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The Kernel London Porter

The Kernel London Porter
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Brewed by The Kernel
Style: Porter
Bermondsey, England


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
03.02.10 Batch, 5.3% - Note this is different from the "Porter - 25.11.09".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (7930) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 6, 2011
(Bottle, purchased at the brewery outlet) Very dark brown colour, almost black. Huge, creamy, beige head, leaving traces of lacing. Malty, roasted nose with notes of chocolate, cocoa, blueberries and creamy coffee. Malty, roasted taste with chocolate, cocoa, dark bread and smooth, creamy coffee coming through towards the end. Gentle coffee bitterness. Medium body, mainly dry. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice and well balanced porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
evergreen0199 (3030) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2011
Cask at Pigs Ear fest 2010. It was called ’A London Porter’. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a smallish beige head. Malty, coffee aroma. Tastes malty, coffee, dark fruit, roasty, slight bitterness. Very good quality porter from the ever improving Kernel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (18700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 28, 2011
Bottle at home. Red-brown pour with a light, bubbly head. Cocoa malts and light, brown sugar on the nose. Light to medium sweet, bit of dark malts, mild mocha, some slight sourness. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Dark, mineral malts to finish, some muddy roast, light sugars. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23333) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown almost black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and dark fruit aroma. Roasted malty and slighlty smokey chocolate and dark fruit flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wheresthepath (2139) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2011
[Bottle from West Country Ales, Cheddar] Dark brown, no head, slight prickly carbonation. Smells of chocolate, blackcurrant and (oddly) Marmite. Dry and smokey at first, but plenty of chocolate comes through. A little earth in the finish, and a touch more Marmite. Maybe a little thin. A decent, well-balanced porter, but lacks the wow factor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (7980) - Sandnes, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2011
Bottle. 5,5% ABV. Best Before 20.10.11. Pours black with a 1 inch beige creamy head.Aroma of espresso ,some sweet dark chocolate and toffee. Taste is dark roasted malts, thick mouthfeel, mocca and chocolate, medium long aftertaste,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4306) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2011
Pours black brown with nice brown bubbly head leaving very nice lacing. Meaty, smoked, fruity, bready and slightly sweet aroma. Acidy fruity mouthfeel. Flavor of roasted malts, fruits, prunes, smoke, meat and berries. Light body, very refreshing and drinkable indeed. Palate is similar to flavor, more fruity. Finishes fruity acidy with nice tart hoppy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (9515) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2011
Absolutely no head. Aroma is earthy, woody and burnt toffee. This beer packs a very big flavour, compared to it’s slightly subdued aroma. Dark malty, liquorice, nuttyand finished with bitter coffee. On the palete is is slick, oily and slighlty syripy. The is very little in the way of carbonation with this one. I think it could do with a little bit more to lift those big flavours off the tongue and get a bit more aroma going. Very enjoyable and went down very easy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2011 5.5% ABV, BB 20/10/11. Oily black pour- no head, tan halo. Earthy, burnt cinder toffee, bonfire aroma with some blackcurrant jam on burnt toast, liquorice. Unusual, burnt Twiglet dunked in black chocolate flavour. Creamy, low condition with a powderiness like drinking chocolate before the bits have all dissolved. Good burnt, high cocoa notes but I’m struggling with the stillness and unmitigated carbon. Loved the other Kernel stuff I’ve had, not sure about this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdtm82 (1700) - Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 6, 2011
Bottle; home, bought from Evin, ’A London Porter’ is on the label and abv is 5.5% Appearance is opaque with a nice holding; mocha-chocolate lacing which turns creamy-white, covering 4-5ths of the glass. Opaque black and can’t see through this Aroma is coffee; grains, Devon cream, well disguised citrus hops and Swiss milk-chocolate. Taste is leather, Swiss white milk chocolate, espresso shots, Devon cream, some incredibly well hidden citrus hops and a lovely roasted malt touch which is quite smokey. Toffee and caramel is also in the mix. Very nice porter and I wish more places would serve classic and authentic porter such as this as it is the real deal not some pretentious nitro keg guzzler which lacks roast and balance. The bitterness is also very divine and reminds me of Great Divide Yeti a lot. Can session this.

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