Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,084
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 77
Gots: 191 | FT: 3
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: armock on 01-03-2009

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
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Ratings: 1,084 | Reviews: 466
Reviews by rwinzing:
Photo of rwinzing
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
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

More User Reviews:
Photo of boston2bburg
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, a shade below black, with a tight, tan head.

Rich, coffee ice cream, and thick bready/biscuity aroma. Very deep and unique.

Coffee with lots of cream, and a bready, malted chocolate ball sweetness, with some toffee notes. Thinnish body, with prickly carbonation a touch higher than moderate. Quite malt-forward, without much hop flavor but a firm bitterness. Some fruity esters appear with warmth.

Alcohol is fairly noticeable, and perhaps a touch hot. Residual sweetness aids mouthfeel, but stops short of chewy or velvety.

Carbonation could stand to be lower and alcohol a bit more subdued. Flavor is nice and distinct, leaning heavily on coffee while chocolate and dark fruit flavors take a back seat. Worth seeking out. Thanks Doug!

Photo of brownbeer
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy brew with a fizzy head. I get some smoke and roasted cocoa in the aroma. Black licorice, quite roasty, with bitter chocolate notes on my tongue and now in my brain. The finish fades into bitter coffee and peanut/sunflower seed. The flavors are very well established. Worth a try, I know some people love it.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stout in a can! Always good to see! Pours into my glass a deep dark brown bordering on black with a two finger khaki head that's nice and creamy. Aromas start off with a lovely nutty, roasted charred malt with notes of chocolate, coffee and even a touch of smoke. Subtle creaminess as well. Quite inviting and malty.

First sip brings a wash of smooth roasted dark malts that are a bit charred as well. Lots of nutty notes along with a mix of chocolate, caramel and a touch of coffee. Somewhat spicy as it flows down with a creamy aspect throughout as well. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with good steady carbonation. A really drinkable stout that has a great flavor profile overall and I love the fact that this is in cans. Glad I gave this one a try, little expensive for a four pack though!

Photo of codysjb
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a root beer brown with a very small head that dissipates instantaneously. Decent red/brown color.
S: Lots of coffee and chocolate notes.
T: Some small coffee notes round into a malty medium with lots of carbonation. Good taste but fades off the tongue quickly.
M: Lots of carbonation and some mild malt.
O: Decent, wouldnt drink all the time but I could see it as a decent stout to close the night with. Lighter than most stouts.

Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, reddish brown

Smell: big time coffee, toasted malt, and toffee--very complex

Taste:dark coffee, toasted malt, toffee, cocoa, some cream--the toastedness of the malt really makes this one stand out as opposed to the roastedness.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light body for the style, sweet with bitter backbone

Overall: This one drinks more like a complex coffee porter than a stout. This has one of the best looks of any beer in the non-Guinness division. Super complex, I would pick this up all the time if I could get this here. One of the best new stouts I have had in a while and easily my new favorite Texan beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is lots of coffee and roasted malts. This is a great smelling beer. Flavor is roasty coffee, roasted malt and a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is completely hidden. This one could sneak up on you. Damn tasty. The mouthfeel is medium thickness and very creamy, really the highlight of the beer. Medium carbonation.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a chalice.

WHAT?? This is 8.5%? I downed 2 of these at my friends house when I first got this... had no idea it was so strong!

Pours a very black with hints of dark amber. Nose is fantastic, roasty, toasty, malty and sweet, perfect for a foreign stout.

Taste, this is phenomenal! Blows away Guinness export! So rich and complex and tasty, not a hint of alcohol, leaves an awesome taste in your mouth.

This is my second canned brew from Southern Star and I'm blown away again!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Second review of this beer.

Pours a mixture of brown and black, thin tan head of it. I'd estimate it to be about 1/3". More black than dark brown.

Aroma was just thick roasted chocolate malt, and that was about it.

Taste was more of the same, thick, roasted malt, a little bit of smoothness given its heft, and a deft ability to hide its alcohol. Almost nothing in the way of sweetness. Chewy mouthfeel. As it warms you start to have a little depth of toffee and caramel, along with brown malt. Starts to come off as a blend between a brown, porter and imperial stout. Well carbonated.

Props for putting it in a can.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out black with a very thick tan head. Great lacing. Smells of strong carmel malts, which follows the taste very well. The taste includes carmel, coffee, and a strong chocolate malt aftertaste. Very Very Tasty. The mouthfeel is pretty thick and creamy with little carbonation. Very good for the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance dark cola ruby brown hue with a nice deep tan head forming thick, nice to see a Texas based microbrewery making a big stout in a can. Lacing lines my glass evenly very nice look, but it is a bit light in color for a stout. Aromatics bring out dark roasted malts, with a strong cocoa roasted malt edge slight charred marshmallow sweetness. Bitter coffee roasts as well mild fruit well hidden alcohol notes, low herbal hop content. Flavor is excellent it's hard to believe this brew is 8.5 % abv and it's priced pretty fair by the four pack at 9.99. I did prefer the size of the Pale Ale in the pounder cans but it's a give and take with the alcohol. Flavor has alot of caramel amongst the dark roasted malt flavors mild coffee but creamy vanilla/milk chocolate tones. Mild herbal hop flow is pretty much masked by toasted marshmallow creaminess, crazy experience to be drinking big Texan craft stout poured from the can. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied carbonation works well with the creamy body, nice brew the caramel edge drags it out leaving a bit of a cloying residual layer of sugars but it's not overbearing. Drinkability is solid a nice big brewed Texan canned export stout bought in Ohio by the four pack.

