Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery
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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
4.18/5 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
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
4/5 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)
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
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
4.1/5 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
4.43/5 rDev +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.
10-26-2011 13:19:28 | More by Jeffo
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)
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
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
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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...
12-16-2011 12:07:32 | More by mdagnew
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
Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
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