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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England

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RATINGS: 368   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.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerman89 (38) - Greater London, - DEC 31, 2012
Almost no head, aroma of coffee and dark chocolate/cocoa. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel. Tastes like espresso and dark chocolate, with a sweet aftertaste like gummy bears or wine gums. A very nice stout.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ragnampiza (449) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - OCT 1, 2014
330 ml bottle from Les Vignerons (11/2013 - 7.3% ABV). Absoulutely pitch black, totally opaque, with a tiny, bubbly, non persistent light beige head. Might be slightly colder than advised, but I was expecting a bigger and more intense aroma punch. Stil, typical roasted and smokey notes, lots of bitter dark chocolate, a hint of espresso coffee and licorice. Slightly nutty as well. Very smooth and ridicolously easy to drink. Pretty bitter upfront, but it needs to be to balance the proper malty and toffee sweetness in the aftertaste. Extremely harmonious overall. A hint of alchool warming, but pretty subtle and inoffensive. Soft carbonation, almost full body, oily texture. More than solid Stout, on par with the Export India Porter, which I totally love.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
edsspoon (435) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2014
Bottle - pitch black with some signs of a dark brown head around the edges of the glass. Aroma is heavy on coffee and roasted malt with cocoa and earth. Some hints of tofu and salted caramel. Taste of coffee, roasted malt and caramel with a heavily and bitter cocoa end. Dense body, medium carb, pleasantly warming. Excellent stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1391) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2014
August 20, 2014. Bottled december 30, 2013. Pours black with a small dense brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, ash, licorice, tobacco. Taste is light to medium sweet malty and fruity, medium bitter roasted with a dry ash note. Lasting roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (1990) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting, big thanks to chriso for sharing. Pours black with an average tan head that leaves a thin, even layer of lace. The nose has a bit of charred roast, toasted cocoa nib, chicory, dark chocolate, and a light nuttiness. The flavor is a bit more rich with more dark chocolate, a touch of smoke, and some decently bitter roast and cocoa nib. The body is medium plus with average carbonation and a long bitter roasted finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5018) - GERMANY - SEP 1, 2014
Tap at CBC 2014. Beer in the glass deep black, small head. Heavy malty aroma. Starts intense malty, earthy, notes of peat and coffee. Finish with hints of cacao. Good one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mt_hall (119) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2014
Bottled. Jet black, with a very small light brown head. Coffee and malt aroma. Starts surprisingly sweet, fruity, and acidic in the mouth, the quickly into drier coffee, cream, and raisin flavours, with a long dry finish. Very good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
androman (422) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 26, 2014
ABV 7.5%. 33cl bottle @ home from De Molen. Pitch black body, minimal brown mostly diminishing good lacing head. Nose is dark roasted coffee and blueberry, Aroma is toast, dark chocolate, dark dried fruits, raisin, licorice, ash, bread, hoppy notes. Taste light to medium sweetness, heavy roasty bitterness, light to medium coffeeish sourness. Full body, sticky texture, flat carbonation, long lasting roasted and dark chocolate bitter finish. Excellent dessert beer, quite easy to drink but makes me feel full quickly, simple and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
Although the label looks like a strip of brown packaging tape that has been on a trip through a typewriter, do not be fooled by this delicious stout. content is a bold and viscous stout with brown head and creamy texture. a classic stout when it is best

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2239) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours black, almost no head. Intense and rich taste of roasted malt, dark cacao, strong coffee and a bit vanilla. Very, very good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1444) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle west riding dewsbury. Jet black tan head. Aroma is raisin plums coffee. Taste is dark roasted malts raisins and such like strong coffee some smoke and alcohol warmth long bitter finish. Nice oily body slight carbonation. Very good this.


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