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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 - The Kernel Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

50 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 25
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

macesq, Aug 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

tbeckett, Aug 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

atrocity, Jul 13, 2014
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3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

barryjg, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kaizoku, Jun 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

IPeteA91, May 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

ygtbsm94, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Nolen12, Apr 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Sammy, Apr 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

brother_kenneth, Apr 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jrenihan, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

GABrew, Mar 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

JavierGC, Dec 29, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4/5  rDev -6.5%

brbrocc, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

drewone, Nov 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

TheBaumer, Oct 29, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

mmapes, Oct 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jmitchell3, Sep 14, 2013
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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.