1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Class X (Bourbon Barrel Aged Class V)
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

107 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 107
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 2 | 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:
Beer added by: juhl31 on 11-29-2010

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 17
Photo of liquidjo
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ColonelW
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Dan25D
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Sean9689
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
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 AgentZero
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mikul93
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of furthurgone
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rand
4.74/5  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. 

Photo of MrHirschybar
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of beerdweeb
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of BHOBS
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of mthomas84
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of VAbdoyan
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

Photo of rtaps
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of nmann08
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of RichBeer
3/5  rDev -31.8%

Photo of yeahhhhhhrvca
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of pmarlowe
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of brew3crew
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at tornado for sdbw

A-dark as night with no head and filled to the brim

S-very heavy in the Bourbon. Not really much else there

T-too cold it is too much Bourbon. Warmed up. It I'd a ssweet mellow bourbony stout with great vanills notes bourbin uo front, vanilla after

M-medium body and smooth

O-very good beer. Let it warms uo because the subtleness of ththe bourbin shines through

Photo of FosterJM
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Class X (Bourbon Barrel Aged Class V) from Kern River Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.