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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 - The Kernel Brewery

Imperial Brown Stout London 1856Imperial Brown Stout London 1856

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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%

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 -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 14:07:17 | More by xnicknj
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

04-15-2014 20:13:24 | More by ygtbsm94
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

04-13-2014 21:07:20 | More by Nolen12
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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

04-12-2014 14:07:36 | More by mendvicdog
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

04-07-2014 01:02:01 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

04-05-2014 15:07:13 | More by brother_kenneth
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

03-30-2014 22:16:47 | More by jrenihan
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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

12-29-2013 06:45:59 | More by JavierGC
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

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...

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 17:00:22 | More by mdagnew
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-18-2013 21:40:44 | More by brbrocc
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

11-21-2013 03:34:24 | More by drewone
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 04:04:55 | More by mmapes
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United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -6.8%

10-27-2013 19:39:03 | More by CwrwAmByth
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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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 00:20:58 | More by ghostwalker
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New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

08-21-2013 23:11:36 | More by JohnQVD
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New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-15-2013 10:23:08 | More by MarkJBurch
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4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. Definitely a memorable standout.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 17:09:32 | More by beerdrifter
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Ontario (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass, an opaque brown-black colour with a creamy whispy tan coffee coloured foam film, not much initial head but good lacing retention. 4

S – thick roasty malts, chocolate, apricot, dried fruits, really full earthy notes. Cocoa powder, a hint of chewy lemon yeasty character. Subtle toffee, a bit of a candy aspect, barn, bitter coffee, quite impressive really, good balance. 4.5

T – an initial thick malty taste, bittersweet chocolate, mild coffee note, a dry nuttiness and mild dry lemon, with an upfront dry earthy character, some dry bitterness on the finish. A bit of molasses caramel, sticky, then some slight cigar tobacco note. Very nice all-round, a bit of a pleasant bitter earthy character. Lots of nice complexity though subtle. 4.5

M – thick and rich, with an appetizing carbonation, a hint of alcohol spice prickle on the finish, altogether very satisfying stout mouthfeel, drying and a bit bitter on finish. It hides the alcohol content behind an incredible balanced smoothness on the palate. 4.5

Would be interesting to see where this goes in a couple years. A rather pleasant balanced bitter imperial stout. Not overly aggressive and with enough sweetness to hold together all the interacting flavors. Shows some good depth. Very pleasing and an interesting historical example, shows a different interpretation than some of the super-hopped imp. stouts. This has an amazing feel and great balanced complexity. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 21:27:12 | More by mick303
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

May 1st, 2013

In the nose this beer is assertive and pungent. Fresh roasted coffee, melted dark chocolate, molasses, and brown sugar dominate the nose with a touch of vanilla as well. A dark fruity sweetness underpins these smells.

It tastes fantastic. It's smooth and chocolatey upfront with hints of vanilla and a touch of licorice. In the mid-palate a touch of sweet fruitiness comes through but quickly gives way to dry, dark malt and the faintest touch of earthy hops. It finishes extremely dry with a touch of balancing alcohol heat.

The mouthfeel is awesome. It's silky, round, and super creamy. It's full and chewy without being overly heavy. It goes down easy.

Overall this is a great beer. Definitely a sipper, it opens up a bit more with some time out of the bottle and the dark fruit characteristics in the nose and front mid-palate become a bit more visible. A wholesome RIS with fantastic depth and complexity; sweetness upfront is balanced by a nice earthy mid-palate interlude and a long dry back that offsets the dark sweetness upfront. Awesome stuff - good job Kernel.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 22:04:24 | More by TallSaint
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United Kingdom (England)

4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thick viscus dark chocolate Heavily roasted coffee with a hint of vinilla! Do i really need to drone on any further to you that this just might be the best imperial stout in the UK?

Take you're time to immerse yourself in this rich Full bodied liquid artistry. There is a reason this beer is exceptional. You will not find better

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 19:30:44 | More by FinalFantasyBrewing
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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
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