Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery
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Reviews by jazzyjeff13:
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
06-17-2012 23:19:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
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United Kingdom (England)
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
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!
01-27-2012 22:03:08 | More by Ruds
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
10-04-2011 16:36:06 | More by Boozecamel
3.99/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
03-08-2013 20:03:53 | More by Phyl21ca
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
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.
06-28-2013 21:29:54 | More by JohnQVD
United Kingdom (England)
3.86/5 rDev -8.5%
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).
02-26-2014 11:09:28 | More by BlackHaddock
3.58/5 rDev -15.2%
Best Before: 30.12.15
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.
04-23-2014 20:06:22 | More by pknyc
3.7/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
03-13-2012 11:09:04 | More by papat444
4.21/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
08-12-2013 14:48:40 | More by beerdrifter
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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 !
03-18-2012 20:09:43 | More by beerpirates
Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
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