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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

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very good

940 Ratings
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Ratings: 940
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 66
Gots: 131 | 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 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
Photo of tigg924


4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, reddish brown

Smell: big time coffee, toasted malt, and toffee--very complex

Taste:dark coffee, toasted malt, toffee, cocoa, some cream--the toastedness of the malt really makes this one stand out as opposed to the roastedness.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light body for the style, sweet with bitter backbone

Overall: This one drinks more like a complex coffee porter than a stout. This has one of the best looks of any beer in the non-Guinness division. Super complex, I would pick this up all the time if I could get this here. One of the best new stouts I have had in a while and easily my new favorite Texan beer.

05-04-2011 15:37:46 | More by tigg924
Photo of mater


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Received as an extra from miikezombie

A-Pours a dark brown color. The big head faded pretty quickly, but left a thin film on top that stayed for most of the glass. Not much lacing.

S-Lots of milk chocolate, with a hint of coffee.

T-A little roasty at first, but then the milk chocolate taste takes over with a slight lingering coffee taste in the end.

M-Very smooth and creamy. Goes down nice. I can't detect any alcohol in this.

O-This is pretty good! Glad I have another can.

05-02-2011 06:34:52 | More by mater
Photo of rye726


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Up for review is a can of Buried Hatchet Stout from some brewery down in Texas. Ah yes, Southern Star I believe. Poured at 55 degrees as stated on can. Nice dark brown pour with a silky tan head, great lace. Losts of sweet brown malts, candy, ans some molasses. Medium drinks really well. Decent stout, I like the strong use of brown malts. Just don't look for it to be a huge, crazy super stout. Much closer to the traditional offerings we may have seen on cask in Olde England.

And it's in a can!

04-29-2011 01:46:54 | More by rye726
Photo of OddNotion

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Received as one of many many extras from a very generious BA. Thanks adam320!

Poured into my Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Bulb glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a one finger light khaki head. Nice carbonation bubbles constantly streaming towards the top. While I generally like my Imperial Stouts to be pitch black I do find this one to look very appealing. It seems that the head has no intention of receding any time soon. Now half way done and the head has not receded what so ever. Probably the most resiliant one I have ever encountered.

Smell: Sweet, roasty, milk chocolate. Yum, I can keep on smelling this, cant wait for it to get warmer and see how much more comes out. Surprisingly not as strong smell as it warms, almost catch a little metal.

Taste: Nice and roasty but not in your face. A little subdued. Catch the chocolate at the end of the sip. Not even a hint of alcohol, well hidden.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thinner side which is not what I like in my big stouts. I suppose it is a better match for the subdued flavors. Higher on the carbonation that many Imperial Stouts. Feels a little more creamy as it warms up.

Overall: I was excited to see this and so glad I got the chance to try it. I love the generosity of the trading community. Without them I would never get the chance to try a beer such as this. It is certainly a solid beer and would think it is a great stout to introduce someone to the style with. Honestly, this could be a very good hot weather stout as it is not necessarily a sipper, probably a good attribute as Texas doesnt see too much cold weather.

04-26-2011 00:45:11 | More by OddNotion
Photo of dcloeren


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a can into my Duvel tulip

Poured a dark chocolate brown with golden orange hues around the edges and at the bottom of my glass. Got a solid 2 fingers of foamy cream head that very slowly (like half way through my beer) dissipated into a solid film. Solid lacing all the way down my glass

The scent of this stout exploded as soon as I started to pour. Smells Great! Getting some solid dark chocolate with cocoa powder, coffee and deep roasted malt. The scent is very earthy, warming and inviting.

The taste is following the nose quite nicely! Dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee with a little milk, possibly some oatmeal and subtle hints of vanilla. This is one delicious brew. I would almost compare this to a dessert coffee, decadent and delicious

The mouthfeel is possibly the best part of this beer. These guys did it right. Its hot 10 months out of the year in TX and they made this beer exceptionally creamy and smooth for having a thin body. Coats every bit of your mouth with each sip until you refresh the coat with another sip

Overall, I couldnt ask for a better everyday stout. This is and will remain a staple in my fridge. Now if you'll excucse me, I'm going to go grab another. Cheers

Mad props to Southern Star

04-25-2011 18:50:20 | More by dcloeren
Photo of KeefD


2.73/5  rDev -31.4%

Thanks to DavoleBomb for the chance to try something from a new brewery! Pours brown and is brown in the glass. Two fingers worth of khaki head that left lots of lacing down the glass. I'm getting some light notes of chocolate and caramel/toffee but little else in the nose, maybe a slightly grassy herbal thing going on, and a touch of metallic twang. Yep, the strange metallic notes show up in the flavor as well. There's almost a grape-like vinous flavor with some chocolate malt buried deep within. There's no roast to be found, which is really a shame for an imperial stout. Body is medium with low carbonation. Overall, nothing close to what I really enjoy in an imperial stout. I want more body, more chocolate, more roast. This has little of any of those.

04-24-2011 16:40:34 | More by KeefD
Photo of prototypic


3.45/5  rDev -13.3%

Many thanks to dcloeren for the can!

Buried Hatchet Stout is a dark, mahogany brown color. A little light reveals some burgundy highlights at the edges. Darker than I expected. A creamy tan head covers it. It stands roughly a finger tall, and recedes rather quickly. Lacing was light and spotty.

The nose is pretty good, but is a little on the weak side. It is very malty. Smells like a mix of cocoa-esque chocolate and brown malts. Roasted coffee is definitely in the house and complements the malty notes well. Smells a little toasty and breadlike. Alcohol is masked pretty well. I wouldn’t guess 8%+ territory. It’s simple and straight forward, but smells pretty good. More strength would help.

The flavor is on-par with the nose. It’s very malty, but not sweet at all. Brown malts and bittersweet cocoa are the base. Coffee is in the mix, but it’s a secondary flavor. Nonetheless, a little coffee is always welcome. It has a bready flavor to it, and is a little toasty. Alcohol really isn’t much of a factor. Again, I’m surprised that this is over 8%. The flavor profile is quite simple, but it’s really pretty good. Good beer doesn’t have to be complicated.

Buried Hatchet Stout has a body that’s on the light side of medium. It feels thin, and is average for the style. Carbonation is light, but it feels too thin to be smooth. More body is needed. For what it’s worth, it goes down easy for a relatively big beer.

Buried Hatchet Stout is a pretty good release from Southern Star Brewing. Frankly, I wasn’t expecting much, but it’s not bad at all. A tad bit more of everything would bump it up a notch or two. That includes aromatics, flavor, and body. It’s really pretty decent though. Probably a little better than this score might reflect.

04-23-2011 03:27:49 | More by prototypic
Photo of xnicknj


2.63/5  rDev -33.9%

12oz can poured into snifter - thanks to biglobo for the extra!

Pours a deep black, thick tanned head, retains through almost the whole beer, thick lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts, chocolate with caramel, light toffee, and warmth, but there's an unfortunate metallic ping, slight tartness.

Pretty similar experience with the taste, roasted malts and dark chocolate, some bitter hops also on the front end. The metallic notes come through and essentially wreck the profile though, followed by a definite tartness. Finishes very off with some slight alcohol warmth.

Full medium body, higher carbonation, tingly but still somewhat creamy. Yeah, this might be good without the oxidation and onset of infection. Total bummer...I'll re-review this if I get another one.

04-20-2011 00:52:42 | More by xnicknj
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 940 ratings.