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Southern Charred - Stone Brewing Co.

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Southern CharredSouthern Charred

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BA SCORE
95
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374 Ratings
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Ratings: 374
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 84
Gots: 119 | FT: 22
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:
Beer added by: SuperbikeShaun on 11-08-2013

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.
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Photo of cbutova
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%

Thanks Dan and Emma for sharing this.

A- Split a few ways and poured to pint glasses with a muddled dark amber brown body. A crown forms atop the brew to over a finger with a semi-thick creamy consistency. A big sheet of lace forms for about an inch with

S- Sweet caramelized sugars, brown sugar and crystal malt sweetness with a large dose of Bourbon and oak. Big vanilla and whiskey come out with toasted and fresh oak tannins. Some raisins ala Old Ale as well.

T- Oak and whiskey complexity really comes out in this beer and I guess it makes sense with the blend of barrels. Tons of vanilla, sour whiskey, pepper whiskey, fresh oak wood as well as toasted oak; just a plethora of oak barrel hints. The base Double Bastard feels aged but not all that much with a huge amount of brown sugar, musty caramel, slight alcohol and raisins.

MF- Medium bodied and oily body with a silky and creamy texture. Warmth in the finish is towards the high side. Carbonation at a medium level just a shade towards low.

A lot of whiskey and oak complex flavors but it doesn't drown out the base beer that much or make it feel alcoholic. The body is somewhat thinned out but it still holds up enough to make for a great experience.

Photo of Damian
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into snifter. Bottled October 2013.

A: Pours a deep, murky, maroon with a finger of thick tan colored head that slowly faded into a greasy film and thick collar. Sheets of wispy, bubbly, lace were left down the glass.
S: Rich notes of boot leather, vanilla custard, earthy hop resin, smooth bourbon, camp fire toasted/singed marshmallow, leaf tobacco, dark roasted malt and a hint of medium chocolate. Smells as I would imagine this beer would smell given what it is and how it was made.
T: Follows the nose with rich flavors of leather, milk chocolate, vanilla, and slight char. I also get sweet and stick flavors of caramel, brown sugar, candied sugar, and maybe toffee. The finish is full of very mellow and smooth bourbon, oak, and bitter, leafy, hops. The aftertaste is rich, sweet, and lingering with flavors of booze, chocolate, and hop resin.
M: Full body, greasy, oily, thick and smooth mouthfeel that has a solid bitterness and a very mild alcohol presence. The carbonation is medium-low with a good chew without being distracting.
O: A very flavorful and decadent beer. The age and the barrel really add another layer of complexity and smoothness to the base beer. I wish I had purchased more bottles.

Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of SuperbikeShaun
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of richj1970
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500 ml bottle into double bastard glass.

A: Pours a cloudy mud colored brown with a small one finger tan head. Reminds me a bit of unfiltered apple cider in appearance.

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.

M: Full bodied with a bit of syrupy quality to it.

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

Photo of bluejacket74
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 ml caged and corked bottle, bottled October 2013. Served in a Great Lakes Brewing chalice, the beer pours a murky hazelnut brown color with about an inch tan head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like toffee, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit (raisins), and wood. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some plums, dark bread, candied oranges and a little bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's syrupy and creamy with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew. It's pricey at $19.99 a bottle, but definitely worth trying. I'd consider buying another bottle if I found some again.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a murky dirty brown color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of wood and rye whiskey is pretty dominant with some light hoppy relics notes. Taste is also dominated by rye whiskey notes with quite a bit of woody notes with some residuals sugar notes and light fading hoppy notes. Body is full with good carbonation with some well-balanced warming notes. One of the best nightcap beers I’ve tasted in the recent months.

Photo of nataku00
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Ri0
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 500ml bottle into chalice. Bottled Oct, 2013.

A - A murky brown color with a thin head. Fades quickly and leaves the slightest ring with some spotty lacing. Not the most attractive beer, but that is not what it is about.

S - Sweet brown sugar, molasses, burnt caramel, and some dark fruit. The bourbon, vanilla, and oak all stand out and there is some butterscotch. I don't find any of the hops in the nose.

T - Starts off sweet with brown sugar, molasses, and some dark fruit. The vanilla and butterscotch stand out more and there are notes of bourbon and oak. The hops are muted from the Double Bastard base with some noticeable alcohol. Has some Old ale and Scotch ale qualities.

M - Medium body with nominal carbonation. Somewhat of a syrup feel, but smooth with a warming finish.

O - This was really nice and shows you just how versatile Double Bastard can be. It had some qualities that reminded me of a old ale or barrel aged scotch ale.

Photo of Stum-pub
5/5  rDev +16.6%
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!!!

Photo of RutgersEng
4.96/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of macher0
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy dark amber with orangish tints on the extremes. Minimal head that retreats ti a fine bubble rim. The nose bursts with bourbon soaked prunes. The smell is quite complex: sweet dried prunes, plumes, oak, stale oranges and malts. The taste follows the nose, which doesn't always happen. Full body, low carb and as smooth as a ba dipa can be.

This was way talked up by my beer guys helper. I'm not disappointed but not overwhelmed. Kind of so so. This is the definition of a hybrid with qualities of several entities but not necessarily the best qualities.

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Surprising combination of aroma and flavors to me. Aroma gave me a lot of fruit - peach / apricot along with some almond / marzipan / vanilla. Flavor moves quickly through that into toffee, cotton candy, carmel terrain. Finishes with oak, bourbon, vanilla, kissed with smoke, touch of meaty tobacco. The smoke is beautifully subtle, fleeting, accumulates across the glass.

I actually found this more elegant and less bruising than expected. Stone can still surprise.

Photo of sweemzander
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a cloudy caramel colored amber brown. Some off-white froth.

(S)- Slightly smoky/brine profile meets lots of vanilla and oak. Subtle sweetness of caramel.

(T)- Lots of caramel meets the charred oak. Very subtle smokiness in there with plenty of oaky vanilla.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Sweet, but balanced well with the smoky oak.

(O)- I like this. Remnants of an old ale and barleywine with the charred oak and smoke.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.39/5  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.

Photo of portia99
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Southern Charred from Stone Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 374 ratings.