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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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971 Ratings
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Ratings: 971
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 70
Gots: 142 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Jet-black in color, this monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

50 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown Malt, Briess Roast Malt , Rahr White Wheat , Rolled Oats
Hops: Saphir
Yeast: California Ale

(Beer added by: armock on 01-03-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

IpeeA, Nov 15, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

IlludiumQ36, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

bentwookie, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

sparkdinko, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

lpotter, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of cavedave
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to pjones for this wonderful beer part of a stupidly epic box of wonderful beers he sent (sent 2 of these bad boys!!)

A darkest brown which allows barely a whisp of reddish cast light to pass, with a beautifully light beige, multi-finger, looong lasting head. Just an advertisement of itself, so perfectly framed in an Alchemist pint glass.

Beautiful aroma of the softer notes of roast malt. Molasses, and a light caramel smell lead, nice roasty chocolate-coffee-dark caramel with it, sweet, subdued, enticing.

Put chocolate more to the front of the nose aromas, and you have the taste nailed. The soft roast is here really tasty, no ash to it, nor acrid, and all the other flavors make for a medium strength, delicious taste. Plenty of sweet at end of sip, maybe a touch too much?

Very creamy, medium carb., no cloy, pretty clean flavors and decent finish.

Best stout in a can I've tried. Best stout? No, but really fine. Number 2 going to hb club for stout research. Wish there were more of these.

cavedave, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of ckeegan04
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Near jet black with the faintest dark ruby highlights around the edge. Head is a solid finger of light brown foam that fades to a thin cap. Sheets of lacing left behind.

S - Big aroma of roasted malts dominate the nose. A bit of espresso annd bittersweet chocolate mix in as well. As the beer warms a faint hit of something very earthy pokes through. The roasted malt really dominates the nose from start to finish.

T - Big roasted malt and a touch of an astringent burnt grain. Faint hints of dark fruit mixed with bitter chocolate and freshly roasted coffee.

M- Medium to full bodied with a surprisingly stgrong carbonation. Roasted flavors really linger long after and sort of coat the mouth.

O - Not a great American stout, but certainly not a bad one either. Another strong beer from the folks in Conroe.

ckeegan04, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of kmatlack
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into my Brooklyn tulip. No canned date.

A- A dark murky brown liquid with a half finger creamy looking tan head. Head settles down into a steady thin film across the top for the life of the beer.

S- Overwhelming toffee and roasty aromas. Coffee, chocolate, malts, caramel. No hop profile present. Smells great.

T- Not traditional double stout by any means, but man is it tasty. Coffee, caramel, and vanilla come out the most. Roasted malts, a little bitter, but only briefly. Taste trails off into a lingering sweet toffee after taste. Alcohol well masked.

M- Slightly on the thicker side, creamy, not too filling. You could definitely drink several of these.

O- More like a brown ale on steroids, this doesnt hit double stout in my book. It is an absolutely delicious beer, better than average.

kmatlack, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of head that hung around for a long time. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Surprising amount of cocoa aroma. Also the malt gives off some roast with hints of coffee.

The taste and mouthfeel were disappointing. The body is really thin for the style and it is carbonated like a Budweiser. The texture does nothing to compliment the flavor. Tastes like a ramped up brown ale. Not much roasted malt comes through. Alcohol although is well hidden.

As the beer sits, the carbonation settles down a little, allowing the flavors to develop, but it is not enough.

Surprised by the scores I gave this stout. I was expecting so much more from this highly scored stout.

morimech, Nov 06, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

oline73, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of gtermi
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer has a nice dark mahogany color that pours a thick head, but quickly fades.

S: The smell has a nice amount of chocolate, some alcohol and a little bit of cream.

T: Wow! If I didnt know any better, I would have thought this beer was made with irish cream. It is very tasty and I love the cream taste. It has a good amount of alcohol with a decent amount of coffee taste.

M: The beer is pretty smooth with a tiny amount of crispness.

