Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Mainly Bottled; Regular. Has been seen on draught.
Previously 7.8%, 7.7% and 7.1%.

Based on a recipe from a London Brewery in 1890.
Simple recipe, massive taste. Dark, dark black. Oily texture. Loads of rich dried fruit and alcohol warmth ­ rum and raisin. Then a herbal hop bitterness on top of huge lingering espresso. Hints of leather, tar, smoke, vanilla and chocolate. Roasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle. Rich roasted malt and coffee aroma. Sweet nutty/malty roast, with chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits - these flavours subside to reveal the serious leather and cigars and a pungent long dry and very bitter finish. The switch over is good, but a little to pronounced for me. Soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Melker (234) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
Dark brown colour, small brown head. Very roasty, almost burnt malty aroma. Hints of chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Bitter and somewhat dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Firefly54 (242) - - JAN 14, 2014
Jet black, tan head. Poured through a guinness nozzle to get some head because there is no carbonation and zero head without it. Not a problem but just looks a bit shit, like flat coke. Aroma - mostly expresso and coffee, dark dried fruits, rum and raisin ice cream and molasses. Taste - all the above, really soft mouthfeel, silky, low bitterness, oily. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdiBeer (1895) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2014
Aroma: roasted malts, coffee. Appearance: pitch black, thick creamy brown head, disappearing rather quickly. Taste: initially sweet then getting slightly biter. Palate: creamy, low carbonation, bitters continue. Overall: impressive Foreign Stout. Bottle from Drinker’s Paradise, London

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
skortila (4783) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2014
Bottles, sampled 0,1-0,15 ltr. Had this one during a stout/porter tasting together with some rarities and well known great beers as the Rogue Chocolate Stout. Anyway, this beer was simply the best. The aroma has silky chocolate, some dark fruits, some leather. Black coloured beer with a beige head. The taste is sweet, has chocolate, some vanilla there. It gets more bitter towards the end. It has a medium body and oily texture. Very nice balance, tongue teaser. Or as we say in dutch ’Alsof een engeltje op je tong pist’.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McNeillR (1632) - SCOTLAND - DEC 31, 2013
Dense black with swiftly dissipating head. Rich nutty pudding nose, coarse leather as it warms up. Soft dried damson brightness initially. Smooth oily carbonation backed by a rich roasted nutmeg and matched bitterness towards the finish. Coffee oil linger. I think this has improved or at least beats the bottle.

Keg, Friends Of Ham, Leeds

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mjp12 (663) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Beautiful dark black colour, the initial creamy head soon dies down, to give way to a very well balanced stout. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarpa (1061) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2013
bottle 33cl from AbM @ home. Pours black with a dark beige head. Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts in the aroma. Cocoa, some vanilla, coffee in the flavor. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5680) - Utah, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Bottle from PaulUnwin, thanks
Pours black with a medium sized tan head and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, leather and sweet chocolate. Smoky, roasted malts, dark coffee, vanilla, leather with a nice smooth bitterness on he tongue
Very nice, this was a great sipper on a cold night. Smooth, everything just goes together.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
you fuckin, melt!!! .. . bought at the brewery in London, wonderful place .. . pours a deep black .. . tan foam, medium strength .. . tar, mild sweetness, cooking chocolate, and earth .. . the mouth feel is quite light .. . quite nice, and definitely one of the best foreign stouts i’ve had .. . .
. those limp sausages would be relegated so quick...

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