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 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.

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Photo of pagriley
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - pitch black with a short white head. Not much lacing but good legs
S - bitter chocolate and toasted nuts
T - A bit bitter /astringent from patent malt, and quite dry on the finish. Chocolate and roast are all over this, but lacks sweetness to balance the strong flavors
F - Touch prickly from carbonation - would prefer less

Overall solid, but quite bitter and wish it had a bit more malt sweetness left to balance out - would have preferred this at a lower ABV so there was more residual sugar

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Photo of Gasc0igne
4.46/5  rDev +7%
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 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.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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!!!

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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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.88/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of danieelol
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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 ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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 heygeebee
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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 +2.6%
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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Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.38/5  rDev +5%
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 dgilks
4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
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 Stew41
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 JohnnyBarman
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
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 biglite351
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of Macca
3.72/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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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Photo of headlessclown
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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 eric5bellies
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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 joecast
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
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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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

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