Class V Stout | Kern River Brewing Company

508 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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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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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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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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Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours dark brown/black with nearly 3 fingers of tight mocha-brown head. Great head retention, leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Big coffee, robust roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toffee/light molasses.

T: As with the nose, there's a huge amount of medium roast coffee with a sugary/caramel sweetness, bakers chocolate, and maybe even a little licorice towards the finish. There's a little bit of wood/roast flavor and bitterness on the front end, though a portion of it may be coming from the hops. Earthy and slightly floral hops shine through the middle to finish complimenting the malt base very nicely. Lots of lingering roast/bitterness through the finish. Alcohol isn't really noticeable at all except for the tiniest of burn in the back of the threat.

M: Medium body, very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. About as sessionable as an Imperial Stout can be. That said, the body is a little on the thin side.

O: A good coffee forward stout that's easy drinking and fairly tasty.

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Class V Stout from Kern River Brewing Company
4.05 out of 5 based on 508 ratings.
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