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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 77
Gots: 182 | FT: 4
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:
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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3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can brought back from Texas by my mate Aaron.

Pours a surprisingly light, translucent brown hue, with a fine ring of off-white bubbles around the edge. Minimal lacing. Body looks light, but it's deceptive—really it's just that the abnormally light colour tricks me into thinking that, when in fact it swirls quite languidly, and holds some tight fine carbonation, suggesting a bigger body. Still, it's really too light for the style, and although it has good points, I have to say it's not a good look overall.

Nose is better, however, with a very pleasant roasted grainy character, almost giving refined notes of a good English porter (if not the raw power and grunt of a big Impy Stout). Slight chocolate overtones, all with a hint of heavier roast to it—smells a little like an overcooked brownie. Not bad, all up; a little one dimensional, but not bad.

Taste is surprisingly dark and bitter, with a robust toasty grain character that lingers right from the mid to long after the beer has disappeared. It still feels as though it's missing a little sweetness, but it's surprisingly well supported nonetheless. It doesn't feel tame or empty, but there's really not much else in the way of flavour to explain it. Decent enough.

Feel is noticeably light, but with enough heft to support the flavours of the beer.

Not bad, all up, if a little underwhelming, and certainly not a good American Imperial Stout, if that's genuinely what they call it. But it belies its disappointing appearance with some decent flavours and surprising integration.

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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This can delivers a dark brown bodied beer with a one-finger, creamy, off-white head.

Dark roast coffee and burnt toast aromas greet the nose. There's some bitter chocolate in there, too.

Coffee and cream with vanilla overtones hit you on first taste. Bitter chocolate and dark roasted grains are fairly predominate midway through. A good balance of the malt flavors, hop bitterness, and alcohol warmth finishes things.

The body is medium in nature, smooth and silky.

A pretty good stout that highlights the malt characteristics over the relatively high ABV. My personal preference would have been for a darker, more opaque body, but (per the can info), the brewers used a lot of brown malt in this one. It shows in the overall character and sets this beer apart from other stouts. Besides, to me, the ultimate judging of a beer is in its taste and drink-ability, not primarily on outward appearances. Definitely worth checking out.

Thanks to Tim from Houston for throwing this in with our recent beer trade.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours opaque, dark and black with a one fingered caramel colored head that dies down pretty quickly to an even yet thin layer across the top.

S - Dark roasted chocolate and coffee beans.

T - Mimics the nose...coffee beans, and dark chocolate that's a little roasty. This is a slight bit of caramel on the palette which I didn't didn't pick up in the nose. The flavor isn't as intense as I thought it would be.

M - Thin medium body, which it were thicker for an imperial stout, gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - Worth a try but it needs more balls!

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4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a thick foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Tons of sweet brown malt aroma with some hints of coffee and caramel. Not quite as roasted as I was expecting but a pleasant aroma regardless.

T- Very sweet initially with caramel, toffee, and brown bread flavors. A touch of bitterness in the finish. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- A touch thin with medium/low carbonation.

O- A very solid stout that with a few tweaks could really be something special.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.