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

bottled
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RATINGS: 311   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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Bottle, draft.
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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1937) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Bottle 330ml. Full marks. Aromas of coffee, caramel, chocolate, vanilla, and hints of liquorice. Taste is sweet and bitter, with never-ending taste. Palate is syrupy, and full bodied. Black, with a frothy off-white head.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
medallaisla (91) - PUERTO RICO - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle shared with the husband. Very dark brown in color, the head fades away fairly quickly. Very boozy aroma, milk and dark chocolate, espresso beans. Taste: Wow. Sweet, sweet sticky malts that manage not to be cloying, tart cherries, and then a surprising punch of hops.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HenrikO (27) - London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Backlog rate. One of my 10 favorite beers ever. What can I say? Burnt, hoppy, coffee, tar, fudge, creme caramel, incredible layered sweet/bitter flavours.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tejex (2) - Seville, SPAIN - MAY 11, 2014 does not count
Love it! taken at XXXII The power of beer and wine (Seville). Draught. 47 cl. Creamy. Chocolates, some coffee. Resin. 10% alcohol but it does not taste like alcohol. head is persistent. To repit lots of times.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (4215) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 33 cl. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to ajax25g – black with a brown head – smells like roasted black malts, chocolate & cocoa – taste is roasted black malts, creamy chocolate, touch black bitter chocolate, cocoa, sweet coffee & mocha ice cream, sweet upfront followed by bitter roasted aftertaste, smooth, creamy & slick including carb. dear lord this was freaking delicious, hope there is more Kernel that is this good that hopefully I can get hold of it /// had another 33 cl. bottle @ home, still wonderfully intense, more roast than I remember but real coffee, creamy, light booze, mocha ice cream, sticking with the 4.8

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ads135 (3071) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Dark oil black. Thick coffee flavor with a hint of licorice. Malty sweetness accentuates the coffee. A slimy mouthfeel and a heavy addition to a meal.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
caesar (5296) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2013 Real rate: bottled, large sample. Dark color, short brown head. Aroma of milk chocolat, coffee, roasted malts, slight licorice, dark fruit. Wonderfully complex. Medium bitter in taste, some sweetness, roast, caramel, chocolat. Perfect balance. Full, creamy body. Stunning beer. Just because I love it so much, a rating. Smooth, roasty and sweet, but with the perfect balance. Im really impressed by all the Kernel has made, as they do so close to perfection. Brewery of the year 2012 for me!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RichardW (1541) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle Rehills Newcastle. Wow, this is amazing. Aromas of brown sugar, caramel, coffee and cocoa. Thick mouth feel but it doesn’t cloy and is impressively soft, with background coppery notes. The finish even has some raspberry hints for me, a great aniseed cough mixture flavour then comes in on top. Outstanding.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mgajdaczewa (572) - Katowice, POLAND - OCT 30, 2014
W aromacie uderzenie likieru czekoladowego, lekkiego karmelu, bardzo intensywne i co warte odnotowania bez śladu alkoholu, co przy 10.2% jest sporym wyczynem. podobnie w smaku, czuć, że mamy do czynienia z piwem mocnym, ale nie 10-cio procentowym. Dominuje gorzka czekolada, czekolada truflowa, lekki karmel, spora goryczka, bardzo długi wyrazisty finisz z czekoladowymi, kawowymi i chmielowo - ziołowymi nutami. Gdyby piwo było ciut gęstsze byłoby idealne.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
CraftBeerNick (965) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2011
Bottle at home, 28th December 2011. Pours easily, thick and luxurious, perfect head forms and is retained, aroma is mocha, dark chocolate and liquorice. Taste is mocha, dark chocolate, sweet and bitter, salt liquorice, palate is smooth and carboonation light and perfect. In a blind tasting you would not put this at over 10% ABV. Very drinkable, especially in winter.


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