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

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

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.

Added by lacqueredmouse on 11-15-2008

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Photo of FlandersNed
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Waltflanegansdog
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of mungus
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of dgilks
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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%.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle in a satiny black curve, smooth as polished alabaster. Looks like a cylinder of black metal in the glass. Colour is, genuinely, black. Black as hot tar, black as a Hallowe'en Midnight, black as the unyielding void of an ocean abyss. I've never seen a beer quite so devoid of light. Head is a very thin, but sticky and fine lace of chocolate brown bubbles. Sits looking dormant but dangerous. Lacing is superb, leaving cosmic rings in the wake of the black hole. What a dark, devilish and devious drink.

Wonderful aromas on the nose, and not just the rush of ashy blackness that a beer of this depth of colour might suggest. Deep sweet hints of chocolate, malt biscuits, and rum, and an amazing lighter note of berries, tea leaves or even citrus. This leavens the fragrance, leaving it balanced superbly between the heavy cremated body of Stoutness, and the fragrant lift of floral tropical fruits. Somewhere in there is the creamy, sweet middle; delicious, luscious, but conscious of the bane of many a stout in being too solid and charred.

The overwhelming character of this beer seems to be its texture. Even before the flavours appear in the mouth, there's the silky, glistening body gliding over lips and tongue, like rivulets of quicksilver. A sweet and slick caress coats the palate, and only after the touch does one notice the rich, permeating flavours arising like fragrant wafts. The darkness is here in force on the palate though, a deep, earthy, crushed cacao-nut bitterness, being stalked by the smoky spectre of High-roast carbonised coffee bean. There's a psychosomatic crunch to the palate, as the black flakes of the charred malt seem to be ingratiating themselves into the melange.

A full sweep of dark, diabolic deliciousness. By half a glass, I can feel the demonic grip of the 10%, but my palate has detected only a delicate dissonance, a dancing drop of dark rum or brandy. Delicious.

This is a exceptional and much appreciated beer. I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is that an Australian brewery brew beers like this. If it were not a stellar example of the style, I would still be grateful to Murray's. But a stellar example this is, and worthy of all the praise that can be bestowed upon it.

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Photo of joecast
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a hoegaarden goblet. 10%abv. best before 16/9/09 hope its still ok ;) have had this in my fridge 'aging' for a while now (thanks to a trade with um...cant quite remember who i got this from. anyway from another australian BA. so this beer is dedicated to the great community that is beer advocate, particularly those from down under).

quite black ith a seriously dark tan/brown foamy head. head formation was impressive with a good 10mm first up. understandably it settled to a thin lace rather quickly. no visible carbonation, but there could be some low level.
a thin layer of sediment left around the edge of the bottle. didnt know it was bottle conditioned so they got the carbonation just about right for the style.

intense aroma. huge coffee, roasted malt, a bit of prune/grape. slight hint of alcohol as it warms. quite well hidden considering the abv.

taste is again huge coffee. bitter aspect from the coffee/grain more so than the hops. very interesting. a bit of warming as it travels down the back of the mouth.
just a big ass stout. all the standard stout characters magnified exponentially. it does smooth out somewhat as it warms showing signs of chocolate to coat the coffee and roast.

nice to have such a big tasting beer backed up by such a big mouthfeel. really is filling and substantial and a meal in a glass. all the typical things you hear about big beers.

seriously well done. wish i had another bottle to age another year or two. though with that last sip, another bottle RIGHT NOW would be fantastic.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Gasc0igne
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

330mL. 2014 Batch. BB 220516.

A gorgeous thick and impenetrable black pour yields an inch of a very dark and creamy tanned head. Awesome retention. Leaves behind a humble sheet atop the beer. Stunning lacing. Looks heavy in the glass.

The aroma of tropical fruits, namely pineapple, is immediate and obvious. Lemon marmalade. Muscovado sugar. Black tea. Prune juice. Rum-soaked dark fruits permeate the nose. No coffee to speak of, though there is a solid roasted malt backbone.

Bitter. Burnt toast. A clean sweetness (almost like coconut juice? difficult to describe) that leads to a nice hit of bitter dark chocolate. Balanced hop bitterness pushes through (and lingers) with a slight woody end. Cleverly hidden alcohol.

Medium bodied. Moderate-high carbonation. Cloying, coats the mouth and lips. Would've liked to see a fuller body on this beast.

Haven't been a big fan of Black IPAs or the like in the past, so I was surprised how much I like the hop presence in this stout. Superbly crafted.

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Photo of koolk
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark. Deep black. Midnight - can't see through this! Quality tan head falls away to some very nice lacing.

Has some real enticing aromas to this - Dark roast coffee, deep dark chocolate and some fresh fruit aromas. Lovely stuff, not overly intense, yet complex and intriguing - everything a good RIS should be.

Normally I split up taste and mouthfeel descriptions - but not here. This beer is all about texture and balance. It is very thick, creamy and luscious with a wonderful balance between bitter and sweet characters. Can barely, only barely, feel a hint of the 10% alcohol on the finish - very spirit like at that. Tough roasted and bitter flavours on the finish mix well with black strap licorice, tropical fruit and dark chocolate coated coffee bean (real gritty like) flavours. Delicious!

Only down side is the drinkability. It isn't an "easy" drink per se as it demands chocolate or possibly even some cheese to go with it. It is very up front and raw and I have a feeling this is going to look pretty good in a years time. But at the moment one is enough (yeah, I am getting old I guess)

Good on Murray's for having a real crack at this style as this beer has upped the ante for other strong oz micro styles. Get some while you can, and if it is all gone then get some next year!

