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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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88
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459 Reviews
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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,110
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 79
Gots: 208 | 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 galuskan
4.9/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer that is available year round. I have only tasted a few beers that are better and one of them is the barrel aged version. This beer makes me smile. (171 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a thin tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and some sweet caramel/toffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted malts upfront, light coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee and faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can (583 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy/brown with fair amount of off white head. Smells strongly of roasted malts, hint of coffee, cocoa and leather. Tastes strongly malt forward, suggestion of cocoa and coffee, nice hoppy bite mid taste and good clean finish. Nice dry finish and medium mouthfeel (a little thinner than similar stouts but not unpleasant). A thoroughly enjoyable, fine example of an American Imperial Stout.

I was recently in San Antonio for conference and this Texas brew had a good price point for a quality brew. I would definitely purchase this again and I'm curious about this breweries other offerings. (601 characters)

Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great double stout to drink when you're in the mood for a double stout, without any extra bs added.

Appearance is nice pitch black, with a soft white head that sticks forever. Smell is roasty coffee and chocolate, but that which comes from the dark malt, not added stuff. Taste is about the same, but more complex and full bodied than your typical stout, hence why it's a double stout. Feel is like I just described in the taste. Overall, I'd buy this one again, however the price point is a little high. The problem is it's hard to find a good double stout that doesn't have a bunch of other s*** added in (coffee, bakers chocolate, etc etc). Not saying I don't like all those beers, it's just nice to have a beer brewed with only malt, hops, yeast and water every once in a while. (794 characters)

Photo of adapt313
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this one straight out the can around a fire, I like the can so I'll give It a 4 for look. Really didn't get much coffee from the aroma, but loaded with rich dark chocolate. The coffee comes across a little more in the taste but this is still a chocolate bomb, in a good way. Rich, dark baker's chocolate is balanced by just enough hop bitterness on the end. This reminds me of an oatmeal stout, with the dark chocolate character flavor, surprisingly full mouthfeel and dry finish. I really enjoyed buried hatchet, even right out of the can. (551 characters)

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4.25 - Black with half a finger of off-white head.

Smell:4.25 - Dark chocolate, malt, toffee. I was expecting to pick up on some coffee, but I didn't. Great smelling beer!

Taste: 4.5 - A rich chocolate flavor up front and a pretty strong coffee flavor as well! This reminds me a little of Breakfast Stout by Founders, but possibly down a slight notch on the coffee. Awesome!!

Feel: 4.25 - Nice and thick with a little carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall: 4.3 - Overall a wonderful stout from the homeland! Always love a Texas beer. B plus. (557 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small, fine off-white head surmounts a dark brown body with highlights only before a strong light. Fine-beaded lacing completely coats the glass walls. The head slowly fades away, leaving only cream-colored swirls on the surface.

Aroma: Pronounced aroma of dark malt, chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, char, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with cold coffee, and bitter chocolate, and dark toasted malts. Scorched caramel and roasted nut flavors appear later in the taste, as well as hints of vanilla. Sweet alcohol is a subtle undercurrent throughout. Finishes with a lingering roasted malt and coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, with a velvety feel.

Drinkability/notes: A quite wonderful beer, it seems perfect for a winter's day with an ice storm in the forecast.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice. (908 characters)

Photo of Foxybrau
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I kinda love this beer. What a mediocre and boring can, what a deep and interesting brew! The smell is full of chocolate and toffee along with a preview of the alcohol. The taste is rich milk chocolate and some coffee, with a dash of hop to dry out the finish. I feel like it could easily be called a milk stout. The ABV is hidden nicely - it will sneak up on you. A great bedtime snack, this beer is thick and satisfying. I wish more stouts had this texture. (466 characters)

Photo of marieli
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. This one starts and stops with robust coffee aroma and flavor. It appears I got far less malt and chocolate than others. A bit too much coffee for me, but smooth and balanced enough to enjoy. I'd drink another. (221 characters)

Photo of Pukstopper
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color from a 12 oz can. Unsure of the date. No head and little lacing. Nice malt and chocolate taste. Hint of coffee on the back end. Overall a nice stout. (168 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (447 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.02/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not going to lie, this just didn't do it for me, and I LOVE stouts. The aroma was full on black coffee, shut down all others smells, the taste was a mixture between strong alcohol and black coffee with a plastic, artificial aftertaste. At almost 10 dollars for a four pack of cans, absolutely not worth it in my opinion. (320 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a cola color with a khaki head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of nice roasted notes.

Tastes of the roasted notes mostly with a smattering of hops. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar lead off. Nuttiness and vanilla come through next. Hops make their way through next and add some earthy bitterness. Finishes with a bit more roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice double stout, and it is worth checking out. (509 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.22/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Can is at least a year old.

A: Dark and cola-like, with light head.

S: Smells oddly fruity and shot through with boozy whiffs.

T: It is really fruity, and kind of flat. But still, it's tasty. Aftertaste has hints licorice.

M: Smooth and flat. Almost silky.

