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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

465 Reviews
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Reviews: 465
Hads: 1,153
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 81
Gots: 221 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 8.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: armock on 01-03-2009

Jet-black in color, this monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

50 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown Malt, Briess Roast Malt , Rahr White Wheat , Rolled Oats
Hops: Saphir
Yeast: California Ale
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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one after all the hype - hope it delivers. Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Good artwork on the label with a little blurb about the beer. Plus it gave the recommended serving temp of 55 degrees (wish all beers did that). No dating info (wish all had that as well) but it's from the initial release so it's fresh. Was a dark brown color with mahogany edges. It had a 2 finger beige head that slowly settled into a thick collar and wispy center.

The aroma was excellent. Chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and some vanilla. 8.5% ABV never shows in aroma or taste. A constant sniffer. No noticeable hops. The flavor follows in line with taste. Chocolaty and roasted coffee with a touch of sweet. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy with good carb levels. Great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that lives up to the hype. It's my first foreign/export stout so can't say how it compares to style but if this is a good representation then I've found a new style to go deep into. Highly recommend. Rotation - TX brewed. Oh yeah, it will be a big player in the rotation. Would be constant player if not for $12/4pk.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz can into my new belgium goblet:

Bought this because the distributor was giving samples at my local beer-store (twas THAT good)

A Very nice show on the pour - builds up a nice 3 finger head with all the lacing you could ask for - darker than root beer with a mocha- caramel colored head

S ; litly burnt chocolate

T - lockstep with the aroma - with a nice similair aftertaste

M full and not overpowering - ABV well hidden for a 8.25

D not a session beer because it's so rich. but this is a truly delicious stout on a par with Guiness.

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Photo of dcloeren
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into my Duvel tulip

Poured a dark chocolate brown with golden orange hues around the edges and at the bottom of my glass. Got a solid 2 fingers of foamy cream head that very slowly (like half way through my beer) dissipated into a solid film. Solid lacing all the way down my glass

The scent of this stout exploded as soon as I started to pour. Smells Great! Getting some solid dark chocolate with cocoa powder, coffee and deep roasted malt. The scent is very earthy, warming and inviting.

The taste is following the nose quite nicely! Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee with a little milk, possibly some oatmeal and subtle hints of vanilla. This is one delicious brew. I would almost compare this to a dessert coffee, decadent and delicious

The mouthfeel is possibly the best part of this beer. These guys did it right. Its hot 10 months out of the year in TX and they made this beer exceptionally creamy and smooth for having a thin body. Coats every bit of your mouth with each sip until you refresh the coat with another sip

Overall, I couldnt ask for a better everyday stout. This is and will remain a staple in my fridge. Now if you'll excucse me, I'm going to go grab another. Cheers

Mad props to Southern Star

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Photo of AndrewOToole
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tan head. When held up to the light it appears to be a very deep red, very pretty color.

Smells like roasted coffee beans and a small amount of alcohol warmth, really sets you up for the taste.

Very very tasty stout, tastes like coffee beans and chocolate with a bit of vanilla and cherries. The alcohol flavor is slightly present and compliments the strength of the beer nicely. The hop note fits perfectly with the style.

Perfectly carbonated, warm in your mouth/throat from the alcohol, lingers in your mouth in a good way.

Overall, this is one of my new favorites beers. It is extremely drinkable (assuming you want a stout), yet another excellent beer from the Southern Star Brewery.

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Photo of elniko
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Opaque coloring but not quite pitch black, a little bit of rich brown as well. Huge creamy head that almost went over glass, nice lacing apparent. Really good looking brew.

S: Quite a nose, huge roasty tones coming through.

T & M: Wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Really nicely balanced with just the right mix of dry hoppiness in the finish.

D: This is my new favorite stout, Southern Star continues to impress and this is definitely their best beer.

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Photo of BSDA
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

One of the best stouts I've had, and in a can, no less! Full of flavor, coffee, chocolate, nightcap bliss. Drink one or two of these before bed and snoooooooze.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Kudos to Southern Star for propagating the craft-beer-in-a-can movement. 12oz can into a Delirium tremens tulip, allowed to warm to the recommended 55F.

A mini-eruption of foam as the can is opened, but quick thinking on my part delivered the rich, ruby-brown body into the tulip with minimal spillage. The head, tall and custard in color, retains nicely and settles to a fat patch of bubbles that leaves splotchy lacing. Intoxicating aroma, full of vanilla bean and cinnamon bread, dark chocolate nibs and earthy hops. The amped levels of toasted brown malts really do wonders for the nose.

