Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 420   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beesbeer (452) - WALES - JUL 25, 2013
Fantastic aroma. Complex molasses, chocolate, vanilla and fudge. Taste sensations similar. Smooth and luxurious texture. Flavours linger in the mouth for a while after and provide a vanilla coffee after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (943) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
Bottle expired to days before rated. Pours a deep brown, close to black with a tan head, subsiding fast. Aroma is mild roasty, salty liquorice and coffee. Taste is roasty with loads of heavy roasted coffee and liquorice notes. Somewhat dry and bitter finish. Medium body and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Easily my favorite stout and if this is what they were drinking back in 1890, then I want to go back. Nice chocolate head and roasted aroma. Full bodied filled with roasted malt, coffee and fruit flavors. A beer that is worth taking your time to drink as it is a champ.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2502) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Espresso black. Open, foamy head settled down after a minute or two into a tight, lasting clotted cream coloured head. So we’re already onto a winner. Milk chocolate and coffee initially gives way to a more roasted flavour. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2758) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 12.07.2013, 0,33l bottle shared with friends:
Tiny shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly roasted, dark malts, puffed rice, coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel, dark sugar. Taste is slightly harsh, dark malts, burnt coffee, burnt caramel, grass, cocoa. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Not bad, but a bit too burnt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
SuperTiti33 (764) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
24/10/12. Noir. Pas beaucoup de mousse. Nez: Chocolat. Vanille. Céréale. Bouche: Un peu acide. Cendré. Mince. Café filtre froid. Anis. Céréale. Acre. Déçu.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VsXsV (2778) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium light tan head. Aroma of licorice, coffee, bread, light ash, toast, toffee and light fruity yeast esters. Taste is very light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of coffee, licorice and ash. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (2232) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2013
7.2abv bottled 09/01/13. Lovely deep, dark brown/black with a tan head. Big coffee roasty malt aroma - really great. Slightly fizzy, rich and smooth with decent balance of flavours with bitter coffee coming through in the main. Very tasty with enough booze to be noticeable but not overbearing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
graham_murphy (420) - - JUN 14, 2013
These guys can’t put a foot wrong really. But, in my books, their IPAs and stouts are outstanding. This is another one. Strong with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some berries, warm with a good alcoholic kick and fresh with sharp citrus hops. How a stout should be.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
makromaniak (141) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2013
Tastes like the little brother of The Kernel’s IRS 1856...the lightweight version but still full of flavour. Nice brew once again.

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