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Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 16
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: dougofthefuture on 12-19-2010

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Ratings: 75 | Reviews: 31
Reviews by FrostBlast:
Photo of FrostBlast
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Ruds
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Boozecamel
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of JohnQVD
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Pour pitch black with a nice tall tan head. Aroma is coffee, roasted nuts and trace of chocolat. Taste is a super. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Full body, creamy and average carbonisation. Long sweet, bitter and coffee finish.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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).

Photo of pknyc
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of vinicole
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Bottled 30/12/2014 7.5% ABV
Very deep dark brown. No head.
Smell of heavily roasted malt, chocolate and a hint of liquorice.
Initial sweetness is overtaken by the roasted coffee bitterness.
Lightly carbonated. Rather oily but smooth. Sticky around the lips.
Slow sipper.

Photo of papat444
3.74/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of beerpirates
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 !

Photo of mdagnew
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle bought from The Vineyard, Belfast...

Poured pretty much pitch black even when held up to the light... Dirty burnt brown head poured thick and foamy then faded fairly quickly to decent thickish covering.. lots of patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice deep roasted chocolate maltiness, coffee beans, leathery and slightly sooty, toasted bread, toffee, treacle, earthy / cardboard hints, roasted nuts, some sticky plum fruitiness...

Taste - Lots of roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness, sooty, some piney hops, very earthy, strong espresso coffee, dried coffee grains, toasted nutty sweetness, some treacle, faint anise...

Feel - Smooth and fairly creamy then a little sharpness comes through... medium / full bodied... fairly drinkable for a 7.8% brew..

Overall - A beautifully balanced stout from Kernel... highly recommended...

Photo of gutbucket2
5/5  rDev +17.6%

330ml bottle-conditioned, sampled 8 months after bottling.
A: dark brown with tan head.
S: chocolate, leather.
T: intense chocolate.
M: thick taste, not overly syrupy. Lingering dark malt.
O: Stunning beer, full of flavour.

Photo of truebluebums
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a tulip. Beer dated 12/07/12-12/07/14

App: No seeing through the beer. Black and pours a 2 finger beige head that recedes down to the edges of the glass.

Smell: The obvious of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate. A little nutiness. Hints of hops peeking through in the back. Coffee seems to be most dominant.

Taste: Coffee, more like a mocha cappuccino in a way. Dark chocolate, but not overly bitter. Toffee or caramel, never good at distinguishing those two. Nice malt bitterness. Slight spiciness in there. The beer's full and creamy, maybe could be a bit more so but let's not ask for too much more out of this already outstanding beer. Flavors stick to the tongue well.

Would love to have this on tap someday to contrast the bottle. In the end, the nose does edge out the taste a bit, but not by much. Outstanding stout from probably one of the best breweries in the world, but of course it goes with out saying 'in my opinion'.
A bit pricey, but pick up this beer or anything from the Kernel. It's a treat and well worth it.

Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 14, 2013

Beer is black with a small tan head. Head fades fairly quickly.

Nose contains malt, vanilla, chocolate. A slight roasted, burnt smell.

Taste is good, a straightforward robust porter. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla. Fairly bitter. Strong and nice taste.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation level, fairly smooth.

Overall, a very good stout. Straightforward, nothing unusual, just very high quality.

Photo of ONUMello
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330ml bottle (bottled 10/14/13) into a juice glass (sadly all that's available in my hotel room). This batch is labeled 7% abv
A: Pours a pitch black with a one-finger mocha-colored head that slowly settles
S: I could smell this for hours... cocoa, roasted coffee, molasses, dark malts, dried fruit, a hint of hop oil... so complex & pleasant
T: Lots of roasted malt goodness, like a well made multigrain bread along with the molasses & cocoa served with a cup of coffee. Call it a breakfast stout? Not quite as complex as the nose but very tasty
M: Full-bodied, rich & smooth
O: If only this was indeed exported... delicious & well made, one of the better stouts I've had recently

Photo of dougofthefuture
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought back from London by a friend. No idea how limited this is.

A. Dark black, tan head that fades to just a rim around the glass. Yeast sediment is very plentiful at the bottom of the bottle and around the cap.

S. Roasted smell, a bit of coffee.

T&M. Really nice balance of creamy smoothness with dry finish. Nice body, and full flavored.

D. Very nice for almost 8%. A balanced export stout with a ton of flavor. Worth a shot!

Photo of knq
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep chocolate brown, small dark tan head. Quite viscous and gloopy when pouring.

