Murray's Best Extra Porter | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Best Extra PorterMurray's Best Extra Porter

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by brendan13 on 08-13-2008

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nataku00
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Acquired it last year while on vacation in Sydney, but forgot about it until recently. Beer pours dark opaque brown, with a finger and a half of creamy beige colored head. The head slowly recedes to a film of small bubbles, leaving a sheet of lacing on the edges.

Classic porter aroma, dark roasted malt, drip coffee, bittersweet chocolate, with a bit of caramel sweetness. Fruit esters as the beer warms a little.

Taking a sip, the fruity esters mingle with a nice roasted malt flavor. Not overly interesting, but enjoyable.

Medium body with a nice soft but present carbonation. For it's abv, this is entirely too easy to drink, with its good but not overly powerful flavors and lack of alcohol in the taste. A nice porter from down under.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK - be careful what you wish for...

I had been looking forward to trying this @ Taphouse since I saw it on the Menu. Had previously had the one-off BA version @ Manly which I considered one of the better beers in recent memory to cross my taste buds. So...

Poured usual one finger black 'n' tan.

Aromas? Not too much - served too cold.

Taste is all malts and raisins and sherry. Nice. However, not in the same league as the BA version.

Mouthfeel is very, very light - sad...

Very drinakable - but is that what I am looking for in an 8% ABV beer?

AND - looking at previous review - is this a bad batch? I was expected to dish out 4.5 - 5 across the board.

I'll review again when I get a bottle.

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Photo of tobeerornottobe
2.34/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on-tap at the Local Taphouse, Darlinghurst on 02/09/2011.
They classify this beer as an Imperial Porter.

Looks very dark brown with hints of red around the edges of the glass. Head dissipates fairly quickly but that could be due to the fact that this is fairly high alcohol for a porter(?). Head halfway between white and brown colour.

The first smell I get is of degraded tyre rubber mixed with sheep's cheese. Not terribly unpleasant but I expected a bit more roastiness.

Taste has some sweetness to it, almost like dessert wine but extremely dry. I'm not sure it ends that well either, pretty dry on the back palate - would be good to see some roastiness there as well as some more hop flavours.

I don't like to be saying this as I generally think Murray's beers are very good but this isn 't really up there. It's nowhere near as refreshing or exciting to the palate as their standard porter, which I've had on-tap a few times. It's like the flavours just sit and I'm use to Murray's beers with bounce.

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Photo of ADZA
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big shout out to Mrkennedy for this extra appreciate it buddy as i dont see this in the west and it pours a dark kola hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head that stays and sporadic lacing,the smell is apples,blueberry pie,weak coffee and figs,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of milky coffee,raspberries dipped in chocolate,a touch of blueberries,caramel and finished with a dark belgian chocolate bittersweetness and overall i like it for a cold night like tonight it perfectly suits and definately recommend cheers.

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Photo of danieelol
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: despite being apparently low in carbonation, this pours with quite a decent head. Good lacing and colour is cola black including when held up to light.

S: Weak roast and a lot of green apple, light almost apple pie flavours. Quite an enjoyable malt profile, with a fair bit of alcoholic spice and cinnamon. Maybe some caramel.

T: Mainly roast (not that strong though), with combination of alcohol dryness and some roast bitterness. Some of the bitterness also seems to come from hops.

M: pretty thin. Relatively low carb, as expected.

O: Really keen to see how this ages. The sweet profile in the nose and the alcoholic spice suggests this could improve down the track, will update as it ages.

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Photo of Stew41
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yep, this is no stout. Some dark chocolate and fruit cake on the nose, and perhaps the faintest hint of a sweeter fruity note. Palate is very serious (in my book) with dark bitter chocolates overlaying a sweeter fruit cake / berry / brandy note. Flavours get progressively lighter and sweeter as the beer travels through the mouth. I reckon the flavours are bound up somewhat and I think this could age quite well. Kinda IP like but without the absolute clout from the palate weight. Can’t be too many better stouts doing the rounds in Oz.

