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


on tap


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
Bottle conditioned; Special London 1856 B.A. Glen Spey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43961) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 30, 2013

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark black brown colour with a small to average, frothy - fizzy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, storng coffee, sugary, wood, alcohol, light earthy. Flavour is heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, wood, alcohol, chocolate, dark malt. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is flat, finish feel is light alcholic. [20130901]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40454) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2013
From tap. Pours hazy dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is smooth roasted malty, chocolate, light coffee and smooth whiskey. Toffee, liqourice and clear alcohol presence. Bitter, dry and dark malty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2013
Draught at Borefts Bier Festival 2013. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of dark chocolate and caramel. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate with notes of cocoa powder. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate whisky aroma. Roasted malty woody chocolate flavor with weak hints of whisky. Has a roasted malty woody chocolate and whisky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2013
25th August 2013
Opaque dark brown beer, little pale tan head. Super smooth palate, silky and semi dry. Very mild carbonation. Smooth dark malt with touches of dark chocolate and subtle wood. Lovely mellow whisky. Touch of dark fruits. Light dry finish. Superbly mellow, this beer doesn’t so much hide the abv as conceal it all together! Dangerously drinkable!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21612) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 27, 2013
Tap at de molen 2013... Deep black.. Thin tan head... Deep mellow chocolate roast nose... Dark malts... Rich chocolate... Licorice... Chewy malrs... Big chocolate... Big whisky

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (18527) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle at home in London - picked up from the brewery quite a while back. Bottled on 16.11.12. Pours oily black with a somewhat flimsy, bubbly brown-beige head that slowly fluffs up a bit into a flimy cream.

Lovely aroma, loaded with diverse chocolate aspects, plenty of gooey milk chocolate, also some hard baking cocoa, nips of burnt wood, vanilla, dirt. Medium to big sweet flavor without being remotely cloying, with lots more chocolate character, dried fruits, grape, earth, hot cocoa, vanilla pods, very slight charred wood, ash, oily chocolate, low but adequate scorched earth bitterness.

Full bodied yet soft, with fine carbonation and oily texture. Lightly warming on the finish with more dynamic chocolate presence, charred wood, red berries, slight tannic dryness, rounded vanilla, bittersweet cocoa, softened roasted malts. Tremendously well integrated and nuanced. Nicely balanced and not at all boozy. Exceptionally drinkable. World-class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18214) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2014
Sample at London Craft Beer Festival 2014. Black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate and cocoa aroma, whiskey, wood, caramel, licorice and vanilla. Chocolate flavor, vanilla, caramel, whisky, peat notes, cocoa, cream and vanilla. Whisky nd caramel finish with chocolate notes. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Koelschtrinker (17315) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - SEP 29, 2013
Recht süßer, schwer malziger Antrunk. Klebrig, unsüffig, im Verlauf harmonisch werdend, vorher ist die Süße zu stark. Schokoladig, schwer. 11/10/7/10//10

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17283) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2013
33cl bottle from the brewery drunk at home watching The Ashes presentation ceremony at Durham as England win the urn for the 3rd time in a row. What a game, what a day of cricket. Broad was inspired. Bell though is the man of the series. Black beer lasting tan head. Lots of choc on the aroma, with some tangerine whisky. I love speyside whisky. Wow, the barrel ageing really works on this. I love the Imperial Brown base beer it’s good. Yes a slightly spirity flavour, but in the mouth, the beer explodes into a dark chocolate sharp tangerine/orange flavour. Wow, it’s really good. Lovely. Barrel ageing that works properly. I love the choc, the malt, the whisky. Excellent.

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