Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 373   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
lesifflebiere (1300) - 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 (1529) - 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 (15000) - 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 (2141) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dashimus (219) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours black/dark brown with a tan head which fades quickly. Aroma is liquorice, roasted malt, coffee, overripe banana. Heavy sweet flavour with a long bitter finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Niller (713) - Hammel, DENMARK - FEB 16, 2013
Bottle from The Brewery. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and a note of liquorice. Taste is smoky malts, coffee, chocolate and liquorice. Nice smooth finish. Another great beer from The Kernel

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJvd (902) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head leaving good lacing. Fantastic aroma with roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate. Taste is like you would expect from the aroma with roasted malts, chocolate and some sweetness. Very smooth texture and quite a dry finish with some bitterness and a nice lingering taste of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Another great brew from the Kernel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
spacecube (906) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
From a bottle, bottled 3/1/13, dark brown / black, small head, not much carbonation. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, caramel, roasty, vanilla, citrus hops. Sweet to start, balanced with long bitter finish. Thick viscous palate. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
COUGNOUX (32) - arlon, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2013
Coup de coeur pour cette bière et cette brasserie mytique au coeur de Londres..Un Stout parfaitement équilibré,bien sec, si complexe dans les aromes et les saveurs; on y trouve de tout mais dans des doses savemment choisies..Merci !

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