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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 - The Kernel Brewery

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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 8.2%
Wants: 24
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:
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(Beer added by: thepeter on 05-07-2011)
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Reviews by xnicknj:
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

12oz bottle poured into taster - thanks rob

Pours a viscous blackness with a faint, bubbled dark head on top. Fades out completely into a thin collar of lacing.

Nose with dark chocolate, molasses, booze and vanilla. Hints of dark fruit with roasty malts and sweetness.

Full, robust chocolate and molasses sweetness up front. Touches of raisin and date with a heavy, almost earthy backbone. A bit sweet, but fairly balanced with the malt and chocolate. Finishes boozy with cocoa and dark warmth.

Full body, decent carbonation, creamy and smooth on the tongue. This was my first experience with The Kernel Brewery and I'm definitely excited to try more.

12-26-2012 14:07:17 | More by xnicknj
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Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.53/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

10-08-2012 00:51:59 | More by jazzyjeff13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-07-2014 01:02:01 | More by Sammy
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-06-2013 19:44:07 | More by adamcthomp
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United Kingdom (England)

4.72/5  rDev +10.5%

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!

01-26-2012 20:57:42 | More by Ruds
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

08-11-2014 00:22:55 | More by macesq
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

07-15-2013 10:23:08 | More by MarkJBurch
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-21-2013 23:11:36 | More by JohnQVD
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

10-29-2013 18:59:24 | More by TheBaumer
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-12-2014 14:07:36 | More by mendvicdog
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4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-30-2014 03:03:38 | More by GABrew
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

09-11-2012 14:54:43 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Quebec (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

04-17-2012 11:12:33 | More by papat444
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4.65/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

06-25-2013 17:09:32 | More by beerdrifter
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United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-02-2013 22:13:35 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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3.94/5  rDev -7.7%

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!

08-24-2013 00:20:58 | More by ghostwalker
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.29/5  rDev +0.5%

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...

12-28-2013 17:00:22 | More by mdagnew
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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

04-15-2014 20:13:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

11-21-2013 03:34:24 | More by drewone
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

10-19-2013 19:39:26 | More by jroof1
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-19-2014 19:34:55 | More by barryjg
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3.9/5  rDev -8.7%

Big thanks to Craig (or was it Ben?) for the trade. It's been a year since we brought it home. Bottled in 5/2012, opened in 10/2013. Poured into snifters. Probably served too cold. Not much head - practically none.

What is a "brown stout" anyway?

Smells like a grainy malt beer, just a hint of molasses. First sip: strong grain taste. Rich. Just a hint of sweetness at the end. Just a hint of smoke. It's like a brown ale, rather than a full-on stout, but thicker on the tongue -- a little syrupy. Mild and mellow as far as toast and hops go, but strongly alcoholic. In later sips, it seems a bit more smoky/toasty. 12 oz bottle would be too intense for one person - definitely a sharer.

Would buy again if we could get it.

10-29-2013 04:04:55 | More by mmapes
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-30-2014 22:16:47 | More by jrenihan
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

06-07-2014 09:52:58 | More by Kaizoku
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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

05-30-2014 11:57:15 | More by IPeteA91
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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
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