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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: 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2011
Bottle at Max and Jess’s 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 (1521) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Bottle generously shared at Max’s FF winnings tasting. Pours dark brown with medium tan head. I’ve had this idea for a "s’more" 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 (3005) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Tasting at MaxxDaddy’s 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 (6892) - 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 (10663) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle shared by Mario at Max’s 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 (7482) - 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 it’s more warming than burning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (13192) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2012 Bottle at Chriso’s 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SaintMatty (5861) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2011
330ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Fruity and vinous aroma with hints of chocolate and coffee. Roasted, chocolatey and fruity taste with notes of coffee, plain chocolate. Very rich and full-bodied and it will be interesting to see how this ages.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsniclas (6004) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2011
Bottled from Kris Wines Balck with an almost orange head. Slightly cereal with loads of pretty vinous chocolate. Flavour with salmiak and soy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerCast_Rich (1905) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2011
[330ml bottle from Evin at the Kernel] Pours jet black with a thin tan read that reduces to a lacing very quickly. Deep, treacly roast aromas, coffee on the nose as well. Really thick mouthfeel, bitter 100% dark chocolate flavours at first, then a rich velvety sweetness with a bitter punch of alcohol. Coffee and tobacco with a bit of ash there on the aftertaste Big, rich, sweet aftertaste. Quite delicious and really something [14022011]

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