Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery
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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
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
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
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!
12-19-2010 21:52:18 | More by dougofthefuture
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London and bottle-conditioned in a 330ml brown bottle, with no best before date printed on the beer label; served cool in Hapkin's tulip-shaped short stemmed goblet.
A: pours a pitch black body with quite fine carbonation; the tan frothy head sustains for about two minutes then retreats to a rim and lasts.
S: deeply roasty with plenty of notes of cold espresso and burned malts, plus bitter chocolates (slightly powdery), root herbs such as licorice and a touch of old stinky leather. A fine note of vanilla at times shines through as does an edge of esters from most strong ales, but all in all the nose is deeply, nicely roasty.
T: light-bodied and pleasantly bitter-sweet upfront, reminiscent of coffee, burned walnuts and charred wood, underlined by a faint touch of fruity esters and a very very mild but lingering lease of hop bitterness manifesting itself in the aftertaste; the finish comes quite aromatic (burned-nutty/-woody), lightly chewy, with but a faint touch of warming alc.
M&D: pretty soft, lightly carbonated, and the palate is really light for a 7.8%abv. strong stout. I find this an extremely quaffable and well-made stout, though there's nothing in the bottle that truly "hooks" my palate to this ale.
01-01-2011 20:02:52 | More by wl0307
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
4/5 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
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
United Kingdom (England)
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
02-03-2011 10:59:51 | More by knq
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.05/5 rDev -4%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Purchased from Discount Supermarket in Cardiff, slightly past it's best before date.
Pours a deep black with a lovely but short lived off white head.
Smells of burnt malts and coffee, alcohol and a touch of hops.
Tastes of bitter and burnt chocolate, coffee, dark malts, slightly bitter hops too.
Overall a decent stout. The price is very high though so I wouldn't get it again.
02-16-2012 17:03:10 | More by CwrwAmByth
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
05-06-2011 17:58:12 | More by tbeckett
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%
Bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer is lowly carbonated with a thin brown head, black to dark brown, some lacing, no carbonation.
Aroma is chocolate, smells awesome.
Beer is oddly smooth with a dry finish and a lot of bitterness. The beer overall is quite drinkable but a little thin in the body. It has a late sweetness that is a little odd, almost a tobacco like flavor. Interesting, definitely a pleasurable beer.
02-25-2011 04:42:15 | More by drabmuh
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
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
Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.