Sweet milk chocolates and caramel coat the palate instantly, giving way to a backdrop of spicy, earthy hops that add just the right amount of bitterness to the finish to complement dark chocolate and black coffee notes. Creamy, medium-thick body with a smooth finish and slightly sticky aftertaste. Roasty, toasty, bitter, creamy, thick...an exceptional Export Stout if I've ever tasted it. Looking forward to the rest of my 4-pack.

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Photo of djhowell
4.49/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark brown cola-like color with very little head or lacing
S: Coffee dominates the nose, and it smells great! Hints of chocolate too.
T: Tastes just like it smells. Coffee flavors, with hints of chocolate sweetness that lingers on your tongue after each sip. Delicious.
M: Thinner than I expected with not much carbonation that almost gives this beer an iced coffee kind of feel.
D: Goes down very easily for a flavorful stout like this. If this was available locally I would pick it up again.

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Photo of BushwyckCraft
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Buried Hatchet was a surprise extra in a trade for a somewhat popular canned beer from Waterbury, VT. I was pleasantly surprised. The aroma is coffee and chocolate. The mouthful caught me off guard...Definitely medium bodied and lighter than anticipated. The taste is a heavy malt, with chocolate and coffee. The hop profile in the finish makes it a well balanced stout. I'm thrown off by its ABV. If it truly is 8%, it certainly sneaks in its alcohol presence. If I had regular access to this beer, it would be on constant rotation.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour out very thick. Dark brown in color and with a one finger tan head. Retention is decent. Lightest RIS Ive ever seen. Not bad just different. Just a little lacing not much.

S- Wow. Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and and coconut. Very aromatic. All very good smells that work well with each other. Light roasted coffee upfront with some dark chocolate and raisins in the middle then some sweet coconut in the background.

T - Roasted coffee, creamy dark chocolate and sweet caramel. Very nutty as well. Delicious.

M - So smooth and silky. Full bodied and perfectly carbonated.

O - One of the best beers Ive ever had the pleasure of drinking. This one is big on flavor without being overpowering. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of Cvogel22
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Southern star's big outstander!
Pours amazingly, head is proportional and thick, smells of coffee and vanilla and tastes like heaven. It was pretty good room temp but i liked it better cold.
Would recommend this to the stout drinkers and the non alike. but please... pour it in a glass!

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Photo of stewart124
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights. A nice inch of tan head lingers on top for a minute and fades to a thin whisp.

Huge whafts of roasted malts and dark chocolate in the nose.

Full bodied and malty. Delicious! There is a dark chocolate bitterness that just fills out the roasted characteristics in this stout. Alcohol is slightly warming but otherwise well-hidden. Super smooth foreign/export stout.

This is a great example for the style and a hidden gem as far as I am concerned. Plenty of roasted characteristics with enough bitterness to balance it out. Nice roasted note in the finish with a light coffee aftertaste. Quite delicious.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.

Pours a deep chestnut brown out of the can and sits almost black in the glass underneath a really frothy beige head. It's a little light for a stout and shows through as a deep copper in light.

The aroma is heavily roasted black malts with burnt espresso and a shot of sweet cream.

The taste is excellent for a sweet or export stout. It's got a perfect balance of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. There is a creamy sweetness that balances all the roasty character out in the taste.

The mouthfeel is seriously creamy and velvety smooth going down with lots of tiny bubbles and a super roasty finish.

This is an excellent stout. Admittedly, it's not exactly big enough to be considered an inpy stout but it's much more robust than most sweet stouts or export stouts. Not really concerned about the category though as it's really good either way.

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Photo of demodave
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very tasty brew. I've recently moved out to Lubbock, TX, which is something of a barren wasteland (check out Wikipedia, the history of alcohol sales here is kinda interesting). I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Doc's has a good beverage selection. Somewhat at random, I pulled out Buried Hatchet from their fridge, and had one today. I suppose I should have another to go through the point by point items.

Tshhhht!

Wants out of the can a bit, so it slashed a little.

Aroma: sweet, perhaps more of a milk stout or an oatmeal stout than an export? I'm leaning toward a mis-cast milk stout. Still has perceptible roast/burnt notes. Malt dominates.

Appearance: very dark, opaque, although some hints of red and brown show at the base of the glass (a New Belgium tulip). Head doesn't last all that long, but I don't know if that is a product of the can opening. There is a thin bead of head for a while, just not a thick layer.

Taste: again, sweet like milk stout. Has a nice background roast and burnt profile. Just a hint of burnt astringency. I would not say that there were chocolate or caramel or anything like that. A pretty clean burnt profile, if that helps any.

Mouthfeel: nice, somewhat rich. It doesn't bubble on the tongue. It feels very relaxed and comfortable with itself.

