Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 - The Kernel Brewery
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3.78/5 rDev -11.5%
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.
07-12-2014 03:31:29 | More by kscaldef
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
3.9/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
10-29-2013 04:04:55 | More by mmapes
3.94/5 rDev -7.7%
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!
08-24-2013 00:20:58 | More by ghostwalker
Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.