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The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout (Glen Spey Barrel Aged)

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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Imperial Stout
London, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Bottle conditioned; Special London 1856 B.A. Glen Spey


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7691) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Colin cheers Colin! consumed at home and shared with dad Friday 7th November 2014 Very dark brown in the pour with light beige bubbles. Some dark malts and a good dose of dark chocolate, mollasses and ecen a dab of coffee in mouth. The aroma is similar but with the familiar whiff of spirit. The barrel ageing is clearly evident and whilst many whisky barrel aged beers do little for me this is a little understated and certainly not too harsh or raw, yes you get it, but its well done not overdone. Thanks again to Colin. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11486) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2014
Sample at London Craft Beer Festival 2014. Black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate and cocoa aroma, whiskey, wood, caramel, licorice and vanilla. Chocolate flavor, vanilla, caramel, whisky, peat notes, cocoa, cream and vanilla. Whisky nd caramel finish with chocolate notes. Very good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3976) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle shared at Leightons house. Bottle thanks to LKS. Jet black / red hues. No head. Aroma is hot alcohol, solvent, some berry fruit. Flavour is vanilla, smooth caramel, praline. Fairly smooth. Palate is semi sweet lowish carbonation. Berry. Flavour is better than aroma.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (11874) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle at home in London - picked up from the brewery quite a while back. Bottled on 16.11.12. Pours oily black with a somewhat flimsy, bubbly brown-beige head that slowly fluffs up a bit into a flimy cream.

Lovely aroma, loaded with diverse chocolate aspects, plenty of gooey milk chocolate, also some hard baking cocoa, nips of burnt wood, vanilla, dirt. Medium to big sweet flavor without being remotely cloying, with lots more chocolate character, dried fruits, grape, earth, hot cocoa, vanilla pods, very slight charred wood, ash, oily chocolate, low but adequate scorched earth bitterness.

Full bodied yet soft, with fine carbonation and oily texture. Lightly warming on the finish with more dynamic chocolate presence, charred wood, red berries, slight tannic dryness, rounded vanilla, bittersweet cocoa, softened roasted malts. Tremendously well integrated and nuanced. Nicely balanced and not at all boozy. Exceptionally drinkable. World-class.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (5001) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Draft - Toasted malts, whiskey and chocolate.  Jet brown with a small brown head.  Sweet light chocolate, mellow whiskey notes and some throat burn.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerViking (2689) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Keg at LCBF, deep dark brown with a fine crema, nose is wet wooden barrel, a touch of coffee, a hint of gravy. Palate is kind of soupy, with burnt treacle, gravy, something red-fruity, and a dry bitterness. A bit too woody and musty for my liking. Maybe it needs to smooth out more?

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Osprey87 (2049) - WALES - AUG 15, 2014
Keg at LCBF as ’Imperial Brown Stout (Guernsey)’. Black, small tan head. Aroma is very chocolatey, some yeast, smoke (peat?). Body is medium, a touch of carbonation, quite foamy. Taste is well rounded, subtly sweet, cocoa, lightly smokey, dry finish with some raspberry. Nicely balanced, and very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (11277) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2014
At Borefts Beer Festival 2013. Near black with a small tan head. Malty aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet, roasted flavour with a bit of hot alcohol, and notes of vanilla and oak.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EdKing (1983) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2014
Bottle from the Kernel Brewery. I’ve had this for about 6 months or so. Maybe more. Opens nicely with some wispy aromas. Opaque very dark brown, tan bubbles at the rim, nice lacing, very oily. Nose is dark chocolate but mainly a lot of rich dark fruit. Plum, dried date, dried fig, sultana. Some slight salty molasses or Marmite, alcoholic with a slight cognac or liqueur tone. Taste is rich malty, lots dark fruit, plum, dried fruit, date, fig, sultana. Lots of alcohol, some acidic roasted malt bitterness, wood barrel, alcohol burn, dark chocolate and cocoa powder, caramel, and some lingering black coffee. Also has the salty, malty, yeast extract/Marmite saltiness in there.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhunter111 (8374) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 28, 2014
Sehr dunkelbrauens, fast schwarzes Bier mit geringer bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, Kaffee, Schokolade, holzig. Geschmack intensiv röstmalzig, holzig, Kaffe, Schokolade, leicht alkoholisch.


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