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Photo of jonno79
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First BA review for my favourite Aussie Beer.

Deep tawny brown colour with dense head. Had a whiff of plum, raisin and rum. Reminded me of rum raisin ice cream. Very silky body. Dense, but not overbearing.

Similar overtures in the mouth. A perfect dessert beer - liquid divinity if you will.

Probably the closest thing I have seen in Australia to a world class brew. Everything is muscular and dense, but never over powering.

Looking forward to the next batch.

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Photo of dgilks
4.18/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly dusty, chocolatey aroma. Slightly metallic.

Great, dark brown colour with a nice small brown head.

Really tasty. This has evolved wonderfully over the last 8 months. The sweetness has worked itself out. I get plenty of bitter chocolate and a nice coffee note. There's a hint of roast but this is well balanced and very tasty. Nicely fruity.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Good though it could be silkier.

A great beer and certainly one of the best beers being produced in Australia.

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Photo of vancurly
4.4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Release - Reviewed 28 January 2010
Released in late July 2009, I tasted this a week after release. There had at that stage been no secondary in the bottle, so it was syrupy and stone flat. Waited six months for this review

a) Good 'pshht' on opening, so there has been some secondary in bottle. Heavy, steady tan head. Very dark, almost opaque with red tinges.

s) Roasted malt, yeast, hint of ginger, almost Dubbel like.

f) Superb. Licorice bullets, charry, chocolate, caramel. Hint of lemon.

m) 1st class... wonderful tingle up front, followed by smooth body which finishes quite dryly, but with no astringency.

d) A delight. I recommend sitting on these for 6 months post-release.

2008 Release - Reviewed 22 July 2009
4.0 4.5 4.0 4.0 4.0 Total 4.1
A bottle given to me by Murray Howe, a week before the 2009 release; asked me for my opinion, a year on from release... here it is:

a) Quite syrupy in the pour, hard to work a 4mm head up, but was able to kick some head up wuth the last drizzle from the bottle. Rocky beige; the ale is very dark chocolate brown, but when held up to the evening sunlight, radiates a deep yet brilliant garnet.

s) Xmas cake brandied fruits, rum & raisin. Fresh chocolate muffins from the oven.

t) As above, but also some caramel, pecan pie, molasses, spice, hint of choc/cherry.

m) Syrupy, some alcohol warmth, luscious.

d) Superb... 12 months in bottle have seen the aroma improve, but the flavour ease slightly.
Review 02 October 2008
4.0 3.5 4.5 4.0 4.0
a) Beautiful deep dark garnet, dense tan head that persists nicely.
s) Roasted grains, some black coffee, toffee
f) Lovely complex of malts, hints of licorice, char, chocolate, coffee creams.
m) Creamy smooth, with a velvety texture that coats the tongue. Slight back palate bitterness to balance the sweetness of the malt.
d) Wonderful porter, well balanced and very enjoyable.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 330 ML bottle poured into a tulip. Note-- these have been in a cellar since August 09 so 3 months age since purchased.

A-- Poured a reddish black color, a decent half inch tan head that does hold retention well. Leaves some lacing but not much.

S-- Coffee, chocolate and nuts. Not a big booze smell to this for an 8% beer but you do get a warming feel in the nose.

T-- Light chocolate, coffee (more like espresso), a little bit of toffee or carmel in this. Vanillia would be a great touch to this.

M-- Flavors stay in the mouth for a while. Especially the coffee taste. Not as thick as hoped but solid. Get a warming sensation pretty quickly in the mouth and the combination of coffee and chocolate is good.

D-- Bigger than the Coopers Stout and better just due to the flavor profile. Good mix of chocolate, coffee and then the touch of sweetness with a bit of a bite in the end. Very drinkable but not scary drinkable due to the hidden ABV. Is a little boozy. Good end of night beer on a cold night.

Murrays could come up with a really good version if they did a Oak aged Porter. Needs just a little more sweetness though in this.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruddy brown, quite dark, but rather transparent at the edges. Head is a filmy ring of light beige bubbles. Lacing ok. It's not an amazing looking beer, but it's pretty decent.

