Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tricksta_p (3258) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 19, 2014
Potent aroma of roasted malts, coffee, peat, licorice, chocolate, slight smoke. Flavour is similar, medium peaty sweetness with some bitterness in the finish. Very thick body. Not as massive as an Imperial Russian Stout, but this is about as good as a ’regular’ Stout gets.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Minderbinder (3232) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle 330ml. At La Taverne (Saint-Casimir). Thx Y. Pours black with low beige head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, fair bitterness, dark fruits, alcohol. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Somewhat sticky. Overall: Pretty good. Nice malt features. Bottled 24/10/12, so about 1.5 yo. In good shape.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 10, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 2014-07-09. Black body with a large creamy chocolate milk brown head. 4+ Aroma is slightly less robust than the flavour, modest dark malt with notes of cocoa and muted roast. 7+ Flavour is rich, sweet dark malt core with sweet cocoa notes and light dry bitter roast in the finish. Bitter roast comes out much more as it warms up, possibly to its detriment I haven’t quite decided. 8+ Medium to full bodied palate, good carbonation. 4+ Lovely. 7/5/8/4/16+ On tap at The Hanging Bat, Edinburgh

2014-02-28. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Aroma is dry and roasty, light notes of cocoa, dark chocolate roast. 7+ Flavour is fairly bitter, dark malt core, accented by dryish cocoa and chocolate notes. 7++ Smooth average plus bodied palate, modest carbonation. 3+ Solid straightforward stout. 7/4/7/4/16 Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewTom (568) - - MAR 9, 2014
A beautiful creamy, espresso & dark chocolate stout, exactly how a traditional export stout should taste. A classic - keep brewing it! Rated by BrewTom

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle courtesy of hogtownharry. Deep black pour and a little bit of rich cocoa and a bit of coffee and cocoa. Has a lot of rich sweetness and a lingering earthy bitterness. Intensely roasty without being too cloying. Rich and leathery with a full unctuous palate. Lovely

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle at home with friends, courtesy of Armin. Big thanks for this one! Pour is deep brown with a small brown head and decent lacing. Coffee, dark fruity, cocoa, vanilla, graham crackers, earthy hops, and grapes in the aroma. Taste is rich chocolate, vanilla, espresso, cocoa pie, soy sauce, earthy, leather, dark grapes, and smoke with a big bitter chocolate finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Rich chocolatey roasty and easy-drinking stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adnielsen (10445) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottle offered @ Stephen’s palace. Thanks Armin! Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Big roasty malty, chocolate, smoky, delicious nose. Medium bodied. Burnt chocolate, smoky flavor. Delicious and super easy to drink. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Pour out of bottle, thanks Paul! Thick black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark chocolate, roast, hints of dark fruit, hints of yeast, slight earth, hints of oats, dark cocoa. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, hints of earth, coffee, roast, finishing fairly sweet, slightly bitter. This is well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BRW (2026) - Barcelona, SPAIN - FEB 28, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with fizzy brown head. Roasted, chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted, smoked and chocolate taste, also some coffee. Full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (6085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2014
7.2% Version, 330ml bottle: BBD 9 Jan 15. Shared between three of us during the second ever Shrewsbury Bottle Share on 24th Feb 14, thanks Mat for bringing this. Dark and deep, malts all the way in this old recipe brewed beer. I found all sorts of aromas and tastes within the brew: All malt based (I think). Loads of dark berries, malty molasses and traces of chocolate and vanilla on a smoldering, wet horse blanket, Different and pleasant, good depth of body which hid the alcohol content well. Most likely the best Kernel I’ve had so far (I like malty brews, not citrus based washing up liquid type golden beers).

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