Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

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

Added by armock on 01-03-2009

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Photo of rwinzing
3.08/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark apperance..very little lacing from this beer. No real head at all
smell is bland and thin. No real aroma from the beer.
Nice smooth taste roast from the malt is nice very little hop char. which you would expect from a stout
mouthfeel- thin not much there
overall - very drinkable stout but not spectacular

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a glass.

appears dark brown, little head. aroma is mainly roasted malt, toasty. Taste is slightly sweet, but finishes dry. Flavor is a bit subdued for a double stout. In fact, I was actually very surprised when I found out this was an 8% beer. Drinks more like an Irish Dry stout of "session" strength". Average body, appropriate for the style, maybe could be thicker.

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Photo of Beerandboards
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 12oz can into a standard pint glass. Looks fine, dark chocolate color in appearance, some tan head, mild retention. Nothing great nothing bad here.

S - smells of chocolate powder, some coffee in there, not a lot otherwise. Smells is good but nothing exciting, solidly average.

T- follows the nose some milk and dark chocolates and mild coffee. Flavors are pretty consistent throughout, some mild bittering on the end.

M - definitely the beer's weak point. Quite thin, mild low carb, expecting a lot more thickness. If this element were improved, I think everything else improves as well.

O - an average to slightly above average stout. Flavors are nice, but underwhelming. Wish it would be a little thicker and aggressive, but can't really complain. If this were available in my area, I would probably buy a four pack every now and then. As someone else pointed out, this would be a good beginner's stout.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on my wants for quite a while & then wham! Four cans as extras in the span of two days. I hope it's good! Plus, I'm going to have to look up what an "export stout" is after this review & how it differs from your average, run-of-the-bass stout.

Pours a crackling, audible black with a rather incongruent whitish head. Bonus points for cool art on the can, love the brush growing out of the 'buried hatchet'. Smell is roast mixed with lactose, almost milk-stout-like.

Buried Hatchet Stout brings the roast with a Green Giant-sized hand on the scale. Hard after comes a blaze of sweetness, colored with that lactose, creamer flavor. There's a touch of acorn in the fall, smattering of bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is as creamy as advertised, but it feels a touch off with the milkiness & char. This tastes too much like coffee with a hella lot of half-and-half poured in it.

Decent enough brew, but not really my cup of tea, so to speak. I'll maybe sit on one for a while & see what develops.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.19/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark, deep brown. Head is tan and clings in a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Carbonation looks a little high for the style. Pours nice and smooth.

Smell: Booze, char, chocolate (both malt and real), some coffee and raisins. Lots going on here. Some sweet burnt caramel/toffee aromas as well. Faint biscuit dough quality on the back. Hops add a touch of citrus to the whole thing. Lots of roasted malts.

Taste: A thinner version of the nose. All the flavors are there, but they come across muted somehow. Tobacco and chocolate reign with some dry crust making up the backbone. A nice hit of sweetness and booze keep things fresh. Flavors tend to play over one another rather than with one another. Dark fruit in the back as well.

Mouthfeel: A little thin. Carbonation is definitely on the high side and ends up drying the whole things out. Flavor lingers for a good bit.

Overall: Smells amazing, but loses some appeal after a few sips. The flavors tend to hit and disappear and never really come together. All in all, it's decent.

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Photo of zac16125
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a snifter

Thanks to Zadavis for this extra.

A: Looks thin during the pour and appears a slightly darker than cola brown with a very light tan head, about 1 fingers width in length.  Decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, burnt toast, heavy cream, quite a pleasant aroma but not terribly deep or complex

T: Heavy cream, roasted malt, toffee, a bit of coffee and some hop bitterness on the backend.  Again, rather pleasant but not near the complexity or strength of flavors that is typical of the imperial stout style.  And although its tasty, its pretty unremarkable.  

M/D: Smooth and really really creamy.  Too thin for the style.  Drinkability is good and ABV is well masked, but the thin body makes the Mouthfeel rather lackluster.

O: Overall, I'm not really sure how I feel about this one.  It's actually quite an enjoyable drink, but compared to other imperial stouts it...well it doesn't compare.  Too thin, too simple, and flavors far too weak.  However, compare it to a Milk Stout, which I absolutely think this is, Id say it would be one of the better (if not the best) milk stouts I've had.  But I guess for fairness I will rate this to the style for which its classified, and on the scale of RISs this just doesn't live up to expectations.

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Photo of 321jeff
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can provided by jefferz5000 and poured into my Portsmouth tulip. No date to be found on the can.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a couple fingers of tan head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving no lacing.

Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, some plums and fresh roast coffee. I also get some hints of some dark spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.

The sweet dark fruits are more dominant in the taste than the roast flavors. There's also some hints of cinnamon in the finish.

Fairly light in body for an 8.5% stout and the carbonation is on the high side. It goes down pretty easy, but I'm not sure this would become a favorite, even if it was available locally.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Can is at least a year old.

A: Dark and cola-like, with light head.

S: Smells oddly fruity and shot through with boozy whiffs.

T: It is really fruity, and kind of flat. But still, it's tasty. Aftertaste has hints licorice.

M: Smooth and flat. Almost silky.

O: Good, but not great. I remember it having more bite and bitterness.

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Photo of morimech
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of head that hung around for a long time. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Surprising amount of cocoa aroma. Also the malt gives off some roast with hints of coffee.

The taste and mouthfeel were disappointing. The body is really thin for the style and it is carbonated like a Budweiser. The texture does nothing to compliment the flavor. Tastes like a ramped up brown ale. Not much roasted malt comes through. Alcohol although is well hidden.

As the beer sits, the carbonation settles down a little, allowing the flavors to develop, but it is not enough.

Surprised by the scores I gave this stout. I was expecting so much more from this highly scored stout.

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Photo of joeyfeets
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Canned stout from our friends out East on 290 in Conroe, TX. Cracking one open emits a distinct smell of chocolate & a slight hint of coffee. It pours a very dark brown w/ a thin, cream colored head. Its real smooth w/ a creamy mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Tastes of caramel & chocolate w/ a slight bitterness at the end. Overall a solid brew, especially for the price. It's a great sort of "starter stout" because it’s not super thick or overpowering in flavor. I was at a pool party over the weekend & had some friends try it. They don’t generally drink craft beer but they liked it. Those of you wanting to sit down to a heavy stout during a cold winter day should choose something else. If you want a nice craft, stout that is very portable & easily shareable, go grab some of these. Especially good for those of us that need canned brews for tubing purposes & cant afford to buy enough Ten Fidy for everybody

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Photo of Verecund
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's about time I reviewed this one. This brewery is only a few miles from where I grew up. Opened on 03.02.2011.

An unexpectedly opaque coal/black - I expected more of a mud brown - with a massive, massive four finger head that recedes to two fingers. Thick lacing.

Lightly-roasted coffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Some roasted grains. Sweet caramel hits the tongue, some anise, roasted dark malts, and milk chocolate on the finish. Quite sweet, with some (licorice-infused) heat on the finish (that diminishes over time).

On the thinner side of medium with medium-high carbonation - a little thin for the style.

A little disappointing. Lots of caramel malt sweetness, but a bit one-note on the nose and too sweet in the palate. It's a bit in between a stout and imperial stout.

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Photo of RustyP
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone snifter after sitting out of the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

A: deep mahogany brown with some dark amber and ruby hues at the edges. 1 finger foamy, light tan head settled to a 1/8” ring with a disconnected film of bubbles. Small amount of streaky lacing left behind.

S: heavy milk chocolate aroma with moderate notes of medium-roast coffee. Very faint dark fruits and I swear a hint of cherry is in there somewhere. Very sweet smelling with a slight charred edge at the end. As the beer warms, the sharp coffee notes begin to take center stage and the hops start to become more prevalent. All in all, the aroma is fairly simple but promising.

T: Again, heavy on the milk chocolate and toasty coffee flavor up front, but a little thin and watery after that. Earthy / herbal hops balance out the sweetness well. Faint fruitiness on the back-end. The flavor starts out promising, but drops the ball after the first few moments.

M: very thin for an Imperial Stout…on the low end of medium-bodied. Carbonation is a little high for the style as well, very prickly on the tongue.

Overall: Considering the arguably low ABV relative to the style, I wasn’t expecting anything mind-blowing or incredibly complex, but even so, Buried Hatchet was a bit disappointing. Drinks much more like a “session” stout…nothing Imperial at all about the flavor. The appearance and aroma were both very promising, but the lack of body and somewhat shallow flavor made this one I probably won’t seek out again at $10 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of superspak
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in a trade with a friend. 12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, light charred malt, fruitiness, and herbal hops. Some pretty decent aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, coffee, light fruit, and herbal hops. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and light fruitiness on the finish for a bit. Decent flavor balance, but is not nearly as robust as I expected for being over 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for over 8% with hardly any warming after the finish. Overall this is a fairly nice stout that is enjoyable. Some good roasted flavor balance; but not nearly as robust or roasty as I was hoping to get.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in a recent trade with Stakem. Thanks again man!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear, transparent brown and forms a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Dark brown and very transparent for the style, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to nice foam cap. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Head was alright, though somewhat too big for the style, but this one was simply too thin and transparent to be an imperial stout.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, caramel, sweet milk chocolate and cream on the nose. Medium strength. Some interesting vanilla and cream, but lighter on the roasted notes. Unique for sure.

