Class V Stout | Kern River Brewing Company

509 Ratings
Class V StoutClass V Stout

Brewed by:
Kern River Brewing Company
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 509 |  Reviews: 198
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Darkest brown almost black with a light brown and crazy thick three fingers of foam. Opaque and beautiful.

Cocoa and milk coffee, dark caramel, lighter aromas of citrus and herb. It's a medium strength bouquet but delicious.

Wow, what a taste, really sweet milk chocolate and cocoa but some roastier bitter notes are in there also, with hop goodness showing late as citrus pith hints and light pine to end sweet and juicy, with a nice drying linger.

Thin for style, truth be told, the oatmeal really gets this one easy drinking for a Double Stout, less viscous than many for sure, with a less memorable finish.

At 8% ABV this is out of the range of American Stouts and is listed as an Imperial, but this stout drinks so easy you will not care what the column says. Get some, you'll love this.

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Photo of Mister_Joshy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of coldriver
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a near opaque black with huge fluffy head and great lacing. Aroma is very subdued with chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. Taste is dark coffee, licorice, cocoa, and molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth with a dry but somewhat harsh finish. Nothing offensive about this beer, but the flavors and aroma don't really pop like I would expect an Imperial Stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black with a nice Khaki head.

S: There is a strong alcohol presence in the nose. Faint notes of bitter chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Outstanding. Sweetness from the malts, bitter bakers chocolate and a mild bitterness from the hops. Very balanced.

M: Really smooth. Mild carbonation and full mouth feel.

O: Very nice stout. To me, the nose was deceiving but the taste certainly made up for it.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - thick, frothy, chocolate powedery looking head... deep, dark pour... still..silent..

s - oats, coco nibs, slight hint of coffee...some sugary sweet hints of pleasantness..

t - Very delightful. Hints of chocolate, slight appearance of coffee, sweet sugar, bit of malt..hops are hidden, but just evident.. Very nice!

m - smooth and creamy - almost silk like. Very pleasant.

o - I really enjoyed this beer and would take more if it came way!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 4/2011 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red brown, nearly black. Thin head and light lacing. Aroma of dark and roasted malts, hint of coffee. Medium dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Light to medium bodied. Lightly bitter finish with pleasant dark malt aftertaste. A pleasant, light bodied, but not outstanding stout.

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3.31/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle picked up on a recent trip to San Diego poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a deep, dark near black color. Four huge fingers of fluffy, milkshake-like foam rises above the beer...excellent staying power - really hangs on for several minutes, slowly bubbling away leaving behind a completely covered glass with frothy lace.

S - Lots of dark roasted malts up front. Chocolately, grainy, some dark fruit. Lots of fermentation esters. Very mild coffee hints. Grassy hops on the fringes, not much for hop bitterness. Smells good, but not really impressive.

T - Chocolatey, combination of milk and dark chocolates. Lots of hops, bitterness, grassiness. Roasty and earthy grains, dark fruity, estery. Can't place it exactly, but something is missing here...not really something wrong, but just not very satisfying flavor. Just ok for me.

M - Thick, creamy, frothy...quite full bodied, but soft on the tongue. Carbonation is a bit low probably giving more creamy feeling to this. This is really thick, almost like sipping on half & half in consistency...c'mon, we've all done that at some time.

O - Overall, just an ok imperial stout for me. Appearance is great and mouth feel is just behind that. However the aroma is lacking in intensity and complexity and the flavor is just, well, ho-hum. Had high expectations for this one, but was let down a bit.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Firestone Walker Proprietor's Series Glass. A very black and almost all light sucking color. Not much to say for highlights either. Head was a small two fingers light tan colored. The head has a frothy look but recedes quickly. Lace is very adequate.

Smell is of dark roasts. Dark chocolate covered coffee beans and some smoke or char. Not a hint of alcohol or hops. Quite nice though.

Taste is much better than the smell. The flavors are quite similar to the nose but much more subtle and blended. The chocolate and coffee aren't as prevalent but in a good way and the smoke or char is completely gone all together. There is some spice here too. I get just a hint of alcohol burn late but all in all it is quite nice.

Mouth and carbonation are both creamy. The consistency is more on the velvety side. Body is balanced and the finish is long and wet.

Overall I have wanted to try this for awhile and I wasn't let down. The deep roasted flavors of the smell end up being somewhat subdued in the taste and it wasn't a bad thing. Thanks to oya1time for the chance to try this one.

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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark black with just a hint of brown and a half-finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is full of roasted chocolate and some coffee with some earthy hops and a touch of citrus with a touch of sweetness.

T - Starts off with some roasted lightly bitter chocolate malts with some coffee and a touch of earthy hop. Through the middle, some sweeter milk chocolate comes through with a touch of citrus hop flavor. The finish is a mix of chocolate malts, some coffee, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of earthy hops that linger together.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth with a dry roasted finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really excellent balance of stout flavors. The chocolate is nice and rich but not overpowering and the body is spot on.

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Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 509 ratings.
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