Southern Charred
Arrogant Consortia

Southern CharredSouthern Charred
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Arrogant Consortia
California, United States
Strong Ale - American
4.25 | pDev: 10.35%
Jun 07, 2021
Nov 08, 2013
Southern CharredSouthern Charred
Notes: Double Bastard Ale aged over a year in three types of barrels, including virgin charred American oak.
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Photo of jmbeerdude91
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

2015 v

Jun 07, 2021
4 by mmilyko from Nevada on Nov 24, 2020
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4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had brown color and a murky, cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: A pretty good aroma of hops, caramel, malt, booze, and wood.

T: Tasted of fair amount of malt (present throughout, but not a massive factor), a good bit of bourbon (and its accompanying barrel), a lot of hops (not too much, but certainly present), a hint of pine (just enough to make things interesting), and some caramel (quite sweet). A likable beer that's not overly off-putting in its booziness.

F: An average amount of carbonation with a smooth, somewhat dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer has its flaws, but still manages to likable. Worth a look.

Sep 26, 2020
4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Sep 19, 2020
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4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by RAFH from Michigan

Finally opened my cellared bomber with a 2015 year stamp on it on 7/18/2020. I thought this was a Stones beer, but it said "Arrogant Bastard Brewing Company" on the bottle. This was the only location that had the Southern Charred beer. Anyway, even though it poured extremely cloudy, it was very smooth with a redundantly smooth after taste. If I can get my hands on another bottle of Southern Charred, I know I won't be disappointed.

Jul 19, 2020
4.49 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois on Apr 12, 2020
4.02 by Gemini6 from Michigan on Jan 12, 2020
4.61 by travolta from California on Jan 05, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by EMV from Pennsylvania

2015 vintage... poured from a cork'n'cage bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed viscous caramel amber pour with thin head. Modest lacing.

S: Wood, oak, booze, and caramel.

T.F: Rich... some sweet malts, caramel, and sugars up front. Vanilla and bourbon mingled with pine and some residual hop bitterness. A bit of char, some dark fruit, and resin. Medium to thick bodied... low carbonation. Oily on the tongue with more caramel and pine at the finish. Boozy.. alcohol a bit too present.

O: A well done variant on 'Double Bastard', and the whiskey and oak came through nicely. More residual pine/hops than I was expecting given the age and it almost reminded me of their 'Old Guardian'. Similar booziness and flavor. A nice 'treat' brew.

Dec 17, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by kitch from Hong Kong

A 500ml corked and caged bottle, 2015 vintage. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Poured a cold haze rusty orange brown colour but eventually settled to a clear copper colour with a very thin orangey beige head that disappeared quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, ginger, candied grapefruit, and some light piney notes.

Taste: Sweet malts, bourbon, caramel, toffee, oak, light bitterness, grapefruit peel, piney, resinous, citrus pith, and maybe hints of raisins.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with soft to moderate carbonation.

Overall: I loved the aroma and there was a good balance in the flavours between sweet and bitter that make it such a good sipper.

Dec 04, 2019
4.25 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 11, 2019
4.25 by Griffith from Connecticut on Apr 05, 2019
4.06 by mholdefer from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
4.04 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Dec 30, 2018
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4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Nass from Florida

2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Vintage

Color: Brown
Aroma: Bourbon alcohol, dark fruits
Taste: Caramel, light notes of dark fruits, some bourbon sweetness, a little tart, marshmallow, mouthfeel is medium
Conclusion: Cool label artwork. The abv is well hidden for 12.6% abv beer. This beer has been aged for 2 years so it's now a smooth drink, there is nothing offensive going on in the taste. This beer was better than I expected. I still think regular Arrogant Bastard Ale is a better drink than this, well at least it used to be because the regular Arrogant Bastard Ale does not taste as good as it used to be back when I first had it 5 years ago anyway cheers! A-

Nov 23, 2018
4.12 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Nov 12, 2018
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3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Another beer consumed for the first time at Stone Oakquinox 2014. Had it a few times since, almost always when a buddy tells me to take it bc he bought 2 bottles, one to drink, one to age, the one he drank he hated, so I score a bottle that they don't want to age. Seriously, this has happened at least twice to me for this beer. Bring it on pussies.

Pours a color slightly darker than the dark amber and auburn Arrogant Bastard (Double) that is not barreled. Smaller head, around the 1/5" mark. Aroma is much stronger than the other ABA barreled offerings. That virgin oak pops the hardest. Average strength notes of bourbon finally on this one. Good roasted barrel and malt notes.

Taste drops heavy on the caramel, which is nicely paired with the sweetness and breath of whiskey. Lots of noticeable wood on it. Some dark fruit notes that wasn't the best with this substantial amount of alcohol. I enjoyed it, but the high price tag per oz makes this a one and done tick.

Oct 25, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gnilwod from Georgia

Look: dark brown, slightly hazy

Smell: slightly sweet. Smiliar to molasses.

Taste: strong and sweet combined. Molasses and caramel. Slight big of whiskey from barrel age.

Feel: smooth and oily.

Overall: excellent. Best example of American ale I've had in a while (since standard double bastard became hard to get). At this price point it's a special occasion beer but worth the money

Oct 13, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Boca-X from Missouri

2015 bottle

Good stuff. Sweet caramel and molasses. Thick sweetness, marshmallow with a lingering sugarcane and bourbon on the tongue and throat. Some might think this is syrup after 3 years but it was a perfect pint pored from Stone's small 16.9 bottle that was very complimentary with a grilled steak and potato.

