Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ItyMeuh (36) - Danderhall, SCOTLAND - NOV 8, 2014
Pours black like my soul with a complete absence of head. Warm fruity body. Coffee finish. Booze covered up well. Nice stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (1602) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
Aroma: Smelling of bread, dates, coffee and licorice.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A high tan head with good lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet dark bread, dark roasted coffee and bitter peel.
Palate: Medium low carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A big body with a dry finish.
Overall: Very potent, enormous taste on 6.7%
Note: Bottle 330 ml at home. Reviewed 2014-11-06.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gad905 (182) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 22, 2014
Keg at BD ShepBush. Black, tan head slowly sinks to skin. Nose of roast barley, dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco. Tastes sweet cinder toffee, milk chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, hop bitterness, ashy burnt roast. Medium full body, slick texture, softish carb, lasting cocoa and roast astringency. This beer is bloody delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle from Kernel on a Saturday morning. Pour pitch black with a nice tall tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted nuts and trace of chocolat. Taste is a mouthful of joy. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Full body, creamy and average carbonisation. Long sweet, bitter and coffee finish. Looking forward to go back in the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gary (1476) - London,, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 . Bottled; I thought this was a pretty good bridge between -Imperial and tropical stout . Looked great , nice big khaki head ; Roast malt , coffee, oil , floral hops ; Good foreign stout for sure !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vipinvelp (2414) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 9, 2014
Black small light brown non-lacing foam head. Aroma is little coffee with fruity tones, some rum indeed. Taste is similar mixture, nice warm alcohol drink. A warm beer. (Velp 201410)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1897) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 4, 2014
From old notes - bottle at a tasting -- Black with ring head. Roasted chocolate aroma. Very roasted coffee chocolate roasted nuts and minimal fruit. Quaffable lively palate. Excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (545) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - OCT 1, 2014
330 ml bottle from Les Vignerons (11/2013 - 7.3% ABV). Absoulutely pitch black, totally opaque, with a tiny, bubbly, non persistent light beige head. Might be slightly colder than advised, but I was expecting a bigger and more intense aroma punch. Stil, typical roasted and smokey notes, lots of bitter dark chocolate, a hint of espresso coffee and licorice. Slightly nutty as well. Very smooth and ridicolously easy to drink. Pretty bitter upfront, but it needs to be to balance the proper malty and toffee sweetness in the aftertaste. Extremely harmonious overall. A hint of alchool warming, but pretty subtle and inoffensive. Soft carbonation, almost full body, oily texture. More than solid Stout, on par with the Export India Porter, which I totally love.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (571) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle - pitch black with some signs of a dark brown head around the edges of the glass. Aroma is heavy on coffee and roasted malt with cocoa and earth. Some hints of tofu and salted caramel. Taste of coffee, roasted malt and caramel with a heavily and bitter cocoa end. Dense body, medium carb, pleasantly warming. Excellent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1788) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2014
August 20, 2014. Bottled december 30, 2013. Pours black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, ash, licorice, tobacco. Taste is light to medium sweet malty and fruity, medium bitter roasted with a dry ash note. Lasting roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

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