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Class V Stout - Kern River Brewing Company

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Class V StoutClass V Stout

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404 Ratings

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 86
Gots: 65 | FT: 3
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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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.

angrybabboon, May 08, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

kmanjohnson, May 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Bilco, Apr 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

ahermsen, Apr 14, 2014
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bakoboy, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

bootdown21, Apr 11, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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yeaprolly, Mar 30, 2014
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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!

Dsimenson, Mar 29, 2014
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.