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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 Double / 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:
#2,432
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
305
pDev:
12.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
87
Trade:
5
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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -63.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.66/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500 mL bottle. Almost black body. Smell is nutty with a little bourbon. Booze and a bit of chocolate. Taste is chocolate with some nutty malts and bourbon. Whiskey flavor lingers with some alcohol. Medium body. Not a very heavy or rich stout. Very blah.

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

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2.81/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of champ103
2.99/5  rDev -27.3%
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?

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Amguerra305
3.27/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

poured way to thin with not enough opaqueness. smell was on point with hints booze, bourbon, and roast. taste did not follow the smell as the nuances of the smell did not transfer. way too watery of BA stout.

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3.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle
February '13
Town Hall tulip

A: Pours out brown. Thinner than expected. Nice layer of light tan head. Leaving some sticky lacing bits. Heads sticks around a while.

S: Little buttery. Maybe some diactyl. Pulling away from the barrel aging vanilla and oak I was expecting. Smells like buttered popcorn. Then you get some roast. Maybe some coffee and chocolate. Butterscotch. Upset that unlike the reviews I see below, I have a different result (as did the TX sender of this bottle who also got the butterscotch nose).

T: Nice bitterness on tip of tongue. Getting that buttery flavor again. Butterscotch. Roasted flavor is still there, but the vanilla and chocolate and barrel isn't there at all with the flaws. Dry finish.

M: Full bodied, but not overly thick. Lots of carbonation. Easy to drink.

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3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Black Crack from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 305 ratings
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