Export India Porter - The Kernel Brewery
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United Kingdom (Wales)
4.43/5 rDev +12.2%
Poured slowly from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass so the sediment remained inside the bottle.
Pours a dark black colour with a very long lasting head.
Smells dark and malty with quite a bit of hops thrown in as well.
Tastes very well balanced between burnt dark malts and piney fresh hops with both being very strong. A bit boozy and a really good wholesome mouthfeel.
Overall a very good example of one of my favourite styles.
06-16-2012 01:35:22 | More by CwrwAmByth
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
Dark brown with a thick foamy tan head that quickly recedes leaving light streaks of lacing on the glass. Smell is chocolate, nutmeg and light citrus. Taste is mildly bitter chocolate, with some bready notes. Finish is bitter with a coffee aftertaste. Feel is light, creamy and smooth with light carbonation. Overall, this is quite pleasant and well-balanced. Good roasted malt flavor with some nice bitterness from the hops.
06-25-2013 18:29:00 | More by JohnQVD
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
Picked this up at The Kernel Brewery while on vacation in London. Deep dark brown, nearly black pour with a creamy caramel-colored two finger head with great retention and lacing. The nose is really roasty with hints of dark chocolate, fresh coffee, cocoa, smoke, and some surprising hoppiness. The taste is bold and roasty with lots of cocoa, toffee, and dark chocolate along with hints of licorice, black coffee, burnt toast, molasses, and some great piney hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, thick and chewy, with a dry bitter hop finish. Overall, this reminds me more of a Black IPA than a Porter because of the distinct hop presence. However it's classified, it's another stellar beer from The Kernel.
09-22-2013 14:51:21 | More by beerdrifter
4.19/5 rDev +6.1%
Thx to Éric Michaud for two bottles of this bad boy.
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
APPEARANCE : Pitch black colour with a mocha head. The head starts off excessively huge (as in all-over-your-counter-and-floor-huge) and then settles down to something barely more than a thin layer with a little lacing.
SMELL : First nose is hops and roasted malts. Some vanilla. The hops have a pine quality to them. Second nose releases some herbs and spices, reminiscent of thyme and sage (oh, how I'd see this beer with roasted lamb chops). Third nose has a mocha side with all of the above blended into a very interesting aromatic blob. You're never really sure exactly which element you're smelling, since you're smelling all of them is a surprisingly well balanced way.
TASTE : The taste is where this beer sort of falls short of what is expected. The nose was so interesting, I was expecting a whole lot more. But then I'm a big fan of their 1890 Export Stout, so maybe I'm biased. The hops show a good presence, but the rest of it feels kinda watery, as if the aromas expected from the nose ended up being somewhat diluted. It's all there, but faint, as if hearing music from the other side of an insulated wall. Still very good, though.
MOUTHFEEL : Again, the mouthfeel feels somewhat watery. Not at all what the nose had me ready for.
OVERALL : Defintely a good beer, but in my opinion, not Kernel's best stout/porter. It does have its strong points and its thinner texture and muted flavours can have their charm, but when I feel like having a stout/porter, this is not what I have in mind. When all's said and done, though, it's definitely a good beer. I'd have another any time from my reserve, but I don't think I'd buy more, and I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get more.
***LITTLE ADJUSTEMENT : This beer has a definite charm of its own and it grows on you. I'll be leaving my review intact but taking the note I've given it up a notch. This is some very, very good stuff once you've gotten into your mind that it's not meant to be as thick and generous as their 1890 Export Stout. I would definitely buy more, and maybe, just maybe I'd go out of my way to get some more. Very pleasantly surprised by how much it grows on you. Very good stuff indeed.
09-28-2013 00:37:00 | More by FrostBlast
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
Purchased from Etre Gourmet. 330ml bottle, bottled July 9, 2013, best before July 9, 2014. This one uses Motueka, Columbus, and Topaz hops. Pulled from the fridge.
A very dark brown colour, it has a 1 finger of tannish foam and does great with the lacing.
The smell is surprisingly light but what I get is mostly a soft roasted malt aroma with some chocolate. Okay, I pulled it from the fridge so I'll let it warm up some to see or smell what happens.
It's been a half hour now and there's now a nice bit of hop bitterness beginning to show itself.
The hop bitterness is definitely there in the taste. It kind of pushes the roasted malt and chocolate aside but not totally and I'm liking the flavour mix. This particular bottled conditioned bottle says it's 6.0% abv but I'm not going to submit a change as it seems the abvs for their brews are not written in stone.
Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, it's a nice mouthfeel.
I guess this could be classified as a Black India Ale because of how the hop bitterness dominates, but whatever. This brew is very good!
10-16-2013 22:29:35 | More by Bitterbill
United Kingdom (England)
4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Purchased at the Kernel Brewery in London recently, bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle; at 5.8%abv., bottled on 28/01/13, BB 28/01/14, served cool in a straight imperial pint glass. Note: the back label specifies the hop varieties used are Bramling Cross, Columbus, and Topaz.
A: super dark brown in colour, it looks almost impenetrable as the body is quite murky due to the yeast sediments in the bottle; a creamy dark tan head sustains surprisingly well. Looking handsome for a Porter.
S: beautifully roasty coffee-ish with aroma of charred woodchips, roasted nut shells, old leather, stinky burned tobacco, and very very dark chocolates, underlined by a whiff of refreshingly fruity and even piney hop fragrance, which is lifted into the air by a few good swirls. The level of hop content is impossible to miss.
T: very soft on the palate, the foretaste is roasty, coffee-ish with a relatively light body of dark malts and a sound level of fruity acidity, then the palate is soon engulfed by a very chewy, dry, charred-woody, coffee-ish and even tannic bitterness which literally sweeps away any remnant flavour elements in the way… The lingering flavour of black malts, charred woodiness, and bitter herbs lasts all too well, welcomingly so.
M&O: this is a robust, potent dark ale, which I suppose is what one would’ve termed as a Stout Porter in the 18th-19th century. The hop level is witnessed vividly on the palate and partially on the nose, but nothing really prepares me for the incredibly lengthy and powerful bitterness at the finish of each sip. The bitterness stems from the good quality black malts and even roasted barley, I suspect, as well as from the good input of hops which is obviously high on the bitterness level and lesser on aroma. In many ways, this is much more like a Dry Stout than an English Porter, due to the lack of dark fruits flavour and stale sourness or acidity achieved through other means than mixing one’s dark ale with pale and stale ales. That said, this medium+ bodied Export India Porter is a successful product in my eyes, and it seems to fare well in this bottle-conditioned form~ Definitely I’d love to try the ale on tap next time I visit the Brewery itself!
03-04-2013 22:23:53 | More by wl0307
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured from bottle into tulip at Cask pub London. Pours a thick oily deep brown with little tan head. Great roasted coffee and malt aromas with a hint of hops. Taste is of slightly bitter roasted coffee malts, a bit of hops, and some chocolate. The hop balance is really nice with this.
This is a superb brew, I'm just upset that I didn't have more from this brewery while in the UK.
08-22-2012 15:24:23 | More by DrinkSlurm
United Kingdom (England)
4/5 rDev +1.3%
This one drunk soon after the pudding on Christmas Day .
Very dark brown including the lasting frothy head.
A rich, slight smoked fruitiness to the aroma and then hops (Bramling Cross).
Full flavour. Lots of chocolate then a hit of bitterness at the end.
12-25-2013 18:45:30 | More by vinicole
Export India Porter from The Kernel Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.