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Southern Charred - Stone Brewing Co.

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Southern CharredSouthern Charred

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365 Ratings
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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 84
Gots: 120 | 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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Ratings: 365 | Reviews: 48
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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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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!!!

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours very dark brown with no head whatsoever. You can hold this up to a spotlight and see nothing through it.

S - Strong Ale+ Bourbon + Bourbon and then some bourbon. That about sums it up.

T - Fantastic barrel aged Ale with lots of dark thick rich coffee and malt, with the bonus of mouth filling whiskey. Rich, thick, and a real mouth filler

M/D - Mouthfeel is creamy, rich, but also strong and hearty. THis is as drinkable as 12% barrel aged stouts get, it's still a slow sipper that the taste character continues to come out as the beer warms up.

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5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

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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.

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4.95/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.76/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Southern Charred from Stone Brewing Co.
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