Follow Your Heart Southward
Casita Brewing Company

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Casita Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #116
Ranked #525
4.51 | pDev: 5.99%
Dec 01, 2020
Feb 06, 2018
Notes: Southward is a bourbon barrel-aged Imperial Stout, conditioned on vanilla, cocoa nibs and pecan coffee
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4.5 by BEER88 from Washington on Dec 01, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by jheimbigner from Washington

good look. nose of bourbon chocolate and vanilla, mild coffee. taste follows very well balanced chocolate vanilla barrel and mild coffee. feel is rich and decedent - perfect for a BA stout. Overall great stout!

Nov 06, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

500ml bottle poured into HF tulip.

Appearance: black bodied stout with brown head that is somewhere between a light and medium brown color.

Smell: vanilla, chocolates, black licorice, dry oak, and bourbon. Surprisingly no coffee notes.

Taste: Sweet and rich vanilla with dry oak notes and smooth bourbon to start things off. The beer transitions into black licorice in the middle with the smooth bourbon still lingering. Lots of milk chocolate notes with a hint of caramel throughout the beer. The beer finishes with a light sweetness and strong roasty coffee that has a unique nutty note for sure.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied stout with low, but almost moderate carbonation levels. Velvety and silky body / feel. Not exactly motor oil thick, but the amount of thickness is perfect. No booze at all.

Overall: This is my first brew from Casita Cerveceria and it delivers! No doubt this is a Hill Farmstead Collaboration beer because it has all the boxes checked to prove that this is definitely a Hill Farmstead barrel aged stout. I could blind taste test this barrel aged stout and know that Shawn Hill had his hand in the crafting this barrel aged stout. The giveaways are that silky body with no booze presence and how well the flavors all melded together so well. It just screams Shawn Hill. No other brewer crafts barrel aged stouts like this, it is pretty obvious that his influence is here. As for the pecan coffee... its a unique ingredient that I was skeptical that would make an influence into the beer, but it showed up with its "A" game. It gave a really nice nutty coffee flavor almost like hazelnut, but not quite hazelnuts. Great barrel aged adjunct stout. I would categorize it as a dessert stout for sure.

Oct 11, 2019
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4.73/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head. Aroma of floral coffee notes with chocolate and bourbon notes is quite rewarding. Taste is a nice mix of floral coffee notes with subtle bitterness, some bourbon notes with some woody and vanilla notes with huge black chocolate notes and light residual sugar notes. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation with some warming alcohol notes. I had no expectation but this was quite the treat.

Mar 26, 2019
4.59 by doremite from Vermont on Feb 03, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by kevanb from Illinois

500ml bottle, 2018 release, poured into a stemless wine glass. Enjoyed on 11.24.18, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a deep, jet black color, super viscous and thick as it fills the glass with a finger of tan head, moderate retention and nice spotted lacing. The aroma is excellent, strong dark chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, soft bourbon, light coffee, mild oak, light char with toasted dark grains and deep stone fruits. The flavors are great, loads of barrel character right out of the gate, charred wood, warm and spicy bourbon, a bit of toasted coconut, dark bakers chocolate with a nice marshmallow character, soft coffee that adds a nice richness with roasted grain and nice pitted stone fruits linger on the palate. The mouthfeel is good, coating with a thick and heavy body, smooth and rich with a creamy but warm finish.

Verdict: An exceptional barrel aged stout from Casita Cerveceria. The barrel character is wonderful, packs a lot of oomph into the beer without turning this into a hot and fusel beer. Layers of rich and decadent flavors, wonderful vanilla marshmallow character and a nice coffee presence as well.

Jan 02, 2019
5 by Bum4ever from California on Dec 31, 2018
4.25 by Eziel from Ohio on Dec 28, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

Nose is vanilla cocoa with a nice thin tan head little to no lacing. Taste is sweet toast vanilla is upfront and cocoa and roast finish

Dec 25, 2018
4.5 by NathanBeets from South Dakota on Dec 02, 2018
3.88 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2018
4.56 by lebriarjr from North Carolina on Nov 15, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Poured very dark black with very little head on top. The smell of the beer has massive roasted aromas coming off of it. The coffee and barrel notes along with the dark malts meld together and create a very powerful punch to start things off with this beer. The taste is about as powerful as the nose lead me to believe, this beer is a sipper. Really give this one the time to sink in if you can and be sure to let it warm up a little too. The feel is oily and thick. Overall it's an impressive beer from a place I wasn't actually familiar with not too long ago.

