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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 77
Gots: 182 | FT: 4
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:
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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Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to miikezombie for hooking it up in a recent trade.

Deep brown,with reddish streaks, formed a 2-3 finger light tan head that slowly slimmed down to a half-inch but retains well, persisting throughout the session. Plums, coffee, dark chocolate, floral hops in the nose. Rich malt profile dominates the taste buds and gives impressions of semi sweet chocolate, molasses, and a touch of caramel. Hefty body and appropriate carbonation remind drinker this beer means business. Lacking some of the intense "imperial" character you find in some of this style's best but a worthwhile beverage to enjoy.

Photo of kagent777
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love when I can find great beers in a can. I traded to Exiled (in October of 2011!) to get this beer, thanks a bunch! Poured into my perfect pint.

Appearance: Not jet black, but dark brown with red highlights. This is the first time, other than gushers, that I have gotten a four finger head. Rocky, tan, and settles slowly, leaving spotty lacing. Very nice looking.

Smell: Coffee and cocoa with mineral hints. Roasted malts.

Taste: Taste follows smell. More chocolate than coffee. Great roast flavor, without pushing the envelope. A nice roast bittersweetness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with good carbonation. Strong enough to be a factor, but never gets in the way.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Totally different than Ten Fidy. I really wish this was available here.

Photo of jamescain
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stiffer

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hues, not as dark as I was expecting, with virtually zero head even with a vigorous pour. The only head produced formed a thin ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate and roasted grains, surprisingly deep and a joy to smell.

Taste: Toasted marshmallows, coffee and roasted grain mix well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation combined with medium body and a sweet finish with mild astringency.

Overall: Another beer that I waited to buy just because it was always there. I’m glad I finally did, even though it was not what I was expecting as far as body and color are concerned, the flavor and aroma were solid.

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

Thanks again to poonamibaxter for this one!

Poured into my pint glass. 2" head that sits around for a second and dissipates, little to no clinging. Appearance of burnt caramel, similar to cola and a white head.

The smell has a nice malt profile, intriguing to say the least. Has notes of burnt coffee, toffee, and maybe salt?

Taste is rather bitter, very much like leftover coffee in character. No alcohol noticeable in the finish. Notes of pear or figs in the finish. Interesting.

Mild carbonation, flavors do not hang around so it would make a nice compliment to a hearty meal.

Highly recommend as a good mellow Imperial Stout.

Photo of zrab11
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark maulty brown. With small 1 finger tan head that dissapers quickly.

S-Smeels of coffee grounds,with a hint of sweet malts

T-has a nice bitter coffee taste right off the bat,then finishes with some sweet chocolate carmel notes

M-Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation.Looks like its going to be thicker than it is

D-Very Drinkable. Cant really tell from the smell but this is a decently sweet beer. Still has the bitter coffee notes and tastes but def got a little carmel or chocolate in it. Very easy to drink. And i was suprized it had as good of flavor from a can as it did!

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

A. Pours a semi-translucent dark brown/black with a creamy head of various sized bubbles that leaves some nice residual lacing (my first canned beer that leaves lacing).
S. Cocoa is the biggest player with roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of vanilla.
T. Lots of roasted malt with mild coffee flavor, some chocolate, and a fair amount of vanilla. Leaves a dry roast flavor for an aftertaste.
M. Good level of carbonation, but a bit too thin.
D. Very drinkable. Unfortunately drinking these out of the can would diminish a lot of the wonderful subtle flavors, but I'll still likely do so at the next bbq I attend... these flavors would be perfect with some bbq pork.

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

Loved Pine Belt by same brewer so I thought I'd try it... it is a pretty standard stout; appearance dark brown to black with no head. The smell's main characteristic is caramel sweetness. Taste - caramel, roast, a hint of coffee, and some milky notes. Mouthfeel is warming, sour, a little chalky. Drinkability - love the cans! Downed several while watching the Tar Heels down the Devils!

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a murky dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light, some splotchy lacing

S: heavy profile of roasted notes including coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, and a generous helping of roasted barley

T: pretty much follows the nose- heavy notes of roast, some burnt molasses, caramel, and toffee. Finish is slightly sweet and very smooth

MF: medium body, medium carbonation

D: very tasty foreign stout, very similar to Left Hand's Fade To Black. With that being said, FTB was a much better value @ 9.99 a sixer vs. this beer which was 10.99 for a 4 pack.

