davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bottle from King&Godfree. Exceptional, pumped up black IPA. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, and notes of grass, flowers, and liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with very long length. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy head. mkel07 (5949) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
330ml bottle. Pours a jet black colour with a latte coloured head that builds. Aniseed and licorice in the aroma. Thick in the mouth with a big bold flavour thatbhits all parts of the mouth. StevieT (2011) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 A very big beer, strong flavours of coffee and burnt hops. I love it, definitely worth it. CitrusP (66) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Anticipated this beer from murrays after experiencing a number of their other great brews (their 2IPA and Pale in Particular). Pours a deep black with a very thin brownish head. Slightly stunted aroma compared to their other brews, nice earthy farmhouse tones on the nose with a slight hint of passionfruit - wish it cut through a little more! Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and liquorice, slightly sour. Full body and delicious thick mothfeel, slight passionfruit in a very bitter finish. expected more from the aroma, but overall, very good!
After a further 4 months in the bottle.
Flavours are gelling more coherently and a sweeter milk chocolate creaminess is now coming through in the flavour. Still a hint of harshness from the alcohol, but less than i remember originally, settling nicely. Be interesting to cellar for a year or so. Really odd beer, enjoyed it even more this time.
16 months from initial rating: same batch. This one just gets better, more coherent, less harsh alcohol. The alcohol is warming, rather than the slightly nail polish remover characteristic it had last year. Complex and great beer, upped the rating slightly. gam (3924) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2012
Tan head good size dark pour medium carbonation aromas vanilla strong yeast creaminess spice malt sweetness caramel liquorice the flavours citrus spicy clove grain creaminess grainy malt liquorice raisin roasted chocolate medium bitter very morishing taste good to drink the finish farmyard and imperial tastes come together grain hop yeast fruit spice creaminess roasted and sweet malts medium bitter great aftertastes on the palate more better than I thought it would be
bluevegie (3073) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2012
Black body with lasting tan head. A little bit thick and heavy in the mouth but does taste all right, coffee, liquorice and some chocolate notes.
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2013
Dark cola colour, thick and with a creamy dark head. Sour roasted flavour, coffee and oak. Lovely beer. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
A big beer by most standards and best appreciated by the some who like it hot. This is a late-night fireside sipper, with prominent alcohol and a throat-burning swallow. They could strap barrels of this to St Bernards. Impenetrable dark brown with a short but persistent caramel head. Aroma is heavy on chocolate malt - Milo, cocoa powder, some prickly spice and marshmallow sweetness. Thick and creamy. Richly flavoured and yes, earthy. Cherry Ripe, Cointreau and licorice root. As well made as everything Murrays produces. Not a stout I’d want every night but perfect for the cold months. (33cl bottle from Steve’s Cool Booze, Kingsford. BB 2014) barakihunter (187) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
Aroma is lacking, just roasty and slighty alcoholic. Appearance is a beautiful silky black with a tan head. Taste is brilliantly silky with chocolate, spice, hints of coffee, cream and clove, topped off with a clean yeasty tartness. Palate is subtle, bitter, roasty and all very pleasant. Great farmhouse imperial stout. Pyobon (1398) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2013
(Bottle) Pours opaque black with big tan head. Aroma is subtler than I expected, with chocolate, coffee and slightly earthy notes. This is the fullest bodied beer I have tasted, almost as viscous as a smoothie. It is well carbonated too giving it a very unusual mouthfeel. The taste is full and complex. There’s a lot of sweetness initially, dark toffee perhaps. There’s dark chocolate and coffee and some offsetting fruity tanginess in the background at the start. The high alcohol content is apparent, but not intrusive. There is quite a lot more going on taste-wise but it is rather complex. There’s a very long rich and bitter finish, but the bitterness is not hoppy, more like dark bitter chocolate or black coffee. Overall an extraordinary beer. Definitely not one for everyday. (This seemed an appropriate choice, with the image on the label and the name for my 666th beer review).