Theydon_Bois (11420) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
madsberg (10595) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Scopey (8238) - 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.
Fin (8080) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Kernel Brewery, consumed at Church Stretton, Shropshire, campsite, Thursday 23rd August 2012 Soft in mouth, sweet lemon with some chocolate, really good tanginess, furry, fuzzy bitterness, some dark chocolate bourbon biscuit. Lovely, really good combination of flavours. A7 A3 T8 P4 Ov16 3.8
KnutAlbert (6339) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 4, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Strong rye bread aroma, rather sour. The flavour has the rye playing with the hops in a remarkable way. Pine, euchaluptus.
gunnar (6062) - Sandnes, NORWAY - MAY 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beermerchants.com. Pours dark as Coke with an enourmous frothy light tanned head. Aroma is rye, floral and fruity hops, some peppers and equalyptus as well. Taste is intense fresh & crisp hops, high carbonated, medium bodied. Some nice liquorice, sweet malts and mints towards the lingering dry bitter end, do i need to say this is very good?
Stuu666 (5538) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is chocolate, coffee, citrus, taste is similar, roasted.
jackl (5368) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ CPK. Deep brown color with a massive, gushing tan head. The nose is of caramel and sweet chocolate. Roasted coffee. Leafy hops. The taste is buoyant light hops, sweet cola, milk chocolate. Light bitter leafy finish. Medium body. Active carbonation. As always, a very good effort from The Kernel.
Beersiveknown (3630) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUN 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Palme (3605) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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