A London Porter | The Kernel Brewery

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A London PorterA London Porter

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by wl0307 on 11-28-2010

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4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If an English brewery can break into the American themed Beer Temple in Amsterdam, chances are this porter must have some American character. Let's try it. From a bottle, on to the beer:

Talk about black with a half-inch of head on top. The head retention could be better, as it quickly falls to a lace. The aroma of bitter hops and cocoa powder says American-style, and it's done very well. The taste brings more of its malt to the table starting with the flavor of chocolate powder. Cocoa is more defined. It still brings some hops, more specifically hop leaves and resin. Despite the 5.5% alcohol, the beer has almost a chewy texture and is full bodied.

Kernal's porter is worthy, and well-fitting at the Beer Temple. Maybe one day I'll see their beers in the US, but for now I'll settle for this one taste.

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Photo of wl0307
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at an Odd Bin chain wine shop in London recently; bottle-conditioned in a 500ml brown bottle, BB 11/09/2011, served cool in Gulden Draak's tulip shaped sniffer.

A: pours a very dark brown colour, topped with a dark beige froth that settles slowly to a thin rim to last; carbonation is light but constant.
S: aromatic in terms of roastiness, with hints of light coffee, treacle, fresh & sour-ish berry fruits, and a bit of Fuggles hops in the remote corner.
T: lightly sour and bitter-sweet, lightly nutty or bean-ish apart from the lightly roasty coffee-ish taste, then the dry-ish & bitter-ish palate of hoppiness expands and mixes well with a lasting fruity sourness that provides just enough "edge" to balance the roasty aroma felt vividly down the edges of the tongue... somewhat chewy in the finish, too.
M&D: very well bottle-conditioned, unlike the Pale Ale I had which was purchased at the same shop; the palate is refreshing, the carbonation smooth, and the body balanced, medium-ish, matching well a gently-flavoured profile all in all. More like a traditional Porter, I would say, and very drinkable this is.

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A London Porter from The Kernel Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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