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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a finger of tan head. Decent head retention.

Smells of bitter chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Taste falls a bit short. Some more stone fruit comes through and much sweeter than the smell would indicate. The coffee and chocolate come through, but an almost rum cake flavor invades.

Pretty silky and oily with lowish carbonation.

Not horrible, but not to the standard of other Kern River offerings I've had. The sweetness can get overwhelming at times.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Hollingshead's Deli. I got the first pint from the tapped keg. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger and a half khaki head. Decent retention. Black in color.

S- Roast malts and chocolate scents.

T- Bitter and chocolately. Sweetness very present as well. Milky finish.

M- Surprisingly light bodied. Bitter finish and linger. Decent carbonation.

O- Good stout. Bitter and sweet but I have had better from Cali breweries.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with no light penetration. There are hints of brown on the edges. A huge fluffy mocha head leaves some nice lacing.

Smell is roasted malt, chocolate, hint of coffee, booze, and dark fruit. I would say this smells like a brilliant chocolate black cherry rum mocha cake.

Taste falls short of the smell, bummer. There are hints of coffe and roasted malt, along with some dark fruit, but not near the aspect of the smell.

The feel of the beer hangs around, yet somehow is thinner than I am looking for.

The beer advertises two different hops, yet I get none in my experience. I truly wish the taste was as big as the smell, which would have put this beer over the top.


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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black into the glass, with about a 2 finger khaki head that has great retention leaving plenty of lacing around the glass

This smells great, a nice bland of rich chocolate and coffee beans, it's also a little sweet

taste is good too, sweet up front then you get the cascade hops used(just enough to notice their presents) it finishes with rich chocolate and roasted coffee.

pretty light bodied medium-high carbonation leaving the mouth watery and wanting more.

overall it a very nice always brewed stout. easy to enjoy. i like that it's sweet and you cant notice the hops.

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

Reviewing as I drink for a change.
Pours black with a nice frothy tan head that clings to the glass. The smell is fairly rich of chocolate, roasted malts and some coffee. The taste is pretty "roasty" with coffee, chocolate and a sugary sweetness, pretty complex with a lot going on here. Good full creamy body. Love this beer.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to aufaber for this one!

Poured from a bomber into a Town Hall Snifter

A. Pours a deep dark brown with a mocha 1mm head, after sitting for a little while, it rests at some nice bubbles.

S. Smells very floral, slight toffee, and an odd combination that almost smells soapy

T. Tastes of lactose, slight oatmeal, but when they mix them together, it almost end up smelling soapy. A little chocolate, with a toffee finish.

M. Medium body, coarse with a slightly dry finish

O. A pretty decent beer. It's an odd mix of styles, and for myself, I'm not a Milk Stout person. So the mix of Lactose and thinner body didn't do it for me. But it was an interesting taste, and I'm glad someone is out there trying new things.

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3.92/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured medium to darkish brown with a big fluffy dirty white head. Modest lacing.

S: Comes off very sweet, like milk chocolate with some roast notes in the back.

T: Very much a milk stout to me. Theres a nice chocolate milk tone to everything. In tow are roasted malt and some herbal and earthy hop notes. Not overly dark and roasty, just enough.

M: Pretty thin but velvety and smooth.

O: This came across as a milk stout to me. It was quite sweet and straightforward in its approach. A good selection for sessioning with friends as you dont need to sip this one. Solid performer.

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky medium brown body with a fluffy off-white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S: Immediately get a powdery cocoa aroma, maybe some marshmallow as well. Some medium roast malts. Floral hops at the end

T: It picks up better then the aroma. Nice medium roast coffee with cream, then immediately into the dusty cocoa flavor. Sweet marshmallow carries through as well. Bit of floral hops on the finish.

M: Medium body with a creamy finish.

O: Tough review, because I did enjoy the beer, but I just don't think it works well as an Imperial Stout. I think of this as more of a big Milk stout.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber guzzled from my duvel glass.

This beer looks inviting. Pitch black with a medium light head. Nice retention and a little lacing.

On the nose this beer is full of toasted malts and dark chocolate. There's a sweet smoky element, lactic sugars and I think a little hops.

This beer goes down like sweet dark chocolate milk - Yum. This beers sweetness is completey balanced by the toasted malt and hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel on this beer really allows this beer to shine. The creamy full body really complements the chocolate sweetness.

What a delicious beer, I could drink it all day. Would love an opportunity to try this beer barrel aged.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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