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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England

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RATINGS: 425   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cunningham (5626) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2768) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
czar (5678) - 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..

4.4
   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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3358) - 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!

3.6
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ej (976) - 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.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Easily my favorite stout and if this is what they were drinking back in 1890, then I want to go back. Nice chocolate head and roasted aroma. Full bodied filled with roasted malt, coffee and fruit flavors. A beer that is worth taking your time to drink as it is a champ.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garrold (2590) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. Espresso black. Open, foamy head settled down after a minute or two into a tight, lasting clotted cream coloured head. So we’re already onto a winner. Milk chocolate and coffee initially gives way to a more roasted flavour. Lovely.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2871) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 12.07.2013, 0,33l bottle shared with friends:
Tiny shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly roasted, dark malts, puffed rice, coffee, chocolate, burnt caramel, dark sugar. Taste is slightly harsh, dark malts, burnt coffee, burnt caramel, grass, cocoa. Longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Not bad, but a bit too burnt.


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