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


on tap

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RATINGS: 370   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 21, 2013
330ml bottle shared by MartinT.
Appearance : Pitch black with small head.
Aroma : Great aromatic coffee. Roasted mal.
Taste : Oily coffee with oily hops. Slightly acidic (cold coffee). Finish oily hops with coffee.
Overall : Great beer. Packed with flavour. Big roasted malts and coffee notes. Still feels fairly well balanced and elegant. Nice hop presence for an IS. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2152) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2013
Bottle from the brewery. 9.9%. Dark mahogany, almost black. Thin sandy coloured head. Aroma is surprisingly green, with booze soaked dark fruits waiting in the background. Taste is mild coffee, dark fruit, alcohol (who’d have thunk it) with a long dark chocolate finish. Good, but I reckon not ready yet. Stick one in the cellar and try to forget its there!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (2360) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2013
33cl bottle courtesy of mike_77 (BBF 13), thanks! Pours an impressive viscous mocha black with milk chocolate head. Potent aroma of pleasant vanilla coffee and roasted cocoa, austere tar and faint liquorice. Silky smooth oily palate with a slight effervescent undercurrent. Taste is dominated by soothing upfront coffee and chocolate and rounded off by a back palate symphony of bitters: roasted coffee beans, fondant, even chicoree root. All aroma elements taste particularly fresh and alive and make for easy drinking, I have the feeling this could have even improved if left in the bottle - but hard to resist!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
firedog23 (73) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 2, 2013
330 ml bottle. I typically stay away from 10% stouts but as it was a Kernel beer, I had to try it. Pours with a quickly disappating head that eventually rings the outside of the glass. Heavy roasted and coffee flavors but doesn’t offend the palate. It took me a while to finish it but I would not want to waste this beer with a quick drink. Another solid stout from Kernel!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eructoblaster (3217) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle - 330ml. Opaque black body with low carbonation and a thin brown bubbly head. Superb, complex malty/hoppy aroma with chocolate, vanilla, roasty, and brown sugar hints. Alcohol is very well hidden. Its rich, robust malty/hoppy taste carries woody, plummy, chocolate, and Bourbon notes. Ends with a long, warming bittersweet finish. Awesome!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TET (1910) - FINLAND - JUL 19, 2013
9.9% abv. A black beer with a medium, dense and light brown head. Yhe nose is smooth, roastiness and black coffee, some chocolate and sometimes a strenght of alcohol, that isn’t a bothering. Also some pleasant strawberries can be found from the complex aroma. Taste of roasted malts and coffee, liquirice. The balanced bitterness dries the balanced and roasted end. Full bodied and smooth, a slightly sticky to drink. The great beer without weakness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
bytemesis (3974) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Bottle - thanks Ben! Pours opaque black, almost no head even with a vigorous pour. Aroma is coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, dark chocolate. Flavor about the same, medium sweet and light bitter. Medium plus body, quite hot. Basically no carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mortlach (1072) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 11, 2013
11/07/2013 330ml bottle (thanks Theydon_Bois!) shared @ Ma che siete venuti a fà. Nera, impenetrabile, schiuma cappuccino leggerissima, non molto persistente. Al naso è molto aggressiva e sgraziata, sentori di malti tostati, alcol, cioccolato, caffé, liquirizia. In bocca è un po’ peggio, note di malti tostati, leggero acidulo, finale amaro, alcol evidentissimo, un po’ sgraziata. Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione abbondante. Deludente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (716) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2013
29/05/12. -Noir. Très peu de collet. -Nez: Essence de vanille. anis. Alcool. Malt. Bois. Patate. Cacao. -Bouche: Fruité. Cuire. Amertume intense. Poudreuse. Cendré. Réglisse. Café. Rhum. Chaleur d'alcool. Tabac. Un peu les mêmes goûts que le cigare. Intéressant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Valgreen (726) - DENMARK - JUL 6, 2013
(9,9%) Bottle @ home, 6/7 2013. Dark brown/black, small tan head, good lacing. Aroma, roasted malts, chocolate and coffee, some alcohol. Taste, roasted malts, chocolate / coffee, sort of sweet. Leaves dry bitter oily aftertaste.

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