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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

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BA SCORE
89
very good

849 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 849
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%


Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: armock on 01-03-2009)
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce can/Duvel tulip. Pours near black with a finger of head that's somewhere between fizzy and foamy. This dies down quickly, but is easily and repeatedly revived with the smallest agitation. Scattered bits of lacing.

Nose definitely leans toward the sweet and chocolatey, although a fair amount of roast keeps things in balance. An odd tangy smell graduates from slightly to quite distracting as it warms. Sort of like cherries dipped in catsup. Flavor is similarly disappointing, with a seemingly solid base beer being tainted by something. Thinnish feel, with the tartness being the only lingering flavor. Infected, I'm assuming? I'm inclined to give this another shot and will adjust my review if I have a different experience.

Serving type: can

11-02-2010 00:34:54 | More by PDXHops
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ballmouse

New York

2.08/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm quite surprised by the rating for this beer; does no one else think this tastes like a slightly more alcoholic version of Guinness?

The appearance is not very black; more of a shade of brown.

The smell isn't very powerful. It smells a bit like coffee and a tad of chocolate, but not much else.

The taste is very much like a stronger Guinness: watery and a dash of heat.

The mouthfeel was the most disappointing part: it was very thin. It honestly had the feel of slightly carbonated water.

I'm still stumped as to the high rating of this beer. I might actually take a Guinness (not that it's bad, but it's commonplace and I doubt many reviewers have the same affection for Guinness as they do for Buried Hatchet) over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:13:35 | More by ballmouse
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 12/13/10

Thanks to PDXHops

Pours a light shade of brown for a stout though it's plenty dark in the glass. Rolling billows of smooth foam rose, held for a few moments, then thinned to 1/8th inch. Two meager trails of drippy lace.

The nose has a strong aroma of butter toffee, that faux-caramel Halloween candy that comes in either an orange or black wrapper & a hint of butterscotch. Nips of earthy hops intermingle with underpinning notes of roasted malts & coffee.

Something seems amiss after taking one sip: tartness is present to the extent that is overpowers any other flavors. Some dry roastiness & hints of coffee muster through but the malt bill is set to suffer the wrath of the near-tangy off flavors. There is a funkiness that is manifest mid-swallow, as the overly foamy carbonation fills the mouth.

Indeed, said carbonation is another giveaway that it's 12 'o clock & all's not well. Without being harsh or prickly, it's vaporous, occupying too much space. The heft of the beer is ok; there's an underlying smoothness. Thankfully a minute amount of roasted residuals hang on until the finish.

I certainly hope this is a bad can; it seems like Buried Hatchet Stout could be pretty good. As it is, this just isn't cutting it. I drank the whole thing. Then again, I've had full bottles of Indigo Imp, Indian Wells & Batch 10,000 recently; a bad can of stout is hardly troublesome. I plan to give this another consideration at some point

Serving type: can

12-16-2010 03:36:30 | More by Ryan011235
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SpeedwayJim

New York

2.13/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Daniel for this one. Love those Imperial Stouts in a can! Poured into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a 2 finger fluffy cream colored head with disturbingly good retention. Beer is a near opaque deep, dark purple. Lacing is thick and frothy with great cling.

S: Nose is heavy on liquorice and roasted malt. Coffee and slightly tart in the background. Growing signs of infection.

T: Opens coffee bean bitterness and lightly tart cherries or raspberries. Not really enough to cover the stout profile but definitely noticeable. Chocolate malt develops in the middle but so does the sour. Finish is liquorice, coffee, toffee and tartness with a lingering sour cherry aftertaste.

M: Full bodied and very frothy. Medium amount of carbonation makes this one a bit abrasive going down. Too lively. Finish is very messy and aftertaste is sticky and lingers.

D: Here is my take on the issue of reviewing infected beers. If brewers don't take care to avoid infection and put out a producted that is "tainted", then it is there fault and reviews should reflect that somewhere along the line, the brewery made a mistake. That said, I'd definitely give the non-infected version of this a try... but as is, its a complete drainpour.

Serving type: can

10-18-2010 23:40:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

2.38/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Big foamy head, that goes down slow with thin looking bubbles. Dark Brown color, tons of carbonation evident.

S: Malt, on the sweeter side rather than any kind of roasty aroma. Some smoke, chocolate and clight offee are faint but there.

