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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Black IPA
Bermondsey, England
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bacchanalia (146) - milton, Cambridgeshire, - JUN 17, 2011
Pours out a gem, deep black with dense creamy head. Nose is quite restrained, slight spice, light choco & waft of caramel, light citrus acidity. Palate is well rounded & soft, flavours are roasted barley, spiciness & slightly chalky dry finish with a light dusting of milk choco. It’s a nice enough beer but lacks a little complexity & the hops have fallen away somewhere. I reckon this might have been blinding just after it was brewed.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (17825) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 16, 2015
Rated where it belongs: http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/the-kernel- />Earlier Rating: 4/9/2011 Total Score: 3.8
19th January 2011
Very dark brown beer. Short pale tan head. Lovely fresh piney hop nose. Crisp dry palate. Mellow dark malt base. Minerally piney hops - fresh and strong. A little fruit!! Black IPAs always seem to accentuate the piney qualities of hops and supress the fruit but here I fancy a spot Of Nelson like hop fruit. The dark malt turns creamy. A really nice Black IPA - best I’ve had I think!

10th April 2014
Simcoe Columbus Centennial version. 6.3%. Hops are noted on the rear label. Opaque black - brown beer, good pale tan head. Palate is airy and slightly soft. Mild dark malts, softish and airy. Nice hops - well integrated pine and light hop skunk. Nice mellow orange and tropical fruits. Finishes smooth with mellow dark malt and mild coffee and sweeter citrus. Very nice indeed.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
pricey290483 (663) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2015
not a massive fan of black ipa’s but this was better than a lot i have had malty aroma and taste with a sweet finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nocturne (1117) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2015
Keg at Euston Tap, London. Solid black. Light tan head. Whereas some black IPAs taste more like hoppy stouts, this does feel like an IPA in every sense, with just a kiss of ashy black malts to remind you. Otherwise it’s dominated by lovely fruity grapefruit notes. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdiBeer (1974) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 18, 2015
Simcoe, Centennial, Columbus. Aroma: light floral hops, juicy fruits, some melon, some citrus notes. Appearance: black, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: sweets continue, very fruity, light floral hops, soft carbonation. Overall: amazing Black IPA, fantastic aroma and palate. Bottle from Oddbins, London Bridge.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nihtila (1600) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 14, 2015
20.4.2014. Cola appearance. Aroma has pine, herbs, hops, sth roasted, liquorice. Taste of resinous/piny hops, roasted malts, earthy. Palate is smooth, medium carbonated, medium bodied but surprisingly light. Finish is a mixture of roast, coffee, bitterness and herbs. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (4348) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle via BeersIveKnown cheers Steve; cloudy dark brown pour with a thin tan head, hint of pine and roast in the aroma, taste has some citrus action, chocolate, quite big bitterness.
Earlier Rating: 8/23/2013 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; cards on the table I’m scared to add a new beer so I’m reviewing a retired one with a different ABV, ok dark brown pour velvet beige head, pine and roasted malt hop, pine comes through in the taste but not as massive, dominated by roasted malts, I’m enjoying this greatly but the taste doesn’t match the aroma, oh it has a zizzy carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (3830) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle at home from ales by mail
hazy dark brown with tan lacing, dark cocoa chocolate and licorice, pine and orange peel, dry bitterness, roasty, pithy hop oils, dry finish.
Earlier Rating: 12/27/2011 Total Score: 4.1
Citrus and pine resin on the nose, well carbonated. Fruity bitterness up front with a slight suggestion of chocolate malt. Dark mahogany, beige foam head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4717) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: Systembolaget.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a tan head.
Aroma: Fruit, hops, malt.
Body: Medium body, a bit lively carbonation.
Flavour: Citrus, hops, grapefruit, some raisin.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maakun (1461) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle a few months past bb date. Black with nice sized beige head. Oh yeah lots of nice hops with lemon, grapefruit and herbs. Light roasted malts with some chocolate and Americano coffee. Very fresh and light bitter touch. Medium bodied with slight creamy feel. Lovely.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mzaar (2008) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
Flaska. I det närmaste helt svart öl med ett stort smutsvitt skum. Underbara dofter och smaker av kaffe, choklad, citrus och rostad malt. I doften också en släng av lakrits. Mjuk munkänsla. Medelstor beska, medelsötma. Ren och skär njutning.


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