Southern Charred - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.29/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
12-07-2013 08:14:15 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev -5.1%
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.
01-14-2014 18:26:16 | More by StonedTrippin
4.04/5 rDev -6.5%
Bottle opened on 12.9.13
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.
12-30-2013 03:55:02 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.46/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-18-2014 22:07:33 | More by bluejacket74
Southern Charred from Stone Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.