Black Crack | Southern Star Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by lokieman on 03-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,466
Reviews:
45
Ratings:
338
pDev:
12.2%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
96
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 338 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of WreckEmAll
2.88/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

There are much better imperial stouts out there not to mention bourbon barrel stouts. This one seems watered down both in mouth feel and taste. I’m not a fan.

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Photo of VVino
2.11/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This comes off as a less carbonated version of their standard Burried Hatchet Stout. Previous years have been much better. Uninspired and worth skipping this year. Disappointing.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
3.19/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Funny. I actually liked the regular Buried Hatchet way more than this. This feels like an obligatory "let's stick some beer in a barrel and triple the price" effort. Disappointed.

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Photo of szmnnl99
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cavedave
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Premo88 for this super delicious BA stout

Pours black with a thin skim of finely bubbled tan foam that relaxes quickly to a lasting ring. A swirl produces thin, oily lace.

Delicious, medium strength aroma that brings the words mocha vanilla bourbon to mind. It is a rich aroma that fills me with anticipation.

Medium strength, well balanced mix of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, and light coffee notes, that gets joined by roasty bitter and bourbon to close with a warming semi dry blast.

Light bodied for style, nice low carb., light/med. viscosity, with a clean excellent finish that lasts.

This is a beer that is straightforward and well balanced with clean flavors that blend well and def. hit all the pleasure notes a good BA stout should hit. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of KShophead
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hophugger
3.48/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

darkest brown ever with khaki head and non-existent lacing. Bourbon is the main player on the nose and the palatte. some oak and vanilla come through, but mouth feel is very thin and this beer lacks the complexity that it should have as a a barrel-aged beer

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance; Deep mahogany brown, almost impervious to light, with a modest tan head. Thick, glass coating lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Massive aroma of bourbon and wood, with a substantial punch of alcohol. Oak notes seem particularly prominent, but black coffee and cocoa are present as well.

Taste: Opens with massive sweet dark malt, coffee, and oak. The sweet alcohol also carries a punch of bourbon-like flavor. A mellow current of oak runs throughout the taste. Bitter cocoa and coffee have their roles to play, as well. Finishes with a wave of bitter cocoa and cold coffee.

Mouth feel: Rich, soft, and very full, velvety on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Really excellent, though painfully expensive at $11.99 + tax per pint can. Still, not to be missed, it would be twice as much, or more, in craft beer bar.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard sixteen-ounce aluminum can, served in a Sam Adams Boston Lager sensory glass.

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Photo of archero
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZachMayer14
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of OKbrew89
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2017 Can. It's not the best bourbon barrel aged stout, but one of my personal favorites. The barrel aging has complimented the roasty mother beer and given it a near perfect balance. There could be more done to make it more unique, but it's a stout with a kiss of barrel aging that's full bodied and not overly boozy.

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Photo of Musineer
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_God
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Junior
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LloydDobler
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesBondGA
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a small brown foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is very mild. Deep roasted malts and coffee predominate the aroma. Maybe a little toffee and vanilla. Tastes of roasted malts and coffee with vanilla and toffee on the back end. The vanilla leaves a long aftertaste. A little lighter bodied but alcohol content not high for a Imperial Stout. There is some silkiness on the back end. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Beerucee
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Buttery. At Wurst haus. Best beer!

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Photo of BeerBeast
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesStreet
3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gobuccos
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nsiergiej
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Being the base beer is pretty low ABV for a stout to put into a barrel, I wish the carb level was a bit higher for this offering. Flavor profile is great, just a bit thin

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Photo of GarbageMan10
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Shafaegalo
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Black Crack from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 338 ratings