Wednesday, March 3, 2010

246. Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout

“This would be a good camping beer, especially in the can.”

This is our first beer from Southern Star Brewing Company in Conroe, TX, and what a delightful first beer. Nice first impressions!

I’m not sure what the hell I am doing here. Well, besides creating some sort of weird beer yin and yang between Buried Hatchet and the random beer I am finishing...

Buried Hatchet Stout is a rich chocolate brown with a creamy off-white head and has a nose that is equal parts roasty, cocoa-y, creamy, and biscuity. The flavor opens with a dry roasty cocoa before moving into a nutty and chocolaty malt sweetness that has a pleasant roasted malt flavor along with some low level of hop bitterness. Buried Hatchet finishes dry and roasty with just a touch of bitterness. The body is medium, dry, and nicely creamy; the carbonation rounds the beer nicely and helps dry out the end of the beer. There is a bit of nuttiness that emerges in the nose as the beer warms, and some low levels of burnt malt flavor as well. An interesting take on the stout form, particularly the “pre-Industrial Revolution malt profile.” We’re not sure what that means, but the brown malt builds a nice base for a thoroughly enjoyable beer. We’ll be buying more of this one, especially the next time we go camping. Oh, and the label is awesome—this one is an easy Top 10 Best Label contender.

From the can: “You hold in your hand a stout for stout lovers. Buried Hatchet is brewed with a large quantity of brown malt reminiscent of a traditional pre-Industrial Revolution malt profile. This stout is full of robust, roasted flavors which intermingle with a bittersweet creaminess that concluded to a perfect, warming finish.”

From the Southern Star website: “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.”

ABV: 8.25%
IBU: 50
Malts: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown, Briess Roast, Rahr White Wheat, and Rolled Oats
Hops: Saphir


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