Export Stout London 1890
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Ranked #3
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4.21 | pDev: 7.84%
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 135
Photo of Beginner2
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I am awed by this experience.
To say this is an authentic export stout is to show my loss for words. It is superb. It doesn't try too hard, it does nothing to excess and is a beautifully balanced piece of brewing.
While Looks are just better than average, Smells are a panoply of chocolate and well-roasted malt. Tastes prove I am experiencing a master blender of roasted malts who makes hops almost unnecessary. And if there are no oats in the bill, its silkiness and softness fooled me. My mouth gets the same from beginning to end... well-integrated brewing. Bravo!

I bought this at the UtoBeer store in London's Borough Market. (I went there to find some Belgian alternatives; getting tired of British micro-beers that taste too much like what I get in the States.) But, I was glad to find The Kernel and this Export Stout. They obviously work hard and smart at their craft and I am eager to find their Belgian saisons. Perhaps a visit to the Bermondsey Dive right near Kernel is in order.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

the hoppy beers and the saison types in here were epic, all time even, dont get me wrong, but it was the subtle nuances and complexities of all of the dark beers we had here that frankly turned me on the most. this is an absolutely brilliant example of an old world style, about as traditional as they come, fresh tasting, which is an odd thing to grasp on to in a style like this, but it hits me hard, and its about as well made as it could possibly be, which was a theme across almost everything we drank at kernel, super impressive operation there. glorious coal black color, tall khaki or sandstone head, airy on top of dense, a visual juxtaposition that is quite striking. its immediately a little less hoppy than some of the other dark ones they do, more grain driven, with deep roast, light tannins, crazy depth and layering, and a well developed old world english yeast strain presence in the nose. notes of roasted chestnut, charcoal, and burnt bread crusts are there in the flavor, with the smoothness and maturity of the yeast running through it. some bitterness from the roast, a dark drip coffee element, and an almost uplifting, frothing oaty vibe, although im unsure of the presence of oats in this, especially for a historical recipe like we have here, but it has that texture for sure. satin smooth and lingering on the palate at the end, the yeast contributing more and more as it moves along. very dry, with a slight astringency that raises intrigue, and overall just impossibly satisfying and drinkable. a wonderful example of the style!

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Photo of Snowcrash000
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black coloration with a large beige, foamy/creamy head leaving a lot of lacing as it slowly fades. Smells of roasted, slightly caramelly malts and coffee, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. Taste is quite roasty and bitter, with strong notes of roasted malt and coffee and lighter notes of cocoa, leather, tobacco and licorice and a certain light earthy/herbal hoppiness. Finishes with a strong bitterness and some roasted coffee notes lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and low/medium carbonation. This is great for its rich, roasted, bitter, almost peaty, coffee notes balanced by a very light chocolate/caramel sweetness and herbal/earthy accents. Body may be a tad light, but mouthfeel is excellent. Fantastic stuff if you like your Stouts on the roasted/bitter side.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle, Beer Merchants, Manchester - Pours dark jet black with a medium tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Roasted malts, coffee, cacao, molasses, creamy milky notes. Taste - Slightly sweet, roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, molasses, medium dry bitter finish. Lovely roasty slightly sweet stout. Smooth as silk.

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Photo of Zythophile
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Date: 7/3/18
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is one step back from the darkest of dark browns. Nice, fine light brown head. Some lacing.

Chocolate and tobacco on the nose, and it's pretty rich. Toast and black licorice behind those. A little powdered creamer, too.

Unfortunately, the main taste is burnt toast, right down to the bread being a grain product. Moderate-heavy bitterness. There's some light sweetness toward the middle, but it's disconnected.

Fine carbonation, and a pleasant medium weight. The only knock is the bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a wine glass fro the bottle.

Appeance: Thin brown to black body with a tan head rising quarter of an inch.

Smell: I smell light chocolate and light coffee.

Taste: Smooth mocha with hints of coffee.its potent and smooth at the same time.

