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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Black IPA
London, England
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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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Bottle conditioned; Occasional. Previously 7.4%.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JanLaursen (2985) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2012
Bottled. Murky orange brown with a dense beige head. Light roast, licorice, herbal, fruity hops in the nose. Lively mouthfeel. Flavor is dark malty, roast, citrus, a whiff of coffe, quite dry long, lingering bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (2728) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2564) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2544) - California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
14 dec 2012, bottle. Dark brown. Too dark to say but it looks a bit hazy. Nose is alcohol, oatmeal cookies, grassy hops. Thin body and fizzy. Some pineapple, bitter grapefruit rind, very bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2144) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, tropical fruits, zesty. Taste has orange zest, grapefruit, coffee and chocolate, little pine. Smooth and bitter, over carbonated. Not bad

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
33cl bottle. Pours a brown color, almost ruby on the edges of the glass. Head is huge and tanned. Long lasting foam. Aroma is similar to a porter: roast and coffee notes surrounded by a piney hoppiness. Taste is bitter up front, slightly acidic in the middle, than bitter again in the finish. Long astringent finish. Quite dry. Mouthful is almost creamy with soft carbonation. It’s quite mild both on roasted and hoppy notes compared to other BIPA I’ve head. I’d say this tasted more like a well hopped British porter to me. Still a nice brew for sure.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (1849) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 3, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sm89walt (1741) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2012
330ml bottle from the brewery. Very lively out of the bottle; even once half had been poured the remaining beer in the bottle continued to froth towards the top. In the glass it’s a deep & murky looking brown colour with a huge, dense, lasting & lacing light tan head. Heady grapefruit, pine, kiwi & peach to the fore on the nose backed by delicate roasted malt & coffee tones. The malt component is much more prominent on the tongue though never becoming more dominant than the hop element; roasted malt, coffee & chocolate counterbalanced by pine, grapefruit & resinous hops. Medium body, medium carbonation - quite crisp, dry & fresh on the palate - some warmth in the throat & finishing with a lingering hop/malt bittersweetness. Big hops in the Kernel way and decent dark malt interplay. Not a style for everyone but it floats my boat & Kernel have done it very well to my mind on this occasion. 7.1%

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (1730) - CZECH REPUBLIC - MAY 24, 2012
Bottle on the links. Brown with a white. Lovely aroma of citrus and tropical fruit. Flavour has some malty chocolate and coffee resting on the outskirts of a lovely hoppiness. Mango and pineapple. Again, a little yeasty but still delicious.


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