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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

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very good

850 Ratings
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Ratings: 850
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%

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 katan


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color with a mocha colored head. Not much lacing. Pretty opaque.

S - Heavy chocolate flavors are most notable. Some roast sneaks in in the background.

T - Starts off lightly malty, some roasted and nutty flavors. Mid-stream brings in a little bit of roast, but then back to the nuts. Chocolate is intertwined. Finishes with a lightly sweet, brown ale flavors.

M - Moderate body, moderate to low carbonation. Comes off heavy. Not much alcohol noted. A little bit sticky.

O/D - A good ale that I would term more as a brown than a stout. It doesn't quite have that deep flavor profile with roasted malts that makes it turn the corner. That said, its a good beer - not sure I'd seek it out again.

Serving type: can

06-05-2013 00:51:11 | More by katan
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a nice reddish black pour with 2 fingers of tan colored head which left behind decent amount of lacing. smells of toasted oats, chocolate, light roasted coffee. a very smoky flavor base with notes of chocolate and coffee. medium body, a little watery for the abv, but with a chalky/creamy feel and medium carbonation.

not a bad stout.. the abv is pretty generous for its profile.. feels like a light milk stout, but apparently it's about double the %!

Serving type: can

05-26-2013 16:05:51 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.51/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 05:02:18 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Second review of this beer.

Pours a mixture of brown and black, thin tan head of it. I'd estimate it to be about 1/3". More black than dark brown.

Aroma was just thick roasted chocolate malt, and that was about it.

Taste was more of the same, thick, roasted malt, a little bit of smoothness given its heft, and a deft ability to hide its alcohol. Almost nothing in the way of sweetness. Chewy mouthfeel. As it warms you start to have a little depth of toffee and caramel, along with brown malt. Starts to come off as a blend between a brown, porter and imperial stout. Well carbonated.

Props for putting it in a can.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 22:59:26 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of AlexFields


3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty plain black, fairly thin coffee colored head, leaves only mild lacing when it fades. Looks fine, nothing special.

Smells pretty strongly of roasted malt, coffee notes, a but of nuttiness (toffee maybe? hazelnut?) and maybe a hint of chocolate. Maybe some lactose?

Taste is basically the same, with the addition of a touch of smokiness and something kindof tangy like an English brown ale maybe. Maybe some lactose again.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, carbonation is okay, body slightly on the thin side, something feels a little artificial somehow but not bad.

A nice decent stout, pretty forgettable though and not something I'd buy again.


Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:40:32 | More by AlexFields
Photo of AngrrryMan


4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Dark, almost black, with a slight red tint to it if you held it up to the light. Dark tan head.

Smell: Surprisingly smelled a lot like chocolate with a little scent of coffee, it was very pleasant.

Taste: Somewhat sweet, with hints of chocolate, and a very dark roast coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, almost creamy, and left the lips lightly sticky, almost like after drinking a sweet drink.

Drinkability: Was an excellent beer, almost exciting to drink because there was so much going on with it. May be a great dessert beer, after a great meal, but when you don't actually feel like ordering a dessert? Or if you just want a somewhat sweet beer.

Video of me pouring it...


Serving type: can

04-05-2013 04:23:17 | More by AngrrryMan
Photo of barczar


3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a foamy half inch khaki head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Roast malt and coffee surface immediately in the aroma, with nuttiness and chocolate emerging late. The balance is sweet, but an acrid roast character prevents it from being overwhelming. Malted milk balls and licorice surface late.

Flavor reveals dark fruit at the base, eventually becoming roasty-bitter, finishing with notes of coffee grounds. Dark cherries mingle with burnt breadcrust and chocolate. The tart underlying fruit is juxtaposed with the dry, slightly bitter finish, but the sweet chocolate character serves as a worthy bridge.

Body is on the light side, for the style, smooth, with higher carbonation than most. There's slight alcohol warmth.

Not the richest of imperial stouts. Balance is toward roast as opposed to toasted specialty malt. Wish the dark fruit character were more complex, or muted a bit...too much cherry. And the roast character is slightly charred.

