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


on tap


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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, - OCT 1, 2011
In bottle. A black beer with a lacy tan head. Aroma of caramel, coffee and chocolate. Similar flavours with a long roasty linger. A little oily mouth-feel. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Countbeer (6470) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Shaker: Black body, creamy brown head. Aroma is very interesting: yeast, flowers, marzipan, prunes, raisins, liquorice, coffee, some rubber. Flavour is roasty, spice, chocolate, some coffee and other dark ingredients with a crispy yeast tone, very nice. Aftertaste is roasty, bitter, fruity, marzipan, coal and some wood roast. Low carbo, silky mouthfeel, close to full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (4731) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2015
After sucking down countless Shitty lagers in Western Australia, I’ve found beer nirvana in the east. Dark seems to be the strength. Another great RIS, mellow but with a kick in the aftertaste. These RIS come on normal (think Guinness) but pack a wallop. Nice to see as t hides the burn. Murrays has the style down pat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
330 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a faint white head. Aroma of roastiness, cream and some sourness. Flavour of roasted malts, sour berries, raisins, grass and some mild wooden notes. Medium bodied and soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and warming. Weird.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
TBone (17076) - Pori, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
Bottle 330ml (PBF IX)
Dark brown color, small white head. Alcoholic, some toasted maltyness, licorice in the nose. Full-bodied, Quite simple roasted maltyness, lots of alcohol and iron in the flavor. No.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6905) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
330ml bottle @ PBF IX

Pours pitch black with a smooth head. Aroma of roastiness, some yeastiness, hints of spices, licorice and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, leathery and ashy with some yeastiness, licorice and dark chocolate. Finish is malty, leathery and ashy with some roastiness and yeasty notes. Okay.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
olio (9944) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
33 cl bottle @ PBF IX.
Pours dark ruby red, almost black color with a small head. Some cola-like notes on the aroma, caramel and some malts. Sweet caramel malts and soy on the flavor, dark fruits and sugar. Way too sweet and not that pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8249) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 27, 2014
33cl bottle @ PBF Ⅸ
Aroma has soy sauce, some licorice and grainy tones. Flavour has some licorice, roasted malts and soy sauce. Also some strong alcohol tones on some sips. Feels rather thin, straightforward and light for an IS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stew41 (1967) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shark_Pants (716) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (18720) - 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.

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