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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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983 Ratings
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Ratings: 983
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 147 | 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:
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 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.

mdaschaf, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade Shoky01!

A light fluffy tan head with a constant flow of carbonation and dark body black body. The beer is actually a dark brown held to a light source

Roasty and bitter, a little chocolate as well.

Bitter roastiness and hoppiness, fairly drinkable stout with bold flavors characteristic of the class.

Medium body and quite carbonated. This is a nice change compared to most of the stouts I'm used to drinking on the flatter side. The bitterness lingers for a good 1/2 minute, but it's not intrusive or overpowering. You can barely taste the alcohol, although you know it's there after a few sips!

This was a pretty tasty canned stout! I can say, this would probably be my summer sipping stout with the generous amount of carbonation and canned packaging.
It's definitely a beer that gets better when served at the appropriate 50 degrees, I would recommend following directions.

ThePorterSorter, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Soonami for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. can served in my Duvel tulip. Pours a deep brown with a frothy, 1.5 inch tan-colored head that eventually coalesces into a creamy slick. Arcs of lacing adhere to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Clarity is nearly opaque; however, the pour looks a bit thin. Nose expresses faint coffee aromas, roasted malt, baker's chocolate and a slightly metallic quality. Taste consistent with nose; however there's also a bit of acidity interlaced in the flavor profile. as well as a suggestion of lactose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a light carbonation and slightly creamy texture and mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, closer to an American Stout than an American Double in my opinion. If you're looking for a big stout, this isn't it. It's not bad but really somewhat lackluster for the style.

Jwale73, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of litheum94
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, bark color; black with the faintest hint of brown on the edges. A shirt brown head builds and leaves only a trace of cover.

Chocolate and coffee, sweet like a mocha. Some grains, a lot like popcorn. Full body, roasty and malty.

Nutty with toasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate leads into a slightly bitter coffee flavor. Dark fruit sweetness. Creamy mid-palate, with a dry and bitter finish.

A very good stout. Well made and easy drinking. I can see this aging well.

litheum94, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a small chocolate head that dissipates quite quickly. Unfortunately, it looks quite still.

Chocolate, coffee, cream, tobacco, and roasty goodness dominate. This is a fantastic smelling beer.

The tate follows quite nicely. Loads of coffee up front with some cream and slight raisiny taste. Chololate and toffee follow with more coffee and cream in the finish.

I enjoy the creamy nature of this beer. Nice body.

I really enjoyed this beer. It smells and tastes fantastic.

RomaniIteDomum, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Star : Buried Hatchet Stout

12 oz CAN. Pours brown with deep amber hues. Large dense head forms and dies down leaving lots of lace behind. Aroma of coffee/roasted malts. In the taste, malt, coffee, brown sugar sweetness, little bitterness. Lactose, cream. A little astringent, alcohol tone. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, creamy, smooth enough with decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good American Imperial Stout, above average.

Stinkypuss, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky very dark brown with a fairly slight head. Smells roasty, vinous, and with fairly big licorice notes, and a touch of chocolate. Even more chocolate in the mouth, and with more of that dry licorice note, like Swedish licorice- almost chalky, and with a chewy licorice bitterness. There is an herbal quality to the finish, maybe a touch of Thyme. Not a very sweet stout, quite dry, almost savory, and quite good. Maybe slightly over-carbonated which gives it a touch of a seltzery finish, but otherwise a solid, savory mouthful. A nice beer, and not the usual run-of-the-mill flavors either.

Georgiabeer, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in a recent trade with Stakem. Thanks again man!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear, transparent brown and forms a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Dark brown and very transparent for the style, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to nice foam cap. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Head was alright, though somewhat too big for the style, but this one was simply too thin and transparent to be an imperial stout.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, caramel, sweet milk chocolate and cream on the nose. Medium strength. Some interesting vanilla and cream, but lighter on the roasted notes. Unique for sure.

TASTE: Light roasted notes, some bread flavors, and a good amount of cocoa powder and sweet cream into the finish. Vanilla and cocoa linger on the palate, with slight notes of sweet toffee as well. Not much bitterness on this one. Bold and persistent aftertaste is sweet, with vanilla and sweet whipped cream, and just a touch of roast. Definitely unique and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Pretty creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Fine, and slightly creamier than the average.

OVERALL: A very unique big stout, though not quite my cup of tea. While I appreciated the interesting cream and vanilla flavors in this one, I missed the big roasted, chocolaty goodness that I so enjoy in this style. This is one I’m glad to have tried, but don’t think I’d crave it again in the future. Thanks again for the brew Stakem. This was a unique one for sure.

Jeffo, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can handcarried back from San Antonio, shared with beer homeboy as finale to beer tasting 9.19.11.

