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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

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915 Ratings
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Ratings: 915
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 63
Gots: 121 | 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 avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, chocolate, and traces of coffee.

T: Tasted like it smelled: milk chocolate, malt, some coffee. A solid flavor in general.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied, not too heavy for a stout.

D: A generally well-made and drinkable beer.

Serving type: can

04-17-2010 13:10:56 | More by avalon07
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Freethyhops for this extra.

A - Nice and black, obviously medium-bodied, with not so much head.

S - Earthy wood char and smoky peat elements, chicory and burnt grain. It is a good tasting brew, and the aromatic elements are correspondingly well-balanced.

T - Distinct smokey-peat flavors and burnt grain fuse with a rich dark malt. Rife with robust notes of burnt coffee, chicory and hickory.

M - Medium-bodied, well-carbonated and appropriately slick. I like.

D - One of the better cans o' beer out there.

Serving type: can

04-16-2010 05:30:20 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


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

A- Huge, tan, bubbly head on top of a brownish-black body with red highlights

S- Doughy flavors of flour and milk chocolate with a generous aroma of dank, piney hops

T- Sweet and smooth with the flavors of a chocolate cake drizzled in a bourbon fudge sauce

M- Decadent and filling but not as thick as I would like it

D- I find this to be the quintessential dessert beer. Perfect at the end of the night

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 04:16:27 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of hosehead83


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

Pourted from a12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color, with a big, billowy head of tan foam
Aroma-Roasted malts, coffee notes
Taste-Dark roasred coffee, milk chocolate, creamy, with a sweet-malt, slightly smoky, dry finish.
Overall,not too shabby for being out of a can, and very drinkable despite the rather high alcohol content.(8.5ABV)

Serving type: can

04-12-2010 16:18:59 | More by hosehead83
Photo of jwinship83


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

12oz can drank from an american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. a decent sized beige colored sticky head forms on top and lasts for a while.

S- there are the usual dark roasted malts in this one. after that i get a huge whiff of coffee. some milk chocolate in here also.

T- the taste is very much like the smell. lots of coffee and chocolate in addition to dark roasted malts. reminds me of a mocha.

M- a little lighter than i would want with a higher level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish and the 4 pack wont go to waste. lovers of mochas check this one out.

Serving type: can

04-12-2010 03:31:15 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger foamy light tan head, when settled down to some nice sticky lacing. The taste is malty, big chocolate/toffee notes, with some slight coffee notes. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, malty, and lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is one very nice brew, especially out of a can.

Serving type: can

04-11-2010 00:07:00 | More by Wasatch
Photo of AndrewOToole


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black with a tan head. When held up to the light it appears to be a very deep red, very pretty color.

Smells like roasted coffee beans and a small amount of alcohol warmth, really sets you up for the taste.

Very very tasty stout, tastes like coffee beans and chocolate with a bit of vanilla and cherries. The alcohol flavor is slightly present and compliments the strength of the beer nicely. The hop note fits perfectly with the style.

Perfectly carbonated, warm in your mouth/throat from the alcohol, lingers in your mouth in a good way.

Overall, this is one of my new favorites beers. It is extremely drinkable (assuming you want a stout), yet another excellent beer from the Southern Star Brewery.

Serving type: can

04-09-2010 23:04:28 | More by AndrewOToole
Photo of billab914


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

Poured from a 12oz can into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a big thick light tan head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded after a few minutes and left a little lacing on the glass in the process.

The aroma has a pretty big roasted malts and coffee flavor to it with a good amount of dark chocolate as well. The taste has a pretty big burnt, roasted, coffee bitterness to it up front with some chocolate coming in to help smooth it out a bit in the finish. Definitely leans more towards the burnt, bitter coffee type of stout though then the smooth chocolaty type

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It could have benefited from a little heavier body and less carbonation in my opinion. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a very flavorful stout. It was very heavy on the burnt coffee bitterness but if you like that flavor in your stouts its a very tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 21:08:01 | More by billab914
Photo of stewart124


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

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights. A nice inch of tan head lingers on top for a minute and fades to a thin whisp.

Huge whafts of roasted malts and dark chocolate in the nose.

Full bodied and malty. Delicious! There is a dark chocolate bitterness that just fills out the roasted characteristics in this stout. Alcohol is slightly warming but otherwise well-hidden. Super smooth foreign/export stout.

This is a great example for the style and a hidden gem as far as I am concerned. Plenty of roasted characteristics with enough bitterness to balance it out. Nice roasted note in the finish with a light coffee aftertaste. Quite delicious.

Serving type: can

04-08-2010 01:28:40 | More by stewart124
Photo of Poormon79

New York

4.88/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleased with this. Kindly included with a recent trade from rwf08.

