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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 - The Kernel Brewery

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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856Imperial Brown Stout London 1856

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 46
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 22
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thepeter on 05-07-2011)
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed on 15 02 11

Initial waves of an intense liquorice and chocolate nose dilutes in time. Glossy frothy brown head which also thins over time but is always lurking there. Small groups of bubbles and super lacing.
Very dense and intense tight dark chocolate earthiness. Wickedly dry. Absorbs any moisture your mouth might have had. Big but not grotesque and that booze is so so well hidden.
Quality.
If only the nose kept up with this beer's other elements.
Another success from the Kernel. Tongue lickin good.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 23:07:13 | More by Zimbo
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A: Pours nearly still, just a slight suggestion of head, no bubbles visible. Dark cola color, with moderately thick legs.

S: Nutty chocolate. Even as it warms up, pretty minimal, perhaps hindered by lack of carbonation.

T: Certainly not an American Imperial Stout. This keeps the classic london stout characteristics, but dials everything up a bit, without getting sweet or cloying or harsh. Dark chocolate, a hint of coffee and dried dark fruit

M: A delicate balance. Slight sweetness lingers on the corners of the mouth, but generally finishes dry, but not overly bitter. No carbonation to speak of, but despite that it isn't heavy.

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Poured pitch black... Burnt mocha tan head poured very big thick and foamy with a pock marked meringue like topping which faded slowly to good thick covering with lots of thick sticky lacing...

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Taste -Toasted chocolate malts to the fore followed by light treacle and molasses sweetness, sooty notes, strong espresso coffee, toasted / charred bread, stewed prunes, black cherries, grassy hops, light oakiness, fresh vanilla, quite peppery, nice warming booze...

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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.