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

Murray's Wild Thing Imperial StoutMurray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.16/5
50 Ratings
Murray's Wild Thing Imperial StoutMurray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Australia
murraysbrewingco.com.au

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,502
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
50
pDev:
8.65%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
21
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of imperialking
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pagriley
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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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4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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 Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bylerteck
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of largadeer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Murray's Wild Thing Imperial Stout from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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