Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 367   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vladivostok (240) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
Strong, bitter-sweet, complex and intensely hoppy with a faint dusty hoppiness, in fact a perfectly classic stout. I don’t imagine these are in absolute terms particularly difficult beers to brew as most companies that attempt them make a reasonable job of it. Nonetheless this is a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3262) - Livermore, California, USA - MAY 23, 2014
330 ml. Bottle. It pours a very dark brown color with a brown head. The aroma is sweet caramel, chocolate, raisins and roasted malt. The flavor is chocolaty and heavily roasted up front with more raisin and plum coming through mid palate. The body is medium/heavy for the style and the carbonation is slightly on the low end. The finish is mildly bitter, roasted with hints of coffee and dark fruit. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 22, 2014
Smoke and dark roast, hints of peppery tobacco, dark chocolate and coffee. The taste surprisingly shifts to a more acidic character lightly citric on this bulbous round bodied beer. Touches of fruit with herbal, earthy aromas. This is really good.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
SilverfoX (278) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
As i clicked ’rate this’ i was amazed to see the other reviews, so im going to guess my bottle was off, but a nose of cheese and vinegar on to top of a black body , a taste of sour vinegar a thin palate i left the rest. rank.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hermanw7 (28) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2014
33cl bottle from Bierkoning. Appearance: Very dark brown to black, with a somewhat thin light brown / tan foamy head. Aromas of coffee, salt, caramel, chocolate. Flavors of chocolate, butter, caramel, liquorice. Palate: bigger body than expected. medium, a bit sweet, with a nice hint of bitterness following at the end. A winner :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerbeer (1799) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
On tap at Moeder Lambic. Pours black with huge tan head. Aromas of black coffee and heavily roasted malts. Flavors of black coffee, vanilla, dusty black coffee, and a little sweet dark malts. A big dry stout. Perfect form. On tap no less.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alethol (105) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2014
Pours pitch black with a brown head. Interesting, full aromas of coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Taste is well-balanced betweeb bitternees and sweetness. Medium body with a long finish. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimplySike (901) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2014
33cl. Bottle.
Pours Black with light brown head.
Aroma roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, rum, raisin, liquorice, dark fruits. Really rich aroma.
Taste bitter chocolate, coffee, roasty. Sweet chocolate, caramel.
Mouthfeel oily.
Awesome beer, rich in aroma and taste! So much is going on!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MissPxx (373) - - MAY 9, 2014
Very chocolatey with fruity undertones. Black with red tinges. Chocolatey taste with bitter back of the mouth flavour. Potent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3254) - 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

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