Medium brown head one finger, relatively quick dissipation over opaque dark brown body, no visible carbonation due to hue. Big chocolate hit in the nose, a wee bit of coffee for balance, caramel malts and floral/tropical hops. Taste is quite chocolaty, hops well hidden in the taste by the semi-sweet chocolate profile. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, good effervescence, though not as slick as I'd expect. Most definitely the best canned Imperial Stout I've had, and one of the best Texas beers I've tasted. Recommended.

jdense, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can tried 4 Oct. 2010. Served in the Kur Pils snifter.

Large creamy brown head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown in color with reddish highlights. Aroma is amazing, chocolate mocha with a touch of ethanol. Stars quite chocolatey with a hint of smoke. Lots of semi sweet creamy chocolate, some coffee. Roasty warm finish and aftertaste. Medium body, warming alcohol.

A very accessible and tasty example of the style that is quite easy to drink.

htomsirveaux, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of ridglens
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous extra from a trader, poured from a can into a deschutes snifter at fridge temp, enjoyed to room temp.

A- Pours a pretty dark brown, with a large fluffy light brown head. doesn't look like a thick stout, but not terrible. head leaves some light lacing on the glass. not very impressed here.

S- not much at the beginning, some chocolaty malts and roastiness, but it's too cold to tell much...As it warms the malt smells become more bold, a little bit of charred wood and a little spiciness.

T- again, cold at the start, but some good malty tastes here, with some roasty an chocolaty flavors....Flavors become more bold and smooth as it warms, but not a ton of depth. Definitely a pleasant flavor, but not very multidimensional. lots of malty oatiness, a tiny touch of alcohol, and some chocolate flavors. some kind of burnt spiciness, but definitely in the background. Dbetter as it warms, but not very "imperial" to me. I'm bumping the score a little because the flavor is pretty good and sticks around in my mouth for a long time.

Mouthfeel- honestly a little thicker than i anticipated, which is definitely a good thing. not great for what i look for in the style, but decent carbonation and it does stick around for a while.

O- Not overly impressed. definitely not a bad beer, but not very "imperial" in my opinion (except maybe the alcohol, and even that's border line). If i were rating this for a regular stout style, scores would be higher, but for an imperial I'm afraid it leaves me a little wanting...

ridglens, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of digita7693
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a box of Texas brews for my wedding.
This has turned out to be one of my absolute favorite stouts, and even though I live in Germany I continually get friends and family to send me 6 or so cans, it is that good.

A very dark brown to black color, with a very nice tan head

S lots and lots of coffee, with some malts hiding in the background and a hint of chocolate.

T Very similar to the nose, lots of coffee, but here some of the chocolate comes through a bit more. delicious!

M Not the super thick almost molasses thickness of some imperial stouts, but it works very well. good carbonation.It is nice to have a very refreshing imperial stout, with lots of flavor that you could actually drink a few pints of. I find after a glass of some imperial stouts, even an 8oz glass, even if it is excellent, it is more than enough.

digita7693, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Fantome tulip.

A- Translucent brown with reddish highlights. A two finger that slowly dissipates into a thin cap. Little spots of lacing left behind.

S- A heavy dose of roasted malt with coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, and some nuttiness in the background.

T- Roasted malt is again prominent in the taste followed by coffee, dark chocolate, caramel and some nuts. There is some mineral taste as well which was left a strange aftertaste.

M- Medium carbonation and a slightly thin and watery body that finishes slightly bitter. The ABV is hidden well though.

O- I thought it was a decent stout but nothing really special. A little one-dimensional with the roasted malt flavor and the the noticeable mineral taste. Wish it had a little more body too, but worth trying once.

iadler, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of fatmcb1
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a light tan head that is 1 and a half fingers.

Very sweet caramel and chocolate dominate the nose. There quite a bit of coffee. Feint, dark fruit and vanilla arise at the end.

This leans heavy towards the malt side. Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate.

This is a nice, creamy carbonated stout. The alcohol warms up and peaks through at the end, but is well hidden for the ABV. I could easily drink two in one session without growing tired of the flavor.

This is one of my go to local stouts, and my favorite from Southern Star.

fatmcb1, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of jpro
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four-pack from CBX a while back... down to the last can. Pretty stoked about giving this review after “Darkness” aka Charlie Murphy -

A: Definitely brown here - not your typical black / near opaque double stout; held to light there’s some red and cherry highlights; light, half finger, cappuccino-foam head recedes quickly leaving no lace.

S: Quite a bit of chocolate malt; not very roasty; some burnt caramel and earthy notes, too; smells pretty sweet - kind of like a double milk stout, maybe.

T: I’ve heard this beer described as an “Imperial Brown Ale,” and I’d have to agree... really sweet malts: mainly chocolate and caramel - not as much coffee as most stouts; there is some dry, earthy bitterness on the finish that rounds things out nicely, though.

