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Southern Charred - Stone Brewing Co.

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226 Ratings
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.55%


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:
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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PaulyB83

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a muddy milk chocolate brown, slight bit of light coming through when the glass is at an angle. Small light toffee head that stuck around long than expected. Doesn't look to be huge in body as the ABV my suggest.

S- Oak, vanilla, caramel, definite alcohol presence, salt water taffy, some raisin, and a good amount of hops.

T- Similar to aroma. Getting lots of the bourbon upfront with the oak and vanilla, plus some of the big caramel malt character from the Double Bastard. Nice dark fruits in the middle and ends with a big hop character that I think is a bit too much. I'm just not one that thinks hops and bourbon really pair well together.

M- Very nice and creamy that is on the lighter side of a heavy mouthfeel.

O- This beer has a great barrel character and the malt of the base beer really pairs well with it, I just don't think the hop character of the Double Bastard pairs as well. Having aged for about a year in barrels i was figuring the beer would have been a bit more mellow in the hops but it actually kinda tasted more hoppy than regular Double Bastard to me. But the barrel aspect is just fantastic to me, not too much alcohol and still fully flavored with oak and vanilla. A really nice beer and I will definitely be looking for more of Stone's barrel aged stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 03:06:19 | More by PaulyB83
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elNopalero

Texas

4.76/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Official/written review #1100!

For a special occasion. Poured this from a bottle gifted to me.

Bottled in October, 2013, from a series of beers aged for years.

My expectations were extremely high for this beer and it did not disappoint.

This poured a raisin brown-amber in color with lightly brown foam. It has an amazing aroma that reveals itself in successive waves as it warms and opens. Let’s see… There’s bourbon, cornflakes and vanilla, that moves over allowing some stone fruits, with a rum and raisin character, which then dances with some caramel malt complexity and just a hint of what must be the lingering hop presence, all green and sticky like a drop of pine sap on the finish. The flavor is no less layered and rewarding. Fiery, hot, vanilla, oaky, spicy, and smooth, with a peppery kick and a long, dry finish. With each successive sip I get more and more out of this beer. The closest I can compare it to is Founder’s Backwoods Bastard, but even there the comparison falls somewhat short. Worth a try if you can still find it, worth a share if you get it, and worth another once it’s gone.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 20:45:47 | More by elNopalero
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.74/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep, bold copper in color with a light tan head.

S - Oak, caramel, burnt sugar, char, vanilla and faint bourbon.

T - The taste pretty much matches the nose. The only difference is the presence of dark fruits.

M - Full bodied and medium carbonation. Heavy mouthfeel, almost syrupy.

O - I thought it was good, an interesting take. But, not sure I agree with the high rating. May'be the burnt aspect turns me off to it? Not sure really.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 19:09:16 | More by cvm4
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled October 2013.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown. Tall, dense and frothy tan head. Thin but wide swatches of lacing left behind. Great island of foam too.

S: Very oaky with a bit of char. Mild bourbon behind that with some caramel and vanilla. Some breadiness peeking through - just a little.

T: Oaky up front with lots of bourbon this time around. Loads of vanilla, toffee, a little burnt sugar and caramel. Get quite a bit of raisins in there too. Heavy bready malt, particularly in the middle and finish, giving it almost a raisin bread flavor briefly. Burnt raisin bread in fact. Pretty boozy. Charred oak in the aftertaste and lots of it, mixing with a lingering bourbon flavor. Plenty of stinging alcohol. For lack of a better description, there is quite a bit of stale hops in the aftertaste too. Makes sense as this is aged Double Bastard.

M: Thick, thick and thick. Heavy. Viscous. Syrupy. You get the idea. The big booziness is the only thing that cuts it.

O: One boozy, oaky and malty brew. Lots going on in this one with; quite complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:47:22 | More by Dope
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arizcards

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 500 ml bottle in late November from Total Wine for $16.99. Bottled in October 2013. This was an oh by the way brew as i was picking up my Firestone Walker Anniversary brew. Looking back November was probably the best release month i have experienced. FW Anniversary, Abyss, the Bourbon County series, Ivan the Terrible, and Charred led to a huge beer bill but well worth it!