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

A - deep translucent red/brown. Medium off-white head dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of coffee, some chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee again, some bitterness, Sweet malt. This is not quite what I'd expect from a double stout.

M - Very smooth, a touch on the thicker side.

D - Quite drinkable. Tasty, not too strong.

Photo of hawks10
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a deep dark brown, a bit of light manages to peak through...a nice 3 finger soft light tan head forms and sticks around for a while...

Very strong aroma of coffee and bitter roasted grains with a tad bit of sweet chocolate mixed in...very nice...

Bittersweet mix of coffee and roasted grains with some dark chocolate...pretty much mirrors the nose and is exactly what I was expecting...

Medium bodied and pretty slick, not quite as thick as I would like and a bit low on the carbonation...

Pretty good stout here, although not near my favorite style I was slightly impressed by this one, and I am usually never impressed with a regular old stout...

Photo of Gyle41386
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very pleased to be trying this one. Big thanks to ShrLSU and PerzentRizen for sending some cans my way.

The pour is a cola-colored one. Which particular kind of cola, I couldn't tell you. Coke Zero? Whatever. The hot chocolate head tops out at just shy of a finger's width, retaining pretty nicely. Buried Hatchet Stout isn't a beer that you leave in the glass long enough to have to worry about head retention, but we'll get to that later. Not terribly much going on in the lacing department, as pretty much anything that has a remote chance of sticking quickly falls.

Nose is lightly roasty and sweet. Equal parts coffee and chocolate, with some hints of vanilla. After a few extra sniffs, this beer has a sweetness that reminds me an awful lot of Nutella, so let's go ahead and throw hazelnut into the mix, too. Nothing in the aroma really jumps out at you, but it's very pleasant. Fantastic balance.

Flavor essentially follows the blueprint laid out by the aroma. Excellent balance of sweet and roast/bitterness. This beer is 8.5% ABV? Not a chance. Light coffee, rich chocolate, a little bit of lactic sourness, and caramel sweetness.

Medium-bodied. Can't find anything wrong with the light carbonation. Slick, oily texture. Little dryness in the finish.

Not sure if I'd favor this over my beloved Lion Stout (seriously, I can't think of a better value), but it's damn close. Would love to have this beer locally available. Great flavor, and a very, very easy drinker. Thrilled to have finally tried it.

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

Served on tap into a half-pint glass.

A - Deep, dark-brown, cola color. There is no head, just a small rim of white foam. It is ruby red around the edges when held to the light.

S - Dominant coffee smell. Underneath, there is sweet vanilla and slight hops.

T - Taste is also dominated by coffee. Also strong chocolate and roasted malt. There is a sticky, vanilla sweetness and a slight cola taste. Hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Feels thin-bodied for the style, but it foams and froths easily in the mouth. Coats the mouth and lips.

D - Very drinkable. Hides the alcohol well. Lighter body goes down easily.

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 Kerrmedic
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" dark tan head above the cloudy reddish brown brew. Not as dark as I would like/expect for the style. Thick frothy head falls slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is deeply of dark grains, with pervasive coffee character. Taste is sweet to start, a touch of bitterness in the middle, and then coffee to close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth but thin for the style, and drinkability is good and easy. Not wild about this one fitting the style, but as a beer, I'm enjoying it, and that's the most important thing.

Photo of tobelerone
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of number1bum
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one courtesy of krisandajt. Thanks db!

Pours a medium dark brown with a foamy inch and a half of tan head. Fizzles down to just a very thin lace, and doesn't really leave much of any stick.

Smell is very rich and enticing, with aromas of milk chocolate brownies, nuts, roasted malt, molasses. It's a sweet nose, and very inviting.

Taste is full of sweet malts, like some milk and dark chocolate, dark buttery caramel, and molasses. It's very rich, with enough roasted malt to provide some balance but not enough to tip it from the sweet side of the scale. There's a nuttiness to the beer as well, which is nice with the sweet malts and lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel is a medium body, pretty smooth with a decent creaminess. Carbonation is pretty active, with lots of bubbling action in the mouth. I think that's a good thing as sweet as the beer is actually because it keeps it moving and doesn't let it get cloying.

