sm89walt (1792) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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%
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at cgarvieuk’s Danish Invasion tasting. End of the bottle, so my pour was mainly yeast! Nice nose though, definite spiced rye characteristic and massive pine hops. Similar flavours, slightly chocolate, some sweet coffee and a nice resinous bitter finish. This is good.
JorgeLee (1339) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
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
CraftBeerNick (1132) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home 4th April. Aroma is intense pine orange grapefruit and a hint of chocolate orange. Great mouth feel, smooth. Taste is delicious, pine fresh hop, slightly numbing in the mouth. Another very good black IPA from Kernel
sir__v (865) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 9, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color: a black liquid diamond with a big heavy brown head and no carbonization. Smell: malt, roasted and finally hops. Taste : malt, caramel. Aftertaste : hops. Really good beer very interesting and strange!
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.