Beer poured brown with a nice off white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is huge with the barrel characteristics of oak, vanilla, light smoke, and a generous snootful of bourbon.

Taste matches the nose and then some. I was greeted by a huge warming bourbon presence. In addition to the oak, vanilla, booze, and smoke i am picking up on dark fruit and dark cocoa. The hop fade from the original beer is pretty significant but there is enough to make this well balanced.

Overall this in a very intimidating brew at first but one that evolves as one sips from the snifter. The complexity is right up there with the BB brews that are heavily barreled. Check it out if you see it on the shelf and you like heavy barrel aging!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 23:45:26 | More by arizcards
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 16.99. Bottled 10/13. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours a murky, opaque, ruddy brown with a half finger pale head which quickly settles to a lingering haze and leaves smalls spots of lace.

Beautifully sweet nose with vanilla, butterscotch, caramel and bourbon. I get no hint of Double Bastard other than a whisper of bready malt and earthy hops. An incredible smelling brew that I keep going back to enjoy.

The aromas weren't lying. Layers of smooth sweet bourbon-tinged vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, plum, bread, a hint of smoke, some faint leafy hops and a mellow bite of alcohol. Absolutely delicious.

Oily, slick medium full feel with soft carbonation. The aftertaste is full of butterscotch and vanilla but it's also where I detect the strongest remnants of what this beer used to be with a mild piney bitterness and caramel malts.

This is perhaps the biggest impact I've ever tasted of barrel aging to a beer. In all the right ways the Double Bastard has become something altogether different. Nothing like the brutal hop monster it began life as but utterly fantastic. I really hope that I can drink more of this someday.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 13:22:26 | More by ThickNStout
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CrellMoset

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Last of the bottles I obtained from 99 Bottles in Singapore, and the priciest of the lot by far ($55 SGD, which is something like $45 USD - no clue what it's going for stateside, but I imagine not that much). Regardless, I saw the good reviews, love Stone, love barrel aging, love Double Bastard ... too much potential to pass up. Plus, it was my honeymoon. Poured in to a cognac snifter.

Appearance: An inauspicious beginning, though who would expect a barrel aged, highly hopped, high abv% brew to flow forth from the bottle bright, lively, with a gorgeous permanent head and amazing lacing? Instead, I got what I was expecting - a dull copper colored brew, filtered clear, but with a maximum head height of about a half inch that lasted less than the same fraction of a minute. Almost no lacing of which to speak either, and after a little while in the cognac glass and enough sips to make you ever so slightly absentminded, one could mistake this for cognac, given the lack of visible carbonation.

Aroma: Surprisingly subtle for the treatment + base beer, in my opinion. DB is a bracingly biting brew; even aged (of which I've had several, including a five year vertical once upon a time that was a large contributor to a worthwhile night but painful subsequent morning) showcase fierce hop aromatics, leafy, piney, piercingly sharp notes that make your nose hairs curl. Which is why it's surprising that the same beer - allowed to age for the same amount of time in a barrel as I've had mine aging at 68F in a dark cellar - is so delicate here, even at room temperature. That's not to say it's not complex - just not as in your face as many (most?) Stone offerings and many barrel aged brews are.

That said, it's even more interesting that--with such a potent base beer--the barrel really dominates the nose. Of the fifteen or so different notes I get dancing around here, the strongest--vanilla, wood aldehydes, smooth, mellow, warming bourbon--are all barrel-imparted. Does American oak have a particular diffusional affinity for hop acids/oils? Not sure how else to explain the relative lack of evidence of this beer's origins. Not to say they're absent - bready and heavily caramelized though not quite toasted malts are prevalent, intermingling beautifully with the aforementioned. The added benefit of almost no heat despite the intimidating abv% is an added bonus.

