Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 9, 2016 Hanoi (949) - Greater Manchester, - JAN 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased from the Vineyard in Ramsbottom. The Kernel brewery has been receiveing a lot of plaudits, this is only my second beer I have tried so hold high hopes.
The nose is exceptional, rich and full, with citrussy IPA notes and a touch of malt. I was struggling to pick up the Rye others recorded.
A full bodied taste with pine and some tropical fruits from the hops. A nice balance of malt. The (realtivly) high alcohol gives an initial sweetness of an American IPA but finishes with a satisfying bitterness.
Nice mouthfeel, with a good oily texture. The mild carbonation is suited to the beer.
A very good l beer.
Keg at the Jolly Butchers, 14th June 2011. Clear rich copper colour with line of persistent cream-coloured head. Nose has resiny hops, honey and citrus, a hint of Humbrol paint from the alcohol. In the mouth there’s a great balance between lots of hopping and a whole shedload of malt and alcohol. Good conditioning. Finish has lingering bitterness down the middle of the tongue and alcohol numbing the corners. gerdvar (6) - San Luis Potosí, MEXICO - JUL 15, 2013 does not count
Nice malty aroma with a sweet rye taste. It has a delicate bitter finish. A light body but not to drinkable for obvious reasons. JohnRMurdoch (4863) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2013
330ml bottle from beermerchants.com. Medium dark brown colour, big foamy head. Resin malty hop aroma. Strong soapy malty hop flavour. Smooth but a bit watery. Not really my sort of beer. TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle at Ben’s. 7.3 version. Pours a dirty Reddy Brown. Notes of dried fruits and some hops. A bit of toffee. Quite nice.
Pudding (255) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2012
33cl bottle from Cotteridge Wine, B30. A grapefruit taste with an unusual malt flavour. Quite good. BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 13, 2012
Bottle. 7.3% version. red with off white head. Spicy rye aroma. Taste has toffee, slightly spicy, yeast. Ok EdKing (2584) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2012
Bottle from Kris Wines. He found an old case of Kernel beers in his stock room, so pleased I didn’t miss out on this! Colour is dirty reddy brown, cloudy. Thin white head. Nose is like a barley wine meets a double IPA. Lots of caramel, lots of citrous orange, barley grain, hop bitterness still has a bit of kick. Taste is citrusy, orange, caramel sweet, alcoholic kick, quite earthy, possibly a touch of oxidisation on this. MoritzF (9901) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - APR 30, 2012
(bottle, 33cl) Hazy, dark amber colour with a beige and short foamy head. Toasty malty nose with an intensively fruity, spicy and resiny hoppy touch. Bitter-sweet flavour, medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation. Hearty and toasty malt-character with notes of cough syrup, as well as fruity and resiny hops; sweet-bitter solid malty and aromatically hoppy finish with a lingering aftertaste. 28.III.12 pivnizub (10610) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - APR 22, 2012
Bottle: Reddish-amber coloured, hazy, stable off-white foamy layer, solid dry aromatic hoppy nose, notes of dried fruits and cough syrup underneath;
Not too dry bitter-sweet flavour, quite full bodied; soft and well rounded bitter-(caramelly)sweet finish with hops sticking to the palate. Very good stuff…