Class V Stout | Kern River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding
196 Reviews
Class V StoutClass V Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / 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".

Added by mcallister on 03-01-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
196
Ratings:
494
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.65%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
85
For Trade:
5
User Reviews
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Reviews: 196 | Ratings: 494
Reviews by imagese:
Photo of imagese
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date

A- Medium viscosity pour of black with a 3 finger head that faded slowly, and hung around the edges and left pretty thick lacing

S- dry cocoa, plum, sugared almonds, faint hop bitterness, and a slight alcohol finish. Great smell to this beer. Not too sweet or bitter

T- chocolate with pine hop bitterness, but the chocolate is much more of the assault. Great roasted malt finish with the slightest touch of dark fruit sourness

M- Decent thickness, but the carbonation could be a tad lower. The smell and taste make you want to let this beer sit in your mouth to let all the aspects of this beer come out, but the carbonation cuts that short

D- Big winner here. I keep grabbing the glass and enjoying the smell and taste experience each time.

Going to let a few of these age to see how they do, but may be hard to not grab them and enjoy often

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of abeerdude
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #63 (Apr 2012):

LOOK: Towering tan head, Stout black

SMELL: Brown malt, sweet oats, floral, rose water, blackberries, spicy hops, cocoa powder

TASTE: Intensely creamy, mild coffee, brown sugar, sweetness, warming alcohol, sorghum, burnt raisins, tangy; charred finish

What we have here is a very different Imperial Stout. Highly drinkable and interesting, with a tangy dryness that keeps you coming back for more. Love the balance and the depth that opens up after each sip.

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Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of Ben7773
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of newk340
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: oily black, thin ring of cream foam.

S: heavy wafts of thick milk chocolate assault the nose.

T: a mouthfull of warm roasted chocolate followed by a humid hoppy aftertaste with a subtle nuttiness.

MF/D: a full-bodied stout with warm flavors throughout, an excellent stout to be enjoyed with friends... or alone.

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Photo of 77apm
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of aquazr1
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Imbibe. Had this many times on tap at KRBC but never posted a review. Pours black with a thick head. As you drink the beer it leaves a lot of lace down the glass. The smell and taste is that of cocoa with a hint of chocolate. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy. What I think makes this stout so good is the depth of flavors. That fact that it is a three way stout probably contributes to this. A very good stout that never disappoints.

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Photo of Motleydrunk56
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

22 oz Bomber.When you open this brew up the first thing you notice is the great smell of it.Solid ABV of 8.5 and the different flavors you taste,Just outstanding.Poured this into a 20 oz Firestone glass and let the party begin.Cranked up the Cars on the bose sounddock and we were in high gear.Good stout that I will revisit.Give it a try.Motley Drunk out.

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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to solomon for this brew in a trade. Cheers! Pours jet black and with a very thin head. Smells of malt & coffee. Taste is an enjoyable mix of roasted malt and coffee. Mouthfeel is very smooth. It takes a few sips to detect the etoh but it is in there. This is a very good American Stout.

Cheers.

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Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured dark, dark brown, maybe see-through black with red edges. Flat tan head, moderate lacing. Chocolate and burnt malt aroma. Claims Chinook and Cascade hops, but the aroma is more veggie than resin. Smooth, slick mouthfeel which compliments the smooth taste. Caramel and chocolate are dominant but it remains sweet rather than bitter. No soy sauce, nice. Again, I'n not feeling the hops, which is probably good. Kern River has something going here. Buttery coffee finish with a little cream. Liked it.

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Photo of dogfishandi
5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of ehammond1
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (2011)

K 'n B Wine Cellars
San Diego, CA

(Aged for 6+ months)

Nearly black in color with a thin dark brown head that leaves thin sheets of lace down the glass. Pretty and appropriate.

Nice, complete, rich aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark roasted malt.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma with dark chocolate and coffee flavors dominating, along with moderate levels of dark roast, and some muted hop bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Very nice, very tasty, somewhat low-ABV, imperial stout.

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

Black pour tan head. Inviting aroma of chocolate and alcohol.

Whoa, there's lots of chocolate in this. And it never goes away, its there throughout the entire bottle and mouthfeel. Rich. Alcohol is not as strong as I thought it would be, melds nicely. No off flavors, mild hopping, but make no mistake, the chocolate is the top dawg on this one. And its lovely. If you like Rogue's Chocolate Stout, this is similar in the immensity of the chocolate, but has a thicker and chewier mouthfeel to it. Good amount of smooth and sweetness to it, this one really does push forward all the good things from a milk and oatmeal stout with the largeness of an imperial and of course, the chocolat!

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nearly pitch black into my new hand blown Dogfish Head glass, brownd ruby edges when held toward the light. Dark tan head forms nice and thick with chunky sporadic lacing forming nicely between sips and as it settles. Aromatics offer up dark chocolate and coffee roasts with hints of anise and herbal hops in the background. Flavor wise the chinooks were evident with a green spicy herbal leaf flavor amongst te dark creamy chocolate and coffee bursts. A very nice big American stout from the west coast, these Kern River beers are so drinkable this one has a big body but nothing about it hurts the drinkability. Carbonation is smooth and mellow slightly chewy with body being so big, but it never becomes cloying. A beer I will be on the look for if it every comes East or shows up in the Burgh.

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

Shipped from Hi-Times back in July... brought a couple of bottles to share at DDay.

Pours black with a 2-finger off white head.

A copious amount of dark malt in the nose. Hints of coffee and some hops as well. I can tell this is a west coast stout right off the bat. Nothing too nuts, but this is a solid pour and first smell.

Those roasted malts and coffee are prominent in the taste as this glides down easy. Not picking up much more as it warms. Perhaps some added sweetness. As expected, a tad thin in the mouthfeel, but that makes it all the more drinkable.

My first taste from Kern River and I hope I can try the BA version of this in the future.

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Photo of rack0flamb
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Dirksen
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
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