Murray's Heart Of Darkness Oak Aged | Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

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Murray's Heart Of Darkness Oak AgedMurray's Heart Of Darkness Oak Aged

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Murray's Craft Brewing Co.

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by heygeebee on 08-15-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by BdubleEdubleRUN:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle purchased from the brewery itself, thanks to bluebetty for co-ordinating the order.
Poured into a Mikkeller tulip style glass.

Pours a matt black colour, with a beige head of foam that disappears too quickly. Not overly thick a pour.

Smell is chocolate and more chocolate, belgian style. A little bit of smoke, no oak as you'd expect given the ageing.

Taste has a little bit of oak coming through, some vanilla, but not much. Mostly this is belgian chocolate and plenty of it.

The chocolate flavour is a little too much on the mouthfeel, needing some bitterness or oak feel to it to balance it out. Whilst it was a thin pour, the chocolate feel adds plenty of volume to it.

As a whole, i can't really see the impact of the oak ageing. It seems like just the base beer which is too one dimensional.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large, tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, soft booze, chocolate and soft vanilla oak characters.
Lots of roasted malt as a flavours too, alongside soft booze, some sharp oak and belgian-like spicy notes. The oak and alcohol is a bit too strong for my liking.
Body could be a bit thicker.

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

330mL bottle thanks to Mr Kennedy. From a Lost Abbey tulip.

Dark chocolate with a tan head of about a finger. Very little lacing, just a slightly raised ring.

Nose shows a lifted freshness from the oak that reminds me of a lemonade icy pole and fruit tingles. Idiotic I know. Beyond that, there's lots of sweet dark chocolate, some dark dried fruits and a hint of char. Not particularly complex but super clean.

Flavours are pretty much in lock-step with the nose. Also get some vanilla oak, rum and roasty bitterness. Again, very nice and clean and in balance.

Not that thick a mouthfeel for the ABV. Nice dreamy roasty bitterness on the rear palate. Carbonation seems too aggressive for the style though.

Well made and refined. The oak is simultaneously subtle while being tightly integrated with the base beer and makes this a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of eric5bellies
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip at room temperature.

A - Pours a dark Ebony colour with hints of light through the glass. The head is two fingered and reduces to a lacing film over a couple of mins.

S - Aromas of molassis,plums and dark malts.

T - Up front some nice sweet flavours and some small amounts of licorice and expresso coffee Some massive vanilla in the middle and a lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

O - A nice stout with plenty on offer. Would have liked to have seen a little more oak presence. Drink this one at room temperature.

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Photo of joecast
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to danieelol. Another eye opener. Best before 010613

Pours thick and black with a dark brown frothy head. After a minute the head settles to an attractive dark lace. Certainly has the right look.

Aroma is heavy with thick malty sweet chocolate. Light fresh cut wood, molasses. Alcohol is well hidden. Not a big roast or hop character but not missing anything. Plenty there to keep things interesting.

Belgian character is just there around the edges. Not prominent but definitely there. Sort of distracting to be honest. The big malt and chocolate characters are a bit diminished by the yeast and it's very thorough fermentation. Alcohol makes itself known in the dry finish. A bit tough to drink in the end really. Funny how some beers are never enough and others you wish you had shared.

Mouthfeel comes across thin and as such has trouble carrying the weight of the malt, chocolate, yeast, et all.

Obviously this is a big beer. Trouble is it let's you know it and sort of bashes you around the head and neck as you drink it. Certainly has some good aspects, but needs more weight to help pull off some of its tricks.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had at Murray's while in vain hoping to get some of the beers from their dinner.

A-- Poured motor oil black with touches of lighter cola black (makes no sense really). Settled black and had to coax a one finger head light brown head with swirling. Once got that the head hung around a good while. Some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Lots of dark fruits, molasses, dark Belgian chocolate and some hints of oak and vanilla. First thought needs more oak.

T-- Lots of Belgian chocolate, yeast, and dark fruits. Changed halfway through drinking to more of a fruity RIS as got green apple and lighter style fruits. Got a bit sweet for me.

M-- Medium feel and medium carbonation. Not as much roast as Wild Thing. More about dry chocolate. Did get Oak in the finish as it finished quite dry. Got very one dimensional.

O-- Needs more Oak. First half was quite good but second half was very MEH. Got too sweet and too much chocolate. Nothing to balance it out. Better than the non oaked version though.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of bylerteck
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured black with one finger of light brown head. Decent carbonation. No lace and no retention.

S - Chocolate, dark fruit, some heat and sugar.

T - Yeasty, fruity, some coffee as well as dark fruit and a light funk. Alot like a Quad mixed with an Imperial Stout. Dunno how it differs from the non-oaked version, but I can't really pick up any of the oak aged characteristics.

M - Creamy with good carbonation and a full bod.

O/D - A little different. Creative stuff from Murray's. Different and worth a shot.

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Photo of ADZA
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra in a recent trade with Mrkennedy thanks mate and it pours a dark as night black hue with little carbonation that leaves a fast vanishing one finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is oak,blackcurrants,tobacco and a tiny hint of mocha,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of dark berries,oak,tobacco,raisin puree,chocolate cherry and finished with a very light hint of coffee and cream with a touch of dark bittersweet chocolate and overall its tasty and the oak is ever present but not overpowering and allows the dark berry/chocolate flavours to shine through and yes if i saw this in WA id buy it cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was looking forward to this one.... how different will the Oak-aged be?

Pours black and tan. Stays a while. Lacing good. So far so good.

Very complex aromas of malts, caramel, coffee, chocolate - you name it. Some vanilla? Some Belgian but I have found my nose not so good at Stout-like aromas :-(

Taste is complex - chocolate, coffee malt-driven, however, I am now finding I need to do an A/B with the non-oak-aged version.

Mouthfeel is satisfying full.

Overall, excellent beer, but at the price it needs to be. Down half a point due to price

Will review again if I can get to do an A/B

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of kiki3drt292
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of danieelol
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one has a really nice appearance. Big thick tanned head, really looks sludgy. Nice lacing too. Head retention is good.

S: Has a vaguely "macro" quality I can't get past. I think that might be the tropical Kiwi? hops Murray's uses. Or maybe it's the Belgian yeast profile. Very banana-ey and mango-ey, but in a good way.

T: Wow, the taste is really well balanced. I was expecting it to be a sweet bomb from previous reviews of the standard heart of darkness; it isn't at all. In fact it verges on the bitter. There is a good sweet presence, some roast, some Belgian alcohol esters and I'm guessing a lot of the bitterness comes from the oak. Really nice sweet-bitter dichotomy going on here which really works well with my palate.

M: It's thick and syrupy in a good way.

O: Wow, Murray's have really impressed me with this beer. Much better than I was expecting. Bit rich for my blood ($13.50 a bottle at Vintage Cellars, although that's barely more than the by-the-case price from Murray's), but it's definitely worth a try. Definitely one of the driest imperial stouts I've ever tried.

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Photo of MordeciaFunk
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dgilks
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black with a moderate sized, smooth tan head. Fair head retention.

Mild woody oak with some light roast and bitter coffee aromas. Slightly fruity.

Sharp roasted malt with a touch of bitter chocolate. Mild vanilla from the oak but for me this lacks something to round it out and bring it all together. A little disjointed.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Actually a touch prickly.

For me this doesn't all come together. I feel as though the Heart of Darkness isn't shining here and the oak hasn't contributed anything substantial.

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Murray's Heart Of Darkness Oak Aged from Murray's Craft Brewing Co.
3.63 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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