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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Imperial Stout
London, England
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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 4.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Keg unfiltered and unpasteurised; Special
Kernel’s Imperial Brown Stout barrel aged in Glen Garioch barrels


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beersiveknown (2771) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 13, 2013
Cask@southern bar, Edinburgh
Dark ruby brown black with lacing tan head. Rich chocolate, cocoa, slight briney whisky. Rich grainy cocoa, full bodied, coffee, growing alcohol warmth, long roasty finish, savoury. Whisky very subtle. Fantastic!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3589) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (10512) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Keg at CBC Clerkenwell during the Second Birthday Party - London. Pours black-brown with a creamy, tan head. Dry dark chocolate aroma, some sturdy roasted malts, burnt wood. Big sweet flavor, lightly dry, with some alcohol punch, dark chocolate, bitter baking cocoa, gooey chocolate, dry earthy and woody bitterness. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Charred wood to finish with more bitter baking cocoa, strong roasted malts, dirt, some dark fruits. Outstanding. Quite drinkable given the ABV. One of the top beers of the afternoon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (14025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2013
Keg at the southern... Deepest darkest black... Deep heavy malt roast... Big chocolate... Heavy malt roast... Sweet dark roast... Lovely whisky... Thought too much at first... But well balanced... Oh rich... Fucking stunning

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (5138) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rasmus40 (10590) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle @ Aarhus tasting. Almost black with a small brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate, lots of cocoa and wood. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Sweet and rather bitter finish. 110614

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Theydon_Bois (7937) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2013
Tap at Craft Beer Co Clerkenwell, 2nd birthday bash, thanks to my wallet for a £7 half! 29/06/13. Pitch black with a thin tan head which clears edgeward and to a film. Nose is chocolate, roast malt, subtle whisky notes, ash, light wood, leather. Taste comprises dark chocolate, molasses, oaky wood, dark roast malts, sugars, subtle whisky. Full bodied, fine carbonation, sweet in the finish. Cracking impy, the alcohol is well integrated, a little too sweet for my liking but not OTT. The whisky is well managed in the background. Top notch.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2168) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 10, 2013
Keg at southern. Black with tan head. Slightly peaty roasty whisky aroma, some alcoho, vanilla and coconut. Taste is rich, roasty, licorice, whiskey, coconut. Thick and full. Some alcohol in there. Nice

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (14454) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2013
29th June 2013
Craft Clerkenwell 2nd Birthday Bonanza! Keg. Opaque dark brown - black beer, little tan head. Sweet whisky nose, little minerals. Palate is smooth and slightly viscous with mild minerally carbonation. Smooth dark malt, thin cream. Whisper of dark chocolate and coffee. Sublte medicinal vibe. Smooth and mellow whisky. Light touch of dark fruits. Finishes smooth and semi dry with a little alcohol spice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheCametron (1751) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 24, 2013
Keg at The Southern. Black with a brown head. Chocolate and whisky to the nose. Flavour is a symphony. Burnt wood, Ashy toast, liquorice and vanilla. The whisky is very prominent as well, almost like half a shot has been stirred in to my glass. The alcohol is at first integrated and then becomes quite evident. Cracking beer. One of the highlights of my week in Edinburgh.


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