GarrettB (1410) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 24th, 2014 - Folks in San Diego are going crazy for this expensive trio of beers, and the chili pepper permutation was a shock and a bust, to both the palate and the wallet. The Charred is a marked improvement, and while it is not an overly complex brew, it bears all the marks and heralds of Stone Brewing, and is almost as iconic as Arrogant Bastard itself. It pours like stirred up mud, the color of a dark, black tea, and a thin head colored with a touch of auburn. The aroma is surprisingly quiet, given all the boasting in the marketing and on the label, though when I do go in for a sniff I get slapped with an oak chip. But it’s a welcome slap, bringing out a deep, heady smoky wood smell, combined with that distinctive stone scent so often found in their amber beers (and everything darker on the color spectrum.) The most noticeable aspect of the flavor is a soft, velvet palate, with loosens up around the mid-taste, and ends with a foamy flourish. The flavors are mostly in the oak family, with a booziness swimming around at every stage. The oak touches balance deftly with the hops and malt bill in a compelling way, and better represents the arrogance of Stone’s style than their headline brew. As it warms, a deeper Maillard reaction richness develops in the flavor, as well as a more three dimensional hop profile. It doesn’t get more complex than this, but it does stay bold and strong through the whole of the evolution. That, in conjunction with the iconic flavors, make this a good investment and a fine - and slow sipping - beer.
tsd08460 (751) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2015
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: oak, bourbon, smoke, caramel, butterscotch,
Appearance: hazy brown with a tan head
Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, caramel, bourbon, vanilla
Palate: full body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish,
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber in color, clear with a big Whiskey flavor and aroma. This was a very good beer and will sneak up on you.
Gerbeer (3024) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle as 2015 Southern Charred. Pours a mahogany color with moderate creamy head. Aromas of brown sugar, sweet malts, and jammy dark fruit. Flavors follow same with additional notes of toffee, light pine, light oak and pepper. A bit hot but not distracting. Like a smooth barley wine. One of the best Stone’s IMHO.
ryanfolty (2354) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 14, 2015 - Southern Charred bottle from Total Wine. Brown pour with nice amount of head that lasted. Aroma was caramel, vanilla, hops, light whiskey and wood. Taste was consistent with aroma, but quite a bit more bitterness than expected with the aroma.
TheBeerGod (5949) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle - 500mL corked and caged. 2013 Series. Batch No. 7. Muddy brown pour with a medium, foamy tan head. Aroma is big caramel, toasted malt, toffee, hints of toasted coconut and soft oak. Taste is big caramel, toffee, vanilla notes, light booze, toasted coconut, sweet malt, toasted dark bread and brown sugar. Subtle faded hops as well. Body is medium-full with a moderate, creamy carbonation and a light warmth to it. Ends with more caramel, floral hops, booze, brown sugar, toasted coconut, oak, toffee and light vanilla. Yummy!
ctipping (1126) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle. Murky deep brown body. Smells of whiskey, caramel malts and brown sugar. Very woody. Taste is caramel malt. Pretty sweet. Bourbon. Brown sugar sweetness. Then oak and bitterness take over, cutting all sweetness. Abrasive hop finish. Heavy. Bitter. Not very boozy, though. I remember the Rye version being a little more complex, but this is good.
Beerdrinker79 (1988) - Idaho, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 corked n caged ml bottle known as Southern Charred, 12.7%- Pours very hazy dark amber with an off white head that sticks around more than i thought it would. Aroma is toasted oak, coconut, vanilla, bastard, intense and lightly fruity. The taste is oak, vanilla, toasted coconut, very reminiscent of Firestone Walker barrel beers, complex, good.
X (172) - California, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle as Southern Charred Double Bastard Ale(2015)(C&C). Roan brown with no head. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, toffee. Taste was a bitter whiskey. Palate was full and sticky. Finished long and sweet with vanilla and bitter walnuts. Very good, but not what I was expecting--when I see the word charred on a label I’m thinking some campfire smoke, not this. Paired well with dry roasted peanuts and aged cheddar cheese.
Padron4KM (792) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2015 bottle, poured into a tulip. Murky reddish brown, with a creamy beige head.
Aroma is oak, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, faint hops, and dry yeast.
Flavor is malty sweet up front, vanilla, bourbon, caramel, toffee, and finishes with a nice oaky dryness, and grapefruit hop bitterness. Never boozy, and abv is very well hidden.