Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Reviews: 459
Hads: 1,104
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 77
Gots: 205 | FT: 3
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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:
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 matjack85
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap as part of a flght of 5 Texas beers for $10 at the Flying Saucer Beer Emporium in downtown Houston, Texas. 5oz portions of 5 different beers.

The beer had a very dark brown color to it, but only had a thin tan rim on top for a head and even that dissipated quickly. Carbonation looked lively.

Coffee, toffee, and chocolate smell.

Roasted malt flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. A nice bitterness adds balance, and a little bit of cream flavor makes it even more interesting.

A little on the thin side for a stout, and more carbonated than most, but I still liked what smooth, creamy texture that remained.

A very enjoyable stout from a brewery I never head of before trying this offering. (719 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark brown with a 2" tan head. Littered with blotches and large bubbles of lacing.

S- big roast aroma, some coffee and chocolate.

T- light dark chocolate, roasted malts, and some pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter creamy feel with nice smooth finish.

O- very nice drinkable stout. Watch out because you can drink a few of these easily until the abv would catch up to you. (457 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mahogany, not quite black, with a one finger head, no retention and no real lacing. The nose is a very powerful coffee, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but nothing special. The taste is a big sweetness on the front, maybe molasses flavor, giving way to a biting bitterness with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and a little alcohol. Overall a nice offering. (403 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation leaving behind a small dirty wigte cap which fades fast leaving a faint rings and few bubbles

S: Day old Folgers coffee with a hint of chcolate

T: Confused. Is this an Imperial Brown or Imperial Stout? The backbone of brown malt, light coffee, toffee really makes me think thing this is a Imperial Brown, the only difference is the addition of coffee.The finish is highly carbonated with a lgering toffee, coffe and nuttiness. Rather clean and dry.

M: Medium bodied, a tad bit over carbed for a Imperial Stout? Body is a little thin for the style

O: This beer is somewhat tasty and enjoyable but I am big stcikler on BJCP guidelines. This beer as a Impy Stout is pretty far off. (733 characters)

Photo of hmph
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in an awesome trade from Tofuspeedstar, thanks for all the texas goodies!

A - really dark but not a black , more of an extreme brown with some lightness on the edges, looks nice 'even from a can'

S - mmmm...yum, sweet chocolate and a nice toasty smell as well bordering on coffee grounds and toffee

T - Sweetness and a good variation of its qualities, from deeper coffee roast to a lighter milk chocolate and toffee , very creamy smooth feel and evolution of flavors, very tasty even if it isn't as thick as most stouts

O - Awesome beer, a really well done and complex tasting stout that offers a lot more than some of the more common one note stouts. It brings all the indulging flavors of milk chocolate covered coffee grounds with a heath bar (760 characters)

Photo of RustyP
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone snifter after sitting out of the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

A: deep mahogany brown with some dark amber and ruby hues at the edges. 1 finger foamy, light tan head settled to a 1/8” ring with a disconnected film of bubbles. Small amount of streaky lacing left behind.

S: heavy milk chocolate aroma with moderate notes of medium-roast coffee. Very faint dark fruits and I swear a hint of cherry is in there somewhere. Very sweet smelling with a slight charred edge at the end. As the beer warms, the sharp coffee notes begin to take center stage and the hops start to become more prevalent. All in all, the aroma is fairly simple but promising.

T: Again, heavy on the milk chocolate and toasty coffee flavor up front, but a little thin and watery after that. Earthy / herbal hops balance out the sweetness well. Faint fruitiness on the back-end. The flavor starts out promising, but drops the ball after the first few moments.

M: very thin for an Imperial Stout…on the low end of medium-bodied. Carbonation is a little high for the style as well, very prickly on the tongue.

Overall: Considering the arguably low ABV relative to the style, I wasn’t expecting anything mind-blowing or incredibly complex, but even so, Buried Hatchet was a bit disappointing. Drinks much more like a “session” stout…nothing Imperial at all about the flavor. The appearance and aroma were both very promising, but the lack of body and somewhat shallow flavor made this one I probably won’t seek out again at $10 for a 4-pack. (1,555 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to SSW117!

A- Pours a slightly translucent, but mostly opaque reddish brown. About a finger's worth of yellowish brown off-white creamy head with great retention that leaves nice layered lacing around the sides of the glass. Above average carbonation for a stout.

S- Butterscotch, caramel malts, brown sugar, smells delicious, definitely on the sweet side but fairly average aroma strength.

T- Caramel malts, a tiny bit of butterscotch, some light chocolate, finishes with a slightly bitter lightly sweet butterscotch/caramel malts taste. Not as sweet as I was expecting and could have been balanced a tiny bit better.

M- Fairly thin, a little bit too thin for a stout in my opinion, a little bit too much carbonation, easy to drink, abv well hidden.