T: Not much going on at all. Only a little roast, some bitterness, and barley sweetness. Like a watered down brown ale, not very good at all.

M: Thinner than hoped for, way too much carbonation. Feels like selzer water, really not good.

D: Dissapointing. Poured this out. Will definitely not consider this one again.

Serving type: can

10-22-2010 03:01:59 | More by Dreadnaught33
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zhanson88

California

2.53/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with ruby highlights. 1/2" of tan head forms, decent retention and lacing. This is extremely light colored for an imperial stout.

Smell: Smells of some roasted malts, coffee, and light hops.

Taste: Again, a lot of roasted malt flavor with some coffee as well. Not a lot of hops, but there are some in there. There is a big creaminess from start to finish here that is really enjoyable. Unfortunately, this flavor profile is nothing close to what I expect from an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, disappointing for an RIS. It's extremely easy drinking and pretty flavorful, but no way would I classify as an RIS. When I first drank it I figured it was a regular stout or milk stout, but not an RIS. Just needs more flavor behind it. If it was a regular stout I'd love it, but as it is, not so much.

Serving type: can

03-19-2012 03:27:03 | More by zhanson88
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass with 1 finger of fizzy beige head. Color is a dark copper brown. Nowhere near black like a normal stout.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, grassy hop bite. It also has a butterscotch flavors, some molasses, and dried fruits.

Tasted: Coffee bitterness, dry flavors, chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this stout is too roasted with way to much coffee bitterness. Not for me. Not very drinkable either. Everything just seems off with this one. I was not able to finish my glass.

Serving type: can

12-01-2010 16:29:02 | More by mothman
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craytonic

District of Columbia

2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown coffee, big tan head
Smell & Taste: Burnt coffee, charcoal, licorice and bitter chocolate
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is creamy, but otherwise a bit light and thin
Drinkability: To roasted / bitter / burnt for me, although some might like it. Didn't even finish half of it.

Serving type: can

12-05-2010 18:57:05 | More by craytonic
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending this one to me!

Pours a murky dark brown color with a huge 3 inch tan head that lasts. Head forms a puffy island in the middle of the glass with lattice lacing on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malt, brown sugar, and peanut butter. This is a very unique smell on a stout, but I am liking it. Sadly, the taste is not that good to me as this stout is sour. Roasted malt, slight vinegar, and peanut butter are the tastes I get. Beer is completely flat and watery. Overall, I am not a fan of this beer but I appreciate the chance to try it!

Serving type: can

04-14-2011 02:31:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fudge brown and a large light brown head is easily coaxed out in the pour. Smells like chocolate milk at first with rich dark chocolate and charred cocoa. Bitter chocolate and charred malt hit the tongue first and turning into a mild espresso flavor. Alcohol is easily noticeable and stands out in the finish against a bitter chocolate and charred malt flavor. Mouthfeel seems thin. Carbonation feels high. This beer actually reminds me of the first beer I brewed, which was a brewer's best extract IRS kit, except this is more drinkable. I wish this was thicker and sweeter or maybe a lower abv.

Serving type: can

10-19-2010 01:22:11 | More by BearsOnAcid
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz can poured into snifter - thanks to biglobo for the extra!

Pours a deep black, thick tanned head, retains through almost the whole beer, thick lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts, chocolate with caramel, light toffee, and warmth, but there's an unfortunate metallic ping, slight tartness.

Pretty similar experience with the taste, roasted malts and dark chocolate, some bitter hops also on the front end. The metallic notes come through and essentially wreck the profile though, followed by a definite tartness. Finishes very off with some slight alcohol warmth.

Full medium body, higher carbonation, tingly but still somewhat creamy. Yeah, this might be good without the oxidation and onset of infection. Total bummer...I'll re-review this if I get another one.

Serving type: can

04-20-2011 00:52:42 | More by xnicknj
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation leaving behind a small dirty wigte cap which fades fast leaving a faint rings and few bubbles

S: Day old Folgers coffee with a hint of chcolate

T: Confused. Is this an Imperial Brown or Imperial Stout? The backbone of brown malt, light coffee, toffee really makes me think thing this is a Imperial Brown, the only difference is the addition of coffee.The finish is highly carbonated with a lgering toffee, coffe and nuttiness. Rather clean and dry.

M: Medium bodied, a tad bit over carbed for a Imperial Stout? Body is a little thin for the style

O: This beer is somewhat tasty and enjoyable but I am big stcikler on BJCP guidelines. This beer as a Impy Stout is pretty far off.

