Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company
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Reviews by AustinBeerLvr:
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured a 12 ounce can into a brandy snifter glass, as I always seem to end up doing for this beer.
A: Deep jet black body, although you can see through it just a bit when you hold it up to light. Excellent head and great lacing on the glass.
S: Loads of roasted chocolate and coffee notes fill the nose of this big brew.
T&M: Starts off with the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors followed by some earthy notes and nice bite from the hops to keep the sweetness in check. Some butterscotch and vanilla are also present throughout the sip. Nice, semi-bitter finish, with just enough bite to cleanse the palate, but yet the coffee and chocolate sweetness rides through until the end. This is a medium bodied stout that has a very slick mouthfeel.
D&Notes: This world class imperial stout is brewed in pretty much the last place one would expect it be brewed---Conroe, Texas. Not being a native Texan, I have never been there, but I have heard it's known for rednecks, fishing, hunting, and light beers, certainly the polar opposite to to a world class stout. That said, this is indeed, a word class stout---Full of complex flavors, fairly easy to drink, and everything is in perfect balance. This has become my favorite after dinner/night cap brew, and it's great it's available year round. Best of all, for us folks who live here in Central Texas, it's brewed just right down the road, so we are pretty much always guaranteed a fresh can.
Serving type: can
12-17-2010 06:28:57 | More by AustinBeerLvr
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4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
This one pours a black fading to burnt brown like the crunchy sugar atop Crème brûlée. The head is tan and not long lived leaving minimal lacing down the glass. This leads me to expect a less than rich mouthfeel, we shall see.
The nose is hints of coffee, dark chocolate, bread, nutmeg, citronella, and camphor with a tinge of the hops. Overall a rather decent and complex nose.
The taste is rather delicious with the sweet malts floating a bevy of complexity that finishes with a nice hop bitterness that tails off to the back of the palate with a burst of sweet again. The alcohol is definitely there and warms the belly nicely. There are strong malt and roasted notes as if the beer had been Bar-B-Qued with hickory. I definitely taste hickory, though I have to question if it is even in there for real or just a culmination of the esters and ingredients.. That could be a reference to the Buried Hatchet since Hickory is often used in ax handles. There is a definite medicine like undertone with the notes of camphor, alcohol and the hops. However, this is not a bad thing as one might expect as it is subtle and only adds to the complexity of the dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, nutmeg and other spice like notes that dominate this one. The sweet malt is what really takes the edge off the harsher elements of the flavor and actually combine to make this one hell of a great beer.
Now the mouthfeel is as expected from the visual observations and is a bit watery for a stout. That said, I still really like this one and I can see this as a warmer weather stout. Being that I live in South-East Texas Stouts are more of a seasonal beer for me as I do not like the heavy succulent beers when it is above 100 f. Heavy beers are just not enjoyable in 100% humidity with temps above 100 degrees. (Hell - nothing is really enjoyable in that type of weather, even pools get to hot to be enjoyable!) So this one is nice to have as a alternative to drink on summer nights or have with a meal or a great dessert that include vanilla ice cream on top.
Overall I find this to be an excellent beer but not an excellent stout. I would rate it closer to a light porter with richer flavors. I highly recommend it and I will likely always have a little on hand.
Serving type: can
06-17-2014 22:45:21 | More by AtrumAnimus
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
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