Ah, Bank Holiday Monday. Everyone knows that means it most be Kernel time.
The basics: Redemption is a 6.1%, bottle-conditioned, Dark Mild. It’s actually a collaboration with the Redemption brewery; hence the name. It poured a deep brown with good carbonation and a creamy off-white head. The aroma was quite pronounced: lots of roast malt, and a hint of chocolate.
Taste: Medium mouthfeel and quite chewy. There’s plenty of roast malt and liquorice and maybe some dark toffee. What’s surprising is the relatively high level of bitterness. There’s the dry bitter edge that you would expect from a Kernel beer, but perhaps not in this style.
Finish: A medium level blast of roasted bitterness.
Conclusion: Its chewiness and roast bitter edge made it taste more like a Porter than a mild to me, but what’s in a name? It’s a very tasty beer that fans of either style can enjoy.