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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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948 Ratings
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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 66
Gots: 132 | 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 alleykatking


4.1/5  rDev +3%

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.

06-24-2011 01:30:55 | More by alleykatking
Photo of hdelavega


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Poured from a can to a tulip glass.

Dark dark brown with about to fingers of light brown to off white head that mellowed out to a thin film after a few minuets leaving an undefined lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt with a slight hint of alcohol, bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

Flavor very much mimicked the aroma. Nice and roasty with a mild Coffe bitterness, very drinkable.

Mouth feel was very creamy, with a medium carbonation, and a warm finish.

Overall I found this to be a very nice drinkable stout full of flavor yet not overwhelming. I will seek it out again!

06-20-2011 05:25:51 | More by hdelavega
Photo of claytong


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Appearance - popped the can and out it came, nice head, didn't last too long, poured in opaque black with brown streaks

Smell - coffee, cream, minor malts

Taste - the same coffee and cream on the end, malts hit hard at first

Mouthfeel - creamy, medium to light for being an imperial stout

Very warming for only 8.5

06-17-2011 06:46:05 | More by claytong
Photo of seeswo


3.78/5  rDev -5%

Funny, I was about to review this as a stout. Pours black with a nice, fading off-white head. The nose is roast, cocoa powder, chocolate. Smells good. Taste is more of the same, with some slight bitterness mostly masked by the strong roasted malt and cocoa powder flavors. Pretty intense. Would rate this higher as a stout. Medium carb, but body a bit light. Overall, this is a $2.50 can of imperial stout. From that perspective, this beer kicks ass. Instead, it is in a category compared with Bourbon County Rare, etc. where it cannot hang at all. Makes it a tough rate. I think this beer would hold up to a barrel and would love to try it. Decided to rate taste by style and bump the overall.

06-17-2011 05:38:33 | More by seeswo
Photo of BretSikkink


3.7/5  rDev -7%

Brown, on the dark side, but clearly short of black. Well accented around the edges. Head is smooth and has no problems getting moving, but doesn't stick around for the party. Lacing is a bust.

The nose is pretty nice, with lots of nutty dark bread notes, a hint of chocolate, and a splash of coffee. Pretty nice.

This one is just a little thin. I enjoyed it on a steaming hot day in New Orleans, so the lack of a sticky mouthfeel was solid, but the bigger body would signify a strong amount of malts rather than a reliance on the brown. Some chocolate and coffee notes are crowded out by the comparatively weaker brown sugar.

I liked it but didn't love it - came back the next day and had the same feelings.

06-16-2011 21:11:52 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of syrupjoe


3.58/5  rDev -10.1%

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours with a less than one finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Absolutely no lacing. No particulates - a very dark but clear beer.

Smell is super roasty, somewhat caramel-y, vanilla-y.

Taste is somewhat sweet, coffee-y, roasty, caramel-y. The alcohol makes itself known in a somewhat negative way.

Overall, I like this beer - would seek it out if I was in Texas but not otherwise. Fun to have a decent stout in a 12oz can. Have had this one before (without reviewing it) and did not realize it was an imperial stout. Seems pretty stout-y to me, but not that imperial.

06-15-2011 04:20:39 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of bum732


3.28/5  rDev -17.6%

S: Light coffee notes, some milk chocolate, bold burnt toffee, very unique, some vanilla.

L: Dark brown, cloudy, light tan head that dissipates to just a touch of foam clouds on the surface.

T: Soft coffee with some fruit notes yields to semi-strong burnt roastiness. Medium low bitterness leading to some burnt toffee and additional roast. Finishes quite dry with a touch of roast.

M: Medium low mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Not bad, more of a stout than imperial stout, which is too bad since i try and grade to style. This has a unique burnt toffee roastiness which i kind of enjoyed. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is way too thin for style.

06-15-2011 01:27:57 | More by bum732
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%

This was on my wants, and SamuelJackson45 quelled that adversity. Thanks Leon!

Wow, once I popped that can, it shot out like a bat out of hell!

A: Massive mocha head. That settled into a pitch black brew. No light passed around the edges, and since I drank this outside on a sunny day, that was the tell-tale sign.

S: A bit of BBQ sauce or pork (or beef, since this is from Texas!)on the nose. Roasty and then some, with a bit of malt as well. BBQ roast brew from Texas? Doesn't seem fair...

T: Good. Not "imperial" by any stretch of the imagination, but still gelatinous enough. Very bitter with its chocolate content, but not sweet at all... more like a dark chocolate truffle.

M: Non-thick imperial stout in spades, however, I dug the roasty notes in the flavor. The lacing was substantial, the sweetness was kept in check, and the carbonation was aplenty considering the style.

O: I was mildly disappointed but not too. "Craft Beer Radio," one of the podcast that I listen to often, gave this one really high marks... even over some light whale ones that are normally recognized as such. I still liked it, but I wouldn't exactly rob a beer bank for it...

