Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 | The Kernel Brewery

Imperial Brown Stout London 1856Imperial Brown Stout London 1856
BA SCORE
93.7%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 95 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,261
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
95
Liked:
89
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
8.04%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
15
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 31
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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of FinalFantasyBrewing
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Thick viscus dark chocolate Heavily roasted coffee with a hint of vinilla! Do i really need to drone on any further to you that this just might be the best imperial stout in the UK?

Take you're time to immerse yourself in this rich Full bodied liquid artistry. There is a reason this beer is exceptional. You will not find better

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of risenz
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ruds
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
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 interzen
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
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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Photo of beerdrifter
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

An aggressive pour yielded a dark brown, nearly black pour with a one finger beige head with minimal retention but nice lacing. Nice roasty nose with hints of fresh coffee, cocoa, molasses, and toffee. For what the nose lacked, the taste more than makes up for it. Rich, earthy, and complex with hints of fresh brewed coffee, caramel, cocoa, leather, tobacco, milk chocolate, and an amazing subtle touch of sweet nuttiness (almost like peanut butter) on the finish. The mouthfeel is amazing. Thick, chewy, creamy and smooth as silk. The finish is slightly bitter with just enough sweetness to balance it out perfectly. Overall, another amazing beer from The Kernel. This is my first stout from these guys and they really made it a unique experience. It was like my favorite Brown Ale meeting my favorite Imperial Stout! Definitely a memorable standout.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, BB 11.11.18. ABV is 9.8%.

Appearance: Pours an oily brown body that is unaffected by light and has a decent milky coffee head but not a lot of legs on it.

Smell: Fantastic. Want more? Macadamia nuts, milk chocolate, robust coffee (think grinds) and pistachios. The coffee and chocolate keep popping up one after the other seamlessly.

Taste: My, this is good. Mix of nuts, robust coffee with a healthy dose of cream & sugar, semi-sweet chocolate and cocoa. Has a nice milky taste with some sweetness that is well balanced. My only knock is it loses a little as it goes on.

Mouthfeel: Real low carbonation coupled with a smooth feel that has some bite but is never harsh. Coast the mouth all over.

Overall: This beer is phenomenal. Sublime yet assertive. Wish i had a case of these. While you could age it, this is real good right now. One of my best in recent memory.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oakenator
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
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 azkkr
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mine's only 9.0%. Fresh from the brewery.

It's really good. Plenty sweet with loads of smokey chocolate. That's all I've got to say.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

305th Review
33cl bottle poured into Westy 12 chalice
Bottled: 29.05.12
BB: 29.05.16

A: Deep chocolate brown. Single (mocha) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Notes of dark chocolate, roasted (almost burnt) malt, espresso, brownie sweetness, nuttiness, and touch of caramel.

T: Rich. Bold. Very enjoyable. A robust stout with loads of flavour – chocolate, molasses, espresso, caramel sweetness, and finishes with a soft touch of vanilla.

M: Full bodied with appropriate (even) carbonation.

O: A quality stout that is very easy to drink. I look forward to sampling a few of their other offerings soon!

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Photo of Jmitchell3
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 93.7% out of 100 with 95 ratings
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