Murray's Dark Knight Porter | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Dark Knight PorterMurray's Dark Knight Porter
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Murray's Dark Knight PorterMurray's Dark Knight Porter

Brewed by:
Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by vancurly on 07-20-2009

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by DocDownUnder:
Photo of DocDownUnder
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml into a newly acquired snifter.

A--Pretty brown, almost like the color of the chocolate Tootsie Pop.

S--Not a very strong nose on this one, but certainly dark roast, bittersweet chocolate.

T--Bitter chocolate, not quite coffee bitter. And a certain spritzer bitterness lingering. That may be due to the oddish hops mentioned on here.

M--Clings to the mouth a bit, minimal carbonation which suits this beer.

O--This is a good, if not mild porter.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dinkel
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Vanz
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large lasting tan head.
Nose shows lots of chocolate, roasted malt and espresso. Quite sweet.
Flavours include lots more roasted malt and a little dark chocolate. Again, quite sweet, with only a faint roasty bitterness on the finish.
Carbonation is very high (Murray's seem to do this a lot) .

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Photo of pin
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Macca
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with a huge beige head which eventually dies down to a solid covering.

Nose is dominated by sweet milk chocolate, maybe a touch of coffee in there.

The coffee flavour come to the fore on the palate. Chocolate is still there though. A slight off milk sourness but it somehow just adds complexity.

High carbonation. Maybe too high for me. Very nic

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Photo of jjkatter
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- Deep, dark brown (close to black) with a whispy head that dissipates quickly.

S- Toasted malt and coffee with a hint of caramel. Slightly floral. Quite nice.

T- Follows the nose closely. Tastes very much like Samuel Smiths Taddy Porter.

MF- moderately effervescent with nice balance and body.

O- Very nice porter. This is not my favorite style of beer, but this one has me wanting another one. I would drink this one again and would recommend it.

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Photo of Mendicant
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of magpieken
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of PolarBear3
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Pours a almost black colour with tanned head retained well

S- roasted malt, cocoa, some chocolate, burnt coffee witha hint of liquorice

T- Grainy and burnt cocoa/coffee with a dry bitterness t the finish

M- a little over carbonated with medium body

O- lacs a lot of flavour and not a fan of the dry bitter finish

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Photo of vancurly
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the brewery outlet, Port Stephens, served by Murray Howe.
Pours a deep garnet/mahogany, thin pale beige head and good lacing.
Interesting hop nose, stalky, hint of roast vegetables, coffee, shiraz.
Flavours of fresh hops, slight charry note.
Tingly, slight astringent mouthfeel.
An interesting drop, with some atypical hoppiness that supports Murray's claim that they don't tend to adhere strictly to style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this little beauty hiding in the fridge at the Old Fitzroy Hotel, Woolloomooloo.

Pours a deep mahogany colour with a burnt orange tinge. Nice dense mocha head retaining very well and leaving beautiful dense lace around the glass. Wonderful porter look.

Smell is nicely roasty, with cocoa, slight dusty character and a hint of coffee. But yes, mostly chocolatey; sweet with just a whisper of slight toasty sourness. Pretty decent.

Taste is roasty and fairly mild; lots of cocoa-rich chocolate up front and a slight woody note on the back. Yeah quite organic, with bark and vegetative notes running throughout the palate. A hint of mint and black pepper on the mid, slight sourness but just slight. Otherwise pretty tasty and sweet, very drinkable.

Fair amount of body but a slight rough texture midway and late. Could tone down carbonation a bit, but that's really the only criticism. A mild, drinkable drop, very enjoyable.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours quite an opaque black-brown colour, which looks dark and heavy, but ends up being quite thin and especially light at the edges. Still that's not bad in a porter. Head is a filmy but fine light beige.

Light dusty chocolate and a touch of acidity on the nose, backed up with a pleasant roasted grain note and a good whiff of vanilla. Nice.

Taste is toasted and mild, with a pleasant nutty twang and a hint of light-roasted coffee mingling at the back. Bit of beef gravy to it as well. Quite pleasant, savoury but mild. Dark in flavour but light in body.

It's a very sessionable porter, and a pretty tasty one. Lacks a wow factor, but it's pretty decent.

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Photo of personpitch
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of beige head. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Chocolate, minor roast, minor coffee. Subtle and inviting.

T - Nice chocolate and some coffee flavour.

M - Good carbonation, light body, mild bitterness.

