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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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960 Ratings
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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 441
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 70
Gots: 134 | 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 KickbacksSteve
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

Poured out of 12 ounce can into Efes tulip. Small, short lived head with clear, oily lacing. Aroma dominated by roasted malt and coffee. Color is a murky dark tudor brown. Taste also dominated by the roasted malt, coffee and a touch of brown sugar. Interesting and unique for an imperial stout. Tastes like a roasty brown ale, not imperialized. A testament to how well the alcohol is masked by the flavor. Great beer, easy to drink.

KickbacksSteve, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

Thanks to miikezombie for hooking it up in a recent trade.

Deep brown,with reddish streaks, formed a 2-3 finger light tan head that slowly slimmed down to a half-inch but retains well, persisting throughout the session. Plums, coffee, dark chocolate, floral hops in the nose. Rich malt profile dominates the taste buds and gives impressions of semi sweet chocolate, molasses, and a touch of caramel. Hefty body and appropriate carbonation remind drinker this beer means business. Lacking some of the intense "imperial" character you find in some of this style's best but a worthwhile beverage to enjoy.

BrewerB, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of dgfair
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%

Ejoying this beer brewed near Houston as the Kentucky Wildcats gear up for their national semifinal game in about two hours.

12oz can poured into imperial pint.

Pours a very dar chocolate brown with a dark tan head. Some garnet highlights shine through as i hold the beer to the light.

Smell is very nice. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, and a molasses sweetness. It smells like a freshly made chocolate iced doughnut with a little drizzle of maple caramel on top. I'm really digging this.

Taste is like an espresso chocolate milk...really delicious. There is a very nice roasted malt that holds the background and there is the perfect amount of hop bitterness that keeps it from being a sweet bomb.

Mouth is smooth and creamy without leaving a bad coating behind. Overall, I am very impressed with this offering from Southern Star. Definitely the best I have tried from them to date.

dgfair, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of mdunman
4.18/5  rDev +5%

A: Thick brown-black with a big head and some good linger

S: Rich roasted malt with some coffee/chocolate notes

T: Roasted malt and coffee/chocolate take over early on and progress into a slightly dry complementary finish.

M: Full body, decent carbonation

Very enjoyable beer. This makes me want to drive out to Conroe and tour their brewery.

mdunman, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of neal8929
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%

I can not see through a can.

Smells very good no complaints

Strong chocolate taste, pretty strong aftertaste. Reminds me of Youngs double chocolate stout

I have had better. Although I will say it it not very bitter.

neal8929, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of sentomaster
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%

A- rich dark brown with a big, fluffy off white head which is slow to recede

S- big, strong mocha like roasty aroma, with a touch of earthy herbal and dark licorice aromas.

T/M- Follows the nose with a big, rich, malty, mocha like flavor. Again earthy flavors of anise and powdered dutch cocoa. There's a current of earthy and prominent yet subdued nuttiness running through it. A little thin in the body for the style, but this makes it super drinkable for a double stout.

A really unique imperial stout. The loads of light roasty and soft bittersweet flavors mix with a nice herbal dark licorice hop flavor....very unique, but also somewhat uninspiring, a sessionable imperial stout?

sentomaster, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of Ghenna
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Received as part of /r/beertrade 's BOTM for February trade. 12oz can

Pours a deep brown with a khaki head that dissipates fairly quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smells ofCoffee, chocolate, and roast in the nose. A bit of caramelized sugar in the background as well.

In a word, taste is good. Like, really good. Lots of roasted malt dark chocolate and coffee.

Despite being 8.5% the alcohol is very well hidden. As it warms up it reminds me of a decadent dark chocolate (no homo). The wiv, not a fan of higher abv beers, is even a fan. We both agree it is like drinking a dark chocolate bar with 70% cacao. This is definitely a beer I will ask for in future beer trades I have with texans.

Ghenna, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of SanAnMan
4.22/5  rDev +6%

A - dark black fading to a light amber towards the lip of the glass it was poured into. Head non-existent almost (well poured from the waitress). Very slight lacing in the glass that sticks well to the glass. Good start.

S - mostly a dark cocoa nose, with hints of anise and a sweet aroma like melted chocolate. Slight touch of smokiness here. Served cold, would expect more of this when warmed.

T - Really unique. A balance of smoked wood and earth tones combines with bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some sweetness on the back palate. A touch of Dutch cocoa lingers on the aftertaste. Really distinctive flavor profile; well worth trying for those of the dark beer lovers.

M - rich and full-flavored make this a sipping beer. Sweetness makes you wanna come back. A slight burn in he upper palate from the alcohol. A little aging couldn't hurt his one. Coats the roof of the mouth.

D - as I let this one come up to temp, it appealed to me more and more. I'll admit to a predisposition towards stouts, but you could do worse than this one. Bonus points for being both domestically brewed and semi-local. Would buy again if given the chance.

SanAnMan, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours black with a thick tan head, decent retention, thick creamy lace is left behind, 

Smell is creamy and chocolatey with some coffee and some roasted bitter notes

Chocolatey in taste as well, almost a nuttiness to the taste as well, followed by a roasted bitterness and a caramel flavor on the finish as well as some warming from the alcohol. 