S: Nice chocolate and roasted coffee smell. A hint of that high alcohol.

T: Starts off with a nice sweet chocolate/coconut type taste. Left with some roasted malts. The high alcohol content is well hidden.

M: Medium viscosity plus fine carbonation makes this go down quite smoothly.

D: Makes a nice after dinner treat, only a slight warming at the end of each gulp. This is a fairly strong beer though so I wouldn't drink it all night.

Overall, I really enjoyed this stout. The people at Kernel are making some excellent brews.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Mine is 7.1% ABV.

A: Black with a coffee brown crema of a head. Pours out like treacle.
S: Big coffee and toffee.
T: Thankfully nice and sweet with lots of coffee, Galaxy Minstrels, liquorice and zingy honeycomb toffee. Not all that earthy. After pouring the yeast in there's a chocolate orange flavour. Left with an almost ginseng-like prickliness.
M: Heavy but has a zingy effervescence in the finish.
O: Really good. The first thing from this brewery I've enjoyed.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried on-tap at the brewery on the Bermondsey Mile. The version I tried was 8.2% ABV.

Pours a deep, opaque black-brown with a fairly heavy weight behind it. Looks almost gelatinous in the glass. Head is a yellowed mocha brown with a fair, fine consistency to it that helps form lots of streaks and rings of lace. Carbonation is a bit coarse. Looks good overall.

Nose is toasty and warm. Roast comes through suggesting a touch of acid. Rounded sweetness like marshmallow is also present. Everything is well integrated and coherent. It's smooth and very aromatic.

Light acidic entry from the darker malts—it's just a buzz and disappears quickly, leading to smooth brown mid-malt characters and a solid body. Crispness on the back gives a smack of lemon and rye crackers with lingering overtones of dark chocolate and cherry. Finish is dry, leaving cocoa powder duskiness on the back.

Feel is smooth but light—perhaps another suggestion of lower-than-average pH.

Tasty, roasty and interesting. The flavours are well integrated overall, making it seem like a more intentional beer. Despite the aggression that's present it all still seems coherent.

Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at the De Molen bottleshop in Bodegraven.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Black pour yields a one finger, medium-thick, fluffy, tan head with great retention. Black body with a touch of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and clings to the sides of the glass. A good wisp remains and leaves some really good looking lacing down the dies of the glass.

SMELL: Big, roasted nose. Roasted malts, sweet cream with some coffee and cocoa notes. Light vanilla cream works really well with the roasted base. Bold and very enticing.

TASTE: Nice and smooth for sure. Roasted malts, caramel malts and some nice sweet cream notes. Very roasted and charred malts all the way through, and finishes with lots of bitterness, coffee and cocoa. Big and lasting aftertaste is bitter, very roasted and burnt, with some sweet cream as well. Very flavorful and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-fuller body with medium carbonation evident. Smooth and creamy on the palate, enough weight as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Pretty solid here.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. Had never even heard of this brewery before the 2011 BOREFTS Festival at De Molen, but glad I decided to get a couple of bottles to bring home with me. Bold, full flavored and very enjoyable stuff. Well worth checking out if you get the chance, and I’ll be looking to try more beers from this brewery. Recommended.

Photo of tbeckett
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Rake in London. From notes.

A - Poured with a one finger, loose tan head. Very black with good carbonation. OK lacing and a filmy retention make this look pretty good.

S - Very chocolatey but balanced with a roasted element. Very nice stuff. There might be some licorice in there along with some coffee grounds. Cool.

T - Tons of roasted notes, chocolatey flavours are intense as well with a hint of coffee and an ash element. Very strong, very tasty.

M - Medium carbonation with a creamy feel and a full body with a little bitterness in the finish.

O/D - Nice stout. Very nice stout. Very tasty stuff and I could have quite a few of these over the course of a night without a problem. I would seek this out for a try.

Photo of FLima
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It poured a Pitch black color with no light going through and with a thin caramel head with short retention.
Strong aroma with notes of roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder and licorice. Hints of ashes.
Rich flavor with notes of pine, deep roasted coffee, herbal hops, vanilla and dark chocolate.
Very dry and bitter aftertaste with a long lasting coffee note.
Full body with low carbonation. Oily and creamy mouth feel. Alcohol of 7.2% abv is intimated by its flavors.
Excellent Foreign Stout, bold and tasty. Truly balanced with just enough bells and whistles to be great, no pointless exaggeration. I would not change one thing. Definitely one of the best stouts I have tasted.

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Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.