NickV (5) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Beautiful garnet color, but lacking in balance and palatability. The abv makes this beer tempting, but what we're really talking about here is barley wine; great if that's what you're looking for, but calling this an ale is almost a misnomer.
---This rating is likely a compilation of my and my roommates' musings over our latest beer pick up. We are all self-proclaimed beer connoisseurs. All ratings and comments are decided through deliberation, discussion, and (frequently) bloodshed. Let this not be in vain.
Mark_Eck (1914) - - AUG 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy orangish amber color. Aroma and taste are bourbon, sweet malts, caramel.
Cybercat (5053) - Georgia, USA - JUL 8, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had as "Southern Charred." Pours clear mahogany with lots of teeny bubbles and a nice cola-like buff head. Aroma delivers strong bourbon-soaked wood, toasted malt and caramel notes. Bold flavor floods the palate with bourbon, toasted malt, caramel, woody and nutty tones riding an earthy underpinning. Not for the faint of heart - or taste buds! Firm, viscous mouthfeel has lively fizz and a woody bourbon finish. Double your bastard, double your fun!
dwyerpg (5547) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 21, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Super cloudy/dirty orange-brown color. This was quite the let down for me. The flavor really didn’t have much bourbon/whiskey at all. It was noticeably sweeter. Much preferred the original, both in flavor and especially price.
beertholomeus (1688) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a burnt amber brown color with a thin khaki head. Oak, caramel, toffee, molasses, toast, resin, pine and bourbon aroma. Burnt caramel, toffee, toast, oak, pine, molasses, light chocolate, smoke, resin, raisin and bourbon flavors. Medium full body and low carbonation. Oak, caramel and bourbon finish. Series 2014, batch 06.
Theydon_Bois (16660) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at Sentinel, picked up in CA somewhere, 20/05/16 ’as Southern Charred’.
Rich reddish amber with a big old light beige cap.
Nose is rich bourbon barrel, light spice, dark malts, coconut shreds, toffee.
Taste comprises well integrated bourbonics, fruit cake, spice, toffee fudge, cheesecake base, rich malt.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Decent strong, good use of the barrel, packs a punch but drinks below the hefty ABV.
Garrold (4107) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at Sentinel, post Barrow Hill, courtesy of Cloin. Cheers. Hazy bronze. No head. Nose has chewy sweet, barley hop. I’ve no idea what that means. Woody. Boozy. Fruity, with some toffee notes. Taste is boozy sweet. Heavy toffee. Palate is smooth, rich and luscious. Overall, it’s heady, boozy and a bit over the top. Good beer to end the evening on.
DocLock (9876) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Shared bottle at Craft Ale, called Southern Charred on that particular bottle. Nose was heavy caramelly malt, oaky bourbon, dense and complex flavor, comes off like a souped up and spirit oak-aged DB, with the oak and bourbon lifting up this already massive libation.
AWISLguy (2458) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml corked and caged bottle from Binny’s in Highland Park. Cellared 6 months and shared with bananabi11 at cellar temperature. Big pineapple. Caramel. Whiskey. Then more pineapple. And more whiskey. More sweet than bitter. Almost barleywine-ish. Medium to full bodied. Carbonation is fine. Blend is solid/good. Definite alcohol presence. Could get some of the base Bastard, and certainly the barrel aging on top. Solid! 14.4
Pailhead (6385) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate caramel, toffee, vanilla, fruits, mild bourbon, and oak. It pours a hazy dark orangish-brown with a one finger yellow tinted off-white head that fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring. The flavor starts with moderate-heavy caramel and buftery toffee. There is some light-moderate fruit in the middle. The finish light-moderate vanilla, light bourbon, and oak. It’s medium bodied with mild carbonation and a soft mouthfeel.
RichTheVillan (6518) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared during welfare tour of the shires bottle from James cheers mate; hazy amber pour with a thin beige head, aroma has quite big booze a hint of bourbon, taste is really sweet and boozy, hint of vanilla, red fruits.