Export Stout London 1890
The Kernel Brewery

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The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #1
Ranked #3,150
4.21 | pDev: 8.08%
Oct 15, 2022
Dec 19, 2010
Export Stout London 1890Export Stout London 1890
Notes: Based on a Courage Brewery recipe from 1890. Batch abv's fluctuate.

Simple recipe ­ massive taste. Dark, dark black. Oily texture. Loads of rich dried fruit and alcohol warmth ­ rum and raisin. Then a herbal hop bitterness on top of huge lingering espresso. Hints of leather, tar, smoke, vanilla and chocolate. Roasty.
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Had on tap. Roasted black body, large light brown head, periodic lacing. Roasted malt with earth, dried dark fruit, dark bittersweet chocolate and licorice in the smell. Taste adds coffee grounds, boozy hints, and a herbal hop kiss on finish. This is really well done. The feel while balanced, roasty, malty and dry, I just which it had a little more depth.
Oct 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
330 ml bottle conditioned, bought at The Cheese & Wine Shop, Darlington. ABV is 7.7%. Pitch black colour, big to moderate brown head. Roasty aroma with strong notes of coffee, hints of liquorice and ashes. The flavour is roasty and quite dry, again strong notes of coffee, hints of liquorice and dark bitter chocolate. Good stuff.
Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by flyingpig from Scotland

4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
330ml bottle from House of Trembling Madness, York (£2.99):
Opaque black with a 3cm, bubbly head that's dark beige with a foamy surface that's quite thick & holds great too, eventually settling as a creamy, 1cm tall one. The nose is creamy with chocolate, light roasted malts & a touch of alcohol then an earthy coffee & cocoa finish that's all balanced well. The chocolate sweetness & darker malts carry over to the taste with a roasted bitterness & subtle alcohol kick again too before the coffee bitterness rounds things off. It's thick & smooth creamy at points with quite a bitter aftertaste & fine carbonation at points.
Jul 06, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 01, 2021
Rated: 2.88 by stephenlee93 from England

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by HattedClassic from Virginia

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The beer pours a creamy and hefy brown and yellow head that strongly resembles the foam you get from pouring coffee. The beer itself is a beautiful dark chocolate brown with a nice and creamy appearance to it.

The smell is good. It has a creamy and lightly roasted note upfront followed by some light coffee and bits of bittersweet chocolate to it.

The taste is very good. All the notes in the are still in the taste but come out and mix differently. The sweet cocoa comes out amid a bitter dark coffee with a light creamy note in the finish. The flavors work well with each other and their intensity is just perfect even this close to the best by date.

The feel is good. It has a medium heavy body and silky texture to it with a slightly acidic finish.

Overall, this is a delicious and well-crafted export stout worth getting. Its flavors and smell are very nice and comforting on a cold day.
Jan 09, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Note: the ABV% appears variable by batch, here 7.5% which differs from both the Description^ and the photo^.

L- Inky black, held right by a haolgen not a photon gets through. Pours with a 2mm deep tan really creamy smooth looking head. -- p.s. 15 mins later. Head holds well, esp. for a 7.5%, and forms heavy deep-tan lacing all down the sides of the glass.
S- Big cocoa with some coffee not far behind in the blend.
T- Similar here to the Smell, big cocoa, coffee hints - them wham into pungent charry/wood-smoke notes. The latter in the finish coincides with some notable hoppy bitterness arriving on the scene.
F- It's big, in fact for 'a mere' 7.5% the whole comes together as pretty massive on the palate. It seems to be a very well crafted beer.
O- An accomplished beer, well suited to slow-sipping in wintertime. A seriously big-hitter on taste/feel without straying OTT or out of balance. Fascinating to try and will appeal to fans of seriously full-on black beer. Not cheap I suppose but from a small brewery, by mail order and for a beer of this haut-refined brutality (;)) it would easily have cost much much more.
Bought from TremblingMadness/York/UK for home delivery to London as part of a DIY chosen mixed-case of interesting brews. 330ml bottle BB: 20/08/2022 £2.99.
Nov 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This stout is true to its export style. Roasted malt is front and center, but it is not sweet. It is dry with a very balanced bitterness to it. The ending comes full circle back to its roasted malt roots.
Apr 17, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by desint from Belgium

Dec 24, 2019
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Reviewed by TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Aug-2-2019 (Consumed Oct-27)

It pours thick and jet black with a big, beautiful, barely brown styrofoam head that leaves huge rings of lacing. Lovely. The aroma is mainly milk chocolate and smooth coffee roast. The flavor follows right along with mocha, espresso crema, brown sugar, barnwood. It is medium bodied and even the tiniest possible bit on the thin side when you consider the ABV (shaved off a touch on the feel for this), soft medium carbonation, lingering roasty finish that doesn't get out of hand. This is a very nice, very enjoyable beer that is pretty straightforward and "together" insofar as its components. A really nice big cocoa flavor dominates but balances the rest very drinkable. These guys really know their way around a stout it would seem based on the two I've tried from them.

Oct 29, 2019
Rated: 4.1 by hockeypuck from Maine

Aug 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

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.
May 31, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

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!
May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.18 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Feb 11, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by thatsmyspot from Italy

Dec 27, 2018
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Reviewed by Snowcrash000 from Germany

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.
Nov 20, 2018
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Reviewed by DJ-Hophead from England

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.
Nov 18, 2018
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Reviewed by Zythophile from Washington

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.
Nov 12, 2018
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

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!
Jul 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Bruno74200 from France

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
Jul 06, 2018
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

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
Mar 12, 2018
Rated: 4.02 by jakea from Wisconsin

Jan 02, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by TheCrowsEye from California

Dec 15, 2017
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.
Dec 02, 2017
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

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
Dec 02, 2017
Rated: 4.13 by smithj4 from New York

Dec 02, 2017
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

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.
Nov 12, 2017
Rated: 4 by BdM from Netherlands

Sep 25, 2017
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

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.
Aug 15, 2017
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Rated by mcpat1993 from Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Delicious excellently balanced beer. One of the best beers I've ever had
Jul 01, 2017
Rated: 4.62 by priley from England

Jun 30, 2017
Rated: 4.21 by GregSemenza from Connecticut

May 24, 2017
Rated: 5 by JavierGC from Spain

Feb 26, 2017
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Reviewed by bultrey from New York

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.
Feb 11, 2017
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

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.
Jan 07, 2017
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Reviewed by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

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.
Oct 26, 2016
Rated: 4.12 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Oct 10, 2016
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Reviewed by Spike from England

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
330ml bottle.
L: Black. No red edging when held to the light, total darkness. The rich, toffee-coloured head lasts a few minutes and leaves some spotty lacing.
S: Coffee & spiced fruit with a touch of cocoa.
T: Dried plums, espresso coffee and dark chocolate. Lingering sweet finish.
F: Medium body with a slick mouthfeel, a spicy tingle and a long, very dry finish.
O: A serious and complex stout. Lots of coffee. Lots of spiced fruit. Extra smooth & extra dry.

Have tried this a number of times now, most recently July 2022, and it has always been excellent. One of my favourite beers of all time.
Oct 08, 2016
Rated: 4.34 by Daveheyel from New Jersey

Aug 08, 2016
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

May 28, 2016
Export Stout London 1890 from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 145 ratings