O: This is one of the nicer Imperial Stouts I have ever had

gtermi, Oct 27, 2011
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.

mdaschaf, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the trade Shoky01!

A light fluffy tan head with a constant flow of carbonation and dark body black body. The beer is actually a dark brown held to a light source

Roasty and bitter, a little chocolate as well.

Bitter roastiness and hoppiness, fairly drinkable stout with bold flavors characteristic of the class.

Medium body and quite carbonated. This is a nice change compared to most of the stouts I'm used to drinking on the flatter side. The bitterness lingers for a good 1/2 minute, but it's not intrusive or overpowering. You can barely taste the alcohol, although you know it's there after a few sips!

This was a pretty tasty canned stout! I can say, this would probably be my summer sipping stout with the generous amount of carbonation and canned packaging.
It's definitely a beer that gets better when served at the appropriate 50 degrees, I would recommend following directions.

ThePorterSorter, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Soonami for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. can served in my Duvel tulip. Pours a deep brown with a frothy, 1.5 inch tan-colored head that eventually coalesces into a creamy slick. Arcs of lacing adhere to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Clarity is nearly opaque; however, the pour looks a bit thin. Nose expresses faint coffee aromas, roasted malt, baker's chocolate and a slightly metallic quality. Taste consistent with nose; however there's also a bit of acidity interlaced in the flavor profile. as well as a suggestion of lactose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a light carbonation and slightly creamy texture and mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, closer to an American Stout than an American Double in my opinion. If you're looking for a big stout, this isn't it. It's not bad but really somewhat lackluster for the style.

Jwale73, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of litheum94
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, bark color; black with the faintest hint of brown on the edges. A shirt brown head builds and leaves only a trace of cover.

Chocolate and coffee, sweet like a mocha. Some grains, a lot like popcorn. Full body, roasty and malty.

Nutty with toasted malts. Bittersweet chocolate leads into a slightly bitter coffee flavor. Dark fruit sweetness. Creamy mid-palate, with a dry and bitter finish.

A very good stout. Well made and easy drinking. I can see this aging well.

litheum94, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark brown with a small chocolate head that dissipates quite quickly. Unfortunately, it looks quite still.

Chocolate, coffee, cream, tobacco, and roasty goodness dominate. This is a fantastic smelling beer.

The tate follows quite nicely. Loads of coffee up front with some cream and slight raisiny taste. Chololate and toffee follow with more coffee and cream in the finish.

I enjoy the creamy nature of this beer. Nice body.

I really enjoyed this beer. It smells and tastes fantastic.

RomaniIteDomum, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Star : Buried Hatchet Stout

12 oz CAN. Pours brown with deep amber hues. Large dense head forms and dies down leaving lots of lace behind. Aroma of coffee/roasted malts. In the taste, malt, coffee, brown sugar sweetness, little bitterness. Lactose, cream. A little astringent, alcohol tone. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, creamy, smooth enough with decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good American Imperial Stout, above average.

Stinkypuss, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky very dark brown with a fairly slight head. Smells roasty, vinous, and with fairly big licorice notes, and a touch of chocolate. Even more chocolate in the mouth, and with more of that dry licorice note, like Swedish licorice- almost chalky, and with a chewy licorice bitterness. There is an herbal quality to the finish, maybe a touch of Thyme. Not a very sweet stout, quite dry, almost savory, and quite good. Maybe slightly over-carbonated which gives it a touch of a seltzery finish, but otherwise a solid, savory mouthful. A nice beer, and not the usual run-of-the-mill flavors either.

Georgiabeer, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Jeffo
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one in a recent trade with Stakem. Thanks again man!

From a can into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a clear, transparent brown and forms a 2+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, off-white head with great retention. Dark brown and very transparent for the style, with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to nice foam cap. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Head was alright, though somewhat too big for the style, but this one was simply too thin and transparent to be an imperial stout.

SMELL: Some roasted malts, caramel, sweet milk chocolate and cream on the nose. Medium strength. Some interesting vanilla and cream, but lighter on the roasted notes. Unique for sure.