Taste: First impression is again, surprisingly, one of subtlety. The irony of a beer company that aggressively markets itself as "arrogant," brash, and in-your-face producing a barrel aged double-strength highly hopped strong ale that manages to be this subtle is worth noting. Toffee and caramel base notes provide support for a ton of vanilla, some chalky wood tannins, barrel sugars, and a crisp, spicy, but nuanced bourbon overtone. The hop presence that features so prominently in Double Bastard (well, in every Stone beer, but, yeah, particularly in Double Bastard) is still here, mellowly bitter, leathery and leafy, with a decent if not groundbreaking interplay with the barrel notes, particularly the the heat and spice of the bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Ahhhh. A perfect compliment to the aforementioned taste profile. Just the right amount of lift - a moderate, fine aeration that asserts itself for quite a long time - keeps this beer from becoming a fat, cloying, hot, sticky sweet mess, perhaps more than any other factor. Instead, you get a really good interplay of substance and style.

Drinkability: I'd be lying if I said I didn't regret not sharing this one. It's been quite some time since I enjoyed craft beer, and so I blew through my newest acquisitions fairly quickly (three pretty pricey imported and then checked-through-customs brews in three days), but in hindsight this beer would have been a great one to share with some potential craft beer converts. Yeah, it's harsh at times, high in alcohol, and probably too ambitious, falling short of what it would be ... but isn't that why we love (American) craft beer? Pushing the envelope, taking something simple and making it more unique, more complex, more personal. Even when you fall flat on your face (note: not saying this beer falls flat on its face, as it does not), the spirit is what's important, and the possibilities bounded in potentiality only by the limits of the human imagination are (or were for me, at least) one of the reasons craft beer is so alluring.

All in all, as far as 12.6% abv brews go, this one's fairly quaffable, save the price point/availability (at least for me - it's not every day I can afford to fly across four countries to buy a $45 beer). Was it worth trying once? As with so many examples of envelope pushing/creativity, yes.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 16:57:23 | More by CrellMoset
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml formerly corked and caged bottle into a branded Stone Brewing Company pairing glass (short stemmed goblet).

Pours a murky amber capped by a one and half finger fluffy beige head. Amazing head for a barrel-aged brew; excellent retention and tons of sticky lacing. Huge complex nose, charred oak, deep toffee notes, accents of butterscotch, and very mild bourbon notes in the background. Opens with bold, smoky caramel and hints of vanilla. Charred oak joins in, molasses, toffee, piney, spruce-like hops in the background. Finishes with understated accents of bourbon booziness, but much more prevalent smoked wood. Fairly smooth full body, pleasant velvety creaminess. Wonderful mouthfeel. Really impressed with this brew. Definitely exceeded my expectations. I wish I had a nice smoked cheddar on hand; without a doubt it would be the perfect pairing.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:17:41 | More by chanokokoro
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3.91/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 mL bottle into a Stone snifter. 2013 series.

Appearance: Pours a brown/reddish raisin color and leaves a big finger of off-white/light tan head which slowly fades to a layer atop the beer.

Smell: Bourbon soaked raisins and figs, red wine vinegar, chocolate covered coffee beans. A bit astringent. Very interesting aroma. The vinegar scent seems a bit out of place. Definitely big and sweet overall.

Taste: Actually matches the aroma quite well, but everything is a bit more subdued which is nice, as the aroma was a bit big for me. Bourbon soaked raisins, oak, cocoa, roasted malts, a bit of coffee, red wine vinegar, more dark fruits: good amount of sweetness, but definitely not overly sweet. The alcohol is pretty well masked by the sweetness.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation with a medium, slightly creamy body.

Overall: The big aroma, especially the vinegar in there, takes center stage and even hides the other flavors a bit for me. If that were more subdues I would definitely enjoy this more. However, this is still a very complex, interesting brew with a nice flavor and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:23:44 | More by Resuin
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RutgersEng

California

4.96/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks Dan for sharing this bottle and Tom and Tony for making it a fun experience. First off, I have to say that I like (No Love) Double Bastard and this tasting was a side by side with a 2012 DB (the base beer) and Southern Charred.