TASTE: Light roasted notes, some bread flavors, and a good amount of cocoa powder and sweet cream into the finish. Vanilla and cocoa linger on the palate, with slight notes of sweet toffee as well. Not much bitterness on this one. Bold and persistent aftertaste is sweet, with vanilla and sweet whipped cream, and just a touch of roast. Definitely unique and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Pretty creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Fine, and slightly creamier than the average.

OVERALL: A very unique big stout, though not quite my cup of tea. While I appreciated the interesting cream and vanilla flavors in this one, I missed the big roasted, chocolaty goodness that I so enjoy in this style. This is one I’m glad to have tried, but don’t think I’d crave it again in the future. Thanks again for the brew Stakem. This was a unique one for sure.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Dark brown body that is not quite black in the glass. Light passes through making the body look a deep red. I'm surprised at how lightly colored it is for an imperial stout.

Smell - Wow, I can smell the coffee without even bringing it up to my nose. Coffee up front, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. More of a strong brown ale aroma than a stout. A bit of booze, as well.

Taste - Nice flavor, strong coffee and chocolate. More balanced than the aroma. Slightly bitter finish, but also somewhat sweet. Some unfermented sugars in this one. I'd call this an imperial brown ale before a stout, though.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but very thin. Doesn't hold the flavors for long. It makes it quite drinkable, but not what I'm looking for. It also makes me wonder how the ABV is 8.25% with such a light body. That's probably why the booze is apparent in this one, as its body doesn't hold up to the ABV.

Overall - Weak body. It leads to some imperfections. A strange beer that sits, amazingly, between imperial stout and brown ale.

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Photo of bum732
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Light coffee notes, some milk chocolate, bold burnt toffee, very unique, some vanilla.

L: Dark brown, cloudy, light tan head that dissipates to just a touch of foam clouds on the surface.

T: Soft coffee with some fruit notes yields to semi-strong burnt roastiness. Medium low bitterness leading to some burnt toffee and additional roast. Finishes quite dry with a touch of roast.

M: Medium low mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Not bad, more of a stout than imperial stout, which is too bad since i try and grade to style. This has a unique burnt toffee roastiness which i kind of enjoyed. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is way too thin for style.

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Photo of biglobo8971
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

have been holding onto this one for a bit. Not worth the wait. Poured great, with great head and lacing, that faded fast. The smell is very sweet, that fades very fast. It looks great, but doesnt deliver. Price point might be a factor, but have no idea on the price as it was given as an extra. It is by far, a dinkable brew, just not one I will actively seek out.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can, poured into Founders tulip. Received in trade.

A - Medium brown pour that settles to a very dark brown color in the glass. Nice looking light khaki head. I prefer my stouts darker for sure, but it's at least a clean looking brew. Lacing is nice.

S - Pretty nice aroma. Nothing outstanding. Roasted malts, some caramel. Minor bright coffee is coming in. I'm getting a slight menthol-y note? Nice aroma.

T - Roasted malts, a bit of caramel. Not bitter or sweet, meets somewhere in the middle. Run of the mill stout flavors. Kind of reminiscent of a milk stout. Hits on the toffee note a bunch, which I personally like.

M - Knocked a few off for this category. Pretty thin in body and a bit too fizzy. For 8.25%, this could strand to be a bit thicker. Not too off-putting, but a bit below average for a stout this weight.

O - Pretty easy-going stout with no offensive qualities. I wouldn't turn one down at all, but I wouldn't seek it out. If you see it, give it a shot as a "start the night off" beer.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

That last beer in a trade from PhilHyde.
Poured into a snifter, pours black but is translucent. Some lighter ruby highlight's.

Smell is interesting. Bready aroma's with a somewhat yeasty funkiness.Alot sweeter caramel malts than I would have anticipated.

Taste touches down on all aspects. Bready mixture with a chocolate powder grittiness and maybe a bit of coffee bean. Somehwhat sweet and bitter finish.

Mouth is mid bodied slightly under carbonated and watery.

Not bad but something I would probably pass on if I seen it again.

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Photo of brystmar
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Al. Funny how I was born & raised in South TX and saw this on the shelves all the time, yet my first taste comes while living in NYC.

