Oakes (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, a little roasty but w some tartness. Quite sweet, rich stingy malt but tempered by Belgiany sift yeast accents.
M_Sack (669) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark coke appearance with a thin lighter brown head and decent lacing. Toasty malt and licorice with just a touch of chocolate and caramel. Heavy toasted malt flavours with a touch of coffee, cocoa and dry grapefruit like hops. A big whack of alcohol then finishes the beer which really detracts along with a sense of being quite unbalanced.
StevieT (1938) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2014 A very big beer, strong flavours of coffee and burnt hops. I love it, definitely worth it.
gnoff (10057) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught as part of a tasting paddle at Rubber Duckie Taphouse, Sydney, on July 14, 2013.
Described as a "Farmhouse Imperial Stout".
Black color, brown head. Alcohol, sweet, roasted, coffee, dry taste. Dry, grainy, alcohol aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Smooth mouthfeel, high dry bitterness. Sweet, malty scent, also light acidic.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
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)
Jade (434) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark cola colour, thick and with a creamy dark head. Sour roasted flavour, coffee and oak. Lovely beer.
Gramoit (486) - Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap a while ago at a manly Murrays tasting and from memory quite enjoyed it but didn’t get around to rating it. This time I am have it out of a bottle that has had a chance to age a little. Pours black with a creamy lightly tanned head that lingers. Roasted malts and chocolate on the nose with some yeast. It has quite a sweet taste which pretty complex with some bitterness. Not their best stuff but still a gooden.
Sevenlee (1846) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - FEB 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malt, fruit, raisin, caramel and chocolate. Taste is very sweet and too much alcohol which kind of overwhelms everything with little roastiness or bitterness. Decent but probably the first Murrays beer I’ve had that I was less than impressed with.
Pyobon (1378) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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).
barakihunter (187) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.