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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
94
outstanding

56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 26
Gots: 9 | 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:
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(Beer added by: thepeter on 05-07-2011)
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4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An aggressive pour yielded a dark brown, nearly black pour with a one finger beige head with minimal retention but nice lacing. Nice roasty nose with hints of fresh coffee, cocoa, molasses, and toffee. For what the nose lacked, the taste more than makes up for it. Rich, earthy, and complex with hints of fresh brewed coffee, caramel, cocoa, leather, tobacco, milk chocolate, and an amazing subtle touch of sweet nuttiness (almost like peanut butter) on the finish. The mouthfeel is amazing. Thick, chewy, creamy and smooth as silk. The finish is slightly bitter with just enough sweetness to balance it out perfectly. Overall, another amazing beer from The Kernel. This is my first stout from these guys and they really made it a unique experience. It was like my favorite Brown Ale meeting my favorite Imperial Stout! Definitely a memorable standout.

beerdrifter, Jun 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A 330ml bottle with a BB of May 2016 (bottled May 2012). ABV is stated as 10%. Picked up a little while back from Trembling Madness in York.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A dark brown hue that appears as an impenetrable black in the glass. Produces a large head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of rich, fruity dark malt with notes of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, molasses, dried fruit, mild coffee and a warming hint of booze. Mildly sweet. Complex and delicious.

Tastes of rich, dark malt with a complex, fruity character and a bitter finish. Notes of roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, burnt grain, molasses, caramel, dried fruit, vanilla and stewed hops. Possesses a spicy quality and a significant boozy whiff in the background. A balanced but distinct bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is superb - velvety smooth; bordering on unctuous. Coats the palate and saturates the tastebuds. Mildly spicy and tingly from the low carbonation, while also on the dry side. Incredible. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted malt/coffee.

Simply amazing - a top tier brew. Tons of complex dark aromas and flavours. The coffee notes have an intensity like freshly ground beans, while the fruity character is thick and sweet. I imagine this would age very well, and I might grab one or two for that purpose. What more needs to be said? A fantastic imperial stout - don't pass it up if you come across it.

jazzyjeff13, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of kscaldef
3.78/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

kscaldef, Jul 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

azkkr, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Sammy, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%

Ciocanelu, Sunday at 07:42 PM
Photo of adamcthomp
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

adamcthomp, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Ruds
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 330ml bottle in Jan'12 - BB - 11.11.18 tempted to get a few more and age them !

ABV has dropped to a mere 9.8% since original review!

Pours a very dark rich borwn colour with a creamy off white/beige/light brown head

The head soon reduces to a rim around the glass and a small pond with bubbles floating off centre!

Chocolate dominates the malty aroma of this beer, perhaps a little liquourice and coffee also and a vague wood smell

Taste is dominated once more by chocolate then roasted malts, slightly burnt sugar, background coffee and caramel. The chocolate is sweet but bitter.

Excellent mouthfeel to this beer, full bodied but silky smooth and caresses the throat leaving it wanting more and more (and more!)

Overall an excellent imperial stout, doesn't feel like you are drinking one at around the 10% mark at all, they don't come much better than this!!!

Need to get back, buy half a dozen or so and age them methinks!

Ruds, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

macesq, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

MarkJBurch, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

JohnQVD, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of TheBaumer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

TheBaumer, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Vinnie1976
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Vinnie1976, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

GABrew, Mar 30, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

DrinkSlurm, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.55/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, BB 11.11.18. ABV is 9.8%.

Appearance: Pours an oily brown body that is unaffected by light and has a decent milky coffee head but not a lot of legs on it.

Smell: Fantastic. Want more? Macadamia nuts, milk chocolate, robust coffee (think grinds) and pistachios. The coffee and chocolate keep popping up one after the other seamlessly.

Taste: My, this is good. Mix of nuts, robust coffee with a healthy dose of cream & sugar, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa. Has a nice milky taste with some sweetness that is well balanced. My only knock is it loses a little as it goes on.

Mouthfeel: Real low carbonation coupled with a smooth feel that has some bite but is never harsh. Coast the mouth all over.

Overall: This beer is phenomenal. Sublime yet assertive. Wish i had a case of these. While you could age it, this is real good right now. One of my best in recent memory.

papat444, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of killcore
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

killcore, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

Anatole, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ghostwalker
3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this stuff at Oddbins just outside London Bridge Station.

A: Huge, thick, dark brown body. Small to middlin head.

S: Smell is super dark and dense. Spice cake? Not as apparent as the Export Stout, however.

T: Strong, rich, smooth, coating. A velvet glove with the mail well concealed for a 10% brew. Mmm, raisins, dates!

M: Slick, coating, but somewhat thin.

O: Nice, unique stuff. I love the historical connotations of their recipes. They taste great too!

ghostwalker, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of mdagnew
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast

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...

Aroma - Lots of roasted / charred chocolate malts, tar, sooty smoke, charred bread, molasses / treacle sweetness, dark fruits (black cherries and grapes, dates, raisins), roasted nut brittle, some balsamic vinegar notes, some soy, very earthy, burnt coffee beans...

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...

Feel - Sharp initially then and smooths out nicely... full bodied... incredibly drinkable for 9.9% although you can certainly feel the effects of the booze after a while...

Overall - A complex stout which takes a few sips before all the flavours emerge. Highly recommended...

mdagnew, Dec 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

drewone, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of jroof1
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

jroof1, Oct 19, 2013
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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.