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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 70
Gots: 136 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

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

(Beer added by: armock on 01-03-2009)
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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown with two fingers of fluffy tan head, mild retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malts, some caramel/toffee sweetness, some dark fruit, mild coffee notes and hints of bittersweet chocolate.

T - Follows nose quite well. Big roasted caramel malts, bittersweet coffee/chocolate combination, nice hop burst as it finishes.

M - Medium body and slightly over carbonated for my stout preference.

D - This is very drinkable and pretty enjoyable, always looking to find high quality locally brewed beers.

StoneBrewFanatic, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of kawilliams81
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark brown with a 2" tan head. Littered with blotches and large bubbles of lacing.

S- big roast aroma, some coffee and chocolate.

T- light dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter creamy feel with nice smooth finish.

O- very nice drinkable stout. Watch out because you can drink a few of these easily until the abv would catch up to you.

kawilliams81, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with a very thick nitro beige head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of coffee, roasted malts, creamy chocolate, nutmeg and cocoa.
Very flavorful and initially indicating a good complexity. Predominant notes of creamy chocolate, licorice, nutmeg, wood, mild char and lactose, coffee, brown ale yeast and a hint of sour. Very, very dry aftertaste with a mutating and long finish.
Full thick body with nitro carbonation. Alcohol of over 8% was so hidden that is almost a crime, I hope I don't commit one going back home.
I was told to taste the non-nitro version, that it is less distracting and less thick. Great beer, but I personally like less sweet and hoppier beers.
Ap.4,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

FLima, Tuesday at 05:44 PM
Photo of auroracrisis
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from dukedevil0, thanks man!

As I poured it, I noticed that this beer almost resembles a brown ale in its color. It's not dark at all really, it's just brown with a tan head. Not a bad looking beer at all and definitely different from what I am use to in a stout.

The smell is a bit underwhelming. Strong with smooth, medium body chocolate malts and some grain. Nothing substantial but it does smell appetizing for sure.

Taste is subtle chocolate with a bready underbody. Not overpowering at all. Has the flavor content of a decent session beer but the ABV would throw that off.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium body with tiny bubbles. Goes down the throat smoothly.

Drinkability on this one is high. Not overpowering in the slightest in flavor but the alcohol could get in the way.

Overall, a good beer that I am glad I tried. I wish there were more canned microbrews out there.

auroracrisis, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into MS tulip

A - Black with noticeable brown edging. 2 fingers light tan head with tiny bubbling. Head was retained for a bit.

S - Roasty chocolate and coffee mix, sweet bready malt

T - Bitter and sweet chocolates, biscuity malt sweetness, some spices like cinnamon that are faint.

M - Full body. Smooth and creamy. A little bit of tart/sour taste at the back (not out of place though)

D - Easy drinker and very well done. Love that it's out of a can too.

OakedCanuck, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of kmatlack
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my Brooklyn tulip. No canned date.

A- A dark murky brown liquid with a half finger creamy looking tan head. Head settles down into a steady thin film across the top for the life of the beer.

S- Overwhelming toffee and roasty aromas. Coffee, chocolate, malts, caramel. No hop profile present. Smells great.

T- Not traditional double stout by any means, but man is it tasty. Coffee, caramel, and vanilla come out the most. Roasted malts, a little bitter, but only briefly. Taste trails off into a lingering sweet toffee after taste. Alcohol well masked.

M- Slightly on the thicker side, creamy, not too filling. You could definitely drink several of these.

O- More like a brown ale on steroids, this doesnt hit double stout in my book. It is an absolutely delicious beer, better than average.

kmatlack, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of tjkinate
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta love craft brews in a can!

A: Deep brown color that remains slightly transparent. From a hard pour into a pilsner glass (only glass available since I’m moving and everything else was packed) produced a beautiful two finger head that stuck around for a bit and left a hefty amount of lacing behind.

S: Very malty with bits of chocolate followed by a slight hint of hops.

