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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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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 46
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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zenithberwyn

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

09-27-2012 12:43:19 | More by zenithberwyn
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drewone

California

3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

09-24-2012 03:53:16 | More by drewone
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 06:23:09 | More by UCLABrewN84
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LaChupacabra

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-08-2012 04:29:58 | More by LaChupacabra
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StoutFest

Illinois

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-18-2012 05:24:37 | More by StoutFest
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Rckmo10

California

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-25-2012 20:26:16 | More by Rckmo10
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -15%

03-08-2012 18:52:06 | More by MasterSki
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liquidjo

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

03-06-2012 03:42:10 | More by liquidjo
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ColonelW

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -9.3%

02-13-2012 11:41:04 | More by ColonelW
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Dan25D

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

02-11-2012 18:23:10 | More by Dan25D
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-01-2012 15:55:03 | More by Sean9689
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-22-2012 22:18:50 | More by AgentZero
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mikul93

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

01-16-2012 23:51:06 | More by mikul93
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furthurgone

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-15-2012 23:34:48 | More by furthurgone
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rand

California

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at obriens during San Diego Beer Week.

From tap to pint

A:  Jet black in appearance, almost no head, oily.

S:  Vibrant nose, plenty of spicy bourbon, joined by notes of wood, butter.   Ample alcohol in this one. 

T:  The bourbon is prominent, but the brew is well layered.  Chocolate, notes of licorice and burnt sugar are lightly detectable against the boozy profile.   Finishes buttery with a spicy alcohol warming.  

M:  Rich and creamy, but there's something about barrel-aging that breaks up the viscosity.   Highly drinkable complexion

Up there with the best of the barrel-aged stout.  Everything Kern River does is impressive, Class X is a must-try for any stout fan. 

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 21:36:07 | More by rand
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MrHirschybar

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

01-03-2012 08:33:03 | More by MrHirschybar
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beerdweeb

California

4.5/5  rDev +2%

12-31-2011 23:16:44 | More by beerdweeb
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BHOBS

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-20-2011 04:02:24 | More by BHOBS
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mthomas84

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-18-2011 10:17:21 | More by mthomas84
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VAbdoyan

California

5/5  rDev +13.4%

12-02-2011 03:23:26 | More by VAbdoyan
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

11-27-2011 05:30:08 | More by CelticAleMan
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MrVonzipper

California

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pitch black with huge khaki foamy head. Crazy amounts of perfect layered lacing after the epic retention.

Huge robust nose bursting with notes of coffee, chocolate, molasses, oak and mild bourbon.

Huge amazing flavor! Just Bursting flavor and perfectly balanced. Amazing coffee, molasses, bourbon, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and light bourbon make up the close to if not perfect range and depth of flavor.

Full bodied yet lightened from the nitro, silky and creamy luscious mouth and carbonation.

Overall this is just an amazing beer. I was so glad I had a couple at the Citra release today. If I could only have this and Citra for the rest of my life to drink. I'd be a happy man!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2011 06:14:22 | More by MrVonzipper
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rtaps

California

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had in nitro-tap at the citra DIPA release.

pitch black with a giant/thick tan head with great retention and lacing.

Has a very nice nose to it. coffee, chocolate. little of the bourbon.

Taste WOW huge flavors. the coffee is great accompanied with chocolate, nutty, brown sugar, bourbon(but not hot)

mouthfeel is great. EXTREMELY easy to drink. smooth,creamy. full bodied, viscous.

overall this beer is fantastic. so easy to drink. went up for the citra and didnt even end up ordering one on tap because of this.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-26-2011 05:28:59 | More by rtaps
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2011 16:27:48 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

11-18-2011 01:13:06 | More by nmann08
Class X (Bourbon Barrel Aged Class V) from Kern River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.