TASTE: Light roasted notes, some bread flavors, and a good amount of cocoa powder and sweet cream into the finish. Vanilla and cocoa linger on the palate, with slight notes of sweet toffee as well. Not much bitterness on this one. Bold and persistent aftertaste is sweet, with vanilla and sweet whipped cream, and just a touch of roast. Definitely unique and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly higher levels of carbonation. Pretty creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Fine, and slightly creamier than the average.

OVERALL: A very unique big stout, though not quite my cup of tea. While I appreciated the interesting cream and vanilla flavors in this one, I missed the big roasted, chocolaty goodness that I so enjoy in this style. This is one I’m glad to have tried, but don’t think I’d crave it again in the future. Thanks again for the brew Stakem. This was a unique one for sure.

Jeffo, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can handcarried back from San Antonio, shared with beer homeboy as finale to beer tasting 9.19.11.

Medium brown head one finger, relatively quick dissipation over opaque dark brown body, no visible carbonation due to hue. Big chocolate hit in the nose, a wee bit of coffee for balance, caramel malts and floral/tropical hops. Taste is quite chocolaty, hops well hidden in the taste by the semi-sweet chocolate profile. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, good effervescence, though not as slick as I'd expect. Most definitely the best canned Imperial Stout I've had, and one of the best Texas beers I've tasted. Recommended.

jdense, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can tried 4 Oct. 2010. Served in the Kur Pils snifter.

Large creamy brown head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown in color with reddish highlights. Aroma is amazing, chocolate mocha with a touch of ethanol. Stars quite chocolatey with a hint of smoke. Lots of semi sweet creamy chocolate, some coffee. Roasty warm finish and aftertaste. Medium body, warming alcohol.

A very accessible and tasty example of the style that is quite easy to drink.

htomsirveaux, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of ridglens
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A generous extra from a trader, poured from a can into a deschutes snifter at fridge temp, enjoyed to room temp.

A- Pours a pretty dark brown, with a large fluffy light brown head. doesn't look like a thick stout, but not terrible. head leaves some light lacing on the glass. not very impressed here.

S- not much at the beginning, some chocolaty malts and roastiness, but it's too cold to tell much...As it warms the malt smells become more bold, a little bit of charred wood and a little spiciness.

T- again, cold at the start, but some good malty tastes here, with some roasty an chocolaty flavors....Flavors become more bold and smooth as it warms, but not a ton of depth. Definitely a pleasant flavor, but not very multidimensional. lots of malty oatiness, a tiny touch of alcohol, and some chocolate flavors. some kind of burnt spiciness, but definitely in the background. Dbetter as it warms, but not very "imperial" to me. I'm bumping the score a little because the flavor is pretty good and sticks around in my mouth for a long time.

Mouthfeel- honestly a little thicker than i anticipated, which is definitely a good thing. not great for what i look for in the style, but decent carbonation and it does stick around for a while.

O- Not overly impressed. definitely not a bad beer, but not very "imperial" in my opinion (except maybe the alcohol, and even that's border line). If i were rating this for a regular stout style, scores would be higher, but for an imperial I'm afraid it leaves me a little wanting...

ridglens, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of digita7693
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a box of Texas brews for my wedding.
This has turned out to be one of my absolute favorite stouts, and even though I live in Germany I continually get friends and family to send me 6 or so cans, it is that good.

A very dark brown to black color, with a very nice tan head

S lots and lots of coffee, with some malts hiding in the background and a hint of chocolate.

T Very similar to the nose, lots of coffee, but here some of the chocolate comes through a bit more. delicious!

M Not the super thick almost molasses thickness of some imperial stouts, but it works very well. good carbonation.It is nice to have a very refreshing imperial stout, with lots of flavor that you could actually drink a few pints of. I find after a glass of some imperial stouts, even an 8oz glass, even if it is excellent, it is more than enough.

digita7693, Sep 12, 2011
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 971 ratings.