Back to life.
Back to reality.
Or so the song goes.. And how better to see in a return to normality than with a breakfast beer? I certainly could do with one before work. Obviously, though, you’re looking for a banker in such a situation. Something good that you just know will kick start the day.
Now, I’ve not tried it, but Kernel’s Black IPA comes highly recommended by none other than Tandleman. Whoa, I know what you’re thinking. Doesn’t that guy drink JW Lees? Yes, but everyone is allowed their little idiosyncrasies. Just ask Max Mosley.
The basics: It’s 33cl and tips the scales at 7%. The aroma was pungent and very enticing. A complex mix of roast malt, pine, tropical fruit, and lots of spicy hops really hit the olfactory nerve. It poured very dark, near black with excellent carbonation and a large beige frothy head.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel and an extraordinary balance of flavours that masks the alcohol content. There’s a lot going on here. There’s an initial burst of roast coffee and dark malt, before the resinous hop flavour comes through. Proper juicy, spicy, hops that give a lingering bitterness without seeming too harsh.
Finish: Deep and dry. You can taste the hops at the back of the throat.
Conclusion: Black IPAs were the new black of 2010, and with this, you can see why. Beautifully balanced and very moreish, this is a keeper. One for the beer cupboard.