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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Porter
London, England

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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Bottle conditioned and unpasteurised keg; Regular.
ABV may vary.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1366) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2014 (Bottled) I am re8 ing this stuff , my original rating was crap and relentless - im gonna try this again at the weekend . Might even get crazy and give this bitch more points -assuming and hoping it at least holds up to Septembers awesome trying of this .

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
OwainTurner (310) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2013
Pitch black... Very thin headings. Powerful hit of dark malt... Sharp bitterness with a lovely chocolate aftertaste. High gas burst is a distraction. Alcohol presence. Nice, and different stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hermod (3135) - Vantaa, FINLAND - AUG 3, 2013
33cl bottle, bottled on 280113. Pitch black, brown thick head. Cocoa, hops, ash and roasty notes in aroma. Flavor has sweet malt, roast, cocoa, hops and ash. Finish is dry, quite ashy and short.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Bottle at The Kernel brewery. If all these Export India Porters end up getting merged then itís no biggy for me. Black beer lasting dark beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma. Pretty intense beer yet easy drinking at the same time. Some hops on the aroma. The mouthfeel is super sensual. Lovely beer. Forgotten how good this beer can be.
Earlier Rating: 3/9/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle from the brewery and then drunk at home a couple of weeks later. Very dark brown/black colour with a thickish dark beige head. Hoppy on the aroma, no doubt. Lots of real proper choc on aroma too. It reminds me of something of my childhood, but I canít think what. Itís a funny combo. Bit of choc sponge cake on the finish. I do like the Kernel beers. Always interesting. Real fresh hops on the aroma, with some choc sponge. Funny, Iíve had 2 beers that taste of choc sponge in 5 days along with the De Molen Murder and Doodslag thing from ACBF. Tasty beer. But I canít tell whether I like it or not (actually I do like it). Definite coffee on the finish. In fact the finish which I can still taste 5 mins on, is coffee. Maybe just a touch too hoppy? Canít believe Iím saying that. Anyway time for a PB&J sandwich.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (3723) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2013
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail

Bottled 27.05.2013, BBE 27.05.2014 - Pours pitch black with a tiny white head. Aroma of grainy malts, some roastiness, grassy and resinous hops. Taste is grainy, roasty and quite hoppy with notes of some fruity and resinous hops and coffee. Finish is fruity, hoppy and grassy with notes of bitterness, roastiness and coffee. Quite nice and tasty hoppy porter.
Earlier Rating: 5/17/2013 Total Score: 3.8
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail

Bottled 18.12.12 - Pours pitch black with a sticky white head. Aroma of roasted malts, salty licorice, leather, some grassy hoppiness and fruits. Taste is roasty, slightly salty and bitter with some grassy hoppiness and hints of fruits and licorice. Finish is roasty with hints of licorice and chocolate, and some nice bitterness. Quite nice, dark and roasty porter with some bitter hoppiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - JUL 30, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color with a beige head. Roasted malt in the aroma with notes of coffee and some fruitiness. Flavor is medium sweet, roasted malt, coffee, some chocolate, fruity hops and bitterness. Light to medium body, roasty and bitter afertaste. Very tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (10702) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2013
Bottle at home in London - picked up at the brewery. Pours deep brown with a thick, creamy mocha cap. The aroma has plenty of roasted malts, some dry and somewhat dusty cocoa, pine, grapefruit. The flavor is medium sweet with sturdy but not abrasive bitterness, plenty of juicy, ripe citrus, some earth and pine, baking cocoa, subtle charred malts. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish, some gritty earth, bittersweet baking cocoa, more well roasted malts, burnt toast, dried and rindy citrus, faint melon tang. Another solid EIP variation.
Earlier Rating: 6/27/2013 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell during Paulís Birthday - this one I picked up at the brewery. Pours deep brown with a frothy beige head. Nose has good roast, dark bread, bitter cocoa, grapefruit. Light to medium sweet flavor with bitter cocoa, roasted malts, burnt wood, earth, torched grass, modest grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Finishes dry with big roast, some tobacco, ash, baking cocoa, light dry citrus, bitter earth. Solid stuff overall.
Earlier Rating: 4/23/2013 Total Score: 3.9
Bottle at home in London. Pours deep brown with a thick, creamy beige head. Loads of baking cocoa in the aroma, tobacco, charred malts. Medium sweet flavor with lots of burnt malts, heavy roast, burnt grass, burnt toast, bittersweet baking cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry and roasty finish, lots of char, cigarette ash, burnt wood, touches of raisin, burnt grass bitterness. Very nice.
Earlier Rating: 4/6/2013 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle at the brewery with Paul. Pours deep brown with a fine, creamy beige head. Lots of charred wood and baking cocoa in the nose. Medium sweet flavor, strong roast, earth, bitter cocoa, burnt pine. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Bitter charred wood and earth finish, burnt pine, some sticky resin, mild dry grapefruit, dirt. Lasting baking cocoa. Solid.
Earlier Rating: 3/8/2013 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle at home in London. Pours thick brown with a dense, creamy beige head that looks like it needs a shovel with which to be eaten. Lots of dirty pine on the nose, some fairly strong roasted malts and dry cocoa. Light to medium sweet flavor, lots of gritty pine, earth, some burnt cocoa and wood, touches of tangy citrus, hints of milk chocolate. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Burnt earth, grass, dirt and pine to finish, moderate roast, chalky cocoa, light dryness, toasted sugars. A nice and hoppy porter.
Earlier Rating: 3/19/2011 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle shared at the brewery. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Light roast nose. Some sharp, almost tart or lactic sweetness in the flavor, mild roastiness, some faint citrus bitterness. Light to medium in body with average carbonation. Sharp, lightly sweet on the finish with more understated roasted malts. Very decent. (3.7)

