CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled as Southern Charred
Pours a deep red color, almost flat... but not perfectly still
The aroma is only lightly boozy but offered toffee & apple mostly, itís bourbony & defiantly sweet smelling, but inviting and enjoyable all the same.
The flavor is only lightly bitter with a tinge of that caramel malt on piney hop that I just donít like about the "Bastards", this element is actually so minor that it serves as a sort of pleasantry as opposed to a general annoyance that I find it to be in basically every other beer in this family. Itís loaded with toffee flavor, vanilla, burnt sugar, brown sugar, & Bourbon.
The palate is mouth coating and the extremely low carbonation seems to fit just fine here.
It almost pains me to rate something from the "Bastard" line this high as I have very little regard for Arrogant Bastard or any of the takes on it, but this is something else completely... the beer that emerged from those barrels was transformed from the beer that went in...
Iíve got to fall on my sword and declare this one is delicious.
BlackHaddock (3905) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.6% ABV Southern Charred, chosen to be on my second flight on 17th March 2014 while visiting the Stone outlet at Liberty Station, San Diego. Murky brown in appearance, it didnít look too great to be honest, the tanned head being thin and grubby. Luckily the aroma and taste nullify the looks, as the dark fruits and maltiness (coffee and toffee being the leads) make you forget what your eyes can see. Different and interesting, like so many I tried in the gardens on that sunny afternoon.
smith4498 (3041) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle labeled "Southern Charred" 2013 series batch 7, 12.6% ABV. No audible pop when cork pulled. Pours murky caramel color with no head. Bourbon and caramel aroma with some oak and vanilla. Similar flavors with bourbon dominating. Some toasted malts and dark fruits also. Medium to full body with no carbonation.
beerbastard (699) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 series, batch #7, 500 bottle. Thanks again, Mark! Pours Amber Brown with very little head. Complex mix of aromas, Caramels, Vanilla, Honey, and Whiskey, all blended together. Flavors start with an upfront mellow bitterness fused into a Bourbon flavored cotton candy. Caramel and Bourbon vanilla dominate the middle. Has a Oak dryness, followed with lots of burn in the finish. Mmmm, very interesting and fun.
sloth (2504) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 series, batch # 07 500 ml 12.6% ABV. Large tan head with good retention and plenty of lacing. Murky, deep amber color.Nose of caramel, toffee, whisky and wood with hints of vanilla.Med/full bodied and silky on the palate, soft carbonation, lightly oily and resiny.Whisky flavors up front but not bitch slapping you around like some others would. Slick notes of vanilla and wood, hops? Not so much except for the bold bitterness in the finish. crispy oak and ash notes, tannic and sorta juicy. Finish is big, lasting woody, bourbony and warming. Not a quaffer by any stretch of the imagination but who would expect that? Corked and caged bottle from statelineliquors.
rhsiung (770) - USA - APR 8, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Quingenti Millilitre bottle from binnys Lakeview. From the bottle: "Southern Charred", 2013 series (bottled 10/2013), batch 7, 2012 Double Bastard Ale (brewed 8/2/12 and 11/2/12) aged in bourbon barrels, 95 IBU, 12.6%. Arrogant Bastard Aleís (really) big brother, this dark amber ale is brewed with a huge malt bill and a belligerent amount of hops. Itís a heavy, bitter beast of a beer and absolutely not for the timid. 41% aged 13 months in second-use Kentucky bourbon barrels, 51% aged 10 months in Kentucky bourbon barrels, and 8% aged 10 months in charred American oak barrels. The charred American oak barrles lend intense smoke and vanilla flavors, while the Kentucky bourbon barrels add nuances of butterscotch and caramel. These meld with rich dark chocolate notes produced by Kentucky bourbon barrels that once held íStone Suitable For Cave Aging -- an imperial smoked porter tribute to Danny Williamsí to produce a very complex, well-structured beer with intense flavor." amazed that just 8% of the blend gives it such charred intensity. hops well-hidden.
Lukaduke (2244) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep rusty amber color with a finger of eggshell foam. Lots of sweet caramel, butterscotch up front... hints of vanilla, citrus and booze. The butterscotch nose comes through in the palate but is more balanced by the abrasive hop profile, toasted malt, citrus and pine bitter out the finish nicely. Lots of burnt sugar is prevalent throughout... Well made beer.
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half liter bottle (batch #7) thanks to the cork-pooping AndyReynolds. Gracing this liquid by pouring it into a Trappist glass. Nose is dark fruit, brown sugar, and white wine. Sip adds booze and bourbon for sure. I get moonshine. Boozy indeed. Slight walnut skin aftertaste. More moonshine.
AndyReynolds (897) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Brown sugar how come you taste so good in the aroma with some vanilla, toast, oak, dark fruit, leather, and earth notes. Taste is at first sweet but then bitter and dry, bringing out the oak character. Complex as all get out as they say they say here in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Westmeister (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared with EricTeusink creeping out some kids in the park. Agreed with him that the charred version should completely be a different rate. Thick dirty orange pour, and that was the last negative thing I could say about the beer. Smell was large. Big caramel, bourbon, spice (but not from a cabinet, like boozey spice), earthy. Taste is really what set this one apart as a memorable experience. The bourbon was not over the top, the blending of the barrels was well thought out, the charr being on 8% was neither too strong nor too subtle. It was a big beer, boozy for sure, spicy from the charr and bourbon, vanilla, a bit on the heavy side, but I could certainly take the whole 500 ml with pure enjoyment. A really nice barrel treatment or treatments.