The SC poured darker than DB, a signal that the barrel had a marked effect on the beer. There wasn't much of a head, but the liquid was was thick with nice lacing on the glass.

The aroma was the first hint that there was magic in that bottle. While the DB had a nice hoppy scent, the SC overwhelmed the senses with butterscotch and caramel and all manner of sweet delights. It's as if you were about to dive into a whole bag of Werther's. There was a hint of bourbon and vanilla to go along with the caramel.

The taste was exactly what your nose was telling you. Candy, butterscotch and caramels pouring out of the glass, with just a hint of bourbon to let you know where this was coming from. The alcohol was not overwhelming, with the base beer just picking up a little over 1% from the bourbon barrels. But where did the sweetness come from. It didn't say that Stone backed up a truck of molasses and poured it ito the DB. That charred new oak barrels must have left there mark on this ambrosia. The DB hops were present on the finish, but ever so lightly as to play with the back of the tongue and let you know this beer is royalty.

Stone has done a massive job of taking a very good, but rough hoppy beer, and scrubbing and sanding it to a smooth delightful sweet treat from your youth. If it got any sweeter you would have to slice it and serve with ice cream. The final tell was the fact that after finishing the SC, the DB was still sitting in its glass a lone observer to the perfection it had become.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 17:59:45 | More by RutgersEng
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

admittedly i was never the hugest arrogant bastard fan, but so many of its reincarnations have been splendid. maybe none more so than southern charred. this brew pours a medium copper color, maybe a touch darker, with less than a half inch of khaki head. it has a nose of burnt amber malt, toffee and buttery sweetness, strong vanilla and oak elements, but its not bourbon forward as i expected. its also not as charred as i expected, given its name and barrel treatments. i get some carbon charcoal mellowness type of vibes, but its not actually a ton of flavor. the hops of the bastard have mellowed considerably, although this still has enough bitterness to counterbalance all the sweet. strong boozy notes come out, even more intensely when it warms up. a slow sipper to say the least, but a very layered brew full of sweet malt, earthy wood, and sturdy booze. full bodied and not overly carbonated, this feels about like it should for a strong ale. i know these were expensive, but a beer worth trying without question.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 18:26:16 | More by StonedTrippin
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased from Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Uncorked and poured into my Rooster Fish tulip. This was one tough mofo of a cork, by the way, took forever to get out. Pours a sort of dirty muddy brown, with some red tints. Half inch head, very small amount of lacing.

Aromas include oak, maple, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel.

Some similar tastes- very bourbon and oak forward beer. The base beer is taken over by the barrel-aging- there is some mild resinous hop flavor near the back of each sip, but the abrasive hoppiness of Double Bastard has been calmed. Tons of caramel and vanilla here, as well as a nice charred taste- smoky and woody, probably from the virgin charred oak barrels used as a percentage of the final yield.

Medium body, could be a little thicker. Starts sweet and boozy, finishes dry. Low carbonation.

A great BA beer from Stone, turns a beer I don't care for (Double Bastard) into something luxurious and badass.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 14:27:30 | More by GreesyFizeek
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anteater

Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle

A: Awesome C&C bottle. Pours a light brown with a medium light tan head.

S: Pretty sweet with bourbon and vanilla.

T: Definitely a big sweetness in this one as the nose indicates but balanced out evenly by a really nice bitterness. Major oak, vanilla, bourbon and toasted marshmellow. Booze is prevalent but in a very good way.

M: Thick and smooth.

O: Top notch. Excellent representation of one of my favorite styles of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 05:15:52 | More by anteater
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

4.41/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orangish brown color with about a finger of cream-colored head that disappears pretty quickly. Bourbon is definitely noticeable in the aroma with oak and vanilla present.

