There have been plenty of intriguing beers out of the Murray's stable in recent times, but perhaps none as wacky as this. The beer inspired by Joseph Conrad's novel about the darkness of the human condition combines a Belgian yeast with heaps of chocolate malt and dark sugar in a beastly Imperial Stout. It's an intriguing affair, one in which two vastly different and powerful elements somehow come together without one overpowering the other. Both on the nose and in the mouth the fruity esters and spicy notes of the yeast are very much present, yet so are the ballsy malt flavours. It's a thick, syrupy affair that pours as near to black as makes no difference with a deep tan head, blood red hints and all manner of dark fruits, molasses, high percentage couverture and some roasty flavours in the mix, creating a beer as twisted as Conrad's book.
Published May 16, 2011 2011-05-16 00:00:00