This is some tasty stuff and definitely one of the best 5 or 6 beers from a can I have had. Not the same type of stout as Ten Fidy obviously but with that one it's one of the best 2 stouts from a can I can think of. Good stuff, worth getting your hands on.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown/black. Not much head or lacing.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla. Malts and toffee.

T: Smooth. Robust. Follows nose with some smokiness, vanilla and a warm finish. Didn't realize this one was 8.25%. It's almost like a stout on nitro. Terrific.

M: Light to medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: A nice surprise. This one drinks so easy. Don't let the alcohol creep up on you.

Photo of gtermi
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a nice dark mahogany color that pours a thick head, but quickly fades.

S: The smell has a nice amount of chocolate, some alcohol and a little bit of cream.

T: Wow! If I didnt know any better, I would have thought this beer was made with irish cream. It is very tasty and I love the cream taste. It has a good amount of alcohol with a decent amount of coffee taste.

M: The beer is pretty smooth with a tiny amount of crispness.

O: This is one of the nicer Imperial Stouts I have ever had

Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is so different a beer that I really liked it.

I really liked the mocha and coffee taste while subdude added a nice compliment.

If you are a stout or moca lover this is a must have brew.

Because it comes from a can for me adds a little as well a must try !!!

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this can. Shared last night as we waited for the Younger growler to chill back down.

A: The pour is an opaque dark brown color with a full, creamy tan colored head.

S: Great notes of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee in the nose.

T: The characteristics of the nose translate very well to the palate. A lot of great dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a nice bitterness on the finish. Maybe a tinge of alcohol as well.

M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. A great combination of roast and bitterness that I found to be very enjoyable.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass with just a bit of lacing. Kind of dark in here at the moment so not 100% on the color, seems a bit lighter than I had thought it would be, can see a bit of red thru the light. The aroma is of sweet malts, light toffee and light toasted choc. in there...just a bit.
The taste is something to be enjoyed. There is some caramel/toffee then comes the strong malts with just a hint of that roasted flavor.

There is a little bitterness that lingers like a light cup of coffee but still has some sweetness to mess with your mind. The alcohol is very well hidden and to the mind this is a bit light for the style but it is very good. I can't believe it has taken me this long to pick up a four pack of this. It is not going to last.

Photo of EPICAC
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy brown up to the light, but sitting in the glass it's an opaque black. It's topped by a fluffy, brown head that fades to a film, leaving good lace. The aroma is roasty with mild, coffee notes, sweet chocolate, and dark fruit.

There's a strong, roasted bitter undercurrent just underneath the surface. The sweetness is very mild, really only making an appearance in the center with notes of dark fruit. The finish has a mix of chocolate and coffee that's intensely bitter. This stout is full-bodied and moderately carbonated.

This is an excellent stout. It has an intense bitterness, so it's not as much of a sessioner as many others.

Photo of alleykatking
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. Somehow I ended up with about 8 of these suckers and well I'm quite glad I have them.

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color but not quite there. Two finger mocha colored head shows medium retention. Nice thick chunks of lace that is somewhat sheety on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts in the front of the aroma gives off a nice coffee style roast. Hints of vanilla and light darker fruits in the middle of the aroma. Ending has some nice coffee like notes with hints of cream and caramel malts. The alcohol while present doesn't go over the top like one would think.

T- Nice roasted malts in the front give off a light roasted coffee flavor. One would expect the vanilla to come out more so here like in the aroma but it doesn't. Instead there is a light cocoa like flavor that lingers into the middle of the beer. The middle of the beer shows a light tameness to this beer with caramel malts blending with darker fruits. While this is nice it takes a notch down on the overall flavor profile. The ending on this beer brings out the roast once again this time the vanilla comes along with it. While light it does the trick nice. Alcohol is crisp and a little on the heat side. Not bad at all.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Coffee roast, light vanilla, and darker fruits are left on the palate. Aftertaste is warming alcohol, coffee roast, and light vanilla. Flavors were balanced overall with the style kept in mind. No off flavors were present when drinking this one. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This was a nice drinking stout. Flavorful without being too filling. While it coats the paalte nicely it doesn't go overboard. The ABV is a little high but it would be perfect for those colder evenings.

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.