Leighton (21239) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle at home in London. Pours rich brown with a medium, light tan head. Aroma holds bundles of roasted malts, pine and grapefruit. Flavor is delicious. Medium sweet with a big roasted malt character. Some cocoa, light coffee, char. Lots of bitterness of grass, pine, earth and grapefruit. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Sticky, roasty and resinous finish. Slight dryness. Dark roast malts linger right along with the piney hops. This is pretty much perfect. CraftBeerNick (2550) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2012 Keg at the brewery, 22nd December, and Bottles at home, love this, pours lively, mahogany brown. Pine and flowery aroma, full, soft mouth feel, lots of hops, some good malt and a lingering delicious taste, reminds me of the original Kernel IPA Black Decaf (21) - - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a tan rocky head. Aroma is fresh hops, resin, citrus, and a bit of toast. Light sweetness followed by medium bitterness. Flavor is a great balance of hops and toasted malt sweetness. Medium body and soft carbonation. Nice hoppy bitter finish. Overall an excellent beer. madmitch76 (24806) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2011
4th Deember 2011mike_77 (6660) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2012
Cloudy dark brown beer, good pale tan head. Lovely even malt base, not roasty but robust. Fantastic piney hops with beautifully integrated citrus. The hops are strong but the malt base never loses it’s grip and balance. Finishes smooth with a little minerals. Another bottle on Christmas day revealed all of the above and developing red fruits. Imperial English Bitter? Who cares! A lovely lovely beer that is already getting better. A bit of a stunner!
Caramel and roasted malt aroma but also fresh hop. Flavour has bittersweet malts, some chocolately notes and then a nice hoppy finish.
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2014
Bottle. Forget from where but with our kid. Looks like I’m going to enjoy this, almost black with a big chunky cream coloured head. Smells fucking awesome, hoppy coffee and chocolate. Flavour has more coffee, chocolate, hoppy finish, great mouth feel. What a great beer. Stunning. Scopey (14722) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2011
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery. It pours dark mahogany brown, with a thick beige head. the nose is pine, oily hop, fennel, toast, earth and a touch of caramel. The taste is earth, roasted malt, liquorice, pine, resin, oily hop, caramelised sugar, some sticky hot cross bun and lingering alcohol warmth, with a dry finish. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation and foamy mouth-feel, with a touch of stickiness, but not cloying. Really well balanced. Spot on. BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 18, 2011
From bottle. Finally, a kernel beer I can really get behind. Pours brown with well held tan head. Nice hoppy aroma with chocolate and coffee. Similar tastes, all well balanced, very roasty but very hoppy as well. Hops and roast go well together. A fine beer, whatever it may be. harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2012
Bottle from the brewery drunk at home. Very dark brown near black colour thick rocky cream head. Now this I rather like. Hoppy brown malty aroma. Very full in mouth good carbonation good flavour good brown malts and well balanced but quite forward hops. Good choc flavour. Bit of mint on end from the hop mixes well with the choc flavour. Very decent JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2012 Bottle: Orange-tinged brown beer with a tan head. Massive aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, citrus-fruits. Taste is extremely well balanced - roasted malt sweetness leading to a dry, lingering bitter finish. Quite big bodied. Big flavored. Delicious.