Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 387   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.

Gurthnar's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (2170) - 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 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzgorog (346) - FRANCE - DEC 23, 2014
Du pétrole : noir, pas de mousse. Nez grillé : café, malts torréfiés, chocolat, raisins secs, alcool. Attaque amère, très sèche, café, chocolat, cuir, astringente, fumée, grillée. Longueur interminable. Amertume vraiment très puissante. On croit deviner le houblon derrière tout ça, présent mais bien caché. Très bonne stout, pour les amateurs d’amertume très sèche et de café !

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gegwilson (1466) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2014
Bottle from the Darlington Cheese & Wine Shop. Pours inky black with a nice tan head. Lovely coffee aroma. The taste is rich with notes of liquorice, coffee and a slightly ashy dryness. Really nicely full bodied. Very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 [6207-20140228] Bottle. Soya fudge chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Black body with a quick tan head. Roasted soya malt grain flavour has a nice burnt woody charcoal aftertaste. Full body. Very tasty. (8/4/8/4/17) 4.1
(c/o HogTownHarry, w/ him, blankboy, Greg Clow, jercraigs, JoeMcPhee)
Overheard: "What’s the appeal of Skye?" "It has an ’e’ at the end."

[6498B-20140709] Tap. Roasted rich malt grain aroma. Black body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Super roasted charcoal wood and burnt grains flavour. Full body. Good but overpoweringly burnt. (7/3/7-/3/15) 3.5
(@ Hanging Bat, Edinburgh, Scotland)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2560) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2014
Bottle at the Kernel Brewery on 25 Aug 2012. Poured near black, with a big, dense beige head. Aroma of coffee, big roast malt, berries and some peppery hop. Dark rum and dates in the flavour, with tar and dark chocolate. Finish was burnt malt, coffee and prunes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
guiroul33 (110) - Bordeaux, FRANCE - NOV 30, 2014
Bottle 33cl from Malting Pot, tasted @ home with Fabien G. One of the best stouts I ever tried!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (4244) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2014
330ml bottle shared with jeevan. Pours jet black, thin tan head. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, light boozy notes. Taste is more coffee, dark chocolate. Long finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ulysse (126) - Brussels, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2014
Very soft and enjoyable mouthfeel. Rich coffee aroma upon opening. Rather foamy for a stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
florent.janssens (67) - - NOV 27, 2014
Très forte odeur de café. Goût puissant de café et de fumé. L’arrière goût de fumé reste. Très Bon stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
effzed (2) - - NOV 24, 2014 does not count
I love this beer. Full bodied with a lovely flavour. Could drink this all day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (2255) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2014
Bottle from Bierkonung. Pours heavy black with a thick brown head. Full bodied yet drinkable with lots of chocolate, dark malts semi dry finish

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