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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: 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cgarvieuk (21884) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2012 bottle at home ... deep thick black ... bubbly tan head ... sweet chocolate malts ... little milkyness ... nose ... thick creamy ... dark chocolate malts ... light bitterness ... light oilyness ... bitter chocolate malts ... rich silky ... wonderfull... great body ...

bottle at home ... deep dark roast ... big choclate ... soft roast ... meaty roast ... dark soft coffee malts ... this holds up really well to Nogne Dark Horizon 01 stick at 4.3

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - 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]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (3385) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenH (3438) - 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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Deu (948) - Nantes, FRANCE - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle at le sur mesure in Nantes. Pitch black color with a small disappearing white head. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. Lasting roasted aroma. Very nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (817) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Bottle that Craig Garvie opened at his house. The nose is nice with malted barley and black strap molasses. The first sip is great. Unbelievable flavor and balance. This is awesome!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle at Chriso’s tasting 30/12/12. Thanks Toby from Kernel. really balck with caramel tones. Tan head and some legs. Huge Coffee, caramel aroma. Massive bold, but balanced flavours of coffee toast caramel . Hides the alcohol well with only a small amount of booziness.

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