The start of a new week brings an interesting little number from London’s very own Kernel Brewery. It’s a variation on their Export India Porter and, yes, it’s infused with Bramling Cross hops. Why? I don’t know, but it promised to be interesting.At 5.8%, it’s 0.1% stronger than the standard version and comes in 500ml bottle-conditioned form. As usual with Kernel beers it was very lively and poured black with a large tan head. The aroma was a very pleasant bitter-sweet mix of roast malt, chocolate and dark berries.
The medium, highly-carbonated body was full of the same with detectable coffee notes thrown in. There’s also an interesting earthy hop bitterness that distinguishes it from its predecessor. This lingers in the finish, making it dryer than the earlier version.
The addition of Bramling Cross really adds something to this beer and I find myself preferring this version, but drinking either version really is no hardship.