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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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ghetto90007

California

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
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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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
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