Drinkability: there is absolutely nothing about this beer that I don't like. That's already a very important first step. It's clean and well-brewed. I like it a lot. I don't think I could drink it all night (especially with the heat being what it is here - and the alcohol is definitely present), but it's a very good beer. As a fair warning, it was about $10 for a four-pack and I believe the alcohol content reported by BA.

I think my points awarded fairly reflect my impression of the beer, and I cannot see how someone could come up with a C+ for it. I'll have to look for that review. Put it in the milk stout category, and it is a very fine beer, if slightly over alcoholic. It doesn't taste like an Imperial Stout, though, so I think I have the right beer style named for it.

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Photo of StuartCarter
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout
Style: Foreign/Export stout, 8.5% ABV

Appearance: very dark brown, ruby highlights. Fluffy light brown head that dissipates rapidly.

Smell: as is common with F/E stouts, mainly a delicate hint of coffee. Some slight sweetness.

Taste: delicate and light on the tongue, with a coffee flavour - think more a breakfast blend from a boutique roaster. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, strangely thin but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel makes this beer *dangerously* drinkable - without any alcohol burn you could almost think this was a regular stout and drink it in that manner!

As it warms: molasses flavour emerges from the ruby depths of the glass.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer, all the more so because it's a quaffable big stout. The added bonus? This is an amazing beer IN A CAN. At about $12 for a 4 pack, you have a fantastic, world-class beer that you can take to cookouts, the beach, concerts, and state parks.

What more can you ask for :)

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Photo of bens0n
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark, murky brown color with some amber tinges. A very nice amount of creamy off-white head that lingers around for a while and leaves a weak amount of lacing.

Smell wise, initially I picked up on some hops and a weak malt followed by some subtle coffee/chocolate notes.

Flavor wise, wow, there is a pretty intense roasted coffee/chocolate flavor going on, no hops in the flavor though. I was really surprised at how much flavor this packs, its intensely roasty, but not over the top. There is not much else going on aside from a slight nuttiness, but the simplicity really sets the roasted coffee on its own, which is nice.

This beer is on the thin side, was really disappointed that it was not as smooth and creamy as the head. Given the ABV, this beer is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This has been one of my favorites on tap ever since it came out last year or so. I am glad that they have it in cans now, so I absolutely had to pick some up. Here we go with a review on this beer, finally.

Appearance: Very well presented beer. It has ample to high carbonation, so it had every bit of 1 1/2" of tight creamy tan foam after a relatively fast pour. The head was every bit of half its size well over a minute after the pour. It must have been 5 minutes after the pour by now, and the head is still barely smaller than what I mentioned after the first minute. I guess it is going to be there forever...nice! After drinking, the beer is leaving a solid wall of foam on the glass.

Aroma: My first impression was of toffee and a little bit of coffee. After the beer sits some, the toffee aromatics start to fade a little bit and the roast is starting to make an appearance. After the beer warms up, there is a fresh hops bouquet starting to come out. It is nice to experience the way this beer changes as it warms up.

Taste: The toffee left the aroma because it decided to hang out in the flavor. I get the coffee in here also, so it will be interesting to see how the flavor follows the evolution of the aroma. The flavor overall is seriously drinkable with the roast and dark malt characters playing a supporting role rather than assaulting your palate and leaving it acidic. It has a well fortified malt bill, and that is reflected in the complexity of the flavor. There is some spiciness becoming noticeable as the beer warms up some, and that is accentuated by a warming on the back of the throat. I pull just a touch off of the drinkability scale strictly for the ABV...it is not one to be slammed.

Opinion: OK, I must first preface my comments by saying that I have only had the "holy grail" of foreign extra stout before after my palate was "slightly used" at meetings and such, so I have never had one as my first beer like I did this one tonight. That said, I have judged this category numerous times, and I must say that this is the best example of this style that I can recall ever having. The visual presentation is perfect, and the balance of the rest of the flavors and aroma's is world-class. I would absolutely recommend this beer!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two of these at Vintage Estate. Price was right at 2.40 a can

A - Wow what lovely carbonation we have here. Tons of small bubbles settle to the bottom with a fluffy tan colored mocha head. Color is pretty dark but some light comes through the bottom.

S - mmm cocoa! Dry notes of coffee also. Very solid level of roast on the nose. Slight bit of mocha as well.

T - Wow it taste pretty thick. The flavors mend with a nice bitter sweet chocolate tone followed by a bit of roasted coffee, but not bitter kind of on par with Founders breakfast and has a very enjoyable finish with just a moderate hop bite.

M - I could tell it was around 8 percent but glad it's a nice thick stout. Alcohol is well concealed for pretty easy drinking.

