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

bottled
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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned; Occasional. Has been seen on draught.
ABV varies.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Idiosynkrasie (3578) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2013
330ml bottle [this time 9.9% abv]. Darkest brown colour with late awakening, average, creamy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, brown head. Dark malty aroma has a grainy touch, hints of treacle, coffee, a touch of roast. Taste is moderately sweet fruity and dark malty, hints of red and dark berries, blue grapes, plum, dark chocolate, a touch of roast, some treacle, bitter and slightly herbal hoppy overtones, roasty coffee finish. Lasting finish, sticky palate. Very well balanced, complex, but integrated and concentrated. Yeeeeees!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rozsoma (462) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2013
0,33l bottle, gift from London. Very strong coffee flavour with a hint of roasty cereals. Smokely and bitter chocolate, full body with oily texture. Flat carbonation. Great and imperial.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Osprey87 (1363) - WALES - JUN 18, 2013
Bottle, 5 months old. Pours medium for style, no head. Smell - lots of roasted barley, boozey, yeast. Not that appealing, but then it’s usual for the style. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is strong - barley, some coffee and salt. Alcohol not really noticeable, which is strange given the smell. Dry spicey finish. Decent enough.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (2993) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle from BrewDog Camden. Pours heavy brown bordering on black with almost no head, just a light khaki ring around the edge. Nose shows heavy liquorice/aniseed with light espresso and vanilla. Taste is light liquorice, molasses, milk chocolate, bread. Quite a bit of heat on the finish. Thinnish mouth feel. Ok but not great

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MarshallStaxx (8) - - JUN 11, 2013 does not count
Bottle at The Chequers pub in Walthamstow, London. Pours very dark drown with a frothy tan head. Lively nose with caramel and coffee notes. Taste is sweet toffee and bitter black coffee, followed up with a massive punch of warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is very pleasing and lively on the tongue. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
makromaniak (129) - Tilburg, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2013
Pours dark brown to black with a beige head. Taste is sweet roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, nuts and hay. Nice dry roasted bittersweet finish. Easy going but really nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (1569) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2013
Found back tasting notes from Borets Festival 2012. Only putting them in now. APPEARANCE: very oily black beer, little head. NOSE: coffee, burned malts, chocolate. TASTE: coffee, vanilla, little smoked. Very balanced and amazing brew!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5196) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
Bottle courtesy of TheydonB, thanks Colin - shared with Max and Brian. Pours a deep, murky brown body with thin lacing. Aroma is dark caramel espresso roast, fresh hop and light oak. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of caramel malts, espresso, sweet rich chocolate and coffee roast. Very nice imperial stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (1334) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2013
9.9%abv, bottle conditioned. Bottled 02/01/13, so pretty young. Pours with a thin creamy brown head. Deep black colour with a slight ruby tinge when held to light. No sign of carbonation. Not as big on the nose as I was expecting, all the aromas I was expecting come through - coffee, malts, some treacle, cocoa - but they weren’t that strong. Medium to full bodied, some foamy carbonation in the mouth then coffee, maltiness, chocolate and a big boozy bitter coffee finish. OK, but far from smooth - the alcohol overwhelmed it a bit and the bitterness was a little harsh. Maybe it needs more time to mellow out a bit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brontebeach (153) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
Bottled 15.02.11 consumed 2.6.13. Has aged well. Pours black with thin tan head. A nose of cocoa and charcoal. Very smooth and balanced, pleasantly less sweet than when tasted previously, nice residual cocoa elements. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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