Barrel Aged Stout (B.A Glen Garioch)
The Kernel Brewery

Barrel Aged Stout (B.A Glen Garioch)Barrel Aged Stout (B.A Glen Garioch)
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4.3 | pDev: 4.65%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Retired (no longer brewed)
Barrel Aged Stout (B.A Glen Garioch)Barrel Aged Stout (B.A Glen Garioch)
Notes: A blend of Imperial Brown Stout and Export Stout. Aged in a Glen Gariochwhiskey cask.
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London recently, bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle; bottled on 07/02/2013, BB 07/02/2017, served lightly-chilled in Gulden Draak’s short-stemmed tulip-shaped sniffer. Notes: the back label describes this beer as “A blend of Imperial Brown Stout and Export Stout. Aged in Glen Garioch whisky casks. Second fill”.

A: pours a pitch black colour coming with a very well lasting layer of dark khaki froth.
S: wonderfully aromatic as well as deep and complex; leading the way is a wave of fine quality dark malts, with a subtly gristy and toasted nutty quality to it on top of roastiness, underlined by gentle acidity as of dried berries, resting on just a hint of vanilla-ish whisky barrels. Given a good swirl, jammy dark fruits emerge to the surface, along with aromatic hops (a bit like Bramling X but not sure) and more bitter-sweet coffee-ish undertones. Not so much whisky elements are reminiscent on the nose, however, apart from a muted nose of high percentage alc. in the background.
T: oily/lubricating on the entry, the palate gets coated with a robust and yet rounded flavour, reminiscent of the Imperial Brown Stout a lot actually. My palates pick up mixed notes of dried dark fruits, toasted nuts, bitter chocolates, mild saltiness & smokiness from malts(?), restrained fruit esters and a spicy-bitter mouthfeel in the middle, likely as a result of barrel ageing and bitter-hopping. The foretaste is balanced by a belated kickback of fine acidity, leading quietly towards a finish that is not alcoholic, not very bitter, nor cloyingly sweet, but mildly chewy and superbly balanced, dry-ish bitter-sweetness. Only in the long finish does the whisky-like sharp & dry sweetness deliver a muted punch down the throat. Lovely.
M&O: lubricating on the mouthfeel, this full-bodied barrel aged stout is deliciously executed and packs with it the most subtle and necessary fine fizz in the bottle. Altogether I’d give it 9/10 for the overall performance, as far as a blended stout is concerned. The whisky barrel ageing doesn't seem to have lent too much influence on the flavour and aroma overall, something that I’d personally welcome.

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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle (bottled 6/12/13) poured into a juice glass, sadly all I have in my hotel room. This bottle is 7.7%abv
A: Very dark brown, sadly no head formed
S: Full of dark chocolate, espresso beans, vanilla and a hint of whiskey
T: Matches the nose. Don't let the absence of complexity descriptors undermine how completely full, balanced and effing delicious this is. Like drinking a creamy Irish (ok, technically Scottish) mocha
M: Full-bodied and so unbelievable smooth/creamy
O: Fantastic. I wish I had room in my luggage to bring a few of these home and watch them as they age

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4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paccamacca for this extra!

33cl bottle poured into Belgian style tulip / snifter glass.

bottled on date 07.02.13

Appearance: black bodied beer with thick cap of khaki colored head. Head drops to a thin uneven cap. Spotty lace.

Smell: Roasty, smokey and burnt malts. Woody and earthy notes as well. Just a hint of chocolate sweetness. Just a hint of a boozey kick.

Taste: Similiar to the nose. "Baconesk" meaty smoke and dark roast malts, almost an ashy flavor. Hint of a smokey whiskey. The surprise in the flavor profile is the black licorice and molasses notes in the middle of the beer. Oaky and earthy. Bakers cocoa and dark chocolates are in there too. Finish is smokey and moderately bitter from the roasted malts. Big flavors that are well integrated.

Mouthfeel: low end of medium bodied beer. Moderate carbonation. The body feels a little bit thin, but its okay with this beer because the flavors of this beer are very robust. The beer is smooth drinking and drinks like a 5% stout would.

Overall: This is my first beer from this brewery. Was very excited to try it. I would say that this brewery does Stouts and barrel aging fairly well.

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Barrel Aged Stout (B.A Glen Garioch) from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 5 ratings