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Export India Porter - The Kernel Brewery

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Export India PorterExport India Porter

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BA SCORE
88
very good

51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
English Porter |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AgentMunky on 05-21-2011)
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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.35/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500 ml bottle in which it was bottle conditioned. The pour was lovely. It was completely opaque and a dark brown with a rich tan head that left some lovely lacing. However, the good qualities ended there.
It smelled like a pine tree, and the taste was more of the same. It had an astringent taste with pine-like hops dominating a background of roasted malt. If the roasted malt had been allowed to come through, it may have been decent, but that wasn't the case, just astringent piney hops. Very simple and not very good. That's about all I have to say about this beer.

ElCommodoro, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of Jmitchell3
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

Jmitchell3, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

aztraz, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Export India Porter Columbus - not sure if this is the same beer but here goes. A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2012 (bottled April 2012). Picked up from Trembling Madness in York quite a while back.

Note: this was ridiculously overcarbonated. I lost about a third of it down the drain - it just kept on coming. Like puncturing a spray-can or something. As it wasn't cheap, I can't say I'm impressed....

Poured into a Duvel tulip (what was left anyway). Bottle conditioned. A very dark brown that appears black in the glass. A ton of chunky sediment floating around, though it settles out after a while. Produces a vast head of creamy beige foam with a fine, meringue-like texture. It looks pretty good - the head eventually reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of rich roasted malt with notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, molasses, dried fruit, pine, stewed hops and yeast. Mildly funky. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of intensely dark malt with a roasty, hoppy character and a strident bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, coffee, cocoa, molasses, liquorice, dried fruit, mild pine resin, stewed hops and earthy yeast. There is a faint but distinct blue-cheese funkiness in the background - possibly due to all the sediment that ended up in the glass. A notable bitterness upon swallowing, along with a hint of alcohol. Mouthfeel is smooth, thick and pleasingly tingly, though flatter than might be expected. Perhaps all the CO2 took off at the beginning. Slightly spicy on the tongue. Good body for the style. One or two odd hard chunks - yeast? Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of roasted malt, pine and funky yeast.

An interesting style with a big flavour. Tons of dark malt aroma and flavour, though the hops aren't quite so forthcoming. Mostly pine notes but even these seem muted - I expected the hops to be more dominant. Perhaps the roasted malt conquers all. Marked down overall due to flawed execution - this was seriously overcarbed and contained a lorry-load of yeast sediment (which could have been avoided). As I reach the bottom of the glass it's becoming clear that the yeast is adding some undesireable mould/funk character to the flavour. Still, problems aside this is a quality brew that is well worth sampling. Calling all dark beer fans....

jazzyjeff13, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of brianthebadger
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

brianthebadger, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of Ruds
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle in Feb '12 (BB Jan '13) into a tulip style glass.

Pours an extreme dark brown verging on black with a creamy beige head soon subsiding to frothy bubbles around the rim of the glass and a small puddle in the centre.

Aroma is high on roasted malts with a little burnt sugar, hints of toffee, a modicum of licqourice and a faint whiff of coffee.

The malts come through in the taste, with a toffee/caramel background and a little pepper in the aftertaste!

On the mouth this beer is medium in body with a dryish finish and a little watery.

Overall a decent porter from the Kernel but in all honesty I enjoyed the others I've tried more.

One post tasting note worthy of consideration, I took this beer from my outhouse (where I store a lot of my beers) which is a brickbuilt building in the garden. It was a cold day here in the UK with temperatures hovering around freezing. When I poured the 2nd half of the bottle into the glass the flvaour was more abundant and pronounced.

Let this beer warm to room temperature to enjoy it at it's best, don't take it straight from the fridge (something I'd never consider but today the outhouse was fridge like)!

Ruds, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

ygtbsm94, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of Schmoog
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Schmoog, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of BeerTruck
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

BeerTruck, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of atpca
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

atpca, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Hayley_86, Jul 31, 2014
Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Andy_Luft, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

tom10101, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 17 March 2013.

A: A large head sits tenuously on top of an opaque beer of the darkest brown. Direct backlighting provokes only a ruddy glow on the edges. Heavy, scattered lacing.

S: Loads of hops! Astringent, piney citrus reminds me of Nelson Sauvin. Actually, hops are pretty much the only thing I can smell. Strange, but not unpleasant.

T: The hops cut through with a medicinal tone quickly belied by bitter ground coffee. The maintaste is nutty and pleasingly bitter, a combination of hops and coffee which fades more towards the latter for the aftertaste. There is an acerbic quality that is not entirely welcome, but it's a good beer nonetheless.

M: Heavy and drying. Good show.

O: An exceedingly unusual porter and one that merits a trial. I think it is, perhaps, over-hopped -- the softer nuttiness and roasted bitterness never have a chance to exert themselves. It feels stronger than it is. I enjoyed everything except for the oddly medicinal hops, but I probably wouldn't have another one.

AgentMunky, May 21, 2011
Photo of AMack11
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, best before 3 jan 2015. Poured in to a large snifter.

A - jet black almost. With a finger of creamy, tan coloured head. Looks like a Guinness extra stout.

S - smell great. Coffee,chocolate,nuts,cream and a hint of hop in the back.

T - bitter. Espresso,dark chocolate. Tons of roasted flavours. A nice smokey finish A very fair dark fruit/cherry on the finish.

F - thin,but crisp. Nice carbonation.

O - pretty damn good! Very similar to the Guinness extra stout. Perhaps a little pricey for what,to me, is a Guinness replica, but still a nice beer. One improvement however, would be a creamier mouthfeel. This is a wee bit too crisp for my liking, especially in a porter. I think this would go great with a sweet tobacco cigar.

AMack11, May 16, 2014
Photo of BBP
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bit lighter in coloration than a stout, but still considerably dark. A good amount of mocha colored head emerges quickly, but edges down into a film.

S- Smells like the name would suggest. A porter hopped heavily. Somewhat close to a black IPA, but with much more malt character.

T- The taste is like a porter first, but the hops in it are quite considerable. After the sip, there's tons of pine aftertaste. There's also a ton of roasted malt. The thing tastes like coffee and hops, and somehow makes that combination work quite well.

Initially it tastes like a more intense beer, but the aftertaste is filled with a roastiness that is very smooth. It tastes a bit chocolatey as well.

M- On the medium end in terms of body. The finish is quite dry.

O- One thing that may be worth mentioning is that the version I have is a 6.5% beer. I'm not sure if they changed their recipes a bit, but I think there may be different versions floating around.

As far as drinkability goes, all of the alcohol is hidden well, but due to the flavor and fullness of this beer, it may be a bit much to have more than one.

I wouldn't say it's worth seeking out, but if you see one, I'd pick it up just to try.

BBP, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of facesnorth
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%

facesnorth, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of gutbucket2
3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 5.5%abv. This gyle hopped with centennial and stella. appearance: almost black, thin brown head. smell: floral hop, aniseed, pine. taste: the porter malts reveal themselves, complimented by interestingly different hops. mouthfeel: medium body, texture. overall: cleverly hopped porter.

gutbucket2, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

kaneel, May 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

pknyc, May 05, 2014
Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one drunk soon after the pudding on Christmas Day .

ABV= 5.8%

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.

Medium body.

Merry Christmas.

vinicole, Dec 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

digita7693, Jun 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

jroof1, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Paulkasykes30, Mar 02, 2014
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Export India Porter from The Kernel Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.