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The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout (Glen Garioch Barrel Aged)

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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Imperial Stout
London, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Keg unfiltered and unpasteurised; Special
Kernelís Imperial Brown Stout barrel aged in Glen Garioch barrels


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (823) - Vermont, USA - APR 15, 2014
330 mL bottle supplied by Leighton in a IP trade. Many thanks! Shared with non-RB friends. To oversized brandy snifter it pours a mahogany-tinted dark brown. Carbonated but just barely: a few whispers of a burnt sienna bubbles. Aromas of sorghum molasses, rolled oats, sweet corn, fennel, soot, charcoal, London ale yeast, Nat Sherman New York cut cigarettes, mugwort, spearmint, caramelized onions, and black pepper. Tastes the same with the addition of cognac, refried beans, black licorice candies, ash, and bitter orange peel. Sweat, cocoa nibs, cotton, and earl grey tea by swallow. Interestingly vague flavors. In some parts, this is surprisingly unpleasant, but the barrel made up for it. Smoky and medium-bodied. Slithers down the throat wonderfully. Flavors definitely linger.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (4863) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle from Madmitch76. Pours almost pitch black with a small creamy tanned head. Aroma of sweet dark malts with a whiff of whisky.Smooth silky and vinous mouthfeel. Taste is moderate sweet, dark red fruits, chocolate and coffee,lots of smooth whisky, very well integrated whisky, layer upon layer of good tasty elements, lingering dark fruits with a light alcohol burn, impressive.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Bottle courtesy to Theydon_Bois (thanks Colin). Pours a deep black body with thin brown lacing. Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, oak and very faint char. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a rich, chocolately-bourbon character up front; followed by notes of vanilla, wood, caramel candy and toffee.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
330mL thanks to Leighton! Pours clear deep sepia, little to no carbonation. Bubbles. Nose is chlorine volatile, warms up to some seriously rich chocolate mousse, sea spray, chocolate cake, cherry cordial. Taste is burnt apple, char/ash...moves to something more earthy/ashy as it warms, but there is a glimmer of cherry cordial and chocolate cake frosting atop. Soft, very smooth alcohol warming develops with subtle hazelnut. Definitely improves as it warms. Palate is thin up front with some chocolate sponge cake feel in the back. Hazelnut blends with neutral tannic Scotch barrel. Bitter and dry in finale. Still, it is a very temperamental beer that requires babying and coddling. I would rate this a 3.4 if it didnít dramatically improve as it warmed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
biggirlpanties (152) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Thanks to Leighton for this bottle and to GT2 for sharing Aroma is pretty non-existent when cold. After it warms up though, there is plenty of cinnamon, caramel and vanilla and whiskey notes. Pleasant, but nothing out of this world. You definitely get the barrel in the taste, very nice. The taste is rounded out with some molasses, hazelnut and vanilla extract. Pretty simple, but tasty. Palate is a touch boozy, but it would be thin if it didnít have some alcohol to punch it up. This is a pretty solid, if simple, beer. It definitely needs to warm up and open up to appreciate it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark brown black colour with a small, frothy - fizzy and open, fair lacing, fully diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is heavy malty, chocolate, dark chocolate, wood, alcohol, moderate roasted, coffee, light earthy. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, chocolate, dark malt, alcohol, dry, licorice notes, wood notes. Body is medium to full, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is flat, finish feel is llight to moderate alcoholic. [20130901]

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (4031) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Iluvatarmilan: Served in a Chouffe glass: Small brown foamy head/lacing on top of a black colored beer. Aromas of hair, roast, light whiskey spicyness, marsipan, some hints of vanilla and liquorice. Flavour has the wood upfront, with spices following, ginger bread and some bitter cough syrup. Than there is the roast, coffee, chocolate and bitters. Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, spices, coffee, chalk, some cacoa, espresso and bay leaf drenched in chocolate. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, full body and a creamy texture. After a while it gets a bit medicinal, still with loads of wood and some roast. Good beer though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle thanks to Colin. Pours black with brown head ring. Nose and taste of oak, scotch, roasted nuts, vanilla. roast chocolate and light earth. Medium body. Really nice well balanced Scotch notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (5506) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle from Kernel. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, sweet whisky, spice, Christmas cake coffee, fudge, toffee, blue-tack and faint vanilla/coconut. The taste is rich roast, coffee, toast, earth, toffee, treacle, wood, alcohol warmth, coffee, medicinal notes, whisky and spice with a dry, warming finish. Full body, low carbonation and oily, yet soft mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour and all comes together rather well. Very nice indeed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dEnk (3463) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2013
Draft @ Borefts. Aroma is roast, liquorice, whiskey, molasses, wood. Flavour is deep roast, chocolate, liquorice, caramel, roasty bitterness with whiskey barrel sweetness. Very nice!


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