Class V Stout - Kern River Brewing Company
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.