Sunday, 1 April 2012
Murray's Best Extra Porter (Australia)
Murrays Best Extra Porter
Murrays Craft Brewing Company
Murrays Brewery is situated just outside of Port Stephens on the mid north coast of NSW and is definitely a must stop, see and sample place. They brew lots of different varieties and some very special single batches that are all available to try and the tasting rooms.
The Extra Porter was designed by New Zealand brewer Graeme Mahy to be a winter warmer like a Brandy or a fine Port. These days Shawn Sherlock looks after this brew and each year it is tweaked accordingly.
This beer has been brewed since 2008 and is definitely worth hunting out. A very high alcohol level content is matched with some rich complex flavours that compliment each other. The aroma is full of roasted coffee with caramel and an initial beautiful aroma of malt. A dark, cloudy ruby liquid is poured with a tan head. On tasting an instant explosion of flavour is unmissable. The high level of alcohol is there but this adds depth and complexity to the mix of flavours. The beer has quite a smooth palate but it is quite heavy, a slightly bitter finish rounds off this delicious beer.
Definitely something to sit and enjoy, a real beer, quite strong with some typical porter characteristics although you probably couldn't have too many.