T: Unique since it seems the beer is saturated with the taste of semi sweet chocolate that doesn’t overpower like other stouts sometimes can do. I also enjoy that the beer seems to have more hops than other stouts leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Very light and thin for a stout, not much else to say.

O: Good offering in the variety, the type of stout you can joy on a hot summer day or during those cold winter nights.

tjkinate, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Rbald42
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown with a tan lingering head. Surprisingly light color for a stout. Lots of carbonation and bubbles. Had to be careful with the pour to avoid all head.

S- Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. malty and smells yummy

T- Taste has a nice roasted character with dry bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Not much hop presence, all malts and very tasty.

M- LOTS of carbonation which contributes to an overall thin and bubbly feel.

D- Drinkability is good,excepting the excessive carbonation. I could have a few of these and be happy. A good stout worth seeking out.

Rbald42, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of gatorbreath
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single can for a slight markup vs the 4=pk, good idea...

The appearance is chocolate/black lab brown with minimal head.

Smell is lots of roasted malt and small bit of chocolate..Mostly the type of smell you'd find in a brown ale or something similar..

Taste is slightly of chocolate and some dark fruit, some oatiness as well as some maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth, just something that seemed overcarbonated about mine...maybe just me and my preferences..

Overall I enjoyed it but I dont know if it's my new favorite..I'd try one though!


gatorbreath, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but lost my review notes, so I am happy that Bitterbill sent to me in a trade recently. Cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent chestnut.mahogany with a thumb of fluffy mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa & a touch of hazelnut, subtle coffee

T: Mocha, wet charred grain, a touch of coffee & dark chocolate & some dark cherry up front. Subtle coffee, dryness, some woody & herbal hops as this warms, plus some caramel & chocolate lurking in the background. Finishes dry with coffee, mocha & wet charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance, nice warming feeling as well

Drinks easy enough, ABV is well hidden. Nice take on the style, would buy this if it were available locally. Better than my overall rating

russpowell, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of jpmclaug
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my Stone IRS snifter. I was surprised to find this at CBX when I went down there a few weekends ago.

A - Black with a very light tan colored head.

S - Nice roasted malt aroma with a hint of sweetness at the end. Almost reminds me of a nice bold coffee with a strong roasted flavor.

T - Nice mix of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee flavors. A little bit of smokey flavor is present. The sweetness really balances out the roasted malt flavor.

M - Probably the biggest flaw with this beer. A bit thin on the body and a decent amount over carbonated. This is the only thing that prevent's this beer from moving from being a good beer to a great beer.

D - Pretty easy drinking, full flavored stout. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, too much carbonation and not enough body. However this is still a really good beer and I would recommend it for anyone to try. I would pick this up again but won't go nuts trying to obtain it.

jpmclaug, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, served in a tulip goblet. The beer was dark brown/black with a very thin tan film of head. The beer smelled sweet, roasted malts, dark boozy chocolate. Same with the taste, this was really rich. Strong anise flavor also, a common flavor in RIS that I don't really like. I don't like black jelly beans either. The richness and the evident alcohol keep the drinkability a little low for me, but still a very good stout.

TurdFurgison, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of jampics2
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a snifter.

Cola brown and translucent, not as cloudy as other stouts. Red and brown highlights with a head that quickly subsided. Looks decent, could be thicker looking.

Smell is nice. Roasted malt gives impressions of coffee, bitter chocolate, and an earthy burned component. Quite nice, especially considering I have a touch of a cold.

Taste is impressive. Not as burned as the nose because the caramelized malt gives some nice residual sweetness. There is a great coffee note along with some chocolate and toffee. Enjoyable, but I notice some alcohol burn that should have been masked .

Mouthfeel is a toss-up between a heavy carb and a nice thick mouthfeel. I'm leaning in favor of the latter, as I think the nice round feel overshadows the flawed level of carb. Still a bit short of the mark here.

