Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Porter
London, England


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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Bottled, Occasional;

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1810) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle bought at Real ale shop, Twickenham. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top that diminishes rather fast. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Tastes roasty, chocolate, malty, hoppy, slight bitterness. Rich and complex, another cracker from the Kernel.
Earlier Rating: 5/19/2013 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Oddbins, London Bridge, London. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, almost burnt aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, bitter, slightly dry and burnt taste verging on rauchbier territory. Enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 4/3/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle from Oddbins, London Bridge, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes roasty, malty chocolate, coffee, slightly fruity ending. Rich tasty porter from Kernel.
Earlier Rating: 7/9/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2011. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Malty, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, slight sweetness, caramel, some coffee and chocolate. Bloody decent porter from the excellent Kernel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (371) - SPAIN - JUN 20, 2013
Intenso color negro con espuma beige. Aromas torrefactos, cafť y chocolate amargo. En boca es amarga, pero muy equilibrada y con las notas que obteniamos al olerla. Excelente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (2781) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle from Borough Wines [Wilton Way]. Pours pretty much black with a big, dense creamy-brown-beige head with a heap of lacing. Nose is all about the piney, grassy hops. Absolutely huge pine needles, grass, earthiness - almost dirty, and cocoa powder. The dirtiness is kind of appealing due to the touch of sweetness behind it. Very creamy mouth feel to this one. Some lengthy bitterness on the finish and balanced sweetness. Taste shows the token pine needle note with some heavy liquorice and milk chocolate. Quite grassy and a touch of grapefruit there too with some freshness on the finish - almost mint like. As it warms the chocolate notes get kind of salty. Wow, holy shit! This is good shit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (895) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
330ml bottle from Cheese & Wine shop, Darlington. Black in colour, frothy foam tan head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits. Taste is sweetish roasted malt, chocolate, coffee with smokey & fruity notes, and some hoppy bitterness. Smooth mouth feel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, fruity dry lingering bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Osprey87 (1158) - London via, WALES - JUN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014
My previous ratings for the individual varieties of this beer seem to have been removed. Here are the ones I can find.

Feb 2013 Bramling Cross Version 5.7%
Room temp bottle. Bottled Oct 2012. Initial impression is smokey, sweet roasted barley, syrupy. This is a good porter. (3.8)

June 2013 Simcoe Chinook Version 6.1%
Bottle, room temp, one month old. Forms a decent tan head which doesnít endure. Very chocolatey smell initially, but this quickly becomes more chemically. Good mouthfeel. Chocolate, coffee, smoke, spice. Quite complex. Hops are still quite fresh and give an astringent bitter finish. Pretty good actually. (4.1)

Aug 2013 Columbus Chinook Version 5.6%
Bottle at room temp, bottled Mar 2013. Huge bubbly tan head. Smells slightly of American hops and ash. Mouthfeel is quite good again - thin to medium but a little foamy. Taste is not as nice or as complex as the last one. Iím getting chemicals, ash, yeast, slight American hops. Itís alright. (3.4)

Jan 2014 Bramling Cross Version 5.7%
BB Oct 2013. Just as an experiment, I thought Iíd let this one go past its BB. Black with a foamy beige head that endures. Smell - sweet chocolately, smoke and ash, some residual hoppiness. Body is mostly just foamy. Taste - toned down malts, some 90% chocolate and stale coffee bean, much more yeast character than the last bottle had. Still OK, but teetering on the edge. (3.4)

Itís difficult to average these very different beers, so Iíll just give the highest score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle thanks to Colin. Pours very dark brown with cocoa brown head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, day old coffee, earthy hops and light pine. Medium body. Finishes dry cocoa/coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hooks82 (90) - ITALY - JUN 1, 2013
Porter ipa. Scura con poca schiuma color nocciola. Amarissima. Sentori di caffè e tostato. Retrogusto e finale luppolato fruttato e amarissimo ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichTheVillan (2121) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; pitch black pour with mahoosive tan head, roast malt and coffee aroma, porter sweetness first with plain chocolate a hint of roasted coffee and smokiness with a decent amount of hop bitterness, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
graham_murphy (224) - - MAY 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 Fresh pine and citrus hops as Iíve come to expect from the kernel as a background to rich roasted malt with hints of coffee, liquorice and chocolate. Missing some sweeter notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElDesmadre (1359) - Mikołůw, POLAND - MAY 23, 2013
Bottle. Black as the night, with a big, frothy, everlasting head. Perfect look. The aroma boasts a well integrated blend of piney and citrusy hops on one hand, and an amazingly deep dark maltiness on the other. Dark chocolate, roast and coffee. Nuts and soy sauce. The nuttiness particularly seems to bridge the gap between the roast/coal and the pine. Medium body and again - stunningly deep flavour. The malt is the main actor here, with coffee upfront, backed by the roast. On the supporting role we have a neat piney and resiny hoppiness, accurately dosed. Smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel topped off by a medium bitterness that seems to be equally derived from the roast and the hops. In the aftertaste there is roast and notes of resin as well as earth. Immaculate.

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