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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

415 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 89
Gots: 67 | 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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4/5  rDev -2%

BAsbill, May 10, 2014
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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.

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

bakoboy, Apr 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

bootdown21, Apr 12, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

kflah41, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Beerbuddy21, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

yeaprolly, Mar 31, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

GJ40, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

CTJman, Mar 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

falc0n2600, Mar 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Keananmichael5, Mar 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

terranostra86, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2%

Wolberjs, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Yogafist, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

fthegiants, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Marco_Gtz, Mar 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Wowcoolman, Feb 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

ItsYourBoyBlue, Feb 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

analogchainsaw, Feb 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

MastaShonuf, Feb 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

CrazyDan, Jan 30, 2014
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.