Scopey (14778) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery. It pours very dark brown, with a big beige head. The nose is sweet caramel, treacle, pine and roasted malt. The taste is caramel, coffee liqueur, syrup, pine, roasted malt, toast, burnt wood, pepper, tar and alcohol warmth, with a bitter-sweet finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and slightly syrupy mouth-feel. Tasty. HenrikSoegaard (14176) - Randers, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2012
Bottle. Creamy off-white mostly lasting head. Dark amber colour. Heavy amlty and hoppy aroma. Heavy bitter flaor. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. World class. Stuu666 (13435) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is roasted coffee, tropical fruit, taste is similar, chocolate, dry. Fin (10542) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2012
Bottle at Kernel Brewery, Bermondsey, London, 07.01.12 in company of Loz, plus friends (neighbours) Nick, Anna, Barry & Lynn, also Ang, Thomas and then a number of brewers here today. Black maybe not totally black but getting that way, with a filmy head. You get a good rub of citrus across the mouth initially with this beer. Nice bittersweet balance, bit thrusting bitterness and a move towards dryness at the end, but it is the very decent citrus flavours that I like, I mostly get grapefruit but with maybe a slight pithy lemon going on also. Marvellous beer. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8 tderoeck (9744) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
14/I/2012 33cl bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - BB: n/a (2012-50) Thanks to Antoine for bringing the bottle!
DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2012
Pretty cloudy caramel coloured beer, small beige head, unstable, bit adhesive. Aroma: cheesy, stinky feet, sweet fruits, overripe fruits, some pineapple, pepper. MF: soft to no carbon, full body. Taste: pretty sour start, lemony, pineapple, lychee, ripe banana. Aftertaste: passion fruits, some pineapple, bitter finish but still fruity. Very nice.
Bottle from...the fridge. Black indeed with a fine, thick cappuccino head. Aroma a cocktail of great things; blackcurrant, mango, Rubicon, cracked black pepper and papaya. Overpoweringly, a soft, perfumed tropical fruit note. Wow. Black IPA slanted more towards the IPA than the black; soapy hop front gathering bagfuls more blackcurrant, mango. Light burnt finish with touches of blackened husk. Then grapefruity. Up The Kernel. SaintMatty (7365) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2012
330ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Soap, pine, liquorice and chocolate in the aroma. Hoppy, roasted and slightly soapy taste with notes of chocolate, liquorice and roasted malt. berkshirejohn (6505) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2012
33cl bottle from Westholme Stores. Pours a pleasant looking deep ruby brown colour with a thin beige head; lots of mango fruit aroma; soft and fruity to start with some underlying pine resin and well-burnt toast; the finish is long and hoppy (of course) without being too aggresive, making this an approachable, easy-drinking beer. Inbreak (6132) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 24.07.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC "best-before-last-summer-tasting":ClubGonzo (5670) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
Big creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly neutral, dark malts, hops, wet leafs, grass, caramel, rubber, thinner. Taste is harsh sour-ish, dark malts, old hops, cardboard, harsh grass, wet leafs, rubber, burnt caramel. Medium bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Old bottle that has passed it’s pride.
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle, shared with Beer Geek Tasting Crew @ "Best Before Last Summer Tasting 2013". Dark brown body, small white head. Nose is licorice, burnt sugar, herbal notes and hints of resin. Taste is licorice, burnt sugar, resin, oxidized dark fruits and some lingering bitter notes in the finish. Hints of dark chocolate. Medium body, soft carbonation. Ok, but sadly another case of overaging. Our bad.