Nice levels of bourbon present here, not over powering but its there with charred oak there along with vanilla and a little dark chocolate. To go with the bourbon is plenty of citrusy hops. Also the booze is pretty well hidden for 12.6% beer. I really enjoyed it, maybe not worth twenty bucks for the bomber, but damn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 05:09:50 | More by hckyfn9999
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a very murky light brown or faded amber. A soft white head shows for a minute, but then quickly fades. Looks about like I poured a glass of lake water.

S- Bourbon, oak barrels, vanilla, caramel, fruity esters, slight vinegar, crisp apples, and the slightest hint of dark fruits.

T- Wow. Big, rich, enhanced flavors that the nose picked up on. The vanilla packs a massive punch up front, then the herbal hops, bourbon, and oak help to kick things up a notch. Remains surprisingly smooth in the silky, delicious finish. An outstanding caramelized sugar character throughout. Faint chocolate and pepper. Huge barrel notes on this one.

M- Full body, soft carbonation, and sweet. A sipper for sure, but remains so smooth as it hides the alcohol unlike most other of this ABV. Make no mistake, the booze are there, just no hot or burning sensation

O- Didn't get to try Crime and Punishment, but this one was outstanding. The caramelized sugary sweet notes come together flawlessly with the bourbon aging.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:09:29 | More by Bosoxfan20
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 12.9.13
2013

A - Pours a very cloudy and murky medium brown with an average light tan head with good retention.

S - Caramel, malt, bourbon.

T - Caramel and bourbon, some acidic wood in the finish.

D -Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of caramel and bourbon, a bit hot.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 03:55:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
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nataku00

California

4.09/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy mahogany, dark brown with some orange and red tints. Minimum head disappears quickly. Mild carbonation visible, a few tiny bubbles at the edge of the glass as you swish the beer around.

Nose is toffee, caramel, with some residual orange and grapefruit notes from the hops, leather, light toasted oak, warm spices like cinnamon and clove.

Taste has a good hit of hops from base Double Bastard, grapefruit orange and pine, then sweet toffee and caramel flavors and warm cinnamon and clove spices. Just a light toasted oak note on the finish, with quite a bit of hop flavor.

Medium to full body, sticky, with mild carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 04:26:34 | More by nataku00
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a globe.

A: Murky mahogany brown color. A quarter inch of tan head retains well. Lacing remains in the form of a dappled pattern.

S: Toasted crust, burnt caramel, dose of brown cocoa. Fig and booze-soaked golden raisin. Oily hops. Stiff bourbon aroma. Aggressive woody smells. Lots of char, strong oaky pull with a lot of woody vanilla, seasoned oak. Peppery.

T: Toasted crust and a generous helping of cocoa. Traces of milk chocolate. Burnt sugar and chewy caramel. Toffee. Slight interjection of earthy and spicy hops. Peppery. Hints of figs and booze-soaked golden raisins. Bourbon comes on strong middle to end. Lots of barrel character. Loads of barrel char. Very oaky and drying at the end. Dry woody vanilla. Oak dominates the finish.

M: Thick bodied. Firm and round with a nice heft, though it stays silky smooth and glides over the tongue. Wood tannins become a bit of a distraction. Plenty of warming alcohol.

O: This is an all-out barrel blitz. It's the kind of uber-aggressive approach I would have expected from Stone. No punches are pulled. Truthfully the virgin oak barrel tastes get to be too much and fatigue the palate. The base beer, even as big and aggressive as it is, just barely hangs on by its fingertips as the woody onslaught threatens to send it spiraling out of control. This could really use a good chunk of cellar time, say a decade, to allow the wood tannins to mellow out. But rough as it is, I still found myself enjoying it. Then again, I tend to be a glutton for punishment when it comes to big barrel aged beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:47:05 | More by ryan1788a5
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500Ml poured into a snifter
Batch #7, Bottled Oct 2013

A- Pours incredibly murky brown. Reddish hues but a muddy beer. A large tho finger of a tan head.

S- Big bourbon. A hint of an aged hop flavor. Sweet caramel malts. Sugary, creamy and thick.

