DanielBrown (4147) - 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.
Beersiveknown (4010) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAR 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home thanks to DanTheMan278!
Those NZ hops really make themselves known on the nose. There’s gooseberry and watermelon plus a touch of citra mango. Plenty of bitterness too...mouth drying but too moreish to stop for water. Lots of citrus -satsumas maybe? plus more of the aforementioned fruit. A slight touch of dark malt asserts itself as toast but this beer is all about the hops. Gentle carbonation and medium mouthfeel.
BenH (3083) - 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
tommann (3012) - 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.
Inbreak (3004) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 24.07.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC "best-before-last-summer-tasting":
Big creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly neutral, dark malts, hops, wet leafs, grass, caramel, rubber, thinner. Taste is harsh sour-ish, dark malts, old hops, cardboard, harsh grass, wet leafs, rubber, burnt caramel. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Old bottle that has passed it’s pride.
EdKing (2173) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not the biggest fan of black IPAs but this is nice. Pours dark brown, off white head. Nose is lots of tropical fruit and citrous. Lots of pineapple juice, then passion fruit, mango, papaya, guava. Citrous and lime and bit of grapefruit bitter. Taste is tropical fruit sweet. If I were blindfolded I wouldn’t necessarily know this was a black rather than West Coast IPA. Doesn’t have that black sugary cloyingness. Fair amount of grapefruit, pine and dash of eucalyptus on finish.
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....
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.
onystrom (1321) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy brown color with fine head. Wonderful hoppy aroma and flavor, very well balanced and doesn’t seem so strong.
CraftBeerNick (1274) - 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