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The Kernel Imperial Stout

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


on tap


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11646) - 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 (3083) - 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 (727) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2011
Bottle [330ml] shared with HogTownHarry & garthicus -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with no head -- oily looking. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, wood, nuts, vanilla and more -- lots going on here. Flavour of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, liquorice and some alcohol (but not 12.5%). Dry, roasty, bitter finish. Thick syrupy mouthfeel. Fantastic stuff, I loved it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2826) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 5, 2011
Thanks to HogTownHarry for this I’ve. Appearance: Pitch black, thick mocha brown head. Aroma: espresso, cocoa, dark chocolate, vanilla pod, quite spicy. Flavour: Mocha, cocoa, lots of spices, tremendous creamy mouthfeel, long bitter and chocolate finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 5, 2011
330ml bottle shared with blankboy and garthicus. Opaque black, decent frothy light brown head. Alcohol, prunes, raisins, olives and plenty of overroast malt .... nice. Taste is ... good, but a bit burny - and oddly sweet: like an extra roasty and boozy Trois Pistoles, but salty. Light body, a bit astringent, decent carbonation, quite a bitter, slightly burnt boozy finish. Good, but I like the little one better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (31467) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 9, 2011
Bottled. A black beer with a dark brown head. The aroma has notes of sweet and roasted malt as well as chocolate. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt, combined with medium notes of alcohol and light notes of chocolate, leading to a dry and roasted finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 8, 2011
Taster from bottle, courtesy of reakt, 27th Nov 2010. Very near black, still and oily. Nose is musty and sweet. Taste has leather, boot polish and lots of warmth plus a goodly amount of salt and iodine. Too heavy and thick for me that night but would re-rate to see how it is ageing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16924) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Cortesy of fonefan; brewed 29.09.10 (8 months ago)
It pours a dense black color, with a generous head, brownish. It has a strong aroma of roasted malts, with some liquorice, molasses, dust, but also perfumy; deep and interesting.
Liquid chocolate flavor, with very good presence of dark caramel, tar, roasted malts and coffee, moderate liquorice; the sugars are well present too, rounding up the mouthfeel. Correct bitterness, some from the roasted malts obviously, but without disturbing. The alcohol warms the mouth like a perfect winter sipper.
This is a very fine brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle at home. Black with a mostly lasting brown head. Looks great. Lovely aroma of chocolate, licorice and roasted malts. Big presence of alcohol in the flavour, bitter finish.

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