Murray's Seasons In The Abyss - Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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2.75/5 rDev -24.7%
330ml bottle from the brewery into a Kent Old Brown handle.
Pours with a fair bit of foam on top of a black base that reminds me of cola drinks. Beige/light tan head on top. Some waves of lacing. Good retention of the largish head of foam.
Smells of caramel, chocolate, some tar and a faint yeastiness. All in all they combine to give some indication of the size of the beer to come.
Taste has a little bit of ricard, some yeast, a solid amount of bitter chocolate, caramel and cocoa and faint cherry. Overall though there is plenty of booze and heat still, some 2 months after release. The flavour combinations don't really work all that well together though. Seems a little schitzophrenic they way it jumps from one to another at times.
Body is thinner than i'd expect or want. Booze and alcohol heat is all over this though! First beer of the day and bam! Excess carbonation probably makes this hit harder too.
This still needs plenty of time. Sit on it, think about opening it and then sit on it some more. Still a lot of booze and a lot of heat. Nice of Murrays to try something different. Even better to release 3 Imperial Stouts at once (Heart of Darkness, Wild Thing and this). I've got a few more bottles left and i'll wait a decent while before giving the others a chance.
09-14-2012 06:34:34 | More by MrKennedy
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
Drank from my Gulden tulip
A - Dark Ebony colour with long lasting two fingered head that laces well.
S - Interesting aromas of yeast, a little funk, marshmellow.
T - Up front some spicey brown sugar flavours, followed byu some mild chocolate with a bit more spice and boozy finish.
M - A little thin with good carbonation.
O - A pleasent surprise, and a decent balanced flavoured beer despite its blend. Would definitely have again.
09-01-2012 15:11:37 | More by eric5bellies
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
Big thick brown head. Lots of lacing and stability. Beer is black and looks to have some weight behind it. Good start.
Coffee, charred roast, some alcohol heat and a bit of Belgian yeast character to liven things up. Complex.
Smooth and sharp at the same time. The impy stout side brings lots of smooth malty sweet chocolate, roast and coffee while the yeast contrasts with a sharp spicy character.
I suppose if you like Belgian ipas this would be in that same family of beers. Big thanks to Mr Kennedy for sharing this one. Wether to drink now or wait? I suppose that depends on how much you want to notice the yeast.
10-05-2012 12:30:20 | More by joecast
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
Murray's Seasons in the Abyss
11.3% Farmhouse style Imperial Stout
Classifying as a RIS
A-- Pours a dark cola color and settled midnight black. A thin layer of light brown film at first. When swirled head built to one finger of dark brown foam. Finally settling to a layer of film again. Obvious alcohol legs an nice spotty lacing.
S-- Wild, just wild. Rose petals, apricot and peach jam, tiramisu, Caramel and violets? Really? Really forward fruit with undertones of Caramel, chocolate powder, and some soft roast. ABV is non-existent.
T-- Bold, brash and rough. Once again very fruity at first but there is some grapefruit flavored nail polish remover taste and a lot of alcohol. Underneath is chocolate, coffee and caramel but really overwhelmed by the alcohol.
M-- Low carbonation and medium feel. Alcohol is very evident in this. Slick and oily at first but finishes a very grapefruit citrus dry. Quite confounding really as gets quite bitter in the end.
O-- Needs time to develop. Really good nose and in spots really nice and different as an imperial stout goes. A little too much harshness but that will smooth out into a really good stout.
07-19-2012 15:22:38 | More by mulder1010
3.2/5 rDev -12.3%
Just a few seconds into opening track 'War Ensemble', you get the sense that Tom Araya and co. took all those criticisms about the 'slower' pace of their previous LP South Of Heaven to heart. A jaw-dropping shitstorm of... er, hang on.
Now then, the beer in question pours pitch black with just a ring of brown head. Menacing but a bit flat. Smells pretty great. Yeasty, plum, flowery bits, baking chocolate, crayons, alcohol. Tastes a bit muddled. Alcohol is the main flavor at this point. Cherry and plum under there somewhere and an interesting sourish note. Dry and roasty finish. Brutal but pretty compelling. Surprisingly thin in the mouth.
Someone needs a lie down. The beer, not me. But at 11.4% also me. I probably won't drink another one of these without a bit of age on it.
08-03-2012 22:04:57 | More by Parrotshake
3.33/5 rDev -8.8%
A - Pours a oily looking dark brown colour with a great two fingered tanned head that retains and laces well.
S - Sweet candy like aromas with hint of some caramel and a little burnt chocolate.
T - Sweet fruits up front such as apricot, cherries which is followed with a hint of earthy roasted chocolate and burnt coffee on a little boozy finish.
M - Very little carbonation with medium bodied.
O - Very different beer with its sweet almost candy like start but finishes nicely on the palate with the roasted chocolately fruity finish although a tad boozy. Would definitely have it again.
09-10-2012 09:54:07 | More by PolarBear3
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
Pours a dark kola hue which leaves a fast vanishing half finger head and just a rim of lacing this is definately not one for looks,the smell is boozy alcohol,funky cherry and off chocolate milk not great,the mouthfeel is suprisingly is just under medium bodied for a RIS of this high ABV and on taste i get dark chocolate followed by boozy heat then some funky cherry laden fruitcake and is finished with a dry funky alcohol warmness and overall this is definately a let down and yeah hate to say it but i wont be buying again and dont know how it would age cheers.
07-26-2012 09:14:46 | More by ADZA
4.14/5 rDev +13.4%
From Leura. Well within freshness!!!!
Pours black n tan, a nice pfffft on opening bottle. Head is two fingers but fades to,film quickly.
Aromas of roasts, with hint of Brett and funk.
Taste is more of an all-out assault. Barnyard funk and Brett evident more as the glass goes down. Serious roasts, coffee, less choc, but a Big Beer, with the addition of Brett.
Mouthfeel medium weight at least, not oily tho.... Alcohol well hidden, no mean feat.
I am really glad I waited here. Early reviews suggested flat beer and not a lot happening, this one really needed time and was worth the wait.... D'oh, only have one left, will source more, as worth it.
04-06-2013 11:27:39 | More by heygeebee
3.23/5 rDev -11.5%
Bottles thanks to Owen
Pours black with filmic head and good lacing.
On the nose, I agree with mulder on the floral qualities. Lots of fresh fruits- apples, flowers and pomegranate. Bit of smoked turkey. Big passionfruit aromas.
Taste/mouthfeel is rather boozy. Do get a little roast and fruit coming through but there is a lot of booze. There is somewhat more pronounced roast in the aftertaste. More passionfruit and pomegranate.
Overall a very unique beer but doesn't seem all that great at this stage in its lifespan. It is however mercifully (very) dry so it will be interesting to see how it ages.
07-20-2012 13:06:37 | More by danieelol
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
Pitch black with a big, dense, tan head. Good head retention.
Lots of alcohol but there is also a lots of fruity ester here with banana and touches of cherry. Bits of pepper. Not a lot of malt or chocolate here.
Quite sweet with the esters and sugar from the big malt bill. Again there is a lot of alcohol but the bitterness comes through as well and helps to balance out the whole thing. The banana and pear esters are good. I like the balance of the whole thing as the other flavours start to help to reduce the craziness of the alcohol on the nose.
Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Solid.
A nice beer. The use of the Belgian yeast adds some really interesting notes though I would tend to prefer something a bit less confused which focussed on accentuating the malt but it is still enjoyable.
05-08-2013 09:05:19 | More by dgilks
Murray's Seasons In The Abyss from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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