O- This was an okay stout. It was definitely a little bit too thin and carbonated for my liking. The malts dominated the taste a tiny bit, but everything else was balanced nicely. Nice appearance and smell, the mouthfeel could use some working on though- too thin. Easy to drink and definitely enjoyed the chance to try this one- thanks again SSW117. (1,149 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Buried Hatchet Stout pours to a very dark brown color with tinges of redness. Its nose is bold and inviting, with a scent that combines coffee, chocolate, a little toffee, and a little bit of vanilla. Its foam level is nice at first, but it does fade away in a relatively short time. Still, it manages to maintain a cap of tan colored bubbles that holds its own to the bottom of the glass and there is a small amount of lacing.

Buried Hatchet Stout is a complex brew and it offers many great flavors to keep the stout lover satisfied. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are the most obvious, but there are also tastes of toffee, caramel, toasted malt, nuts, light herbal hops, and fruit. The beer has a definite creaminess to its body and there is some bitterness, but it is quickly reigned- in by the taste of the sweet malt and smoothness.

Buried Hatchet Stout has many qualities that make it a memorable brew. Its complexity is obvious and its flavor just keeps on giving. The flavor profile of mocha, caramel and toffee, fruit, etc., will satisfy most any fan of the style. Its aroma is wonderful and its body, while not as full as the nose may lead you to believe, is still full enough that most will not mind.

Buried Hatchet Stout is a very interesting beer with a smoothness not often found in beers with this alcohol level. Try some for yourself, if you can get your hands on a can, and discover the malty smoothness of this Texas- brewed malt beverage treat. (1,472 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Al. Funny how I was born & raised in South TX and saw this on the shelves all the time, yet my first taste comes while living in NYC.

Pours a translucent brown body with some head; a faint ring of foam remains around the edges. Stouts should be much darker in color -- you sure this isn't a brown ale?

Coffee and toasted malts hit my nose. Pleasant, I suppose, but I want more roast from my stouts. Again with the brown ale comparisons. Roast them malts, son!

Despite everything above, the taste works reasonably well. Coffee and chocolate dwell for a bit before it turns watery, making this one quite sessionable. Body is unacceptably thin for an imperial stout, and the overall experience suffers because of it.

I suppose Buried Hatchet is a decent, sessionable stout for a hot day outside. However, SS needs to either re-work parts of this recipe or re-brand it as a brown ale because this brew simply doesn't work as an imperial stout. And frankly, it isn't even close to competing with the off-the-shelf stouts we get here. Grab a Founders Imperial Stout and you'll see. (1,095 characters)

Photo of sukwonee
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black body, with half a finger high head, lots of lacing.

S: Not much smell at all... some malt and very faint hops.

T: It also doesn't taste like much. Roasted malt... and that's it. It's not sweet or boozy... it tastes like a bit stronger Draught Guinness

M: Really light body.

O: It's nice but not good for the style. I was very surprised to see that it had 8.25% ABV. It tastes more like your typical 4% Irish stout. Please note though that I am having this beer about an hour after a bottle of Uncle Jacobs. (536 characters)

Photo of parris
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from man into small tasting glass.

Chocolaty aroma, also notice toffee

Dark, dark, maroon color, definitely lets some light through.

Nice and roasty, the chocolate comes through, very well balanced with the hops.

Body is medium, carbonation is a bit high for my ideal stout

Overall, I really like this stout, it's very satisfying. (342 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.11/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a glass.

appears dark brown, little head. aroma is mainly roasted malt, toasty. Taste is slightly sweet, but finishes dry. Flavor is a bit subdued for a double stout. In fact, I was actually very surprised when I found out this was an 8% beer. Drinks more like an Irish Dry stout of "session" strength". Average body, appropriate for the style, maybe could be thicker. (392 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a chocolately dark, dark brown color. Almost black, with light cocoa-colored big foamy bubbles. It has an aroma of dark chocolate and coffee with some toffee hints backing it up. The flavor comes across bold like a dark roast, sharply bitter, with a finish more dry than sweet. 8.25%, which places it on the “lighter” side of imperial stouts, and no hint of the alcohol. Some piney thickness comes through as it warms. Toasty, roasty and oh so tasty. There’s good beer in Texas (to borrow a phrase)! (516 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a snifter

Thanks to Zadavis for this extra.

A: Looks thin during the pour and appears a slightly darker than cola brown with a very light tan head, about 1 fingers width in length.  Decent retention and leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malt, some dark chocolate, burnt toast, heavy cream, quite a pleasant aroma but not terribly deep or complex

T: Heavy cream, roasted malt, toffee, a bit of coffee and some hop bitterness on the backend.  Again, rather pleasant but not near the complexity or strength of flavors that is typical of the imperial stout style.  And although its tasty, its pretty unremarkable.  

