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

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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 4.08/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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Keg unfiltered and unpasteurised; Special
Kernel’s Imperial Brown Stout barrel aged in Glen Garioch barrels


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (35959) - 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 (4726) - 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 (8911) - , 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 (7385) - 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 (4032) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Pours pitch black with a small rim of tanned head. Aroma is dry chocolate coffee some vanilla dark fruits ashy. Flavor is velvety green apples acidy roasted malts astringent bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (11442) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle at "Darkness comes to town", 131116. Pitch black beer with a small brownish head. Roasted whisky aroma, dark chocolate, peat, hay, cocoa powder, licorice, woody, vanilla notes, coffee, tar, some raisins. Roasted coffee and whisky finish, vanilla, hay, woody, licorice, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, vanilla notes. Heavy roasted finish, peat, raisins, floral, hay, dark chocolate. Really good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (3036) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2013
Bottle courtesy of rlgk. Pours dark blackish brown with a very small bubbly goldenish beige head that quickly dissipates without leaving any trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, peat, dark roast coffee, charred wood, tar, burnt caramel, hay, burnt cookies and hints of banana bread. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, sweet liquorice candy, high quality dark chocolate, moist wood, tar, chocolate cake, soy sauce, banana bread, burnt caramel, alcohol and hints of peat. Mouthfeel is round, soft, boozy and medium to full bodied. finish is tiny sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark roast coffee, chocolate cake, charred wood, vanilla fudge, alcohol, moist wood and hints of single malt whisky. Good but I fear I had higher expectations.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (4255) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
Sampled draft @ Borefts 2013. Black with a mocha head. Nose is huge coffee, creamy, chocolate, malty, sweet, chocolate bars, huge cocoa. Taste is milky, huge cocoa, creamy, coffee, vanilla, caramel, toffee, more brown chocolate & light coconut, very fain wood & very light whisky. Creamy body. The barrel is way too absent, almost indistinguishable from the regular version which is a touch better. This get a nice score because the base beer is incredible, this feels a bit like a waste of barrel-aging. Too bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (8924) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - SEP 1, 2013
Bottle shared by Fonefan at his place. Opaque pitch black color, small brown head. Aroma ofmmalts, dark and toasted malts, earthy, metallic. Taste malts, slightly wood, slightly metallic again. It’s nice, but nit one of my top ones. Not the barrel aging I prefer I guess.


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