Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 451   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.

Gurthnar's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (3833) - Bratislava, - NOV 13, 2012
330ml Bottle from bottle-shop.co.uk
6.7% ABV
Big brown head, almost black colour. Strong aroma of chocolate and coffee right out of the bottle. Roasted malt, stinging hints of smoke/wood. Taste is malty with light heavy roasty bitterness, medium smoke, almost medium coffee. Dark chocolate. Light fruity. Massive indeed. Finish is rather simple, but enjoyable roasty bitterness with a pinch of smoky tartness. Very nice, I hope to have this again someday.

It really calls for a juicy steak to go with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6026) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate chocolate, espresso, burnt notes, black licorice, and vanilla. Itís a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige small khaki head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of molasses. The finish has moderate espresso, burnt notes, and a hint of vanilla. Itís a medium bodied with mild carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rusos (288) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown colour with beige head. Aroma is roasted, coffee, cocoa, espresso, caramel, some molasses in background. Taste is roasted, caramel, sweet, some alcohol is present. Dry roasted aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martpez (45) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2015
Dark roasted stout. Sharp alcohol and really hits the spot. Very strong on the malts. Its thoroughly enjoyable. Complex and Strong. Bi too many malts for me. I prefer something a little crisper

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewtalita (87) - Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 18, 2015
Pitch black, oily. Brick red foam. Aroma molasses, cocoa powder, prune jam. Palate heavy as hell. Sourish coffee, prunes in alcohol. Like good rich espresso with a sip of rum. Taste better than aroma.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
no_cheating (35) - - NOV 15, 2015
This beer was lovely. Some chocolate in the taste. One of the best stouts Iíve tried.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (1759) - GREECE - NOV 14, 2015
From tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014. Black color with beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, coffee, light fruity and light hoppy. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium to full oily silky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HerrBierkoenig (801) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 12, 2015
From 0,33l bottle, BBD: 04.06.17 Pours unclear dark brown to deep black liqid, medium frothy brown head, Aroma: roasty, dark chocolate, light citrus, yeasty, red berries, Taste: medium sweet, medium bitter, light to medium sour, roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, cranberries, citrus, lemon peel, yeasty, Palate: medium to full body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, long bitter roasty aftertaste, Overall: enjoyed, very nice stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kokos666 (72) - Gliwice, POLAND - NOV 7, 2015
Butelka 033. Czarne z fajna bezowa piana. Aeomat mega zlozony palone slody kawa czekolad. W smaku dobrze zbalansowane jest duzo palonosci, gorzkiej czekolady, kakao i jest spora goryczka ale wszystko nie za ostre. Takiego FES lubie czyli jest konkret moc ale nie przesadzona w zadnym kierunku. Pycha.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jerohen (2086) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2015
Bottled from Bierkoning, Amsterdam. Pitch black, lasting brown head, beautiful. Powerful nose of roasted malts, coffee, licorice, chocolate, vanilla. Mainly bitter, somewhat sweet flavor, roasted malts, coffee (espresso), licorice. Thick mouthfeel. Everlasting bittersweet finish. Those Kernel guys definitely know what they are doing, truly great stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4599) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2015
11/20/2011 2:06:22 PM Bottle from Bierkoning. Dark black body with thin tan head. Nose of licorice, anice and oils. Taste is also oily malts and espresso. Texture is smooth and sticky. Quite enjoyable.

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