Imperial Brown Stout London 1856 | The Kernel Brewery

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Imperial Brown Stout London 1856Imperial Brown Stout London 1856

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by thepeter on 05-07-2011

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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.
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 Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at De Molen in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter.
ABV: 9.2%
Best Before 22.07.2013

APPEARANCE: Gushed a little upon opening, but a careful pour yielded a 2 finger, medium-thinner looking, tan head with good retention. Poured out black and sat black in the glass with only a touch of carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A wisp remains but leaves only touches of lacing.

SMELL: Roasted malts, cocoa powder and a touch of dark chocolate. Slightly mild, but opens a bit as it sits in the glass.

TASTE: Roasted malts, dark chocolate and sweet dark cherries or grapes. Moves into a bitter, charred and burnt aftertaste with dark chocolate and espresso notes. Bold and lingering aftertaste lingers nicely, with plenty of roasted malt and bitter chocolate and coffee. Flavors are much more forthcoming that the aroma, and work really nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Good feel.

OVERALL: Pretty good beer, but not as impressive as their Export stout. Flavors were great, very bold and interesting, but the nose needs to follow suit there. One worth checking out, but if you can only buy one, chose the Export stout over this one.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, packaged 15 February 2011, into a goblet in the alley behind the brewery.

A: Black body with bright brown glimmers; two fingers of rich, creamy brown head. Strong retention (especially for its strength!) and lovely lace. Strikingly beautiful stout.

S: Huge, sweet aroma of coffee, graham crackers, dark chocolate, spicy alcohol, and light smoke. Each component is powerful, distinct, and well-matched with the others. Amazing.

T: Caramel + coffee are up front, followed by chocolate, smoke, treacle, alcohol, and a long, coffee-tinged finish. Delicious.

M: Fairly thick, smooth body; light, soft carbonation.

O: Wow. THIS is a beer. Sipping this beast of a stout in a grimy alley next to some train tracks is truly, if unorthodoxically, heavenly. I think this would stand up well next to any number of highly hyped American versions of the style, and I hope to have it again someday.


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Photo of thepeter
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour with a dark body and a golden brown head that lasts and cascades down the glass. Smells of cocoa and coffee and citrus and dark malt, Peat, and dark fruit and goodness. tastes much of the same, very complex and delicate not at all living up to the sturdy 10.1% in terms of character. smooth and oh so drinkable, like a 6% beer at the most, Dangerous! Overall this is a fantastic beer which I would drink over an over! Loved it!

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