Drinkability is anothe toss-up. This should be a sipping beer, so I'm OK with that, but there is a bit too much burn considering the amount of flavor and the ABV. Still something I'm thrilled to have come across - this would be PERFECT for a cold night at a music festival that doesn't allow glass bottles.


jampics2, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of tedsox31
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from the can into a snifter, where it was a nearly black color with off-white head. Some lacing left down the glass, although not as much as one might expect for such a creamy head.

The aromas are very inviting; I note a lot of roasted malt and chocolate/coffee. There is also a nice fruity character that suits this style.

The taste is burnt to begin with, followed by chocolate and coffee notes. There is also a fruity quality that carried over from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and a bit high on carbonation. It does not stick around after swallowing, but invites for another sip.

Overall an excellent beer. While this is obviously not a session beer, the abv will still allow for a couple, and the aromas and tastes will keep you coming back for more.

tedsox31, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Chaz
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown in color (when held up to direct sunlight it's more of a deep red with a purple cast...), topped with a medium-dark tan head. Head consists of small, tight/uniform bubbles and exhibits good duration and moderate lacing.

Nose is semi-sweet, malty, and slightly-tangy. Notes of roasted chicory and dark fruits, along with a faint whiff of alcohol. No overt hop presence on the nose...

Sweet and creamy on the first sip. WOW... this one is very smooth across the palate, coating the tongue and really taking over. The sweetness is powerful, nearly treacly-sweet, and for the style seems -almost- a little out of place. But after a while, a mild, lingering bitterness takes hold, and this bitterness will exhibit more prominence as this warms. The alcohol itself is rather warming and begins to become evident towards the end of the palate.

Lighter notes of coca nibs, rum, and anise seed, along with hints of char, bourbon barrel/oak/tannins... Dark fruit notes are certainly here, but the alcohol does play havoc with these in the aromatic portion of the palate. Roast (chicory) character from the nose becomes slightly more prominent as this warms, and dry, biscuit malt notes are also present but are overall much less prominent than the other characteristics noted.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, and body is average for the style.

A very drinkable beer for its style, and with a lot to recommend it, although the approaching-cloying sweetness might put some off.

A very good beer and above average for the style, especially noteworthy as it is available in a can (camping will never be the same again!) Worth buying by the case.

Chaz, Nov 26, 2010
Photo of angrybabboon
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me this can

Consumed 7/11/13

Appearance: Dark,dark brown, almost black but not - pours with a nice, creamy light tan head - above average head retention - leaves a ton of lacing, with some nice, fat streaks that stick around

Smell: Dark, roasty malts - low burnt character - roasty, and also cooked, caramelized malts - some coffee - a nice range of chocolate - dry, chocolate malts - cocoa, baker's chocolate, and some milk chocolate - nice level of aroma for an American Stout, but I wouldn't call this a Double/Imperial by any standards

Taste: Roasty chocolate and some interesting malts - roasty, mild coffee - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some cocoa - some lightly burnt, dry chocolate malts - the distinct flavor of oats - some caramel malts and some malts that remind me of a brown ale - some toffee - alcohol is certainly low

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nicely creamy thanks to the oats, nicely carbonated

Overall: Needs more hatchet

If I scored this as an American Double/Imperial Stout, I don't think I'd be giving it a very high score. This is more of a creative hybrid between an American Stout, an oatmeal stout, and a brown ale. It's certainly worth a try.

angrybabboon, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown beer with a small light brown head.

Smells of coffee and chocolate with lots of roasted malt. Lots of patent malt and toasted grain smell.

Starts out mildly sweet and quite heavy on roasted grain. Chocolate is stronger than coffee in this one. Not a lot of fruity flavor here, mostly it is like Kahlúa. Not hyper complex but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is full.

Nice beer, only thing that could be better is the complexity.

Zorro, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can thanks to Finewinemike

A- Pours black with reddish a slight dark reddish hue and a nice 1 finger khaki head on top that leaves a little lacing and a some serious alcohol feet on the side of the glass. Tons of carbonation in this one, made a nice frosty looking bottom on my tulip glass from the bubbles.

S- Dark roasted malts with tons of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate notes in there. Definitely some alcohol in the back but not bad

T- Super roasted dark malts with strong coffee profile up front that coats the mouth and fades and brings out some nice chocolate flavors.

