Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (1692) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2013
330ml bottle at 6.7%. Pours black with a large frothy tan head that leaves some lacing, aroma of roasted malt, coffee & chocolate. Taste is roast malt & coffee with dark fruit, chocolate, bready & biscuity notes. Some sweetness with a smooth mouth feel, medium body, soft carbonation, dry roast bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and some earthy notes. Quite dry and slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2285) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle from Pub Edward. Nice to see that one here! These guys are getting better by the minute! Aroma is nice, showcasing roasted malt in a restrained manner which is something that I can appreciate. Taste is dry but not too much, it even feels chewy at times! Flavors of roasted malt (without ash) and a oatmeal-like sweetness. Some dark chocolate impressions. Some alcohol is felt too but it complements everything well. Carbonation level is nice and medium, not agressive at all. Mouthfeel is almost silky. A superior stout for sure!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5761) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2013

Appearance: Black color with a small tan layer that leaves some lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, some roasted malt and coffee.
Palate: Medium + body. Moderate sweetness, and a moderate bitterness. Soft to flat carbonation. Dry texture.
Taste: Strong chocolate, some roasted malt and mild coffee. Well masked alcohol.
Overall impression: Powerful stout that could have been a lot better with some more carbonation.
Personal stats: Bottle at Constancia restaurant at London Bridge in London, England.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2814) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle. Thanks EdKing for this one. Dark body, with brown head, some lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla. Taste of dark chocolate, bread. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5843) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2013
bottle @ l’autre oeil. pours almost black with a small beige cap, little retention. loads of dark bitter chocolate, dark red fruitiness, tannic, leather, hint of smoke, minerals and coffee. hint of sweetness backed by resinous and tarred-charred hops and malts. moderate to soft carbonation, medium body - oily, bold resinous and dirt and earth-like finish. good stuff..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gruberm (329) - - AUG 4, 2013
Really good beer. From bottle and pours opaque black with tan coloured head. Raisin and dried fruit nose. Caramel and rum flavors. Definite recommend. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3397) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle - 330ml. Pours an opaque black body with low carbonation and a thin beige foamy/creamy head. Well balanced malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate, brown sugar, and roasted coffee hints. Alcohol is well hidden. Its robust, complex taste carries roasted cereals, chocolate, plummy, and woody notes. Ends with a long, moderately warming bitter/roasty finish. Very good!

   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 (1000) - 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.

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