Export India Porter
The Kernel Brewery

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Style:
English Porter
Ranked #24
ABV:
6.3%
Score:
88
Ranked #8,527
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 8.48%
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
94
From:
The Kernel Brewery
 
England, United Kingdom
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Wants
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Gots
  15
SCORE
88
Very Good
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3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A bit lighter in coloration than a stout, but still considerably dark. A good amount of mocha colored head emerges quickly, but edges down into a film.

S- Smells like the name would suggest. A porter hopped heavily. Somewhat close to a black IPA, but with much more malt character.

T- The taste is like a porter first, but the hops in it are quite considerable. After the sip, there's tons of pine aftertaste. There's also a ton of roasted malt. The thing tastes like coffee and hops, and somehow makes that combination work quite well.

Initially it tastes like a more intense beer, but the aftertaste is filled with a roastiness that is very smooth. It tastes a bit chocolatey as well.

M- On the medium end in terms of body. The finish is quite dry.

O- One thing that may be worth mentioning is that the version I have is a 6.5% beer. I'm not sure if they changed their recipes a bit, but I think there may be different versions floating around.

As far as drinkability goes, all of the alcohol is hidden well, but due to the flavor and fullness of this beer, it may be a bit much to have more than one.

I wouldn't say it's worth seeking out, but if you see one, I'd pick it up just to try.

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2.38/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from a 500 ml bottle in which it was bottle conditioned. The pour was lovely. It was completely opaque and a dark brown with a rich tan head that left some lovely lacing. However, the good qualities ended there.
It smelled like a pine tree, and the taste was more of the same. It had an astringent taste with pine-like hops dominating a background of roasted malt. If the roasted malt had been allowed to come through, it may have been decent, but that wasn't the case, just astringent piney hops. Very simple and not very good. That's about all I have to say about this beer.

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