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Class X (Bourbon Barrel Aged Class V) - Kern River Brewing Company

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Class X (Bourbon Barrel Aged Class V)
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BA SCORE
97
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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.42
pDev: 11.09%
Wants: 47
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: juhl31 on 11-29-2010)
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3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Far Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, marshmallows, wood, and bourbon. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty but the mouthfeel is pretty lacking in my opinion.

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4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 06/04/11 notes. Big thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this rarity; thanks Mac. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip. Label says bottle #204, no idea how many were made.

a - Pours a dark brown color with no real carbonation evident and no head. Looks like it might be flat unfortunately.

s - Smells of bourbon, alcohol, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, and light, sweet caramel. Smell is really nice, though a bit strong on the booze. Personally I like that, but I think with some more time this could be even better.

t - Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, vanilla, alcohol, light sweet fruit. Taste is great; while the bourbon is still strong, I love it in the taste and the vanilla helps a lot. Again, I really enjoy this but think with some more time it could be even better.

m - Medium to full body and no carbonation. Some alcohol warmth but pretty smooth. Would have liked some carbonation though.

o - Overall I think this was a good beer that could be great. Unfortunately there was no carbonation which hurt it, and while I think the nose and taste were both very good, I think it was still a little hot. With some more time on this bottle and some carbonation it could have been oustanding, but instead it was good.

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3.5/5  rDev -20.8%

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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at the brewery in Kernville into a wide-mouthed goblet. The waitress informed us that they have placed a 20oz limit on the beer per customer in order to lengthen it's stay on tap. The beer is dark black with a thick, 2 inch cream colored head. Heavy bourbon and sweet smell on the nose. Initial tastes are heavy on the bourbon, with a sour mash initial flavor, followed by the sweetness of brown sugar. There are vanilla undertones present on the finish. The beer has a more rounded and full body than the Class V Stout. The beer is surprisingly smooth despite the heavy flavors. This is a very well balanced beer, taking into account the ABV, the strong flavors, and the body. This is an easy beer to drink for bourbon fans and beer fans alike!

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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour, mild beige head to it, but the minimal amount produced did have better than average retention. Nice barrel aroma, bourbon, chocolate, caramel, vanilla. I'm guessing Heaven Hill.

Really easy to drink, the same flavors in the nose on the tongue. You get the warming feel, but not really the taste of high alcohol. Barrel flavors didn't overwhelm the substantial chocolate mouthfeel of the base version of this beer, well done. Better than almost every other bourbon barrel stout out there.

If you have the opportunity, go get your yum on with this beer.

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785th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
750Ml

Batch 1

@Woodshop Classix
Thanks to MikedashG for the pour!

App- This poured an inky dark brown with some scattered dark black notes indside. A little bit of 1/8-1/4” head which was a dark brown. A tiny bit of bubbles was there.

Smell- Supremely well balanced with a vanilla/chocolate nib battle raging. It's a little sweet with some burnt sugars and the bourbon is last note you get with a wofty booze note.

Taste- This was simply hands down one of the smoothest bourbon stouts I have had. Right up the BA Sexy. It was chocolatey, smooth, bourbon laden and just amazing balanced with some vanilla and some sweetness.

Mouth- Like a truffle in your mouth with a dripping chocolatey note. Medium bodied and a low carb feel.

Drink- This think was just almost perfect. Aged, boozy, chocolatey/vanilla and richly smooth. I hope to see another bottle of this again.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, to a good friend in CA. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours basically flat, a bubble here and there, looks like motor oil.

S - Vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, and light booze. It's lacking at roast that I normally love in my BA stouts, but the base beer doesn't have much roast either. Very sweet and enjoyable.

T - Burnt sugars, chocolate brownies, smooth booze, light oak. Again, very sweet but still enjoyable...not sure if I like this more then the base beer, Class V.

M - Light body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A solid BA stout, but not as great as I was expecting. Would definitely have it again, if offered, but I wouldn't actually seek this one out again. Good, not great.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.63/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black as night with a 1 inch head great retention and lacing

Smell: Oatmeal bourbon coffee and chocolate

Taste: Bourbon right up front almost to the point where it is too much but in the middle it mellows out perfectly and finishes with the perfect amount of oatmeal coffee bitter chocolate and vanilla. Great flavor

Mouthfeel: Full body low carbonation and a chaulky feel to it

Overall: Amazing BA stout one of the best that I have had. Very highly recommended well done Kern River

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4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Toronados

A: Black with a nice 1 finger light brown head.

S: Some nice hints of bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and some hints of black licorice.

T: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, some faint coffee, vanilla and some bourbon. To me it feels like it could use a bit more aging in the bourbon barrels. As is, I like the standard Class V better.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Class X (Bourbon Barrel Aged Class V) from Kern River Brewing Company
97 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.