Southern Charred - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 88
Gots: 116 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  12.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

2012 Double Bastard Ale aged over a year in three types of barrels, including virgin charred American oak.

(Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 11-08-2013)
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Photo of Bnoise11
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - big head that last with a dirty brown color. Only thing it's lacking is lacing.
Taste - strong alcohol bourbon smell with sweet molaces.
Taste - strong alcohol taste with charred sweet bourbon taste and sweet molaces just like the smell.
Feel - fairly smooth had first but you can really feel it afterwards for a long while. Great medium body and pretty creamy.
Overall - strong strong beer but completely expected. I really like the bourbon taste.

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4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

4/5  rDev -7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Damian
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 500 ml (1 pt 0.9 fl oz) corked and caged bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Newton, MA
2013 series
Batch No 7
Served in a snifter

The dark yet nearly clear, garnet tinged mahogany liquid was topped by frothy, bubbly, one-finger tall, ecru colored crown. Chunks of drippy lacing stuck along the glass. The head faded to a bubbly ringlet.

The aroma was outstanding. Toasted coconut and vanilla immediately smacked me in the face. The bourbon and barrel character was in full effect. Raisin notes also came through strong. Loads of brown sugar and dark fruits. Hint of port wine. Toffee and caramel were apparent as well. All in all, quite sweet, yet not overly so. Remarkably intense and complex, but also super smooth.

Rich caramel malts and toasted oak came through strong in the flavor profile. Sweet and malty up front with intense raisin and plum notes. Loads of bourbon and brown sugar. Touch of port. Very barleywine-esque. The beer turned super oaky on the back and in the finish. Slightly boozy. Almost a bit tannic. Piney, resiny hops came through as well. A dry, pithy bitterness lingered on my palate long after each sip.

The mouthfeel was a bit thin for the style. Creamy and somewhat frothy. Decent but fairly nondescript.

Like all of Stone's "bastard" beers, this one too is apologetically brash. I really enjoyed the rich malt, dark fruit and bourbon notes in the flavor profile, but the intensely hoppy and bitter finish was bit much for my liking. Perhaps another year or so of aging might smooth out some of this beer's rougher edges.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.64/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Pours a dark orange brown color with a one inch tan head. Smells delicious. orange, bubblegum, sweet bread, cardboard. The bourbon is milder on the nose than i would have thought, but that's probably because of the heavy hop aroma. In the mouth you get all that sweet vanilla and caramel from the bourbon with a strong wood presence. It's very creamy. I like this beer a lot. One of my favorite of Stone's barrel offerings.

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.92/5  rDev -8.8%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bwagner1122
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of portia99
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

L - Pours a muddy, murky medium brown color, translucent with a small cap of khacki head that is foamy and shows good staying power. Even sheet of lace coats the glass.

S - Pretty boozy with plenty of bourbon up front. Lots of buttery aroma too. Faint gingerale, tons of toffee and caramel. A lot going on here.

T - Matches the aroma pretty well. Bourbon is front and center with noticeable alcohol warmth. Hops still come through surprisingly well giving some balancing bitterness. Lots of estery flavors from the base beer which I thought would be overpowered by the bourbon, but manage to push through quite nicely. Buttery flavors are a bit too firm for my liking, becoming especially potent as the beer warms in the glass. Smokey, charred aspects come on towards the swallow. Plenty of caramel, burnt sugar and vanilla flavors. Quite complex.

F - Lowish/medium carbonation that is lightly prickly on the tongue and gives a lively feel overall. Medium body...a bit thinner than expected, but still appropriate and appealing. Noticeably boozy/bourbon with a faint tingle and some alcohol warmth felt on every sip. Firm bourbon presence but not heavy handed - intensity matches well with the base Double Bastard.

O - Very good barrel aged strong ale. Great beer to start with and barrel aging only added more complexity to it. Most all of the aspects of this beer work well for me. My only complaint is the intense buttery aroma and flavor that is found here. A case where a little bit is good, but a lot is just too much. I know my palate is particularly sensitive to this flavor so it may not be as intense for others, but a bit much for me. Other than that...this is a great combo of bourbon, hops and various sugars all melded together very well.

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4.8/5  rDev +11.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

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Southern Charred from Stone Brewing Co.
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