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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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Ratings: 1,197 |  Reviews: 472
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
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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3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
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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3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
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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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,197 ratings
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