TysonBeerhound (52) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, - SEP 3, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It poured predictably dark with a large tan head. The aroma was a distinct mix of roast malts and coffee.
The mouthfeel was smooth and initial impressions were that it was very Porter like. There’s roast malt, some chocolate, and a dark fruit character about it. I would imagine that this is similar to, but easier on the palate than, the original version as its creamy nature would be hard to duplicate in a stronger beer.
A pleasant enough, if not the most exciting, Kernel beer
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Murky dark brown pour with a thin off white head. Chocolate and roast aplenty in the nose. Malty flavour with some fruits and welcome hops. Decent balance. Very tidy.
prawlie (1040) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into a Westmalle glass. Very dark brown, almost black, nice head but it doesn’t last long. Nice complex hop and malt aroma, citrus, and crystal. Smooth, crystal and chocolate malt, very tasty. Dry and bitter aftertaste, a little too much.
Aniela (2294) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Almost black beer with a beige creamy head. Hoppy, coffee, raisins, fruity, chocolate and a bit salty aroma. Hoppy, caramell, floral, raisins, citrus, fruity and salty flavour. A nice beer :-)
graham_murphy (211) - - MAY 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Combining the chocolately roasted malts with the fresh pine and citrus hops. A very good beer. Quite light and very drinkable. Perfect for a winter evening.
ClubGonzo (3437) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, courtesy of winning a bet with StoreMy; cheers mate. ;-) Pours a deep, near-black mahogany brown with a large rocky light khaki-hued head. Nose is grassy melon tones, peaches, hints of pine and dark malts. Some faint chocolate and nutty tones complimenting the hops. Nice. Taste is brown malty nut tones, grains, pine and hints of herbal grassy notes. Some strange metal-like hints in the back draws back the impression a bit, but otherwise this is a pleasant creation. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Nice enough, but fails to go the extra mile somehow.
cgarvieuk (12767) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep black ... thin tan head ... soft dark roast ... big chcololate nose ..huge chocolate /... dark malts ... mellow chocolate roast .... ligth oakyness?
Osprey87 (1083) - London via, WALES - APR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Room temp bottle from last year. 5.6%. Pours a thin caramel black like coke. Smell is not great - musty and yeasty. Flavour is slight resin, a little mint. Not bitter but dry. Nice enough.
a_cross (525) - Poole, Dorset, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, muddy brown, no head; great hoppy aroma of pine, lush dark fruit, chocolate and coffee; smooth, lightly roasted flavour with dark fruit and lots of dusty hops; some soft chocolate too; quite dry; a touch of mint in the long finish; very nice indeed.
danlo (798) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from the Cheese & Wine Shop, Darlington. Black-brown colour, tan head that diminishes and aroma of coffee, smoke & roasted malt. The taste is initially pine, then sweetish roasted malt & raisins, with an underlying dry bitterness through to the finish. Smooth medium bodied and soft carbonation. Quite drinkable.
berkshirejohn (4117) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
33cl bottle from Westholme Stores, Goring. An opaque magohany brown pour with a trace of beige head; rich chocolate malt aroma; in the mouth, the hops dominate at first, giving lots of astringent pine, before a milky stout-like body; the finish is again dominated by the hops and some unbalanced alcohol, but there is also a residual malty sweetness, which is, I guess, why this is called a Brown Ale in the first place. Overall I don’t think this is a very successful deviation from what Kernel do best - hoppy pale ales.