Class V Stout - Kern River Brewing Company
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Reviews by ghetto90007:
3.73/5 rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a pint glass, served at about 55 degrees.
Thick tan head, dark brown to black, nearly opaque. Lacing is substantial.
Nose is roasted malt, chocolate, some espresso notes, and I can tell there will be some piney hops.
Hmm, this one is an "imperial" stout? Roasted malt character seems to take a back seat to mild milk chocolate sweetness and caramel. Some espresso notes lurk in the background, but nothing bordering on complexity here. Hops comes in and while I would want to say that they are balancing, they don't seem to be melded into the flavor enough - instead they are sort of jumbling.
I had high hopes for this one, but I was a little unimpressed here. The malt profile is straightforward, lacking the complexity that we all love in imperial stouts. And the hops, while tasty, don't lend much to this beer and instead create a confused beer that is like scattershot on the palate.
Mouthfeel is very soft, smooth from the lactose character. Drinkable. Carbonation is just right.
This one seems to lack the richness and intensity of an imperial stout. While intense does not always equal good, as we have discussed here on BA, intense seems to be part of the imperial styles, particularly the American Imperial Stout which traces it's roots to the Russian Imperial Stout. Accordingly, I found this one a little underwhelming.
With the lower key roasted malt character and strong hop notes, it struck me more as a Cascadian Black Ale (or American Black Ale, as it is officially referred to here on BA), or a stout of a lesser order.
I enjoyed drinking this beer, but it doesn't stand up to other imperial stouts.
Serving type: bottle
05-12-2011 19:42:08 | More by ghetto90007
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4.58/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A: Black with a mocha head.
S: Dark bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in the nose.
T: Holy shit. Bittersweet chocolate, Italian roast coffee, sweet roasted malt, milk chocolate. Delicious.
M: Full bodied and creamy smooth.
O: I want a barrel aged version of this… I ll leave it at that.
Serving type: on-tap
01-17-2014 22:08:19 | More by BierJager89
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
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