T- A big bitterness at first which is unusual from a bourbon beer but not a bastard beer. A big malt profile to this beer. A slight raisin. A dried wheat flavor. The hop flavor has mostly faded. There is a hint of citrus and resinous grapefruit. The bourbon is where this beer shines. There is a nice sour mash flavor. A lingering burnt wood and oak aftertaste.

M- A massive beer. A moderate alcohol taste for a large alcohol/warming feel. A very sticky aftertaste and a palate ruining beer. The opposite of watery.

O- A solid bourbon barrel beer from the very solid base beer. Hope this series continues on and I would love to see IRS get the Charred treatment

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 02:37:13 | More by TwelveOunces
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Double Bastard is one of my favorite ales ever and roast tastes are something I really dig in a beer, so I was disappointed that my local bottle shop didn’t get any of this. By a random stroke of luck, though, I happened across a liquor store while visiting a part of town I almost never frequent. Guess what I saw as soon as I walked in? That’s right – the beer gods have smiled upon me for this one. Cheers!

Batch 07, bottled in October 2013 (two months before the date of this tasting).

A: Light chocolate color to the body, nearly opaque. Head is short, brown, and slightly silky-looking, like wet sand; lots of fizz in the body, though little retention and lace.

S: This smells quite a bit different than the typical Double Bastard: sure, the heavy malt bill of before is apparent in a rush of thick caramel and molasses, but it’s under a sustained aroma of milk chocolate, vanilla taffy, and woody bourbon. Complex and mouth-watering. There’s a hefty amount of smoke amongst the sweets of the barrel, as well, which gives this a burnt marshmallow flair.

T: Bold, as expected, but in layers. Starts up with a mellow sweetness like vanilla cream soda or marshmallow fluff, then it slowly builds to a tone centered on hop and booze tastes. A deep drink can be off-putting, as it brings up a bitter, alcoholic flavor, but give it a sip and it presents itself with much more sophistication: booze that is warm and sweet, like a whiskey-coke, mixed with flavors of black cherry, vanilla, and cream sherry. I guess you could say that the back of the palate is bourbon-forward, but it’s in a wonderfully drinkable and satisfying way. Smoke and chocolate are presented in equal fashion, enhancing the palate in subtle ways throughout (though they never get the spotlight). The finish is dry above all else, hop-oriented with its lingering marks of grass and oily lemon.

M: This is a thick, oily beer at first sip – and at second sip, and third, and fourth…once you get a little ways into the bottle, though, the heat and bitterness starts to become more pronounced, which overrides the slickness to an extent. Overall, a full body with a sparkling carbonation and a dry heat that keeps it drinkable.

O: A little barrel treatment is just what this beer needed to bump it up into the higher echelons of craft brewing; however, I’m not as impressed with the result as I feel I could have been. Maybe it’s because the original Double Bastard costs $9 and this one ran just under $20, but I expected something more. At any rate, this is still an excellent beer, and I feel that the mixed barrel-aging created something wonderful – even at only 8% of the final beer, that charred American oak is certainly recognizable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:08:32 | More by BarryMFBurton
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.56/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.

The beer produces a huge, chewy, frothy head. The beer itself is very cloudy and unfiltered in appearance and has a color reminiscent of a Belgian. The color is like the skin on a plum or red grape.

I hear a lot about beers smelling like saddlebags, but this is the first beer that strikes me as having that aroma. The beer has a bit of a bitter/sour aroma that is earthy and leather-like. There are some reisnous hop aromas floating around in there as well. Some booze is present on the nose, but it is not overwhelming or dominant.

I get a blast of vanilla on the tongue almost immediately. Spicy hops bite the tongue and a bitter resin lingers. There's a lot of caramel-like flavor popping up as well, which then finishes with some bitterness from the big amount of hops.

Charred may be a misnomer here, as smooth is what I think of more. This is easy-drinking, smoothy and creamy on the mouth. The beer has its bitter moments, but I'm not left with a bitter blast at the finish and the booze is well masked.

