Black Crack by Southern Star Brewing is an 8.25% ABV Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.
Bourbon barrel aged Buried Hatchet Stout
Wonder why they call it Black Crack? Could it possibly be because this beer is so good that it is like a pitch black drug? Not sure, but thanks to my friend Aaron from www.beermetaldude.com, we can now bring this as a review to the site. Coming from Conroe Texas, their Buried Hatchet Stout is aged for a year and a half in Bourbon Barrels giving way to some sweet complex flavors. Can’t wait to try this, so let’s check this one out shall we? Cheers!
Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, hazelnut, flan, dark fruit raisins, figs, vanilla, marshmallow, oak bourbon, almond joy chocolate, smokey notes, chocolate milkshake, pecan pie, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, crème brulee hints and mocha hints.
Dark chocolate, chocolate milk shake, bourbon, oak, vanilla, marshmallows, graham cracker smores, almond joy chocolate, rocky road ice cream, pecan pie, molasses, crème brulee, mocha frappuccino, smokey notes, roasted coffee bitterness, earthy notes, dark fruit raisins and figs.
Caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, earthy notes, smokey hints and marshmallow linger for a bit. No alcohol in the taste, easy to drink suprisingly with a light to moderate mouthfeel but pitch black body. This make is dangerous as you definitely want to keep drinking it or have a few.
I’m a sucker for bourbon barrel aged beers, especially those that taste pretty close to chocolate. This one exceeds my expectations with the help of the barrel aging but also the complexity and the fact that it drinks super smooth. If I had several of these in one sitting, it would be lights out for sure. So in the sense of overwhelming character, this one does great as it will not detract the unready palate. Highly recommended but careful now.
Original Character by artist Yuyu was used in this pairing to pair with Black Crack because I wanted to show some of the colors of the label but also what this sweet, evil and dark little beer entails. As you can see, the beers is very delicious, so much that you really want it. The dark hands that come out from the character are like the smokey notes of the beer and the evil sweetness that it represent. Do not be fooled by her sweet stare. She also doesn’t have a long rifle for no reason. Like a good beer that is hard to spot, if you are somehow seduced by this one, just try not to finish the whole bottle or several. Awesomely great beer but very dangerous.