Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 412   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   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.

TheJvd's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJvd (939) - - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a nice brown head leaving good lacing. Fantastic aroma with roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate. Taste is like you would expect from the aroma with roasted malts, chocolate and some sweetness. Very smooth texture and quite a dry finish with some bitterness and a nice lingering taste of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Another great brew from the Kernel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlasgowTAD (331) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - APR 24, 2015
Pours crude black with a large and dense mocha-brown head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and slight dried fruit. Taste is coffee at first followed by a touch of sweetness in the form of raisins and chocolate, leather and slight smokiness are next to descend upon the ’buds. Full bodied with a rich mouthfeel. Kernel have nailed everything.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peteinSD (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is cocoa, light coffee, chocolate roast, and fairly assertive but complimentary pine and hop bitterness. Taste is rounded chocolate with pine and hop bitterness followed by light roast and coffee with some background dark fruit into the finish. Clean, somewhat sharp mouthfeel. Good hop forward stout.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkam (322) - POLAND - APR 20, 2015
Pours black with a small beige head. Fantastic aroma of coffee, chocolate, rosted malts. Taste of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, medium bitter finish. Very good stout from Kernel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jzi (16) - POLAND - APR 8, 2015
Warka zabutelkowana 15.09.2014. 6,7 % alc. Piana: Dość niska (1 palec), drobnopęcherzykowa, beżowa. Opadła po ok 3 minutach. Zostawia duży lacing. Barwa: Czarna. Ciężko określić czy piwo jest klarowne. Aromat: Świeżo zmielona kawa, czekolada, paloność. Gdzieś w tle wyczuwalne ciemne owoce. Smak: Espresso. Goryczka i delikatny kwaskowy posmak typowy dla mocnej kawy. Coś niesamowitego jak piwo może być bardzo kawowe. Do tego dochodzi gorzka czekolada. Wysycenie: średnie Piwo jest wytrawne. Dawno nie piłem czegoś tak dobrego. Nie chcę stwierdzać że to najlepsze piwo jakie w życiu piłem ale na pewno wskakuje do ścisłej czołówki. Zrobiło na mnie ogromne wrażenie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olliejobbins (1221) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
330ml bottle a couple of times. dark black pour with very dark brown head. aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruits. taste is full of espresso, velvelty smooth chocolate, a little alcohol and dates/raisins. excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nihtila (1317) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 28, 2015
3.3.2015. Roasted aroma with espresso, sweet chocolate, dark fruits. Oily texture. Plenty of roasted malts, espresso, hints of chocolate and smoke, dry cacao.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Robybusta (7) - ITALY - MAR 27, 2015 does not count
Birra dall’aspetto ottimale ed un gusto buonissimo al caffč. Forse i 7,2 gradi alcolici sono un po’ pochi per questa birra. ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sdmmb (1132) - USA - MAR 14, 2015
Drunk from 33cl bottle bottle bought at deliciously different in Belgium. Dark with slightly sharp taste stout beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abio (1683) - Waasland, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2015
Wanted to taste this one already some time. Good mixture of coffee and hops. Slightly some wood and fruits. The biterness in the end is nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5595) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours black, nose is dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, taste is similar, roasted, bitter.

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