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Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 4 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dougofthefuture on 12-19-2010)
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Reviews by FrostBlast:
Photo of FrostBlast
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

330mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Pitch black with a rich mocha colour head that retains some big bubbles and falls down slowly. To my eye, that's the sign of a good, well built beer. There is some lacing, not much though.

SMELL : First nose is roasted malt, coffee, mocha, some discreet hops that blend in with the coffee aromas. Second nose expands on the coffee aromas. Third nose brings out the hops profile in a way consistent with the first nose : well blended with the coffee aromas. This coffee side is a definite centrepiece in this beer.

TASTE : Oh man, this is good. Sweet-ish malts that take on a chocolate quality, coffee, mocha, vanilla, hops blended into the coffee. Rich, rich, rich. Incredibly well layered.

MOUTHFEEL : Thick, but not too much, just round enough, coats your mouth with with sweet chocolaty coffee goodness. Not quite like syrup, but it's getting there. Very impressive.

OVERALL : One of the best stouts I've had the utmost pleasure of tasting. I've been a huge fan of this beer for a few years now and no matter what the price, I always try to get another case of 24 before the one I currently have is spent. It's one of those beers I'll always be faithful to, falling back to it on hard days when I feel I definitely need a treat for myself. I treasure what I have since I can't have it regularly nor cheaply. This is some seriously awesome beer.

FrostBlast, Sep 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

stephenlee, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. ABV is stated as 7.1%. Picked up some time ago from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep black - the colour of black holes. Yields a decent head of creamy light brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. An intense, rich aroma; bitter coffee, roasted malt and cocoa along with hints of molasses, dried fruit and stewed hops. A faint, warming whiff of alcohol in the background. Delicious.

A tsunami of flavour - roasted malt with a deep bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, bitter coffee, cocoa, molasses, hints of dried fruit, stewed hops and yeast. Dry and slightly spicy, with an intense bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with tingly carbonation and a spicy character. Highly astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of bitter coffee and roasted malt.

Impressive - a fantastic stout. Like running into a wall of roasted malt and coffee flavours. Great if you love dark beers. The only minor complaint I have is that the mouthfeel seemed a little thin to match the flavour; a more unctuous sensation would have gone down well. Trivialities aside, this is excellent and should be consumed if you have the opportunity.

jazzyjeff13, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

InfernoBoss, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Sammy, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Ciocanelu, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of aztraz
4/5  rDev -5.4%

aztraz, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of Ruds
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Purchased from the brewery in Jan '12, BB 19.12.13, now at 7.1%

Pours a rich black colour with a decent finger of creamy off-white head that soon vanishes becoming a small swirl mid glass with a thin layer around the edge

Rich roasted malts on the nose, liquorice and burnt coffee/caramel and a touch of chocolate

Flavours pretty much match the nose, a fairly bitter blend of chocolate in the taste and spice also in the mix

Mouthfeel is fairly full in body with a medium dry aftertaste

Around halfway through my glass now and the head has dissipated to a very thin layer around the edge and not even a complete circle at that !

A very decent export stout to tease your taste buds - hats off to the Kernel boys once again!

Ruds, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Boozecamel
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Appearance: Dark as night, with one finger of light brown head. Head clings to the glass nicely.

Smell: Dark chocolate and coffee, slight sour aroma.

Taste: Malty roasted coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy/velvety. Good mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: Great stout, easy drinking for the abv and moreish with the coffee and chocolate notes balance well.

Boozecamel, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

emerge077, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%

Bottle (Hivernale): Poured a deep black color stout with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of nice floral coffee notes with some dark chocolate is very enticing. Taste is dominated by some very nice floral coffee notes with very little bitter chocolate and almost no astringency which is surprising considering the amount of coffee notes that are discernable. Light smokey notes are also perceptible though dark fruits notes are not really detectable as per brewer’s notes. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I very much enjoyed this beer and definitely makes me want to try some of their other beers.

Phyl21ca, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Pelicanrocks
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Pelicanrocks, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of MarkJBurch
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

MarkJBurch, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

mtbdonn, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of JohnQVD
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%

Black with a thin, light brown head that leaves a good amount on the glass. Smell is chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain. Taste is mildly bitter and heavy on the coffee with a dry, almost piney finish. Feel is fairly heavy and sticky, with a medium carbonation. Overall, this is very enjoyable. Definitely my favorite of their beers so far and one of the best export stouts I've had.

