Leighton (20800) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at King William IV, London. Pours dark brown with a bubbly, tan head. Rich dark chocolate nose, good roast. Big sweet flavor, some dark fruits, resins, heavy and rich chocolate, baking cocoa, rich dirt and earthy bitterness, very light alcohol presence. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Moderate warmth to finish with further dark chocolate character, some vanilla, and dirty/earthy bitters. Very nice.
madmitch76 (24293) - , Essex, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
19th August 2012
On tap at the King William IV - Witterfest. Sampled again a few days later. Opaque black beer, little tan head. Smooth palate, slightly viscous. Lovely rich dark (and unsweet) chocolate malts, smooth with a little coffee. Mild lacto. A little bubblegum ester underneath. Finishes smooth with somewhat bitter coffee. Notable spicy linger. Another great beer from Kernel.
Theydon_Bois (18926) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Witterfest (Fano meet the brewer), King William IV - 20/08/12.
Rich black with a khaki head.
Nose is sweet malts, caramel, sweet chocolate, cocoa, roasty.
Tastes of dark malt, chocolate, toffee, biscuit a little too sweet for me!
Full bodied, smooth drinking, minimal carbonation with a warming alcohol finish.
jackl (7697) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask @ Witterfest í12, King William IV. The pourís deep murky brown with a creamy, thick tan head. The Kernel knows how to make a lovely-looking beer. The nose is light lactose, some condensed milk, sugar and chocolate fudge. Hints of roasted coffee and cinnamon. The taste is quite sweet chocolate syrup, more lactose sugar. Lightly nutty with a bitter chocolate finish. Full-bodied, smooth and very drinkable. Overall, pretty excellent work.
Scopey (14219) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at FanÝ Meet the Brewer, King William IV. It pours opaque dark brown, with a thin off-white head. The nose is roasted malt, charcoal, dark chocolate, caramel, light coffee, umami aspect, liquorice and molasses. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, charcoal, bitter chocolate, toffee, some dark fruit, brown sugar, burnt toast, tar and liquorice, with a warming finish. Full body and low carbonation. Smooth, complex and flavoursome. I imagine that if I had drank this in colder weather I would have rated it even higher..... but in a hot, sweaty pub at the height of summer I could not appreciate its full potential.