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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EdKing (2232) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle from Kris Wines - ísmall imperial stout - 9%í. Maybe my expectations of this were too high after the sublime export stout 1890 I had last week from Kernel. This pours black, with reddish brown edging, with a thin milk chocolate head which dissipates quickly. Nose is a very deep roasted, almost burnt aroma with deep dark fruits and chocolate. Prune and stewed plum and spiced wine. Taste is really quite bitter though. Almost a burnt bitterness that is too overpowering for me. Fruit comes through later and itís nice on the finish, but this is too bitter for me. Black expresso coffee and very little chocolate Itís overpowering everything else. Dry on the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (19648) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 9, 2011
4th December 2010
Opaque black stout. Good chocolate coloured head. Rich dark malt nose with a promise of dark fruits and warming spirits. Smooth softish palate, semi dry. Rich dark malt and cream. A little dark chocolate and a trace of coffee. Whisper of red fruits underneath. Finishes semi dry with a little licquorish. Quite light for an Impy and hides the 12.5% quite well. Delicious and drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2011
Bottle@Home. Simply: WOW! What an aroma and flavour. Both with loads of chocolate and vanilla. In the the flavour also soy sauce, salt and orange. Very nicely hopped. Full and sticky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle at Max and Jessís place. Pours a hazed brown to black with a thin beige head. Warm brownies, chocolate and malt, roast. Big and roasty, warm roast and chocolate. Malty and slightly boozy. Warm chocolate and brownies on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1527) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle generously shared at Maxís FF winnings tasting. Pours dark brown with medium tan head. Iíve had this idea for a "símore" stout for a while, and this was pretty close to what I had in mind: a soft smokiness with plenty of chocolate and a sweet marshmallow quality. The flavor was similar but had a bit of a harsh hop profile to it. Fluffy marshmallow mouthfeel. The finish has rich chocolate syrup backed by smoke and vanilla extract. I am a fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3035) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Tasting at MaxxDaddyís house. The aroma is vanilla, roasted coffee, dark fruit. The appearance is deep brown/balck, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, vanilla, booze, ripe fruit, very good. The finish is roast, light pine hops. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7347) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle. Pours near black with a beige head. Dark roasted malty aroma with coffee and dark fruits. The flavor is sweet and roasty with light dark fruity notes and a hint of hops. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11793) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Mario at Maxís tasting. Pours black. Brown head. Nose and taste of roast chocolate, vanilla, roast coffee and light peat. Slight bitter chocolate finish. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2011
330ml bottle, consumed on 2 December 2010. Brewed on 29/09/10. Very dark. Brown head. Lasting. Rich chocolate character. Lots of bitterness too. Very rich. Just a little alcoholic, but itís more warming than burning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (15322) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Bottle at Chrisoís tasting in London, 121230. Pitch black beer with a nice brownish head. Lovely chocolate aroma, cocoa powder, licorice, figs, raisins, prunes, vinous, roasted, salty, sweetish, some anise. Roasted chocolate flavor, figs, prunes, caramel, raisins, oily, salty, some vinous notes. Delicious. Old rating: 3.8. Bottle, thanks to larsniclas. Black beer with a brown head. Roasted chocolate and cocoa aroma, some licorice. Hoppy roasted flavor, licorice and tar, chocolate and some salty notes.

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