Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.02%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: dougofthefuture on 12-19-2010)
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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 gutbucket2
5/5  rDev +17.9%

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 atrocity
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of vinicole
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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 atpca
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of bobmus
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of rmehughes
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of xhuang61
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of FLima
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of Bubbles
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of pknyc
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of jrenihan
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.86/5  rDev -9%
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 steverx8
4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of truebluebums
4.26/5  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 samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of mtbdonn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
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