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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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915 Ratings
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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 63
Gots: 121 | 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 lisomiso


2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hm, the high rating on this is kind of a surprise to me. It's not that it's a terrible beer, but a stout? A Double/Imperial Stout? Drinking buddy Walows says "I'd barely even call it an Imperial Brown!" Easy drinking, if boring, and my biggest complaint is that I get a bit of that Bubble Yum grapeyness that shows up on these average beers now and again. Eh, whatever.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 06:23:13 | More by lisomiso
Photo of TheGordianKnot


4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to lnashsig for hooking me up with more of this... I had needed a fix of this since I moved out of its distribution and he really came through for me.

A- Pours very clear but dark brown in color. Nice head, but settles quickly.

S- So damn amazing! Smells like a mocha: chocolate, coffee, roast, caramel. Just unreal. I could confuse this with an iced latte drink in a blind session.

T/M- So smooth and delicious. Very creamy. Again, this really is an alcoholic iced mocha. Very roasty and chocolatey. Words just can't describe my joy in drinking this. Very light on the tongue, yet smooth and creamy; kind of like a Yoo-Hoo. Well carbonated and extremely refreshing.

O- One of my favorite beers, hands down. Between the availability, price, taste, feel, and overall impression; it doesn't get much better. I will say, though the alcohol is high, I do not consider this an imperial stout- much more of a high alcohol milk stout; and my score reflects this... Can't get enough of Buried Hatchet!

Serving type: can

08-06-2011 16:39:53 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of biglobo8971


3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

have been holding onto this one for a bit. Not worth the wait. Poured great, with great head and lacing, that faded fast. The smell is very sweet, that fades very fast. It looks great, but doesnt deliver. Price point might be a factor, but have no idea on the price as it was given as an extra. It is by far, a dinkable brew, just not one I will actively seek out.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 02:28:31 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of zander4dawin


4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown with a small mocha colored head.
Smell - Roasted malt and coffee
Taste - Roasted malts, chocolate, toffee, coffee, more chocolate, smooth, a little sweet
Mouthfeel - A little weak but not a problem.

Overall - This is the must try beer from southern-star. A fantastic stout.

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 14:34:30 | More by zander4dawin
Photo of Jayli


4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 7/30, poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a 1/2 inch of dark khaki head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal spots of lacing on the glass.

S: This beer was music to my nose! Chocolate, toffee, mocha, hazelnut and coffee. I can't WAIT to taste this!

T: Taste is teasingly rich decadence but yet not rich at all.. Starts with the milk chocolate upfront with a light underlaying toasted malt. Mocha and hazelnut flavoring with just the lightest mix of toffee come through next. Some more milk chocolate comes through as a rich coffee flavoring comes in that not only hangs but blends with a bit of hop bite.

M: Lighter side of medium body, a touch higher in carbonation for the style but it works with this beer. Starts slightly rich but the carbonation gives it a prickly, sticky feel.

O: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, decent but well hidden kick, great representation of style. Give. Me. More!

Serving type: can

08-02-2011 00:29:16 | More by Jayli
Photo of tjkinate


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gotta love craft brews in a can!

A: Deep brown color that remains slightly transparent. From a hard pour into a pilsner glass (only glass available since I’m moving and everything else was packed) produced a beautiful two finger head that stuck around for a bit and left a hefty amount of lacing behind.

S: Very malty with bits of chocolate followed by a slight hint of hops.

T: Unique since it seems the beer is saturated with the taste of semi sweet chocolate that doesn’t overpower like other stouts sometimes can do. I also enjoy that the beer seems to have more hops than other stouts leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M: Very light and thin for a stout, not much else to say.

O: Good offering in the variety, the type of stout you can joy on a hot summer day or during those cold winter nights.

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 17:55:51 | More by tjkinate
Photo of rwinzing

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice dark apperance..very little lacing from this beer. No real head at all
smell is bland and thin. No real aroma from the beer.
Nice smooth taste roast from the malt is nice very little hop char. which you would expect from a stout
mouthfeel- thin not much there
overall - very drinkable stout but not spectacular

Serving type: can

07-28-2011 20:56:42 | More by rwinzing
Photo of slaphappysnark


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured dark, not quite opaque, with very little head. Nice roasty smell with a matching taste. Pretty thin mouthfeel and appearance for a double, almost like a heavy porter, but definitely quite tasty and nice on a summer evening.