Serving type: can

04-04-2013 01:00:08 | More by barczar
Photo of visualweasel


3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, almost black. About a finger of tan head, dissipating quickly, leaving attractive, if thin lacing.

S: Not much nose on this one. But taking a deep sniff, I get more of a coffee profile than a chocolate one.

T: A fairly traditional stout, with predominating notes of coffee, some chocolate on the finish.

M: Heavier than medium, but not as chewy as some of the better stouts. For the style, I'd say it's just a bit thin.

O: A nice stout, but not stellar. It's one I could have a couple of in a session, but it's doesn't have that almost dessert-like satisfaction of the best stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2013 17:14:32 | More by visualweasel
Photo of Knapp85


3.83/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-28-2013 03:52:17 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-18-2013 02:47:10 | More by Sammy
Photo of mfnmbvp


4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with no apparent canned on date except for a code which I'm not about to bother with. I've been eyeing this brew for about a month now, so I'm pretty excited to finally have it in my clutches. My first beer from Southern Star Brewing Co. and it seems to be their landmark beer based on the number of ratings. My sixth review of a beer coming from a can!

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours near black, very dark ruby color showing through some light so not entirely opaque. I can definitely discern a lot of sediment floating around. Quarter inch of creamy khaki head recedes into nothingness within seconds. Virtually no lacing. Second, more aggressive pour, yields about three fingers of fluffy creamy head with some pretty excellent retention.

S - Bold robust roasted coffee beans. Faint mild hops. Dark milk chocolate.

T - Big strong coffee flavor is absolutely lovely. Tastes just how the ideal stout should. Mild hop presence in the middle fades out quickly and gives way to a malty chocolatey coffee bean finish.

M - Bitter roasted coffee bean aftertaste lingers on the tongue. Feels like I just sucked on a coffee bean. For the most part, it is has a pretty silky smooth clean finish. Creamy texture.

Overall, very nice feel, very nicely bodied and balanced, especially for a 8.25% abv beer like this one. Not a heavy sitting brew, which is very pleasant considering this beer's bold flavor and moderately high abv. Definitely a stout I will go to again, and looking forward to trying more beers from Southern Star Brewing Co.

Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: can

03-01-2013 03:30:37 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of docnose


3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured the can into a glass...

Foamy head up to like half an inch that quickly settled down. It's too dark to see though even in front of my mostly bright white monitor (this web page even). The smell is strong but I don't think I really smell any strong particular flavors. It smells the way I think a stout should smell...

It's not particularly bitter and is... nutty... buttery even... Very earthy and rich. When the flavor first hits my tongue I'm not particularly impressed, but as a big gulp washes over my tongue and around my mouth I find the I like it very much.

It's got a somewhat heavy texture, but not nearly as heavy as others. I feel like I should have poured it a little fast and gotten more carbonation into the head and less in the beer.

Overall I think this is perfectly fine porter. Not my favorite, but delicious. I would get this again! I also feel like the can art is very appropriate.

Serving type: can

02-26-2013 06:02:04 | More by docnose
Photo of laituegonflable


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark ruby colour, maybe some silty sediment. Head is cloudy, sunken and whispy. LAce is decent, but doesn't really cling to the glass. Not bad.

Smells very sweet and very toasty. Big, toasted bread aroma, with some pumpernickel, carraway and maybe some burnt toffee at the back adding to the sweetness. Bit plain, just a rich toasty aroma. Quite like it though, it's deceptively simple.

Taste is a bit odd again, has a lighter, quite hoppy mid-palate following toasty sweetness upfront. Almost strips back with some oily hop notes that then gets that toasty note at the back. Hint of banana, caramel & marmalade, with toasty bread, hint of caramel, some vanilla pod and carob as well.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but a decent texture that slowly dries out the mouth. Fullish but also fluid, holds back for a while before any real mouth presence shows up.

