Dismiss Notice
Get 12 monthly issues of BeerAdvocate magazine and save $5 when you select "auto-renew."

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join our email list →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.

Black Crack - Southern Star Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black CrackBlack Crack

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

28 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 28
Hads: 268
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 36.63%
Wants: 44
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 8.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: lokieman on 03-13-2013

Aged in Bourbon barrels, this specialty will have all of the rich malt flavor of its' base beer, our Buried Hatchet Stout, complimented by a caramel, woody sweetness and vanilla notes from prolonged contact with American Oak. Dark tobacco, medium char and hints of the original Bourbon make this hard to find release a real treat.
View: Beers (28) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 28 | Hads: 268
Reviews by Labeorphile:
Photo of Labeorphile
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Extremely dark, almost completely opaque with some slight hints of ruby when the light hits just right. Thick tan head with lots of lacing.

Lots of toffee and bourbon in the nose, very pleasant. A hint of burnt toast, but not in a bad way.

Definitely toffee up front, some vanilla, giving way nicely to the bourbon. A really well put together flavor combination. The mouth is a little thin for style, but at the suggestion of another reviewer, I swirled the beer in the glass between sips and this really seemed to make a difference.

A great beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

 625 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of HipCzech
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 500 mL bottle poured into a stemmed pilsener (beer tulip) glass (2014 release).

Appearance: Very deep, dark brown with a bubbly tan head. A slight layer of foam lingers and leaves good lacing.

Smell: Deeply roasted malts, toffee, vanilla, prunes, slight alcohol and some barrel funk.

Taste: Roasted malt with flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, and sweet caramel. Bourbon barrel hints throughout, but never rise to the forefront.

Mouthfeel: Silky feel with light to medium body and light, fizzy carbonation.

Overall: A bit thinner and flat compared with canned Buried Hatchet, and a bit mellower in overall flavor, but a pleasant sipper with subtle bourbon influence.

Followup (15-Dec-15): 500 mL bottle (2014) poured into a Libbey Embassy snifter. Roasted malt, coffee flavors remain but gentler and better balanced; some nice dark fruit and barrel notes emerge as it warms. Slightly bitter, boozy close.

 921 characters

Photo of Jovial_Libations
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Don't know why the beer snobs aren't raving about this one more! Well balanced, lovely chocolate, and coffe flavors. The barrely aging imparts a more dry, oaky flavor to the finish. Such a refreshing change from the overly sweet BBA's like GI and Hellfighter.

 259 characters

Photo of saint0r
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Tiernan
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ajkelly451
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jamesmk48
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

According to the brewery website this is 10% AVB

48 characters

Photo of Meyers1023
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JC333
4.52/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Pup21
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of buyyourfreedom
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of valkyre65
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RobertH50
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of pollocktown4
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a 16oz snifter

A-Very dark, almost black. The head was a light brown or mocha in color, which was about a half inch and didn't really last long at all.

S-Primarily, I smell bourbon. Through the bourbon, I can sense a rich dark coffee, with sweet malts.

T-Opposed to the smell of strong bourbon smell, I didn't feel the bourbon was so overwhelming. Lots of coffee, and cocoa up front. I can almost sense the oak and hints of vanilla on the back end. Very smooth, and very, very tasty!

F-carbonation is not heavy, feels fairly light and thin.

O- Overall, I think this is a great barrel aged stout. I'm not a fan of canned beers, but this isn't like a lot that I've had. It's much better. Every sip is super enjoyable!

 744 characters

Photo of Qabil
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of hsus0225
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Griffith
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jheezee
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Black Crack from Southern Star Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.