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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,028
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 75
Gots: 161 | 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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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!


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.

Photo of cosmicevan
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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Chaney
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...

Photo of spree92
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from June 2nd. Thanks to cfh64 for this in a trade.
Deep brown with a head that was gone by the time I sat down. Looks thin for an imp. stout. Roasted coffee malts, dark chocolate and rich, robust earthy notes remind me of a good cigar. Toasted vanilla malts stand up. some espresso as well. It is thin like I had expected. Bit to much carbonation. Even though higher in alcohol, still enjoyable and easy to drink. For an imp. stout, thinness is a draw back, still tasty .

Photo of tone77
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for coming through with yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, malts, coffee. Taste is the same, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, a lot going on here, lots of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with reddish hue with a 1 finger tan head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roast, coffee, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very respectable Imperial Stout. Glad I got a few of these as extras to try. Very tasty.


Photo of dmfrench
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry cocoa hoppy Irish Dry / Porter / Double Stout hybrid.

A: Deep and very hazy chestnut brown with a fleeting one finger tan head.

S: Very dry. This nose is all about fresh cocoa powder and zesty earthy hops. Just a bit of sweet Irish cream lurks underneath. A pretty Porter-ish nose, and quite inviting.

T: Still quite dry., and very similar to the nose. Big semisweet cocoa and zesty, earthy hops, sweet cream underneath, and obvious alcohol. Finish is quite dry and bitter, on dusty hops. A bit of metal hurts the score slightly.

M: On the thin side, slightly chalky, but still pleasant. High carbonation.

O: Enjoyable. Would be great with barbecue.

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

The color is a dark murky brown, not the deep brown or black typical of an imperial stout. The head is tan and short lived.

The smell is mostly coffee with some cocoa. It's a little light for the style.

The taste is more well pronounced than the smell. Rich cocoa, bitter coffee, vanilla, and a touch of root beer.

Mouthfeel has good carbonation but maintains the creamy texture. It's not as heavy as most and the alcohol is not detectable.

It's an enjoyable stout that's on the chocolatey side.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two of these at Vintage Estate. Price was right at 2.40 a can

A - Wow what lovely carbonation we have here. Tons of small bubbles settle to the bottom with a fluffy tan colored mocha head. Color is pretty dark but some light comes through the bottom.

S - mmm cocoa! Dry notes of coffee also. Very solid level of roast on the nose. Slight bit of mocha as well.

T - Wow it taste pretty thick. The flavors mend with a nice bitter sweet chocolate tone followed by a bit of roasted coffee, but not bitter kind of on par with Founders breakfast and has a very enjoyable finish with just a moderate hop bite.

M - I could tell it was around 8 percent but glad it's a nice thick stout. Alcohol is well concealed for pretty easy drinking.

Overall wow so much imperial goodness for such a cheap price! I think Ten fidy may have a run for there money with a stout this good for half cost. If I ever go back to Estate I will buy them out. Fantastic brew.

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

$10 for a 4 pack. No canned on or best buy date on can.

A: Tawny brown, not typical motor oil black like many a RIS. Decent mocha colored head and moderate lacing.

S: Coffee, chocolate with some vanilla in there. Simple, but effective.

T: Lots of roast here that follows the nose. Coffee, cocoa nibs, earthy hops that compliment the malts.

M: A bit light on the mouthfeel. Alcohol is completely masked though.

O: A worthy sort of local'ish stout thats worth multiple purchases.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pour out very thick. Dark brown in color and with a one finger tan head. Retention is decent. Lightest RIS Ive ever seen. Not bad just different. Just a little lacing not much.

S- Wow. Coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and and coconut. Very aromatic. All very good smells that work well with each other. Light roasted coffee upfront with some dark chocolate and raisins in the middle then some sweet coconut in the background.

T - Roasted coffee, creamy dark chocolate and sweet caramel. Very nutty as well. Delicious.

