Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery on 25 Aug 2012. Poured a really dark brown, with a dense beige head. Aroma of pine needles, treacle and earthy malt. Tropical fruit flavours, with lots of grapefruit and mango, with a roasty undertone. Finish was ash, burnt sugar and resin.
Ferris (6780) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - Light roast and pine. Jet brown with a decent brown head. Lots of pine and almost no roast. Nice mouthfeel, but no balance with the ’black’.
bierkoning (10842) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown color. caramel, hints of roast and grapefruit in teh aroma. Roast, citrus, grapefruit in the somewhat tart flavor. Grassy notes. Firm, well balanced beer.
jerohen (2054) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottled, thanks to Arjen for sharing. Black colored, lasting lasting. Hoppy nose with roasted malts, some licorice. Flavor is dominated by licorice, quite some bitterness from the hops. Probably well brewed, but the combination of hops and licorice in black IPA’s just don’t work for me.
RichardW (1649) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
33cl bottle, Rehills, Newcastle. Lovely citrusy, resinous grassy aroma and taste, with great background charcoal and woody notes. Pours a fine jet black colour, with a bubbly light tan head. Great lively, bitter finish, moreish and another great Kernel beer.
ppils (143) - - MAY 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark beer. Aromas of hop, cloves and fruit. Taste is good. Fruit, cloves and a nice bitter. A really good beer
Sarpa (1042) - FINLAND - MAY 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl from AbM @ home. Pours almost black with a beige head. Roasted, resinous hoppy aroma. Resin hops, roasty malts, some licorice in the flavor.
Svesse (6735) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at the brewery, 12 Apr 2014) Dark brown colour, almost black, with creamy beige head. Malty, roasted, hoppy nose with notes of coffee, pine needles and a touch of mint. Malty, roasted, hoppy taste with coffee, pine needles, grapefruit, resin and a generous piney/resiney bitterness in the finish. Medium body, quite dry. Tasty and quite well balanced and drinkable for its strength and relative bitterness. Very nice.
Idiosynkrasie (4553) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - APR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle. Hazy, darkest brown colour with late awakening, average to huge, thick, frothy to creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Citrusy hoppy aroma with a grassy touch, roasty dark malty background. Taste is initially dominated by grassy and slightly citrusy hop notes with roasty, dark malty background, later more malt dominated with hints of coffee. Very nice, but could be a bit more spicy and "dirty" to scratch perfection.
olio (7057) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl bottle.
Pours pitch black color with a huge off-white head. Very hoppy and fruity on the nose with some roasted notes bursting through, mild malty notes as well as some licorice. Flavor is nicely balanced with the resinous hops and roasty malts, the citric fruits and licorice are there too. Bitter and malty. This leans more towards refreshing fruity hops than the dry burnt malty notes and seems to work very nicely at that. Excellent