CraftBeerNick (1410) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle at home, 12th November. Pours to form a reasonable head, black in colour, hoppy fruity and aromatic in aroma, this is following through in the taste which is a perfect balance and mouthful. Fantastic beer to savour
Masterosouffle (1) - Faversham, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Superb! Loved this beer from the moment I opened it, rich and complex without being heavy, great balance and drinkability A++
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - APR 18, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Shared bottle at BrewDog Edinburgh. Very dark ruby brown with a medium beige head. Smell is amazing, prominent pine, some fruit - maybe apples, pears, no citrus. Very very subtle dark chocolate, almost indistinguishable. Taste is initially bitter, slightly roasty complimented by a resinous hop note. Undertone of coffee grounds. Finish is rich and smoky and warming, contrasting with a persistent grapefruit hop note. Really amazing beer, complex and very well-balanced.
worldbeertaste (1778) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Under the light it has some brown but mostly it looks black with a fizzy tan, lasting but just a thin ring head. Lots of hops on the nose. Citrus grapefruit, pine and grass with roasted malt, caramel. Medium oily body with soft carbonation. Crisp. Tastes of hops and fruit. Sweet peach and malt at first with a bitter hop grass dry citrus pine finish. Every time I go to smell it I can’t help bit take a sip. The smell and the taste are so similar. Leaves the mouth sour and citrus filled. A great drink and a solid IPA. Not as much dark malt or roast as I would have expected though.
Sissio (973) - Orsenigo, ITALY - SEP 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear dark brown, rich brown head
Harmony of light roasted malts and aromatic hops. Roasty dark, coffee and hoppy bitterness, fruity flavor
A bit too bitter for my taste
bisseparoni (11) - FINLAND - SEP 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
good beige head, soft-looking head crown also stays for a good time on the beer, clear black colour, some sweetness and mangoes in the aroma (I also think I found some blackcurrants when I opened the bottle but couldnt find the same aroma afterwards), nicely hopped and the dark roasted malts are complementing the beer in a great way, a well balanced mouthfeel, one of my favourite beers so far, I poured the sediments from the bottle to the glass when I topped it, didnt make the beer any worse
ElManana (1296) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Gents Bierfestival. Malty, hoppy, bitter, roasted coffee, I absolutely love the style and I love Kernel. A BIPA to dream about. Great.
Travlr (17662) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the brewery. Nearly completely black, huge tan head. Aroma of dark roast coffee, dark cocoa, Christmas trees. Taste is burnt espresso, dark chocolate liqueur. Very silly and wonderful mouthfeel. Exactly what a black IPA ought to be.
erickok (4464) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JAN 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark clean brown and a nice tan head. Aroma is very nice, malty but enough hops for sure. Mango and more. Taste is funky, balanced overall with some sharp notes. Nice smooth body. Very good, especially for a black ipa. (At the De Molen brewery tasting.)
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black and looks thick with a small off white head. Nose is candy and caramel, small degree of hops but not what I would expect from a black IPA. Taste is a good amount of hop bitterness with a decent sweetness for balance, perhaps this is my first english style black IPA? It seems a bit more malty. Light body, crisp and clean. This beer is very good.