Class V Stout - Kern River Brewing Company
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Reviews by AwYeh:
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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4.08/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cheers to Bilco for sharing this
Review from notes, 4/18/14
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
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body - very smooth, nicely carbonated - a big beer, but it's somewhat easy to drink, clean finish
Overall: Maybe not a V overall, but nice
Kern River makes some killer IPAs. And apparently they can make a stout, too. This was even more interesting than I had imagined, with some nice chocolate, roast, and burnt flavors.
Serving type: bottle
05-08-2014 06:33:18 | More by angrybabboon
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.