Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
IlBevitorediLA (452) - ITALY - MAR 1, 2013
Nera impenetrabile. Schiuma media, cosi come la sua persistenza. Aroma complesso. Tra le tante note ovviamente si distinguono le più immediate: caffè, cioccolato. Al palato ingresso cremoso, oleoso, complesso come l’aroma. Di nuovo si distinguono le note più audaci del caffè e del cioccolato fondente (facilmente riconoscibili tra le tante: vaniglia, noci, whiskey... etc) con una componente alcolica e una luppolatura erbacea e "caffettosa" finale. Di eleganza e raffinatezza senza pari. Incredibile birrificio.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dexcansino (465) - Andalucía, SPAIN - MAR 1, 2013
¡Qué maravilla! Cremosa, deliciosa,..., suave, como un expresso, y notas chocolateadas. Gran cuerpo con poco gas. Genial como postre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garthicus (2710) - Dublin, IRELAND - FEB 26, 2013
On tap. Appearance: oil slick black. Tiny brown head. Aroma: Kona coffee, rich dark chocolate, spicy, rosemary. Flavour: amazing creamy coffee and dark chocolate mouthfeel, spices, long dark cooking chocolate finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3644) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 26, 2013
330 ml. bottle. Thanks Kirk! Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruits, and some hops. Excellent !!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Quevillon (2539) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2013
Beer #6 at the 2013 Winter Warmer Montreal, on February 23, 2013. Burnt brown, medium head. Malty aroma of coffee, a little raw, notes of smoked. Taste of coffee cream, very dry, slightly hoppy, very bitter. A very good traditional stout!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lesifflebiere (1326) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Dès le départ, on dénote du chocolat au lait et du café qui se dégage du liquide d’un noir extrême. En bouche, la logique est respectée : chocolat, vanille, notes de moka. Un stout classique, savoureux, en plein dans le style, presque sans défauts. Parfaitement balancée et totalement délicieuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1540) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
bottle Rehills Ncl. black with ruby tints, initial aromas and tastes of rich dark chocolate, with background cola and leather but this develops into strong dark roasted malt, with woodsmoke coming through late on. A trace of spruce hops lingers but this is just a big roasty stout and up to The Kernels high high standards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (15060) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle from Birratrovo, Como; 6.7% ABV, bottled 12.07.12, bb 12.07.14
Black color, with medium sized creamy beige head. Strong aroma of bread, roasted barley, barley coffee. Good body structure, smooth mouthfeel; very good flavor of roasted malt, with dark chocolate and evident milky and breadish accent; it also has a touch of cola; strong bitterness, and, behind, hop resins can be noticed.
Excellent beer, quite original.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SarkyNorthener (2238) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
Mini stout variety tasting night. Bottle conditioned. Black beer with residual head. Aroma of coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. The taste is of smooth chocolate, a touch of vanilla, burnt malts and dried prunes. The alcohol taste is more prominent than other export stouts. This is a medium bodied and moderately oily beer. Very good export stout. My first The Kernel beer has enticed me to try more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sheep (93) - FINLAND - FEB 20, 2013
330ml bottle, bottled 12/07/12. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, faintly vinous, a little sweet (a hint of vanilla), slight smoke. Taste is lush with lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, slightly smoky and ashy, espresso, roasty finish. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth, medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very nice.

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