Overall wow so much imperial goodness for such a cheap price! I think Ten fidy may have a run for there money with a stout this good for half cost. If I ever go back to Estate I will buy them out. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of brundo4
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a mustachioed pint. 3/2/10.

A- Pours a dark, molasses brown. Almost black but not quite. A nice single finger tan head forms, dissipates by half, and then sticks around. Medium sticky lacing.

S- Subtle. Coffee, roasted malts, a light carmel/molasses, and dark chocolate.

T- Much fuller than I was expecting. Nice roasted mocha flavor. Bittersweet. A good amount of coffee and some mellow carmel. I like this a lot. Alcohol is not present.

M- Medium body. Good carbonation. Silky smooth. About right for an export stout.

D- The ABV is misleading. It's much higher than you'd ever guess but, old I four packs, I could easily drink all four and be very, very happy that I did so.

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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chest brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger yellowish beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Surprisingly not much lacing though.

Deep roasty dark malt aroma with hints of caramel and chocolate as well as some deep roasted coffee note, hazelnut and toffee. There's also a slight hop character that compliments the bitterness from the coffee in the nose. This beer smell a bit more roasty than I usually prefer but the sweet chocolate notes balance things out nicely.

Slightly chewy medium body with a lot of deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of burnt toast, chocolate and caramel maltiness, smooth roasted coffee, slight bitterness, toffee and even some vanilla. Dry finish. Although this beer is predominantly roasty, it is very complex with lots of sweet flavors balancing things out making it extremely smooth and quaffable. Again, as in the aroma, there is s alight hop bitterness that compliments the bitter roasted coffee flavor very well. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer and am looking forward to drinking more of it. Recommended!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge, tan, bubbly head on top of a brownish-black body with red highlights

S- Doughy flavors of flour and milk chocolate with a generous aroma of dank, piney hops

T- Sweet and smooth with the flavors of a chocolate cake drizzled in a bourbon fudge sauce

M- Decadent and filling but not as thick as I would like it

D- I find this to be the quintessential dessert beer. Perfect at the end of the night

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Photo of TATURBO
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From can to Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
4/5 Appearance: Dark Brown with slight amount of light coming through around the edges of the glass. Minimal head.

4.5/5 Smell: Roasty Malty with a tinge of caramel. Like what my nose is picking up even if I can't describe it well.

4.25/5 Taste: Roasted with a Coffee/Chocolate flavor followed up with some caramel. Good malt flavor with minimal if any hops presence.

4/5 Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation with a tingle on the tongue. Maybe a slight big light compared to some higher end stouts but very good still. Slight alcohol on the very back end you pick up after a minute or two of your last sip.

4.4/5 Overall: Really like this stout. Flavor is very good, Carbonation is right on Looks and smells good. Alcohol is there but not overpowering for the stated 8.25%. I'll definitely seek out more of this one. Solid effort by Southern Star Brewing. I look forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to beertruth for a can of this Texan treat! I really dig Pine Belt Pale so let's see how Southern Star does with a stout.

A-Dark, yet clear, reddish brown with garnet highlights. A medium tan head reduces to a thin cap and hangs on strong. Leaves decent lace.

S-I could smell dark roasted coffee notes when I was pouring it into the glass! Dark roasted malts, a touch of molasses, and dark bitter chocolate.

T-Rich, deep, dark roasted malt up front. Bitterness comes through from dark, bitter chocolate, a healthy dose of coffee and some earthy hop bitters. A touch of caramel sweetness on the backside. Ends with a building dryness.

M- Medium body and fairly smooth. Does develop a woody dryness upon warming...but this does not detract.

D-Wow...really? This is even better than Pine Belt! I never would have guessed it is 8.5% either. Amazing roasted malt and coffee flavour with a lovely dryness. This is seriously good stuff. To have this locally available would be stellar! They make this with a coffee added version? Whoa....must have! ISO--Coffee Buried Hatchet!

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Photo of caresville
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE THANKS TO TWIGGAMORTIS420 for this one!! i may have found my new favorite stout... that i dont have access to =/

a- jet black with a huge fluffy mocha head in my tulip, awesome lacing and perfect amount of carbonation!! cannot ask for anything more!!

s- lots of black coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and cookies n cream ice cream!! this stuff smells like heaven, period.

t&m- very silky and smooth, not too thin but not motor oil in a glass. black coffee comes to mind first, chocolate teddy grahams, brown twizzlers, hints of fig and cinnamon. strong coffee on the swallow also.

d- smooth as butter, my mouth enjoys this very much. just short of perfection... but damn near close!!

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.