Barrique O Karma - Feral Brewing Co.
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4.3/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark brown colour, clear throughout. Head is beige, bubbly and sparsely distributed with decent foam lacing left behind. Looks alright for style.
Smells a bit roasty, with a touch of licorice to the malt. Big blend of US and NZ hops add some contrast with citrus and passionfruit characters. A touch of spice as well. The hops are hugely refreshing for an otherwise dark aroma.
Chocolate upfront on the palate. Touch of honey as it descends into roasty back, but then a weird sideways turn with dry cinnamon and American hop characters. Touch of oak as well. Wow, gets better with every sip. It's so unassuming in many ways but ends up right smack bang in the middle of my flavour bullseye.
Decent body, goes down pretty smoothly. Yeah, nice.
Wow. Comes from nowhere but smacks your face with enjoyable flavours. What a great beer.
Serving type: on-tap
11-29-2013 03:04:27 | More by laituegonflable
4.16/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Had on-tap at GABS 2013 (erm, possibly 3 or 4 times), and also at the Terminus Hotel afterwards (and, erm, possibly more than one). In any case, I think it's fair to say that this beer is the cause of anything untoward I did on my final night in Melbourne. This review is from my first sampling of it. From notes.
This is an "extension" of their 2012 GABS beer Karma Citra, being an India Black Ale this time aged in French oak.
Pours a deep brown colour, with a reddish sheen shining through the clear body. Head is quite light, not unpleasantly so. Head forms a decent, solid ring around the glass, a foamy crema coloured cap. Lace forms in streams. Looks good.
Nose is pleasant, but a little muted, in that way that hops and oak can somewhat smooth each other out. Some slight pine aromas, a little citrus and some woody (rather than smooth) oak characters. It's nice enough, and about what you expect.
Taste is where the mixture of the oak and hops comes into its element, pleasant orange citrus characters mingle with the chocolate roast and vanilla cream from the oak to provide a mellow, rich and enticing whole. Light chocolate on the entry, with oak (playing vanilla this time) providing some smoothness. Then comes the hops providing orange overtones melding into a cleanness towards the back to balance the lovely, smooth malt and oak characters. It's silky in its flavour contours, leaving a lovely aftertaste that makes you want more (and more).
Feel is actually quite light, but maintains that smoothness—helped, no doubt, by the flavours, which are intrinsically so creamy and silky.
Overall, this is an outstanding drop. I actually wasn't expecting quite such an excellent beer, given it's just an adaptation of something existing. But they've not only managed to tap into that beer's goodness, they've crafted an interesting and unique brew in its own right. That'll teach me for doubting Feral.
Serving type: on-tap
06-13-2013 03:56:57 | More by lacqueredmouse
Barrique O Karma from Feral Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.