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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of MrKennedy
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th batch at Murrays, Bob's Farm, poured into a snifter glass.

Pours jet black, some carbonation bubbles rising within. Has a tan coloured foam that measured a finger on top. Solid head retention and lacing.

Aroma is of deep roasted malt with some chocolate. Little bit of hop presence coming through.

In your face taste. Plenty of roasted malt, liquorice, coffee and chocolate. Also a solid floral hop showing early.

Mouthfeel is smooth early, layered, even with the average carbonation this has a silky smooth feel about it and bitterness comes in late to give it some differentiation.

Interesting to taste this young with full on flavours and solid bitterness. Should keep well and will be good to see how it changes over time.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a trans-Pacific trade with dgilks - Cheers, David!

(400th review! Cheers BA!)

Thought an imperial stout was in order in honour of the royal wedding - enjoyed April 29th.

Poured into a red wine glass. Deep near-black, leaves a thin mocha head, recedes to a fine ring which makes some sheets of lacing.

Nose is dark coffee malt, cream, currant.

A tasty, rich stout, with big hearty coffee, chocolate, cream, dark fruit flavors, and a slightly boozy, sherry finish. Creamy feel, thicker bodied, zippy carbonation.

A fine RIS, certainly worthy of special mention from OZ. Had I been more patient, a few months of cellaring would have really done wonders. Rich, flavorful, a great slow evening sipper.

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Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mulder1010

Something good for my 100th review.

Pours black with a nice head

Aroma is markedly hoppy with roast and subtle banana-y esters, somewhat Jack Daniel's-like.

Taste is also enjoyable with nice roast and hop balance.

Very enjoyable beer, did not expect it to be as well made as it was.

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Photo of headlessclown
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into snifter glass
Date on bottle: 09/07/12

A: Pours an opaque black/very dark brown with a 1cm brown head that sticks around at the start, but not particularly thick, and dissipates when you first take a sip.

S: Black coffee, two sugars. You can tell this thing is big.

T: A restrained chocolate/dark chocolate sweetness up front that follows through to a very bitter espresso-like back end. The bitterness mutes as it warms. Overall a nice taste for this type of imperial stout.

M: Medium-low carbonation. Not as heavy as I was expecting.

D: Definitely not a session beer, but it is a very good uncompromising imperial stout. I'm looking forward to tasting this again after a bit of ageing.

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Photo of Stew41
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 Vintage
Absolutely cracker jack beer. Appearance as per the 2008, as is the nose but perhaps a touch more sweet chocolate. Lighter in the palate than many in the genre but lacking nothing as a result. More chocalate, vanilla icing, and the tang that I saw in the 2008 is here (let’s call it a mineral streak). Bloody great beer in the Australian context.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jacob for sharing this one (Whales, baby, Whales). First US rating of this bad boy...

A: The pour is black as far as I can tell with excellent viscosity and a sturdy brown head.

S: This is a very roasty RIS. Lots of dark, roasted malts, along with a slight char and perhaps a hint of smoke. The coffee and chocolate notes you might expect are there, but in the background.

T: The amount of coffee on the tongue is somewhat surprising, as there is quite a bit of it. Again, a lot of roasted malt and a light burnt quality. A touch more chocolate as well, which is semi-sweet.

M: The body is quite full with a medium level of carbonation, almost chewy.

D: I enjoyed this quite a bit. Not much (if any) alcohol that is detectable and a solid roasted character that is always nice in an RIS. Well done.

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Photo of heygeebee
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amazing black opaque with three finger tan head. Amazing effervescence. Good lacing.

Aromas of roast malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

Taste is a sensation in the mouth. Rich, creamy chocalate backed by malts and just the right hint of bitterness. Not a sweet stout (my preference) but still excellent in balance.

Mouthfeel is medium weight, surprising given the ABV, and the onlt let down.

Overall, an amazing beer, easy to drink too many of.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage trucked back from Australia by Chris (EehaiCJ). Best before July 9th, 2010. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A finger of dark tan foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind some wispy patches and spotty lace, as well as a glass-coating brown film. Pitch black body.

S - Dark chocolate, heavily roasted malts, licorice, and perhaps a bit more sweetness as it warms up.

T - Roasty, bitter espresso, and dark chocolate. Not too sweet, but avoids being too burnt or ashy. More caramel malt emerges as the beer warms up. Alcohol is relatively well-hidden.

M - Thick, chewy, viscous, full body. Some light tingly carbonation, and a dry and roasty finish. No obvious alcohol warmth.

D - A well-crafted and very traditional RIS, something I don't think we see enough of these days. Not mind-blowing, but well crafted, with superb balance and flavor integration. A very enjoyable beer that I would like to try again down the road.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mulder1010
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a snifter glass a very, very dark brown, bordering on black. A few centimetres of dark tan head slowly falls to a thin whisp.
S - Roasted coffee and chocolate up front with some herbal, floral and fruity notes following through. Some slight alcohol hints.
T - Much like the smell but everything is bigger. Roasted, slightly bitter coffee comes through backed by some sweet chocolate as well as herbal and floral hops to back it up.
M - A bit lighter bodied than what I'd normally expect from an RIS. I guess high side of medium.
A fairly low carbonation and a slightly sweet yet roasty bitter finish.
D - Quite well balanced with lots going on yet quite smooth and easy drinking. 10%ABV obviously means it's not a session beer but it's something I look forward to drinking more of. Which I will be seeings as was only available in cubes of 16...But if they do it again I'll be buying another cube.

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