Received as an extra from drummermattie02 (and also millerbuffoon). Thanks a bunch, wouldn't mind having more!

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 03:53:08 | More by slaphappysnark
Photo of ballmouse

New York

2.08/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm quite surprised by the rating for this beer; does no one else think this tastes like a slightly more alcoholic version of Guinness?

The appearance is not very black; more of a shade of brown.

The smell isn't very powerful. It smells a bit like coffee and a tad of chocolate, but not much else.

The taste is very much like a stronger Guinness: watery and a dash of heat.

The mouthfeel was the most disappointing part: it was very thin. It honestly had the feel of slightly carbonated water.

I'm still stumped as to the high rating of this beer. I might actually take a Guinness (not that it's bad, but it's commonplace and I doubt many reviewers have the same affection for Guinness as they do for Buried Hatchet) over this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:13:35 | More by ballmouse
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Dark brown body that is not quite black in the glass. Light passes through making the body look a deep red. I'm surprised at how lightly colored it is for an imperial stout.

Smell - Wow, I can smell the coffee without even bringing it up to my nose. Coffee up front, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. More of a strong brown ale aroma than a stout. A bit of booze, as well.

Taste - Nice flavor, strong coffee and chocolate. More balanced than the aroma. Slightly bitter finish, but also somewhat sweet. Some unfermented sugars in this one. I'd call this an imperial brown ale before a stout, though.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but very thin. Doesn't hold the flavors for long. It makes it quite drinkable, but not what I'm looking for. It also makes me wonder how the ABV is 8.25% with such a light body. That's probably why the booze is apparent in this one, as its body doesn't hold up to the ABV.

Overall - Weak body. It leads to some imperfections. A strange beer that sits, amazingly, between imperial stout and brown ale.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 02:36:13 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of BigPapiBrewingCo


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

Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, no light. Pretty decent sized light tan head on the pour with good retention and some lacing. Starts off with the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors followed by some earthy notes and nice bite from the hops to keep the sweetness in check. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, smooth and delicious. Can not believe this is a imperial stout drinks like american stout and its in a can.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 23:20:14 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
Photo of bayougutter


3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Conroe Tx. Poured into a pilsner type glass bought at Southern Star. Poured nice and dark with a little ruby highlights coming thru. Three finger tan head, didn't stay long but left good lacing.

Smell; typical stout aromas, dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee. It had a little nutty smokey smell as well.

Taste; Followed the smell with the nutty-smoke flavor being more prominent on the finish and after taste. In a good way.

Mouthfeel; a little thin for an impy, about right for an American stout.

Overall; Nice brew from a small brewery. Worthy of a try if you get a chance. Just a note, if you can go to the brewery on any Saturday, they have free tastings. Just outside of Houston.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 22:23:48 | More by bayougutter
Photo of gatorbreath


3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single can for a slight markup vs the 4=pk, good idea...

The appearance is chocolate/black lab brown with minimal head.

Smell is lots of roasted malt and small bit of chocolate..Mostly the type of smell you'd find in a brown ale or something similar..

Taste is slightly of chocolate and some dark fruit, some oatiness as well as some maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth, just something that seemed overcarbonated about mine...maybe just me and my preferences..

Overall I enjoyed it but I dont know if it's my new favorite..I'd try one though!


Serving type: can

07-16-2011 13:25:51 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a snifter. My infatuation with canned quality continues unabated.

Pours dark brown with some lighter brown highlights and a tall shelf of tan head that hides around the rim in a significant ring along with some patchy surface cover.

Smell veers towards the sweet side: Grape nuts, ground coffee, and roast. Touch of chocolate pokes through at the end.

Big sweet roast on the mouth; is this some sort of stout/brown hybrid? Upon can inspection, it seems large amounts of brown malt are used for a pre- Industrial Revolution malt profile. That’s cool and all, but I’d prefer a more robustly powered stout. Closer to room temperature, some hops and coffee jump out.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. I like the creaminess but the body is slightly anemic and could use some heft on the tongue.

Overall, I’m a little torn. It’s a light, easy drinking beer that is warming and enjoyable, but it’s a little lacking as a stout. I’ll split the difference.

edit: I reviewed this in a word document without looking at the other reviews first. This is an Imperial? I would never have guessed that.

