Export Stout London 1890 | The Kernel Brewery

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Export Stout London 1890Export Stout London 1890

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by dougofthefuture on 12-19-2010

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Ratings: 130 |  Reviews: 58
Reviews by Liquoric3:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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 dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Todd
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 Marius
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
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 stephenlee
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2013. ABV is stated as 7.1%. Picked up some time ago from my local beer specialist.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep black - the colour of black holes. Yields a decent head of creamy light brown foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. An intense, rich aroma; bitter coffee, roasted malt and cocoa along with hints of molasses, dried fruit and stewed hops. A faint, warming whiff of alcohol in the background. Delicious.

A tsunami of flavour - roasted malt with a deep bitter finish. Notes of burnt grain, bitter coffee, cocoa, molasses, hints of dried fruit, stewed hops and yeast. Dry and slightly spicy, with an intense bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, with tingly carbonation and a spicy character. Highly astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. Aftertaste of bitter coffee and roasted malt.

Impressive - a fantastic stout. Like running into a wall of roasted malt and coffee flavours. Great if you love dark beers. The only minor complaint I have is that the mouthfeel seemed a little thin to match the flavour; a more unctuous sensation would have gone down well. Trivialities aside, this is excellent and should be consumed if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at St. Andrews Brewing Co.
Kernel - Export Stout - 7.1%
Rich, slightly boozy flavor that is mildly bitter. Full bodied. Higher ABV is more evident in the aroma than in the taste and almost completely hidden in the mouthfeel. Very smooth. Low, but acceptable, carbonation and a weak head. A hint of vegetative aspects in the aroma. Some suggestions of barrel aging in the flavor.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of azkkr
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap. Really dark brown color with creamy espresso head. Aroma has cocoa shake, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, dark bread crust and toasted malts. Taste follows with bitter cocoa powder, dark chocolate, burnt bread crust and roasted malt bitterness. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. A really well made, proper roasty and bitter stout.

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Photo of tempest
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
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 aztraz
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Ruds
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from the brewery in Jan '12, BB 19.12.13, now at 7.1%

Pours a rich black colour with a decent finger of creamy off-white head that soon vanishes becoming a small swirl mid glass with a thin layer around the edge

Rich roasted malts on the nose, liquorice and burnt coffee/caramel and a touch of chocolate

Flavours pretty much match the nose, a fairly bitter blend of chocolate in the taste and spice also in the mix

Mouthfeel is fairly full in body with a medium dry aftertaste

Around halfway through my glass now and the head has dissipated to a very thin layer around the edge and not even a complete circle at that !

A very decent export stout to tease your taste buds - hats off to the Kernel boys once again!

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Photo of JamFuel
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
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 trevorpost
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%
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 WastedYouth
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boozecamel
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark as night, with one finger of light brown head. Head clings to the glass nicely.

Smell: Dark chocolate and coffee, slight sour aroma.

Taste: Malty roasted coffee with a hint of dark chocolate and sourness.

Mouthfeel: Moderately creamy/velvety. Good mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: Great stout, easy drinking for the abv and moreish with the coffee and chocolate notes balance well.

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Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (Hivernale): Poured a deep black color stout with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of nice floral coffee notes with some dark chocolate is very enticing. Taste is dominated by some very nice floral coffee notes with very little bitter chocolate and almost no astringency which is surprising considering the amount of coffee notes that are discernable. Light smokey notes are also perceptible though dark fruits notes are not really detectable as per brewer’s notes. Body is about average with good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. I very much enjoyed this beer and definitely makes me want to try some of their other beers.

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Photo of Pelicanrocks
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Export Stout London 1890 from The Kernel Brewery
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