Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 348   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3159) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2014
Small tan head dark pour carbonation solid medium strength aromas mouth watering coffee chocolate vanilla liquorice fruits the flavours crisp roast coffee bean sweet chocolate malt caramel vanilla liquorice medium bitter stone fruits dried fruits apricots the finish rich tasting stout full of flavours best being hops and roast tastes bitter sweet finish top stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (5236) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle at RBWG. Pours an opaque dark brown to black color with a small tan head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malts, dark fruits, some coffee notes, dark choclate, mild earthy bitterness to the finish, a very subtle smoke at the back as well. Solid stout I was happy to have a shot at.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (496) - SPAIN - MAY 2, 2014
Botella de 33 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color negro. Sabor a malta tostada, ligeramente a chocolate. Muy buena Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
back (1294) - Holstebro, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2014
Sort skum brun Kaffe choklade vanilje tøv Bitter moderat sød moderat Cremet livlig @cbc ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rikstar (652) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2014
0,33l fles, zwart met licht bruine bescheiden schuimkraag die geheel wegtrekt. In het bier fijne deeltjes. Geur wordt gedomineerd door cacao en chocolade, ook rumrozijnen iets verder op de achtergrond. Smaak is geroosterde mout en leer. Mondgevoel is wat dun maar met een mooie volle bitterzoete afdronk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfroms (205) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle from Mikkeller & Friends. Pitch black with almost no head. Aroma is pungent and evocative: licorice, bitter chocolate, espresso, herbal hops, pine, toasted marshmallow. Taste is round and complex, almost Baltic porter style: chocolate mousse, Vietnamese coffee, burnt sugar, light roast, balanced out by moderate hops. Tremendously smooth and drinkable. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatteoD. (135) - ITALY - APR 13, 2014
Bottiglia comprata al Red Bear pub di Marghera. Bella testa di schiuma color nocciola cremosa e fine, colore marrone, aroma di pane biscottato, malto tostati e caffè e note erbacee, al palato corpo medio e bassa carbonazione, inizialmente prevalgono le noti dolci dei malti tostati, caffè e poi si chiude il cerchio con le note amare, cioccolato amaro, frutta secca (noci)’, con finale abbastanza lungo e secco. Un ottima stout, non particolarmente originale ma ben fatta e bilanciata, beverina.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OOKPIKABLE (49) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Pours dark with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of raisin and red wine. taste is of chocolate, malt, raisins, red wine and alcohol. oily mouthfeel with a lingering aftertaste of coffee, chocolate and booze. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (750) - - APR 9, 2014
Black pour, virtually no head. Very light carbonation but big roasty aroma. Taste of roasted malt, wood, cocoa, leathery, treacle. Heavier body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3457) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Draft at BrewDog Shoreditch in London. Aggressive day today, hitting freaking BrewDog after no sleep except an unplanned half hour nap that made me miss a big conference call. Whatever, work, who cares. Need beer. Must tick. Get back on that horse, dude, and down some shot glass sized pours of the rare stuff. England is inspiring, home of Mick the Tick and many other legends. Holy schnikeys this one is intense. 2oz is really all you need, even if you’re not a ticker (but really, who isn’t these days)? It is black as all hell and you know it’s going to hurt you. Aroma is fairly understated and does not prepare you for the flavor blast. Roast, anise, candied plum. The flavor takes a second to hit you but then blasts the living crap out of your taste buds. Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars come to mind, amped up 50x and joined by an onslaught of vanilla, anise, tobacco, and all kinds of crazy stuff. Thick, intensely full and smooth mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. I like it, but it put me on my arse (trying to speak British here). Blimey.

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