The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout (Glen Spey Barrel Aged)

Brewed by The Kernel Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Bermondsey, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
Bottle conditioned; Special London 1856 B.A. Glen Spey

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sjogro (5411) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2015
Tasting at home. Bottle shared by me. Enorm notig en olieglad. Mokkataartje met walnotenolie. Gesmolten chocoladeijs. Very tasty indeed! Backlog from 2015/10/21.

Maakun (7108) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2015
Bottle shared thanks to Sjogro. Black with no head just some big bubbles. Loads of roasted nuts up front, coffee, rum, young scotch whisky, oily, big red wine but a classy strong Bordeaux one. Some light paper and weird leaves in the finish. Over medium sweet with roasted bitterness. Full bodied with no carbonation and slick oily feel. Nice.

Fin (11271) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Colin cheers Colin! consumed at home and shared with dad Friday 7th November 2014 Very dark brown in the pour with light beige bubbles. Some dark malts and a good dose of dark chocolate, mollasses and ecen a dab of coffee in mouth. The aroma is similar but with the familiar whiff of spirit. The barrel ageing is clearly evident and whilst many whisky barrel aged beers do little for me this is a little understated and certainly not too harsh or raw, yes you get it, but its well done not overdone. Thanks again to Colin. A7 A4 T8 P4 Ov15 3.8

rlgk (18843) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2014
Sample at London Craft Beer Festival 2014. Black beer with a small brown head. Chocolate and cocoa aroma, whiskey, wood, caramel, licorice and vanilla. Chocolate flavor, vanilla, caramel, whisky, peat notes, cocoa, cream and vanilla. Whisky nd caramel finish with chocolate notes. Very good.

mR_fr0g (14457) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2014
Bottle shared at Leightons house. Bottle thanks to LKS. Jet black / red hues. No head. Aroma is hot alcohol, solvent, some berry fruit. Flavour is vanilla, smooth caramel, praline. Fairly smooth. Palate is semi sweet lowish carbonation. Berry. Flavour is better than aroma.

Leighton (23413) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2014
Bottle at home in London - picked up from the brewery quite a while back. Bottled on 16.11.12. Pours oily black with a somewhat flimsy, bubbly brown-beige head that slowly fluffs up a bit into a flimy cream.

Lovely aroma, loaded with diverse chocolate aspects, plenty of gooey milk chocolate, also some hard baking cocoa, nips of burnt wood, vanilla, dirt. Medium to big sweet flavor without being remotely cloying, with lots more chocolate character, dried fruits, grape, earth, hot cocoa, vanilla pods, very slight charred wood, ash, oily chocolate, low but adequate scorched earth bitterness.

Full bodied yet soft, with fine carbonation and oily texture. Lightly warming on the finish with more dynamic chocolate presence, charred wood, red berries, slight tannic dryness, rounded vanilla, bittersweet cocoa, softened roasted malts. Tremendously well integrated and nuanced. Nicely balanced and not at all boozy. Exceptionally drinkable. World-class.

Ferris (17984) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 17, 2014
Draft - Toasted malts, whiskey and chocolate.  Jet brown with a small brown head.  Sweet light chocolate, mellow whiskey notes and some throat burn.

BeerViking (5244) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Keg at LCBF, deep dark brown with a fine crema, nose is wet wooden barrel, a touch of coffee, a hint of gravy. Palate is kind of soupy, with burnt treacle, gravy, something red-fruity, and a dry bitterness. A bit too woody and musty for my liking. Maybe it needs to smooth out more?

The_Osprey (10000) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2014
Keg at LCBF as ’Imperial Brown Stout (Guernsey)’. Black, small tan head. Aroma is very chocolatey, some yeast, smoke (peat?). Body is medium, a touch of carbonation, quite foamy. Taste is well rounded, subtly sweet, cocoa, lightly smokey, dry finish with some raspberry. Nicely balanced, and very drinkable.

Christian (14105) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2014
At Borefts Beer Festival 2013. Near black with a small tan head. Malty aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet, roasted flavour with a bit of hot alcohol, and notes of vanilla and oak.

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