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
Ratings:
304
Reviews:
33
Avg:
4.1
pDev:
12.2%
 
 
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50
Gots:
89
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Photo of WritersBlock
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
3.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of merock1402
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of En29356
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zekeman17
3.37/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of msumike89
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OmahaKF
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Smell is marshmallow, bourbon, licorice, and brown sugar. Taste is a nice bourbon flavor up front, vanilla, and caramelized sugar. The mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, which is unexpected given that when I poured it the beer seemed thin. Strangely, I found this beer better cold, which is the opposite of most barrel-aged stouts I've had that typically get better with a little bit of warmth.

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Photo of Premo88
4.86/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can poured into stout glass

L: looks clear brown pouring out of can, settles into very dark brown in glass (still clear around edges), pushes up short head of beige/tan foam, at most 1/2-inch tall, keeps a thick beige collar; no major sticking or lacing, just a scant wisp of foam lingers on the glass wall; over 20 minutes in, it's still keeping a nice, tight collar

S: rum ... real sweet bourbon; the sweetness leads all, brown sugar, melting brown sugar, molasses; caramel ... everything's very mellowed out, nothing burnt or charred; vanilla; buttery sweet donuts

T: bourbon ... holy cow! ALL bourbon, even a hint of alcohol heat, and it's super sweet, vanilla, milk chocolate, hot fudge sundae ... man, is this good; the bit of whiskey alcohol heat is balancing out some of that desert-level sweetness -- and there is definitely a bit of heat here, like they poured in a shot of Crown or Jack; yes, the aftertaste has a lingering heat to it; only a slight bit of earthy bitterness lying among the pile of more flavorful notes ... can't say if its muted hops or some of the burnt dark-malt

F: lightweight but stout-slick at first; seems to feel a bit heavier as I go; plenty of carbonation to help it dance along my American-born palate; yes, as I work into it more, it's a solid midweight, big slick milk stout feel almost, made for sipping

O: what a stout! the base beer is not among my personal favorites, but boy oh boy does it take on the barrel; this thing is a tour de force of bourbon notes, even adding a bit of the bourbon heat, and the big sweet vanilla and chocolate notes are why I love BA stouts; so good I've got to revisit plain Buried Hatchet ... I may have underestimated the base beer

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Photo of tubeyes
3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Raziel313
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sturgeon83
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pollocktown4
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a 16oz snifter

A-Very dark, almost black. The head was a light brown or mocha in color, which was about a half inch and didn't really last long at all.

S-Primarily, I smell bourbon. Through the bourbon, I can sense a rich dark coffee, with sweet malts.

T-Opposed to the smell of strong bourbon smell, I didn't feel the bourbon was so overwhelming. Lots of coffee, and cocoa up front. I can almost sense the oak and hints of vanilla on the back end. Very smooth, and very, very tasty!

F-carbonation is not heavy, feels fairly light and thin.

O- Overall, I think this is a great barrel aged stout. I'm not a fan of canned beers, but this isn't like a lot that I've had. It's much better. Every sip is super enjoyable!

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Photo of DutchcdnTEXAN
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregJ
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ericat78
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stolenface1
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep black with somewhat thin viscosity and tan head which quickly falls. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, caramel, oak, and Bourbon. Flavor follows the aromas with hints of vanilla, coconut, and a nutty finish. There is a touch of diacetyl in the background which is always unpleasant for my taste. This really killed my flavor score. I would have rated higher (4-4.25) if not for this. The feel is rather thin for the style, but is not totally off-putting. Carbonation is correct for the style. Med-low. Overall, please get rid of the diacetyl and let me try again.

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Photo of tomrd123
4.9/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of hilgart1
3.46/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of elfurby
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chris_Huston
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2014 bottle poured at probably a little under 70 degrees into a tuliped snifter. Foam is not out of control and once settled, laces the glass pleasantly with its soft khaki sheets. Not the blackest pool, but a good deep dark brown color. Presentation is both classic and inviting for the style.

Immediate smell is a mix of cacao and coffee, more so than its base -- Buried Hatchet -- making an improvement, IMO. Definitely get the woodiness, but not much of the caramel, and only enough sweetness to tame down the bitterness while still allowing some char through. The result is grand, and a definite "boost" version of the Buried Hatchet, without going overboard. That nice evenness may be in part due to the age of the bottle.

Feel is still a bit on the watery side, but hardly anything worth griping about. Only enough to keep it from being rapturous.

In the end, definitely among the upper echelons of this style.

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Photo of Matt141
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black Crack from Southern Star Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 304 ratings.
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