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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Blairgus (3571) - California, USA - JUN 16, 2011
14 June 2011, bottle. black and thin. cose is chocolate liquorice, meaty, chopped up raisins and prunes. med/thin body and mildly fizzy. big, slightly sweet and sugary barley wine. sugary vanilla raisins, very burnt raisins and an oak finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (4200) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2011
33cl bottle @ Brewdog bar. Pours opaque black with close to no head but swishing it round the glass makes the cappuccino appearance in. The nose is burnt and winey and then intensely chocolate. The taste has dark chocolate, liquorice and maybe even a fennel note. The palate is big in structure, creamy in texture and quite clean on the end though there is a persistent note of alcohol and burntness. Overll, very nice porter!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (3053) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 13, 2011
330ml bottle. Pours jet black with a thick, medium head. Aroma is leather, bourbon and tarry roast malt. Taste has lots of tar to start. Hot and thick tar and bourbon in the finish. Cracking stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Borresteijn (5648) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2011
33cl Bottle, a gift from nate2g, thanks Nate! Black colour, brown head. Aroma of black liquorice, alcohol, roasted malts, sweet chocolate. Flavour is sweet, slightly alcoholic, hard roasted malts, lots of liquorice (drop), firm roast and hop bitterness, bit of vanilla. Fullbodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2011
Inky black pour with a small brown head which fades to nothing. Rich aroma of molasses, chocolate, coffee, slight smokiness. Taste is intense and sweet, with more chocolate. Syrupy yet smooth, more subtle smoke. Coffee bitterness and slight booze on the finish, definitely a sipper but not cloying, mostly hides the alcohol. Absolutely awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (766) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle that Craig Garvie opened at his house. The nose is nice with malted barley and black strap molasses. The first sip is great. Unbelievable flavor and balance. This is awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2011
Small bottle from Utobeer, Borough Market, London. Tall chocolate colored head. Body is the darkest brown, bordering on black. Dark dried fruits hits the nose at first. Then an alcohol sting, followed by a smell of roasted ashy malts and licorice. Taste is heavily bitter-sweet. Tarry and roasted, with lots of salty liorice. Quite liquor-ish. Also some chocolate, and some mellowing vanilla tones. Medium to full body. Chewy and hot in the mouth. Alcohol burning finish. Rough around the edges, this one. Not my favorite Imp Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 11, 2011
Bottled. Very black, small beige head. Aroma of pear and winegum as well as licorice. Dense and sweet with packed full body. Heavy on salmiak, notes of pears and licorice. Heacily salty bitterness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (23682) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2011
Bottled (thanks TBone!). Very deep brown, close to black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, ashes, some roasted, toffee and caramel. Beautiful. Flavour is rather roasted, ashy and some liquorice, alcohol and toffeeish. Also some dark berries and mild wooden notes, Stinging sweetness. Alcohol burnt quite well on the way down the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2011
Bottled 330ml (brewed 290910)
Bottle from the brewery.
Dark opaque brown color, small creamy brown head. Very roasted strong aroma, alochol, licorice, black coffee. Full-bodied. Dry roasted flavor. Very intensive sticky-licorice brew. Long long lingering licorice aftertaste. Nose is great, flavor is a bit too burned and dry. Probably needs more cellaring.

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