M- Medium bodied with tons of carbonation and a nice wet yet slightly dry finish.


Arenbeer, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can.

A- Pours a dark brown color with a thick foam head that leaves good lacing.

S- Tons of sweet brown malt aroma with some hints of coffee and caramel. Not quite as roasted as I was expecting but a pleasant aroma regardless.

T- Very sweet initially with caramel, toffee, and brown bread flavors. A touch of bitterness in the finish. Very well hidden alcohol.

M- A touch thin with medium/low carbonation.

O- A very solid stout that with a few tweaks could really be something special.

projectflam86, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of Mojo
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mahogany, not quite black, with a one finger head, no retention and no real lacing. The nose is a very powerful coffee, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but nothing special. The taste is a big sweetness on the front, maybe molasses flavor, giving way to a biting bitterness with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and a little alcohol. Overall a nice offering.

Mojo, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into Duvel Green tulip.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a substantial, lighter brown head that slowly faded into a bubbly film leaving a few thin steaks of lace.
S: I pick up creamy notes of a chocolate milkshake along with deep, richer notes of dark roasted coffee grounds. Nothing offensive or out of place here.
T: Follows the nose with a beginning of thick chocolate malt followed by sweet notes of burnt sugar and caramel, finishing with roasted notes of coffee and bitter coffee grounds. The aftertaste has a few notes of vanilla as well. The flavors are rich and fairly well balanced.
M: Body is thick enough with a creamy mouthfeel and frothy carbonation. Not perfect but it goes down smooth enough.
O: Not in the top ten but I loved this while it lasted. Definitely would drink again if it were available to me. Thanks to the generous BA who included this extra! I love the label.

scottfrie, May 13, 2011
Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pint glass

L: dark brown, clear ... it's dark, so it's hard to see through all the way, but close examination proves this beer to be very clear; thick head about 1 inch ... even a light pour renders a solid head; no stock or lace, but the head is still impressive nonetheless

S: musty malt, some burnt notes; burnt coffee; vanilla -- loads of sweetness; cherry-chocolate; vanilla is prevelant, and there's a hint of whiskey to it

T: not as burnt as the smell, much smoother dark malt with coffee, chocolate, dark chocolate especially, oak wood, whiskey ... all of it is there, the classic big stout profile; it doesn't have (for me) the raisin or wine-like profile, BUT one can definitely be reminded of a port, sweet port

F: THICK ... the first one of these I tried felt like a milk stout, very lumpy; as I get a little more used to it, it's not quite as syrupy but still very very full. still drinkable because it's well carbonated

O: by far the best of the Southern Star offerings I've tried so far ... very oak-aged like ... hard to say exactly what distinguishes this stout from others like it, but I will definitely be grabbing some of this over time. at 8.25%, it's both big but still well under some of the bigger 11+% stouts out there, and I like having that option here. good brew!

Premo88, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours opaque, dark and black with a one fingered caramel colored head that dies down pretty quickly to an even yet thin layer across the top.

S - Dark roasted chocolate and coffee beans.

T - Mimics the nose...coffee beans, and dark chocolate that's a little roasty. This is a slight bit of caramel on the palette which I didn't didn't pick up in the nose. The flavor isn't as intense as I thought it would be.

M - Thin medium body, which it were thicker for an imperial stout, gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - Worth a try but it needs more balls!

jzeilinger, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of Lunch
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a Great Divide snifter (or is this a tulip?)

What is this? A goddamn Brown Ale?

Wow, as a beer this looks very appetizing with its nice creamy light tan head, but as an Imperial Stout this is way too light. Pours brown and you can certainly see light through this. Very surprising for a respected Imperial Stout.

Smells very nice with some cocoa, bitter chocolate, coconut, and roasted malt. Taste is very similar and the cocoa is the dominant flavor. Coconut comes through as well. Fairly creamy and thick especially given the appearance.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but the appearance really is poor for the style.

Lunch, May 20, 2011
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.