M/D: Smooth and really really creamy.  Too thin for the style.  Drinkability is good and ABV is well masked, but the thin body makes the Mouthfeel rather lackluster.

O: Overall, I'm not really sure how I feel about this one.  It's actually quite an enjoyable drink, but compared to other imperial stouts it...well it doesn't compare.  Too thin, too simple, and flavors far too weak.  However, compare it to a Milk Stout, which I absolutely think this is, Id say it would be one of the better (if not the best) milk stouts I've had.  But I guess for fairness I will rate this to the style for which its classified, and on the scale of RISs this just doesn't live up to expectations. (1,342 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The fortified flavors of mocha and lattes garner the balance while the lush texture of starchy malt and underlying sweetness give the beer a balanced elegance of more English-styled stouts but the exaggerated flair that shows American boldness.

Opening with a rich pour of dark bark-brown hue, Burried Hatchet takes its own sweet time of separating the creamy rich lightly tanned head from the dark beer beneath. The merangue settles upon the beer with a dense and creamy appearance of mousse or whipped cream. Stubborn retention and laced rings denote each sip all the way to the bottom of the glass. This is one handsome looking beer.

Chocolate and coffee frame the aromatics with background scents of heavy toast, burnt caramel, heavy whipping cream, and toasted walnuts. In many ways, it very closely resembles coffee shop latte and mocha drinks.

Yet more powerful in taste, the roasted malts blend with the chocolaty brown malts for the unique taste of bittersweet chocolate, French pressed coffees, and walnut nuttiness. Lightly scorched caramel and toffee bridges seamlessly into the starchy lush flavor of malted milk, vanilla, and coconut. Fortified bitterness makes little impression in early taste, but resides in the back of the tongue in the form of cocoa and coffee bitterness without registering directly as hops.

Seriously malt, this full bodied and robust ale start dense, rich and thick and remains so well past mid palate and deep into aftertaste where it only recesses due to hop bitterness and alcohol warmth.

As a fine complement to richer and velvety deserts, or even as an after dinner delight, this lush ale seduces the palate and soothes the stomach. (1,683 characters)

Photo of acevenom
3.35/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a creamy, tan head. The beer looks ruby red along the edges of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt, chocolate, and coffee. The flavors of dark roasted malts and chocolate dominate the flavor, though there are faint hints of coffee. There is some hop bitterness to balance this flavor, which helps provide some balance to the sweetness of this stout. The alcohol is hidden in the taste. The body is actually light to medium, which is odd for an imperial stout. The carbonation is also a bit too much for this style. This was not what I was expecting and ultimately hurts the beer. Overall, this beer does fall below expectations. It's far too thin for a proper imperial stout, so it fails in that regard. It's still a decent beer, but is not a solid example of the style. I wouldn't refuse this beer, but there are better examples of this style. (910 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this as an extra in a trade with LadyofMuchBeer

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark hazel pour with a nice thick, creamy two finger light mocha head that fades to leave a nice dense blanket and pretty good side lacing.

S - Aromas of faint coffee with nice roasty, slightly burnt malts. Really enjoy the faint coffee and very rich, roasted elements.

T - Taste is ruined by this horrible mouthfeel, which I will go into. There are nice stout aspects here, good roasted malts, light coffee, but it has no backbone, no oomph.

M - Yikes...absurdly thin for a stout let alone an imperial stout! Ridiculously watery. Man oh man. Watery. I've never given a beer an "awful" for mouthfeel, and I'm so tempted with this. Its almost insulting how thin this is, but hey! atleast the ABV isn't noticeable.

O - I had such hopes for this beer when I saw the pour and smelled it. They were immediately ruined at the first sip. Even while the flavours aren't bad the mouthfeel is so, so bad it kills it for me. Damnit. (1,017 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.36/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in a trade with a friend. 12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, light charred malt, fruitiness, and herbal hops. Some pretty decent aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, coffee, light fruit, and herbal hops. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and light fruitiness on the finish for a bit. Decent flavor balance, but is not nearly as robust as I expected for being over 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for over 8% with hardly any warming after the finish. Overall this is a fairly nice stout that is enjoyable. Some good roasted flavor balance; but not nearly as robust or roasty as I was hoping to get. (1,032 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
3.32/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can, poured into Founders tulip. Received in trade.

A - Medium brown pour that settles to a very dark brown color in the glass. Nice looking light khaki head. I prefer my stouts darker for sure, but it's at least a clean looking brew. Lacing is nice.

S - Pretty nice aroma. Nothing outstanding. Roasted malts, some caramel. Minor bright coffee is coming in. I'm getting a slight menthol-y note? Nice aroma.

T - Roasted malts, a bit of caramel. Not bitter or sweet, meets somewhere in the middle. Run of the mill stout flavors. Kind of reminiscent of a milk stout. Hits on the toffee note a bunch, which I personally like.

