Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Porter
London, England


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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MiP (13047) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 25, 2013
Draught. Roasted malt, earth, horse aroma. Almost black colour, seems cloudy. Big stable brown head. The flavour is nicely roasted, rye bread, not sourdough, earth and horse. Late fresh coffee aftertaste and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (13417) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Kernel Export India Porter. Where hop deviations are rated below they are detailed on the rear bottle label and do not appear as part of the front label where the name of the beer is. Generally a black – brown beer with a pale tan head

25th February 2011
Original. Slightly odd (but not at all unpleasant) nose of minted peas! Semi dry light palate. Mildly toasty malt with a trace of coffee. Mild greenish hops eventually developing some mild orange citrus. Dry finish. Interesting!

9th February 2013
Bramling Cross Pacific Jade. Palate is a little soft and quite dry. Even dark malt with touches of lactose and roast. Dry floral hops with just a little citrus. Nice combination of dark malt and floral hops but it’s a bit too dry. Finishes with a trace of mint. 3.5

23rd February 2013
Columbus Topaz Brambling Cross. Smooth palate with mild fine carbonation. Slightly soft. Mild minerals. Smooth dark malt with a little dark chocolate, coffee and smoke. The back end has mild tropical fruits and tangy orange. Finishes dry with a coffee aftertaste. Nicely balanced and rich. 3.6

7th April 2013
Columbus Chinook. Palate is dry and crispy. Rich dark malt but it’s not thick. Bitterish coffee. Minerals. Touch of dark chocolate, unsweet. Back end has earthy hop, mellow citrus and a whisper of skunk. Finishes dry with a strong coffee bitter linger. Unusually harsh for Kernel - quite dry and bitter and thus not the usual sumptuous treat. 3.4

19th June 2013
Simcoe Chinook. Smooth palate with fine carbonation, semi dry. Smooth, slightly creamy, dark malt that has mild roast bitterness. Trace of coffee. Mellow hops - citrus and a touch of pine. Semi dry finish with strong coffee bitterness developing. 3.4

19th January 2014
Centennial Stella. Palate is smooth and dry with fine carbonation. Fairly strong dark malt, slight roast and bitterness. Hops are light but bring pine and grapefruit. Finishes semi dry with hop and roast malt bitter linger. 3.5

19th January 2014
Centennial Simcoe Columbus. Very smoth dark malt, touch of cream. Little roast bitterness. Mellow but fresh citric hops bring up the rear. Semi dry finish with a mild hops sting. 3.7

22nd March 2014
Chinook Bramling Cross. Opaque black – brown beer, big tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry and airy with modest fine carbonation. Smooth dark malts, mild thin cream. Medium coffee bitterness, whisper of chocolate. Hops are mildly floral and equally mildly fruity. Finishes smooth and dry, mild roasty malt linger. Nicely joined up and pretty drinkable. 3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vignale (1812) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 22, 2013
Flaska från Mikkeller & Friends. Kolsvart, högt beige skum. Söt och kärv doft, asfalt, tjära, kaffe och soja. Söt, rejäl beska, kärvt hårdrostad, lätt kropp, rostade frön, pumpernickel, långt eftersmak. Fin

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (1832) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2013
Bottle bought at Real ale shop, Twickenham. A black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top that diminishes rather fast. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Tastes roasty, chocolate, malty, hoppy, slight bitterness. Rich and complex, another cracker from the Kernel.
Earlier Rating: 5/19/2013 Total Score: 3.6
Bottle from Oddbins, London Bridge, London. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Roasty, malty, almost burnt aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, bitter, slightly dry and burnt taste verging on rauchbier territory. Enjoyable.
Earlier Rating: 4/3/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle from Oddbins, London Bridge, London. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes roasty, malty chocolate, coffee, slightly fruity ending. Rich tasty porter from Kernel.
Earlier Rating: 7/9/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Cask at Ealing beer festival 2011. A dark brown coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Malty, caramel, dark fruit aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, slight sweetness, caramel, some coffee and chocolate. Bloody decent porter from the excellent Kernel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torrefacto (373) - SPAIN - JUN 20, 2013
Intenso color negro con espuma beige. Aromas torrefactos, café y chocolate amargo. En boca es amarga, pero muy equilibrada y con las notas que obteniamos al olerla. Excelente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maneliquor (2788) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2013
Bottle from Borough Wines [Wilton Way]. Pours pretty much black with a big, dense creamy-brown-beige head with a heap of lacing. Nose is all about the piney, grassy hops. Absolutely huge pine needles, grass, earthiness - almost dirty, and cocoa powder. The dirtiness is kind of appealing due to the touch of sweetness behind it. Very creamy mouth feel to this one. Some lengthy bitterness on the finish and balanced sweetness. Taste shows the token pine needle note with some heavy liquorice and milk chocolate. Quite grassy and a touch of grapefruit there too with some freshness on the finish - almost mint like. As it warms the chocolate notes get kind of salty. Wow, holy shit! This is good shit!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
danlo (910) - Darlington, Durham, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
330ml bottle from Cheese & Wine shop, Darlington. Black in colour, frothy foam tan head leaving alittle lacing and aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits. Taste is sweetish roasted malt, chocolate, coffee with smokey & fruity notes, and some hoppy bitterness. Smooth mouth feel, medium bodied, soft carbonation, fruity dry lingering bitter finish. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Osprey87 (1182) - London via, WALES - JUN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2014
My previous ratings for the individual varieties of this beer seem to have been removed. Here are the ones I can find.

Feb 2013 Bramling Cross Version 5.7%
Room temp bottle. Bottled Oct 2012. Initial impression is smokey, sweet roasted barley, syrupy. This is a good porter. (3.8)

June 2013 Simcoe Chinook Version 6.1%
Bottle, room temp, one month old. Forms a decent tan head which doesn’t endure. Very chocolatey smell initially, but this quickly becomes more chemically. Good mouthfeel. Chocolate, coffee, smoke, spice. Quite complex. Hops are still quite fresh and give an astringent bitter finish. Pretty good actually. (4.1)

Aug 2013 Columbus Chinook Version 5.6%
Bottle at room temp, bottled Mar 2013. Huge bubbly tan head. Smells slightly of American hops and ash. Mouthfeel is quite good again - thin to medium but a little foamy. Taste is not as nice or as complex as the last one. I’m getting chemicals, ash, yeast, slight American hops. It’s alright. (3.4)

Jan 2014 Bramling Cross Version 5.7%
BB Oct 2013. Just as an experiment, I thought I’d let this one go past its BB. Black with a foamy beige head that endures. Smell - sweet chocolately, smoke and ash, some residual hoppiness. Body is mostly just foamy. Taste - toned down malts, some 90% chocolate and stale coffee bean, much more yeast character than the last bottle had. Still OK, but teetering on the edge. (3.4)

It’s difficult to average these very different beers, so I’ll just give the highest score.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (7137) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 11, 2013
Bottle thanks to Colin. Pours very dark brown with cocoa brown head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malts, cocoa, day old coffee, earthy hops and light pine. Medium body. Finishes dry cocoa/coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hooks82 (90) - ITALY - JUN 1, 2013
Porter ipa. Scura con poca schiuma color nocciola. Amarissima. Sentori di caffè e tostato. Retrogusto e finale luppolato fruttato e amarissimo ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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