How can you not like a brewer who writes like that? In 2010, Evin O’Riordain, a homebrewer and cheese salesman, founded the brewery. It is tucked away in London within the arches under the railway that leads out of London Bridge. O’Riordain and his crew are beer enthusiasts and make everything, including American-style hoppy IPAs, saisons, and classic London porters and stouts.
This is a huge stout that is complete with cocoa, mocha, cassis and cherry, figs, and exotic spice. It’s got grip and body and heft. It is as good a handcrafted stout as one can find in London. Beer geeks who make geek beers for beer geeks; that’s The Kernel, and that is why you should try this beer.
The beer is an opaque black with a tan head. The body is rich and thick and unctuous, with lovely lacing. It tastes like coffee smoothed out with chocolate and cocoa. It is a big, gorgeous beer.
Review originally printed in The Handbook of Porters and Stouts.