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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: 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4302) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oh6gdx (25190) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAY 8, 2011
Bottled (thanks TBone!). Very deep brown, close to black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, ashes, some roasted, toffee and caramel. Beautiful. Flavour is rather roasted, ashy and some liquorice, alcohol and toffeeish. Also some dark berries and mild wooden notes, Stinging sweetness. Alcohol burnt quite well on the way down the throat.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Macegan75 (816) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
50belair (3341) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Bottle thanks to my buddy in foggy London Town. I dropped the ball and opened this a too early. I cellared it for about six months. Another six months would have been better in my opinion. I say this because it was still just a little too hoppy for my taste. Black pour with a small tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and caramel. This is a very good imperial stout with all kinds of deep roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mR_fr0g (8906) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mateuszk (1689) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (25826) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
Bottle in a hotel room in London. Black coloured with a small brown head. Roasted aroma of liquorice with notes of smoke and dark chocolate. Sweet and roasted flavour of liquorice with notes of hops and dark chocolate. Roasted and hoppy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010

Bottle 330ml.

Clear dark brown black color with average to large, frothy to creamy, good, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, chocolate malt, moderate burnt malt, moderate alcohol. Flavor is heavy and bitter with a long duration, roasted, caramel, licorice, dark chocolate malt. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is moderate alcoholic. [20101202]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fin (9465) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle purchased from Beer Merchants and consumed 31.12.10 Pours black, really shark eye black with a beige head. There is loads of liquorice, dark bitter chocolate and coffee in this. It’s a cracking beer and one that I really must re-visit again, superb stuff! A8 A5 T8 P4 Ov16 4.1

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnar (7751) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2011
33 cl botle from beermerchants.com. Pours thick black with a small roasted brown head.Heavy roasted malty nose, maybe some christmas spices as well.Aroma is strong and rich, thats for sure. Taste is extremely rich roasted malts, dark chocolate caramel. Very thick and chunky mouthfeel.Lingering medium sweet roasted aftertaste. Good beer?- Indeed.

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