Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 - The Kernel Brewery
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United Kingdom (England)
4.89/5 rDev +14.5%
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
04-29-2013 19:30:44 | More by FinalFantasyBrewing
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
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
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
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
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
33cl bottle poured into Westy 12 chalice
A: Deep chocolate brown. Single (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.
S: Notes of dark chocolate, roasted (almost burnt) malt, espresso, brownie sweetness, nuttiness, and touch of caramel.
T: Rich. Bold. Very enjoyable. A robust stout with loads of flavour – chocolate, molasses, espresso, caramel sweetness, and finishes with a soft touch of vanilla.
M: Full bodied with appropriate (even) carbonation.
O: A quality stout that is very easy to drink. I look forward to sampling a few of their other offerings soon!
12-07-2012 13:11:56 | More by spdyfire83
4.48/5 rDev +4.9%
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
05-16-2013 21:27:12 | More by mick303
4.47/5 rDev +4.7%
12oz bottle, packaged 15 February 2011, into a goblet in the alley behind the brewery.
A: Black body with bright brown glimmers; two fingers of rich, creamy brown head. Strong retention (especially for its strength!) and lovely lace. Strikingly beautiful stout.
S: Huge, sweet aroma of coffee, graham crackers, dark chocolate, spicy alcohol, and light smoke. Each component is powerful, distinct, and well-matched with the others. Amazing.
T: Caramel + coffee are up front, followed by chocolate, smoke, treacle, alcohol, and a long, coffee-tinged finish. Delicious.
M: Fairly thick, smooth body; light, soft carbonation.
O: Wow. THIS is a beer. Sipping this beast of a stout in a grimy alley next to some train tracks is truly, if unorthodoxically, heavenly. I think this would stand up well next to any number of highly hyped American versions of the style, and I hope to have it again someday.
06-16-2011 22:55:06 | More by woosterbill
4.45/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
05-01-2013 22:04:24 | More by TallSaint
United Kingdom (Scotland)
4.4/5 rDev +3%
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.
If only the nose kept up with this beer's other elements.
Another success from the Kernel. Tongue lickin good.
01-13-2012 23:07:13 | More by Zimbo
United Kingdom (England)
4.4/5 rDev +3%
Beautiful pour with a dark body and a golden brown head that lasts and cascades down the glass. Smells of cocoa and coffee and citrus and dark malt, Peat, and dark fruit and goodness. tastes much of the same, very complex and delicate not at all living up to the sturdy 10.1% in terms of character. smooth and oh so drinkable, like a 6% beer at the most, Dangerous! Overall this is a fantastic beer which I would drink over an over! Loved it!
05-07-2011 22:01:20 | More by thepeter
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
Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.