Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Black IPA
Bermondsey, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
Bottle conditioned; Occasional. Previously 7.4%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottle 33 cl. Courtesy of madmitch76. Pours a cloudy opaque brown with an off-white head. Lightly greasy and citrusy hop aroma with subtle roast. Medium body, carbonation is a little excessive, licorice and roast with a subtle bitterness. Pleasant. 150812

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11411) - Sřborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled. Dark brown coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma of sweetness, tropical fruits, coconut, flowers. Flavour of herbs, light roast, tropical fruits, sweetness. Medium to full bodied. ends on a herbal smooth bitterness. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theydon_Bois (17245) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from a 330 ml bottle (purchased at the brewery - drank Apr ’12) into a tulip glass to a very dark brown/bordering black colouration with a thick-ish off-white head which gives way after a few minutes. Pine, roasted malts and a little caramel/toffee hit you on the nose. On the palate I quickly picked up on the ’rye’ backbone of this IPA although it does not dominate! At the business end I was getting a hop hit with some citrus notes but allied to roasted malts, liquorice and a litle coffee. Mouthfeel was spot on, medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall another very good IPA from the Kernel, well balanced and a quite a complex series of flavours which all hold up well together!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorgeLee (1802) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle from the Kernel. Pours deep black with big white head, looks fantastic. Kernel hoppy aroma. Smooth on the palate, good example of a black ipa with malty background and long bitter finish. Didn’t quite have the extra complexity expected from having rye in the mix, which was a bit disappointing, but it is still very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palme (4184) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2012
0.33l bottle (7.1% ABV) from beermerchants.com A deep dark brown one with a massive and lasting beige head that’s nicely lacing down the sides of the glass. On the aroma it’s really hoppy with citrus, ripe fruits but it also has a really nice - but subtle sweet chocolate thing going on. It smells really nice. It has a really slick texture with a average big-bubbly carbonation level. Flavors are almost roasted-hoppy ans also a bit sweet with dark malts, subtle chocolate, some alcohol, strong bitter - almost peppery finish and aftertaste with a watery mouthfeel in the aftertaste, but the flavor just sticks around forever. Mildly dry all the way also actually. A strange experience, but I liked it. Again a good one again from the Kernel. 18.06.2012

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark brown to black with a large nougat coloured head. The aroma holds grapefruit and pine up front with undertones of spicy/minty rye, dark bread, soft roast, wet tobacco, toasted cookies, herbs, resinous wood, black currant tea, tart apricots and marmalade candy. Really bright on the nose. The flavor is light sweet, medium bitter and light acidic with notes of grapefruit, lime, herbs, pine, tea, grass, cookies, rye, bread, tobacco and balanced roast. The mouthfeel is soft and clean with a smooth carbonation. The finish is grapefruity and tea-like with balanced rye and roast. Near medium bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (4556) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
Kernel Black Rye 330 ml bottle bought @ The Bottle Shop Canterbury. Pours hazy dark brown, almost black, with a huge frothy and fluffy brownish gray head that is rather quick to dissipate while leaving some thick trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with caramel, dark bread, grapefruit juice, pine, grapefruit peal, orange peal, lemon balm, dark roast coffee, toffee, chocolate, slightly perfumed tobacco and hints of wood and dill. Taste is slightly sweet, bitter and tiny sour with grapefruit juice, green grapes, dark rye bread, pine, dark roast coffee, grape zest, earthy tobacco, orange peal, roasted malts,  lemon zest, burnt caramel, wood, fresh grass, resin, wet soil and subtle hints of liquorice fudge and fresh green herbs. Mouthfeel is smooth, tiny dry, tart and medium bodied. Finish is tiny sweet, bitter and sour with grapefruit juice, dark roast coffee, dark bread, heavily roasted malts, grapefruit peal, grape zest, pine, grass and green herbs. Another extremely solid beer from The Kernel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2012

Bottle 330ml. @ [ Edinburgh Danish Invasion Tasting) by cgarvieuk - Edinburgh ].

Clear dark brown colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, moderate to heavy hoppy, orange - citrus, grapefruit, licorice. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120422]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (5076) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 12, 2012
Bottle from beer merchants. Pours murky brown with fluffy tan head. Pithy grapefruit and resinous pine nose, sherbert grapefruit with a slightly chalk chocolate finish. Fairly bitter numbing the mouth, well carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sir__v (2164) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 9, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2015 Color: a black liquid diamond with a big heavy brown head and no carbonation. Smell: malt, roasted and finally hops. Taste : malt, caramel. Aftertaste : hops. Really good beer very interesting and strange!

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