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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England

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RATINGS: 324   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (1249) - 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfroms (59) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle from Mikkeller & Friends. Pitch black with almost no head. Aroma is pungent and evocative: licorice, bitter chocolate, espresso, herbal hops, pine, toasted marshmallow. Taste is round and complex, almost Baltic porter style: chocolate mousse, Vietnamese coffee, burnt sugar, light roast, balanced out by moderate hops. Tremendously smooth and drinkable. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatteoD. (124) - ITALY - APR 13, 2014
Bottiglia comprata al Red Bear pub di Marghera. Bella testa di schiuma color nocciola cremosa e fine, colore marrone, aroma di pane biscottato, malto tostati e caffè e note erbacee, al palato corpo medio e bassa carbonazione, inizialmente prevalgono le noti dolci dei malti tostati, caffè e poi si chiude il cerchio con le note amare, cioccolato amaro, frutta secca (noci)’, con finale abbastanza lungo e secco. Un ottima stout, non particolarmente originale ma ben fatta e bilanciata, beverina.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OOKPIKABLE (14) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
Pours dark with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of raisin and red wine. taste is of chocolate, malt, raisins, red wine and alcohol. oily mouthfeel with a lingering aftertaste of coffee, chocolate and booze. Nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (701) - - APR 9, 2014
Black pour, virtually no head. Very light carbonation but big roasty aroma. Taste of roasted malt, wood, cocoa, leathery, treacle. Heavier body.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (3403) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
Draft at BrewDog Shoreditch in London. Aggressive day today, hitting freaking BrewDog after no sleep except an unplanned half hour nap that made me miss a big conference call. Whatever, work, who cares. Need beer. Must tick. Get back on that horse, dude, and down some shot glass sized pours of the rare stuff. England is inspiring, home of Mick the Tick and many other legends. Holy schnikeys this one is intense. 2oz is really all you need, even if you’re not a ticker (but really, who isn’t these days)? It is black as all hell and you know it’s going to hurt you. Aroma is fairly understated and does not prepare you for the flavor blast. Roast, anise, candied plum. The flavor takes a second to hit you but then blasts the living crap out of your taste buds. Cadbury Fruit & Nut bars come to mind, amped up 50x and joined by an onslaught of vanilla, anise, tobacco, and all kinds of crazy stuff. Thick, intensely full and smooth mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. I like it, but it put me on my arse (trying to speak British here). Blimey.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
A good stout, thick and chocolately. Undercarbonated. Rhen’s bottle from the UK.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dutchtuga (130) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2014
Poors dark brown/ black. Little head. Chocolate taste explosion. Great balance between alcohol and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ozckr (213) - Barcelona, SPAIN - MAR 27, 2014
coffee, nuts, resin, black, brown, sparkling, tan foam, brown foam, frothy, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, heavily sour, medium body, creamy, sticky, average carbonation, lively, long finish,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1419) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 26, 2014
On tap (keg) @ Beer Temple. ’Clear’ very dark (almost black) color. Short soapy beige head. Aroma’s: Heavy roast, ground coffee, slight malty sweetness, hints of red fruit (notably retronasal). Flavor is moderate sweet, roasted, moderate bitter. Medium bodied. Finishes burnt, ashy, moderate to full bitter. Without the sweetness this would be a bit too burnt, but that saves it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (818) - Gemonde, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
Mooie zwarte kleur met een volle bruine kraag. Ruikt sterk koffie, chocolade. Smaakt sterk naar koffie, vanille en chocolade. Erg goed, maar iets te veel koffie m


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