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The Kernel / Dark Star Imperial Märzen

The Kernel / Dark Star Imperial Märzen
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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Bermondsey, England
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
Bottle conditioned; Special. A collaboration brew with Dark Star.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
Bottle from the brewery, drunk 30th May 2011. Clear copper with a line of whitish head. Nose has bready malt with a hint of citrus and resin. Clay too. Slightly warming mouthfeel... light caramel, peppery and resiny hop notes. Quite sweet. tashi and I had a bottle when we bought them and this is better than that was. Palate is a little oily but not much. I’ve had so many amazing beers from the Kernel and from Dark Star that when one that is merely (very) good comes along, it feels like a let down!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikO (34) - Karlstad, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2013
Backlog rate. Dark brown color. Big boozy body, citrus/marmalade hops and sweet cake dough-like malt notes, very balanced. Warming alcohol notes at the end add some punch to the bitter finish. One of the better Kernels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Toby, 30/12/12. Hazed mid amber with a thin off white head. Nose is dark fruit, malt, spice, toffee. Taste follows, sugars, malt, dark fruit, raisens, dates. Full end of medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Clear golden beer with a small offwhite head. Malty biscuit aroma, caramel, fruity, cereal notes, lemongrass, sweetish notes. Malty biscuit flavor, caramel, bready notes, peach, apricot, floral notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SaintMatty (6846) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2012
330ml Bottle - Amber with a small white head. Caramel, sultanas, peach and apricot in the aroma. Malty, fruity, hoppy and slightly tangy taste with notes of dried fruit and grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5065) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 9, 2012
Pours a hazy medium amber with cream foamy head. Marmeladey hops and fruity malt nose. Orange pith bitterness followed by sweet marmelade, with gentle carbonation and a moreish abrupt finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (14269) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2012
33cl bottle bought at The Kernel, shared with Joes. A bit hazy copper / orange color, small white head. Smell malts and a bit old hops with some yeast. Tastes about the same: malts, hops and dominating yeast. Soft carbonation, medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackl (7069) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bottle. Copper orange color with a lovely off-white head. The nose is sweet, oranges, some chewy toffee, medium grains. The body’s a bit hot and alcoholic, some floral bitterness, sugary sweet finish. The body’s full and well-developed. Aggressive. I’m a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivnizub (10182) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle: Hazy, orangey coloured, stable creamy off-white head, solid fruity and piney-hoppy nose, sweet grains or sweet malt underneath, shy traces of alcohol as well; moderate to solid sweet-bitter flavour, medium to full bodied, very soft; lingering fruity/sweet-malty finish with a solid piney-hoppy aftertaste. A good A L E in my opinion.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoritzF (9448) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - NOV 30, 2011
(bottle, 33cl) Hazy, golden colour with a short and slightly off-white foamy head. Very hoppy aroma with herbal, piney and slightly fruity accents, accompanied by present yeasty and cara-malty notes. Bitter-sweet flavour, full bodied with a soft carbonation. Hearty (cara-)malty base with yeasty notes and a good dash of piney and slightly fruity aroma hops; lasting bitter-sweet finish with a lingering hoppy tail. Aromatic and solid strong Ale (?). 24.XI.11

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