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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 74
Gots: 174 | 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:
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 UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Exiled for sending this one to me!

Pours a murky dark brown color with a huge 3 inch tan head that lasts. Head forms a puffy island in the middle of the glass with lattice lacing on the sides of the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark malt, brown sugar, and peanut butter. This is a very unique smell on a stout, but I am liking it. Sadly, the taste is not that good to me as this stout is sour. Roasted malt, slight vinegar, and peanut butter are the tastes I get. Beer is completely flat and watery. Overall, I am not a fan of this beer but I appreciate the chance to try it!

Photo of mulder1010
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a tulip
Thanks to Optimator13 and Jefferz5000 for the cans as have multiple cans.

A-- Poured a light cola color and settled a dark ruby color with a lot of red that came through. Head is a light sandpaper color and at a finger height. On swirling got a bit higher head and quickly dropped back to one finger. Did take it's time in dying off. Coulpe streaks of lacing but not much else.

S-- Toasted candied pecans or almonds. Very nutty and sweet. Get hints of vanilla extract and sweet chocolate. Milk shake I think.

T-- Sure this is not an Imperial Brown Ale?? A lot of brown malts and carmel in this. Just flashes of coffee at first that give way to Carmel and nuttiness to this. Even more pecan and almond in the taste.

M-- Creamy and nutty, flashes of nuts, Carmel, brown sugar, some roasted coffee. Medium carbonation and medium feel. To me has all the elements of a brown ale but more malt and just the right touches of sweetness. Finishes sweet with just touches of nuts again.

O-- To me this is not a stout but an Imperial Brown Ale. Moose Drool on crack. Very well done. Not overly sweet and not overly nutty. Good balance. ABV is pretty well hidden and wishing I had my others here with me. In due time they will be here. If I rate this as a stout I would really downgrade this as really not that close to an Imperial/ Double stout.

Photo of Phoptos
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Won in a "beer bracket" contest for March Madness. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Aggressive pour, got an almost 2 finger light tan head on it that lingers a bit and eventually gives way to a nice lace.

S: A dense chocolate nose with traces of roasted coffee beans and slight vanilla wafer.

T: Same as the nose, really smooths out on the back end with the chocolate taking over and vanilla punctuating the flavor.

M: Creamy, smooth and doesn't coat. With as bold as the flavor is, the beer doesn't leave you with another sip after you finish.

O: When all is said and done, this is a sold stout especially from the atypical can presentation. Nothing I'd run out and buy but if I saw it make its way to MA, I'd consider picking some up to have in the house from time to time.

Photo of dciBA
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can(cool) into a basic pint glass. Color is a dark chocolatey brown. A fingers worth of tan head sticks around for the duration.

It smells like a cup of hot cocoa. Milk chocolate with some vanilla and hint of roasted coffeee beans. Very pleasant, sweet smell. Glad I'm enjoying this as a dessert beer.

Taste has lots of creamy milk chocolate. Every sip leaves you with the flavor of bitter dark chocolate in the finish. The hop bitterness works perfectly with the chocolate flavor while being hardly noticeable on it's own. There's also a minor amount of smokiness which adds a nice complexity.

Mouthfeel is the only downer with this one. On the thin side with a bit too much carbonation. No hint at all of the 8.5% Flavor lingers for a bit, but not too long. I was not expecting this much chocolate when I cracked the can open but have to admit I'm definitely enjoying it.

Photo of weizenbob
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This twelve ounce can was received in a trade with dizknee24. Thanks Pete. I did not locate any canning date. I cracked the top and poured into a tulip-shaped Guinness imperial pint. It was served around 55°F per suggestion on the can. I appreciate serving instructions and see them as a sign of beer advocacy.

The pour yields a solid finger of foamy tan head. Retention is moderate. Lacing slides down the glass as the brew disappears. Color-wise this is easily the lightest stout I have ever poured. The cola-like shade is more reminiscent of brown ale than stout (not nearly jet-black, as stated on Southern Star's website). It looks interesting but only because it took me off guard. It's not what you'd call true to style.

The aroma is unique as well. As soon as the top was popped the fragrances aggressively commenced their escape. With my nose to the pint I smell a lot of sweetness and the heavy-handed aroma of dark chocolate. Alcohol is eminent on the nose. Beyond that it smells a little thin, but the initial aroma is enticing enough.

The initial bite on the tongue is surprisingly bitter. This stout is making full use of its 50 IBU count. There is a really nice roasted malt flavor. Subtle notes of unsweetened bakers chocolate weave in and out. For as sweet as this beer smells, it is not really all that sweet on the tongue. This is not a complaint; it's simply another surprise handed out by this mysterious stout. There is a small trace of cooked veggies that (thankfully) goes nearly unnoticed. On the way down the hatch it is quite alcoholic, but not boozy. The finish is laced with hoppy bitterness. It is certainly unique.

This is a medium bodied beer that is moderately carbonated. It doesn't lean on a lot of gimmicks, nor is it jacked up with coffee, chocolate or oats, such are many top tier high gravity stouts. In that sense I applaud the brewmaster for doing so much with so little. However I must disclose that the feel is thinner than I have come to expect from an imperial stout. That's actually a bit of a disappointment.

If there is one word to describe this stout, it is unique. It seems to be playing by its own set of rules. That includes some risk. When it hits the mark (scent, taste) it is outstanding, and when it misses (look, feel) it is nearing disappointment. Buried Hatchet is listed at 8.25% ABV and though I kind of like that the alcohol hasn't been hidden behind heaps of oats and coffee, it doesn't lend itself to extended sessioning. But it's also not a full-on desert beer. So while I should be sipping this I find myself burning through the pint, all the while knowing that I will not be having another in this sitting. This is a really interesting brew, and though it confuses and confounds me at the moment, I could really dig it in the proper atmosphere.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz about Buried Hatchet, but living in a state that brews so many stellar stouts (Michigan), it's hard to get too excited about this.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of dgfair
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdunman
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of neal8929
2.66/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of sentomaster
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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?

Photo of Ghenna
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of SanAnMan
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Fenris244
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kevinv
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chefelf
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of electricclouds
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Verecund
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.