This beer is too well-distributed to get the high ranking it really deserves, but this is a gem. For those that appreciate Stone, despite its wide distribution, this is a damn great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 23:08:54 | More by ONovoMexicano
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ok, I see ya Stone. I see your brashness, I see your aggression, I see your abrasion. But now you've chosen a term that resonates greatly with the South, with the Bourbon constituents, with a mindset of succulence, richness and refinement. Stone, your tipping your toe in... Let's see what you got...

Southern Charred opens with lackluster charm. Murky as a muddle rain puddle, its brown, gold and amber is nothing appealing... until it releases a sandy-bright blanket of foam. Like meringue, it concretes its top with a long lasting cap and with broken lace as the beer slowly recedes.

But on sniff and it's all over... the aromas meld into the soul with absolute succulent power. Everything from sweet maple, to boubon-soaked oak, to butterscotch, to cherry wood, to vanilla and cream- everything that's imagined about butter pecan manifests themselves into this ale form.

And that's how the taste opens. Its sultry, savory and succulent tone seduces the taste buds with absolute ease as the sugars, buttery richness and creamy sweetness massages away any worry. But as the beer traverses over the middle, it pulls in other complexities: first an oaken wave of charred oak; then high bitter stemmy bitterness; and later bourbon-soaked fruit. Finishing with de-e-e-eply resinous bittering and playful acidity- the ale is dry tasting with hops, whisky and wood spice.

Its full body is largely due to its high residual sweetness that saturates and caresses the palate in seductive fashion. As their grip slowly releases, an abrassive grate comes and scrubs the palate far sooner than what is preferred. Its late charge of bitterness and malty-dryness extends well into the next savory sip.

Like the love-hate relationship you have with an ex-girlfriend. She's sweet and irresistible early but bitter and gnarly late. But once you're over her- you go back in for another taste. She's the blessing and the curse all in one.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 08:14:15 | More by BEERchitect
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santomark

California

4.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Pours a deep rich caramel color, very little head, probably less than a finger width of head. Head was off white.

Smell - Sweet, fig, caramel, a breathe of bourbon, vanilla, smokey, finishing sweet.

Taste - Sweet, tastes of fruit that would pair well with chocolate, caramel, fig, molasses, oaky, woods, bourbon and ends with this smokeyness that comes out the nose. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel - Heavy thick body, almost syrupy. You can see the remnants flow down the glass with each sip. Very warming, silky, mild carbonation, this pleasant calming from the fruitiness.

Overall - This is pretty good IMO, a must try for any Stone lover or lover of barrel aged beers. This definately has set the stand for me on how a barrel aged beer should taste, very complex. They really have brought every element of this beer. The bourbon is massively obvious and refreshing and does add a twist to this favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 08:42:59 | More by santomark
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.3/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from the Stone Bistro in San Diego. Pours a murky brownish amber with a ring of yellowish brown head. Aroma is some dark fruits, vanilla, bourbon, anise, caramel, toffee, maybe even a little chocolate. Big time caramel on the nose as this warms. Smells very nice. Flavor follows with sweet caramel, fig, vanilla, smoke, peat, perhaps some chocolate. Very nice layer of flavors. Sweet but not cloying. Bourbon is there and had a slight burn, but it isn't overly hot, albeit a strong whiskey presence. Medium carbonation, thick heavy mouthfeel. Overall a very nice barrel aged brew that I would put in the BA Barleywine category. Still a bit of hop presence from the Double Bastard, and I expect this would age nicely and turn a little thicker and sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 01:33:51 | More by BMMillsy
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Stum-pub

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

batch #7 13 months later...
500ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip.
Pours a reddish brown with a finger of light tan head.
could honestly say its my favorite beer ive ever had
the taste of sweet pineapple, worth every penny!
Shout out to freddy on shipment since ct wasnt getting any!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 05:46:54 | More by Stum-pub
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Southern Charred from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.