Deep dark characters with a very robust boooze note. Hints of nuts and coffee, a little chocolate a hint of coconut. Really, it's quite a complex nose, and with some truly lovely characters.

Very smooth palate, very clean, but really without the complexity I'd expect. Some booziness, a little roasted characters, but it's quite subtle. It doesn't smack me in the face as much as I was expecting.

There's certainly things to like about this. It's not a huge beer, it's not something that's going to extremes. To be honest, I like Murray's because of their attempts at taking on extreme styles, and this one fails a little for me.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice black colour, red tinged when held up to the light, with a thin rim of beige head. Leaves some nice sticky lacing, and some decent carbonation in there. Looks pretty good.

Pretty intense alcomohol phenols on the nose, some nice burnt characters with a hint of molasses and spice, but yeah mostly an intense boozey character, metho-esque. Interesting, not fantastic.

More stinging boozey character on the palate. Dark malt without much roastiness. Bit of a buttered popcorn character, slightly salty. Seriously smacks of alcohol, with a very harsh phenolic character on the back, and pretty simple. Just needs more flavour to compensate for the alcohol - and it's not that alcoholic.

Mouthfeel obviously a bit stinging, but has a nice full body and a good stickiness for all that. The alcohol kick is not repellant but is very noticeable.

Reasonably drinkable for its faults. Could use more roastiness or bitterness to cover the booze.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with an off-white small persistent head.
Quite sweet aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, along with more unconventional notes of citrus (orange), white grapes, and cinnamon. A lot lighter and fruitier than I expected!
Big flavour profile of sweet roasted malt and some of those afore-mentioned fruits and spices. Alcohol is definitely present in a sweet almost cloying finish. Some spicy hop flavours present but little of the bitterness.
Very rich body, quite chewy. Alcohol makes for a velvety mouthfeel.
If it wasn't for the massively sweet boozy finish this would be great.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had meant to review this when I first had it about a year ago but never got around to it. I loved it then and I love it now that the last of the 2008 bottles have made their way to my local in profusion.

Previously, my notes contained a mention or two of "tar" flavor, "that Finnish licorice that's made with wood tar" - which I was pretty into at the time but has receded significantly a year on.

Almost opaque with a tight, voluminous head.

At this stage in it's life, has a vaguely citric American hop character which I didn't notice before, but that's an afterthought compared to the chocolate, wood and raisin smells coming out of the glass. Party.

Not overly roasty-bitter, but definitely roasty. Toast cooked on 4 (if 5 is the maximum setting on your toaster), rummy fruit, chocolate, dark espresso, and a little citric note (again) that pulls it out of the abyss. A nice balance of bitter & sweet where it counts. Still a little licorice/tar as well, but not like before.

Murray's seem to nail the mouthfeel of their higher-grav beers - I recently had the Anniversary Ale and while it was very tasty, the thing that impressed me most about it was just how ridiculously creamy it was, but never too much. Like the beer equivalent of an Aero bar. It's the bubbles of nothing, etc. This is no different.

You probabably won't start out your night wanting to drink too many of these, but I dare you to stop. This might be the best beer in Australia.

EDIT: Have recently had the 2011 version both on tap and bottled and am distressed to report that it is a thin, watery, overly sweet shadow of the beer it once was. Consider thyselves fairly warned.

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Photo of THEMGG
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this poured into a Unibroue tulip.

Appearance - Quite dark, with a tinge of red when held up against the light. Head poured up beautifully, two fingers with nice tight bubbles.

Smell - Smells more like an Imperial Stout than a Porter. Hint of raisins, dark fruits, almost Dubbel like smells, roasted coffee.

Mouthfeel - Oily, thick and filling. Leaves a nice residue behind on the palate.

Taste - Flavours of chocolate, coffee and christmas pudding are dominant at the start then it gives way to a delicious bitter. Hops taste similar to other Murray's ales, not that thats a bad thing! Alcohol warming but extremley well masked.

