Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 360   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.

faroeviking's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10291) - - APR 19, 2013
Chopp. Pitch black colour, nice medium dark brown creamy head, steady. Very pleasant aroma of well roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee too. Good filling mouthfeel. Lovely roasted maltiness in the flavour along with chocolate, some coffee and dark fruit. Well lasting nice roasty malty chocolate finish. Sweet like. Very pleasant brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (2136) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
s_hartshorne (1177) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martynhall20 (3) - Hounslow, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2014 does not count
Bottle. Back, very thin tan head. Strong coffee roast aroma, dark chocolate and slight liquorice. Bitter and sweet taste, well balanced. Long bitter finish. Overall: strong, balanced and easy to drink

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The Etruscan (528) - Tuscany, ITALY - AUG 21, 2014
Light brown creamy full lasting head. Black colour. Aroma is malty with sfrong coffe and light dark chocolate and raisins notes. Flavor is malty too with fruity (raisins and dark fruits) and dark chocolate tones, ending in a moderately chocolaty slighty roasty finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (3817) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 16, 2014
Draft - Dark roast and bittersweet chocolate.  Jet black with a rich brown head.  Bittersweet chocolate with roast and a long bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wvhoran (168) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle. Very dark brown to black colour with a creamy tan head. The aroma is deep roast malt with coffee and chocolate notes, as well as licorice and some fruitier notes. The flavour is smooth chocolate, dark roast to burnt malt, licorice, coffee notes. Quite a creamy texture. This is a lovely stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brystmar (1236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Handsome black body beneath silly tan head. Beautiful.

Expansive roasty, milk-chocolate-infused aroma fills the air. Some dryness at the end.

Taste opens up leathery and ashy. Turns hoppy on a dime, finishing bone dry with lingering bitterness and notes of an ashtray. Weird; def not my thing.

Nice, smooth body, and all other traits are firmly in the "winner" category. Shame this is all wasted on a beer which disappoints so heavily on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (644) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 13, 2014
0,33L bottle, ABV 8,2%. Pours black with tan head. The head doesn’t stay. Aroma is roast, coffee. Flavor is sweet and bitter, coffee, intense roast, malt, dark chocolate. Finish is coffee bitter. Feels creamy. Alcohol is well covered. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (1025) - BELGIUM - AUG 12, 2014
Export stout apparently based on a recipe from 1890 and made by a young micro brewery in the heart of London. Deep beige head, jet black colour. Strong coffee bean aroma, bitter chocolate, leather, nutmeg, dates. Dried fruits in the taste, thick oily mouthfeel, quickly overwhelmed by a very concentrated yet elegant, refinded roasted bitterness, like a high quality coffee, deep chocolatey maltiness, long bitter finish, well-balanced. Enjoyed this very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oqnid (75) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
7 juil '13 -->Stout noire, 7%, 330ml -noire absolue, opaque; mousse beige fine et veloutée -nez vanille, choco, café, alcool (fond) -entrée mince, café filtre, malts torréfiés -corps mince (eau) -finale idem qu'à l'entrée; cendrée Co=2.5 Arô=3 Am=3 Su=1.5 Arr via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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