Interesting drop, not something I will cherish, but happy to have drunk it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 10:50:32 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of codysjb


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a root beer brown with a very small head that dissipates instantaneously. Decent red/brown color.
S: Lots of coffee and chocolate notes.
T: Some small coffee notes round into a malty medium with lots of carbonation. Good taste but fades off the tongue quickly.
M: Lots of carbonation and some mild malt.
O: Decent, wouldnt drink all the time but I could see it as a decent stout to close the night with. Lighter than most stouts.

Serving type: can

01-26-2013 18:47:59 | More by codysjb
Photo of Ford


4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On nitro tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

I've had the regular version canned and I give that around a 3.75... but this nitro version is out of this world. One of my favorite beers ever.... ever!

Simply smooth, dark and delicious... I can't get enough of it.. well, I can... but I wish I couldn't if that makes sense. Of course it doesn't.

I just love this beer. I'll be on the lookout for it more now.

Serving type: nitro-tap

01-26-2013 02:40:26 | More by Ford
Photo of BrownAleMale


4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Jet black in color with 3 fingers of tan head. The head dissipates into about 1 finger worth and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Smell- Lots of coffee and chocolate with a backbone of piney hops.

Taste- Following the nose with tons of chocolate and coffee. The sweet flavors are balance well with a black coffee bitterness and some pine hop.

Mouthfeel- Definitly a little on the light side for a stout, but very drinkable which makes for a good sessionable stout.

Overall- They hit a homerun here. The smell, the taste and look are just spot on. There is a strong coffee grounds presence towards the end and a watery mouthfeel, but those are the only low points as everything else is out of this world.

Serving type: can

01-16-2013 21:49:06 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of texasnomad

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep dark brown with a faint head which immediately disappeared into pale ring where the glass meets the beer at the surface. There was sediment floating around.

Toffee nose.

This slightly sweet malty stout initially tastes like chocolate turning to a more coffee and grade A maple syrup flavor with a nutty finish. Balanced to minimal hop character, but appropriate bitterness.

Medium bodied mouthfeel.

Overall this is a tasty beer with a straight-forward flavor profile. I will be drinking more soon.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 02:31:45 | More by texasnomad
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a fine stemmed tulip glass.

A-This beer is very dark brown, almost black, and opaque. The thin tan head fades to nothing and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Powerful nose of strong roasted chocolate and coffee malts, like opening a container of cocoa powder and coffee beans that have been roasting on open fire. Alcohol pushes through as the beer warms.

T-The roasted coffee flavor, bittersweet chocolate, and maltiness are a nice blend. Unfortunately, the thin feel and strong alcohol burn drag it down.

M- pretty fizzy and thin for the style. Alcohol heavy.

O- Can I get this in a lower ABV, please?

Serving type: can

12-26-2012 01:44:15 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small amount of tan head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with some roasted malt, overly toasted bread, cocoa powder and some light coffee. As it warms you get some emerging caramel and vanilla sweetness.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate and some roasted malt acrid bitterness. Some sweeter toffee and caramelized malts also emerge with more backbone bitterness (which could be hops) emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation on the lighter side of medium. Finish is fairly dry and bitter but has some mild creamy qualities which could be from some oats or wheat malt.

Overall this was a decent stout but nothing too crazy or complex flavor-wise. It was a little too bitter for me and the drinkability wasn't poor but I wasn't compelled to finish the remainder of my pint.

Serving type: can

12-06-2012 17:49:35 | More by claspada
Photo of Scotchboy


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Buried Hatchet, 12oz can and a great extra from BeerHunter76, poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Near transparent brown with tawny highlights...creamy light tan head settles into a nice ring and leaves some lacing...

S: Big robust brown malt character upfront, leading to a pulling suggestion of vanilla and birch wood as well as some nutty caramel characters...roast is there too but the coffee sensation is light....more hints of caramel with molasses and chocolate.

T: Unique, more dry nutty flavors compete with a big sweetness, very close to a tootsie roll IMO...caramel, molasses, and chocolate and a faint suggestion of licorice...some earthy hop notes compete ever so slightly with the sweetness, and the roast component is secondary but lends some dry body. More birch syrup, big nutty & wood-like earthy flavors.