The Kernel Export India Porter Apollo: Tap at CPK, London. Pours brown-black with a small, creamy beige head. Big burnt pine aroma, some roast and a bit of juicy citrus poking through. Medium sweet flavor, lots of earthy roast, grapefruit, burnt grass and pine. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sticky, resinous finish with sturdy roasted malts, grass and pine, lots of juicy citrus. Great stuff. (4.0)

The Kernel Export India Porter Bramling Cross (5.8%): Bottle at home in London. Pours dark brown with a beige foam head. Strong dark roast nose with peat, tar and burnt grass. Medium sweet flavor, very roasty with light mineral qualities, light grass, burnt wood, burnt cocoa. Light to medium in body with fine carbonation. Semi-dry finish, roasty with more minerals, grass, burnt toast, wood, faintly tangy dark malts and baking cocoa. A robust porter, and a very good one at that. (3.8) July 2012.

The Kernel Export India Porter Bramling Cross Pacific Jade (6.1%): Bottle at home in London. Pours thick brown with a dense, creamy beige head that looks like it needs a shovel with which to be eaten. Lots of dirty pine on the nose, some fairly strong roasted malts and dry cocoa. Light to medium sweet flavor, lots of gritty pine, earth, some burnt cocoa and wood, touches of tangy citrus, hints of milk chocolate. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Burnt earth, grass, dirt and pine to finish, moderate roast, chalky cocoa, light dryness, toasted sugars. A nice and hoppy porter. (3.7) March 2013.

The Kernel Export India Porter Columbus (6.3%): Bottle at home in London. Having read the myriad descriptions of this beerís gushing abilities I opened it near the sink. Thankfully it was nothing more than a mild frother, and Iím happy to say I didnít lose any beverage. The beer pours dark brown with a strong, frothy beige head. Lovely nose of rich cocoa, sticky pine and burnt grass. Light to medium sweet flavor with burnt sugars, burnt grass and wood, moderate roast, some dirt and cocoa. Medium bodied with lively, mouth-filling carbonation. Fairly dry to finish with burnt earth, wood, some bitter cocoa, grass, pine, mild roast. The condition is certainly not optimal but the beer is still good. (3.6) October 2012.

The Kernel Export India Porter Columbus Chinook (5.6%): Bottle at the brewery with Paul. Pours deep brown with a fine, creamy beige head. Lots of charred wood and baking cocoa in the nose. Medium sweet flavor, strong roast, earth, bitter cocoa, burnt pine. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Bitter charred wood and earth finish, burnt pine, some sticky resin, mild dry grapefruit, dirt. Lasting baking cocoa. Solid. (3.8) April 2013.

The Kernel Export India Porter Columbus Topaz Bramling Cross (5.8%): Bottle at home in London. Pours deep brown with a thick, creamy beige head. Loads of baking cocoa in the aroma, tobacco, charred malts. Medium sweet flavor with lots of burnt malts, heavy roast, burnt grass, burnt toast, bittersweet baking cocoa. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Dry and roasty finish, lots of char, cigarette ash, burnt wood, touches of raisin, burnt grass bitterness. Very nice. (3.9) April 2013.

The Kernel Export India Porter Motueka Columbus Topaz (6%): Bottle at home in London - picked up at the brewery. Pours deep brown with a thick, creamy mocha cap. The aroma has plenty of roasted malts, some dry and somewhat dusty cocoa, pine, grapefruit. The flavor is medium sweet with sturdy but not abrasive bitterness, plenty of juicy, ripe citrus, some earth and pine, baking cocoa, subtle charred malts. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Lightly resinous on the finish, some gritty earth, bittersweet baking cocoa, more well roasted malts, burnt toast, dried and rindy citrus, faint melon tang. Another solid EIP variation. (3.8) July 2013.

The Kernel Export India Porter Simcoe Chinook (6.1%): Bottle shared at CBC Clerkenwell during Paulís Birthday - this one I picked up at the brewery. Pours deep brown with a frothy beige head. Nose has good roast, dark bread, bitter cocoa, grapefruit. Light to medium sweet flavor with bitter cocoa, roasted malts, burnt wood, earth, torched grass, modest grapefruit. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Finishes dry with big roast, some tobacco, ash, baking cocoa, light dry citrus, bitter earth. Solid stuff overall. (3.8) June 2013.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Niall73 (1665) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Bottled on 14/05/13. Pours a deep dense dark brown/black with a red tinge to it and a thin tan head. Nice aroma Ė some over ripe fruits, coffee, choc and a little veggie. Itís nice Ė bitter coffee choc, some pleasant citrusy bitterness. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mR_fr0g (2855) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Keg at the miller London bridge Murky brown colour thon light tan scum for a head. The aroma is light roast cocoa choc with some hop. Mid bodydryish finish. Long roast and citrus hop duration. Medium high carb. Almost like a big bold Roasty choc IPA Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
viktorvee (510) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 26, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2013 A green sappy taste of hops pushing through the lightly carbonated, bitter charcoal blackness. Pine Vs coal. Interesting.
Earlier Rating: 6/23/2013 Total Score: 4.1
Looks awesome - a fat cream brown head. Lots of hops on the nose with some shop-floor sawdust and cannabis vibes. Tastes of green hops fading to malt, coffee and toffee and a little bit of refreshers in the after-taste. Bit like a black IPA in that itís got prominent hops and some green tastes unlike most porters. Really quite super beer.


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