Photo of pwoods
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for this nice extra.

12oz. Can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, no light. Pretty decent sized light tan head on the pour with good retention and some lacing.

S: Solid maltyness with subtle roasted barley aromas. Deep bready aroma with some toasted nut notes.

T/M: Pretty unique. The toasted, almost burnt, nut flavor is much stronger and very tasty. More dark bread as well as nearly burnt caramel. Milky chocolate with some light bitterness. Body is nearly full with smooth carbonation.

D: While not the best stout I've ever had, this is certainly one of the most unique. 8.5% is nearly undetectable. Pretty easy drinking and one I'll certain try again in the future.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with luscious red highlights when held up to the light. The head is a thing of beauty two fingers tall and the color of playground sand. Spongy and thick it has some nice lasting stamina.

Impressive nose! I get some great malts and thick doses of coffee and chocolate. There a touches of dark fruits and roated grains but they aren't as present as I'd like.

This is turning out to be an all around solid brew. The taste is sweet and malty as soon as it touches your lips. It then moves more towards a chocolate and coffee malt flavor that never gets over bitter but stays smooth. Very nice.

Light carbonation and a rich full body keeps this brew smooth and easy to drink. No sign of the 8.25% ABV which allows you to drink it quickly leaving thin rings on the side of the glass. A fine brew that I will definitely try again.

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review was a long time coming. I had my notes,but I had to try it again just to be sure...

This brew pours a dark, dark brown with ruby red hisghlights. A brown head forms at about two fingers and remains sturdy for some time, leaving patchy lacing as it recedes.
All kinds of things up front on the nose, a heavy, heady balance of roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a creamy sort of lactic sweetness. There's a nice depth to this one, a very nice toasty aroma with a good balance.
The taste follows suit, though perhaps with a touch more of a hops presence and an added earthiness. Very nice.
The mouthfeel is what I'd expect: deep and robust with a full body and light carbonation. No much crispness per se, which I think wouldn't do for the style, but there is a nice smoothness.
A high ABV keeps the drinkability down just a touch, but I want more.

Photo of Qabil
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Chocolate goodness

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A finger thick, frothy head is produced on the pour, khaki in color. Beneath the head is a viscous-looking, pitch black liquid with brown hues at the base of the glass. Very appealing to the eye.

Coffee is prominent on the nose, with vanilla wafting in and dark roasted malt. I get some lactose and slight acidity.

On my palate, the coffee again figures prominently and with the lactose, it's almost like a cafe con leche or a milk stout. Sweet and dark malts interlace with vanilla to add some more tastiness. Towards the finish, coffee and dark chocolate return and linger on my tongue. There's only a slight taste of booze.

I found this beer to creamy, smooth and alternately sweet and dry. As mentioned before, the 8% ABV is well-buried. This is really an outstanding beer and one I'd drink regularly if readily available here in New Mexico. I am surprised this beer isn't on more people's radars.

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Lee for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head, which fades slowly leaving behind lacing all around the glass.

S: Some roasted malt, cocoa, and dark chocolate. There is a little bit of coffee on the finish as it warms.

T: Nice blend of chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. There is a little coffee, but its rather faint. Slight hop kick, but it is masked by the creamy flavor and texture.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Very nice, goes down very easy. The flavor profile I am looking for in the style, heavier on chocolate and lighter on coffee. Plus, its in a can.

Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours a large amount, over an in and a half, of hugely frothy and creamy khaki colored foam. the beer appears black but has some deep ruby colored highlights when held up to a light. the head slowly falls to a thin layer completely covering the top of the beverage.

S - lightly roasted malts with a slight chocolate subnote...little specks of coffee and vanilla in there as well. very earthy - solid amount of minerals, and some earthy/grassy hops.

T - roasted malts start off before quickly turning to a substantial amount of earthy hop bitterness. sweetness comes alive via some light milk chocolate, toasted macadamia nuts, and vanilla. warming really brings out the chocolate and nuts but the hops remain to seal it all shut.

M - great here. hugely creamy yet the carbonation is enough to fight through and liven up the mouth. so smooth both before, during, and after the swallow. laves the mouth lightly prickly and dry.

D - superb stout. ABV is insanely hidden. i am not a huge fan of nutty flavors but this one executes it so well, with enough other things going on for a great balance. this would go great both for breakfast or as a dessert on its own.

Photo of Lazerlobe
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass with a single finger of light beige head.

Smell: Sticky sweet malt, fresh brewed coffee and coffee beans and cocoa powder.

Taste: Roasted coffee, black patent malt, carmelized sugar and a dry roasted finish.

A pretty good stout. The 8.5% is well hidden and I'm loving the big roast flavor all the way through. Thanks Texas!