Overall - A great winter warmer, I could easily drink 2-3 of these in a session. It clocks in at 8% so its a reasonably strong beer that could creep up on you real quick, so as with all strong beers, moderation is the key (haha, i wish i would take my own advice). Another great beer from Murray's, I haven't had an average one from them yet, two thumbs up!

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Photo of joecast
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

a style i've been trying to brew myself with limited success. we'll see how the pros do it. 330ml bottle best before 5/09. 8% abv

pours a dark viscous fluid into my pizza port real ale fest glass. does look seriously thick. quite dark with only the lightest hint of red/brown at the edges. a thin layer of lightly tanned dense foam sits atop the brew. very low carbonation.

great aroma. full and complex. coffee and chocolate, a bit stouty really, followed by some dark fruits and a good dose of sweet unfermented sugars and just a hint of alcohol. a touch too sweet for me, but damn if it isnt appetizing.

intense. rich. like a good desert really. heavy mix of chocolate and coffee again but without being too one (or would that be two) dimensional. finish just sort of fades away with a slight drying feeling. not a lot of bitterness to cut through the sweet.

ohh man! this is a beer that can get me in trouble. i know its a sipper but i just cant help myself. unbelievably smooth mouthfeel and way too easy to drink for a beer this big. too bad its so early cause this would make a fantastic nightcap. oh well, on to the next.

quick edit: not sure how well this fits as an english porter. its just way too big and sweet. dry it out a bit and let it stale/oxidize and its a lock as a baltic. (but im no expert)

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Photo of koolk
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark red/brown in colour with a little head that disappears quick.

Complex aromas of roasted grain and wood, caramel, toffee and chocolate. Good stuff.

Top flavour - Chocolate malts, dried fruits, anise, burnt/roast flavours and a slight hoppy aftertaste mix on a sweet and bitter palate. Large and brooding, it has a touch of heat from the alcohol.

Big and sweet/viscous body on this. Good length and some well rounded bitterness. Good finish.

Great effort with this monster! Try it before it gets too warm out there. The lack of any real head is its only downfall.

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Photo of goatherder
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown, slight haze with some amber highlights. Thinish white head head which persists through the whole glass. Floral hop aroma with dark chocolate and espresso notes beneath and just a slight hint of booziness. Sweet in the mouth up front but the bitterness hits early and remains robust through to the finish. Loads of toasty melanoidins with just a hint of roast in the aftertaste. Full mouthfeel, well balanced by the bitterness. Quite drinkable for an 8%er. Another outstanding creation from Murrays, by far the most progressive micro in the country.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thank you to chaosworrier for this bottle.

330ml bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

A = Great clear, dark red oak color, fair sized head with decent retention. Some sediment in the bottle, but was able to leave it there (and drink later, no reason to waste good beer).

S = Strong semi-sweet chocolate notes, some amount of citric bitterness detected, some maple syrup, fresh dark biscuits. Well balanced and mouthwatering smells.

T = Dark chocolate, bitterness of burnt toast without the unpleasant coal taste, dried prunes, frothed creamy hot chocolate. Quite complex and very tasty. A good porter.

M = Medium-heavy body, very smooth, luscious feel contributed in part by a relatively low carbonation, great mouthcoating. Alcohol does add some burn, but it is pleasantly stinging, not overly burning.

D = A very drinkable beer. This would be an excellent dessert beer or one to drink by a fire on a cold day.

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Photo of brendan13
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an extremely dark brown, almost black with a couple of centimetres of solid beige head that hangs around for a fair while.
S - Initially the aroma is all roasty, chocolately goodness. Delving deeper there is also a slight smokey hint & a vauge dark fruit aroma.
T - Taste is very much chocolate with some roasty notes and again a vauge dark fruit character.
M - Smooth, medium to full bodied porter with a very low carbonation.
D - At 8% it's not something to session but I'll be buying more while it's around. Maybe even put a couple aside to see how they age.

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Murray's Best Extra Porter from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 21 ratings