CraftBeerNick (859) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle at home, 12th January 2012. Great hoppy aroma, pine and grapefruit, pours nicely, neat head and good lacing. Taste is punchy and perfect, lots of lingering grapefruit pithe, and piney hops, coffee and bitter chocolate is evident. I was a big fan of the original Black IPA from Kernel, Black 2 was good but lacked the wow factor, Black 3 has this and is back up with the Original
Fin (7343) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Kernel Brewery, Bermondsey, London, 07.01.12 in company of Loz, plus friends (neighbours) Nick, Anna, Barry & Lynn, also Ang, Thomas and then a number of brewers here today. Black maybe not totally black but getting that way, with a filmy head. You get a good rub of citrus across the mouth initially with this beer. Nice bittersweet balance, bit thrusting bitterness and a move towards dryness at the end, but it is the very decent citrus flavours that I like, I mostly get grapefruit but with maybe a slight pithy lemon going on also. Marvellous beer. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8
madmitch76 (14678) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
18th December 2011
Opaque dark brown beer, bubbly pale tan head. Dry palate with mild carbonation. Robust dark malt, roasty with bitter coffee. Balanced with bitter hops that are both piney and citrus. Bitter grapefruit with a trace of lime. Bitter dry finish with some sublte red fruits and aniseed. Wow! A smack in the chops of a black ipa. A big old beer this, unsubtle but hugely enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing how this develops.
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery. It pours very dark brown, with a big beige head. The nose is sweet caramel, treacle, pine and roasted malt. The taste is caramel, coffee liqueur, syrup, pine, roasted malt, toast, burnt wood, pepper, tar and alcohol warmth, with a bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and slightly syrupy mouth-feel. Tasty.
Leighton (10674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery, London. Pours black-brown with a foamy, off-white head. Earth, pine and light roast in the aroma. Medium sweet flavor, strong grassy hops, charred malt roastiness. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Good condition. Dry, dirty hop finish, char, pine, grass, some citrus. Very good. Some woody earth lingers. Good stuff.