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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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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3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stevoj
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Bitter Phew, 2012 vintage. Beautiful from the start. Aroma wafts up and provides signs of great things to come. Black slippery body with oil skin beige head. Taste is equal parts roast grain and woody flavors. High ABV is masked by all of the other sumptuous characters.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
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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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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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 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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4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very, very opaque black hue - possibly the blackest beer that's ever blacked. Held up to one of those energy-saver fluorescent light tubes it has the slightest glimmer of glow from beyond. The head builds slowly when poured but gathers momentum for a thick chocolatey cloud of foam that sticks around. It gathers a few pockmarks here and there and sinks slowly. Leaves delicious-looking lacing. Quite lovely lacing, really. Quite lovely everything.

Nose is thick and rich with a burnt, cocoa character, very aromatic even from a fair distance. It's a delicious nose and very pungent, but also a trifle simple. It's played very loudly, but it's still just the one note. And to be perfectly frank, while it's a great example of a stouty nose, it's not really that unique.

Taste is as powerful as a a turbo-charged steamroller with a jet engine, with a sour burnt character on the front palate which in all honesty is closest in taste to charcoal. It's unusual and arresting, but it certainly doesn't make one recoil, as eating charcoal might. This is largely thanks to the mouthfeel, which is deliciously creamy as it coats the mouth and glides down the throat. The palate is a little short but there is a nice lingering and drying finish with quite a coffee touch to it. The front is a little stinging really, but it tapers off to a bold-flavoured but subtle finish, and it's really only stinging because it's so incredibly potent.

This is certainly not a beer for everyday drinking, but for a special occasion or a beer tasting - fireworks.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -10.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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