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The Kernel Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at The Kernel
Style: Imperial Stout
London, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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We have brewed a beer to commemorate the birth of our son. It is a strong dark beer which hopefully will keep until he is of age to drink it. Brewed in collaboration with Phil Lowry, Simon Siemsgluess and Chrigl Luthy. Bottled.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (2560) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
330ml bottled Sep 2010 at 12.5%, so over 4 years old now. Black, just a small ring of head. Aroma is yeasty and a little metallic, oil, dark chocolate syrup. Nice aspects but could be better. Body is full, smooth, soft carbonation. Body is spot-on. Taste is smooth malty molasses, chocolate, some ’cold’ tangy alcoholic high notes, a little goat cheese. Drying, woody, bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1958) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2014
From old tasting notes - Black with ring head. Roasted smoky salami (?) char and ash aroma. Rich roasty smoky salami minimal fruit roasted nuts. Soft rich palate. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (5340) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, taste is chocolate, bitter, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - Bottled Sept 2010; Drank Jan 2013 - BCA; heavily sedimented. Pitch Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark and milk chocolate, liquorice, burnt toffee, some espresso coffee, hints of smoke. Tarry. Fruity; notes of dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Some warming alcohol; not too surprising at this ABV. Sweet roast malty with intense chocolate flavours. Enjoyed this a lot. Terrific Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olliejobbins (1185) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
x/1/13 had in Newcastle. pours a very dark brown almost black. small head that lasts. aroma is of coffee and alcohol. very nice taste. thinnish mouth feel but really nice alcohol and bitter coffee taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (5642) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2013
6/X/13 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-931) Thanks to Nicki and Mike for transporting the bottles!

Clear dark brown to black beer, irregular big bubbled beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: mocha and coffee are dominating, liquorish, alcohol, lots of caramel, some vanilla, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sugar, mocha, coffee, cocoa powder, alcohol, dried fruits, slightly sourish, hint of overripe fruits. Aftetaste: chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, alcohol, very roasted almost burnt taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (2490) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 24.07.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC "best-before-last-summer-tasting" :
Nice brown creamy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, dark malts, dark sugar, hops, alcohol, perfume, licorice, coffee, cocoa, thinner. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, harsh hay, sour coffee, grass, perfume, thinner, oak, cocoa, caramel, licorice. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Not for me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (879) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
Pours a pitch black with a fast subsiding dark-tanmed head. Intense aroma with heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, leather and tar. Some alcohol is also evident. Taste is heavy liquorice with coffee, tar and leather. Burnt malts and warming alcohol. Thick and creamy on the palate with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (4437) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle, shared with BBGTC @ "Best Before Last Summer Tasting 2013". At last a bottle with which the BB date can be ignored! :-D Pours a jet black body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is licorice, grassy hops, dark chocolate, leather, hints of coffee and alcohol. Taste is licorice, coffee, dense dark chocolate and hints of booze and leather. Full body, soft to medium carbonation. Solid, but not exceptional.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SydBeer (4) - - MAY 11, 2013 does not count
Aroma with chocolate and coffee. Hops resin. Black oil color, with minimal brown head. Full body, oily feel, flat carbonation. Very good imperial stout.

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