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

bottled
common

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unknown

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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned; Special London 1856 B.A. Glen Spey


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJvd (898) - NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2013
Draft at Borefts 2013. Pours very dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma has chocolate, roast, alcohol and quite some whiskey. Taste also has quite a lot of whiskey, alcohol and some chocolate. Think the original is brilliant and the barrel ageing does not improve it for me, since Im not the biggest whiskey fan.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Abio (1616) - Waasland, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2013
Tastefully black brew good head that could hold longer. Nice roasted malts coffee and a hint of booze. Nice one!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Abijen (1498) - s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - SEP 30, 2013
Pours a black beer with a tan head. Smells coffee, bit alcohol/whiskey. Tastes alcohol, coffee and burn. Thick body, low carbo and a sticky texture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (3458) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2013
bbf 13 pours black, small brown ring of foam . smell is roasted malts. good carbo, nice , not too much whiskey .

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShivanDragon (1722) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2013
@Borefts 2013
nagenoeg zwart met kaki kraag
aroma: geroosterde mouten, koffie, turf/veen
smaken: redelijk zoet, zachte koffie(espresso), whisky (zeer goed), vanille, heerlijk zacht, zoet in de mond, beperkt bittertje, chocolade, super bier !

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borresteijn (4781) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 29, 2013
On tap at BBF 13. Deep dark brown to black colour, beige head. Aroma is quite sweet, brown malts, sweet coffee, lovely soft sweet whisky, milk chocolate, pipe tobacco. Flavour is quite sweet, but just kept in check, milk chocolate, soft sweet whisky, oak, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts, brown malts, nice hoppy and malty bitter finish. Medium to full-bodied. Good stuff.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (10833) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 29, 2013
Recht ser, schwer malziger Antrunk. Klebrig, unsffig, im Verlauf harmonisch werdend, vorher ist die Se zu stark. Schokoladig, schwer. 11/10/7/10//10

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6565) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 29, 2013
Draught at Borefts, 2013. Nose of soy, coffee, chocolate, wood, whiskey. Sweet flavor of chocolate, umami, great balance, fruity, light citrus hops. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PriorL (1982) - Gent, BELGIUM - SEP 29, 2013
Tap at Borefts, shared with Mathieu87. APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: malts, sweet, coffee, chocolate, some vanilla. TASTE: smoked, nice, chocolate, some coffee, long lasting bitter aftertaste.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jerohen (2010) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - SEP 28, 2013
On draft at Borefts 2013. Pitch black, lasting brown head. Highly remarkable: a glass with this beer actually feels substantially heavier (in weight) that all other beers ive had at the festival. In aroma loads of malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, wood, wonderful. Very strong and evolving flavors, very malty, chocolate, alcohol, perfectly balanced. Bitter finish, but not as extreme as most imperial stouts. Absolutely fantastic stuff, the best ive tried at the festival this year.


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