O: Good, but not great. I remember it having more bite and bitterness. (390 characters)

Photo of GregJ
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin light brown head. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and maybe a touch of cedar. Tastes very malty up front, roast, chocolate, a little burnt/ash. Definite medium body with creamy texture, tastes quite a bit like a milk stout. Nice malty aftertaste with very light hop bitterness. Excellent brew. (325 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated can at 50 degrees into shaker
Aroma of chocolate malt
Head small (<2 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good - complete wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter, roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75 (427 characters)

Photo of BSDA
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

One of the best stouts I've had, and in a can, no less! Full of flavor, coffee, chocolate, nightcap bliss. Drink one or two of these before bed and snoooooooze. (160 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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 (750 characters)

Photo of joeyfeets
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Canned stout from our friends out East on 290 in Conroe, TX. Cracking one open emits a distinct smell of chocolate & a slight hint of coffee. It pours a very dark brown w/ a thin, cream colored head. Its real smooth w/ a creamy mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Tastes of caramel & chocolate w/ a slight bitterness at the end. Overall a solid brew, especially for the price. It's a great sort of "starter stout" because it’s not super thick or overpowering in flavor. I was at a pool party over the weekend & had some friends try it. They don’t generally drink craft beer but they liked it. Those of you wanting to sit down to a heavy stout during a cold winter day should choose something else. If you want a nice craft, stout that is very portable & easily shareable, go grab some of these. Especially good for those of us that need canned brews for tubing purposes & cant afford to buy enough Ten Fidy for everybody (923 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

From a can bought back from SC. Complicated code on the can. My best guess is thta this was canned in January. Re=reviewed after trying second can.

Pours a thick foamy dk brown, with a small oatmeal head. Taste is of toasted malt, not overly roasted, so you would think it would bequite smooth tasting. However, there was an odd astringent taste in the background, which wasn't very pleasant at all. Wasn't picking up much in the way of chocolate or vanilla tones, no coffee either. So on the whole, a bit of a disappointment. (528 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Pours a dark opaque brown, whilst pouring its relatively translucent to where I can fairly easily see through it. Kind of like a brown ale. Decent finger or light brown head, thin ubbles. Ok lacing, weak retention.

S - Big chocolate nose with lots of coffee, thats mostly it - maybe some milk/cream. Simple but welcoming

T - Fantastic chocolate taste up front followed by minimal dark fruit/alcohol flavor. Finish is pure chocolate and coffee, aftertaste is coffee

M - Lighter bodied for the style, nice carbonation, still fairly smooth. Easy drinking brown/stout (576 characters)

Photo of Buschyfor3
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12oz can (half poured into a traditional pint glass; the remaining half consumed from can)

A: Deep brown pour; muddy, not quite opaque; deep khaki colored head composed of fine bubbles perches atop the body, but does not last long.

S: Opening notes are reminiscent of fresh ground coffee – good roasted, nutty quality; some semi-sweet chocolate and a dash of molasses add a sweet edge; some charred notes – like burnt breakfast toast; the roasted notes are prominent here.

T: Roast flavors take charge of the palate – again with roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, burnt toast, a faint smoky flavor; some bittersweet dark chocolate peeks through along with a touch of cream; however, this sweet/creamy combo is short lived as a second wave of roast bitterness surges for, and remains long after the finish with a lingering coffee taste.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy, but not overly thick. Have had thicker stouts – even from a can.

O: A solid imperial stout in a can, but not the best I’ve ever had; flavors are nice, trending more roasted than sweet, but not overly complex. For 8.25%, drinkability is decent, but the booze begins to grow as the can warms to room temp. Slightly cheaper for a 4pk of this compared to Ten Fidy, but I think Ten Fidy is much better all around. (1,303 characters)

Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a black fading to burnt brown like the crunchy sugar atop Crème brûlée. The head is tan and not long lived leaving minimal lacing down the glass. This leads me to expect a less than rich mouthfeel, we shall see.

The nose is hints of coffee, dark chocolate, bread, nutmeg, citronella, and camphor with a tinge of the hops. Overall a rather decent and complex nose.

The taste is rather delicious with the sweet malts floating a bevy of complexity that finishes with a nice hop bitterness that tails off to the back of the palate with a burst of sweet again. The alcohol is definitely there and warms the belly nicely. There are strong malt and roasted notes as if the beer had been Bar-B-Qued with hickory. I definitely taste hickory, though I have to question if it is even in there for real or just a culmination of the esters and ingredients.. That could be a reference to the Buried Hatchet since Hickory is often used in ax handles. There is a definite medicine like undertone with the notes of camphor, alcohol and the hops. However, this is not a bad thing as one might expect as it is subtle and only adds to the complexity of the dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, nutmeg and other spice like notes that dominate this one. The sweet malt is what really takes the edge off the harsher elements of the flavor and actually combine to make this one hell of a great beer.

Now the mouthfeel is as expected from the visual observations and is a bit watery for a stout. That said, I still really like this one and I can see this as a warmer weather stout. Being that I live in South-East Texas Stouts are more of a seasonal beer for me as I do not like the heavy succulent beers when it is above 100 f. Heavy beers are just not enjoyable in 100% humidity with temps above 100 degrees. (Hell - nothing is really enjoyable in that type of weather, even pools get to hot to be enjoyable!) So this one is nice to have as a alternative to drink on summer nights or have with a meal or a great dessert that include vanilla ice cream on top.

Overall I find this to be an excellent beer but not an excellent stout. I would rate it closer to a light porter with richer flavors. I highly recommend it and I will likely always have a little on hand. (2,257 characters)

Photo of goochpunch
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting jet black from the commercial description, but this is dark brown. Bad lighting at the Southern Star Brewery. Smells strongly of slightly burnt toast and tons of chocolate malts. I get some coffee roast in the smell, but I'd like a bit more. SWEET BEER. Lots of chocolate and toasty/roasty malts. More chocolate and toast than anything. Needs balance dearly. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, yet not that full. Overall, this isn't that great. I'm splitting a can with someone, and it's hard to take down. (515 characters)

Photo of Premo88
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
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! (1,319 characters)

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.