The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout (Oak & Vanilla)
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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Imperial Stout
Bermondsey, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
Draught only. Special release for the Rate Beer European Summer Gathering held in London during August 2011. Imperial Brown Stout with Toasted Oak & Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla pods.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18529) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2011
Keg at the brewery. Pours black-brown, oily, with a tan and bubbly head. Vanilla and sharp cocoa on the nose. Wood. Great sweet flavor but not cloying in any way, heavy, roasty, woody, bittersweet chocolate and vanilla. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Warm finish, some oak, vanilla, mild sweetness, bitter and burnt wood. Great. Superb. Wowee!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 22, 2011
Bottle (RBESG 2011, London) at The Kernel. Black - small brown head. Vanilla, burned malts, wooden. chocolate, spicy notes, cocoa, wooden tannins, lovely malty, fantastic aroma, light oiley, light but nice hoppy. Lovely.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 5, 2011
Tap (Kernel, RBESG2011 Saturday)
Black, tight tan head. Gorgeous. Huge, but also mellow cakey and cookie aroma. Oh so tasty. This was just too enjoyable to drink, I didnít want to take my attention off the beer to write down anything, and neither did Anna. Donít savour it for too long though, as once itís warmed up too much the palate goes from smooth and full to actually slick. However, I was stacking, so I drank much of this more than half an hour after it was poured. Itís so well balanced, itís big and powerful, but not agressive. Itís a tame 800lb gorilla. Vanilla is always present, but never out of place. Absolutely stunning brew. World class.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Travlr (21449) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Draft at the brewery. Thanks to Nate and the crew for this special brew. Extremely dark brown color, three bubble head. Aroma of Madagascar! Taste has vanilla, coffee, chocolate liqueur. Very smooth. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (15559) - Odense, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle @ Kernel. RBESG 2011. Pours brown with bubbles on top. Liquorice, oak, roast, coffee and vanilla. Lovely nose and flavor. Smooth and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
harrisoni (17288) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2011
On tap at The Kernel. Black beer with few tan bubbles. Some soft carbonation. Dryness on finish. Yes a fair amount of vanilla. Now normally i dont like these type of beers but this i find sippable and pretty satistying. I quite it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25392) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 17, 2011
Draught@The Kernel, London. Quite much pitch black colour, with a minor head. Aroma is coffee, wood, vanilla and a bunch of liquorice. Flavour is very much the same in a beautiful balance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2011
6th August 2011
On tap at the brewery. Thanks to Nate for this RBESG special. Opaque dark brown beer, little tan head. Dark chocolate and vanilla nose - very nice. Light dry palate. Rich dark malt. Fresh wood, dark chocolate and vanilla. Trace of coffee underneath. A little minerals. Dry woody finish with a mildly bitter aftertaste. The only thing keeping this great beer from a higher score is a slight trace of paint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2011
Draught at the brewery. Black coloured with a small beige head. Roasted aroma of dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Sweet and roasted flavour of dark chocolate, vanilla and oak. Roasted finish. Too much vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18256) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
Draught at the brewery. Thanks Nate for bringing this on during the RBESG-gathering. Black beer with a brown head. Oak and vanilla aroma, milky, chocolate, cocoa. Huge vanilla flavor, oaky, spicy, vinous, fruity, figs, metal notes. Too much vanilla but still good.

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