M - So smooth and silky. Full bodied and perfectly carbonated.

O - One of the best beers Ive ever had the pleasure of drinking. This one is big on flavor without being overpowering. Highly Recommended.

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

Acquired a 4pk of Buried Hatchet from mattisloco about six months ago. Thanks Matt! No date on can.

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Poured out light-colored and sort of thin, like a brown ale. A rich, creamy, tan head formed on top, and shows great retention (looks fantastic after a brief swirl). Body looks a lot darker in the snifter, but still shows a good deal of translucence around the edges. Soapy lace. Other than the body color/depth, this looks damn nice.

Smell: Coffee, brown malt, caramel, and nuts come through right away. Digging a bit deeper, I find vanilla, cocoa powder, cream soda, raisins, dark chocolate, and... rubber? Very few roasty notes in this aroma, and it's actually a nice change-up. Interesting, at least.

Taste: Brown malt, mild roast coffee, chocolate creme, light char, and peppery hops. Tastes a lot like an imperial brown ale with stout accents. Certainly strange for the style, but not bad.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied for the style, The velvety carbonation and light body (relative to the style) create a feel that's both creamy and effervescent. Malt-forward, but the hops come through nicely in the finish; clean things up. Feels a lot like a Belgian dark ale.


Photo of Lunch
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a Great Divide snifter (or is this a tulip?)

What is this? A goddamn Brown Ale?

Wow, as a beer this looks very appetizing with its nice creamy light tan head, but as an Imperial Stout this is way too light. Pours brown and you can certainly see light through this. Very surprising for a respected Imperial Stout.

Smells very nice with some cocoa, bitter chocolate, coconut, and roasted malt. Taste is very similar and the cocoa is the dominant flavor. Coconut comes through as well. Fairly creamy and thick especially given the appearance.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, but the appearance really is poor for the style.

Photo of LittleDon
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An 8 oz. pour into a highball glass at the Whip In, Austin.

Dark with a long lived head and a good amount of lace. Too dark to tell if any light passes through this one. Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma with a bit of coffee. Flavor is predominantly chocolate with a hint of smokey, burnt coffee (which works surprisingly well). Some alcohol is evident, but it isn't overwhelming. Bittersweet finish. Mouth feel is soft and body is heavy. Well done. My biggest disappointment was that the pour wasn't larger. One of the few stouts where I haven't wondered how much better it would be on nitro.

Photo of tewaris
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz can with no visible date poured into a Chimay chalice. Thanks Rubio.

Clear and brown, darker than most brown ales but not in the Imperial Stout territory, Buried Hatchet pours with a medium tan head. Although this chalice doesn't support as good a retention as many other glasses, this particular stout retained a small cap for quite a while. No lacing though.

I find it amazing, and unbelievable, that this is not brewed with actual coffee. Perhaps it is, but there's no mention of coffee additions on the brewer's page even though many other details are given. Smells of roasted coffee beans and sugars, that I always find good. However, the aroma is weak compared to the stouts commonly known for their coffee character (I am comparing it to Breakfast, Speedway etc.)

This is the only beer that I have had in the shower and I recall that it wowed me over, even though I was drinking it from a can. Perhaps it was the low expectations but right now it's not tasting as amazing --- still very good, but not "surprisingly" good I suppose. That doesn't understate its awesomeness though --- strong coffee, fitting but not overwhelming roast and a chocolaty coffee finish, that is lingering. I like this one. The bitterness kicks in only towards the end and seems to be derived from the roast; so the hops are in a strictly balancing role here, which is just fine by me.

The long coffee-chocolate aftertaste gets along really well with the slight warming brought upon by this stout. The mouthfeel is just meh, especially because it gets watery with warmth. Carbonation is alright though, so it can't be called poor in terms of feel. Overall good, if not up there.

Scores: Appearance 4/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 4/5; Mouthfeel 3/5; Overall 4/5

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 1,028 ratings.