Benzai (15624) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 9, 2012
33cl bottle @ home, from trade with Leighton. Very nice very dark brown color with a deep dark red glare coming through. Big full beige head that lasts. Smell malts, hops, fruity and slight hints of roastyness. Taste malts, slightly roasty, hops, pine, dark fruits and bitter. Carbonation is too fizzy, body is medium. BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 5, 2011
[330ml bottle, The Bottle Shop, Canterbury] Deep brownish-black, off-white head. Hoppy pine nose. Flavours of pine hop, chocolate, touch of cardboard. Dark chocolate, mostly. Strange. Blackcurrant fruit in there as well. Lasting hop finish  Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2011
In bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour witha fair light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, coffee and pine. Simiar flavours with plenty of roasty malt and a nice piney hop finish. Moderate carbonation and CO2 prickle with a foamy mouth-feel. cgarvieuk (24536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at home ... black/dark brown ... huge bubbly tan foam head ... zezty lime pine hop ... little soapy nose ... zezty pine ... juicy fruits ... big zezty hop ... soft chocolate ... nice but i suspect its a little past its best Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle, thanks to Nate Dawg, It pours hazy black, with a massive light tan head. The nose is caramel, pine, grass, nettle, metal, floral, salt and toffee. The taste is full of roasted malt, salted liquorice, earth, resin, nut, bitter chocolate and solid bitterness with a long dry-roasted malt finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Flavoursome, warming and down right tasty.
HogTownHarry (6938) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2011
330ml bottle discovered at the back of the Kernel fridge - a bit past its prime, but nate2g said okay to rate, just mention it is just a bit of a senior citizen (which is appropo, since I joined the Masters group last week :-( ). Looks great, a hazy brown-red with a large and lasting frothy/rocky beige head. Hoppy aroma for sure, resin, dry citrus, a bit of acidic funk, and a bit more toasty nutty roast than the regular black IPA. Taste has thinned out some - a bit lactic. Thick, acidic, decent carbonation - still solid, but dimished. madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2011
28th May 2011Leighton (21296) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2011
Opaque dark brown beer. Residual tan head. Nose smells like is has some Nelson Sauvin in this (it hasn’t!) and some Citra (it has!). Airy dry palate, light and a little soft. The dark malt is streaked through with unsweet dark chocolate and coffee, it’s also mildly creamy. The combination of Apollo, Citra, Columbus and Summit hops are a marvel. They combine to give some Nelson Sauvin Blackcurant flavours and some Citra orange fruitiness as well. Red fruits make a showing as well as some pine and spicy green hops. Lemon and grapefruit bitterness. A streak of barleywine like salty grass. There is even a brief apple and pears note towards the end. Finishes dry. Strewth this is one complex beer! After 3 bottles I am still unsure if I have dug everything out here. Evin mentioned a garlic like character to the hops and there is indeed a pungent feel to them in the mouth if you can excuse that synathesiastic comparison. Marvelous intriguing and tasty beer.
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2011 Bottle at home in London. Pours a slightly cloudy, light brown with a soft, creamy head. Beauty of a nose, big pine and grapefruit overlaying a subtle roastiness. Great flavor, juicy citrus, some raw earth, dry roast, subtle cocoa and burnt wood. Medium bodied with smooth, average carbonation. Sticky bitter finish, somewhat oily and warming, hops tickling that space behind the molars, lingering roasted malts, light bread and ripe citrus. Very, very good beer. Fin (10542) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2011
Bottle at The Kernel Brewery, Bermondsey, London 04.06.11 Had this beer and the others in the ever delightful company of Ian Harissoni. Pours very dark brown with an off-white head. Soft in the mouth with a roastiness running through, some bitterness and a lovely hoppiness this is wonderfully drinkable. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8 harrisoni (18579) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
33cl bottle from the Kernel Brewery. Black beer lasting beige head. Hoppy aroma bit of choc. Firm in mouth. Good hop malt mix. Soft nit overly roasty more pure choc flavour with really well balanced hops. Bitter but nit stupud. Lovely