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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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4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (10773) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (861) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Decaf (21) - - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan rocky head. Aroma is fresh hops, resin, citrus, and a bit of toast. Light sweetness followed by medium bitterness. Flavor is a great balance of hops and toasted malt sweetness. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice hoppy bitter finish. Overall an excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , 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 itís 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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (3037) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
Caramel and roasted malt aroma but also fresh hop. Flavour has bittersweet malts, some chocolately notes and then a nice hoppy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Forget from where but with our kid. Looks like Iím going to enjoy this, almost black with a big chunky cream coloured head. Smells fucking awesome, hoppy coffee and chocolate. Flavour has more coffee, chocolate, hoppy finish, great mouth feel. What a great beer. Stunning.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (6717) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2259) - 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
harrisoni (13599) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle from the brewery drunk at home. Very dark brown near black colour thick rocky cream head. Now this I rather like. Hoppy brown malty aroma. Very full in mouth good carbonation good flavour good brown malts and well balanced but quite forward hops. Good choc flavour. Bit of mint on end from the hop mixes well with the choc flavour. Very decent

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanLaursen (3063) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Bottle: Orange-tinged brown beer with a tan head. Massive aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, citrus-fruits. Taste is extremely well balanced - roasted malt sweetness leading to a dry, lingering bitter finish. Quite big bodied. Big flavored. Delicious.


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