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%
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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (25568) - , Essex, - FEB 10, 2013
11th March 2012
Opaque brown - black beer. Short tan head. Surprisingly crisp palate. Rich dark malt with a trace of roast. Minerals. Coffee. Subtle fruits underneath. Tangy dark malt before a crispy dry finish. Lingering licorice bitter aftertaste. Decent and quite light on it’s toes.

CraftyHare (121) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2017
330ml bottle pours jet black with thin tan head. Not too much aroma apart from some dark earthy espresso notes. Tastes of dark cocoa, smoke, ash, roast barley, espresso, dark cherry and brown sugar. Was hoping for a bit more texture and body, with a little more Belgian influence. Decent flavour profile despite the thinness.

Bootlegger007 (245) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2017
I agree, it’s perfect for a winters night, a very warming stout, aromas of chocolate were strong, also herbs and roasted malt, poured a deep black with a small tan head, medium bodied with flavours of sweet chocolate and spice, I also found cask wood, vanilla and dark fruits plum and dates, very enjoyable indeed.

Dervock (1452) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2017
Bottle - pours deep dark ruby with a thin tan head. Aroma is chocolate, rum, dried fruit and mild burnt sugar. Taste is sweet molasses hit up front, then a malt middle and a drying burnt sugar/dried fruit finish.

Countbeer (6599) - 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.

stevoj (5588) - 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.

lusikka (7833) - 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.

TBone (18228) - 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.

tiong (7635) - 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.

olio (10552) - 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.

laiti (8513) - Tampere, 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.

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