A: Very dark, no light passing through. Nice thick light brown head to start

S: the smell is very attractive. roasted malts and hints of coffee but not overpowering.

T&M: Exceptional! much like the smell you taste the roastedness and the coffee. slight hint of chocholate

D: very easy to drink. goes down smooth. a fine beer to try for you stout lovers!

Serving Type: Can

Serving type: can

04-08-2010 01:12:17 | More by Poormon79
Photo of dougofthefuture


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dajtai007 for sending a few of these in a recent trade! Cooled down from the box and poured into a tulip right away.

A - Nice brownish-black with a foamy head.

S - Smells amazing... Deeply roasted malts, almost coffee-like. S'mores-like chocolate - a little dry but enough sweetness to make it attractive.

T & M - More of the same, and that's good! Toasty delicious, with a nice clean finish. ABV is there, but perfectly balanced with the malts.

D - I am glad I have more than one of these - it is ridiculously easy to drink for the style! Amazing beer that should be sought after...

Edit: On recently revisiting this, it leans a little bit towards the sweet side - I've updated ratings accordingly.

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 23:50:11 | More by dougofthefuture
Photo of samie85


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

A-Pours a really deep cola color with a two finger, light brown head.

S-Coffee and cocoa with an interesting coconut note. Smells delicious.

T-Roasty upfront with a sweet chocolate middle and finishes dry, roasty and a little bitter with a hint of alcohol.

M-Creamy and thick while being well carbonated. An alcohol warmth also contributes here.

D-Really easy drinking stout that's pretty affordable. I don't have a ton of experience with foreign/export stouts but this is the easiest drinking one I've had so far. I'm sure the alcohol would catch up with me after a few of these.

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 22:25:15 | More by samie85
Photo of gford217


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

12oz can.

Pours a deep chestnut brown out of the can and sits almost black in the glass underneath a really frothy beige head. It's a little light for a stout and shows through as a deep copper in light.

The aroma is heavily roasted black malts with burnt espresso and a shot of sweet cream.

The taste is excellent for a sweet or export stout. It's got a perfect balance of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. There is a creamy sweetness that balances all the roasty character out in the taste.

The mouthfeel is seriously creamy and velvety smooth going down with lots of tiny bubbles and a super roasty finish.

This is an excellent stout. Admittedly, it's not exactly big enough to be considered an inpy stout but it's much more robust than most sweet stouts or export stouts. Not really concerned about the category though as it's really good either way.

Serving type: can

04-06-2010 02:57:07 | More by gford217
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an Orval goblet. Beer is dark brown to black and forms a thin head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Pretty roasty in the aroma. Mild sweetness.

Beer is medium body and pretty smooth. There is a lingering roast bitterness / mild aftertaste to this beer that makes it pretty enjoyable. Not much carbonation in the palate but there isn't much happening the front anyway. Overall a nice drinkable interesting beer.

Serving type: can

04-04-2010 21:43:09 | More by drabmuh
Photo of kingcrowing


4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a chalice.

WHAT?? This is 8.5%? I downed 2 of these at my friends house when I first got this... had no idea it was so strong!

Pours a very black with hints of dark amber. Nose is fantastic, roasty, toasty, malty and sweet, perfect for a foreign stout.

Taste, this is phenomenal! Blows away Guinness export! So rich and complex and tasty, not a hint of alcohol, leaves an awesome taste in your mouth.

This is my second canned brew from Southern Star and I'm blown away again!

Serving type: can

04-04-2010 03:15:21 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of auroracrisis


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

Got this one from dukedevil0, thanks man!

As I poured it, I noticed that this beer almost resembles a brown ale in its color. It's not dark at all really, it's just brown with a tan head. Not a bad looking beer at all and definitely different from what I am use to in a stout.

The smell is a bit underwhelming. Strong with smooth, medium body chocolate malts and some grain. Nothing substantial but it does smell appetizing for sure.

Taste is subtle chocolate with a bready underbody. Not overpowering at all. Has the flavor content of a decent session beer but the ABV would throw that off.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium body with tiny bubbles. Goes down the throat smoothly.

Drinkability on this one is high. Not overpowering in the slightest in flavor but the alcohol could get in the way.

Overall, a good beer that I am glad I tried. I wish there were more canned microbrews out there.

Serving type: can

04-02-2010 20:05:24 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of vdread


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

Buried Hatchet is a deep black, red when in the light. the head sticks for a few minutes.

smells of robust roasted malts, sweetness, alcohol.

the taste is dominated by smokiness, sweet caramel, and vanilla. reminds me of a strong porter. some dark cherry, bitter chocolate, and molasses tastes come forward when warm. alcohol presence is strong. hops minimal, average bitterness.

pretty good beer, just not my style. nothing really sticks out except the smokiness and alcohol. would drink/buy again, though.

