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Class V Stout | Kern River Brewing Company

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Class V StoutClass V Stout
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Class V StoutClass V Stout

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

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".

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Ratings: 522 |  Reviews: 201
Reviews by Douglas14:
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4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first KRBC beer. I've heard so much about them but I just haven't had the chance to crack open this beer, which has been sitting in my cellar for a while.
The Class V pours out very black with a light-brown head - lighter than normal but really good. The nose is roasty and chocolatey with fruity esters as well. The taste is similar but has a pronounced bitterness...nice! The ester fruitiness comes through a lot in the taste...almost English-like. The mouth is full and thick yet the beer finishes rather dry, increasing the drinkability.

Well done, KRBC! I will begin trying all of your beers!

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.68/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a Bomber into my Yeti Stout glass (I Believe)
A: Pours a deep dark black with a finger or so of fluffy tan head. Great lacing
S - Coffee and chocoloate. There is a hint of the hops in the nose.
T - First sip is tons of chocolate. But the taste is very complex with chocolate, coffee and licorice. The burnt coffee is the taste that lingers.
M: This beer is chewy. It is thick and complex with a great mouthfeel.
O: When I think of Kern River I think of IPAs. However, this is an excellent Stout that just might change my impressions. An excellent stout that I would be glad to have again.

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Photo of Reema
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.

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Photo of hardy008
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sd123
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of maximum12
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cloudskipper & dgb3 for dropping bombers of this into action-packed boxes as extras. Wanted to try this beer, as whitewater rafting was a youthful hobby which has morphed into canoeing in old age.

Bonus points for the cool label. I like the donkey, the guy in the river, & the guy holding a beer & the donkey who is undoubtedly yelling "Get out of the rapids you moron!" Or maybe I'm projecting. Looks right at home in my Darkness snifter. Odor is mild. Dollops of roast, chocolate, & malt sweetness.

Class V Stout lays a surprise: hops! Now it feels even more comfy in its glassware surroundings. Hops come out punching with a quick jab of bitterness, but they're quickly overwhelmed by roast, chocolate, sweet malts, & a pinch of lactose. As the beer warms the hops get a bit more persistent, & insert themselves in the middle of all the maltiness stuff. Finish is smooth & mellow, like an oatmeal stout on the Barry Bonds Juice. ABV is a suprise.

Very good beer. Maybe it's the snifter, but with the peppy hops, easy drinking, & nice layering of flavors, this reminds me of a poor man's Darkness. Kern River is 2 of 2 with me.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of cmrillo
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of marshmeli
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of crib
5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black with a thin tab head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is just kind of roasty. Nothin super special but not bad. Little bit of toasted sugars.

Taste is awesome. Solid stout. Smooth and a little sweet. Reminds me of a sweet stout a local brewery makes.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I like my stouts to be. Dot of a dry stout feel. But not bad. Good carb.

Overall a solid brew. Very easy drinking and I could drink alot of it. This will have to be a staple of mine.

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Photo of alwaysplayin
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of popery
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From notes, 3/10/11. Pours black with a hint of rosy brown refracting through the base of the glass. The head is a creamy mass of uneven tan bubbles. Lots of lacing. The aroma is black coffee, milk chocolate, roast and herbal/citric hops. The chocolate and coffee notes are dominant, and it reminds me of a good mocha more than anything. It tastes surprisingly sweet, which works nicely with the coffee and chocolate malt flavor. Hop bitterness quickly reins things in, and the finish is all bitter citrus and roast. Mouthfeel is creamier and chewier than I’d normally expect from an 8% abv beer.

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Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of HalfFull
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a deep brown/black with just a hint of reddish highlights into a large wine glass. A half inch of mocha head is a bit difficult to wrangle but does keep once gathered, thus yielding a fair share of lace.

Light grated chocolate and a bit of coffee on the nose. Touch of alcohol is present but subtle. Big roasted malt nose with very light hops once the foam has settled. Overall a bit subdued but good.

Flavor follows with chocolate malts and a full sweetness that keeps the ABV at bay. Fairly rich and creamy with a moderate body that gets a bit heavy at times, some rich chocolate cherry coming forth. Overall a bit rich and straightforward, not pushing any boundaries yet not showing any flaws either. Decent but simple.

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Photo of kevindp9
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Axic10
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Dark black with two fingers of fluffy mocha head that settles down to a thin layer for the remainder of the drink.

Smell: Roasted malt and bold coffee hints mixed with rich dark chocolate.

Taste: Strong roasted coffee and malt mixed with dark chocolate and a noticeable hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and smooth.

Overall: I enjoyed this stout a lot and would definitely seek it out again.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 522 ratings