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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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dvmin98

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -2%

05-11-2014 11:52:07 | More by dvmin98
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-11-2014 03:25:53 | More by wolf_switzer
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kmoen

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

05-10-2014 19:46:45 | More by kmoen
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev -2%

05-10-2014 19:46:23 | More by BAsbill
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angrybabboon

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev 0%

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

Review from notes, 4/18/14

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

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body - very smooth, nicely carbonated - a big beer, but it's somewhat easy to drink, clean finish

Overall: Maybe not a V overall, but nice

Kern River makes some killer IPAs. And apparently they can make a stout, too. This was even more interesting than I had imagined, with some nice chocolate, roast, and burnt flavors.

05-08-2014 06:33:18 | More by angrybabboon
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kmanjohnson

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

05-07-2014 22:55:51 | More by kmanjohnson
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%

04-20-2014 14:31:52 | More by Bilco
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ahermsen

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

04-14-2014 02:34:28 | More by ahermsen
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bakoboy

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

04-13-2014 22:28:37 | More by bakoboy
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bootdown21

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

04-11-2014 23:27:15 | More by bootdown21
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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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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-30-2014 23:39:19 | More by Beerbuddy21
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-30-2014 23:31:33 | More by yeaprolly
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Dsimenson

California

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%

Poured little-by-little from a 22 oz bottle into a 6 oz stemless goblet. Very dark, basic black, with milk chocolate and fair but not really clinging lacing. Aroma is dark roast malt, a little coffee and chocolate, and mild hops. Flavor is coffee, dark roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, and nicely balanced hops. Mouthfeel is medium full with fair carbonation, but not too much. Overall this is a very good to outstanding stout. Not my favorite, but a great one!

03-29-2014 03:21:36 | More by Dsimenson
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GJ40

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -2.5%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in my DFH snifter. Thanks surge1311!

A - Black with no light and a small but sturdy tan head. Clings to the glass nicely.

S - Hot chocolate and coffee notes.

T - Dark chocolate with roasted malt in the middle and a lingering bitterness from hops and roasted malt. Solid.

M - A moderate consistency. Could be thicker. Well behaved carbonation.

O - A solid and reliable IS.

03-19-2014 16:56:24 | More by GJ40
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2%

03-17-2014 22:10:48 | More by CTJman
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falc0n2600

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2014 16:26:39 | More by falc0n2600
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Keananmichael5

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

03-12-2014 06:20:21 | More by Keananmichael5
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terranostra86

California

4/5  rDev -2%

03-11-2014 04:18:28 | More by terranostra86
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Wolberjs

California

4/5  rDev -2%

03-08-2014 23:14:51 | More by Wolberjs
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Yogafist

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 22:28:13 | More by Yogafist
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fthegiants

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-08-2014 03:44:53 | More by fthegiants
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Marco_Gtz

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

03-04-2014 22:48:46 | More by Marco_Gtz
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Wowcoolman

California

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

02-23-2014 19:30:24 | More by Wowcoolman
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ItsYourBoyBlue

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

02-23-2014 09:13:09 | More by ItsYourBoyBlue
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.