Serving type: can

09-11-2012 03:22:25 | More by barleywinefiend
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neal8929

Texas

2.65/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

appearance:
I can not see through a can.

Smell:
Smells very good no complaints

Taste:
Strong chocolate taste, pretty strong aftertaste. Reminds me of Youngs double chocolate stout

mouthfeel:
I have had better. Although I will say it it not very bitter.

Serving type: can

03-24-2011 04:45:37 | More by neal8929
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KeefD

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to DavoleBomb for the chance to try something from a new brewery! Pours brown and is brown in the glass. Two fingers worth of khaki head that left lots of lacing down the glass. I'm getting some light notes of chocolate and caramel/toffee but little else in the nose, maybe a slightly grassy herbal thing going on, and a touch of metallic twang. Yep, the strange metallic notes show up in the flavor as well. There's almost a grape-like vinous flavor with some chocolate malt buried deep within. There's no roast to be found, which is really a shame for an imperial stout. Body is medium with low carbonation. Overall, nothing close to what I really enjoy in an imperial stout. I want more body, more chocolate, more roast. This has little of any of those.

Serving type: can

04-24-2011 16:40:34 | More by KeefD
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goochpunch

Texas

2.86/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting jet black from the commercial description, but this is dark brown. Bad lighting at the Southern Star Brewery. Smells strongly of slightly burnt toast and tons of chocolate malts. I get some coffee roast in the smell, but I'd like a bit more. SWEET BEER. Lots of chocolate and toasty/roasty malts. More chocolate and toast than anything. Needs balance dearly. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, yet not that full. Overall, this isn't that great. I'm splitting a can with someone, and it's hard to take down.

Serving type: can

04-06-2014 02:28:57 | More by goochpunch
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sweemzander

Illinois

2.88/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a nonic. Thank you to Beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark brown color with subtle reddish highlights. Produced a large foamy tan head with great retention.

(S)- A mild roasted component with a nutty dryness. Some raisin.

(T)- Same as the smell. A very mild roasted component. SOme dry nuts (walnut?) with raisins.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rather thin than what I would expect for an Imperial. Not too sweet or bitter. Some metallic aspects reveal themselves as it warms.

(D)- A decent stout. Was rather surprised this is an imperial when it drinks more like an American Stout in all categories.

Serving type: can

11-08-2010 18:40:14 | More by sweemzander
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a super dark brown until held to the light, revealing a deep garnet color. Pretty nice three finger beige head. But this recedes to a nice film after only one sip. The aroma is super roasted grain with maybe some faint coffee. But the smoked and roasted grain scents really stand out. I also detect a little soy sauce in the nose as well. The taste starts super roasted malts, medium smoked with a hint of coffee and no cream. Then the middle lets your palate have some effervescance and soy sauce and sesame oil. Good carbonation, but the soy element is a little off putting. Creamy palate with good carbonation, but the soy seems to throw everything for a loop.

Serving type: can

02-08-2010 03:27:16 | More by scruffwhor
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lisomiso

California

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hm, the high rating on this is kind of a surprise to me. It's not that it's a terrible beer, but a stout? A Double/Imperial Stout? Drinking buddy Walows says "I'd barely even call it an Imperial Brown!" Easy drinking, if boring, and my biggest complaint is that I get a bit of that Bubble Yum grapeyness that shows up on these average beers now and again. Eh, whatever.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 06:23:13 | More by lisomiso
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DCon

Missouri

2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a 12 FL. OZ. can of this brew in a trade w/ cfh64. Poured from the Brown/Tan colored can with a Hatchet buried in the dirt (hence the name) into my 12oz Surly Darkness Tulip Glass. Does not have a freshness date on the can.

Aroma- Very light aroma present. Has a good, noticeable burnt attribute with good roastiness behind it. After this, nothing else comes up...

Appearance- Pours a light brown, 2 finger head that has average retention time. Has a dark brown colored body with an amber tint to it and clear. Leaves tons of suds down the glass.

Flavor- Good grains and tons of roast, light coffee, and a sweetness that keeps it a mild stout. Light hop flavor at the end with a medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, Smooth, and has a roasty finish on the palate.

Overall Impression- Not sure I can call this one a Double or Imperial Stout... A nice stout though! The light coffee taste made this one go down easy and it was easy going all the way through. Wouldn't go back to this one but definitely want some others from Southern Star!

