Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 386   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jamiepettinger (15) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2013
Keg in hanging bat. Woody on the nose. Full bodied with charcoal flavours upfront mingling with coffee and a sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (11048) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAR 23, 2013
Süß röstiger Antrunk mit leichten Kaffeenoten. Deutliche Hopfigkeit, die aber hinter dem Malz zurückbleibt. Schokoladig, tiefgründig, passend röstig. 12/12/12/12//12

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Osprey87 (2028) - WALES - MAR 20, 2013
June 2012 - Initial taste of chocolate, rich malty taste, very strong bitterness in the immediate aftertaste and then an enduring light bitterness. A good stout, perhaps the bitterness is a bit too marked for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10451) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin mocha head. In aroma, a sweet discreet chocolate with nougat notes, classic. In mouth, a nice powdery chocolate and coffee grinds, light chalk, smooth powdery mouthfeel, nice. On tap at Hivernale, Feb. 23 2013.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4862) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle (Hivernale): Poured a deep black color stout with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of nice floral coffee notes with some dark chocolate is very enticing. Taste is dominated by some very nice floral coffee notes with very little bitter chocolate and almost no astringency which is surprising considering the amount of coffee notes that are discernable. Light smokey notes are also perceptible though dark fruits notes are not really detectable as per brewer’s notes. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I very much enjoyed this beer and definitely makes me want to try some of their other beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
douglas88 (6321) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 7, 2013
12 ounce bottle. My favorite style. Really cool simple label. Pours a very dark brown color with a small beige head. A rich nose of smoky chocolates. Really nice flavor of berries, cocoa, vanilla, milky coffee. Lingering metallic bitter roast and hops. Awesome. Somewhat creamy. Tobacco. Now, this I could consume many of. Not massive, but superbly drinkable. Very fruity in the finish. 1890 must have been swinging in London.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfhodense (4790) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 5, 2013
@BBF12. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, liquorish and light chocolate. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, liquorish and some dark fruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1755) - FINLAND - MAR 2, 2013
A black beer with a weak and brown head. Aroma is nicely balanced and tastefull, chocolate, roastiness and some coffee, hint of vegetables, simpler is more beautiful. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and hint of herbs, overally quite dry taste. Almost full bodied, smooth and slippery to drink. Very succesfull beer, a simple, but very tastefull.

   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 (468) - Andalucía, SPAIN - MAR 1, 2013
¡Qué maravilla! Cremosa, deliciosa,..., suave, como un expresso, y notas chocolateadas. Gran cuerpo con poco gas. Genial como postre.

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