shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
3/04/2010: Buried Hatchet Stout... Aroma: Roasty malts, cocoa powder. Appearance: Beautiful pour of brown liquid with an ample head of dense, puffy, deep beige foam that is two-fingers deep and long-lasting. Flavor: Roasty malts with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and unsweetened cocoa. Palate: Medium-bodied, a bit over-carbonated in my opinion. Overall: Robust and flavorful without being heavy and complicated; good beer in a can (appreciated); moderately sessionable once the carbonation dies down...
12 fl. oz. can from Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #114 for this beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz. can. Pours a dark and slightly ruddy cola brown color. A small, smooth head of light khaki foam settles in to a thin but steadfast blanket, while wavy, tissue-thin sheets of lacing mark the glass. The nose is quite enticing, I must say, showing a nutty, caramelly profile, with ample bittersweet cocoa notes and a hint of cafe mocha roast. A tinge of earthy-sweet, smoky molasses emerges, as do hints of grass and spruce. Flavors are just as nicely rounded, showing toasty English biscuit, dark caramel, semi-dry cocoa, and more rustic earthiness. The resinous spruce and bitter grasses lend an acute sharpness that is the perfect counterpoint to all the malt. Coffee roast comes through on the finish, lingering on the tongue. In terms of mouthfeel, there is ample body, yet is stays well clear of annoying cloyingness and, in fact, comes across quite creamy and airy. Carbonation is moderate, but fine in consistency, seemingly perfectly balanced just like the rest of this brew. Overall, this is one of the more pleasant surprises in recent memory. I went in with low expectations, but emerged with a new found appreciation for the stouts of yesteryear, and a greater respect for the talented brewers at Southern Star. Great beer.
riversideAK (5653) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mocha chocolate roasty nose with a hint of patent malt. Dark cola brown pour, not much in way of head. Flavors of chooclate, roast, and a touch of char. Light sweetness, dry roast lingers in finish. Creamy body with a little warming alcohol as well. Really damn good.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - MAY 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mocha aroma, dark chocolate body. great assertive roast, Creamy body. dry roasty finish.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 14, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark chest brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger yellowish beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Surprisingly not much lacing though.
Deep roasty dark malt aroma with hints of caramel and chocolate as well as some deep roasted coffee note, hazelnut and toffee. There’s also a slight hop character that compliments the bitterness from the coffee in the nose. This beer smell a bit more roasty than I usually prefer but the sweet chocolate notes balance things out nicely.
Slightly chewy medium body with a lot of deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of burnt toast, chocolate and caramel maltiness, smooth roasted coffee, slight bitterness, toffee and even some vanilla. Dry finish. Although this beer is predominantly roasty, it is very complex with lots of sweet flavors balancing things out making it extremely smooth and quaffable. Again, as in the aroma, there is s alight hop bitterness that compliments the bitter roasted coffee flavor very well. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer and am looking forward to drinking more of it. Recommended!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can; thanks to xpimp for the bonus can; pours clear cola brown with thick light tan head fading slowly; sugary coffee, dry chocolate malt and ashy bitter chocolate; plenty sweet on first sip with more body than the pour suggested; light creamy milk, sugar and sweet coffee; there are some porters out there heavier than this, but it is quite tasty overall; ashy chocolate nibs, creamy coffee; good stuff
tpseabird (29) - Dickinson, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark brown. Aroma is sweet with heavy roasted malt and a light coffee note. Pleasant malt sweetness with a deep roasted and slightly bitter finish. Body is light for a stout, but the flavors bring it home. Good stout with clean roasted flavors. Really enjoyed this brew.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at DLD thank to Granville poured dark brown with a tan head with the aromas being from chocolate,coffee,caramel and vanilla taste is of the same with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and a slightly bitter finish one of the best stouts I have had in a can
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light frothy beige head with a coco puff and caramel corn nose. Milk chocolate, caramel corn and some burnt sugar in the flavor. The finish shows a green grass bitterness. An alright sweet stout that gets extra credit for coming in a can. I don’t remember who sent me this but it is a nice treat.
Brigadier (3130) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can
It has been a while since something interesting has been released in a can locally so when I saw a four pack of this on the shelf I picked it up without question. Having tried one I am glad I have two more left. This would be a perfect beer to drink around a campfire on a spring or fall evening.
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid body had a mild viscosity to it. A bubbly eggshell head was decorative eye candy. Bittersweet chocolate, black coffee, and raspberry liquer melded into a warmth like the aroma of a cooling wood stove.
Flavor / Palate - Carbonated dark chocolate bubbled across the tongue. Soon came a very strong malt bill like black coffee and malted balls. The bitter finish has a strong bite which is not hoppy but serves the same purpose. This is well balanced and a reasonable value at $2.50 per can.