Medium in body and quite creamy, super smooth, very drinkable.

All in all an excellent stout, definitely a new go to.

Fenris244, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of kevinv
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

Thanks to gawnphishin for tossing in this extra.

A - Beautiful chestnut brown pour with a billowing 3 finger tan head with great retention. Not much in the way of lacing, only a few spots here and there.

S - Sweet aromas of bitter chocolate, a light coffee scent, and some roasted notes.

T - Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. Subtle coffee undertones. A nice charred taste in the finish with a bit of vanilla. Mild presence of hops. No alcohol noted in the taste.

M - A little light bodied for the style. As other reviewers have noted, the mouthfeel seems closer to an American Stout rather than a double/imperial. Good balance of carbonation.

D - Solid drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden.

This one is different from many of your other double/imperials, but in a good way. Great beer and one I'd definitely like to have again.

kevinv, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of chefelf
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

A good solid stout and, possibly the first stout I've ever had from a can where there wasn't some strange plastic device rattling around the bottom after I was done.

Stout is not a personal favorite but I did enjoy this one. It had the smell of dried porcini mushrooms which I find is not uncommon in stouts. I think this is due to some olfactory defect on my part.

chefelf, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of boston2bburg
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Dark brown, a shade below black, with a tight, tan head.

Rich, coffee ice cream, and thick bready/biscuity aroma. Very deep and unique.

Coffee with lots of cream, and a bready, malted chocolate ball sweetness, with some toffee notes. Thinnish body, with prickly carbonation a touch higher than moderate. Quite malt-forward, without much hop flavor but a firm bitterness. Some fruity esters appear with warmth.

Alcohol is fairly noticeable, and perhaps a touch hot. Residual sweetness aids mouthfeel, but stops short of chewy or velvety.

Carbonation could stand to be lower and alcohol a bit more subdued. Flavor is nice and distinct, leaning heavily on coffee while chocolate and dark fruit flavors take a back seat. Worth seeking out. Thanks Doug!

boston2bburg, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of SkipWeathers
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Loved Pine Belt by same brewer so I thought I'd try it... it is a pretty standard stout; appearance dark brown to black with no head. The smell's main characteristic is caramel sweetness. Taste - caramel, roast, a hint of coffee, and some milky notes. Mouthfeel is warming, sour, a little chalky. Drinkability - love the cans! Downed several while watching the Tar Heels down the Devils!

SkipWeathers, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%

Picked up a can at Austin's Whole Foods. This is a pretty interesting stout, though I'd add that it borders on imperial porter. It's a big, dark bready beer and I'm getting a hint of popcorn (not the butter or diacetyl) with a unmistakable toasted element. The stout finishes with a bitter, dark chocolate and bread crust. This this a try for something different.

tempest, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of electricclouds
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%

A -Pours a dark black brown color. Tan 2-3 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Lots of roasted coffee/espresso intertwined with a bittersweet chocolate smell. Very inviting, very aromatic. One of those beers that makes you want jump right in.

T - Tastes like it smells with good complexity. A lot going on with this beer. All in very good balance and complimenting of each other. Not overwhelming like many stouts of this style.

M - Medium mouthfeel but not thin. Excellent balance.

D - Great drinkability, goes down easy and doesn't way me down. Not hard to put down a can of this on a cold night.

electricclouds, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Verecund
3.23/5  rDev -18.8%

It's about time I reviewed this one. This brewery is only a few miles from where I grew up. Opened on 03.02.2011.

An unexpectedly opaque coal/black - I expected more of a mud brown - with a massive, massive four finger head that recedes to two fingers. Thick lacing.

Lightly-roasted coffee, caramel, and bittersweet chocolate. Some roasted grains. Sweet caramel hits the tongue, some anise, roasted dark malts, and milk chocolate on the finish. Quite sweet, with some (licorice-infused) heat on the finish (that diminishes over time).

On the thinner side of medium with medium-high carbonation - a little thin for the style.

A little disappointing. Lots of caramel malt sweetness, but a bit one-note on the nose and too sweet in the palate. It's a bit in between a stout and imperial stout.

Verecund, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.7/5  rDev -7%

Pours a deep brown black color with a thick russet brown head and a little lacing. Smells of tons of coffee, alcohol, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, but nothing is overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium and has a tiny bit of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

TheKingofWichita, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%

12 oz. can from a trade with drummermattie02. Thanks Matt!

A- Nice head, recedes quickly not much lacing at all. It appears a very dark burnt amber color. Appealing, but not as dark as the stouts I am used to.

S- Nice, smell coffee in it and I'm not too crazy about coffee in my beer so let's see.

T- Nice. Definitely taste the alcohol and coffee but its not overwhelming like Victory at Sea. It's a nice roasty, coffee drink.

M- This is where I'm not too crazy about it. I feel it should be creamier and richer than it is. It's not off-putting, but could use some more 'umph' to it. It's also fairly highly carbonated.

