Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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!
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.
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
jackl (4312) - 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.
_angst_ (2578) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Enjoyit (3448) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Almost black with a huge beige foamy head. An aroma of roasted malt, dusty, citrus, hops and fresh. A flavor of roasted malt, liqrice, oily texture, hops, citrus, bitter and a fresh finish.
cgarvieuk (14006) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2012 bottle at The Danish Invasion tasting ...dark black ... thin tan lacing ... soft toffee roast ... deep malts ... soft lime hop nose ... little co2 prickly .... nice roast malts ... little chocolate ... big sweet oily pine hop ... little pine bitter ...
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin tan head ... very very fizzy ... deep chocolate roast ... quite bitter ... soft lime hop ... little oily ... 3.6
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Palme (3237) - 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
Fin (7265) - 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