JohnQVD, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Liquoric3
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Liquoric3, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Bubbles
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Bubbles, May 24, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%

7.2% Version, 330ml bottle: BBD 9 Jan 15. Shared between three of us during the second ever Shrewsbury Bottle Share on 24th Feb 14, thanks Mat for bringing this.

Dark and deep, malts all the way in this old recipe brewed beer. I found all sorts of aromas and tastes within the brew: All malt based (I think). Loads of dark berries, malty molasses and traces of chocolate and vanilla on a smoldering, wet horse blanket,

Different and pleasant, good depth of body which hid the alcohol content well. Most likely the best Kernel I've had so far (I like malty brews, not citrus based washing up liquid type golden beers).

BlackHaddock, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

mendvicdog, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of pknyc
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%

Bottled: 30.12.13
Best Before: 30.12.15
Opened: 23.04.14

Note: This review reflects what appears to have been an issue with this bottle; either from the brewery or in storage. I opened it within a week of purchasing at London's Borough market.

A: When I opened the bottle I immediately noticed that there was a brown slime on the bottom of the bottle cap and on the inside lip of the bottle that was maybe a couple of ml thick. Reminds me of a melted milk chocolate bar. It does not appear to be a yeast slurry or anything similar to the dregs of bottle conditioned beer. After an aggressive pour there was a 1/4 finger mocha colored head which quickly became a ring. The brew appears to be a very dark brown which allows just a touch of light through. Excluding the slime, it would have been fine.

S: This was the highlight of the beer and makes me think of what this may have may have been. Dark roast and some mild alcohol. The espresso is light, but noticeable. Some dark chocolate in there.

T: There is a dash of alcohol in accordance with the style. Bitter, but with a little bit of sweetness; I'm not sure why. It tastes a lot like a bottled Egg Cream I used to have as a kid.

MF: Light to light medium. It is not flat, but there is very little carbonation.

O: It smelled great, but there was a gross bit of slime (I do not believe it to be dregs or anything related to bottle conditioning, but I could always be wrong) on the inside of the bottle cap and inside the lip and neck of the bottle. There was some normal settlement on the bottom of the bottle like one would normally expect for a bottle conditioned export stout that was four months old.

pknyc, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

DrinkSlurm, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

Thanks to Ruds for this one.

Poured from a 330ml. bottle, best before 19.12.13. ABV 7.1%.

Appearance: A totally opaque black body with a creamy mocha head (2-3 fingers) that settles to a fat ring with nit much lacing.

Smell: Fresh coffee grinds mixed with milk chocolate and a roasted and robust aroma.

Taste: Chocolatey (a bit sweet) with some good coffee flavor and nuts as well. Roasted feel is tame. Good but not as good as aroma.

Mouthfeel: A bit viscous, thick feel with some low bitterness but medium bodied.

Overall: Good but fell a bit short of a great stout. Also, i don't see the potential for aging so of you've got it, drink it fresh.

papat444, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of beerdrifter
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%

Picked this up at The Kernel Brewery while on vacation in London. Pitch black pour with a nice two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is earthy and roasty with lots of coffee and dark chocolate along with hints of leather, cocoa, and nuts. The taste rich and flavorful with loads of roasty coffee and bitter chocolate along with hints of tobacco, cocoa, leather, and some subtle dark fruit and hops. The mouthfeel is thick, oily, and slightly chewy with a bit more carbonation than I had expected. The finish is dry, bitter, and mouth-coating. Overall, another stellar offering from The Kernel.

beerdrifter, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of Kikuzzo
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Kikuzzo, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Thx to woosterbill for this stout !

33 cl bottel poured into my lost abbey stemware glass

A : Black, wit a small mocha brown head, nice lacing
S : Aroma of lovely fresh coffee, moccha, bitter chocolate,
T : Flavour is hard roasted malts, tar, coffee, rum, espresso, cacao powder , light dark fruits, nice bitterness,
M : very hard roasted bitter finish. Medium bodied.
O : Aroma promises more than flavour delivers, Nice example for the style !

beerpirates, Mar 18, 2012
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Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.