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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

45 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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3/5  rDev -28.1%

Photo of biglite351
3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark as night with a tall creamy brown head.

S - chocolate, malts and off dried fruit. Not bad, but not good.

T - malts, dark chocolate up front, milk chocolate in the middle. Some dried fruit and alcohol flavor in the after taste.

M - medium coating. Tingle on top of tongue and throat. Something like an alcohol burn in the after taste.

O - possibly two. Not bad but not my first pick.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of Macca
3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown with a minimal tan head.

Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose but also some nice floral hop notes as well. Perhaps a bit of dried fruit in there as well. Yummo.

There's the 10% alcohol. Comes through strongly in the palate. A bit disappointed that it overwhelms the other flavours. Chocolate and coffee struggle to come through.

It's a bit thinner than I would like.

I was really expecting more from this. Oh well.

Photo of bmwats
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap at Murray's Manly. From notes.

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.

O/D - Nice, strong stout. Odd yeast profile but quite drinkable and warming.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, lasting dark tan head.
Nose shows dark chocolate, resinous hops, oatmeal and wood notes with solid roasted malt backing.
Very big, powerful flavours, lots of piney, resinous hops throughout, with cocoa and chocolate fudge showing up only momentarily. Boozy finish, but not over the top or hot.
Pretty bloody good but a little over-hopped for my liking.
Nice syrupy body, carbonation seems just a little high.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. ½ Pint glass. Enjoyed on apr´12.Pitch black in color, very dark brown to the light. Lasting, small bubbled, tan head. Toasted sweet malts, ripe dark fruits, hints of chocolate, both in flavors & aromas. Oily hoppy bitterness is shown in the middle. Silky palate. Full body, soft carbonation. Bitterness, softened by choco notes, flows as an underground river through an smooth viscous malty mountain & lingers into the end with subtle acidic fruit touch. Slightly fruity aftertaste. 10% ABV! Who cares?...Good job Aussies!!!

Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from BobbyHeenan. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Best Before 16 May 2014

APPEARANCE: A thicker, opaque black pour yields a 1+ finger, thicker looking, creamy, light mocha head with great retention. Pitch black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a thick foam cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A ring and slight wisp remain leaving some splotchy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, dark fruits, dates, and some dark chocolate on the nose. Big aromas. Light sweet cream with the chocolate and grape notes. Very nice.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark fruit, dark chocolate with leather notes up front. Flavorful for sure. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted, bitter chocolate leather, tobacco and a touch of dark fruits as well. Burnt flavors underline the rest of it. Flavorful and complex.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Okay. Enough weight, but not quite big enough for top marks.

OVERALL: Perhaps the best of the Murray's bunch. Good look with a complex flavor profile. The feel is fine, but an even fuller and creamier palate would help bring the flavors out just a touch more. Solid all around. Thanks for deciding to send this one over Bobby. Would definitely go for it again. Recommended.

Photo of KevSal
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jfstilling
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MordeciaFunk
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Masterski. Thanks, Alex.

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.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my De Struise Tulip

A - Pours a thick Ebony oily colour with a rich two fingered tanned head that stays the course and laces.

S - Nice chocolate aromas from the bottle. Once poured has spome nice raosrted malt and a little coffee to add to the cocoa.

T - Really nice smokey licorice and dark chocolate flavours. Complimented well with toffee and coffee.

M - A little over carbonated but perfect body and very smooth

O - The best beer made in Australia that comes in a bottle.

Photo of laituegonflable
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very, very opaque black hue - possibly the blackest beer that's ever blacked. Held up to one of those energy-saver fluorescent light tubes it has the slightest glimmer of glow from beyond. The head builds slowly when poured but gathers momentum for a thick chocolatey cloud of foam that sticks around. It gathers a few pockmarks here and there and sinks slowly. Leaves delicious-looking lacing. Quite lovely lacing, really. Quite lovely everything.

Nose is thick and rich with a burnt, cocoa character, very aromatic even from a fair distance. It's a delicious nose and very pungent, but also a trifle simple. It's played very loudly, but it's still just the one note. And to be perfectly frank, while it's a great example of a stouty nose, it's not really that unique.

Taste is as powerful as a a turbo-charged steamroller with a jet engine, with a sour burnt character on the front palate which in all honesty is closest in taste to charcoal. It's unusual and arresting, but it certainly doesn't make one recoil, as eating charcoal might. This is largely thanks to the mouthfeel, which is deliciously creamy as it coats the mouth and glides down the throat. The palate is a little short but there is a nice lingering and drying finish with quite a coffee touch to it. The front is a little stinging really, but it tapers off to a bold-flavoured but subtle finish, and it's really only stinging because it's so incredibly potent.

This is certainly not a beer for everyday drinking, but for a special occasion or a beer tasting - fireworks.

Photo of smithflipper
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to brendan13 for sharing this with me.

Syrupy Jet black with a finger of tan head.

Smells burnt toast, mollasses and chocolate syrup. not a great deal of hops.

Plenty of yeast character, burnt toast. Some spice, and plenty of chocolate. This bottle is from last year, some hops flavour, but not a great deal.

silky smooth mouthfeel.

right, wheres the rest, oh i drank it all

Photo of ADZA
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black hue which lets no light in and produces a chocolate laced one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is roasted malts,chocolate,boozy alcohol and dark expresso,the mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and slick with tastes of dark belgian chocolate,turkish coffee,dark berries,roasted malts,molasses,a touch of aniseed and finished with a punchy hop bittersweetness and overall i like it and its definately one of Australia's better RIS's and yes i would revisit.

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with mulder1010 while I was in Australia last Feb. I smuggled it home and saved it for an night of imperial stout tasting* I did with some friends back home.

*One of my favorites of the night!

Dark pour with modest tan head.

Chocolate cake & slight booziness on the nose.

Rich coffee & chocolate with a slightly viscous mouthfeel made this a stand-out stout.

Stood up well placed in-between Red Hill's Imperial & Dark Horse's Plead the 5th.

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of mulder1010
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ML poured into a Great Divide tulip

A-- Poured black, almost ink black. Dark one finger brown sugar head that slowly faded away. Just a touch over film when it finished settling. Really good head retention to this when swirling. Imposing looking beer.

S-- Dark and thick. Dark chocolate, coffee and sugar. Very straightforward.

T-- Coffee, baking chocolate and more chocolate. Once again very straightforward.

M-- Thick and rich but and a bit of acidic coffee finish. Lots of bitter chocolate and coffee but at times gets a little thin. It works well though. Do get the occasional vanilla flash. Think it is still developing though. ABV is very well hidden. Low carbonation and heavy feel. Finishes a bit dry.

D-- Had two right after release (October) and one was flat. Still think it needed time to develop more and as of now quite impressed. Good RIS. ABV is well hidden, has enough chocolate and coffee to go around and has a little thinness that makes it drinkable. Was thinking while drinking it how much better this could be as a BA version. A sipper but a good sipper. Yeah drinking this in the summer. Highly suggest trying this and should be in prime condition come winter here.

Photo of tobelerone
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.