O/D - Nice. Really drinkable. None of the weaker Porter elements I typically find. Nothing out of this world but accessbile and tasty.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of doktorhops
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thank Ganesh I have a tasty Murray's Dark Knight Porter to follow up after that XXXX Gold! Murray's do some alright brews, so whilst I may heap great expectations on the lads at Murray's, I think (hope) they'll live up to it... Don't fail me Murray [Murray winks back at Dok from his cloud made of kegs in the sky].

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Dark (as a Porter should be) chocolate bodied with a thin khaki lace ring around the glass. Tasty.

S: More of a chocolate than coffee based aroma. Notes of sweet cocoa, vanilla, cacao nibs and a surprising (for the 4.5% ABV) hint of booze in the background.

T: A delightfully well-balanced and smooth Porter. Spot on with the above aroma minus the booze (thank you again Ganesh), plus an earthy hop bitter back note, however it is so on par with the sweet cocoa that it makes one wonder what kind of brew-sorcery Murray's has going on behind the scenes.

M: Here is where it lets you down a little - the body is light, too light, with a light carbonation that needs a bit of creaminess that you get from a good Oatmeal or Milk Stout.

D: Missing a bit of body and excitement but otherwise Murray's has brewed us a solid Porter. I can't help but think about how awesome the flavours of this beer would work as an Oatmeal or Milk Stout, all the others I've tried always have a smoke or coffee character, so it's nice to have a Porter that focuses almost solely on chocolate flavours. Thanks Murray!

Food match: Desserts, chocolate mousse or a fondue would match well. For mains it is a pretty light dark beer (you get my drift) which means you could pair it with damn near anything. Viva PortAAAA!

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Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a fast vanishing two finger cola laced head and sporadic dots of lacing here and there,the aroma is very malty with hints of dark cooking chocolate,roasted malts,weak milky coffee and some dark fruits,the mouthfeel is pretty light,well carbonated and has tastes of cherries dipped in chocolate,milky coffee,bittersweet belgian chocolate,roasted malts and finishes with a dark fruity bitter kick,overall its a nice drop that probably wont stay in my head for too long but could drink all night as a session beer with its light feel and bittersweet twist.

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Photo of admiral
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

expected a bit more but nonetheless a decent beer with a pleasant enough taste

taste: chocolate and spice predominate with some slight coffee, citrus and grapefruit to back it up along with a little brown sugar and a hint of smoke and orange peel

aroma was very underwhelming but taste was decent enough but nothing special. Seemed quite dry and more bitter than what I am used to for a porter and seemed to be aimed at the mass market which is fair enough and definitely understandable.

Anyway, could easily drink this again and would pick it to drink against what most pub taps in Australia have on offer.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes @ Harts Pub

Pours a black body, with a half finger tan head. Head stays around. Chestnut highlights. Lacing good

Aromas of roast malt, but served quite cold. Dark chocolate comes thru as it warms

Taste is of chocolate, some ash, overall roast malt driven

Mouthfeel is light at first, but a creamy feel builds. Delightful

Overall - excellent draught beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Format: a standard dark brown 330mL bottle with a decent craft label.

Appearance: the first thing that caught my attention was the bottle top that flew off and hit the roof like a champagne cork. A slow trickle of head poured out afterward. The first pour was 90% head, but after it settled, the second pour produces a dark brown body with highlights around the edges. two-finger tan head pops up and settles to a rocky half-finger that lasts for donkeys. Reasonable lacing. not sure why initial explosion - it had been sitting on its side in a 23-degree wine cellar fridge. Go figure.

Aroma: not much of an aroma - quite demure per the porter norm. What is evident is just a light sweet chocolate.

Taste: stronger than the aroma. Again the sweet chocolates, without much else behind it. Nonetheless, a pleasantly sweet porter. It does lack a bit of punch though.

Aftertaste: a tiny bit of bitterness comes through on the finish, but still the smooth chocolate.

Mouth feel: quite light in body with a moderate carbonation. Feels more like a dark lager than a porter. A bit disappointing - it really needs to be a bit more full in body and creamy.

Overall: another reasonable beer from Murray's, if a bit of an oddball. The flavour comes across as more of a sweet / milk stout, but there is only chocolate, and not a full enough body for that. Still a pleasant beer, but not for AU$57 for a case of 116 x 330mL.

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Photo of Stew41
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not bad I guess. Quite light, even for the style. Mild chocolate on the nose points to some sweetness but not evident on the palate. Rather lots of dry, almost astringent roast (tangy?), oaky bitterness and a hardness that is a bit tough going. I do have a slight bias against porters but this is not at all friendly.

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Murray's Dark Knight Porter from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
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