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

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
Pours deep brown with ruby highlights, light off white head. Epic hop aroma on this one: very piney but with elements of mint chocolate, and perhaps even cannabis, mixed in. Flavour starts off fairly subdued: some chocolate malt, but generally thin and simple initially, becomes hop-mad at the finish however with mint, peanut, pine, chocolate, bitter ash. A cacophony of flavour that erupts but doesn?t quite gel. A fun beer for the ride, if not quite for the flavour.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (20238) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2011
Draught@Kernel. Hazy brown colour, small beige head. Aroma si hops, wood, some caramel and mild nectary notes. Flavour is bitter fruits, floral hops, mild herbal notes as well as some slight wooden notes. Surprisingly boring brew from Kernel.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14446) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
4th Deember 2011
Cloudy dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Lovely even malt base, not roasty but robust. Fantastic piney hops with beautifully integrated citrus. The hops are strong but the malt base never loses it’s grip and balance. Finishes smooth with a little minerals. Another bottle on Christmas day revealed all of the above and developing red fruits. Imperial English Bitter? Who cares! A lovely lovely beer that is already getting better. A bit of a stunner!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (19216) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 27, 2011
Bottled at the brewpub. Cloudy chocolate brown. Grapefruity hop aroma. Above medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Lots of grapefruity and salty chocolate, really bitter finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (837) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 Keg at the brewery, 22nd December, and Bottles at home, love this, pours lively, mahogany brown. Pine and flowery aroma, full, soft mouth feel, lots of hops, some good malt and a lingering delicious taste, reminds me of the original Kernel IPA Black

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2163) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2011
From bottle. Finally, a kernel beer I can really get behind. Pours brown with well held tan head. Nice hoppy aroma with chocolate and coffee. Similar tastes, all well balanced, very roasty but very hoppy as well. Hops and roast go well together. A fine beer, whatever it may be.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6238) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery. It pours dark mahogany brown, with a thick beige head. the nose is pine, oily hop, fennel, toast, earth and a touch of caramel. The taste is earth, roasted malt, liquorice, pine, resin, oily hop, caramelised sugar, some sticky hot cross bun and lingering alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel, with a touch of stickiness, but not cloying. Really well balanced. Spot on.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
suprchunk (2088) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Dark brown pour. Small tan head that lasts for a bit. Lacing. Mostly diacetyl in the nose. Buttery caramel aroma. With a slight sour, roasted smell. Taste is better, but the diacetyl is still there, but overpowered with notes of chocolate, coffee and roasted barley. Not bad. They’ve done better.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle at home in London. Pours rich brown with a medium, light tan head. Aroma holds bundles of roasted malts, pine and grapefruit. Flavor is delicious. Medium sweet with a big roasted malt character. Some cocoa, light coffee, char. Lots of bitterness of grass, pine, earth and grapefruit. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sticky, roasty and resinous finish. Slight dryness. Dark roast malts linger right along with the piney hops. This is pretty much perfect.


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