Class V Stout
Kern River Brewing Company

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Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,550
Ranked #6,729
4.09 | pDev: 9.29%
May 22, 2023
Mar 01, 2007
Class V StoutClass V Stout
Notes: 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".
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Rated: 4.47 by hopley from Massachusetts

May 22, 2023
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing. 16 fl oz can from @2beerdogs in NBW BIF 17. Reviewed 28/04/23 (Review 3085). Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Bottom of can stamped “CANNED ON 12/0?/22”. Stored at 34 degrees at home. Served at 55.7 degrees F in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. The final temperature was 62.7 degrees F.
Appearance – 4.25
First pour – Amber Brown (SRM 18), clear.
Body – Deep Brown (SRM 30), opaque. Under direct light, same. When rear lite, still opaque except at the edge.
Head: Large (Maximum 4.7 cm, aggressive center pour), brown sugar, high density, average retention, rapidly retreating, leaving a 0.8 cm crown with a torn curtain upper rim and a heaped rocky partial layer. As the head retracts, it becomes medium density and lightens to tan. A few three-dimensional snakes of lacing remain above the upper edge of the crown. These eventually dry out.
Lacing – Good. Overlapping three-dimensional rings of near-microscopic bubbles which slooowly break down into torn curtains. See also above.
Aroma – 3.5 – Primarily coffee with a hint of chocolate, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (8.5 % ABV as marked on the label) aroma.
Flavor – 3.5 – Follows the nose. No hops, yeast, or ethanol. No gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Full; dry; lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.75 For being an oatmeal stout with added lactose, it is neither particularly smooth nor silky – just feels like an ordinary impy stout. Nose and flavor are predominantly coffee with a bit of chocolate. Good – emphatically yes! A gift from the beer gods to make me bow down – nope.
Apr 28, 2023
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The brew pours deep black with a moderately carbonated three finger head. Aroma is roasted malt, while taste is chocolate, roasted malt and coffee in exactly that order on my tongue. The body is moderately light. This is a straightforward coffee stout.
Apr 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Christianriveraaa

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Poured from a pint can into a pint glass - jet black pour, very small head risen to the surface. Some lacing left behind on the glass as it dissipates.
Smell: Not much of a smell here to be honest, picking up some malts if anything.
Taste: Okay the taste does it more justice then the smell - Rich delicious malts with slight chocolate flavors. Not getting any of the chocolate flavors at all in this.
Feel: Medium bodied - medium carbonated, not to thick/ oily, not to thin - good sipper.
Overall: This is a good classic stout with some slight characteristics added to it. Richer then most, has a good malty taste. Very delicious and would love to sip on some of these quite often.
Dec 14, 2022
Rated: 3.59 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by pants678 from California

3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Black with a bit of off white foam.

Bitter, my guess is Chinook hops.

Reminder of how far stouts have gone down the pastry path. This is like going at a 90% cacao bar, a stout I would've had ~2011. Nothing fruity but a hint of chocolate that keeps my attention.

Crisp, which isn't what I'm after.
Jan 02, 2022
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
From a can this pours a delicious dark chocolate, with a creamy coffee colored cap. Assertively roasty, in both aroma and on the sip, with a creamy smooth body and this soft, lingering finish. Uniquely delicious.
Dec 15, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by ZippyThePinhead from California

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Looks like black iced coffee, but with a bit of head. Roasty-toasty nose, chocolate richness, well-hidden alcohol. Something which I rejoice to see on the refrigerated shelves of my local purveyors, almost like Citra. What's not to like here? Mouthfeel and lingering finish is lovely... creamy and bittersweet. Delightful. Kern River Brewers, kudos and respect.
Nov 24, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by Nunya from Ohio

Feb 01, 2021
Rated: 4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 16, 2020
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.74/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
L: Jet black color, no head or lacing, very light carbonation.

S: Chocolate, coffee, sweet, alcohol. Smells wonderful.

T: Chocolate, coffee, sweet. Slightly bitter on the back end. Delicious!

F: Light to medium bodied, smooth as silk, yet full flavored.

O: A world class stout, no doubt.
Jan 16, 2020
Rated: 4 by schopenhauerale from Arizona

Jul 05, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by socon67 from New York

Jun 06, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by Mustela_Man from California

Mar 28, 2019
Rated: 4.08 by paulish from New York

Dec 08, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Oct 22, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by sweetbrew82 from California

Aug 12, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by FrankCastle from California

May 03, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by kdown from California

Mar 04, 2018
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The first thing Raul checks when a Stout is under 10% is that is it “coca cola esqe” - and here Class V is not. Woo doggy! So the texture of the beer is aite, and the taste? About as sexy as your kid’s third grade teacher - we’re talking not bad! Dry, roasty coffee and chocolate like a Kardashian at Starbucks. It’s not the best, but it does the trick.

Feb 25, 2018
Rated: 4 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Jan 18, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Got as a gift from RaulMondesi. 22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, vanilla, cream, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, citrus, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, vanilla, cream, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, citrus, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and pepper/piney/citrus peel hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark/brown bread, nuttiness, smoke, char, citrus, pepper, pine, light molasses/dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with an awesome roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of black/roast/bready malts and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. For an American style imperial stout, this does everything perfectly. Very rich and complex malts with supporting American C hops, without overwhelming the malt profile. A highly enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.
Jan 06, 2018
Rated: 4.24 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire

Jan 03, 2018
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Dec 24, 2017
Rated: 4.27 by BeerMeCJS from California

Dec 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Blackop555 from Michigan

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pour is black. Medium, thick, light brown had that fade slowly.

Smells roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, light fruity hops.

Taste dark chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Followed by earthy Hops and more roasted malt. Finish is dry with coffee linger. Medium body and creamy medium carbonation.
Sep 09, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by crob3888 from California

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by Avatar113 from California

Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.83 by darktronica from Indiana

Jul 06, 2017
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Reviewed by maltznhopz from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head. The aroma was roasted malts and some coffee and chocolate mixed in. Goes down really smooth and creamy with a stong burnt coffee flavor up front then licorice and a light hop finish.
Jun 18, 2017
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Reviewed by VeganUndead from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A very impressive example of a stout that doesn't need adjuncts or barrel aging to be overall enjoyable. Roasty flavor, complexity, and a clean finish
Jun 01, 2017
Rated: 4.62 by RBuckley73 from Nevada

Apr 28, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by Beernoobie from California

Mar 05, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Drew_V_dt from California

Feb 13, 2017
Rated: 3.88 by Shmizzen from Nevada

Jan 15, 2017
Rated: 4.04 by anon from California

Jan 11, 2017
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Reviewed by Reema from California

5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Serving type: 22 oz bottle into a snifter glass. It's a rainy Southern California day, seems like the perfect weather for this beer.

Pours a deep dark black color, slight crimson at the edges. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, slight roast, milk chocolate sweetness, along with a slight permeating hoppiness. Taste reflects the smell. Initial intense coffee and slight hoppiness lead into pleasant dark and milk chocolate flavors, finishes with a lingering sweetness and dark chocolate flavor. Feel is thick, viscous, slight carbonation to not make the beer flat. Fits perfectly with the heavier coffee, chocolate, and sweet flavors. Overall, this is an awesome beer with great flavors. Definite rebuy.
Dec 22, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by InfernoBoss from California

Dec 18, 2016
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Dec 10, 2016
Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
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