Charred Walls Of The Damned
Burnt Hickory Brewery

Charred Walls Of The DamnedCharred Walls Of The Damned
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Style:
Quadrupel (Quad)
Ranked #30
ABV:
13%
Score:
91
Ranked #2,378
Avg:
4.34 | pDev: 8.76%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
59
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Burnt Hickory Brewery
 
Georgia, United States
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SCORE
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Charred Walls Of The DamnedCharred Walls Of The Damned
Notes: Belgian barleywine aged in bourbon barrels.
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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cribguy from Georgia

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I bought one of the last bottles from the brewery and tucked it away in my fridge for later. I should have bought more than one bottle. It is an amazing 'beer'. I say 'beer' because there is no way that it was only 13.5%. My only hope is that they make it again some day..

May 14, 2018
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer poured a red-leaning copper color.

Smell - The nose was quite boozy with banana and raisin notes.

Taste - The booze was initially heavy, but does not burn. Notes of sweet banana, clove, fruit leather, and candy sugar. As the beer warmed, there was a definite caramel presence with boozy undertones.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was low with sticky, almost oily, booze.

Overall - This is a beer worth seeking.

Dec 25, 2017
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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 vintage bottle #1122. The beer pours an opaque deep tan color with a short, fizzy head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is bourbon up front with a dark fruit smell coming through strongly underneath.

The taste is very sweet bourbon right away. Then the dark fruits come through, dominated by raisin. The finish is slightly bitter and lingering. The alcohol makes itself known at the end also.

The mouthfeel is low carbonation but it's not overly smooth.

Overall this is decent. At two years old the bourbon is still strong but the dark fruits come through nicely. It's still a little hot, and it'll be a slow sipper for me.

Jul 23, 2017
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OompaMentor from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft poured; one finger head. Lots going on here! Fruits, vanilla, raisins, bourbon is subtle.... expecting a slight smokey taste -- instead you get the salty/ lemonish taste of Old Bay... WOW! Amazing ....this is one to try!!

Mar 26, 2017
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SuperBrewThru from Georgia

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

AWESOME! finally was able to get a bottle of this at the brewery last night. the brewer brought it our from the cellar and gave it to me! Baba Booey.. it's my favorite.

Nov 26, 2016
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LC1994 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer! Charred Walls smells like vanilla and bourbon with caramel flavor. It has a traditional Belgian sweetness in the palate. You can also taste the bourbon that is also in the nose. I really love this quad!

Oct 11, 2016
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mbgeibel from Florida

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got 4 22oz bottles from the 10/2015 bottling event. Drank one the next day: pours dark, no light comes through. Somewhat dense head (about 1 inch) with lacing. Smell is great, lots of dark fruits, obviously a good bourbon scent, plum, toffee, raisins. Taste is much of the same. Boozy and sweet but not what you would expect from a 13%. The taste lingers a bit with dark fruits on a strong bourbon backbone. Belgian sweetness throughout. Warm in the mouth in the best way possible. I have 2015 bottles #140 and #1004 in my cellar and I can't wait to get to them in a while.

May 02, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle from the brewery's bottle release party. Released 10/2015. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours a turbid, barely translucent ruby hued mahogany with a finger and a half beige head. The dense froth settles to a tight collar that leaves a few sporadic beads of lace.

Incredible and inviting nose. Rum raisins, vanilla, bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, wet wood and plenty of Belgian yeasty esters. Pretty much exactly the aromas I look for from the style.

Tastes of bourbon, macerated plums, booze doused candied dates, raisin bread, brown sugar, toffee, oaky vanilla, mild earth and some alcohol. The 13.5% abv is well hidden, going down as easy as an 8-9% brew. There is a great mix of bourbon barrel and American quad going on here.

Creamy, medium full feel with fairly light carbonation. The delightful aftertaste leaves me thinking of toffee-dusted bourbon raisin bread pudding.

Burnt Hickory has a damn fine barrel aged quad here. One of the best American brewed examples of the style I've had. It's great to see that even with their expanded production Burnt Hickory is still keeping up their high quality. Charred Walls Of The Damned is well worth a little effort to try.

Feb 02, 2016
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage 2015; bottle no. 459

Appearance: A two inch ecru head settles on the tea-colored liquid and fades rather quickly; a few clumps of lacing linger

Smell: Caramel and vanilla dominate, with the Bourbon tones underneath

Taste: Caramel, molasses, burnt brown sugar and vanilla, up front, with the Bourbon tones building in the middle; fig in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Having a hard time detecting the Quad elements here; maybe a hint of spicy yeast but that is pressing it; really more of an English Barleywine and a nice one if you think of it that way

Thanks, factory, for the opportunity

Nov 19, 2015
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

look: Clear copper with a moderate tan head and lacing.
smell: Rich vanilla and bourbon, some fruit.Sweet and subdued for such a big guy.
taste: That's the stuff! Much like the nose. A wonderful melange of oak, vanilla, bourbon, fruit. A touch of booze but surprisingly little given the abv. Great balance of sweet and strong. Well done folks.

Nov 14, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep mahogany brown in color. Not much light will penetrate it. A fingernail of beige head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Not much other than bourbon in the aroma. The flavor is very much sweet bourbon forward. There's plenty of dark malt and plum in there. The alcohol is very apparent in the mouth and it is very warming.

Dec 24, 2014
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Divo366 from Georgia

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An amazing Quad! I'm a huge fan of vanilla in beer, and the quality of the vanilla flavor is incredible; not a chemical flavor like some that overdue it.

This barrel aged Quad has such a unique taste it's difficult to describe; you must try it for yourself!

Nov 03, 2014
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Jshari223 from Georgia

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Review of a 2012 bottle consumed on 7.24.14

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a stemless wine glass.

Appearance -Thick, dark, murky brown lets no light shine through.

Smell- Sweet molasses, burnt sugar, very little fruit characteristics that are normally associated with Quad.

Taste- Warm Bananas Foster, more molasses, and burnt sugar. Caramel coated apples, and dried apricots come out as the beer warms a little. The barrel is not hidden at all, but is upfront, and arrogant.

Mouthfeel- Very nice, thick body that coats your mouth and hangs for a bit on your taste buds.

Jul 25, 2014
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Brewser_Lewser from Georgia

4.84/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

from Secret Stash Bash over the weekend. My favorite beer of the day. Alot of hype about this beer! Glad to have finally tried it.

Like liquid candy with a real hot (but good) booze taste and smell. Malts and barrel aging went together well on this one. I just heard of Burnt Hickory a few months ago. they are not even bottling yet, so their stuff is hard to find. I'm now a huge fan. Proud of such a new brewery making such a huge beer!

Mar 04, 2014
Charred Walls Of The Damned from Burnt Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 59 ratings