Export India Porter
The Kernel Brewery

Export India PorterExport India Porter
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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #23
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,377
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 8.48%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
94
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The Kernel Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
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SCORE
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Very Good
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 94
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

really cool beer, they all were in here to be honest, but the dark stuff from these guys so far has been awesome in my experience. this is dark and silky, really pretty intense and deep on the dark grains, and super hopped up, pushing the black ipa category really, yet its so mellow and drinkable at the same time, an absolutely expertly crafted beer overall. the color is shiny black and the head is short and the color and texture of good espresso crema. it smells and tastes like coffee and dark chocolate and trace smoke from the grain, and pine and citrus pith from the hops, not overly aromatic, more in the flavor for the hops, and well bitter at the end with the alpha acid and the roasted barley combining. the texture is velvet, the body is full, and the beer is dry, its very nuanced, and it warms up well. i like the subtle presence of an old timey english yeast in here, it really unifies the elements and smoothes this out. a really flavorful porter that i would be happy to be able to drink year round!

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Photo of Sigmund
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle, from Ales By Mail. ABV is 5.8%. Hop is Target. Black colour, moderate tan head. Aroma of roast malts, coffee, exotic woodwork, dark chocolate. The flavour is mid between dry and sweet, with distinct roast malts, strong coffee and dark bitter chocolate, also distinct bittering hops.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured to a pokal glass.

A: The body is pitch black. The head is beige with a 5mm thickness.
S: The aroma is very interesting, as it has a profile of coffee (yet weak coffee), roasted malts and a small hint of burnt things and in the end, a splendid hoppy aroma for a Porter. Wasn't defenately expecting this.
T: The taste is mid way between a Euro Dark Lager and a over roasted malt Porter. It's somewhat empty but still looking for the coffee and chocolaty hints of the roasted malts. In the end, a very slight hoppy taste on Chinook.
M: Body is low as expected. Carbonation is perfect. Bitterness is higher than expected and actually better.
O: The aroma got me but the taste isn't that great. However, a hoppy Porter seems to be a nice style to dive in.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Keg, Small Bar, Bristol - Pours dark brown with a thin tanned foamy head. Nice lacing. Smell - coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate. Taste - sweet, cocoa, light citrus notes, nice crisp bitter finish. Super smooth mouth feel. Great well balanaced coffee chocolate, light hopped porter.

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Photo of Spike
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a rich black. Held to the light, still black. One finger of dark tan head. Layers of Guinness-like lacing.

S: Toasted malts. Espresso. A hint of chocolate. Tree bark.

T: Exactly follows the nose. Earthy.

F: Medium body. Bitter. Astringent. Hint of sweetness.

O: More like a stout than a porter. But excellent. Quite robust. Big, earthy, toasted profile. Rich head lasts to the bottom of the glass.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Black as coal with a bright orangey brown head.
S: Estery coffee.
T: Bitter and only just a bit of sweetness. Only a hint of orange marmalade but lots of coffee. Nice grassy aftertaste and earthy hoppiness.
O: On the level but pretty dull. And needs sugar!

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Photo of aleigator
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Gavin for the bottle

Pours a black color, with a medium, brown head.

Smells unusual hoppy for this style of beer, with grassy oranges among, roasted, smoky, salt topped dark malts. Results into a beautiful nose featuring soft bakers chocolate, infused with orange- and lemon peel.

Drinks outstandingly smooth with a lower carbonation, featuring a dough creaminess.

Tastes of toasty, earthen malts, which got a subtle toffee sweetness to them, as well as a salty minerality. On top of that settles a whiff of earthy coffee and a fruity, orange defined hoppiness. The hops turn a tad grassier during the beers finish, while they blend very well into a pleasant, slightly dry coffee bitterness, without getting less creamy.

Fantastic balanced, smooth and versatile porter. Almost reminds me of a black Ipa with a good amount of roast to it, while it features a creamy smoothness and remains sessionable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at St. Andrews Brewing Co. brewpub.

Near black, opaque body with a good tan head and ruby highlights at the edges. The glass is left partially coated with sticky lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted grains, some coffee and a ouch of chocolate.

Flavor: plenty of dark roasted grains; just a touch of burnt toast. mildly bitter aftertaste.

O: this porter features dark roasted malts.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with tan coloured head.

The smell is roasted malts, coffee. A little light.

The taste is roasted malts,milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate. It a good flavour but it too light with a watery quality.

The mouthfeel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall there are some good flavour in this beer but it is too light.

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Photo of HurrahBeer
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Good, clean, crisp pour. Dark in color and a beautiful head. Primary smell of hops and herbs, with a secondary, fading roasted malt. Finish was a bit too bitter and dry for my tastes. Also tasted a bit on the watery side.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

AP: Pitch black with medium dense, mocca. medium lasting head. Low lacing. A: Strong roasted malts aroma - mainly ashy and dusty, some dark chocolate and coffee. Touch of booze noticable. T: Medium bitterness, strong ashy notes, dry, noticable roasted malts - dark chocolate. Light dark fruits aroma. Coffee aftertaste and fruity aftertaste. P: Medium body, oily texture, medium carbonation, dry, no alcohol warmth, finishing is dry and bitter.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.25/5  rDev +6%

500ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow:
Yet another outstanding beer from The Kernel, they never seem to let me down. I wasn't expecting anywhere near as many hops coming through in this one but they proved to be a welcome addition and the beer definitely worked well as a result. It's certainly one of the most hop-filled dark beers I've tried and I wasn't sure how this one would rank alongside some of the lighter IPA's or America pale ales from the brewery but it more than held its own, it's definitely one I'd pick up again as well.

