Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 324   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daniele (4899) - ITALY - OCT 29, 2012
Scura schiuma media buona persistenza tostaure intense caffe cioccola discreto corpo ma secca e buons beva leggere note caramellate buon amaro tostute intense

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
markas101 (1788) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2012
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via Beer Ritz Leeds (I think). Very dark brown colour, nice dark tan head. Mixture of chocolate, prunes, soy sauce and spruce aroma. Thick, oily, heavy roasted malt transitions to a bittersweet chocolate and resin flavour, then a long hop fuelled finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomat (1880) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2013 draught @ All in Beer Fest. Malty and coffee tones. Malt, coffee and bitterness. Medium to full body with a long, dry finish. On tap @ BBF 2012. Dark brown with a small brown head. Malty and roasted tones. Malt, fruit, coffee and bitterness. Medium to full body with a long balanced finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
Bouteille de 330ml. BB 19.12.2013. version à 7,4% alc. Un quasi gusher qui fit une belle couche de mousse brune. Le nez est de fruits fermentés, mais ce n’est pas acide, il y a du chocolat avec du café. La bouche est rôtie, grillée, chocolaté. La finale est très torréfié, agréable et douce. La texture est bien définie. L’alcool est un peu présent. Un bon stout. 7+/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brief_smile (110) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2012
Very black with a dense mocha coloured head. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, liquourice, tobacco, dried dark fruits and a touch of vanilla on the nose. Bitter espresso, smoke, bourbon and leather in the taste. Burnt, bitter finish. Rich, thick and oily mouthfeel. Sumptuous.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (2852) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2012
At the Borefts ’12. Poured a very dark brown color almost black. Aroma and taste were so freakin rich on this beer. Layers of leather, raisins, hops, vanilla bean, roasty coffee grind, and a little bit of dark cocoa. As it warmed up a bit some delicious dark fruits became evident. Thick mouth but smooth. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (2132) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
Cask at @IndyManBeerCon dark brown well balanced malts with slight bitterness expresso coffee another great beer from The Kernel!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
martinrumsam (461) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2012
bottle - almost black pour with thick tan head that stays and laces as a thin film . Big coffee and dark chocolate aroma . taste is rich - fresh roasted coffee with rich chocolate underneath rounding off in a nice espresso finish . medium carbonation , oily texture full mouthfeel . Quality stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (9835) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 3, 2012
Cask @ Borefts 2012. Almost black. Roasted malt and chocolate in the aroma. Malty sweet roasty flavor with hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Sweet but complex and full of flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9948) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 2, 2012
The beer is black with an off-white head. The nose is quite heavy on the roasted malt but also has nice coffee and cocoa powder, and earthy hop notes. Light bitterness on the palate from the roasted malt and hops. A touch of earth, some coffee grounds, cocoa powder, and a good dark chocolate note.

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