Black Crack - Southern Star Brewing Company
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2.95/5 rDev -26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
I have had this several times now, and have never put my review down. I guess I was trying to save it for a good bottle, but every time I have this I am disappointed.
A: Pours a dark brown color. A minimal, bubbly beige head forms. That recedes in a second with no lace.
S: Roasted, cereal grains and burnt toast. The barrel character takes over next. Wood, vanilla, fusel alcohol is strong and lingering.
T: Roasted and buttery malt with a big burnt toast flavor. The barrel takes over with wood and vanilla. Harsh alcohol lingers. Everything here is just abrasive and nothing intermingles well.
M/D: Way to light of a body for the amount of barrel and alcohol coming through. Thin and and lifeless. Not easy to drink. I just don't like how this comes together, let alone the alcohol. I have had much more alcoholic beers, drink much easier.
Having had several bottles, I am not impressed. Looking back at my review for the Anvil Bourbon Buried Hatchet, it just seems all the nueances are gone here. I am not a fan of the malt character, body, or the harsh alcohol here. Don't know what happened?
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 22:42:52 | More by champ103
4.04/5 rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Coffee brown color, minimal beige head but looks good in the glass.
Delicious aroma, nutty, caramel, brown bread crust, some subtle barrel character but hardly any explicit bourbon. A bare touch of oxidization adds complexity.
Tastes good - caramel malt, nuts, some bourbon. Good balance between medium sweetness, mild roastiness, and wood. Nutty finish. Again, a controlled oxidative note adds some nice extra depth and complexity. Unusual for a stout, tasting (and looking) more like a delicious barrel aged brown ale, on the big side.
At first some fizziness throws off the texture and makes it seem slightly watery, but plenty of swirling to reduce the carbonation reveals a silky and luxurious texture.
Nice beer, good iteration of the delicious base beer. Thanks, Daniel!
Serving type: bottle
11-16-2013 10:55:29 | More by Beerzebub
4.73/5 rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I saw this alone in the chiller a major craft brew retail store near me. The $11.99 tag intrigued me, especially since this was a local beer I had never seen before. With such a huge cost for a bottle, I had to see what was up. The guy at the checkout reaffirmed my decision, displaying enthusiasm having tried it himself.
Poured an almost-black, has a nice but finger-thick head. Lacing looks nice.
This smells powerful, but of great stuff like chocolate, licorice and dark fruit (cherry) assaulting my nose off the bat. The milk chocolate dominates, it's a burnt choco smell (due to the alcohol), but in a robust Tootsie Roll/ root beer float type of way...and then I remember that this is bourbon barrel aged, realize the unique notes are due to this...and now I can't wait to taste this.
Taste follows suit. Complex I can tell right away. The bourbon flavor presents itself, the chocolate is now back seat and more sharply flavored (due to the barrelling) and yet it finishes sweetly. Somewhat thinner than I expected, compared to other stouts I've enjoyed. Dark fruit touches with all of that other flavoring reminds me of a brandy, based on the overall sensation. This is 8.5% abv. according to the label, however it seems higher, at least at first it does. But it's great because this is a beer, not barrel aged liquor. Barrel works wonders. Creamy and smooth as it warms, yet earthy, and a bit more dry finishing as well.
To me, the sum of each part/ flavor, equals one unique whole success. Highly recommended. Hard to find im told, but if you can, pick one up, or two for that matter. I wonder what age would do.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2013 23:01:34 | More by TBoneJones
Black Crack from Southern Star Brewing Company
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