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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 - The Kernel Brewery

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 27
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: thepeter on 05-07-2011

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Ratings: 64 | Reviews: 20
Photo of interzen
4.64/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass - ABV on the bottle is 10%.

Look: Opaque black - this beer is bottle-conditioned so there's likely some sediment. Thick, two-finger tan head with good retention.

Smell: Lots of coffee, roasted malts and a hint of dark chocolate right of the bottle. Hints of spice and just the faintest tang of alcohol once it has had time to 'breathe'

Taste: Big coffee flavours, with a slightly chalky, dark chocolate and roasted malt following, not to mention the merest hint of dark fruits (plums, stewed raisins etc.). The alcohol is a bit more noticeable too, giving a nice, warming feeling to complement the predominantly dark flavours.

Feel: Not surprisingly rather rich, albeit with a fairly dry aftertaste - smoky flavours predominate, and the hint of alcohol in the taste serves to give it a bit more of a backbone. Even so, it doesn't taste at all boozy.

Overall: Kernel have a big reputation and on the strength of this it isn't difficult to see why - this is a fairly heavy hitter in terms of ABV, but disguises it well with a superb balance of flavours. As Imperial stouts go, this one is up there with Sam Smiths, in my opinion.

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4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, borderline black, with a dark mocha head, small, but sticky.
Coffee liqueur and raisin, smokey roasted malts, anise, sherry (really boozy-prickly on the nostrils), dark chocolate, light earthiness. A lot going on here.
Rich dark chocolate-covered raisin and dried cherry up front, with a drop of strong brandy and some plum juice. A rich spiciness, with cinnamon and anise, faint nutmeg even, hinting at Port wine, kinda. The roasted malts are dense, coating, a bit smokey, finishing with burnt cereal and roasted coffee bean, a bit dry.
Aftertaste lacks the dark fruity note, but compensates with rich cocoa powder, roast and coffee. Medium body, very low carbonation, really palate-coating, but not sticky. Alcohol simply strengthens the flavors, it isn't boozy at all.
A really awesome big beer that retains a really authentic feel. Balanced and complex at the same time.

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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.3/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.