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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9433) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2011
Bottle @ home, shared with Joes. Pitch black, opaque color. Decent sized brown head that’s quickly gone. Smell coffee, smoked, bacon, liquorice. Taste coffee, alcohol, lightly smoked bacon. Didn’t really like it at First, but after warming up it gets softer and a little sweeter which in this case makes the beer better. Medium but soft carbonation, full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6312) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle. Strong coffee and smoke aroma. Warming alcohol. Sharp edge of alcohol, to be precise. Not properly balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8068) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle from the Kernel Brewery (bottled on 20/9/10). It pours opaque black, with a thin tan head. The nose is velvety chocolate, smoke, roasted malt, salted caramel and coffee. The taste is rich chocolate, touch of soy sauce, salted caramel, roasted malt, rich-roast coffee, burnt tire, ash and lingering alcohol warmth, with a very long bitter-roasted finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and well balanced. Great stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsga (6446) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 5, 2011
Small brown head. Opaque black body. Roasty earthy chocolatey aroma with mealy notes. Dry-sweet cocoa vanilla and honey taste with peppery resiny notes. Fullish body. Hot mouthfeel. Dryish chocolate, earth, and pepper aftertaste with resiny honey notes. (0.33l bottle from beermerchants.com.)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2011
In bottle at home with Colin. A black beer with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and caramel. Not too sweet and nicely bitter. Flavours of espresso coffee, chocolate and roasty malt. A nice bitter roasty malt and cocoa linger also. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle with an oily mouth-feel. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (9896) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pours pitch black with a mid-sized, creamy, beige head. Good retention. The nose presents molasses, dark chocolate and charcoal. Full-bodied and super creamy with airy carbonation. The deeply burnt flavor punishes my senses with intertwined notes of singed cocoa and acrid charcoal. Finishes bitter and scorched. Intense! This world class brew was provided by 50belair!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14471) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 15, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2011 Bottle. Very dark brown, medium brown head. Aroma of dark cocoa, coffee, black pepper. Taste is spiced chocolate, burnt espresso. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11314) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 14, 2011
Bottle, bought @ Beermerchants.com.
Pitch opaque black with a firm, big, creamy, beige head. Lovely duration. Aroma is vinious, roasted, dark chocolate, light plums and a hint of soy sauce, but not in a bad way. A little bit of juniper and pine. Medium fairly prickly carbonation, fat and oily palate. Flavour surprises with a lot of dark English liqourice at first, then softly roasted malts, vinious, viscous, soy sauce and plums. Very elegant, and for once a high alcohol Imperial Stout that isn’t sweet as sh*t.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to my buddy in foggy London Town. I dropped the ball and opened this a too early. I cellared it for about six months. Another six months would have been better in my opinion. I say this because it was still just a little too hoppy for my taste. Black pour with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and caramel. This is a very good imperial stout with all kinds of deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darkguardian (726) - Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Fantastic nose with tons of milk chocolate, light roasted malt, maybe a dash of vanilla or toffee. Black in appearance with a small tan head. Nice lookin beer. Flavor is up front milk chocolate and light roasted malt. Get a little hoppy for my tastes on the middle and end. Very nice mouthfeel. Very very well made.

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