D- Good, but not great. I only have 2 and I'm gonna let the other one sit for a while and see what develops. I would think that if you mixed thie with a Ten Fidy it would be a great combo. Actually, now that I think of it, that's what I am going to do with the other one!

sendsilk, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of BeardedRiker
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

I've enjoyed every single Southern Star beer I've had. It's refreshing - pun not intended - for a Texas brewery to make beers to don't taste too mainstream. Their pale ale is better than any other Texas pale ale. Their blonde is the best blonde I think I've ever had. When I saw that my local beer place had Southern Star's Buried Hatchet Stout, I got it immediately. Stouts are an interesting, if troubled, type of beer. I've had many exceptional pale ales and beers of other styles, but with stouts, I haven't had too many that I would say are great. Not that I don't like stouts. I LOVE a good stout. But to me, there are only a few stouts that I would really recommend for others. Enough about that though. Here we go!

Buried Hatchet Stout, first of all, smells fantastic. It is one of the more aromatic stouts I've come across. Roasted coffee is most prominent, with chocolate, some wheatiness, and liquorice.

The head is tannish-white and frothy, although it dissipates quickly. Color-wise it's dark brown, but it's not as dark - not jet-black like many - as you would think, considering the flavor of Buried Hatchet.

Although I'd like this stout to be a BIT more 'full' in its feel, Buried Hatchet has plenty of flavor to satisfy. It's a tad milky in feel, although it has bite with its carbonation. The body is definitely coffee. It's almost like drinking a carbonated coffee. Chocolate lingers after the coffee with enough bitterness from hops and liquorice to complete the complexity and overall flavor. This is a very sweet stout, but it's still very good. If you want a lighter, yet still great tasting stout, I definitely recommend this.

BeardedRiker, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%

Big thanks to Mr ShogoKawada for the can. Cheers!

Poured into Stone IRS glass. Black and opaque body, nothing shines through when held to the light. Three finger malted milk colored head is set atop. Retention is respectable. Thick sheets of lacing blanket the walls of the glass.

No nose is a bit muted, slightly disappointing. Bittersweet chocolate, subtle coffee and soft anise. Really does not go much deeper than that. An Imperial Stout should have an aroma which is as bold as its flavor, not the case here. Pleasant but underwhelming.

Sweet caramel up front does catch me off guard a bit, was not expecting such intense sweetness right of the bat. The caramel transitions into a slightly less sweet chocolate flavor. Slight roast on the black of the palate leaves something that would resemble coffee as an after taste. The piece are there but this one needs fine tuned. A bit too sweet with out the complimenting roasted and darker flavors for balance.

A bit thin, medium bodied Imperial Stout. Buried Hatchet lacks the viscosity needed for a beer of this style. Carbonation is moderate and the texture smooth. Finish is long though a bit to much sweetness lingering.

Very drinkable stout. I would certainly bump the score if this was listed as an American Stout and not an Imperial, just does not measure up as an imperial. Would drink on occasion if it were readily available. Worth trying but no need to go out of your way for.

kzoobrew, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of zrab11
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

A- Pours a dark maulty brown. With small 1 finger tan head that dissapers quickly.

S-Smeels of coffee grounds,with a hint of sweet malts

T-has a nice bitter coffee taste right off the bat,then finishes with some sweet chocolate carmel notes

M-Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation.Looks like its going to be thicker than it is

D-Very Drinkable. Cant really tell from the smell but this is a decently sweet beer. Still has the bitter coffee notes and tastes but def got a little carmel or chocolate in it. Very easy to drink. And i was suprized it had as good of flavor from a can as it did!

zrab11, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

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

russpowell, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of ms11781
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Thanks to duff247. 12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with some orangish red hues and a decent sized tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin tan cap and minimal lacing.

Pretty good aroma from the nose. Coffee is very prominent. Dark roasted malt and some chocolate are present as well. Not overly strong but definitely doesn't let you forget it's there.

Great coffee flavor up front in the taste. Not too much and nothing overpowering but it plays nicely off the slight chocolate (cocoa might be a better description) notes and a pretty good dose of some roasted malt character. Some slight char shows up at the finish with a bit of bitterness as well.

Decent mouthfeel. This one was a bit tricky. It feels really full and thick at first but seems to thin out a bit and finish in the medium range. Not necessarily a bad thing. Between that and the higher carbonation for the style it made it feel pretty drinkable.

Drinkability is good. Thick to the point where it feels like you're drinking a stout but light enough to have more than one. No hint of any alcohol detected either, which is very surprising for a stout of this size.

ms11781, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%

12oz can thanks to Finewinemike

A- Pours black with reddish a slight dark reddish hue and a nice 1 finger khaki head on top that leaves a little lacing and a some serious alcohol feet on the side of the glass. Tons of carbonation in this one, made a nice frosty looking bottom on my tulip glass from the bubbles.

S- Dark roasted malts with tons of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate notes in there. Definitely some alcohol in the back but not bad

T- Super roasted dark malts with strong coffee profile up front that coats the mouth and fades and brings out some nice chocolate flavors.

M- Medium bodied with tons of carbonation and a nice wet yet slightly dry finish.


Arenbeer, Feb 16, 2011
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.