Serving type: can

07-15-2011 00:44:11 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cfh64 for sending me an incredible thank you box that included this gem.

a - cracked the can and filled my CCB snifter. deep dark brown eyed girl with some visible bubbling that clings to the glass. head was generous and frothy and slightly off white.

s - tingle of roasted malts. hint of cocoa and nut, but the malt bill is the star. a little metallic which is a bit crisp but also a bit off putting.

t - chocolate syrup. very cooling and bready. way more chocolate in the taste than the nose. the roasted malts are there as well, but can't compete with the creamy chocolate.

m - full and rich body. smooth, silky and thick without being syrupy. creamy would probably be the best way to describe it.

o - here's another that you don't hear about too often that is really a worthwhile brew. i've heard some rumblings mention this one, but in another year or two, i can see people putting this in their top stout lists. winning beer, for sure.

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 23:44:15 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of jamescain


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stiffer

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hues, not as dark as I was expecting, with virtually zero head even with a vigorous pour. The only head produced formed a thin ring around the side of the glass.

Aroma: Burnt sugar, vanilla, chocolate and roasted grains, surprisingly deep and a joy to smell.

Taste: Toasted marshmallows, coffee and roasted grain mix well together.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation combined with medium body and a sweet finish with mild astringency.

Overall: Another beer that I waited to buy just because it was always there. I’m glad I finally did, even though it was not what I was expecting as far as body and color are concerned, the flavor and aroma were solid.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 14:55:01 | More by jamescain
Photo of titosupertramp


3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a chocolate colored brown. Almost two fingers of tan head that leave behind a thick, foamy film. Not a lot of lacing around the glass, but a decent amount on the side I'm drinking from.

S: Lots of chocolate and coffee with what smells like toffee and caramel.

T: Just what you'd expect from the nose...predominantly chocolate with the coffee and toffee bringing up the rear. There's something here that reminds me of tobacco. I like it. Lots of a chocolate in the aftertaste that I like a lot.

M: Medium bodied, but a little thinner that I'd expect from a beer of this size. Very dry finish and coats the mouth with the chocolate aftertaste that I mentioned earlier.

O: Buried Hatchet is a nice beer that I'd be happy to drink regularly, but falls short of the upper tier of Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: can

07-04-2011 02:15:58 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of alleykatking


4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can. Somehow I ended up with about 8 of these suckers and well I'm quite glad I have them.

A- Pours a deep brown almost black color but not quite there. Two finger mocha colored head shows medium retention. Nice thick chunks of lace that is somewhat sheety on the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts in the front of the aroma gives off a nice coffee style roast. Hints of vanilla and light darker fruits in the middle of the aroma. Ending has some nice coffee like notes with hints of cream and caramel malts. The alcohol while present doesn't go over the top like one would think.

T- Nice roasted malts in the front give off a light roasted coffee flavor. One would expect the vanilla to come out more so here like in the aroma but it doesn't. Instead there is a light cocoa like flavor that lingers into the middle of the beer. The middle of the beer shows a light tameness to this beer with caramel malts blending with darker fruits. While this is nice it takes a notch down on the overall flavor profile. The ending on this beer brings out the roast once again this time the vanilla comes along with it. While light it does the trick nice. Alcohol is crisp and a little on the heat side. Not bad at all.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Coffee roast, light vanilla, and darker fruits are left on the palate. Aftertaste is warming alcohol, coffee roast, and light vanilla. Flavors were balanced overall with the style kept in mind. No off flavors were present when drinking this one. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- This was a nice drinking stout. Flavorful without being too filling. While it coats the paalte nicely it doesn't go overboard. The ABV is a little high but it would be perfect for those colder evenings.

Serving type: can

06-24-2011 01:30:55 | More by alleykatking
Photo of hdelavega


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

Poured from a can to a tulip glass.

Dark dark brown with about to fingers of light brown to off white head that mellowed out to a thin film after a few minuets leaving an undefined lacing.

Aroma is of roasted malt with a slight hint of alcohol, bitter coffee and dark chocolate.

Flavor very much mimicked the aroma. Nice and roasty with a mild Coffe bitterness, very drinkable.

Mouth feel was very creamy, with a medium carbonation, and a warm finish.

