theSlipperyPen (286) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2010
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. 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. tkrjukoff (4335) - 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. oh6gdx (26487) - 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. Macegan75 (848) - 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!
50belair (3680) - 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. mR_fr0g (13190) - 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. mateuszk (2757) - 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. joergen (28964) - 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. Fin (10823) - 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