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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: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SydBeer (4) - - MAY 11, 2013 does not count
Aroma with chocolate and coffee. Hops resin. Black oil color, with minimal brown head. Full body, oily feel, flat carbonation. Very good imperial stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 Bottle; bought from Evin himself at the brewery. Commanding lacing, full on big bold lacing which is nicely colour toned to the bottle’s label, pitch black on the appearance, nothing gets past this, it’s immense as a dark lord should one say. Aroma is massive rich coffee beans; this is a coffee lover’s wet dream, some grains, chocolate, peat and smoke. Taste is stunning. Blending is awesome. Rich roasted malts, bitter espresso coffee by the bucket load, proper Italian coffee at that, loads of leather, nutella chocolate, loads of nuts and a rough and ready texture which is a little harsh but a tall order on a beer with as much balance and drinkability as this bomb. Truely intense. I thnk I want to mix this with an Old Chimney’s Good King Henry Special Reserve and a Brodies Elisabeth to create England’s finest Imperial Stout ever made. Awesome work and keep this up,. Don’t stop at this, just continue. This is the future of craft brewing in London and damn fine that is too. Update - 21st January. So much velvet on the tongue now it’s insane. Gorgeous. Reminds me of Goose Island a lot and that’s high praise. I need a case.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (18714) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2013
Bottle at the ChrisO Holiday Tasting, London - thanks to Toby for bringing this around! Pours oily, black-brown with a creamy, brown foam head. Big and rich dark malt aroma, plenty of cocoa. Lovely, sweet flavor with moderate alcohol, rich dark chocolate, sturdy roast, light burnt wood, burnt toast. Full bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Warming finish with slick chocolate, some earthy bitterness, baking cocoa, dry roast and burnt wood. Big and ballsy but with great balance. Some dark fruit notes in there as well. Outstanding stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Ang.
Black as night with a really playful tan head that you can position as you wish. Epic burnt coffee snout with a gloriously rich hit of cream and notes of leather, plenty of booze and something slightly spicy like some tasty cured Italian meat. Damn this smells good. I can’t stop taking in really deep heavy sniffs of it. Even as I sip I find myself subconciously drawing it into my nostrils. The flavour is even better. In fact this is just stellar. Very slightly lactic, stunning mix of both milk and dark chocolate, vanillary sweet booze that provides plenty of welcome heat, especially given the London weather today aaaaaaand all the caramel and toffee you could wish for. Amazing slick chubby rounded body and an incredible warm hand that rubs your belly. Evin, this is stunning mate. Such elegance for a pretty large beer too. LOVE IT.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
planky84 (2877) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2011
Bottle from Beer Merchants. Black pour with a tan head. Dark berries, chocolate, caramel and butterscotch aromas. Burnt caramel, coffee, dark chocolate flavours. Sweet, malty finish. Excellent, well crafted brew.

   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19347) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2612) - 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 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldbrewky (1703) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2010
As I uncapped this beer in my kitchen the sounds of "Rule,Britannia! " came on WDST as background music for an advertisement. I took this as a sign from the long dead Kings and Queens of the Empire, that I should drink this beer right away. Bottle in trades with Reakt. I will do another cross the pond trade with him just for another bottle of this. I will simply continue the vein of the tune by stating that if Britons continue to produce beers of this intensity and quality..."they shall never, never be slaves!" Lesser breweries will fall to tyrants.

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