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Black Crack - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 13.38%
Wants: 25
Gots: 61 | FT: 5
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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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

djrn2, Apr 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

zestar, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

acurtis, Apr 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Texasfan549, Mar 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

ygtbsm94, Aug 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

SocalKicks, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

MarkyMOD, Sep 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

mdaschaf, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

KAF, Sep 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle opened on 8.28.14

Coffee, bourbon, coffee. Drinks very smooth and easy.

HuskyinPDX, Aug 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

drummermattie02, May 16, 2013
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1/5  rDev -75.7%

chippo33, Jun 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Griffith, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle pours black but doesnt seem as viscous as the regular Buried Hatchet. Dense tan head is decently sized and displays average retention, very little lace.

Nose is a delectable combination of bourbon, coconut, chocolate and vanilla. Superb.

Wow, the barrel treatment really did some wonderful things to this one...adds a woody, vanilla flavor that is the perfect compliment to the liquid chocolate that is Buried Hatchet. The hops are more tame which works to the beer's advantage too. Mouthfeel is nice...and the ABV is low enough to make this damn near chuggable...actually it might benefit from a 1-1.5% increase in alcohol to add to the complexity. Love it...I sure hope they do this again.

twiggamortis420, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of champ103
2.95/5  rDev -28.2%
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?

champ103, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

BGsWo22, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a medium brown color, looks somewhat thin, small light brown head, dissipates quickly. The aroma hits you kinda hard at first with bourbon and booze, mellows out a bit though bringing up some chocolate and roast, but not much coffee, unlike normal buried hatchet. The taste isn't near as boozy as the nose, and really opens up with some strong chocolate, vanilla and oak, mild bourbon, and roasted oak. Despite the thin look, it had a nice fullness, with a good creamy texture.

Though a little messy, its a treat in the end, very glad to get to try it.

EgadBananas, Jun 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Gagnonsux, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Dicers, Sep 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

st9647v3, Nov 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

cdwil, Jun 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

gtermi, Apr 02, 2013
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Black Crack from Southern Star Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.