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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 396   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle, draft.
ABV may vary.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LomYst (631) - Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 @borefts 2012 awesome imperial stout... coffee, chocolat... very thick and full of all sorts of dark shit @home 8 feb 2015 notice some wine/booze like qualities besides all the chocolat...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leaparsons (8857) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Bottle. Very dark brown with a beige foam. Aromas are peppery and earthy with coffee and a big alcohol hit. Slightly nutty and woody with hints of blackberry and floral notes. Flavours are vinous red wine with roast malts and plummy and dark berry fruit. Warming alcohol with dark chocolate and coffee bitterness. Lemon and grapefruit with vanilla. Very peppery with a dry boozy finish. Gets better as it warms up. Good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nilsas (2331) - Bryne, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Duft av kaffe og lakris. Sort farge. Ingen skum. Nydelig smak av kaffe, lakris og vanilje. Fin sittende ettersmak.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (4015) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 25, 2013
Bottle sample at a tasting at beerandbeyond shop. Thanks Alex. Pours black with a small head, aroma of coffee, chocolate, malt, wood and whiskey, flavor of coffee, chocolate, cherry, fruits, nice bitterness, medium to full bodied

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
rodenbach99 (3584) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
Bouteille partagée par Patrick. Version 10,0%. Un liquide brun foncé qui ne fait pas mousse. Un superbe nez de mocha, de raisins secs enrobés de chocolat, de mélasse et de fruits noirs. La bouche est superbe avec ses notes de mélasse, de chocolat, de fruits. Une amertume de torréfaction en finale. La texture ronde et quasi-crémeuse l’aide à couler. Un brown porter de grande classe. Embouteillée le 29.05.12 best before 29.05.2016. J’aime cette brasserie.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SlovakSniper (3908) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
(33 cl. 10%). Le liquide profondément brun tombe lourdement dans mon ballon. Les quelques grosses bulles qui se forment autour de mon verre me font croire à une version cask. Inutile de dire ici que mon nez est rapidement plongé dans cette ténébreuse aventure. Quelle belle générosité! Des parfums qui se concentrent sur les choses foncés. De la mélasse brûlée et des fruits qui vivent dans l’ombre des malts rôtis et d’un café fraichement torréfié. J’aime ces secousses sismiques qui viennent des profondeurs de la nuit. Mes lèvres n’hésitent pas à plonger dans ce verre financé par une épaisse obscurité. Mes papilles raffolent du bon café, des grains rôtis et enfumés, d’un alcool chaleureux, de pruneaux salés et de mélasse qui transpire à la fois l’imagination et l’amertume. Sur mon palais, la recette est à priori déconcertante. Je cherche les bulles à travers cette charmante viscosité. Autant que je puisse en juger, ce stout est façonné par l’Histoire. Le geste est calculé pour une expérience authentique. En fin de parcours, la torréfaction est forte et l’amertume est une parcelle incandescente qui se détache de ma langue enflammée. (Merci à Éric pour cette bouteille. Ton geste est apprécié.)

3.9
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Garrold (2613) - 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!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bartlebier (2559) - 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!

4.3
   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!


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