caesar (5654) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled from de Molen Beershop mentioning the use of Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial, bottled 05.02.14 BB 05.08.14, large sample, served in a TeKu. Dark brown color, medium light brown head. Aroma is quite hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, blackcurrant, roasted malts, slight candy, bit grassy, slight coffee. Quite bitter in taste, some chewy roast as well. Great balanced black IPA, which goes more towards IPA but with the necessary touch of roast. Lovely stuff.
johnth (22) - - MAY 29, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Given a bottle of this. Pours dark, minor head. Picked up roast and bitter tones. Wont be to everyones taste but I liked it. Interesting drink.
Arve_Christian (3783) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On 33 cl bottle from Beermerchant. Bottled 05.02.14- hops stated on the back; Simcoe, Columbus & Centennial. Very dark brown with some reddish color, good foam. Immediate hops,grapefruit, citrus: medium/ high intensity- also of medium/ low aroma intensity; malt, chocolate , roasted aromas. Good bitterness & balance. Very enjoyable
Stuu666 (5876) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, tropical fruit up front, dark roast, dry and bitter.
Ragnampiza (673) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAY 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Les Vignerons, served in a nonic half pint glass. Bottled on 05-02-14. Dark brown with some reddish tinges, quite hazy, with a small, bubbly and not very persistent beige head. Roasted and hoppy aroma, notes of freshly burnt coffee beans, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla and liquorice, and then citrusy hops, resin and pine needles. More IPAish than BlackAleish in the mouth, solid and quite high level of bitterness, tiny astringency, lovely and persistent fruity taste. Almost like a chewing on a strawberry and orange candy. Resinous and hoppy aftertaste, not much malty/roasted/chocolaty presence. Soft carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. The nose could be better, but it’s probably the best tasting BIPA I’ve ever had so far. Great.
JulienHuxley (4032) - Trois-Rivičres, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Bottled 05 02 14. Black pour, creamy off white head. Aroma is really roasty, piney hoppiness, light fruity hop notes, burnt grain. Taste is really bitter, roasty, burnt toast, lots of burnt toast, almost no sweetness. Palate is med bodied with light carbonation. Okay, but far from the Kernel I love.
Abijen (1732) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on 05-02-14.
Pours a dark brown beer with a good tan bubbling head. Smells fruity, some hints of chocolate. Tastes grapefruit, the bitterness is over powering the chocolate, coffee or roastiness. Very bitter. Average carbo, thin body and a dry oily texture.
tom10101 (3678) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330 ml). Bottled on 03-02-2014. Dark brown with a small persistent beige head and some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate brownies, piney hops, grapefruit and floral notes. Taste is also of roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, light caramel/malt and light bitterness. Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slightly oily mouthfeel. Dry finish. Good Black IPA. Not too stout-ish despite the chocolate presence. Nice balance. Not as stellar as some other beers from The Kernel, but still a pretty nice one.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
It was 3 years ago when I had this at the brewery with mesandsim, still remember what a moment this was for me. I do love the pants off black ipa’s. Almost black with a big bubbled pale tan head. Smells awesome. Big hop notes, grass that you stand on and that you smoke, grapefruit, chocolate malts drifting through. Lovely mouthfeel, perfectly balanced, love this stuff.
BrewTom (411) - - APR 19, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 05.02.14. Hops: Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial.
Strong floral, fresh hop smell - less accentuated on the tongue, just a smooth palate. Finish is bitter coffee. A lovely representative of a new class of beer.
Rated by BrewTom