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


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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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2011 Bottle from Beermerchants. Gauzey bronze with a fine, low head. Aroma of chilled stone fruits, leafy hops, beeswax, Southern Comfort, slight cabbage. Mellow orange, bucks fizz and bilious cabbage/berry taste flooded with alcohol. Sugar slickness. No zest, malt depth, esters (not marzen characteristics I know but as beer this pungent has to have something as a trade off for the alcohol) to pull it back from the park bench. Dull and booze-sodden with a disconnected bitterness. Imperial Marzen doesn’t exist- now I’ve tasted one I’m convinced. Some discordant elements are best left apart. It just doesn’t have the richness of malt to carry the hops or alcohol, and is getting me unpleasantly pissed, super-quick. The only Kernel/Kernel collaboration I’ve tried I’m not in a hurry to retry, but it’s OK. A brewery this prolific juggling 23 malts and f**k knows how many hops is bound to put out something I’m not mad about eventually, and it doesn’t lessen my impression of them one bit. If not actually down the plughole, certainly on the drain board.. Couldn’t/ didn’t finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7310) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2011
Medium white head. Hazy amber body with carbonation. Strong earthy peas and dry straw aroma with alcoholic licorice and toffee notes. Strong dry-sweet earthy toffee and peas taste with smoky resiny notes. Full-bodied. Sharpish, hot mouthfeel. Dryish earthy alcoholic tropical fruit aftertaste with buttery spicy notes. A real riot of flavours, this one, but surprisingly harmonic. (0.33l bottle, beermerchants.com.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAY 10, 2011

Bottle 330ml. @ chriso.

Clear medium orange colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white to white head. Aroma is moderate malty, toasted, caramel, moderate hoppy, orange - citrus, peach. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110426]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2011
From bottle on 26 April 2011. Gingery amber colour. Sweetish but with lots of orangey hops. Alcohol is maybe a bit hot. Very restrained bready malt notes. Not really much like any Marzen I’ve tried before but you know Evin is going use a whole lot more hops than the norm anyway. Not generally a favourite style of mine but the Kernel take on it is certainly interesting, if far from traditional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (16197) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2011
Bottled 330ml (BB 12/2013)
Bottle from the brewery. Dark orange color, small steady color. Malty, a bit orange-fruity aroma. Medium-bodied. Orange-peels, fruity-malty, some rye bread. Feels like 6-7% beer, but warming aftertaste. Lingering bitterbess. Very balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 7, 2011
Bottled (thanks TBone!). Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is very strong bready and quite sweet malts, some hops and mild sweetness. Flavour is bigtime malts, some alcohol as well as some mild alcohol and also quite rich on the hoppyness. Really pleasantly balanced brew for being 9.1%. ROCK!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
downender (7958) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2011
Bottle from the brewery. Deep orange in colour with a slick of a head. Aroma of marmalade, tropical fruits and caramel. Flavour was sweet, with plenty more fruit and some toffee, leading to a warming alcohol finish. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
planky84 (2876) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2011
Bottle from the Kernel Brewery. Pale orange pour with a white head. Slightly sour aromas of lemon juice and grapefruit. A tad zesty. Citrus and herb flavours with a hint of treacle. Throat warming. Long alcohol linger. Dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (2405) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle from Kernel Brewery. Pours dark amber, good clarity. Nose is sweet malt, strong roasted flavour, some citrous and fruity stuff in there. Taste is firstly a bit of chocolate, sweet malt and then the alcohol content hits your tongue. Some citrous in the lager bitterness.I didn’t know what an Imperial Marzen was, but now I’ve tasted it it completely makes sense. Toasted malty lager with a potent alcohol bite to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (17352) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2011
Bottle from Bottle Shop Canterbury. Clear amber good carbonation. Jasmin. Good aroma. Slightly flowery. Rose petal good carbonation. Lovely fruit on the finish. Amazing aroma to be honest. Its a little lager yeast in the flavour. Some herb on the finish. Some caramel. Lots of herbal honey. Yes quite sweet. But this nice herby slightly bitter finish. Stunningly good.

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