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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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1,027 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 75
Gots: 161 | FT: 5
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 Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can from Steve in Texas. Appearance of a good cup of coffee, fast disapearing head. Chocolate malt, chocolate milk aroma. Very smooth though not thick. Tasty stuff, cold pressed coffee, nicely roasted, some chocolate. Very drinkable. Lace trail is left. great balance between the sweet and the bitter.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending this one to me!

Pours a murky dark brown color with a huge 3 inch tan head that lasts. Head forms a puffy island in the middle of the glass with lattice lacing on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malt, brown sugar, and peanut butter. This is a very unique smell on a stout, but I am liking it. Sadly, the taste is not that good to me as this stout is sour. Roasted malt, slight vinegar, and peanut butter are the tastes I get. Beer is completely flat and watery. Overall, I am not a fan of this beer but I appreciate the chance to try it!

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to GregSVT for this can. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice dark, dark brown color with a bit of a tan head. Nearly opaque. The nose brings chocolate, coffee, vanilla, burnt toast, and some roasted malt. The taste brings some really nice chocolate and coffee notes with roasted malt throughout. Really nice mouthfeel with good body and not too much booze. Drinks well; thanks so much, Greg!

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with tawny highlights and a massive beige head; plenty of strands of lace

Smell: Chocolate milk, charred brown bread and licorice

Taste: Rich chocolate milk flavors with a bit of coffee in the back; the use of wheat and oatmeal adds complexity, too; by mid-palate, the hops add a nice citrus fruit dimension that continues, after the swallow and into the finish, though the chocolate and coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste, along with a bit of char

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Love the combination of the mocha, oatmeal and the citrus in this - one of the best dang beers to come out of Texas

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fortified flavors of mocha and lattes garner the balance while the lush texture of starchy malt and underlying sweetness give the beer a balanced elegance of more English-styled stouts but the exaggerated flair that shows American boldness.

Opening with a rich pour of dark bark-brown hue, Burried Hatchet takes its own sweet time of separating the creamy rich lightly tanned head from the dark beer beneath. The merangue settles upon the beer with a dense and creamy appearance of mousse or whipped cream. Stubborn retention and laced rings denote each sip all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is one handsome looking beer.

Chocolate and coffee frame the aromatics with background scents of heavy toast, burnt caramel, heavy whipping cream, and toasted walnuts. In many ways, it very closely resembles coffee shop latte and mocha drinks.

Yet more powerful in taste, the roasted malts blend with the chocolaty brown malts for the unique taste of bittersweet chocolate, French pressed coffees, and walnut nuttiness. Lightly scorched caramel and toffee bridges seamlessly into the starchy lush flavor of malted milk, vanilla, and coconut. Fortified bitterness makes little impression in early taste, but resides in the back of the tongue in the form of cocoa and coffee bitterness without registering directly as hops.

Seriously malt, this full bodied and robust ale start dense, rich and thick and remains so well past mid palate and deep into aftertaste where it only recesses due to hop bitterness and alcohol warmth.

As a fine complement to richer and velvety deserts, or even as an after dinner delight, this lush ale seduces the palate and soothes the stomach.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate labrador brown with generous orange and gold accents along the bottom of the snifter. The golden khaki colored crown is loose and crackly rather than thick and creamy, although some improvement is seen as it settles. Scarce lace doesn't help.

The nose gets things back on track. This SSBC offering smells like a combination strong brown ale and Imperial stout. It delivers a great deal of brown breadiness, along with cocoa and coffee. Good things are expected from here on out.

Buried Hatchet Stout is pretty good beer that would be even better beer with a bigger body and better bubbles. Let's see if the mouthfeel cavalry makes an appearance over the next 8-10 ounces. Looks like the 4.0 taste score might be out of reach.

Flavors mirror aromas. As in most stouts, chocolate and coffee dominate all else. It's doubtful that Southern Star uses either cacao nibs or coffee beans in this brew, but it sure does taste like it. Sweet and bitter cancel one another out rather than add to one another in synergistic fashion.

Time helps the mouthfeel, just not enough. It's still on the skinny side for the style, and the bubbles are still buzz-buzz-buzzing the tongue after more than 15 minutes. Quality carbonation is a major part of quality craft beer.

For whatever reason, Southern Star beer doesn't hit me the way it hits most of you. That said, I would be more than willing to bury the hatchet if they impress me the next time around. Looking at their lineup, that isn't likely to happen.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to try this one. My boy Michael comes through for me again. Served from the can to the pint glass and consumed on 02/11/2010.
 
The pour was nuts. Dark, dark chocolate brown with a huge tan head on top that literally just exploded as soon as you attempted to pour it in. Thick and nearly three inches high it just absolutely refuses to settle down, instead it coats the entire inside of the glass with enormous amounts of lacing. Aroma is sweet, lots of chocolate and lactose coming through right away. Hints of deep roasted malts, nice touches of almost a fine cocoa powder and an earthy, warmness to it that really just worked. As I take thee first sip a smooth, creamy and rich body overtakes me. Really very, very well done here. Decadent dessert like flavors of coffee and chocolate are now washing over the tongue. Smooth, delicious roasted malts, and a nice dry, semi sweet finish is punctuated by a decent touch of vanilla. So drinkable it is literally scary. I could go after this one all day long.
 
