peteinSD (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 [Southern Charred] Tap @ Stone O’Side. Murky caramel brown pour with a quickly fading froth of light tan foam. Wow - huge chewy vanilla, coconut, and vanilla bourbon on the nose with dense, sweet malt underneath and slight pine/bitterness. Heaviest barrel influence yet I’ve had on a Stone beer. Taste is semi-hot bourbon with thick, chewy vanilla, dense raisin and toffee, spicy alcohol, and pine with complimentary hop bitterness. Coating mouthfeel. Bit of a beast but good - laying a bottle down for a year+ should bring good results. Nice work Stone.
Earlier Rating: 11/11/2012 Total Score: 4
Bottle. Murky brownish pour with a froth of tan foam that lingers down to a slick. Aroma is heavy whiskey with underlying caramel, toffee, and even some lingering hops. Taste is dominated by clean whiskey with vanilla notes, slight alcohol heat, and a realtively mellow and pleasant base beer consisting of toffee, sweet malt, and light bitterness. The whiskey plays well off the double bastard and the beer has clean mouthfeel. I like it.
FlacoAlto (3881) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2013 bottling; Sampled February 2014
A steady pour into my New Belgium globe glass produces a one finger thick, amber tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a richly hazy, red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells tart, of vanilla, toasted coconut, with some rich buttery oak notes, and lots of warming, spicy, Bourbon fruit character and alcohol.
Slightly sweet, perhaps a touch of Bourbon tartness, and a finish that is quite oak influenced with a mix of rich, buttery, toasted coconut and vanillin character. Bitter hop notes have mellowed quite a bit, but are still quite present and help to balance the rich malt and sweet accentuating Bourbon notes; the bitterness gets a bit more firm in the finish where it combines with a bit of hot alcohol. Fruit notes of concentrated plum, and a touch of fig, as well as lots of fruit leaning Bourbon notes. Rich, definitely a sipping brew, though the barrel aging lightens the beer up just a bit.
Beers with a strong Bourbon barrel influence just aren’t my thing in the end; this is enjoyable in small amounts, and the Bourbon heat can get to be a bit too much after a bit.
Dr_Fellini (898) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 variety. Bottle to glass. Pours a very murky medium nut brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is malty, durty hops, touch of heat. Flavor has a nice strong ale character with a touch of bourbon. Overall a pretty solid beer.
Blairgus (3391) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
5 Aug 2015, bottle. Bottled as Southern Charred 2014 Double Bastard Ale. orange and a bit hazy. nose is rich, malty, raisins, alcohol. full body and moderately fizzy. rich, raisins, bready, alcohol, some dry grass hops.
ThirstyBird (2220) - London area, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks J! Pours a hazy chestnut with tan head. The smell is bourbon, char, molasses, roasted malt. The taste is bourbon, vanilla, oak char and roasted malt,. Medium plus in body with very smooth carbonation.
Koelschtrinker (13106) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holzig malziger Antrunk, sehr weich. Runde Whiskeynoten, holzig bleibend, geringe Herbe, etwas Vanille, vollmundiger langer Nachgeschmack. 10/11/11/11/13/13
Erzengel (5638) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 29, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Many thanks to Rian. 2013 Series, Batch No.7. Nice sweetish-round nose. Intense dark beginning. Malty, easy to drink for the ABV. Nice smooth round body. The malty body fits in ideal to the woody vanilla whisky beer. The aftertaste is long, smooth. Vanilla, wood, nice malty dryness. Great. Dry fruits, thick. Liquorice, great depth.
Crispy34 (473) - Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Southern charred share. Aroma is lots-o-whiskey and almost a barley wine aroma. Appearance is brown with a cream colored head. Taste is lots of booze. Palate is dark and sweet. Overall, a good charr flavor with whiskey.
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bbader (8) - Pasadena, California, USA - JUN 10, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Picked up a bottle from the Stone store in Pasadena. "Southern Charred" 2014.
Pours dark brown/amber with intense aroma. Smells of malt, caramel and bourbon on the nose. Super dense, but smooth for the high alcohol content, 13.2%. I consider this a dessert beer but highly enjoyable.
koleminer20 (1038) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at an all barley wine tasting at Travis’s house on February 21. 500 mL bottle was labeled ’Southern Charred’. The pour was a nice amber color, pretty foggy, with a thin ring of cream colored head. The aroma is pretty heavy on the bourbon. There are hints of vanilla as well, along with lots of malts. The barrel is quite prevalent on the nose. The flavor has a lot more dark fruit than the nose offers. The booze makes its heat fully realized as this is pretty toasty. The mouth feel is pretty thick, with a nice carbonation that helps keep the flavors lingering. Nice boozy and malty aftertaste. Only think this will get better with age
BOLTZ7555 (2979) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Muddy, rusty, Sedona pour with a small eggshell crown. Caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, oak, whisky, and hints of cocoa. Really good but enjoy DB...this might be a slight improvement but slight is slight.