Sep 07, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by siskiyoucellar from Oregon

This one is 2016. It’s been in my cellar for fifteen months. I think that Double Bastard is one of the very best American Strong Ales out there, so expectations are are high for this two-year-old BBA version. It’s really beautiful in the glass, deepest garnet color that allow just a littke light to make its way through. The nose is rich with caramel and whiskey, a little dark fruit. The taste delivers on all these promises and more. Wonderful honey-toast malts cut by sharp clear notes of whiskey and char, sweet, dark preserved cherries and plums and, surprisingly, a little lupulin laced through it all. The feel is fantastic, a little chewy and very clean. A great version of a great ale.

Jun 24, 2018
4.25 by heysuz from Indiana on Jun 09, 2018
4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jun 09, 2018
3.88 by jakecattleco from California on Jun 02, 2018
4.49 by ummswimmin from New Jersey on May 28, 2018
4.23 by B_B from California on Apr 27, 2018
4.38 by JuiceMan818 from California on Apr 20, 2018
4 by Patches826 from Massachusetts on Apr 02, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tony210 from New Jersey

Pours a very cloudy dark amber, a little murky, beige head quickly recedes. Nice sweet aromas of molasses, caramel, slight bourbon barrel, dark fruits. Reminds me of a Barleywine. Sweet yet bitter, lots of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, a little radon, wallop of vanilla. The hops have mellowed significantly, but the bitterness prevailed. This is full bodied, thick, rich, and creamy. Reminds me of BCBS in the respect that I just want to swish it around in my mouth and not swallow it. Overall this is an outstanding beer. I drank one fresh and aged this bottle. Glad I did. I like the aged version better.

500 ml bottle, 2015 vintage
4.5 rating

Feb 27, 2018
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4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Thankin_Hank from Texas

Found it. This is the 2015 vintage and the bottle label is slightly different but the ABV is the same. There was really not any head but has a little lacing. Looks brownish red in color has the brewed tea look. Has the sweet smell of raisins and molasses. Excellent aroma. Tastes of raisins and molasses and a slight bitterness and alcohol. This is very good and the slight bitterness is the only knock on this beer. It swishes and chews well. Deliciousness. A prime example of outstanding character and drinkability for a Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer. Always ready to try a Stone beer.

Feb 23, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by stakem from Pennsylvania

2013 vintage 500ml corked and caged bottle into pint appears hazy brown with yellowish stained cap that fades leaving patchy lace.

Aroma of of caramel, molasses, oak, raison and prunes. As it breathes it gets a little herbal and more oaked but in a raw oaked way.

Taste has a lot of raw oak tannic character thats drying with booze, resinous bitterness and almost a medicinal aspect. Mild vanilla, caramel and molasses sweetbess with raisons.

Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Overall decent stuff.

Feb 13, 2018
4.38 by Beer21 from Florida on Feb 11, 2018
4.14 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Jan 17, 2018
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1/5  rDev -76.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by rspauldi from Texas


Dec 27, 2017
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3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

Appearance is muddy prune juice--brown-mauve with floaters--topped with a thin, creamy tan blanket receding to a thinner ring.

Smell is caramel, bourbon, toffee, wet coconut, vanilla and date.

Taste starts with a red wine-like tannin and charred wood that's got a spiced element. Then toffee and vanilla come in while the bourbon intensifies in the woodiest of ways, and dries it up a bit, finishing with a lightly bittering pineyness that grows, then recedes.

Body is moderate with a soft but light carbonation. The finish is semi-dry and spicy, with a touch of heat running down the throat.

Dec 22, 2017
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4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

A - Pours a murky amber with a one finger creamy tan head.

S - Aroma is brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and oak.

T - The taste follows the aroma caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon and oak. The finish has a good piney hop bite.

M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry finish.

O - A solid beer. The bourbon barrel adds a nice depth to original base beer. Definetly worth checking out.

Oct 21, 2017
4.16 by PrestigeWorldwide from Michigan on Sep 03, 2017
3.71 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts on Aug 27, 2017
4 by BergBeer from Hawaii on Aug 10, 2017
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4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by AustinWadkins from Iowa

Pours hazy rusty mahogany, aggressive pour created a small head that fizzled away to a opaque collar

Smell of oak, booze, brown sugar, sweet malty notes, molasses, rasin, smoke

Taste of booze, oak, brown sugar, molasses, smoke

Overall a fantastic beer! Love the depths of flavor

Jul 11, 2017
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4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; 2016 vintage, bottled in 10/2016. Pours slightly hazy deep ruby red/copper/light brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, nuts, raisin, plum, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, molasses, coconut, smoke, char, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Minimal booze in the aromas as it warms. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malts, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, nuts, raisin, plum, cherry, and date; with lighter notes of grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, molasses, coconut, smoke, char, floral, grass, and oak/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus rind/grassy bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, toasted oak, brown bread, nuts, dark fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, molasses, smoke, char, and oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with minimal lingering hop/oak astringency after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness, increasing through glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and fairly sticky/tannic/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden; a small pleasant warmth, with mild barrel booziness lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible barrel aged American strong ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malts, bourbon barrel, and light-moderate citrus/pine hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on; despite the increasingly bitter/tannic/drying finish. Still quite a bit of hop presence lingering on the palate; but the balance of malt and barrel complexity is pretty damn perfect. A highly enjoyable offering.

Jul 01, 2017
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