06-13-2011 18:06:06 | More by Chaney
Photo of spree92

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Notes from June 2nd. Thanks to cfh64 for this in a trade.
Deep brown with a head that was gone by the time I sat down. Looks thin for an imp. stout. Roasted coffee malts, dark chocolate and rich, robust earthy notes remind me of a good cigar. Toasted vanilla malts stand up. some espresso as well. It is thin like I had expected. Bit to much carbonation. Even though higher in alcohol, still enjoyable and easy to drink. For an imp. stout, thinness is a draw back, still tasty .

06-12-2011 15:29:21 | More by spree92
Photo of tone77


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Thanks to woodychandler for coming through with yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, malts, coffee. Taste is the same, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, a lot going on here, lots of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

06-11-2011 15:22:38 | More by tone77
Photo of THECPJ


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with reddish hue with a 1 finger tan head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roast, coffee, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very respectable Imperial Stout. Glad I got a few of these as extras to try. Very tasty.


06-08-2011 17:50:24 | More by THECPJ
Photo of dmfrench


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Dry cocoa hoppy Irish Dry / Porter / Double Stout hybrid.

A: Deep and very hazy chestnut brown with a fleeting one finger tan head.

S: Very dry. This nose is all about fresh cocoa powder and zesty earthy hops. Just a bit of sweet Irish cream lurks underneath. A pretty Porter-ish nose, and quite inviting.

T: Still quite dry., and very similar to the nose. Big semisweet cocoa and zesty, earthy hops, sweet cream underneath, and obvious alcohol. Finish is quite dry and bitter, on dusty hops. A bit of metal hurts the score slightly.

M: On the thin side, slightly chalky, but still pleasant. High carbonation.

O: Enjoyable. Would be great with barbecue.

06-03-2011 00:06:09 | More by dmfrench
Photo of Vonerichs


3.9/5  rDev -2%

The color is a dark murky brown, not the deep brown or black typical of an imperial stout. The head is tan and short lived.

The smell is mostly coffee with some cocoa. It's a little light for the style.

The taste is more well pronounced than the smell. Rich cocoa, bitter coffee, vanilla, and a touch of root beer.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation but maintains the creamy texture. It's not as heavy as most and the alcohol is not detectable.

It's an enjoyable stout that's on the chocolatey side.

05-31-2011 01:21:29 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of DrDemento456


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Picked up two of these at Vintage Estate. Price was right at 2.40 a can

A - Wow what lovely carbonation we have here. Tons of small bubbles settle to the bottom with a fluffy tan colored mocha head. Color is pretty dark but some light comes through the bottom.

S - mmm cocoa! Dry notes of coffee also. Very solid level of roast on the nose. Slight bit of mocha as well.

T - Wow it taste pretty thick. The flavors mend with a nice bitter sweet chocolate tone followed by a bit of roasted coffee, but not bitter kind of on par with Founders breakfast and has a very enjoyable finish with just a moderate hop bite.

M - I could tell it was around 8 percent but glad it's a nice thick stout. Alcohol is well concealed for pretty easy drinking.

Overall wow so much imperial goodness for such a cheap price! I think Ten fidy may have a run for there money with a stout this good for half cost. If I ever go back to Estate I will buy them out. Fantastic brew.

05-31-2011 01:10:40 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of diamondc


4.1/5  rDev +3%

$10 for a 4 pack. No canned on or best buy date on can.

A: Tawny brown, not typical motor oil black like many a RIS. Decent mocha colored head and moderate lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate with some vanilla in there. Simple, but effective.

T: Lots of roast here that follows the nose. Coffee, cocoa nibs, earthy hops that compliment the malts.

M: A bit light on the mouthfeel. Alcohol is completely masked though.

O: A worthy sort of local'ish stout thats worth multiple purchases.

05-30-2011 06:41:29 | More by diamondc
Photo of depechemode1983


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

A - Pour out very thick. Dark brown in color and with a one finger tan head. Retention is decent. Lightest RIS Ive ever seen. Not bad just different. Just a little lacing not much.

S- Wow. Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and and coconut. Very aromatic. All very good smells that work well with each other. Light roasted coffee upfront with some dark chocolate and raisins in the middle then some sweet coconut in the background.

T - Roasted coffee, creamy dark chocolate and sweet caramel. Very nutty as well. Delicious.

M - So smooth and silky. Full bodied and perfectly carbonated.

O - One of the best beers Ive ever had the pleasure of drinking. This one is big on flavor without being overpowering. Highly Recommended.

05-28-2011 20:32:30 | More by depechemode1983
Photo of ThreeWiseMen


3.78/5  rDev -5%

Acquired a 4pk of Buried Hatchet from mattisloco about six months ago. Thanks Matt! No date on can.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Poured out light-colored and sort of thin, like a brown ale. A rich, creamy, tan head formed on top, and shows great retention (looks fantastic after a brief swirl). Body looks a lot darker in the snifter, but still shows a good deal of translucence around the edges. Soapy lace. Other than the body color/depth, this looks damn nice.

