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Class V Stout - Kern River Brewing Company

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Class V StoutClass V Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

385 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 85
Gots: 62 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
River rapids are rated by a numeral system. Class V is the most difficult level rapid that can be negotiated.

This non-traditional beer is an Oatmeal Stout, Milk Stout and an Imperial Stout all in one. With a complex flavor profile ranging from coffee to chocolate, the sweetness is complemented with Chinook and Cascade hops to produce an extraordinary finish. But at 8.5% ABV, don't let the smooth taste fool you; this beer is like the Kern at high water - "Not for the Timid".

(Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007)
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt in Redwood City for Kern River Brewing night as part of SF Beer Week.

A: This has the standard stout appearance: an opaque dark brown that's closer to black, with an initial finger of tan head, a light tan edge that hangs around for a while, and some lacing.

S: Very unique, enjoyable smell; I'm getting the frequently seen but rarely done so well coffee/chocolate/roasted malts combination. What sets this one over the top is an unusual woody smell– a lot like new lumber. It lends the beer a "full" character, like it should be taken as a meal.

T Huge roasted malts and burnt coffee combo- big and bitter even without an obvious hop presence making it so. A little sweetness or less acrid coffee flavors might have been appreciated; the roasted flavors build to an extreme as the beer goes on, and I definitely didn't see any of the sweetness I would expect from a beer that was described as part milk stout. Dark chocolate flavors are mostly peripheral, although they do show up as an enjoyable aftertaste once a bit of the roastiness subsides. I am really liking a slightly tangy, oatmeal flavor, which is providing some greatly appreciated balance.

M: Thin and fairly watery for the style; there's not much to latch onto here which results. I'm wondering what could have been if it was just a bit stickier to keep more flavors around for the finish. Low carbonation, but the beer's bitterness counteracts that to keep it from going down too quick.

O: The mouthfeel holds this one back a bit. I started out really enjoying my glass, but was considerably less excited when I got down to the bottom few inches. Probably worth a try if you see it considering Kern River's reputation and its other good reviews, but if you're making a difficult choice between this and another uncommon beer, the burnt flavors/light body of this one might tip the balance in the other one's favor.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2012 23:49:54 | More by AwYeh
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Appearance: Dark brown - pours with a large, fluffy, light tan head, leaves some nice sheets of lacing

Smell: Big chocolate, big malts, and some nice hops - chocolate malts, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and some milk chocolate - lightly toasted, roasted malts - some citrus as well, and the hops interact well with the chocolate

Taste: Big chocolate, but not in excess - a variety of chocolate flavors, with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, semisweet chocolate, cocoa, and Tootsie rolls - some lactose sweetness - burnt, roasty malts, as well as caramel malts - lightly sweet - finishes with some caramel, light sweetness, and roastiness

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Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.