Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


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RATINGS: 363   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - JAN 28, 2013
28/01/2013 Brasserie 4:20 (330ml bottle). Nera, densa, impenetrabiòe, schiuma beige-cappuccino, leggerina ma persistente. Al naso è dolciastra, aroma di cioccolato e vaniglia, leggero caffé, non molto intensa. In bocca ancora cioccolato, caffé, leggera liquirizia, vaniglia, leggero amarognolo nel finale. Corpo medio, carbonazione corretta. Non male!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6208) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
330 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a thick off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, strong espresso and some raisins. Flavour of strong roasted malts, espresso, grassy hops, tar and dark chocolate. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and a long, warming, roasty finish. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (5635) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
33 cl bottle (6,7%) @ olio, bottled 12.07.2012, BBE 12.07.2014
Aroma has lots of cocoa, some sugar and vanilla. Flavour has well roasted malt, very dark chocolate, vanilla and salty licorice. Ashy finish with some hops and vegetables. Solid foreign stout, holds the typical roastiness level for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (6144) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
33 cl bottle, 6,7%. Bottled on 12.07.2012. BBE 12.07.2014.
Pours deep dark red color with a small head. Aroma of ashy, chocolate, some caramel malts and cocoa powder. Flavor of vanilla, cocoa, dark chocolate, some roasted malts and caramel. Very dry palate. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (3733) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 26, 2013
330ml bottle

6,7% ABV, bottled on 12.07.12, BBE 12.07.14 - Pours dark brown, almost black with a bubbly head. Aroma of roasted malts, leather, hints of coffee, sweet syrupy notes. Taste is quite heavy and complex with notes of vanilla, dark chocolate, espresso, dark ripe fruits and lots of roastiness. Finish is smooth with some ripe fruitness, lots of dark chocolate notes, espresso and vanilla. Nice, quite complex and rich stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lilja (1585) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 26, 2013
Kaffe, choklad, vanilj, plommon. Rund, krämig med en angenäm bitter, mörkchokladbeska. Välbalanserad. Riktigt bra.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2035) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from De Molen webshop. Pours pitch black. A fat, rich chocolate nose with tones of coffee. Smooth, rich and sweet. Loaded with velvety chocolate, oily texture, raisins, dark berries, plums, slightly vinous and with a small balancing bitterness. Wow! My first Kernel beer ever.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (5063) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2013
Bottled. Pitch black color with a small brown head. Lovely aroma of roasted malts, coffee, mocha, some earthy hops. Taste is the perfect balance between dark bitter chocolat and sweet biscuity malts. Medium dry, slight sweetness. Wonderful brew. Did I already mention I think the Kernel deserves a brewer of the year 2012 award? Simply outstanding beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kikuzzo (143) - Bologna, ITALY - JAN 18, 2013
Appena versata un po’ di bollicine di troppo, che però spariscono rapidamente insieme alla gran parte della poca schiuma che si era formata.Sentori di liquirizia con un po’ di caffe che appare più in bocca insieme a malto tostato... decisamente densa e di mio gusto!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Shared bottle. Poured thick deep blackish with minimal head. Nose was black patent and choc malts, cacao, pruney fruit, cacao. Tastes complex, rich and dense on the palate, with flavor notes of dark malt, cacao, vanilla, prune, finishing hops. This one is solid.

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