shoulderbroken (1668) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from the old brewery. Very dark brown pretty much black colour. Golden bubbly head, fades quite quickly. Aroma is roasty, bit of coffee, and lots of hoppy citrus fruitiness. Grapefruit sharpness. Taste is initially hoppy bitter, then goes to roasty and chocolatey malt, and finishes a slow fade of coffee and grapefruit bitterness. Very nice and smooth in the mouth. Bit further down more fruit, orange and some tropical hints. Really nice. I must have this again.
Leighton (9622) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 3, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the old brewery, London. Pours dark brown with a frothy, beige foam head. Light roast, subtle coffee and light grapefruit in the nose. Medium sweet flavor with some tangy dark malts, dark and toasty bread, roasted malts, some grapefruit and pineapple. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Faintly roasty finish with light resinous stickiness, mild cocoa, some pine, faint coffee, light dry grass, citrus fruits. Pretty superb. Very dynamic with different aspects coming through as I drink. Apparently this was Nate’s last brew; he left us with a wonderful farewell beer.
madmitch76 (13007) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2012 18th March 2012
Clear dark brown - red beer. Decent pale tan - cream head. Smooth dry palate, semi soft with fine carbonation. A little malt cream to start. Very mildly roasted dark malt with a whisper of coffee. Dry tangy citrus hops - orange and lemon. Pine. Some red berry fruits coming to the fore towards the dry finish. Bitter linger. A whisper of rye spice. Another very complex Black IPA form the Kernel. Great stuff!
2nd April 2012
Rounded off nicely now - lost some of the coffee grit but is nicely piney and pithy!
thepegjett (1260) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Full citrus with coffee and light rye
A - Dark reddish-brown with creamy lasting head
T - sweet with light sour and bitter
P - Full and soft
O - Good beer
Applejuce (1) - ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
C= Very dark brown but not black, more muddy water glasto style farm sludge. Nice looking retention that pops and brakes down in mins. Then a staying firm film.
N: Breezy, nutteler, closed, diacetyl vanilla notes mingeling with milky low roast notes. Some pine edges trying to cut through but all very low toned and yeasty/wheaty, that a rye thing?.
P: Slick, very balenced! Quick, fleeting but exciting, real bright coco powder thing going on with a nice bitter twang that fades in lighley toasted mocca latte coffee finish. Some light lemon citrus flavours right the way through keeping it lifted and moorish. Nice sweep clean finish that might put of some but very tasty.
Scopey (5288) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery. It pours very dark brown, with a thin off-white head. The nose is pine, varnish, caramel, roasted malt and salted liquorice. The taste is salted caramel, rye, roasted malt, coffee, liquorice and pine, with a big dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A tasty black IPA.