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. coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2010
As I uncapped this beer in my kitchen the sounds of "Rule,Britannia! " came on WDST as background music for an advertisement. I took this as a sign from the long dead Kings and Queens of the Empire, that I should drink this beer right away. Bottle in trades with Reakt. I will do another cross the pond trade with him just for another bottle of this. I will simply continue the vein of the tune by stating that if Britons continue to produce beers of this intensity and quality..."they shall never, never be slaves!" Lesser breweries will fall to tyrants. cgarvieuk (26089) - 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 ... harrisoni (19413) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2010
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
Bottle from The Bottle Shop in Canterbury. Black body with a thin tan head. Poured perfectly with hte yeast sticking to the bottom of the glass. Some tar liquorice and bitter choc on aroma. Its got some good choc very intense dark choc. Smooth in the mouth. Decent. Touch of lactic. Yes the tar and milk arent my favourite. fonefan (51593) - VestJylland, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
tdtm82 (1701) - Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2010
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. 
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2011 Bottle; bought from Evin himself at the brewery. theSlipperyPen (287) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
Commanding lacing, full on big bold lacing which is nicely colour toned to the bottle’s label, pitch black on the appearance, nothing gets past this, it’s immense as a dark lord should one say.
Aroma is massive rich coffee beans; this is a coffee lover’s wet dream, some grains, chocolate, peat and smoke.
Taste is stunning. Blending is awesome. Rich roasted malts, bitter espresso coffee by the bucket load, proper Italian coffee at that, loads of leather, nutella chocolate, loads of nuts and a rough and ready texture which is a little harsh but a tall order on a beer with as much balance and drinkability as this bomb. Truely intense. I thnk I want to mix this with an Old Chimney’s Good King Henry Special Reserve and a Brodies Elisabeth to create England’s finest Imperial Stout ever made.
Awesome work and keep this up,. Don’t stop at this, just continue. This is the future of craft brewing in London and damn fine that is too. Update - 21st January. So much velvet on the tongue now it’s insane. Gorgeous. Reminds me of Goose Island a lot and that’s high praise. I need a case.
Rating 150. For me this year has seen two breweries dominate English beer: Brodies and The Kernel. I’d have chosen Brodies Romanov Empress Stout for my 150th if I hadn’t already rated it - it’s a suitably excellent beer. But as it is The Kernel’s Imperial Stout was being unpacked as I walked into my bottle shop. (And it’s only right to choose an English beer to commemorate these last fifty ratings as recently there’s been such an upswing of great local beer. Brewers like James Brodie and Evin O’Riordain 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 it’s 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. I’d love to try this after barrel aging and surely it would cellar well. That said, it’s a masterpiece. Quite easily the best I’ve had from the brewery and one of the best imperial stouts I’ve had all year. Here’s to another fifty beers - may they all be this good. MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle thanks to Ang. joergen (29360) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
Black as night with a really playful tan head that you can position as you wish. Epic burnt coffee snout with a gloriously rich hit of cream and notes of leather, plenty of booze and something slightly spicy like some tasty cured Italian meat. Damn this smells good. I can’t stop taking in really deep heavy sniffs of it. Even as I sip I find myself subconciously drawing it into my nostrils. The flavour is even better. In fact this is just stellar. Very slightly lactic, stunning mix of both milk and dark chocolate, vanillary sweet booze that provides plenty of welcome heat, especially given the London weather today aaaaaaand all the caramel and toffee you could wish for. Amazing slick chubby rounded body and an incredible warm hand that rubs your belly. Evin, this is stunning mate. Such elegance for a pretty large beer too. LOVE IT.
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.