Overall I found this to be a very nice drinkable stout full of flavor yet not overwhelming. I will seek it out again!

Serving type: can

06-20-2011 05:25:51 | More by hdelavega
Photo of claytong


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

Appearance - popped the can and out it came, nice head, didn't last too long, poured in opaque black with brown streaks

Smell - coffee, cream, minor malts

Taste - the same coffee and cream on the end, malts hit hard at first

Mouthfeel - creamy, medium to light for being an imperial stout

Very warming for only 8.5

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 06:46:05 | More by claytong
Photo of seeswo


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

Funny, I was about to review this as a stout. Pours black with a nice, fading off-white head. The nose is roast, cocoa powder, chocolate. Smells good. Taste is more of the same, with some slight bitterness mostly masked by the strong roasted malt and cocoa powder flavors. Pretty intense. Would rate this higher as a stout. Medium carb, but body a bit light. Overall, this is a $2.50 can of imperial stout. From that perspective, this beer kicks ass. Instead, it is in a category compared with Bourbon County Rare, etc. where it cannot hang at all. Makes it a tough rate. I think this beer would hold up to a barrel and would love to try it. Decided to rate taste by style and bump the overall.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 05:38:33 | More by seeswo
Photo of BretSikkink


3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown, on the dark side, but clearly short of black. Well accented around the edges. Head is smooth and has no problems getting moving, but doesn't stick around for the party. Lacing is a bust.

The nose is pretty nice, with lots of nutty dark bread notes, a hint of chocolate, and a splash of coffee. Pretty nice.

This one is just a little thin. I enjoyed it on a steaming hot day in New Orleans, so the lack of a sticky mouthfeel was solid, but the bigger body would signify a strong amount of malts rather than a reliance on the brown. Some chocolate and coffee notes are crowded out by the comparatively weaker brown sugar.

I liked it but didn't love it - came back the next day and had the same feelings.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 21:11:52 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of syrupjoe


3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours with a less than one finger dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Absolutely no lacing. No particulates - a very dark but clear beer.

Smell is super roasty, somewhat caramel-y, vanilla-y.

Taste is somewhat sweet, coffee-y, roasty, caramel-y. The alcohol makes itself known in a somewhat negative way.

Overall, I like this beer - would seek it out if I was in Texas but not otherwise. Fun to have a decent stout in a 12oz can. Have had this one before (without reviewing it) and did not realize it was an imperial stout. Seems pretty stout-y to me, but not that imperial.

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 04:20:39 | More by syrupjoe
Photo of bum732


3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Light coffee notes, some milk chocolate, bold burnt toffee, very unique, some vanilla.

L: Dark brown, cloudy, light tan head that dissipates to just a touch of foam clouds on the surface.

T: Soft coffee with some fruit notes yields to semi-strong burnt roastiness. Medium low bitterness leading to some burnt toffee and additional roast. Finishes quite dry with a touch of roast.

M: Medium low mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Not bad, more of a stout than imperial stout, which is too bad since i try and grade to style. This has a unique burnt toffee roastiness which i kind of enjoyed. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel is way too thin for style.

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 01:27:57 | More by bum732
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was on my wants, and SamuelJackson45 quelled that adversity. Thanks Leon!

Wow, once I popped that can, it shot out like a bat out of hell!

A: Massive mocha head. That settled into a pitch black brew. No light passed around the edges, and since I drank this outside on a sunny day, that was the tell-tale sign.

S: A bit of BBQ sauce or pork (or beef, since this is from Texas!)on the nose. Roasty and then some, with a bit of malt as well. BBQ roast brew from Texas? Doesn't seem fair...

T: Good. Not "imperial" by any stretch of the imagination, but still gelatinous enough. Very bitter with its chocolate content, but not sweet at all... more like a dark chocolate truffle.

M: Non-thick imperial stout in spades, however, I dug the roasty notes in the flavor. The lacing was substantial, the sweetness was kept in check, and the carbonation was aplenty considering the style.

O: I was mildly disappointed but not too. "Craft Beer Radio," one of the podcast that I listen to often, gave this one really high marks... even over some light whale ones that are normally recognized as such. I still liked it, but I wouldn't exactly rob a beer bank for it...

Serving type: can

06-13-2011 18:06:06 | More by Chaney
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.