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Black Crack - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

79 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4
pDev: 16.75%


Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: lokieman on 03-13-2013)
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wagenvolks

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

04-18-2013 14:57:52 | More by wagenvolks
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Wayne17

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

04-07-2014 23:07:35 | More by Wayne17
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zbooks

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

04-05-2014 21:38:03 | More by zbooks
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Kramerbarthomer

Colorado

4/5  rDev 0%

04-03-2014 05:05:46 | More by Kramerbarthomer
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champ103

Texas

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
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TriageStat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev 0%

03-03-2014 21:58:42 | More by TriageStat
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kspongeworthy

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

12-26-2013 19:54:51 | More by kspongeworthy
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Kappakoosh

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-26-2013 01:24:33 | More by Kappakoosh
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greenspointexas

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

12-14-2013 21:53:31 | More by greenspointexas
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-28-2013 03:02:33 | More by st9647v3
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SteeleWright

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-26-2013 23:17:04 | More by SteeleWright
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Bonko_the_sane

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-19-2013 03:26:26 | More by Bonko_the_sane
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Beerzebub

California

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
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VernonBaxter

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

11-09-2013 06:03:46 | More by VernonBaxter
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev 0%

10-30-2013 23:54:18 | More by ldhughes3
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Dicers

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

09-16-2013 00:37:41 | More by Dicers
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4/5  rDev 0%

09-08-2013 02:37:11 | More by sliverX
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BGsWo22

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-31-2013 21:21:59 | More by BGsWo22
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

08-14-2013 01:18:16 | More by Atomicskis5
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JohnBender

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-11-2013 20:34:29 | More by JohnBender
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TBoneJones

Texas

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
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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-18-2013 04:47:37 | More by duff247
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hsus0225

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-07-2013 22:33:56 | More by hsus0225
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-05-2013 23:47:10 | More by ajzy
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juliusseizure

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-03-2013 00:17:40 | More by juliusseizure
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Black Crack from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.