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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
93
outstanding

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 26
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of kscaldef
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
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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 Anatole
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Anatole, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of Vinnie1976
5/5  rDev +16.8%

Vinnie1976, Oct 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

hopley, Sep 27, 2014
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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

steverx8, Sep 21, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

killcore, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

macesq, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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

atrocity, Jul 13, 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
Photo of IPeteA91
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
Photo of mdagnew
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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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.