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Photo of AMack11
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle, best before 3 jan 2015. Poured in to a large snifter.

A - jet black almost. With a finger of creamy, tan coloured head. Looks like a Guinness extra stout.

S - smell great. Coffee,chocolate,nuts,cream and a hint of hop in the back.

T - bitter. Espresso,dark chocolate. Tons of roasted flavours. A nice smokey finish A very fair dark fruit/cherry on the finish.

F - thin,but crisp. Nice carbonation.

O - pretty damn good! Very similar to the Guinness extra stout. Perhaps a little pricey for what,to me, is a Guinness replica, but still a nice beer. One improvement however, would be a creamier mouthfeel. This is a wee bit too crisp for my liking, especially in a porter. I think this would go great with a sweet tobacco cigar.

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Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one drunk soon after the pudding on Christmas Day .
ABV= 5.8%
Very dark brown including the lasting frothy head.
A rich, slight smoked fruitiness to the aroma and then hops.
Full flavour. Lots of chocolate then a hit of bitterness at the end.
Medium body.
Merry Christmas.

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Photo of gutbucket2
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle 5.5%abv. This gyle hopped with centennial and stella. appearance: almost black, thin brown head. smell: floral hop, aniseed, pine. taste: the porter malts reveal themselves, complimented by interestingly different hops. mouthfeel: medium body, texture. overall: cleverly hopped porter.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Etre Gourmet. 330ml bottle, bottled July 9, 2013, best before July 9, 2014. This one uses Motueka, Columbus, and Topaz hops. Pulled from the fridge.

A very dark brown colour, it has a 1 finger of tannish foam and does great with the lacing.

The smell is surprisingly light but what I get is mostly a soft roasted malt aroma with some chocolate. Okay, I pulled it from the fridge so I'll let it warm up some to see or smell what happens.

It's been a half hour now and there's now a nice bit of hop bitterness beginning to show itself.

The hop bitterness is definitely there in the taste. It kind of pushes the roasted malt and chocolate aside but not totally and I'm liking the flavour mix. This particular bottled conditioned bottle says it's 6.0% abv but I'm not going to submit a change as it seems the abvs for their brews are not written in stone.

Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, it's a nice mouthfeel.

I guess this could be classified as a Black India Ale because of how the hop bitterness dominates, but whatever. This brew is very good!

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Photo of FrostBlast
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle

Thx to Éric Michaud for two bottles of this bad boy.

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

GUSHER ALERT!

APPEARANCE : Pitch black colour with a mocha head. The head starts off excessively huge (as in all-over-your-counter-and-floor-huge) and then settles down to something barely more than a thin layer with a little lacing.

SMELL : First nose is hops and roasted malts. Some vanilla. The hops have a pine quality to them. Second nose releases some herbs and spices, reminiscent of thyme and sage (oh, how I'd see this beer with roasted lamb chops). Third nose has a mocha side with all of the above blended into a very interesting aromatic blob. You're never really sure exactly which element you're smelling, since you're smelling all of them is a surprisingly well balanced way.

TASTE : The taste is where this beer sort of falls short of what is expected. The nose was so interesting, I was expecting a whole lot more. But then I'm a big fan of their 1890 Export Stout, so maybe I'm biased. The hops show a good presence, but the rest of it feels kinda watery, as if the aromas expected from the nose ended up being somewhat diluted. It's all there, but faint, as if hearing music from the other side of an insulated wall. Still very good, though.

MOUTHFEEL : Again, the mouthfeel feels somewhat watery. Not at all what the nose had me ready for.

OVERALL : Defintely a good beer, but in my opinion, not Kernel's best stout/porter. It does have its strong points and its thinner texture and muted flavours can have their charm, but when I feel like having a stout/porter, this is not what I have in mind. When all's said and done, though, it's definitely a good beer. I'd have another any time from my reserve, but I don't think I'd buy more, and I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to get more.

***LITTLE ADJUSTEMENT : This beer has a definite charm of its own and it grows on you. I'll be leaving my review intact but taking the note I've given it up a notch. This is some very, very good stuff once you've gotten into your mind that it's not meant to be as thick and generous as their 1890 Export Stout. I would definitely buy more, and maybe, just maybe I'd go out of my way to get some more. Very pleasantly surprised by how much it grows on you. Very good stuff indeed.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at The Kernel Brewery while on vacation in London. Deep dark brown, nearly black pour with a creamy caramel-colored two finger head with great retention and lacing. The nose is really roasty with hints of dark chocolate, fresh coffee, cocoa, smoke, and some surprising hoppiness. The taste is bold and roasty with lots of cocoa, toffee, and dark chocolate along with hints of licorice, black coffee, burnt toast, molasses, and some great piney hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, thick and chewy, with a dry bitter hop finish. Overall, this reminds me more of a Black IPA than a Porter because of the distinct hop presence. However it's classified, it's another stellar beer from The Kernel.

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Photo of JohnQVD
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of wl0307
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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....

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Ruds
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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)!

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Export India Porter from The Kernel Brewery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 94 ratings