CraftBeerNick (708) - 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
DanielBrown (3600) - 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.
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - full malt with pleasent citrus
A - dark with lasting creamy head
T - sweet with full , roasted and hoppy bitter
P - full and creamy
O - real good
BenH (1927) - 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
wyzzywyz22 (1842) - 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....
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oh boy. This is good. Saved bottle from while back cause it was just too tasty. Not had another BIPA like it. No coins. No coins. Just full thick standard BIPA flavours without the tuppence. All good smooth tasty.
DruncanVeasey (6810) - NUNEATON, Top 4, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from...the fridge. Black indeed with a fine, thick cappuccino head. Aroma a cocktail of great things; blackcurrant, mango, Rubicon, cracked black pepper and papaya. Overpoweringly, a soft, perfumed tropical fruit note. Wow. Black IPA slanted more towards the IPA than the black; soapy hop front gathering bagfuls more blackcurrant, mango. Light burnt finish with touches of blackened husk. Then grapefruity. Up The Kernel.
Beersiveknown (2395) - 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.
HenrikSoegaard (10014) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Heavy amlty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flaor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. World class.
Leighton (9640) - 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.