Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 | The Kernel Brewery

BA SCORE
91
outstanding
95 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
95
Reviews:
31
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
8.04%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
15
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 95 |  Reviews: 31
Photo of Bugs318
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

 402 characters

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a flute at Cerveceria Esparte in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: Thin dark brown almost black with heavy bubbles to the body. Head is a slight dark tan, comes off at the very least a finger's length off the body.

Smell: light chocolate scent, pretty strong lingering feel.

Taste: The taste really changes on this brew as it warms up. I let it sit for a bit and it goes from chocolate to dark chocolate in a few minutes. Coffee bean light pressed against a smooth mocha finish which is smoothly bitter.

Mouth: medium to heavy carbonation which flattens a bit as it warms up but fine by me.

Overall: Another good brew, I can think of a couple of American counterparts which might edge this beer regardless of temperature. Worth grabbing, everyone should have taste...Salud!

 785 characters

Photo of stephenlee
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bark
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The colour is black (100 EBC), the two finger head is brown and compact, It sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass.

The smell is smooth with notes of brandy-like alcohol, roasted nuts and chocolate/cocoa. Hints of toffee and condensed milk. It is milder than expected.

The taste is very sweet (although a smooth sweetness) and roasted/burned. Passing clean strong bitterness and some malt sourness. Notes of molasses, dried flowers, orange peel and coconut candy. Medium body. The aftertaste got growing clean bitterness, green tomatoes and unripe bananas. Hints of charcoal and chocolate brown malt. The finish is rather short and dry with clean bitterness and burned malts.

The carbonation is smooth with lots of small foaming bubbles. The liquid is thick and creamy.

A very interesting and tasty beer; it would have been too sweat and heavy if it hadn’t been for the passing powerful bitterness.

 915 characters

Photo of Hayley_86
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

 1,169 characters

Photo of SStein
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dcmchew
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

 886 characters

Photo of jkhara12
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wesbourne
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LehighAce06
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Beervana
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of leitmotif
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

 302 characters

Photo of azkkr
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Anatole
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Vinnie1976
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of hopley
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of steverx8
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of killcore
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of macesq
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of bylerteck
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 from The Kernel Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 95 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.