danielecamo (845) - ITALY - JUL 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottiglia. Aroma tostato, caffè intenso, fondo di caffè, cioccolato amaro, cappuccino. Al palato corpo medio, cremosa, rotonda con sentori intensi di cioccolato al latte prima seguito da un amaro torrefatto, erbaceo.
Scotbrew (61) - - JUL 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Kernel’s beers are consistently well made, so when trying a new one for the first time, you already know it’s going to be good - the question is will it be one of their really excellent ones.
In my view, this one falls into the former category: seems to be a not entirely refined or balanced hybrid of a porter and a hoppy IPA.
Strong aromas of espresso coffee along with grapefruit and pine resin, with only moderate sweetness and quite high bitterness. Interesting beer but doesn’t quite work to my tastes.
berntholer (1488) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beige-yellow dense and stable head leaves structured lacing and foamhead. coffee coloured. aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, spicy, earthy. taste like aroma, bitter chocolate, ash, slight sweetness long bitter and chocolaty finish. medium body and carbonation. great stuff, especially given the abv. bottle 33cl / bbf dec-2015 / thanks secret santa!
Beelzebrox (44) - Enschede, NETHERLANDS - JUL 10, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with nice brown head. Aroma roasted grains and nuts and some dried fruits. Taste grains, dark roasted coffee, bitter chocolate, some vanilla, raisins. Medium to full bodied, aftertaste with bitter hops, coffee and dark chocolate. Excellent.
NordicV (1518) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mörkt brun öl med ljusbrunt skum. Lätt doft av kaffe och rostad malt tillsammans med lite kakao. I smaken tillkommer en aning grapefrukthumlighet.
Majek (542) - Ząbki, POLAND - JUN 30, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with some brown reflex. Big and quite stable head. Strong and complex aroma of roasted malts, chocolate mixed with citrus and piney notes. Pleasant at nose. Taste is medium sweet, medium to heavy bitter and minimal sour with long bitter finish. Medium to full body. Soft carbo. Very good example of porter with intesive american hops notes. Well done by Kernel.
tiong (5399) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail
Bottled 14.03.15 - Pours pitch black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, hops, grass, herbal notes, hints of spices and pine. Taste is smooth, hoppy and roasty with some herbal notes, pine, licorice, ash and grass. Finish is smooth, roasty and hoppy with some herbal notes, pine and licorice. Pretty smooth and balanced hoppy porter that feels almost like a black IPA.
Earlier Rating: 7/31/2013 Total Score: 3.7
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail
Bottled 27.05.2013, BBE 27.05.2014 - Pours pitch black with a tiny white head. Aroma of grainy malts, some roastiness, grassy and resinous hops. Taste is grainy, roasty and quite hoppy with notes of some fruity and resinous hops and coffee. Finish is fruity, hoppy and grassy with notes of bitterness, roastiness and coffee. Quite nice and tasty hoppy porter.
Earlier Rating: 5/17/2013 Total Score: 3.8
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail
Bottled 18.12.12 - Pours pitch black with a sticky white head. Aroma of roasted malts, salty licorice, leather, some grassy hoppiness and fruits. Taste is roasty, slightly salty and bitter with some grassy hoppiness and hints of fruits and licorice. Finish is roasty with hints of licorice and chocolate, and some nice bitterness. Quite nice, dark and roasty porter with some bitter hoppiness.
Earlier Rating: 5/30/2014 Total Score: 3.8
330ml bottle (as Centennial, Chinook, Bramling Cross) from Ales by Mail
Bottled 03.01.14 - Pours pitch black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, grassy hops, coffee, citrus and dark chocolate. Taste is smooth, roasty and salty with some grassy hoppiness, loads of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Finish is salty, bitter and roasty with some grassy hoppiness and licorice. Quite salty and grassy porter.
oliodnb (597) - ITALY - JUN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Pours black with an awesome thick brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some coffee, light licorice and vanilla, citrusy hoppy notes. Taste is roasted malts, ground coffee, bitter chocolate, some vanilla again. Dry hoppy bitter finish with vegetal and roasted flavors. Full body, smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Very good.
aleigator (550) - GERMANY - JUN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Gavin for the bottle
Pours a black color, with a medium, brown head.
Smells unusual hoppy for this style of beer, with grassy oranges among, roasted, smoky, salt topped dark malts. Results into a beautiful nose featuring soft bakers chocolate, infused with orange- and lemon peel.
Drinks outstandingly smooth with a lower carbonation, featuring a dough creaminess.
Tastes of toasty, earthen malts, which got a subtle toffee sweetness to them, as well as a salty minerality. On top of that settles a whiff of earthy coffee and a fruity, orange defined hoppiness. The hops turn a tad grassier during the beers finish, while they blend very well into a pleasant, slightly dry coffee bitterness, without getting less creamy.
Fantastic balanced, smooth and versatile porter. Almost reminds me of a black Ipa with a good amount of roast to it, while it features a creamy smoothness and remains sessionable.
Towey1989 (962) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) A black colour with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some earthy hops, cocoa, ash and slight prune. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, ash, earthy hops, subtle fruit and a hint of grapefruit. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A roasted, cocoa bitterness in the finish. More like a stout than a porter, a lot of roasted and earthy flavours, deep and complex. Really like this.