Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,194
Reviews:
470
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
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84
Gots:
247
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Steve in Texas. Appearance of a good cup of coffee, fast disapearing head. Chocolate malt, chocolate milk aroma. Very smooth though not thick. Tasty stuff, cold pressed coffee, nicely roasted, some chocolate. Very drinkable. Lace trail is left. great balance between the sweet and the bitter.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -31.6%
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!

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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a very dark brown color, forming a black lookin liquid once it's all in the glass. Very opaque with a creamy looking head top. There is a pretty good retention and a light lacing on the glass. The nose is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is chocolatey with a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. Overall this beer was good but nothing too special.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fortified flavors of mocha and lattes garner the balance while the lush texture of starchy malt and underlying sweetness give the beer a balanced elegance of more English-styled stouts but the exaggerated flair that shows American boldness.

Opening with a rich pour of dark bark-brown hue, Burried Hatchet takes its own sweet time of separating the creamy rich lightly tanned head from the dark beer beneath. The merangue settles upon the beer with a dense and creamy appearance of mousse or whipped cream. Stubborn retention and laced rings denote each sip all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is one handsome looking beer.

Chocolate and coffee frame the aromatics with background scents of heavy toast, burnt caramel, heavy whipping cream, and toasted walnuts. In many ways, it very closely resembles coffee shop latte and mocha drinks.

Yet more powerful in taste, the roasted malts blend with the chocolaty brown malts for the unique taste of bittersweet chocolate, French pressed coffees, and walnut nuttiness. Lightly scorched caramel and toffee bridges seamlessly into the starchy lush flavor of malted milk, vanilla, and coconut. Fortified bitterness makes little impression in early taste, but resides in the back of the tongue in the form of cocoa and coffee bitterness without registering directly as hops.

Seriously malt, this full bodied and robust ale start dense, rich and thick and remains so well past mid palate and deep into aftertaste where it only recesses due to hop bitterness and alcohol warmth.

As a fine complement to richer and velvety deserts, or even as an after dinner delight, this lush ale seduces the palate and soothes the stomach.

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3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

Appearance: This beer wasn't nearly as dark as I thought it would be. Reminds me more of a dark brown ale or an old ale. There is a finger and a half of light tan, fluffy head with decent retention.

Smell: Some caramel malt sweetness and roast up front. A hint of graham cracker in there as well.

Taste: The appearance and smell of this beer had me a bit worried, but the taste is quite good. A good amount of roast, but there is plenty of malt to back it up. Seems more like a regular stout than an imperial. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with extremely smooth carbonation. The finish is just a tad dry.

Overall: The appearance really threw me off at first, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with tawny highlights and a massive beige head; plenty of strands of lace

Smell: Chocolate milk, charred brown bread and licorice

Taste: Rich chocolate milk flavors with a bit of coffee in the back; the use of wheat and oatmeal adds complexity, too; by mid-palate, the hops add a nice citrus fruit dimension that continues, after the swallow and into the finish, though the chocolate and coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste, along with a bit of char

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Love the combination of the mocha, oatmeal and the citrus in this - one of the best dang beers to come out of Texas

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sebastian for the hookup on this one!
Cool illustration on the can, a literal "buried hatchet" suggesting a peaceful resolution.

Poured into a FFF pint, there's a nice compact 1" of foam, creamy like a Guinness almost. Black with an auburn glint in the light. Retention is pretty good, 15 minutes into it there's still a generous skim across the surface. Some lacing at first, but it dissipates post-swirl.

Mellow roasty coffee aroma, not unlike local standout Big Hugs from Half Acre. Dry with some sweet tobacco leaf elements.

Surprisingly flavorful, full of dusty dark chocolate, tobacco, and coffee traces. Fairly supple and mellow with moderate carbonation. Really solid stout, glad to see more Southern Star here in Chicago...

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 mothman
2.57/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to GregSVT for this can. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice dark, dark brown color with a bit of a tan head. Nearly opaque. The nose brings chocolate, coffee, vanilla, burnt toast, and some roasted malt. The taste brings some really nice chocolate and coffee notes with roasted malt throughout. Really nice mouthfeel with good body and not too much booze. Drinks well; thanks so much, Greg!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks interesting, a cool name and a stout in a can... thanks to womencantsail for introducing me to this.

A: It pours a large almost 3 finger head just to the top of my oversized snifter/tulip glass, however it fades quickly to a light potmarked head covering. THe beer was lighter looking on the pour, with a semi dark browned tan beer, but now looks essentially black but not quite.

N: Lots of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted malts, chocolate milk a little, touch of bakers chocolate... etc. there's a bit of biscuit malt too, and hints of minerality that gives it a salty cracker like nose... weird but interesting. There's also a big creamy malt nose, some sweetness, and hint of vanilla.

T: Starts weird, like a candy bar actually. It has the chocolate again, with some malt and bakers chocolate, but not as much as the nose had. Then the biscuit and chewy malts as well as caramel flavors add a big snickers or mars candy bar like flavors. Pretty tasty actually. Somewhat sweet, not overly but enough. SOme creamy malts too, almost a creamy milk chocolate. Some roast, just a little, touch of vanilla too. A touch of booze comes on but just a touch with hint of tingly booze. There's also a hint of roasty bitterness but they kept it in check well. I love the combination of the malts, biscuit, chewy, dark, caramel, roasted, chocolate, and nutty, an interesting but well done combination.

M: Creamy and somewhat smooth, medium to heavier body with lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still somewhat sweet but dries a bit. More dark malts late on the finish too, more chocolate, caramel, chewy malts, creamy coating on the mouth, slight syrupy. TOuch of booze lingering with more of the tingly feel and hint of warmth. Late biscuit and malty flavors that keep the light candy bar taste.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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