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Southern Charred - Stone Brewing Co.

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Southern CharredSouthern Charred

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 85
Gots: 115 | FT: 17
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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Reviews by chanokokoro:
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

chanokokoro, Feb 12, 2014
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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep golden in color, cloudy appearance. Almost no carbonation. The smell, oh the smell! Heavenly notes of caramel, toffee, vanilla, light smoke. Flavor follows the nose, HUGE bourbon flavors. Phenomenal mouthfeel with a long finish. Honestly, one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers I've had, not quite as good as Black Tuesday but up there with Uncle Jacob's.

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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.

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S: Oak, bourbon, vanilla, and raisins.

T: Fairly significant oak flavors coming through. Sweet malts mixed with a nice hop punch. Dark fruits and some nice bourbon influence. The bourbon being much more apparent as it warms.

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O: A very nice variation on the base beer which was already a favorite of mine.

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Southern Charred from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.