Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
Bermondsey, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 437   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   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 (3340) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jjsint (1553) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2015
Bottle from Bacchanalia, Cambridge. Dark, dark brown, vey nearly black. Impenetrable. Carbonation allows a bit of milk chocolate coloured head to swirl on top. Soft aroma of chocolate, vanilla, eggnog, a bit of strong black coffee. Figs. Surprisingly sweet start to the taste is met by a reasonably grainy bitter. Intense. Bitter but balanced finished. The body in not particularly thick for a strong stout but it doesn’t need to be. Carbonation is well-judged. A winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3433) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 2, 2015
I love history and I love beer so historical recipes being re-created really draw my attention. This is the Kernel Export Stout London 1890 recipe 7.1% I had the 10.1% Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 which was excellent so I am eager to try this bottle I picked up in London. It pours a deep black with a thick rusty tan head of foam. The aroma is rich savoury chocolate and toasted oats. It may even have hints of marshmallow? Full bodied with a silky smooth texture, this is hardcore. The taste is darkly bitter roastiness, oats, dark chocolate, dried fruits, some espresso dark dark dark coffee notes. Really great but I feel the 1856 was sweeter/less bitter and so I know what I’ll be picking up next time I am in the UK. Kernel Rocks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alexi91 (277) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2015
Origin: Tap. Vessel: Stange. Supplier: The Famous Royal Navy Volunteer. Deep and rich with smoky aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MonsterMagnet (687) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2015
Bottle, bottle date 04.06.15, 7.1% abv, pours black and tan. Chocolate, espresso, roast, dried pineapple, ash, leather, fruitcake, vanilla. Medium sweet and moderate high bitterness, oily to creamy texture, full body, soft carbonation. Lingering espresso and hopbitter finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ERB92 (556) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 26, 2015
Aroma of cocoa, coffee, brown sugar and hints of leather and vanilla. Black with a tan head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with a average to soft carbonation. Leaves the mouth quite dry. Overall a very enjoyable drink, rich flavour with a full body combined very nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rubin77 (241) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 21, 2015
F: thin brown, gone to thin film with some bubbles. C: dark, non-transparent. A: roasted malt, caramel malt, chocolate malt, dark chocolate, of coffee. T: great roasted/chocolate/dark malt, some earthy tones, dark chocolate, some espresso, fruity tones of dark fruit, cocoa and many others complex tastes, 7,4% ABV version, full body, low carbonation, very good, a must to try beer from that style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanDiego1 (18) - ITALY - SEP 14, 2015
In bottiglia. Colore marrona scuro, schiuma marrone, fine e poco persistente. Aroma intenso di tostato, caffč, leggero bruciato. Al palato corpo rotondo, nota etilica non eccessiva, caffč e tostato intensi e puliti. Semplice e ben fatta.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KW92 (675) - WARSAW, POLAND - SEP 8, 2015

WYGLĄD: Barwa czarna z rubinowymi refleksami, nieprzejrzyste. Piana drobna, gęsta, długa i wysoka. Ładnie oblepia szkło.
AROMAT: Intensywny. Kakao, praliny, kawa, owoce w czekoladzie, subtelna paloność. W tle zioła.
SMAK: Dominuje paloność przemieszana z ziemistością. Delikatny kawowy posmak - przyjemny. Świetnie ukryty alkohol. Goryczka średnia, zalegająca.
OGÓLNIE: Cudowna pijalność, aksamitne, kremowe - wprost nie do opisania. Trzeba spróbować, żeby się przekonać jak dobrze to piwo smakuje!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Venno (18) - - SEP 6, 2015
Color is heavy black with a bit of brown. Can see the high gravity when pouring. The aroma is very strong and deep; caramel coffee and malt. The taste is smooth, again with caramel. Brilliant beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
worldbeertaste (1756) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
Three year old bottle. Solid black with a fizzy brown disappearing head. Deep liquorish full smooth black bean caramel roasted coffee smell. Full oily body. Initial taste of caramel and chocolate and moves to a smooth liquorish and finishes with a nice soft coffee roast. Excellent. Sort of reminds me of Lion Stout.

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