Southern Charred | Arrogant Consortia

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Southern CharredSouthern Charred

Brewed by:
Arrogant Consortia
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Double Bastard Ale aged over a year in three types of barrels, including virgin charred American oak.

Added by SuperbikeShaun on 11-08-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Nass
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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-

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.66/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gnilwod
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of Boca-X
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of siskiyoucellar
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of heysuz
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brittanylicious
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakecattleco
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of B_B
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tony210
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of stakem
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of Beer21
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
1/5  rDev -76.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1


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Photo of Sabtos
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of PrestigeWorldwide
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of snowmageddon
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AustinWadkins
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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