Export India Porter | The Kernel Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Kernel Brewery
England, United Kingdom
thekernelbrewery.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by AgentMunky on 05-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
8.93%
 
 
Wants:
2
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15
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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.52/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.46/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
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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4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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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4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle

Thx to √Čric 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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Export India Porter from The Kernel Brewery
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