Murray's Imperious | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by brendan13 on 02-17-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by danieelol:
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Photo of mulder1010
2.15/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had on tap at Local Tap House in Sydney.

A-- Poured a clear, deep dark golden color. My pour got no head and got no lacing as I went through the beer. Showed no carbonation and looked very syrupy.

S-- Booze and a lot of it. Stone fruits were really muted by the amount of alcohol this had. Really thought it was like a rum punch to me. Peach, raisin, plum, sweet bread. Got a little bit of the hops but just dominated by alcohol.

T-- More booze. Got no hops and extremely sweet.

M-- Medium to low carbonation and a heavy and syrupy feel. Stomach got very upset with the amount of sugar in this and was just becoming a struggle to even try to drink.

D-- Honestly I did not care for this. Was so syrupy and sweet and just dominated by the booze I drank only half the glass and left. Did not want another beer after that. Was just way too sweet and boozy for me. Glad I did not go to the brewery and get a growler.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a metallic golden colour; head is nice and Belgian, fluffy and white with lovely puffy lace left behind. Lots of bubbles in the body. Very nice Belgian look.

Smells very sweet, almost candy-esque. Huge candied orange aroma with a touch of banana and pineapple as well. Odd; if I were expecting a big fruity English ale I might enjoy this but it's not what I expect from a Belgian.

Taste is also very sweet, with a crystallised fruit flavour all over it. Starts fairly saccharine with a slight passion edge but then develops more complex sweetness heading towards the mid, a touch of banana and apricot as well as some light golden syrup characters. Some spice on the back, but the yeast notes are minimal and as a result the booze is virtually undetectable. An odd beer but I'm finding a lot to like on the palate.

Bit of body to it but less than expected for 11%. A bit dry on the back; not bad.

Quite an enjoyable beer and kudos on hiding the booze so well, but I do feel like this is a lot sweeter than it really needs to be and as a result I couldn't drink that much.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse for GABS. Apparently this is the first of Murray's FBB series. I look forward to more.

Pours a deep golden colour, a very refined hue. Fine head of white leaving surprisingly sudsy and heavy lacing for an 11% ABV beer. Body quite light as well.

Nose is delicious. Gorgeously big robust boozy notes with some orange rind sharpness the clean the edges. Not much hint of anything Belgian, but the fruity and pungent New Zealand hoppiness comes through. Smooth and round. Better balanced than the Spartacus, their other beer in this vein.

Taste is really quite sweet. Someone mentioned that they thought it might have had an incomplete fermentation. Hard to believe in a beer that's already this big, but it might be right. Some hop characters come through along with a hot, astringent booziness, but it's very heavy overall, and the sweetness gets a little cloying after a while.

I respect this for the big, heavy beer that it is. It has some genuinely nice flavours.

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Photo of brendan13
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Local Taphouse 15/2/11. 310ml glass.

A - Quite a clear dark golden colour with a 3cm head that persists.
S - Lots of fruity character; tropical hops & peach esters abound. Fair bit of spice as well.
T - Also very fruity in the taste with strong stonefruit flavours balancing quite a sweet slightly bready maltiness.
M - Low to medium carbonation, fairly sticky but not cloying which is good. Lowish bitterness for all the hop flavour and aroma, I guess mainly late hops.
D - Comes across almost like an Imperial Belgian IPA, not a bad thing at all!
11%ABV & $11 a glass limits the drinkability of this just a little. But well worth trying indeed and once again props to Murray's for doing these big beers!

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Photo of dgilks
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colour with a good, off-white head. Nice lacing.

Stonefruit and kiwifruit hit straight up in the aroma. Alcohol comes through along with some esters and mild phenols.

The flavours here aren't bad. Sweet malt, mild esters, a touch of spice. There is also a heap of tropical fruit hop.This seems to be an interesting combination of strong Belgian style ale and Belgian style IPA and it works reasonably well.

Full body with moderate carbonation. This works fairly well with the beer.

This is a nice beer. It drinks fairly easily but it is very sweet and the fruit flavours are a little odd. I like it but I'm not sure I could finish a whole glass.

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Murray's Imperious from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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