MannyGoldberg (101) - Greater London, - AUG 11, 2012
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pretty much everything Kernel do I love. This was the exception. Way too much alcohol burn. I ended up pouring half of it down the sink.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tderoeck (3611) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
6/X/13 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-931) Thanks to Nicki and Mike for transporting the bottles!
Clear dark brown to black beer, irregular big bubbled beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: mocha and coffee are dominating, liquorish, alcohol, lots of caramel, some vanilla, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sugar, mocha, coffee, cocoa powder, alcohol, dried fruits, slightly sourish, hint of overripe fruits. Aftetaste: chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, alcohol, very roasted almost burnt taste.
Inbreak (1073) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
24.07.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC "best-before-last-summer-tasting" :
Nice brown creamy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, dark malts, dark sugar, hops, alcohol, perfume, licorice, coffee, cocoa, thinner. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, harsh hay, sour coffee, grass, perfume, thinner, oak, cocoa, caramel, licorice. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Not for me!
ej (511) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a fast subsiding dark-tanmed head. Intense aroma with heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, leather and tar. Some alcohol is also evident. Taste is heavy liquorice with coffee, tar and leather. Burnt malts and warming alcohol. Thick and creamy on the palate with soft carbonation.
ClubGonzo (3202) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle, shared with BBGTC @ "Best Before Last Summer Tasting 2013". At last a bottle with which the BB date can be ignored! :-D Pours a jet black body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is licorice, grassy hops, dark chocolate, leather, hints of coffee and alcohol. Taste is licorice, coffee, dense dark chocolate and hints of booze and leather. Full body, soft to medium carbonation. Solid, but not exceptional.
SydBeer (4) - - MAY 11, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma with chocolate and coffee. Hops resin. Black oil color, with minimal brown head. Full body, oily feel, flat carbonation. Very good imperial stout.
unstablefable (210) - SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours opaque black with and mocha head, chestnut fringes around the sides, aroma is big dark chocolate and espresso little bit boozy. Taste is of the same stuff big chocolate and coffee, big bodied classic kernel
Leighton (8682) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at the ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to Toby for bringing this around! Pours oily, black-brown with a creamy, brown foam head. Big and rich dark malt aroma, plenty of cocoa. Lovely, sweet flavor with moderate alcohol, rich dark chocolate, sturdy roast, light burnt wood, burnt toast. Full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Warming finish with slick chocolate, some earthy bitterness, baking cocoa, dry roast and burnt wood. Big and ballsy but with great balance. Some dark fruit notes in there as well. Outstanding stuff.
Theydon_Bois (5308) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Toby, 30/12/12.
Pitch black with a thin dirty tan head that clears to the edge.
Nose is dark malt, treacle toffee, bitter chocolate, booze.
Taste follows, bitter chocolate, tar, molasses, booze.
Full bodied, smooth on the palate, roasted finish.
Good strong tackle!
mR_fr0g (1391) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting 30/12/12. Thanks Toby from Kernel. really balck with caramel tones. Tan head and some legs. Huge Coffee, caramel aroma. Massive bold, but balanced flavours of coffee toast caramel . Hides the alcohol well with only a small amount of booziness.
Svesse (5689) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle) Black colour with dense, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of sweet espresso, dark chocolate, cacao, liquorice, burnt sugar, caramel and a vinous whiff of alcohol. Malty, roasted taste with strong black coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, cacao, molasses, liquorice, salmiak and a solid coffee/cacao bitterness in a long, vinous finish. Full body, almost oily mouthfeel. Quite sweet. Quite a mouth-filling experience, hardly subtle and balanced is probably not the correct word either. But what in impressive imperial stout. Lovely!