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Imperial Stout | The Kernel Brewery

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The Kernel Brewery
United Kingdom (England) | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wl0307 on 01-02-2011

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Photo of busternuggz
3.7/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter. Bottled on 29-9-10.
Opaque brownish-black with a thin brown head. Leaves spotty lacing and syrupy legs when swirled.
Big rich smells of molasses and smoke foremost on the nose, with roasty cocoa beans and a hint of fudge brownie.
Bright molasses and maple syrup on the taste followed by a somewhat odd, prominent briny note. Bitter, smoky finish with a little bit of coffee grounds and continued brine. Pretty sweet but balanced by the bitter finish. The brine calms down a bit as it warms.
Smooth and slightly viscous texture, medium bodied.
Interesting and fairly complex but a bit odd. The brine particularly threw me off a bit. I recently had a cold, so maybe my palate is a bit off. Or maybe it needs some age?

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Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London recently, this is a new product according to the staff. Bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle, with a "date of birth" printed on the beer label - brewed on 29/09/2010. Tasted side-by-side with Midtfyns Bryghus Imperial Stout (MBIS, 9.5%abv.) and served cool (11~13ºC) in a slim short-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a lubricating or semi-oily pitch black body, coming with a very thick and frothy dark tan head with extremely good retention; the carbonation is light.
S: the deeply roasty and coffee-ish notes dominate the first sniff, decorated with refreshing aroma of fruit esters (both sour and fragrant) and hop bouquet (citrusy)... A swirl brings out leather, sweet wood, a touch of sweet soy sauce, lightly overripe melon-ish esters and warming alc. Deep and enchanting, but not really complex. As the beer breathes for a while, the hop aroma vanishes in intensity and gives way fully to the jammy, roasty malty theme.
T: a flow of thick, almost syrupy, intake of sweet coffee, date jam, ripe fruit esters, and warming from the beginning... It's really potent, and yet the hop presence also radiates a semi-chewy feel towards the back of the tongue, so robust that it's more like an American take on the style, which is, showing much more hop weight than traditional English roasty+fruity+stale-ish ones. Compared with MBIS, the taste is far richer and heavier, but the finish is neither as clear nor evolving, while a burned-nut syrupy aftertaste lingers nicely. Also, the flavour structure is not as lively or evolving as MBIS.
M&D: lubricating, even oily in terms of texture, the body is fulsome and the flavour gives no compromise; the fact that this high gravity ale, before consumption, had stayed in the bottle for merely 3 months, might shed some lights on the rich yet somewhat less clearly defined theme that a mature and robust RIS would've shown otherwise. That said, I find a lot of ageing potential in this product - there's no doubt. It is a wonderful drink to have on the second day of the New Year 2011, and definitely worth revisiting!

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Imperial Stout from The Kernel Brewery
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