M: Full-bodied and moderate carbonation; starts sweet and finishes dry.

O/D: A nice brew, but probably not something I’d frequent - especially if I’m looking for an Imperial or Double Stout; a bit too sweet up front for me, and really seems like more of a big brown ale. I like the can, though -

jpro, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light porter-brown colored with ruby red tinting and white 1" head with seemingly both cherry pink and cappuccino tainting that stays afloat like a raft. Interesting for a stout.

S: Smells is of some faint coffee, very-lightly roasted malts, a teanse of sugar. Overall impression is that this is thin and watered down.

T: Much to my surprise and delight, the taste delivers. Bolder roasted malts, with bittersweet chocolate, a whisper of caramel, coffee that's still light but more abundant than in the nose. Basically no hop presence. The roast finishes out the beer. Still a slightly different profile for a stout.

M: Light despite the roast, but definitely nothing to complain about.

O: It's okay.

CharlieMurphy, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of shanblur
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up today at the Liquor Locker St. Joseph location in Evansville, IN. No freshness date on can. Poured from 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass.

A - Dark brown to black in color with reddish highlights. Highly carbonated. Moderate lacing.

S - More of a toffee and nutty smell with muted roasted malt smell and hints of chocolate. Not the average imperial stout smell.

T - Toffee again with some roasted malts and minimal chocolate.

M - Smooth and creamy with a high level of carbonation.

A nice beer. Different from other imperial stouts I've had, but in a good way. Will have to try others from this brewery.

shanblur, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours a dark brown with a thin khaki-colored head that quickly fades to some patch haze. Pleasant aromas of caramel, chocolate, and roasted nuts with a slight whiff of smoke. Taste follows the nose pretty closely, lots of caramel and chocolate. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, with a medium body and lowish carbonation. Not bad overall, I'm blown away by the high ABV on this, as it's completely undetectable

jsanford, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of lisomiso
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hm, the high rating on this is kind of a surprise to me. It's not that it's a terrible beer, but a stout? A Double/Imperial Stout? Drinking buddy Walows says "I'd barely even call it an Imperial Brown!" Easy drinking, if boring, and my biggest complaint is that I get a bit of that Bubble Yum grapeyness that shows up on these average beers now and again. Eh, whatever.

lisomiso, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to lnashsig for hooking me up with more of this... I had needed a fix of this since I moved out of its distribution and he really came through for me.

A- Pours very clear but dark brown in color. Nice head, but settles quickly.

S- So damn amazing! Smells like a mocha: chocolate, coffee, roast, caramel. Just unreal. I could confuse this with an iced latte drink in a blind session.

T/M- So smooth and delicious. Very creamy. Again, this really is an alcoholic iced mocha. Very roasty and chocolatey. Words just can't describe my joy in drinking this. Very light on the tongue, yet smooth and creamy; kind of like a Yoo-Hoo. Well carbonated and extremely refreshing.

O- One of my favorite beers, hands down. Between the availability, price, taste, feel, and overall impression; it doesn't get much better. I will say, though the alcohol is high, I do not consider this an imperial stout- much more of a high alcohol milk stout; and my score reflects this... Can't get enough of Buried Hatchet!

TheGordianKnot, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

have been holding onto this one for a bit. Not worth the wait. Poured great, with great head and lacing, that faded fast. The smell is very sweet, that fades very fast. It looks great, but doesnt deliver. Price point might be a factor, but have no idea on the price as it was given as an extra. It is by far, a dinkable brew, just not one I will actively seek out.

biglobo8971, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of zander4dawin
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown with a small mocha colored head.
Smell - Roasted malt and coffee
Taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, coffee, more chocolate, smooth, a little sweet
Mouthfeel - A little weak but not a problem.

Overall - This is the must try beer from southern-star. A fantastic stout.

zander4dawin, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 7/30, poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a 1/2 inch of dark khaki head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal spots of lacing on the glass.

S: This beer was music to my nose! Chocolate, toffee, mocha, hazelnut and coffee. I can't WAIT to taste this!

T: Taste is teasingly rich decadence but yet not rich at all.. Starts with the milk chocolate upfront with a light underlaying toasted malt. Mocha and hazelnut flavoring with just the lightest mix of toffee come through next. Some more milk chocolate comes through as a rich coffee flavoring comes in that not only hangs but blends with a bit of hop bite.

M: Lighter side of medium body, a touch higher in carbonation for the style but it works with this beer. Starts slightly rich but the carbonation gives it a prickly, sticky feel.

O: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, decent but well hidden kick, great representation of style. Give. Me. More!

Jayli, Aug 02, 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 rwinzing
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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

rwinzing, Jul 28, 2011
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 983 ratings.