Export India Porter - The Kernel Brewery
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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
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
United Kingdom (England)
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
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....
12-09-2012 01:33:10 | More by jazzyjeff13
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 (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
United Kingdom (England)
3.75/5 rDev -5.1%
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)!
02-04-2012 19:17:49 | More by Ruds
4/5 rDev +1.3%
Pours very dark, nearly black, with a tan head. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Aroma is mostly pine and citrus hops, with little malt smell. Flavours are more balanced - hops are still a major presence, with flavours of tropical fruit and citrus integrated perfectly with malty flavours of toasted grain, roasted chicory, cocoa, and a mineral and bitter mocha finish.
01-06-2012 20:10:18 | More by
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
08-10-2011 18:01:59 | More by BBP
2.35/5 rDev -40.5%
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.
08-06-2011 00:13:44 | More by ElCommodoro
3.78/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
05-21-2011 15:49:15 | More by AgentMunky
Export India Porter from The Kernel Brewery
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