Export India Porter
The Kernel Brewery

Export India PorterExport India Porter
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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #24
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,525
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 8.48%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
94
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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 94
Reviews by DaPan:
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4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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 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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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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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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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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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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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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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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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a cervoise glass. Best before 17 March 2013.

A: A large head sits tenuously on top of an opaque beer of the darkest brown. Direct backlighting provokes only a ruddy glow on the edges. Heavy, scattered lacing.

S: Loads of hops! Astringent, piney citrus reminds me of Nelson Sauvin. Actually, hops are pretty much the only thing I can smell. Strange, but not unpleasant.

T: The hops cut through with a medicinal tone quickly belied by bitter ground coffee. The maintaste is nutty and pleasingly bitter, a combination of hops and coffee which fades more towards the latter for the aftertaste. There is an acerbic quality that is not entirely welcome, but it's a good beer nonetheless.

M: Heavy and drying. Good show.

O: An exceedingly unusual porter and one that merits a trial. I think it is, perhaps, over-hopped -- the softer nuttiness and roasted bitterness never have a chance to exert themselves. It feels stronger than it is. I enjoyed everything except for the oddly medicinal hops, but I probably wouldn't have another one.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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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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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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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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