Mouth: Sticky taste even with a cigar the brew just sticks. Medium carbonation and another hit of body.

Overall: Good brew and honestly well above the average. If I can grab it again, yes I will...Salud!

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L - pitch black, nice two fingers mocha head

S - cocoa and coffee are obvious some dark fruits and berries are noted. Some vanilla and a big roastiness

T - Very well roasted coffee grain, it seems like a ristretto with a nice fruity and smoky dark chocolate. Very gourmet but very dry. Some earthy and floral hoppiness

M - a bit of astringency, moderate carbonation

O - That's what I call a stout! Not a pastry beverage, just a classy stout

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Photo of josanguapo
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From Hipercor. in Teku glass. Watching X-Menb Origins: Wolverine. Very roasted with strong coffee notes and some vanilla. Really big dryness, but the other flavors balance it so well that it doesnt matter. Leaves a long, pleasant aftertaste

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy foamy dark tan head that slowly reduces to a small patch of very thin film surrounded by a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts along with very light hint of charred malts and a hint of coffee with light aroma of licorice/anise. Light aromas of earthy hops.

T: Upfront there are slightly stronger than moderate flavors of dark roasted malts with light flavors of charred malts and minimal amounts of sweetness. Light flavors of coffee and licorice/anise as well as moderate amounts of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Very enjoyable with really nice flavors and aromas even if it is a little thin in mouthfeel for the style. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color—only slight traces of dark red are visible near the corners of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with lots of wisps of tan bubbles on the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with notes of licorice.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and coffee beans with notes of black licorice and hints of charred malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly thin on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This export stout seems to be a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style but is bursting with flavors of dark malts and licorice. It is quite easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from fridge temp and allowed to warm over about 45 min. Pours jet black with a gorgeous brown head. Nose is huge roasted malts, coffee, tobacco, and some chocolate. Classic stout. Taste follows the nose, but the bitterness is overly evident here. Getting chocolate, licorice, smoke, and tobacco. Bitterness really sticks around in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy, but medium bodied.

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Photo of JamFuel
3.77/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, with thick, chocolate colored foam.

Smell is mild, with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Taste is full of chocolate and licorice, with hints of ham on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated..

Overall, a very nice stout. I typically prefer stouts thicker and heavier, but this kind offers a level of refreshment that the Impys don't.

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Photo of bultrey
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On draft at Moeder Lambic in Brussels. This is the best export stout I've ever had, if not the best stout, period. I wish I could find it in the states more.

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Photo of tempest
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My bottle is 6.8%, FWIW. It's a dark, delicious brew that reminds me of really rich dark chocolate, like 85% cocoa where it's almost too dry and acidic but still delicious. There's a toasty, roasted edge, but the chocolate dominates and lingers wonderfully.

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Photo of trevorpost
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown with a mocha head.
Aroma is very strong roast, a hint of wafer cookies. A strong black malt sort of bitterness in the aroma, a bit like fake coffee smell.
Flavor is some more of that strong bitter black malt. Some piney hops. A bit of sweet malt character.
Bitter, overpowers whatever sweetness is in this beer.
Pretty disappointed in this one. Not particularly well balanced at all. Definitely could use some tweaking.

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Photo of Spike
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle, bottled 26/08/16, ABV 6.4%.

L: Black. No red edging when held to the light, total darkness. Rich, toffee-coloured head that lasts a few minutes. No lacing.
S: Smokey. Coffee & spiced fruit. Light touch of cocoa.
T: Smokey again. Roasted malts, dried plums, espresso coffee. Lingering sweet finish.
F: Medium/light body with a spicy tingle and a long, very dry finish.
O: A serious and complex stout. Lots of coffee. Lots of spiced fruit. Bitter & dry.

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Photo of Martine
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black as the blackest abyss into a tulip glass from a 330ml bottle. The head is mocha brown, and one finger high initially but quick to fall into froth.

