Export Stout - The Kernel Brewery
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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
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
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
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
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
4.18/5 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)
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 (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
3.9/5 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
Export Stout from The Kernel Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.