up by a distinct salted liquorice taste with a mild hint of rum/liquor which sits in the mouth till the next sip. Enjoyable none the less.

2.9
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2012 Your better to skip this beer and go straight to the wild things. This is the poor cousin, not a great IS.

4
KnutAlbert (6797) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle at Olympen, Oslo.
Liqurice and coffee nose, malt, motuwatering.
Salt, liqurice, quite light bodied. Finish resembles salt liqurice candy.

3.8
tkrjukoff (4334) - SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, Slowbeer. Pours brown black with a small tanned head. Aroma is dry roasted malty pears fruity slightly smokey. Flavor is very roasted bitter chocolate velvety slightly sweet and quite peppery. Finishes with a longlived bitter dry peppery aftertaste.

3.6
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2012
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Black beer with a brown head. Tar aroma notes of the ice cream Päronsplit, fruity, chocolate, figs, hop notes. Roasted chocolate flavor, fruity, peppery, chilli notes, tar, dark chocolate. Definitely not an ordinary stout, but not bad.

4
jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2012
A big dark beer, not as bitter as some stouts, due to the chocolate malt. A very enjoyable beer, on a dark night. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2012
A solid imperial stout from NSW’s best brewer but not their finest work, imo. Falls short in a couple of areas.Disappointing appearance: dark indeed but the short, busy head fizzled out to nothing within a few seconds. Looked like flat cola. Subtle aroma of licorice, burnt coffee grounds, marshmallow, grout, a few jammy esters. No flaws but there’s nothing there to really build the anticipation before the first sip. Nice mouthfeel - creamy and mouth-filling. No disguising the alcohol - it’s up-front and lingers all the way to the stomach-lining. Oaky notes, souring summer fruits, soy sauce, short black. Warming with a salty finish. For my money, it’s a little too "burnt" tasting, despite the bottle notes alluding to a "greater emphasis on the chocolate malt character rather than the more traditional roast barley". Good, not great. (330ml bottle from Down Under Cellars, Leura. 9.6% abv. BB: 13/4/13)

3.8
50belair (3684) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Roasty malt aromas. Good body, nice carbonation and mouthfeel, a bit on the hoppy side for me; but still a good imperial stout. Dark roasted malts, bitter chocolate, hints of expresso and caramel, with a slightly bitter hop finish..


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