Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Foreign Stout
London, England


on tap

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RATINGS: 323   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10294) - - 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 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OOKPIKABLE (12) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (700) - - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8092) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2014
A good stout, thick and chocolately. Undercarbonated. Rhen’s bottle from the UK.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dutchtuga (127) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2014
Poors dark brown/ black. Little head. Chocolate taste explosion. Great balance between alcohol and chocolate.

   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,

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosbouw (812) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Abijen (1139) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 23, 2014
Pours a black beer with a not very long lasting head. Smells incredible, coffee, lots of chocolate, bot cream/vanilla. Tastes fruity, coffee, chocolate and roasted. Very nice. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.

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