MF: Thinner medium body with a dry finish, with some bitterness on the finish as well.

O: A unique stout, something that works pretty well I think, and was pretty enjoyable to me. It may have more in common with a big brown ale than a stout though - it seemed like it could be a kissing cousin to a beer like Life & Limb or even Indian Brown or Palo Santo Marron (to a lesser extent). Recommended, if you can get it.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 15:34:50 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of Beerandboards

New Mexico

3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 12oz can into a standard pint glass. Looks fine, dark chocolate color in appearance, some tan head, mild retention. Nothing great nothing bad here.

S - smells of chocolate powder, some coffee in there, not a lot otherwise. Smells is good but nothing exciting, solidly average.

T- follows the nose some milk and dark chocolates and mild coffee. Flavors are pretty consistent throughout, some mild bittering on the end.

M - definitely the beer's weak point. Quite thin, mild low carb, expecting a lot more thickness. If this element were improved, I think everything else improves as well.

O - an average to slightly above average stout. Flavors are nice, but underwhelming. Wish it would be a little thicker and aggressive, but can't really complain. If this were available in my area, I would probably buy a four pack every now and then. As someone else pointed out, this would be a good beginner's stout.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 16:33:49 | More by Beerandboards
Photo of Lare453


3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark but not the usual black stout color. Very tiny light tan head even with a vigorous pour. Minimal lacing. Looks.... Eh.

S very light. A little chocolate, tiny coffee, tiny malt.

T also very light. Light chocolate beginning with a sweet odd flavor chocolate middle and a tiny malt and coffee end. The aftertaste is very light and short lived. Just a little malt ending.

M thin, no carbonation.

O eh... Wouldn't buy it again. The thing it has going for it is that it is very light tasting with a decent 8% abv.

Serving type: can

11-17-2012 00:04:39 | More by Lare453
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type - Can

Appearance - Black with tint of tan, 1 inch creamy head and foamy lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, rasin, plum, brown sugar, mollasses. Honey, smoke, oats.

Taste - Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee are the main flavors. Mild, almost watery flavors, mild sweeetness, smoky body. Slight bitter coffee flavors mixed with rasin and plum. Mollaasses and brown sugar add some sweetness. ALcohol is masked under the malts.

Mouthfeel - ITs rather light for a double stout, malts and coffee coat tounge with mild sweetness. Palate gets more malts, along with some sugars and chocolate. Aftertaste is weak, malty.

Overall - Decent, rather thin and mild for being the style that it is. Really drinkable, and perfect for the person that cant handle, or isnt ready for big, bold double stouts like founds imp stout, ten fidy and such. A good beginner or something light for when u need your stout fix. Balanced well, and easy to drink.

Serving type: can

11-14-2012 01:36:18 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of davey101


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a DFH glass. Thanks again to Mr. gtermi!

A - Pours a dark brown body with a creamy khaki head. Lets a lot of light in around the edges. Light lacing and retention.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee beans.

T - Roasty malts and bitter coffee. Bitterness is balanced by a vanilla and chocolate sweetness. Mouth feel is on the thin side. Abrupt ad quick finish. Certainly doesn't feel like an 8.25% stout, drinkabiliy is high and deceiving.

O - Been wanting to try this one for while. Kind of an odd beer actually. The flavor and mouth feel indicate a tamer and more approachable stout or porter, but the abv says otherwise. Very clean and easy drinking though.

Serving type: can

11-13-2012 05:33:26 | More by davey101
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with thick light tan head in a Raise Your Pints Mississippi snifter.

Smell is dark chocolate, darkly toasted malts, coffee, toffee, vanilla and smoky oak.

Taste is dark toasted malt and chocolate. Smoky oak and an ash character come through. Bitterness lingers on the tongue but is mild.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Mild to medium carbonation.

Overall this is a good stout.

Serving type: can

11-08-2012 01:08:10 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 850 ratings.