jackl (3767) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ The Kernel. Many thanks to Paul for providing this seldom-seen Kernel rarity! The pour’s deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is deep, rich roasted chocolate, wood, light marmite and umami aromas. The taste is much the same. Mild smoke, roasted malts. Rich chocolate. Smooth finish. Medium body. Overall, solid stuff.
Leighton (9616) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Bottle tried at The Kernel, London. Much better than the first bottle I tried (see rating below). This bottle had proper smoked malts, some dark bread, zero tang. Well balanced and super drinkable. (3.9)
Bottle at home in London. Pours rich brown with a strong, creamy beige cap. Nose holds mild smokey malts, some tangy berries, hints of dark sugar. Medium sweet flavor with restrained smokiness, some light char, notes of tangy blackberries. Medium bodied with average, massaging carbonation. Lightly drying to finish, some mellow ash, light wood, tangy malts, light smoke. The beer seems to have taken on a tangy edge, which I’m pretty sure is unintentional. Still some good aspects here, though. (3.5)
fonefan (32796) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark brown colour with a small, fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, caramel, sweet malt, smoke, smoked meat, smoked wood, dark roasted. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration, sweet meat smoked, dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. 
oh6gdx (19915) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@chriso. Rubyish amber colour, small off-white head. Aroma is toffee, smoked wood, nice liquorice as well as some floral notes. Flavour is smoked wet wood, fruits, mild smoked meaty notes as well as some pine. Very pleasantly balanced!
Blairgus (2309) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6 July 2012, bottle at cagarvie’s legendary tasting. Nose is smoked malt and burnt coffee beans. Thin and faintly fizzy. Lots of smoke, sugary, smoked, a bit tart. Very nice.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a very dark brown colour with a lacy light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, soy sauce, Weetabix and alcohol. Similar flavours with a mildly vegetal character. Moderate carbonation, light CO2 prickle and a foamy mouth-feel.
cgarvieuk (12765) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home ... Huge thanks to Paul for this ... deep brown ... soft dark malt roast ... quite a lot of smoked malt nose... light fizz ... soft juicy roast ... dark malts ... chewy meaty ... light smoke ... dark roast... ok ... given that im not a huge smoked fan.
madmitch76 (12968) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
24th February 2012
A bottle opened by Nate during his leaving weekend bash. Nate has stated money changed hands for this beer so comfortable to rate this now. Made with lager yeast. Cloudy dark brown beer, big pale cream head. Smooth palate, a little soft. Tangy fruits, a little smoke. Smooth finish. Delightful tangy fruity, mildly smoked beer.
Fin (6864) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Brewery Sat 25th February 2012 at Nates leaving do Pours very dark brown with a large beige head. Touch fruity and a little tangy, there is plenty of chocolate and coffee swishing about but it isn’t too sweet and there is a little smokiness and even a little bit of brine in here to add a dab of complexity to what was already a good beer in my book. I liked this and returned again for a top up! A7 A4 T9 P4 Ov15 3.9
EdKing (1692) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On keg at The Kernel, Nate’s Leaving Do. Black opaque, tan head. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, and something very sea salty, and even a touch of oyster or something. Taste is chocolate, black coffee and some of that rimy sea salty.