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The Kernel Export India Porter

Rating: 4.2

Another beer from what has become on of my favourite breweries over the last couple of years, The Kernel. This one will be my fifteenth beer from the London brewery yet it will be my first dark beer of theirs, with thirteen of the previous fourteen either being American pale ales or IPA’s and the final one being a saison. This one seems to be one of the beers that the brewery produces on as a semi-regular basis and I have spotted it a number of times over the years but never picked a bottle up for one reason or another, until now. It is seemingly also available at various different strength depending on the release with it ranging from around 5.8% to 6.3%, with the hop strains used seeming to impact on the abv. of beer but but the version I will be reviewing comes in at 6% abv. and is very much one that I am looking forward to trying, let’s just hope it’s as good as some of their IPA’s and pale ales.
The Kernel Export India Porter

Appearance (4/5): Opaque black with a thin, foamy head that is light beige in colour and holds for a few minutes, managing to cover the surface of the beer as it does so.
Aroma (8/10): This one turned out to be quite a hop-filled beer on the nose, certainly more so than I had been expecting with more coming through than with any other porter I had tried previously. There was a strong American hop influence on the aroma with hints of citrus and tropical fruits before some strong coffee and chocolate notes started to come through as well. This brought with it some sweetness and sugar before the hops, notably the tropical fruits and some pine, began to re-emerge and make themselves known again. Enjoyable and definitely something different, this one started very well indeed.
Taste (9/10): The taste started with some pine hops and light citrus from the American style hops that featured heavily on the nose. There was a strong coffee flavour that followed this and some cocoa/chocolate started to come through as well. I could detect some sweetness from this and then a pleasant tropical fruit taste soon after. A great tasting beer that matched the aroma well and went down a treat.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a medium body and subtle carbonation. There was some sweetness present throughout that helped the beer go down so easily and the balance seemed like a good one with some hints of dryness towards the end of the beer.

Overall (18/20): 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.

Brewed In: London, England
Brewery: The Kernel Brewery
First Brewed: 2011
Alternate Name: The Kernel Export India Porter (Colombus, Simcoe, Bramling Cross)
Type: English Porter
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: The Good Spirits Co. (Glasgow)
Price: £3.60

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  1. October 30, 2015 at 13:30

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