Oct 02, 2018
4.37 by VeganUndead from Virginia on Sep 14, 2018
4.75 by Knickfan3 from New York on Sep 14, 2018
4.25 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Aug 12, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Phineasco from Massachusetts

The beer pours Pitch Black with a thin khaki head that recedes quickly. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of Dutch chocolate, coffee, vanilla, pecans, hazelnuts, and bourbon. It tastes of chocolate, mild coffee, vanilla, pecans, hazelnuts, and bourbon. The feel is medium light and smooth. A good BA stout from Casita.

Aug 12, 2018
4.5 by Samact from Vermont on Jul 22, 2018
4.41 by vfgccp from New York on Jul 22, 2018
4.58 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jul 21, 2018
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4.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Green Session. Black color. Aroma is a bit spicy and woody with dark malts. Taste is sweet and malty with bitter roasty finish. Really well balanced and easy drinking.

Jun 21, 2018
4.4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jun 16, 2018
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4.82/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by strohme2 from Michigan

500ml bottle, no date seen but assumed late 2017/early 2018 release. Poured into tulip.
Pours deep, dark brown, root beer highlights with rich brown 1 finger of head. Recedes somewhat quickly. Belgian chocolate brownie batter, rich and roasty coffee, smooth bourbon nose. Can’t wait to get into this one. Holy crap this is delicious. Everything that the nose is but blended seamlessly together. Flavors transition from one to the other and meld together at the same time. This beer has the mouthfeel I look for in imperial stouts-thick, velvety smooth and light to no bubbles on the mouthfeel. No alcohol burn, smooth for 11%.

Jun 15, 2018
4 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Jun 14, 2018
4.5 by fthegiants from California on Jun 05, 2018
4.56 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 20, 2018
4.38 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on May 12, 2018
4.6 by oline73 from Maryland on May 03, 2018
4.46 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Apr 19, 2018
4.53 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Apr 15, 2018
4.51 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia on Apr 10, 2018
3.67 by acurtis from New Jersey on Apr 09, 2018
3.89 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Apr 09, 2018
4.5 by Radcpa from Washington on Apr 05, 2018
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4.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours espresso colored with a tan head that leaves a lot of splotchy lacing

Smell: Espresso dominant, with Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, pecan and oak tones

Taste: Rich, like a liqueur, the espresso tones merge with dark chocolate fudge; dark fruit flavors emerge along with a distinct pecan character; in the mid-palate, the Bourbon, oak and vanilla add complexity that builds into the finish

Mouthfeel: Full boded with low carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: This is, by far, the most complex Imperial Stout that has come out of North Carolina and is a powerhouse beer to be savored slowly

Apr 03, 2018
4.87 by Snoopy488 from Nevada on Mar 18, 2018
4.94 by lewith from South Carolina on Mar 12, 2018
4.8 by fehrminator from North Carolina on Mar 11, 2018
4.56 by CavemanRamblin from North Carolina on Mar 09, 2018
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4.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising quickly along the edges of the glass and very faint dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of chocolate fudge + cacao nibs, freshly brewed coffee, pecans, and vanilla along with moderate aromas of bourbon, caramel, and toasted oak. Moderately sweet smelling.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + chocolate + dark + caramel malts with a moderate to strong amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of chocolate fudge with a moderate flavor of cacao nibs, freshly brewed coffee, and pecans. Slightly stronger than moderate flavors of vanilla with light to moderate flavors of bourbon + toasted oak. Minimal amounts of bitterness and a moderate amount of sweet chocolate fudge linger through the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and slick.

O: Drinks very easily considering the strength of this beer and the alcohol is well hidden - probably best enjoyed as a slow sipper but it so delicious I had a hard time holding myself back. This was a perfect dessert beer after dinner tonight and has a lot of complexity. I hope that I'm able to find a few more of these since the chocolate, vanilla, coffee, and pecans are complemented perfectly by the bourbon barrel aging (which does not over power the other flavors in the beer). May be one of the best barrel-aged stouts I have tasted in quite a while.

Mar 08, 2018
Follow Your Heart Southward from Casita Brewing Company
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 43 ratings