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Southern Charred - Stone Brewing Co.

Southern CharredSouthern Charred

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224 Ratings
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Ratings: 224
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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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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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.

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

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Southern Charred from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.