EdKing (1302) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from The Kernel. Like the previous Imperial Brown Stout that I kept for about 8 months, this is also now infected. Nose is very very dry wood, earthy, musty, red berry sour. Taste is dry wood, sour red berry, musty wood, and an acidic bitterness. Can barely make out the chocolate and coffee. Bit of the coffee coming through on the finish. Clearly these are not good to age. It’s too dry, too sour, too woody.
phredrik (986) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - FEB 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of Scopey - thanks a bunch! Pours black with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is up front with a very recognizable coffee component from the regular Breakfast Stout - really earthy and fruity at the same time. Chocolate and caramel from the malts come to show. There is also a tinge from the barrel which gives the beer a wild side to it; the dissipating head and the acrid carbonation both give a nutch that there might not only be ale yeast in this. The "wildness" from the barrel does however fit in very nicely with the coffee and chocolatey notes - and it gives a strong resemblance to red wine. The taste has a light tartness to it, which I guess has something to do with the barrel aging. But the tartness does not take away the focus from the marvellous base beer - it still has the most gorgeous coffee integration on a really nice and chocolate-like sweet (although far from TOO sweet) malt profile. The carbonation is excessive, especially considering the base beer - which leads me to believe that the barrel might have contained contaminants. But - once again, Kernel’s Breakfast Stout appears as a crazily balanced and well-crafted beer; although the barrel aging and implementation of a minor degree of wild yeast doesn’t make the beer any better.
Leighton (6956) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at the ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to Toby for sharing one. Pours cloudy brown with a fine, tan cream head. Spicy and burnt woody aroma. Medium sweet flavor with tangy, dark wood, some berries, cocoa. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with more tangy wood, dark malts. Some vinoous texture. Good stuff. One that I look forward to trying again in the future.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Toby, 30/12/12.
Light black with a thin tan head that retains well.
Nose is coffee, booze, wood, dark roast malt.
Taste follows, chocolate, booze, mineral tones, coffee.
Full bodied with soft carbonation leading to a bitter roast finish.
mR_fr0g (440) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting 30/12/12. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Oak spicy aroma. Caramel oak flavour with slight vanila with a slight tart finish. Viscous
rlgk (7446) - Skövde, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting in London, 121230. Very dark brown, almost black color with a nice lasting beige/brownish head. Oak aroma, raisins, licorice, cocoa powder, whisky, salty, vinous, dark chocolate, tar, rather roasted, prunes, smoked, some peat and hay. Roasted vinous flavor, oak, licorice, figs, raisins, whisky, peat, vanilla notes, dades, salty, dark chocolate. Full bodied and with a very nice roasted caramel finish with vinous notes.
dEnk (2635) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ tasting. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, some fruity notes andsome wood. Flavour is roasty malt, big coffee, medium bitterness, subtle oaky notes, some red fruits. Nice one.
oh6gdx (18576) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled@chriso. Deep rubyish black colour, mediumsized beige foamy head. Aroma is chiliburn, coffee, some wooden notes as well as some mild toffee and roasted notes. Flavour is chocolate, wood, coffee, liquorice, vanilla and mild ashes.
BeerCast_Rich (1687) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[330ml bottle, courtesy of cgarvieuk] Black, tan head. Aroma of alcohol and timber – not barrel aging, but 2x4. Lots on the flavour. Brandy, alcohol, rum and wood. Lots of booze. Harsh flavours, some sharp, but I really enjoyed this one 
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle. Pours a very dark brown colour with a fair tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, French oak, roasty malt and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Lovely. Alcohol is well balanced.