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 19:51:08 | More by DCon
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BB1313

Ohio

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I personally couldn't get over the aftertaste. Pours a thin dark brown, almost black, w/ nice head and leaves no lacing at all. The smell is the highlight for me, which is loaded w/ chocolate and coffee, this really got me excited! The taste matches, but leaves an aftertaste I can't put my finger on, and just ruins this experience. It's also very thin and over carbonated, IMO, which doesn't make it too drinkable.

This is not a bad beer at all, I just wasn't digging it and I really wanted to.

Serving type: can

06-22-2010 02:32:05 | More by BB1313
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ThickNStout

Georgia

3.01/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can from Monkeypuker. No canning information. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours deep brown with a finger and a half of pale tan head. Little in the way of retention or lace.

Aroma is roasty and malty with cocoa, roasted malt and toast.

The nose wasn't misleading. Plenty of chocolate and caramel malt flavors here. Cocoa, roasted nuts, charred wood, mild bitterness, coffee and earth. Very roasty and malty but lacking the sweetness of most imperial stouts.

Body is on the thin side of medium with fairly heavy seeming carbonation. Dry with a burnt nut and cocoa aftertaste.

For my tastes this is not the "stout for stout lovers" as advertised on the can. A decent no-frills stout but below average. I'll most likely pass on future offers.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 03:16:28 | More by ThickNStout
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this as an extra in a trade with LadyofMuchBeer

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark hazel pour with a nice thick, creamy two finger light mocha head that fades to leave a nice dense blanket and pretty good side lacing.

S - Aromas of faint coffee with nice roasty, slightly burnt malts. Really enjoy the faint coffee and very rich, roasted elements.

T - Taste is ruined by this horrible mouthfeel, which I will go into. There are nice stout aspects here, good roasted malts, light coffee, but it has no backbone, no oomph.

M - Yikes...absurdly thin for a stout let alone an imperial stout! Ridiculously watery. Man oh man. Watery. I've never given a beer an "awful" for mouthfeel, and I'm so tempted with this. Its almost insulting how thin this is, but hey! atleast the ABV isn't noticeable.

O - I had such hopes for this beer when I saw the pour and smelled it. They were immediately ruined at the first sip. Even while the flavours aren't bad the mouthfeel is so, so bad it kills it for me. Damnit.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 00:30:34 | More by rudzud
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Lare453

Florida

3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark but not the usual black stout color. Very tiny light tan head even with a vigorous pour. Minimal lacing. Looks.... Eh.

S very light. A little chocolate, tiny coffee, tiny malt.

T also very light. Light chocolate beginning with a sweet odd flavor chocolate middle and a tiny malt and coffee end. The aftertaste is very light and short lived. Just a little malt ending.

M thin, no carbonation.

O eh... Wouldn't buy it again. The thing it has going for it is that it is very light tasting with a decent 8% abv.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 00:04:39 | More by Lare453
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty plain black, fairly thin coffee colored head, leaves only mild lacing when it fades. Looks fine, nothing special.

Smells pretty strongly of roasted malt, coffee notes, a but of nuttiness (toffee maybe? hazelnut?) and maybe a hint of chocolate. Maybe some lactose?

Taste is basically the same, with the addition of a touch of smokiness and something kindof tangy like an English brown ale maybe. Maybe some lactose again.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, carbonation is okay, body slightly on the thin side, something feels a little artificial somehow but not bad.

A nice decent stout, pretty forgettable though and not something I'd buy again.

6.1/10

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:40:32 | More by AlexFields
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cigar City Tulip
A ~ Even the can itself opened up beautifully. Pours Black w/ Enamel head. Slight lace.

S ~ Caramel syrup, Chocolate milk, grapes, & faint coffee. Slight mustyness.

T ~ Caramel following through progressing into a stronger coffee note fading fast into prune-y notes. Artificial chocolate. Burnt caramel & alcohol on the finish.

M ~ Sweet w/ a roasty middle & a chalky finish. Wish it was a tad more bitter on the back end. Bit of heat.

D ~ An average stout, but I was a tad underwhemed overall! There was a great expression of coffee in the beginning, but needed more body & bitterness to carry it through. Thanks for getting me this Want, gawnphishin!

Serving type: can

03-16-2012 23:20:22 | More by chocosushi
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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.