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The Kernel Imperial Stout

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


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RATINGS: 85   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.

MannyGoldberg's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
MannyGoldberg (181) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, - AUG 11, 2012
Pretty much everything Kernel do I love. This was the exception. Way too much alcohol burn. I ended up pouring half of it down the sink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (9727) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle(purchased in 2011,@The Bottle Shop, Canterbury):Literally black, stable, but very small tanned foamy layer, very solid bitter, fruity, roasty and leathery nose; solid sweet-bitter flavour, full bodied, smooth; soft and solid lingering bitter and sweet finish with flavours of leather, roasted malt, port and dried fruits. Not the worst session-beer…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoritzF (9015) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - SEP 7, 2015
(bottle, 33cl, 12.5% abv, brewed 29.08.2010) Black coloured hue with a brown and short foamy layer. Moderately roasted malty aroma with notes of vanilla, leather, chocolate, coffee and a vinous touch of dried fruits. Moderately sweet and roasty bitter, also subtle sour flavour, full bodied with a smooth carbonation. Balanced roasty malty and vinous fruity taste with notes of dried fruits, Port, liquorice, coffee, also traces of vanilla; very lasting roasty bitter and sweet finish, again with fruity accents and a well-embedded alcoholic strength. 19.VIII.15

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (1355) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Draught. Pours pitch black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, licorice. In taste sweet, roasty with solid bitter finish. Full bodied, oily texture, silky on the palate. Great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (6308) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Bottle @ The Clerkenwell Share. Thanks to whoever found this longtime want! Deep brown pour with a small head. Nose shows cocoa-covered red berries. Somewhat tangy. Showing interesting signs of age. Tangy blackcurrant and rich toasty malts. Espresso. Oxidization can really hurt a beer, but here it seems to have given this stout some interesting complexity. Really fun to try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (4887) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
330ml bottled Sep 2010 at 12.5%, so over 4 years old now. Black, just a small ring of head. Aroma is yeasty and a little metallic, oil, dark chocolate syrup. Nice aspects but could be better. Body is full, smooth, soft carbonation. Body is spot-on. Taste is smooth malty molasses, chocolate, some ’cold’ tangy alcoholic high notes, a little goat cheese. Drying, woody, bitter finish. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2318) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 2, 2014
From old tasting notes - Black with ring head. Roasted smoky salami (?) char and ash aroma. Rich roasty smoky salami minimal fruit roasted nuts. Soft rich palate. Awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuu666 (8326) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 2, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is roasted chocolate, taste is chocolate, bitter, dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle - Bottled Sept 2010; Drank Jan 2013 - BCA; heavily sedimented. Pitch Black in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark and milk chocolate, liquorice, burnt toffee, some espresso coffee, hints of smoke. Tarry. Fruity; notes of dark fruits, raisins. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Some warming alcohol; not too surprising at this ABV. Sweet roast malty with intense chocolate flavours. Enjoyed this a lot. Terrific Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olliejobbins (1571) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
x/1/13 had in Newcastle. pours a very dark brown almost black. small head that lasts. aroma is of coffee and alcohol. very nice taste. thinnish mouth feel but really nice alcohol and bitter coffee taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (7217) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2013
6/X/13 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-931) Thanks to Nicki and Mike for transporting the bottles!

Clear dark brown to black beer, irregular big bubbled beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: mocha and coffee are dominating, liquorish, alcohol, lots of caramel, some vanilla, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sugar, mocha, coffee, cocoa powder, alcohol, dried fruits, slightly sourish, hint of overripe fruits. Aftetaste: chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, alcohol, very roasted almost burnt taste.

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