madmitch76 (26465) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 13, 2014
9th May 2014Leighton (22823) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Leighton 10K tasting at Bruce’s pad. Cheers to Josh for sending this one over. Almost opaque darkish brown beer. Small pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and crispy and slightly dry. Very mild dark malts, just a touch of dark character. Piney hops, skunky and carrying a very citrus. Underneath is mild vanilla oak which sets this one aside from a lot of CDAs. Light dry finish. Very nice.
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Josh! Pours deep black-brown with a frothy beige head. Some chocolatey roast in the snout, juicy citrus fruits, ripe berries. Medium sweet flavor with dusty milk chocolate, understated roast, old chocolate cake, toasted grass, ripe grapefruit, orange. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Burnt sugars on the finish, very slight resins, mild roast, more milk chocolate. Pretty nice. Theydon_Bois (21512) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle split at the Black (IPA) Friday tasting, big thanks to Bro Josh, licker of men, 09/05/14.
Light black with a moderate tan covering that thins to edgework.
Nose is bitter roastings, pine, bitter grapefruit, cocoa powder.
Taste comprises light coffee notes, pine bite, tropicana, cocoa powder.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Adequate CDA - not one to revisit though! Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle thanks to Josh. It pours darkest brown with a small light tan head. The nose is rich roasty, varnish, citrus peel, potpourri, floral, toast and dirt. The taste is toasty, earthy, caramel, roasted malt, decent bitterness, varnish and pine needles with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Solid black IPA. jmgreenuk (10386) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAY 28, 2017
Tap at the Royston Hotel, Melbourne. Poured a clear dark brown with a thin white head and lots of clingy lace. The aroma is roasty malt, grassy hop. The flavour is moderate to strong bitter with a crisp, dry roast, grassy, liqourice hop bitter palate and a long bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A good black IPA but a little lacking on the citrus hop side for my liking.
jackl (8557) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle @ Chez Bruce. Deep brown, small head. Earthy roast, compost pile. Cocoa and dark chocolate. Taste of chocolate coffee ice cream. Roasted wood. Nice sweet/bitter balance. Medium body, soft carb. mkel07 (6549) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2014
Tap at Archive Beer Boutique July 2013. Middle of the road as far as black IPA’s go. Good combination of malt and hops that works wee but left me wanting more. hawthorne00 (4199) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle, 11C. Dark brown with a light tan head. Smells very like Karma Citra - bitter oranges, lychees, mocha. But the toasty vanilla notes are immediately apparent upon a sip, along with some slightly zingy spice notes at the end. The cocoa and slight nuttiness of the normal version are there too. Pretty good and the treatment adds things rather than interferes or overwhelms, but I still would take the normal version over this. But impressive and thoroughly enjoyable. gam (4142) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2014
Block beige head dark pour soft medium carbonation the aromas floral pine tropical fruits citrus the flavours rich caramel passionfruit pine medium bitter grapefruit floral sweetness papaw lovely sweetness on palate mango oak note vanilla smoke taste the finish best note hops strong bitter and oak mix lovely sweetness good ale maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2013
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 Tap at Mane Liquor on the Blind Tasting Barrel Aged Beer Night. Pours dark brown with a small, beige head leaving sticky lacing. Nose shows prominent vanilla and chocolate - almost white chocolate like with a big heavy dose of piney driven hops and some tropical undertones. Not as much barrel comes through as I was expecting. More barrel on the nose. Some light vanilla and oaky/woody undertones with the excessive hopped up beer. Grass, piney and citrus hops work well. Basically Karma Citra with hints of vanilla underlying it. Solid stuff. Re-rate from the bottle. Preferred it in the bottle than the first time around. I know it’s only on oak for 7 days but I like the sweet vanilla that runs through it. Just adds something extra and brings it all together nicely. Enjoyable