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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thekernelbrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thepeter on 05-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
90
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
14
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 90
Reviews by Zimbo:
Photo of Zimbo
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.
Quality.
If only the nose kept up with this beer's other elements.
Another success from the Kernel. Tongue lickin good.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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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Photo of alarmclock314
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, dated 5/2/16. Pours black with a medium sized light khaki head; some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, citrus and earthy hops, cocoa, coffee, and molasses. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, citrus/earthy hops, cocoa, coffee and molasses. The brightness of the hops seems to elevate the flavor. Light bitterness, medium sweetness, and medium lingering dryness. Average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, this is drinkable, fitting of the style, and has a very complimentary hop profile. Well done.

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Photo of Marius
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Smells like dark cherries, cocoa, chocolate and roasted malts. The taste follows the same notes, with an addition of both brewed as well as roasted coffee. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation and a roasty bitter-sweet finish.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tux_alin
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of azkkr
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black color with dark mocha head. Dark roasty aroma with some light fruity character. Taste follows with bitter roasted malts and a bit caramel. Definitely not the sweet kind of imperial stout. This one is all about the roastiness. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, smooth and easy drinking. Really nice beer.

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Photo of adamcthomp
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Bugs318
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours virtually flat with only the faintest trace of head. Nose wafts cocoa, slight vanilla, a hint of licorice, and espresso. Taste is a touch dark cherry combined with licorice up front with a bold quite dry espresso finish. There is some slight pricklyness to the feel showing there to be more carbonation than visually apparent. A bit sticky and just faintly warm in the linger. Pretty solid.

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Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ruds
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of trevorpost
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of JohnQVD
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TheBaumer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Vinnie1976
5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of parintele
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GABrew
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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