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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

460 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 93
Gots: 81 | FT: 6
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:
Beer added by: mcallister on 03-01-2007

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".
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Ratings: 460 | Reviews: 195 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thereal_adam
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigBlueShep
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigJohnShow
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed the Charcoal taste. Can't wait to get another one when it is available.

Photo of jooler
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

There is little to no head. Smell is of a black ipa. Smells of dominate hops. Initial taste is grainy with a whole lot of coffee smacking you in the face. Not really any chocolate in there. It is kind of like modern times black house but more crisp

Photo of joeyjoey104
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mbeerdino21
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pkalix
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

beautiful chocolate-y head on top of ultra-dark brown.
beautiful aroma of chocolate, coffee, sweet roasts...
taste follows the aroma with some added bitterness with the hops. so smooth and rich. it does taste like an oatmeal stout and a milk stout....

Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of toothirsty
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swanfungus
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beersnake1
3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MLDucky
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eternal218
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buzz3d
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtyhalos
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of JMBSH
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tdizzle
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured into a TeKu glass, Class V pours an opaque black with a frothy head of tan foam that sticks around for the duration of the beer. Webs of thick lacing cling to the glass with each sip.

S - Rich notes of sweet cocoa, medium roast, mild coffee, and star anise. A faint leafy hop presence lingers in the background. Some phenols from the high alcohol content surface as the beer warms. A classic imperial stout aroma.

T - The taste is very sweet at first, but a pronounced roasty character quickly balances it. Bitter-sweet cocoa and coffee are the prevalent flavors. A mild hop presence provides some nice leafy bitterness. The 8.5% ABV imparts noticeable heat on the lasting, roasty finish.

M - The texture is thick, rich, lush, and velvety smooth. Chewy and viscous as well, with just enough carbonation to prevent it from being overly heavy.

O - A quintessential imperial stout. Intensely rich flavors and aromas coupled with incredible drinkability. Seek this one out.

Photo of sillyhed8
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Catracho5
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle poured into a Samuel Smith glass

A: Pitch black with a tan creamy head, no light coming through when held up, not a whole lot of carbonation, lots of lacing, looks really good.

A: Big coffee aromas, chocolate, picking up the hops, smells really good.

T: Coffee, chocolate, hop bitterness, roasted malts, taste really good. Very drinkable for 8.5% ABV. Warms really nice, the hop bitterness mellows out as it warms.

M: Creamy smooth mouthfeel.

O: I really like this stout, has a lot going on, coffee and chocolate aroma and flavors, creamy smooth mouthfeel, this would be world class if the hop bitterness was toned down, otherwise this is an outstanding Double Stout. If you love stouts, this is definitely worth a try.

Photo of hickmancase
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Damned good stuff makes me happy

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Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 460 ratings.