M - Knocked a few off for this category. Pretty thin in body and a bit too fizzy. For 8.25%, this could strand to be a bit thicker. Not too off-putting, but a bit below average for a stout this weight.

O - Pretty easy-going stout with no offensive qualities. I wouldn't turn one down at all, but I wouldn't seek it out. If you see it, give it a shot as a "start the night off" beer. (1,014 characters)

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kspongeworthy for this one...

A: Pours a really deep brown, almost black, with about two fingers of than head. The foam settles quickly. Some lacing as it drinks.

S: It smells sweet and roasty. I get just a whiff of caramel.

T: It starts out sweet with a touch of caramel shining through. The becomes a little roasty afterward, but it has an odd finish. It's a bit like lacto. Not bad, but not great.

M: Full bodied beer. Starts and finishes smooth and creamy. Nothing too exciting.

O: This beer is alright. It's not anything special, but it's decent. I'm happy to have tried it. (594 characters)

Photo of zhanson88
2.52/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with ruby highlights. 1/2" of tan head forms, decent retention and lacing. This is extremely light colored for an imperial stout.

Smell: Smells of some roasted malts, coffee, and light hops.

Taste: Again, a lot of roasted malt flavor with some coffee as well. Not a lot of hops, but there are some in there. There is a big creaminess from start to finish here that is really enjoyable. Unfortunately, this flavor profile is nothing close to what I expect from an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, disappointing for an RIS. It's extremely easy drinking and pretty flavorful, but no way would I classify as an RIS. When I first drank it I figured it was a regular stout or milk stout, but not an RIS. Just needs more flavor behind it. If it was a regular stout I'd love it, but as it is, not so much. (894 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz can into my new belgium goblet:

Bought this because the distributor was giving samples at my local beer-store (twas THAT good)

A Very nice show on the pour - builds up a nice 3 finger head with all the lacing you could ask for - darker than root beer with a mocha- caramel colored head

S ; litly burnt chocolate

T - lockstep with the aroma - with a nice similair aftertaste

M full and not overpowering - ABV well hidden for a 8.25

D not a session beer because it's so rich. but this is a truly delicious stout on a par with Guiness. (561 characters)

Photo of chocosushi
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cigar City Tulip
A ~ Even the can itself opened up beautifully. Pours Black w/ Enamel head. Slight lace.

S ~ Caramel syrup, Chocolate milk, grapes, & faint coffee. Slight mustyness.

T ~ Caramel following through progressing into a stronger coffee note fading fast into prune-y notes. Artificial chocolate. Burnt caramel & alcohol on the finish.

M ~ Sweet w/ a roasty middle & a chalky finish. Wish it was a tad more bitter on the back end. Bit of heat.

D ~ An average stout, but I was a tad underwhemed overall! There was a great expression of coffee in the beginning, but needed more body & bitterness to carry it through. Thanks for getting me this Want, gawnphishin! (676 characters)

Photo of obrike
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

4 pack on sale at Specs over the weekend for 7 and change.

Poured a very dark brown/mahogany...not quite black. Decent lacing, but certainly not the midnight black you expect from an imperial stout.

Not getting a ton on the scent...some cocoa, roasted malt and coffee...not much else. Pretty tame.

Again, not blown away by the taste...some chocolate, bitter coffee on the backend...maybe even a bit of cinammon. Still, just not a very bold taste for an Imp. I did like the smooth mouthfeel though...hid the booze quite well and was quite easy to drink.

I really wanted to like this Texas brewed beer more...just fell a bit short to me. A decent overall effort though. (671 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can brought back from Texas by my mate Aaron.

Pours a surprisingly light, translucent brown hue, with a fine ring of off-white bubbles around the edge. Minimal lacing. Body looks light, but it's deceptive—really it's just that the abnormally light colour tricks me into thinking that, when in fact it swirls quite languidly, and holds some tight fine carbonation, suggesting a bigger body. Still, it's really too light for the style, and although it has good points, I have to say it's not a good look overall.

Nose is better, however, with a very pleasant roasted grainy character, almost giving refined notes of a good English porter (if not the raw power and grunt of a big Impy Stout). Slight chocolate overtones, all with a hint of heavier roast to it—smells a little like an overcooked brownie. Not bad, all up; a little one dimensional, but not bad.

Taste is surprisingly dark and bitter, with a robust toasty grain character that lingers right from the mid to long after the beer has disappeared. It still feels as though it's missing a little sweetness, but it's surprisingly well supported nonetheless. It doesn't feel tame or empty, but there's really not much else in the way of flavour to explain it. Decent enough.

Feel is noticeably light, but with enough heft to support the flavours of the beer.

Not bad, all up, if a little underwhelming, and certainly not a good American Imperial Stout, if that's genuinely what they call it. But it belies its disappointing appearance with some decent flavours and surprising integration. (1,551 characters)

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 459 ratings.