Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 489   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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.

Mortlach's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mortlach (1852) - Rome, - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZodiacM (719) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2016
Poured from the bottle. Pitch black beer. Aromas of roasted malts and rum. Tastes of roasted malts, dried fruit, rum and raisin, just as was promised in the description. A wonderful rich export stout, nice and oily. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AngloJaxon88 (8) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2016 does not count
Looks good enough. Smells great, with a strong aroma of roasted malt and burnet caramel. A nice alcoholic hum. Oily on the pallet, with a nice medium to full body. Tastes of sweet malt, bonfire toffee, followed by burnet toast. Lots of nice roasted flavours. Dry on the finish. Dangerously drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartzluke (537) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2016 ,33l pour from bottle into wine glass in Kazakhstan. Dark, totally opaque, weak oily light brown head. Great coffee, roasty nose. Full body, with a thick syrupy finish. Taste has coffee, nuts, cocoa, with a little bit of a burnt finish and a ghost of sweetness. Just awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnG_BrgNor (410) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle. Black with brown head. Aroma and taste is roasted, licorice, dried dark fruits and some coffee. some caramel in the taste also, but far back there. Slightly bitter ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Iznogud (2052) - CROATIA - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle, 330 ml at The Library, Ilsington, London. Pours black with brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice, some dried fruit. Medium to full bodied, oily. Great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3544) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 19, 2016
Bottle Pours motor oil black with a nice dark tan head and sparse lacing. Nose is full of char tar roast toffee and a hint of fresh coffee. Big robust nose. Flavors of roast char big char dark fruits lots of anise. Palate is full big and pretty sticky. Long big finish of char and dark fruit undertones. A bit big and harsh but that’s good for this style. Solid brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
weark (614) - Morges, SWITZERLAND - MAY 14, 2016
Bouteille achetée Au PiBar - De couleur noir avec une bonne mousse fauve qui tient bien et marque bien le verre - Au nez beaucoup de café, malt torréfié, terreuse, légèrement reglisse, c’est fin et élégant - En bouche toujours beaucoup de café et de malt torréfié, une grosse amertume terreuse et légèrement herbacé, sauce soja et reglisse - Corps moyen, amertume forte, carbonation correcte, amère et soyeuse, fibal amère et torréfié - Un stout bien brute, bien comme il faut, pas de chichi ca envoie du lourd

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnicolaescu (1685) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - MAY 5, 2016
BOTTLE 33 CL t 6,9%. Opaque black, espresso head. Medium intensity aroma of sweet chocolate, cacao and strong coffee. Notes of spicy grassy hops. Strong taste of not very sweet chocolate, cold espresso, some malty berry notes too. Peppery hoppy finish with some alcohol spice. Smooth easy drinking body. Not outstanding but a well made honest stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
chimpgibbon (531) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2016
Bottle. Very fizzy pour which takes a good while to settle down. Body is nice and mellow- fitting with the abv although the beer still has a boozy hit. Very pronounced coffee, with tobacco and rich dark fruit. Nice hints of hops coming through. If it wasn’t overcarbonated it’d be killer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ozzatoadisback (54) - ITALY - APR 24, 2016
Almost pitch black, ligth brown head, not big but dense and persistent. Clean and vivid aroma: roasted malts, milk coffee, caramel. Maybe a hint of dark fruits. Taste follows the aroma, sweet and bitter notes are well balanced, finish is on the bitter side. Only glitch is a slight hint of burnt caramel. Medium to dense body, low carbonation, soft mouthfeel. Good enough

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