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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Murray's Wild Thing Imperial StoutMurray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.87%


Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Murray's 'Wild Thing' Imperial Stout was inspired by the great stouts favoured by the Russian Imperial Court. A massive, intense drinking experience. The colour is black. Totally black. Impossible to see through even when held up to the light - nothing insipid about this beer.

Aromas of strong dark chocolate, a little fruitiness from the hops and yeast and some rumminess from the alcohol. The flavour is an intense hit of mocha - bitter dark chocolate bordering on coffee. Some malt sweetness but an aggressive hop bitterness and roast grain bite to balance. And then there's the mouthfeel... Full bodied is an understatement. Massive mouth-fillling malt that almost overwhelms, before the freight train of the bitterness from the hops and the roast acidity kicks in to clean up the palate.

(Beer added by: lacqueredmouse on 11-15-2008)
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Reviews by dgilks:
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dgilks

Australia

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rereviewing the 2011 edition: This comes across with a touch more tropical hop character. There is also some nicer chocolate notes as well. I like the overall combination of flavours in this version and think it is a stunningly good RIS.

This pours an amazing dark black colour with a brilliantly full, creamy tan head. This is basically the epitome of a great appearance for such a big stout.

The nose is rich, fruity and lush. There are some good coffee notes, alcohol rises from the glass and dark fruits give rise to a lovely nose. I'd just like a bit more chocolate and roast.

The flavour rides the palate really well. There is plenty of classic roast flavours, bitter coffee, just a hint of hop character and a nice underlying fruitiness. For me it just lacks a touch of richness to the flavour but the components of the flavour are good.

This has got a medium body with moderate carbonation. I'd like a bit more body with hold the beer together just a bit better.

On the whole Wild Thing is the best of Australia's packaged stouts. It's not quite as good as the Wig and Pen RIS (at it's best) but it is a beautiful beer that is very easy to drink for something at 10%.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 10:50:38 | More by dgilks
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A - Poured black with mild carbonation, one finger of mocha head. Good islands of lace and a half finger of retention.

S - Espresso, coffee. Lacking depth, but nice.

T - Really roasty, booze, coffee was quite strong, Belgian yeast and fruit.

M - Nice carbonation, full chewy body, bitter finish.

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Black as pitch, and nicely carbonated. The head retains solidly for a few minutes before settling to a crown.

Smells appropriately roasty, charred but not burnt, neither sweet nor dry. Bittersweet chocolate comes to mind.

The palate is similarly middle of the road in all respects. Full-bodied and roasty, chocolatey in a bitter, unsweetened way. Little bit ashy and tarry, but actually quite balanced between bitter and sweet. Finishes with anise and roast, a little lingering bitterness. Pretty nice stuff, a solid no frills imperial stout.

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Pours black with a nice head

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Chocolate cake & slight booziness on the nose.

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This looked like its going to be great! Got a bottle of this from MrKennedy in a trade, thanks!

This brew pours out as a brilliant jet black liquid, it looks to be a good thickness too. The head actually struggles to surface alon the top of the beer. It leaves a heathly brown ring around the glass. The smell of the beer is of burnt full of molasses and chocolate. The taste has the same elements as the nose but much stronger. There is also a bit of roasted marshmallow in there too. The mouthfeel is nice and oily with a light carbonation. Overall this beer kicks ass, I really enjoyed this from the pop of the cap to the last drop out of the glass. This is exactly how a Russian Imperial Stout should be. May need to trade for this one again one day!

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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.