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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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465 Reviews
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Reviews: 465
Hads: 1,153
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 81
Gots: 221 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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 angrybabboon
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for giving me this can

Consumed 7/11/13

Appearance: Dark,dark brown, almost black but not - pours with a nice, creamy light tan head - above average head retention - leaves a ton of lacing, with some nice, fat streaks that stick around

Smell: Dark, roasty malts - low burnt character - roasty, and also cooked, caramelized malts - some coffee - a nice range of chocolate - dry, chocolate malts - cocoa, baker's chocolate, and some milk chocolate - nice level of aroma for an American Stout, but I wouldn't call this a Double/Imperial by any standards

Taste: Roasty chocolate and some interesting malts - roasty, mild coffee - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and some cocoa - some lightly burnt, dry chocolate malts - the distinct flavor of oats - some caramel malts and some malts that remind me of a brown ale - some toffee - alcohol is certainly low

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nicely creamy thanks to the oats, nicely carbonated

Overall: Needs more hatchet

If I scored this as an American Double/Imperial Stout, I don't think I'd be giving it a very high score. This is more of a creative hybrid between an American Stout, an oatmeal stout, and a brown ale. It's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of TOOSE
4.51/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend brings home beers we don't get here while away on business...how cool is that?
So what does she bring home from Texas? Canned stout! Alright, let's give it a try.

Looks like a stout, nice dark color, with a quickly dissipating head, but seemingly more carbonation than usual. The smell is awesome... roasted malts with fresh ground coffee and the taste is the same, fresh ground coffee and a little chocolate sweetness peeking through as it warms, but it's also light for a stout which makes it very drinkable.

Surprisingly very nice for my first canned stout, very tasty and will be having again.

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Photo of shand
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Just tried to satisfy a stout craving with a different beer and got a bad bottle, decided to switch to a canned stout. Buried Hatchet' has a nice roasted coffee and sweet malt aroma, which carries over to the taste. The mouthfeel is actually rather interesting. It's got a lighter body and a fairly high level of carbonation, but it still feels creamy. Buried Hatchet is also extremely drinkable, which is one of it's finest qualities. Overall, Buried Hatchet is a good, easy-going stout.

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Photo of ksimons
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark chestnut with two fingers worth of light tan head that sticks to the glass

S-loads of dark roasted coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate

T-more roasted coffee, a bit of smoke, and roasted malt

M-too thin for the style, somewhat thin carbonation also, dry roasted mouthfeel

Overall this beer started out strong, nice looking with a really nice smell, but too thin for the style

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Photo of katan
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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 %!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.04/5  rDev -22.8%
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.


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Photo of AngrrryMan
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
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...


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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of visualweasel
3.82/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of drinkAK
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is just perfect, drink it straight from the can, in a glass or just lick it off the floor. This is absolutely my favorite stout ever made.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of docnose
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of codysjb
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Ford
4.83/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleMale
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of texasnomad
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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?

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Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.