1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Class V Stout - Kern River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Class V StoutClass V Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

433 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 433
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 92
Gots: 68 | 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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Class V Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 433 | Reviews: 189 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of cmrillo
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tclipse
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of mdlb44
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of imfatsowhat
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jrhottle
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of 2_Beardz
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beerandboards
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of thegerm87
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Btip1969
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of craftbeerasian
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of wolf_switzer
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kmoen
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BAsbill
4/5  rDev -2%

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

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.

Photo of kmanjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ahermsen
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of bakoboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bootdown21
4/5  rDev -2%

Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.