Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company
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2.05/5 rDev -48.5%
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.
11-02-2010 00:34:54 | More by PDXHops
2.08/5 rDev -47.7%
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.
07-20-2011 02:13:35 | More by ballmouse
2.1/5 rDev -47.2%
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
12-16-2010 03:36:30 | More by Ryan011235
2.13/5 rDev -46.5%
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.
10-18-2010 23:40:08 | More by SpeedwayJim
District of Columbia
2.38/5 rDev -40.2%
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.
10-22-2010 03:01:59 | More by Dreadnaught33
2.53/5 rDev -36.4%
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.
03-19-2012 03:27:03 | More by zhanson88
United Kingdom (Wales)
2.55/5 rDev -35.9%
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.
12-01-2010 16:29:02 | More by mothman
2.6/5 rDev -34.7%
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!
04-14-2011 02:31:01 | More by UCLABrewN84
District of Columbia
2.6/5 rDev -34.7%
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.
12-05-2010 18:57:05 | More by craytonic
2.63/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
10-19-2010 01:22:11 | More by BearsOnAcid
2.63/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
04-20-2011 00:52:42 | More by xnicknj
2.63/5 rDev -33.9%
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.
09-11-2012 03:22:25 | More by barleywinefiend
2.65/5 rDev -33.4%
I can not see through a can.
Smells very good no complaints
Strong chocolate taste, pretty strong aftertaste. Reminds me of Youngs double chocolate stout
I have had better. Although I will say it it not very bitter.
03-24-2011 04:45:37 | More by neal8929
2.73/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
04-24-2011 16:40:34 | More by KeefD
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
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