Pours a translucent brown body with some head; a faint ring of foam remains around the edges. Stouts should be much darker in color -- you sure this isn't a brown ale?

Coffee and toasted malts hit my nose. Pleasant, I suppose, but I want more roast from my stouts. Again with the brown ale comparisons. Roast them malts, son!

Despite everything above, the taste works reasonably well. Coffee and chocolate dwell for a bit before it turns watery, making this one quite sessionable. Body is unacceptably thin for an imperial stout, and the overall experience suffers because of it.

I suppose Buried Hatchet is a decent, sessionable stout for a hot day outside. However, SS needs to either re-work parts of this recipe or re-brand it as a brown ale because this brew simply doesn't work as an imperial stout. And frankly, it isn't even close to competing with the off-the-shelf stouts we get here. Grab a Founders Imperial Stout and you'll see.

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Photo of ridglens
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous extra from a trader, poured from a can into a deschutes snifter at fridge temp, enjoyed to room temp.

A- Pours a pretty dark brown, with a large fluffy light brown head. doesn't look like a thick stout, but not terrible. head leaves some light lacing on the glass. not very impressed here.

S- not much at the beginning, some chocolaty malts and roastiness, but it's too cold to tell much...As it warms the malt smells become more bold, a little bit of charred wood and a little spiciness.

T- again, cold at the start, but some good malty tastes here, with some roasty an chocolaty flavors....Flavors become more bold and smooth as it warms, but not a ton of depth. Definitely a pleasant flavor, but not very multidimensional. lots of malty oatiness, a tiny touch of alcohol, and some chocolate flavors. some kind of burnt spiciness, but definitely in the background. Dbetter as it warms, but not very "imperial" to me. I'm bumping the score a little because the flavor is pretty good and sticks around in my mouth for a long time.

Mouthfeel- honestly a little thicker than i anticipated, which is definitely a good thing. not great for what i look for in the style, but decent carbonation and it does stick around for a while.

O- Not overly impressed. definitely not a bad beer, but not very "imperial" in my opinion (except maybe the alcohol, and even that's border line). If i were rating this for a regular stout style, scores would be higher, but for an imperial I'm afraid it leaves me a little wanting...

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Photo of acevenom
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a creamy, tan head. The beer looks ruby red along the edges of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt, chocolate, and coffee. The flavors of dark roasted malts and chocolate dominate the flavor, though there are faint hints of coffee. There is some hop bitterness to balance this flavor, which helps provide some balance to the sweetness of this stout. The alcohol is hidden in the taste. The body is actually light to medium, which is odd for an imperial stout. The carbonation is also a bit too much for this style. This was not what I was expecting and ultimately hurts the beer. Overall, this beer does fall below expectations. It's far too thin for a proper imperial stout, so it fails in that regard. It's still a decent beer, but is not a solid example of the style. I wouldn't refuse this beer, but there are better examples of this style.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours an opaque black color with a large-bubbled, two and a half finger khaki head that does not hold or lace very well. It looks more like a Coke than an Imperial Stout.

S: Milk chocolate, mild roasty coffee, oatmeal, and whipped cream. This certainly deviates from expectations.

T: It has the typical milk/oatmeal stout bill - chocolate, roastiness, nuttiness, and cream - but with mild tart cherries at the end.

M: It has a medium-light body (much lighter than expected) with tons of creaminess and lasting flavors.

D: This is much different than I expected. It's lacking in dynamic flavors and body/carbonation. There is no notice of alcohol whatsoever, so there's something of value.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A deep deep red, infringing on brown. A nice 3 finger tan head is thick and creamy. This beer smells a little like Coca Cola with some extra roasty malts. A definite sweetness- brown sugar, molasses, almost a hint of cinnamon sticks or chicory.

The flavor follows the nose and tastes very sweet. Very much like Coca Cola at first taste. There is a hint of dark fruit-- almost like dark sweet cherry. A slight bitterness at the finish is no match for the sweetness and hint of toasted nuttiness that lingers.

The body is more full than medium, but not really thick. It is pretty creamy actually... Good amount of carbonation. The only real downside is the sweetness on the aftertaste. It is really strong. It is like drinking coffee with waaaay too much sugar in the raw but no cream. Not really bad, but certainly enough to make it lose some points on the flavor and even more points on the drinkability. It is easy drinking, but hard lingering.

Overall-- This is an excellent stout in a can. In my opinion, I prefer this over Ten-Fidy. Of course, I won't be buying either of those very often.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,190 ratings.
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