Photo of slowcooked
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was first introduced to this beer in 2008 by a smokin hot beer goddess in Flying Saucer houston, tx I thought I was in heaven. I don't know what to say but imperial stout smoothness. This is everything you would expect from an award wining imperial stout but with an extra smooth drinkability. This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lnashsig for this one. Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark brown yet clear liquid with a glimmer of cocoa brown/fulvous highlights. A half finger of desert sand foam retreats to an active collar and isthmus. Average lacing. Very faint legs.

This beer smells brown as well, with copious amounts of brown malt lending roast nut, coffee/cream, and faint brown butter notes to the aroma. Resembles a porter/English-brown hybrid in some ways.

Sweet roasty palate entry, full of chocolate, fresh southern biscuits, and a hint of treacle. A mild bitterness ramps up for balance, contributed by clean earthy hops and a light roast malt bill in equal measure. Finish suggests a mixture of cocoa powder and coffee with a lingering nutty finish bringing this back into the realm of a brown ale.

Medium-light bodied, a bit spritzy (somewhat soda-like), and not quite creamy. Lightly warming from the ABV.

Complex enough to keep you from pounding it back, yet lithe enough to invite popping open another can or two...

Hard to rate to style as it isn't sweet enough to be a "Sweet Stout," isn't dry enough to be a "Dry Stout," isn't hoppy enough to be an "American Stout," isn't strong enough to be an "Imperial Stout," etc.

While difficult to categorize, this beer is easy to enjoy.

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, Bruery tulip, and a huge thank you to Dunt!

At long last I'm pouring one of these smokey brown beers into my glass. Once it's all in there it's a very satisfying, very dark opaque stout brown with a small but retentive dark tan head.

The aroma is earthy, with a large complement of brewed dark roast coffee. A wedge of dark chocolate and robust roast are inviting me to take a sip.

It's sweeter than the nose might indicate, and I'm guessing this sweet maltiness is largely due to the brown malt indicated on the can and the source of all the strong brown ale comments in other reviews. This brown malt flavor is reminiscent of Bender. Following is fresh cherry and immediately a hit of coffee, roast, and bitterness. There are aromas and flavors of smoke and carob too.

I think this used to be listed under Foreign/Export Stout. The mouthfeel certainly heads that way; moderate-thin body, high carbonation for a stout, despite this a smokey bitterness lingers long on the palate and it is rather creamy.

I've wanted to try this for a long time, and thanks to Dunt I have. It drinks nothing like 8.5%, with its lighter mouthfeel only helping make it one of the most quaffable stouts I've had the pleasure of downing.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed every single Southern Star beer I've had. It's refreshing - pun not intended - for a Texas brewery to make beers to don't taste too mainstream. Their pale ale is better than any other Texas pale ale. Their blonde is the best blonde I think I've ever had. When I saw that my local beer place had Southern Star's Buried Hatchet Stout, I got it immediately. Stouts are an interesting, if troubled, type of beer. I've had many exceptional pale ales and beers of other styles, but with stouts, I haven't had too many that I would say are great. Not that I don't like stouts. I LOVE a good stout. But to me, there are only a few stouts that I would really recommend for others. Enough about that though. Here we go!

Buried Hatchet Stout, first of all, smells fantastic. It is one of the more aromatic stouts I've come across. Roasted coffee is most prominent, with chocolate, some wheatiness, and liquorice.

The head is tannish-white and frothy, although it dissipates quickly. Color-wise it's dark brown, but it's not as dark - not jet-black like many - as you would think, considering the flavor of Buried Hatchet.

Although I'd like this stout to be a BIT more 'full' in its feel, Buried Hatchet has plenty of flavor to satisfy. It's a tad milky in feel, although it has bite with its carbonation. The body is definitely coffee. It's almost like drinking a carbonated coffee. Chocolate lingers after the coffee with enough bitterness from hops and liquorice to complete the complexity and overall flavor. This is a very sweet stout, but it's still very good. If you want a lighter, yet still great tasting stout, I definitely recommend this.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.13/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Daniel for this one. Love those Imperial Stouts in a can! Poured into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a 2 finger fluffy cream colored head with disturbingly good retention. Beer is a near opaque deep, dark purple. Lacing is thick and frothy with great cling.

S: Nose is heavy on liquorice and roasted malt. Coffee and slightly tart in the background. Growing signs of infection.

T: Opens coffee bean bitterness and lightly tart cherries or raspberries. Not really enough to cover the stout profile but definitely noticeable. Chocolate malt develops in the middle but so does the sour. Finish is liquorice, coffee, toffee and tartness with a lingering sour cherry aftertaste.

M: Full bodied and very frothy. Medium amount of carbonation makes this one a bit abrasive going down. Too lively. Finish is very messy and aftertaste is sticky and lingers.

D: Here is my take on the issue of reviewing infected beers. If brewers don't take care to avoid infection and put out a producted that is "tainted", then it is there fault and reviews should reflect that somewhere along the line, the brewery made a mistake. That said, I'd definitely give the non-infected version of this a try... but as is, its a complete drainpour.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,084 ratings.