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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

393 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 188
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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dogfishandi

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-19-2011 17:41:44 | More by dogfishandi
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Photekut

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-15-2011 03:24:03 | More by Photekut
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

07-24-2012 16:48:57 | More by CEDAMA
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crib

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

01-16-2012 02:58:19 | More by crib
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nicks6217

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-15-2011 23:23:46 | More by nicks6217
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DividedAvery

Colorado

5/5  rDev +22.5%

01-17-2012 06:10:17 | More by DividedAvery
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bnelson997

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

08-09-2014 06:38:01 | More by bnelson997
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astraker

Idaho

5/5  rDev +22.5%

09-01-2012 03:07:45 | More by astraker
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onefalsemove711

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-04-2011 04:40:00 | More by onefalsemove711
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Dan25D

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

02-11-2012 18:22:46 | More by Dan25D
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mjr2377

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-16-2011 23:22:53 | More by mjr2377
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soughtbygod

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

This beer pours dark black like most stouts but it has good head retention, nice 2 to 3 finger head. the smell is of vanilla and oak maybe some smoke. the thing i love most about this beer is that it drinks very well 40 to 55 degrees all the way through releasing different flavors and depths of complexity. probably one of my favorite stouts. the mouthfeel is smooth a little thin for a stout but i suppose that is why this is so drinkable. awesome beer.

10-29-2011 23:31:19 | More by soughtbygod
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BarryMaKociner

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

02-11-2013 18:01:40 | More by BarryMaKociner
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HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-07-2011 04:46:39 | More by HopStoopid120
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davesway10

Iowa

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-28-2011 21:53:22 | More by davesway10
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marysparks18

California

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-26-2011 06:04:14 | More by marysparks18
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-21-2011 18:03:48 | More by Rochefort10nh
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MrVonzipper

California

4.9/5  rDev +20.1%

Pitch black color with no penetrable light. Large, dense foamy tan head with excellent retention and lacing.

Nice mocha, coffee, rich roasted malt and faint bourbon notes on the nose.

Flavors are great and robust with excellent balance. Nice mocha and dark chocolate, coffee and deep dark malt notes.

Full bodied but not heavy at all. Very nice. Just a touch dry. Med-high carbonation but a nice creamy carbonation.

Overall, Just a perfect imperial stout especially for the value. IMO this and Stone IRS are absolutely the best overall stouts around especially for the price. Excellent from nose to flavor and mouth. Bright and robust. Better that many big special released imperials I've had.

08-09-2011 23:51:52 | More by MrVonzipper
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mdlb44

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

06-20-2014 05:30:48 | More by mdlb44
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Keananmichael5

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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kflah41

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

03-31-2014 03:06:38 | More by kflah41
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newsage

California

4.73/5  rDev +15.9%

one great stout! class v stout is one of the top ten maybe five stouts i have ever had, that's saying a lot because i am a stout/porter drinker. My favorites are Velvet merlin, BIG Bear Black Stout, Parabola, but Class V and The abyss are what i drink when i want a change of pace. Well done Kernville.. EDIT, Under rated!! had it again and Very UNDERRATED!!!!

01-05-2012 05:12:19 | More by newsage
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DoubleJ

California

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

What has the crew for Kern River have in this stout? On to the beer:

Poured into a full 20 ounce imperial pint glass (because that glass kicks ass!), the beer is black as expected, with a little ruby red hues at the very bottom of the glass. Don't pour the entire bottle in or you'll have orange sediment floating, but my first pour was without the sediment. The head is tanned in color, has very good retention lasting till the end, and the lacing it leaves is good. An impressive nose, a pot of coffee and a feast of chocolate cake. There ya go.

This tastes like chocolate, and chocolate isn't even used! Class V beats most chocolate labeled beers at their own game with a big flavor reminiscent of Dutch chocolate. Cocoa comes around, a hint of coffee rooastings (especially in the aftertaste), and a tiny squirt of the hops. The alcohol is disguised, and it drinks more like a beer with 6.5% ABV, not 8.5%. One chink in the armor though it that it feels more like a 6.5er, with a medium body and good smoothness. One imperial pint down, no problem.

Kern River amazes again, and this is the most amazing one I've tired so far. It's also one of the best stouts I've tasted. Fun to drink without all that palate fatigue from larger stouts. Highly, highly recommended.

08-17-2010 01:59:36 | More by DoubleJ
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Halcyondays

California

4.72/5  rDev +15.7%

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours black with a firm off-tan head, good lacing and head retention.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans/espresso, rich.

T: Hops hit immediately, then a decadent dark chocolate comes in with a bitter espresso attack. Great hoppy finish and balanced sweetness overall. Chocolate cake in a glass to an extent, I loved it.

M: Smooth, full-bodied, rich, soft carbonation.

D: Kern River knocked it out of the park on this one, this beer is phenomenal, I'm am thoroughly impressed with the first two ales I've had from them, I must now go to Hi-Times as they are my only supplier of these guys.

06-10-2009 22:32:44 | More by Halcyondays
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jjayjaye

New York

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%

Pours an opaque darkness with better than a full finger foamy light brown head that resists fading. Notable bottle art. There is plenty of Belgian lacing in the wake of each mouthful. The smell is good too. Mildly roasted malt and that undeniable hint of that classic vanilla-black licorice molasses thing I sense in my favorite examples of this style. The mouth feel has that lightly carbonated texture with a tangy warmth and classic creaminess. Very very smooth, CREAMY, heavy yet not chewy, a touch of an oily coating character that sends the entire mouth into that involuntary lapping reaction...searching for MORE. Full flavored, dark chocolate, vanilla, heavy cream textures, molasses and licorice that finishes with a light roasted lingering complexity. At 8.5% ABV...this must be the 'diet' version of my favorite. An incredible drinker. Lighter than many in style without taking away from texture and flavor. This is one of the best Double Stouts i've ever had. My understand is that Team Kern River isn't charging an arm and a leg for it either. Many thanks to Solomon420 for this very generous extra!!!

07-12-2009 16:26:58 | More by jjayjaye
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Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.