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 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: 516 |  Reviews: 200
Photo of projectflam86
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in a trade with Plenum. Thanks dude!

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Nearly pitch black pour with a very sudsy slightly off white head that leaves rings and rings of lace.

S- Traditional big stout nose with roasted malts and some hops in the background. Oatmeal and sweetness present.

T- Much hoppier than I was expecting considering the style but well balanced with a big dose of sweet roasted malt in the finish. Some faint coffee notes as well as bittersweet chocolate come through as it warms. Very well hidden ABV.

M- Creamy medium/full body with gentle carbonation.

O- A very tasty and solid stout. Glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Thanks to the sharer at CdC.

A: Dark brown body with bright reddish-brown highlights. Plenty of frothy tan head. Solid.

S: Coffee, almond, dark chocolate, dark fruit. Nice.

T: Quite roasty, with chocolate and coffee dominating throughout. Simple, straightforward, and tasty.

M: Fairly light, frothy body. Not bad, but a bit more heft would have been welcome.

O: Good, drinkable stout. Not distinctive or extreme in the least, but eminently solid.


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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of GregSVT
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice milk chocolate colored head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose reveals big notes of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Great smelling stout that I can't quit taking whiffs of.

T: The taste is a huge explosion of different tastes in your mouth. It starts with a ton of chocolate and coffee and moves to a rich vanilla and cream flavor. The finish is so rich it makes my mouth water a bit and leaves me wanting another taste.

M: The feel is rich and medium bodied with a light creaminess.

O: The aromas were about average for an imperial stout but the flavor is awesome. I would love to have this local to me, I'd drink it weekly. Would also love to try the barrel aged version.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of kbutler1
3.12/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Opens with a slight hiss and then pours a WAY over carbonated brown color with a tan head. Infected? Doesn’t taste infected but the carb level is out of control. Medium roast coffee note and dark chocolate. Light/medium mouthfeel. Slight sweet start with dark roast and dark fruit. Nice flavor but the carbonation level is way too much.

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.83/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nice extra by Patchmaster. Thanks, Pal.

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown hue with a voluminous khaki head. Looks a bit thin on the pour.

Smell -- Quite hoppy with notes of citrus and pine boughs, roast malts, and residual sweetness. Very hop-forward, more akin to a American Black Ale or whatever those things are called these days.

Taste -- Again, surprisingly hoppy with a muddled fresh pine and citrus flavor. Roast flavors take a back seat, or at least get covered by the hoppiness. Residual sweetness (lactose?) adds an odd extra element that doesn't quite mesh with the hoppiness. Lingering flavor of bitter roast malt and hops.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with milder carbonation. The carbonation would've been more manageable if it were fuller in body.

Overall -- Not blown away. Certainly nice, no obvious flaws, but there's nothing exciting me about this beer. Your mileage may well vary.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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

A big thanks to MrKennedy for this in a recent trade.

A-Dark black non see through hue which leaves a two finger caramel head that stays and leaves nice lacing.

S-Dark bitter belgian chocolate,dark fruity hops,xmas pudding and dark expresso.

T-Starts off sweet with hints of dark belgian chocolate pudding,caramel/toffee,a touch of vanilla and finished with a dark expresso fruity coffee bitterness.

M-Full bodied and creamy.

O-This is a Stout i could drink alot of but just not as rich as most other doubles i have sampled cheers.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 516 ratings
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