Overall about as solid as you can get. I am surprised people are not hopping all over this one yet, it is scary how good it is.

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 Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out as a very dark brown color, forming a black lookin liquid once it's all in the glass. Very opaque with a creamy looking head top. There is a pretty good retention and a light lacing on the glass. The nose is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is chocolatey with a subtle bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. Overall this beer was good but nothing too special.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sebastian for the hookup on this one!
Cool illustration on the can, a literal "buried hatchet" suggesting a peaceful resolution.

Poured into a FFF pint, there's a nice compact 1" of foam, creamy like a Guinness almost. Black with an auburn glint in the light. Retention is pretty good, 15 minutes into it there's still a generous skim across the surface. Some lacing at first, but it dissipates post-swirl.

Mellow roasty coffee aroma, not unlike local standout Big Hugs from Half Acre. Dry with some sweet tobacco leaf elements.

Surprisingly flavorful, full of dusty dark chocolate, tobacco, and coffee traces. Fairly supple and mellow with moderate carbonation. Really solid stout, glad to see more Southern Star here in Chicago...

Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to JJFoodie for this can!

Nothin' like a beer while listening to Stealers Wheel. Cheers to VDubb for this suggestion. This guy pours a nice flat obsidian (nice for a hatchet blade, no?) topped by nearly a finger of ecru foam. The nose is absolutely dizzominated by coffee and roasted malts, with some minor bits o' brown sugar, maple syrup, dark wheat, and buttered, blackened biscuits vainly vying for attention. As Pantera's "Walk" blazes forth its vulgar display of power, I imbibe: The roast and coffee are still strong, but the maple syrup, biscuits, and newcoming molasses sound off like their pair just emerged, larger than expected. An odd chalky flavor, though, enters through the rear like Shannon Hamilton (snoogins), dragging much of the already established civilization down a bit toward the likes of Boyar-dominated Russia. The body is a hefty medium, with a pretty active and biting carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very pleasant little canned stout (the second-best I've yet had...out of the two so far...), but not quite as tasty as I had been told/expecting. It's not bad, really, and I would definitely recommend it to others. I'm just not sure that I'd return until a bit of time has passed.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance dark cola ruby brown hue with a nice deep tan head forming thick, nice to see a Texas based microbrewery making a big stout in a can. Lacing lines my glass evenly very nice look, but it is a bit light in color for a stout. Aromatics bring out dark roasted malts, with a strong cocoa roasted malt edge slight charred marshmallow sweetness. Bitter coffee roasts as well mild fruit well hidden alcohol notes, low herbal hop content. Flavor is excellent it's hard to believe this brew is 8.5 % abv and it's priced pretty fair by the four pack at 9.99. I did prefer the size of the Pale Ale in the pounder cans but it's a give and take with the alcohol. Flavor has alot of caramel amongst the dark roasted malt flavors mild coffee but creamy vanilla/milk chocolate tones. Mild herbal hop flow is pretty much masked by toasted marshmallow creaminess, crazy experience to be drinking big Texan craft stout poured from the can. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied carbonation works well with the creamy body, nice brew the caramel edge drags it out leaving a bit of a cloying residual layer of sugars but it's not overbearing. Drinkability is solid a nice big brewed Texan canned export stout bought in Ohio by the four pack.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from kiltedtxn courtesy of the Nice Cans BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with very creamy flavors of chocolate and coffee along with a hearty roasted malt character that remain prevalent the whole time you drink the beer. The hops presence is very mild even for the style but it works quite well for this beer as there's a nice balance regardless. The after-taste is creamy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, slightly filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent stout worth drinking for a very long time.

Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a couple fingers of foamy light mocha colored head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy foam that skims the surface and throws a foamy cascade of lacing up on the sides that slowly slides back down. The aroma smells of roasted malts, which have a subtle smokiness to them, and are quickly undercut by notes of chocolate, green fruit, and some tangier feeling caramel character. Not a ton of complexity but this definitely gets the job done.

The taste is roasty feeling with coffee flavors and burnt malts. Green bitter citrus and a thick chewy mix of chocolate and caramel malts add a ripe and fruity sweet twang to the profile. This finishes with dry blackened bitterness, as well as some final lingering smokiness that hangs on the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with some crisp sharpness on top but this mostly feels more along the thick and chewy route overall in the mouth. The big ABV on this is EXREMELY well hid and I would have never have guessed that this is as big as it was, except for maybe the very light warmth that comes out as this warms.

This is a very well done Double Stout here, with rich notes of chocolate and coffee, as well as a deep burnt bitterness that leaves a lasting impression. I think that Stouts & Porters have so far been an underrepresented style in this new craft-can revolution and it's nice to see this one step up to the plate.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.51/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not quite sure what to make of this one. It's a stout? Seems thin for it and much more porter like. Nose is nice, but the body of flavor gets thin way too quickly. I'd actually say this seems more a cross between a brown ale and a porter. Decent enough, I suppose, but not overly interesting or noteworthy.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,027 ratings.