Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,100
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 77
Gots: 201 | FT: 3
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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
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 brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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 emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 oline73
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

Appearance: This beer wasn't nearly as dark as I thought it would be. Reminds me more of a dark brown ale or an old ale. There is a finger and a half of light tan, fluffy head with decent retention.

Smell: Some caramel malt sweetness and roast up front. A hint of graham cracker in there as well.

Taste: The appearance and smell of this beer had me a bit worried, but the taste is quite good. A good amount of roast, but there is plenty of malt to back it up. Seems more like a regular stout than an imperial. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with extremely smooth carbonation. The finish is just a tad dry.

Overall: The appearance really threw me off at first, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. I would definitely have another.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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 jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks interesting, a cool name and a stout in a can... thanks to womencantsail for introducing me to this.

A: It pours a large almost 3 finger head just to the top of my oversized snifter/tulip glass, however it fades quickly to a light potmarked head covering. THe beer was lighter looking on the pour, with a semi dark browned tan beer, but now looks essentially black but not quite.

N: Lots of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted malts, chocolate milk a little, touch of bakers chocolate... etc. there's a bit of biscuit malt too, and hints of minerality that gives it a salty cracker like nose... weird but interesting. There's also a big creamy malt nose, some sweetness, and hint of vanilla.

T: Starts weird, like a candy bar actually. It has the chocolate again, with some malt and bakers chocolate, but not as much as the nose had. Then the biscuit and chewy malts as well as caramel flavors add a big snickers or mars candy bar like flavors. Pretty tasty actually. Somewhat sweet, not overly but enough. SOme creamy malts too, almost a creamy milk chocolate. Some roast, just a little, touch of vanilla too. A touch of booze comes on but just a touch with hint of tingly booze. There's also a hint of roasty bitterness but they kept it in check well. I love the combination of the malts, biscuit, chewy, dark, caramel, roasted, chocolate, and nutty, an interesting but well done combination.

M: Creamy and somewhat smooth, medium to heavier body with lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still somewhat sweet but dries a bit. More dark malts late on the finish too, more chocolate, caramel, chewy malts, creamy coating on the mouth, slight syrupy. TOuch of booze lingering with more of the tingly feel and hint of warmth. Late biscuit and malty flavors that keep the light candy bar taste.

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but lost my review notes, so I am happy that Bitterbill sent to me in a trade recently. Cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent chestnut.mahogany with a thumb of fluffy mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa & a touch of hazelnut, subtle coffee

T: Mocha, wet charred grain, a touch of coffee & dark chocolate & some dark cherry up front. Subtle coffee, dryness, some woody & herbal hops as this warms, plus some caramel & chocolate lurking in the background. Finishes dry with coffee, mocha & wet charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance, nice warming feeling as well

Drinks easy enough, ABV is well hidden. Nice take on the style, would buy this if it were available locally. Better than my overall rating

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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 MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack at Binny's a few days ago. My wife seems to be drinking these when I'm not looking - there are already two missing! Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant sandy foam that slowly dissipates to a thick cap and leaves spotty lacing. The body is a transparent dark cherry/mahogany wood color, without any visible bubbles.

S - Tons of milky cocoa, a touch of light roast coffee & cream, maybe a sprinkle of powdered vanilla. There's a touch of earthiness and floral notes that may be hop-derived. It's pretty explosive and jumps out of the glass.

T - Very roasty & bitter - not nearly as much sweetness as the nose suggests - there's a hint of cocoa and vanilla in the back end before disintegrating into a dark roast coffee finish.

M - Even though the body is definitively medium, there's something watery about the texture. There's a little bit of carbonation zip, but somehow this is a little underwhelming for an 8.5% stout. On the flip side, the alcohol is very well hidden.

D - My first beer of the night, and I put it down in near record time. I love a good stout in a can, and this if far more session-worthy than Ten FIDY. Heck, you might even be able to shotgun this one, with it's low carbonation, well-hidden booze, and soft creamy texture.

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - A very dark brown/black color. Little carbonation and about one finger of brownish white head. Looks great.

s - Strong smells of coffee. Also smells a bit like chocolate.

t - Again, has a very roasted coffee taste to it. Also hints of chocolate. Very nice.

m - Very light body and little carbonation. I was surprised how light it felt.

d - Definitely a good stout and one of the better ones I have had out of a can. If you like coffee tasting stouts I would highly recommend trying this.

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an Orval goblet. Beer is dark brown to black and forms a thin head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Pretty roasty in the aroma. Mild sweetness.

Beer is medium body and pretty smooth. There is a lingering roast bitterness / mild aftertaste to this beer that makes it pretty enjoyable. Not much carbonation in the palate but there isn't much happening the front anyway. Overall a nice drinkable interesting beer.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000!

Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy light brown head that slowly descends to a lasting, espresso-like cover. Dotted lacing sticks, with broken rings as it progresses down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate with light roasted coffee. It has an earthy, anise-like undertone.

The taste is of sweet chocolate balanced with roasted coffee and an earthy (hint of anise) tone. Finishes with a mildly roasty dryness.

It has a smooth medium-to-full body.

A well-balanced stout - Alcohol well-covered. Nice!

Photo of superspak
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in a trade with a friend. 12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, light charred malt, fruitiness, and herbal hops. Some pretty decent aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, coffee, light fruit, and herbal hops. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and light fruitiness on the finish for a bit. Decent flavor balance, but is not nearly as robust as I expected for being over 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for over 8% with hardly any warming after the finish. Overall this is a fairly nice stout that is enjoyable. Some good roasted flavor balance; but not nearly as robust or roasty as I was hoping to get.

Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is lots of coffee and roasted malts. This is a great smelling beer. Flavor is roasty coffee, roasted malt and a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is completely hidden. This one could sneak up on you. Damn tasty. The mouthfeel is medium thickness and very creamy, really the highlight of the beer. Medium carbonation.

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.

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