The nose is pure bitterness, burnt expresso and cocoa beans, earth and smoke. The flavour follows this to a T but the bitterness is curbed by a slightly more roasted-than-ashy aftertaste which gives it a pleasant balance after the bitter freight train. This stout gives you lashings of smoke, charred grain, burnt dark chocolate, and overcooked molasses; there's plenty to be going on with, and it's fantastically rich and complex. Fans of mature stouts will enjoy this'n.

Feeling-wise it leans towards the medium side of medium-full bodied, and it has a low carbonation with a silky texture; it goes down very well.

I'm a big fan of stouts that give a middle finger to sweet and sugary varieties, and don't stoop to gimmicky flavours. This is a very refined, well thought out beer which harnesses some very mature flavours. It exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured to a teku glass.

A: The body is pure opaque black with a dark toffee color head that presents a good retention.
S: WOW, the smell is great. There's a bit of coffee but lots and lots of chocolate. I've never had the chance of smelling something like this. I'd just say it's not just perfect since the smell both aromas are quite perfectly connected. But just a matter of fact, it's damn great.
T: The beer is hoppy with a great sweet profile, coming both from the coffee, a bit of toffee and mostly chocolate. Wonderful.
M: It's very soft to the touch and very mellow. Great carbonation.
O: What a great export stout. Gotta find my way in the genre of beer. Just fell in love with this.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served at cellar temperature into a Saigon Regal glass.

L) Absolutely opaque black. Started off with an exciting orange-coloured bubbly film.

S) Chocolate, raisins, rum. So nice.

T) Oh my word this is terrific. Dark chocolate, hazelnuts, cappuccino. Lovely little burnt malt bitterness, and a bit of marshmallow sweetness. Balanced, morish.

F) Smooth and mellow. Just lovely subtle bitterness.

O) This easily competes with Founders Breakfast Stout etc. I haven't been convinced about The Kernel's hype until now but I am a convert.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.62/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, with a brown head.
Caramel, coffee cocoa, tobacco/ash aroma.
Massively bitter taste. A roast of malt, coffee, chocolate, tobacco ash.
Tough as a beer, a bit harsh aftertaste.Not really pleasant anymore.
Overall this beer smells better than it tastes, and it tastes better than it feels. It doesn't burn with alcohol, but it's just too bitter.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Engine oil colour with brown sugar coloured head and great retention.

Aroma is of burnt toast and bitter chocolate.

Taset is dark, bitter chocolate and deep roasted malts with a hint of soy sauce and some black treacle/molasses.

A fantastic stout that is up there with imperial stouts . in fact what's the difference between an imperial and export stout.

Great beer.


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Photo of mdfb79
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 10/07/15 notes. Keg beer on tap at Euston Tap in London, England.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and low carbonation evident. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, bitter chocolate, burnt malts, and light cream. Thick full body and low carbonation.

Overall a very good foreign stout...worth checking out.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this beer. Great mouthfeel, carbonation just right, aroma is a tad odd but interesting, finish is quite dry. It's a bit boozy for its strength. You keep tasting it for a good few minutes. Get.

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Photo of Marius
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, with a nice, velvety, coffee coloured head. Smells like dark chocolate, smoke, roasted malt and coffee. Tastes exacly like I envision an stout: dark chocolate, bitter cocoa, sme coffee, smoky malts. Very well made.

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Photo of Todd
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate, Tangy, Roasty, Bitter

Pitch black, with a creamy coffee-colored head. Chocolaty and grainy nose with some coffee in the back. Tangy roastiness followed by a smack of bitterness, ripe apple, mild sugariness, a hint of licorice, molasses, bitter chocolate and coffee grinds that dominate the long, dry finish. Leaves a wisp of faint smoke and a warm alcohol linger. A solid sipper from The Kernel. The dream of the 1890s is alive in London.


As reviewed in BeerAdvocate magazine #100 (May 2015).

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Export Stout London 1890 from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 135 ratings