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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Imperial Stout
London, England
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RATINGS: 78   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7098) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2011
330ml bottle from Beermerchants. Have you seen the waxy layer of coffee-coloured filth at the bottom of the bottle?? Bonus point. Ink pour with a moussey, manilla-coloured head. Aroma sweet, blackened, fruity...Neopolitan ice cream with fudge bits, bonfire, smouldering wood. Flavour pungent, deep and bittersweet; a spine of plummy, Struise-like red apple and nectarine buried by a charred, oozing morass of espresso dregs, soy sauce, tar, ashes, fudge. Fat and bulbous. A lick too much sugar. Afters cigar, black bean sauce, black chocolate, charcoal, burnt sugar. Leaves the tackiness of candy floss on the lips. Had a Black Albert the other night (my joint no.1 Earth beer, if the ratings are to be believed), but I enjoyed this more. World class- and nearly better.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (2989) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 (Bottle) Pours black with a medium, brown head. The aroma is really roasted for a English Imp - tar, asphalt, black coffee and cocoa powder. The hop profile is also more notable then your average UK Imp. Still well balanced. The flavour is light sweet to dry, medium bitter and light to medium acidic. Coffee, cocoa and tar alongside a stable hop profile. The mouthfeel is fat, round and oily with light carbonation. Lingering, super roasted and citric hoppy finish. Full bodied. Simple, but fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerCast_Rich (1847) - 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]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (2600) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2011
In bottle at home with Colin. A black beer with a thin, dark tan head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and caramel. Not too sweet and nicely bitter. Flavours of espresso coffee, chocolate and roasty malt. A nice bitter roasty malt and cocoa linger also. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle with an oily mouth-feel. Very nice indeed.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (2144) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2012
Bottle. Thanks Benjii. Black with a thin tan head. Big chocolately aroma, molasses, burnt sugar. Similar taste, lots of chocolate, lots of roasted character. Quite sweet with a bitter finish. Lovely

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
theSlipperyPen (235) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
Rating 150. For me this year has seen two breweries dominate English beer: Brodies and The Kernel. Iíd have chosen Brodies Romanov Empress Stout for my 150th if I hadnít already rated it - itís a suitably excellent beer. But as it is The Kernelís Imperial Stout was being unpacked as I walked into my bottle shop. (And itís only right to choose an English beer to commemorate these last fifty ratings as recently thereís been such an upswing of great local beer. Brewers like James Brodie and Evin OíRiordain deserve rightful praise.) So... on with it. This pours black as jet with a tight brown head; the word for its aesthetic is severe. The nose is of espresso and cocoa, then liqourice and roasted - read singed - malts. But really itís the smell of darkness - straight up: the darkest dark. All aromas carry through to the palate, where the chocolate and coffee are pronounced. Few beers this bold are as balanced; here the bitterness comes directly from hops, which grow on the finish to give it a perfect dry end. There is a certain meaty taste, like roast beef or Oxo spread - this adds yet another layer to this already complex stout; sweet, bitter and salty. The mouth feel is thick with a low carbonation and an enjoyable bite of booze. Along with the hops, the finish brings fresh tobacco leaf, whilst developing that coffee and chocolate. Iíd love to try this after barrel aging and surely it would cellar well. That said, itís a masterpiece. Quite easily the best Iíve had from the brewery and one of the best imperial stouts Iíve had all year. Hereís to another fifty beers - may they all be this good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Baltimorioles (40) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
Sweet aroma of roasted chestnuts. Pours pitch black with small brown head. Tastes smokey and earthy, with hints of toffee, rum, and chocolate. A great beer, but with age, could be amazing.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yespr (30631) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2011
33 cL bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a chocolate brown head. Aroma is dark malty and slight fruity. Dark roasted malty and thick liqourice malty. Lingering dark and slight fruity. Nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2011
Courtesy of larsniclas. Pours black black with a great brown head leaving lace. Roasted, meaty, peaty, dark fruits and fidges aroma. Fullbodied meaty mouthfeel. Tary, meaty, velvety, sourish and salty licorice flavor. Nice palate. Finishes salty, meaty and longlived tart.


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