Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery
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4.19/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
06-15-2014 01:54:35 | More by FLima
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
05-05-2014 00:39:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
4.21/5 rDev -0.2%
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.
03-28-2014 01:18:14 | More by jrenihan
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
4.26/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
02-06-2014 15:41:51 | More by truebluebums
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
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
11-04-2013 23:27:39 | More by ONUMello
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
My bottle, bought from Etre Gourmet, is 7.2% abv and bottled on July 22, 2013.
It pours pitch black and has only a fine layer of tannish foam. Served cold so that could explain the lack of foam. Which I tend to agree with seeing the fine lacing a cold bottle leaves behind.
Whoa, the nose isn't lacking. Big aromas of coffee and dark chocolate with *something* fruity in there. Maybe the tasting will reveal that fruitiness.
Oh yes, the coffee and chocolate are big and bold and up front and bring a strong bitterness. I'm not having much luck identifying any fruit character but there's something there that kind of reminds me of The Abyss. Totally different brew in most ways, mind you, but there *is* something. Very very dry due to the almost extreme bitter factor.
Hehe///settling in with this rather big bad boy now. The coffee and chocolate bitter bites never seem to cease. Hey now. I just got an inkling of something sweet, just before the finish. Te very next sip and I don't get that at all. Weird tastings going on but Export Stout is tickling my fancy.
Medium bodied, light with the carbonation.
Foreign/Export Stout it claims to be and it sure as damn well is. Very nicely done and a joy to drink.
10-27-2013 18:28:11 | More by Bitterbill
Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.