2015 Black Crack by Southern Star Brewing is an 10% ABV Imperial Stout Aged in Bourbon Barrels.
Bourbon barrel aged Buried Hatchet Stout
I did not recognize it at first, but as I researched, I realized I had already reviewed this beer in the past (https://animebeers.com/2014/08/16/black-crack-by-southern-star-brewing/). Thanks to my good friend and fellow beer review brother, Aaron Mendiola or BeerMetalDude.com, we present to you, the canned released of the Black Crack. A beer aged for a year and a half in Bourbon Barrels. As I recall, this one was definitely awesome and now that they released it in cans, I almost want to say this is the first I had a bourbon barrel aged beer in a can. Or at least one that I can remember. Surely this is a great opportunity to chime on the differences between the bottled one and the can one. I will do my best, cheers!
Port wine hints, bourbon oak, vanilla, dark fruit raisins, currants, prunes, pecan pie, flan, fruit cake, crème brulee, Oatmeal cookie, chocolate chip cookies roasted coffee, smokey notes, marshmallows, smores, dulce de leche caramel, rocky road ice cream, crème brulee, coconut hints, dark cherry yogurt and fruit cake.
Dark fruit currants, raisins, prunes, figs, anise, molasses, black berries, dark cherry yogurt, port wine hints, oak, vanilla, dulce de leche caramel, Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, tobacco, leather, molasses, marshmallows, smores, rocky road ice cream, coconut hints, bourbon, almond joy chocolate, hazelnut nectar, roasted coffee notes, smokey notes, pecan pie, flan, fruit cake, crème brulee, Oatmeal cookie, chocolate chip cookies and Irish cream hints.
Finishing with rich dark fruit and slight dark berry yogurt notes, earthy notes, tobacco, chocolate, wine notes, caramel, vanilla, oak and smoked marshmallows. No alcohol in the taste, pitch black dark body, smooth, creamy and velvety mouthfeel with a easy to moderate drinkability.
Damn, this one is just as awesome or way better than I remembered it to be. Either the can made a huge difference or the high ABV did. Either way, this beer is phenomenal. The batch seems even more complex than the last time I had it. Comparing to what I wrote in the analysis in comparison to the 2014 version, it sure was a difference. Mainly that somewhat mild smokey and dark fruit increase. Hard to explain but I definitely noticed the difference. This is the type of beer I could definitely buy several of. A couple packs of these and that’s that! For being the first to can in Texas, definitely awesome presentation. Highly recommended!
Original characters by artists Yuyu were used in this pairing as I used the first piece in a pairing a long time ago. In the previous pairing I mentioned about how the colors pair well with that of the label and how it mentioned dark hands and the smoke notes. This time however I added the second character by the same artist representing the sweet aspects of the beer but also the evil darkness within. The colors may not match the can but it sure does match with the other things, the flavors and the color of the beer.