cgarvieuk (18564) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle at home ... deep red black ... thin tan head ... dark chocolate toffee malt with lots of pine hop nose ...soft soapy front ... juicy malts ... light pine hop bitterness ... some citrus ... orange and lime ... juicy.. nice
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Beer Ritz, Leeds. Shared with Slothez. Deep dark brown pour with a small tan head. Tropical fruit and juicy hops ahoy in the nose. Some cracking hoppage and citrus on offer in the flavour too, balanced out by some roast, dark choc and a wee lick of booze. Delicious and superbly drinkable stuff. The Kernel marches on....
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home. Red-black, with thin off-white head. Lovely nose, honey, melon and pineapple, possibly also even caramel. Very interesting flavours, like a hoppy porter, with honey and floral hop flavours balanced against a dry, bitter coffee finish, with a touch of oatmeal. Very nice indeed.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Brown/black, small tan head. Juicy IPA nose, plenty of citrus and guava with an underlying roasty note. Surprisingly dry yet juicy, full-on citrus with coffee grounds and a slightly roasty bitter finish. Interesting, a bit more roasty than I was expecting but still very good.
BenH (3252) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle. As good as black with a small tan head. Aroma of tropical fruit hops and some coffee. Similar taste, absolutely delicious. Nice bitter finish. One if his better ones
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Bottle Shop Canterbury. Now I was one of the first to embrace this style but also one of the first to fall out of love with it. There was just too much going on. A lack of harmony. So I approach this beer with a levep of scepticism. Black looking beer with thick dark beige head. A good lokking beer no doubt. Citrusy hops on the aroma are aluring. Yes well the malt is not the roasted variety that some have usex and it is without doubt a tasty beer and pushed back a certain amount of my prejudice. Its smooth with just a dash of ash. Its good. Yes a hoppy what? A hoppy dark ale? Smooth hoppy and rather good.
DanielBrown (4213) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Pours dark brown, with a prim cream head. The smell is just fantastic: mesmirising actually. Flavour is really good: juicy, limey, tropical hops, becoming slowly smooth, muddy malt. Long, interesting finish, which remains hoppy, but also smooth and choc-ish. Obviously delicious. This has ended up with a whopping score, because I can’t really see where it can be marked down.
mark1969 (38) - edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice lemon aroma with a hint of espresso . The colour black with a yeast haze . Very dormant flavour of citra hops , but balanced roast malt flavour , perhaps a hint of vanilla in the background .
tommann (3053) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium head. Aroma is juicy, guava, mango and papaya. Some coffee too. Taste has some watery coffee to start. Bitter mango. Faint bitter coffee on the aftertaste.
rlgk (15335) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a very rich lasting beige/brown head. Hoppy aroma, fruity, spicy, grapefruit and some chocolate. Hoppy flavor, metal, fruity, figs, perfume, chocolate, dry grassy, some grapefruit. Bitter hop finish with metal and perfume.