Smell: Coffee, brown malt, caramel, and nuts come through right away. Digging a bit deeper, I find vanilla, cocoa powder, cream soda, raisins, dark chocolate, and... rubber? Very few roasty notes in this aroma, and it's actually a nice change-up. Interesting, at least.

Taste: Brown malt, mild roast coffee, chocolate creme, light char, and peppery hops. Tastes a lot like an imperial brown ale with stout accents. Certainly strange for the style, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for the style, The velvety carbonation and light body (relative to the style) create a feel that's both creamy and effervescent. Malt-forward, but the hops come through nicely in the finish; clean things up. Feels a lot like a Belgian dark ale.


05-27-2011 03:29:08 | More by ThreeWiseMen
Photo of Lunch


3.83/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

05-20-2011 20:29:51 | More by Lunch
Photo of LittleDon


4.55/5  rDev +14.3%

An 8 oz. pour into a highball glass at the Whip In, Austin.

Dark with a long lived head and a good amount of lace. Too dark to tell if any light passes through this one. Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma with a bit of coffee. Flavor is predominantly chocolate with a hint of smokey, burnt coffee (which works surprisingly well). Some alcohol is evident, but it isn't overwhelming. Bittersweet finish. Mouth feel is soft and body is heavy. Well done. My biggest disappointment was that the pour wasn't larger. One of the few stouts where I haven't wondered how much better it would be on nitro.

05-20-2011 20:28:33 | More by LittleDon
Photo of tewaris


3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

12 oz can with no visible date poured into a Chimay chalice. Thanks Rubio.

Clear and brown, darker than most brown ales but not in the Imperial Stout territory, Buried Hatchet pours with a medium tan head. Although this chalice doesn't support as good a retention as many other glasses, this particular stout retained a small cap for quite a while. No lacing though.

I find it amazing, and unbelievable, that this is not brewed with actual coffee. Perhaps it is, but there's no mention of coffee additions on the brewer's page even though many other details are given. Smells of roasted coffee beans and sugars, that I always find good. However, the aroma is weak compared to the stouts commonly known for their coffee character (I am comparing it to Breakfast, Speedway etc.)

This is the only beer that I have had in the shower and I recall that it wowed me over, even though I was drinking it from a can. Perhaps it was the low expectations but right now it's not tasting as amazing --- still very good, but not "surprisingly" good I suppose. That doesn't understate its awesomeness though --- strong coffee, fitting but not overwhelming roast and a chocolaty coffee finish, that is lingering. I like this one. The bitterness kicks in only towards the end and seems to be derived from the roast; so the hops are in a strictly balancing role here, which is just fine by me.

The long coffee-chocolate aftertaste gets along really well with the slight warming brought upon by this stout. The mouthfeel is just meh, especially because it gets watery with warmth. Carbonation is alright though, so it can't be called poor in terms of feel. Overall good, if not up there.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 4/5

05-18-2011 08:44:37 | More by tewaris
Photo of scottfrie


3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

05-13-2011 01:49:37 | More by scottfrie
Photo of gshak


4.78/5  rDev +20.1%

I picked up a 4-can at a nearby Specs, with some skepticism. I really love the Imperial Stouts, and Old Rasputin and Ten-FIDY really are the benchmarks on my scale...so this little puppy had quite a challenge ahead. Onto review:

A - Dark, really dark, opaque dark. Couldn't get any light through...a really good sign for a stout. Got about 3-fingers width of head with an aggressive pour that subsided quite nicely leaving an impressive lacing...more good signs. So far so good!

S - Coffee and roasted malts..overwhelmingly so. Hints of dark chocolate. Simple and impressive.

T - This was a winner. Taste follows smell - coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Goes down real easy, leaving a lasting flavor of coffee and toffee. Very drinkable , although I was averaging about one sip a minute.

M - each sip coats the entire palate. Not a chewy kind of beer, but has a nice body and consistent feel to it.

Overall - definitely a very, very good beer. I'm trying to cellar the remaining ones, to see how they age; but I may very well pop one just to get a whiff of it :)

Not exactly a Rasputin/Ten-Fidy imperial style, but more a cappucino stout, and an extremely well-crafted one.

05-08-2011 06:35:46 | More by gshak
Photo of jbphoto88


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

05-07-2011 20:22:07 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of TenHornsProud


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours a solid black with minimal creamy head.

Smells of sweet malt and some roasty-ness.

Tastes of sweet, amber malt with some roasty character that does not take over the beer. Chocolate with some bitter, coffee character.

Mouthfeel is great...smooth and creamy.

This is a nice stout/double stout. It is dark, amber sweet with bigger stout elements without crossing that imp stout line. Support.

05-07-2011 04:30:04 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of Montrose79

New York

3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

Can poured into snifter

A- medium brown, decent head
S- chocolate, coffee, roast malts
T- taste is decent. Creamy, chocolate, little coffee on back end
M- creamy, a little thin for my stout taste
O- overall a solid very drinkable beer. Would be happy to have again

05-06-2011 02:42:31 | More by Montrose79
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.