The Kernel Imperial Stout

Formerly brewed at The Kernel
Style: Imperial Stout
Bermondsey, England
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 87   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2014
x/1/13 had in Newcastle. pours a very dark brown almost black. small head that lasts. aroma is of coffee and alcohol. very nice taste. thinnish mouth feel but really nice alcohol and bitter coffee taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (8588) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 13, 2013
6/X/13 - 33cl bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2013-931) Thanks to Nicki and Mike for transporting the bottles!

Clear dark brown to black beer, irregular big bubbled beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: mocha and coffee are dominating, liquorish, alcohol, lots of caramel, some vanilla, bit sugary. MF: ok carbon, full body. Taste: sugar, mocha, coffee, cocoa powder, alcohol, dried fruits, slightly sourish, hint of overripe fruits. Aftetaste: chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, alcohol, very roasted almost burnt taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Inbreak (5051) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 25, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 24.07.2013, 0,33l bottle sampled @ BBGTC "best-before-last-summer-tasting" :
Nice brown creamy shortlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich, dark malts, dark sugar, hops, alcohol, perfume, licorice, coffee, cocoa, thinner. Taste is slightly sweet, dark malts, dark sugar, harsh hay, sour coffee, grass, perfume, thinner, oak, cocoa, caramel, licorice. Longlasting bitterness, dry harsh mouthfeel. Not for me!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ej (1286) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
Pours a pitch black with a fast subsiding dark-tanmed head. Intense aroma with heavy roast, coffee, chocolate, leather and tar. Some alcohol is also evident. Taste is heavy liquorice with coffee, tar and leather. Burnt malts and warming alcohol. Thick and creamy on the palate with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClubGonzo (5568) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 24, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Bottle, shared with BBGTC @ "Best Before Last Summer Tasting 2013". At last a bottle with which the BB date can be ignored! :-D Pours a jet black body with a medium creamy beige head. Aroma is licorice, grassy hops, dark chocolate, leather, hints of coffee and alcohol. Taste is licorice, coffee, dense dark chocolate and hints of booze and leather. Full body, soft to medium carbonation. Solid, but not exceptional.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
unstablefable (233) - SCOTLAND - MAR 30, 2013
Pours opaque black with and mocha head, chestnut fringes around the sides, aroma is big dark chocolate and espresso little bit boozy. Taste is of the same stuff big chocolate and coffee, big bodied classic kernel

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton (19596) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17973) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2013
Bottle at ChrisO tasting, thanks to Toby, 30/12/12. Pitch black with a thin dirty tan head that clears to the edge. Nose is dark malt, treacle toffee, bitter chocolate, booze. Taste follows, bitter chocolate, tar, molasses, booze. Full bodied, smooth on the palate, roasted finish. Good strong tackle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mR_fr0g (10403) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle at Chrisos 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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