mezr (96) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 330ml bottle. Itís a cloudy yellow/orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is citrus, with a little spruce in the background. Medium bitter taste, and at first creamy but stickiness comes through. Average carbonation and a long, soft, bitter finish. Very pleasant and easy to drink, even for an IPA novice. Would welcome this any time.
EdKing (2375) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So Iíve had this bottle bought from the brewery for about a year. On opening it is quite a thing of beauty. Very rich bright orange, hazy, white head which dissipates to nothing. Beautiful looking. And the nose too. Like a cross between a barley wine and a DIPA. Lots of sugary orange citrous fruit, caramel, orange liqueur, earthy cold stones, very mild oxidisation, grapefruit peel, minerally. Taste is surprisingly quite mellow. Subtle orange liqueur, slight earthy damp cellar, orange and grapefruit citrous bitter, bit of the wood barrel, vanilla and oak, acidic. Itís a really interesting beer. The flavours are starting to smooth out, but itís still got a bitter kick. Damp cellar quite strong too.
Theydon_Bois (16661) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the pre Bamberg tune up in the Sham, big thanks to Kenneth Veronica Mitchell (I seen his passyport!) for digging up another Kernel from the archives, 23/01/14.
Hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering that thins a little.
Nose is woody, bitter tropicals, orange pith, grapefruit, mango, hops, light boozedom.
Taste comprises pineapple, bitter orange, woody booze, mango, light BA qualities.
Fullish bodiment, fine carbonation, drying fanfare.
Good stuff, not easy to pull off but the whisky BA has worked well whilst retaining DIPA qualities.
Prutzo (11) - - NOV 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Molt bona ipa per a comenÁar la tarda. Aromes tŪpics del Galaxy. Molt bona pas per boca. Recomanable.
teorn88 (6196) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Leighton! It pours a hazy medium amber with a thin white head and lots of broken lace. The aroma is rich and hoppy with hints of whisky. A sign of things to come. The flavour is strong bitter, rich and hoppy too. There is some liqourice bitterness,but what makes this such a great beer is that the the bitterness does not dominate and the palate is super smooth with the alcohol pretty well hidden.
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2/VII/13 - 33cl bottle @ De Hopduvel (Gent) - BB: 14/VI/17, bottled: 14/VI/12 (2013-593) Thanks to Bobochamp for sharing the bottle!
Clear orange beer, small to no head. Aroma: bit sweet, caramel, honey, sugary, vanilla, some banana, spicy, bit peppery even. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty bitter start, citrus, alcohol, woody, some caramel and honey, spices. Aftertaste: bitter, alcohol is noticeable, dry, tannins, some whisky touch (you donít say!), little sugary, dry and bitter finish. A bit too boozy, but pretty good for a barrel aged (double) IPA. Usually that sort of thing doesnít work out too well.
Leighton (18222) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Paulís birthday party at CBC Clerkenwell - London. Just some whale I harpooned many moons ago! Pours lightly hazy gold with a big, frothy white head. The aroma is all dried pale malts, dried citrus, hints of toffee. Medium to big sweet flavor with pale bread, ripe grapefruit, orange, hay and tangerine. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish, lightly resinous, with some further dry pale malts, pale wood, a bit of whisky kick, dried citrus. Interesting, but in the end The Kernelís DIPAs donít get better when tossed into a barrel.
jackl (7011) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split at Paulís birthday celebrations. The pourís amber with a small head. The nose is marzipan, orange peel, toast. Burnt toffee crisp and a bit of compost. The taste is wild buggy wood, dirt. Molding melon, cotton candy. Certainly a unique set of flavors. Full body, rich and syrupy. Overall, actually a pretty cool beer.
BoBoChamp (5755) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl, new exclusive English brew Anno 2012, thx alot to Andrew!, very complex bitter brew, floral/woody and slightly alcoholic/fruity, yet not too heavy, balanced, hazy, good head, very good and original brew!
Scopey (12245) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kernel Whale, thanks to Leighton. It pours hazy golden yellow with a small beige head. The nose is wood, icing sugar, sweet orange, potpourri, faint medicinal notes and some whisky. The taste is pine, earth, orange, nectarine, tangerine, resin, parma violets, alcohol, oak, only a hint of whisky, earth and some sherbet with a warming finish. Fullish body, fine carbonation and viscous mouth-feel. A touch cloying. Balance is not there for me and itís pretty boozy to boot. Not their best.