Serving type: can

03-31-2010 19:42:13 | More by vdread
Photo of Stigs


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

12oz can, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours a large amount, over an in and a half, of hugely frothy and creamy khaki colored foam. the beer appears black but has some deep ruby colored highlights when held up to a light. the head slowly falls to a thin layer completely covering the top of the beverage.

S - lightly roasted malts with a slight chocolate subnote...little specks of coffee and vanilla in there as well. very earthy - solid amount of minerals, and some earthy/grassy hops.

T - roasted malts start off before quickly turning to a substantial amount of earthy hop bitterness. sweetness comes alive via some light milk chocolate, toasted macadamia nuts, and vanilla. warming really brings out the chocolate and nuts but the hops remain to seal it all shut.

M - great here. hugely creamy yet the carbonation is enough to fight through and liven up the mouth. so smooth both before, during, and after the swallow. laves the mouth lightly prickly and dry.

D - superb stout. ABV is insanely hidden. i am not a huge fan of nutty flavors but this one executes it so well, with enough other things going on for a great balance. this would go great both for breakfast or as a dessert on its own.

Serving type: can

03-28-2010 19:15:07 | More by Stigs
Photo of MbpBugeye


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

Cans seem to be a growing trend in craft brew. Ohio is starting to get breweries that package in cans. This is one of them. I heard talk of this beer here on BA and I was surprised to see some 4 packs here in town.

A- Poured into a big, wide Guinness pint. A big, sand colored head rises up and slowly fades leaving some lacing behind. The beer isnt super dark. It borders on porter and stout. Even in this big wide glass some light passes through on the edges, creating a deep red glow.

S- Very hoppy for a stout, but such is the nature of an export stout. Lots of grassy and earth hop aromas stand out over lots of cocoa powder. It smells almost like a blend of two beers. I havent really come across a stout that has hoppy aromas similar to an IPA or something.

T- Very balanced but also still very hoppy. Lots of milky, creamy cocoa layered over an earthy hop bill. Finish has a slight biting bitterness.

M- Full bodied with low carbonation. Its pretty slick and oily at times. Not sticky or dry at all.

D- A pretty good beer. I am fond of this style. Its right in between session stouts like oatmeal stouts and bigger imperial stouts. While this is not my favorite example of this style, it is a very solid beer.

Serving type: can

03-28-2010 03:28:27 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of emmasdad


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

Pours a dark mahogany color, with red highlights and a nice tan head. On the nose , roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar compete with a creamy roastiness that goes down easy. Alcohol is not evident at all. Nice mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

Serving type: can

03-27-2010 21:23:17 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Casey10


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

This is so different a beer that I really liked it.

I really liked the mocha and coffee taste while subdude added a nice compliment.

If you are a stout or moca lover this is a must have brew.

Because it comes from a can for me adds a little as well a must try !!!

Serving type: can

03-25-2010 05:33:14 | More by Casey10
Photo of angelmonster


3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger cappuccino head. Body is extremely dark brown with some crimson highlights. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smell is of roasted malts similar to a brown ale. There is also sweet milk chocolate, slight coffee, and some bubblegum fruitiness that is ofter found in Belgian ales. Hops and alcohol are very faint

Taste is smoky burnt malts. Similar to a scotch ale but with the addition of chocolate and coffee flavors. Pretty sugary beer that helps to mask the alcohol which at almost 9 percent is apparent but not overwhelming. Hops are slightly in the background.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation for this medium bodied beer. Wish head contributed more to the overall consistency.

Drinkability was good. Sessionable for a strong stout. Not as good as the Left Hand Fade to Black I had acouple days ago but few beers are as good as that one. This beer has nice qualities of an Imperial stout, brown ale and scotch ale all packed into a can, would drink again.

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 07:14:01 | More by angelmonster
Photo of DoctorDog


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. can into a snifter.

A- Dark brown, just a bit short of opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of light brown head, which rapidly dwindles to a smattering of bubbles.

S- Roasted, earthy coffee rules the day.

T- Moderately sweet blend of caramel maltiness and coffee....light roasted bitterness. Quite good.

M- Moderately high carbonation, with a fairly creamy feel.

D- Good. Almost no trace of the 8.5% ABV to slow you down...

Future outlook: Very nice....Nothing too flashy- just solid and pleasing. I might have to go snag another 4 pack.

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 03:22:11 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of MOB210SA


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

Well, My first pack of canned craft beer. It being on sale, I couldn't pass it up. Not to mention, I'm glad to give any beer made in Texas a try. On a side note, I really love the artwork/picture from the can. A shirt would be awesome.

From a decent pour resulted one and a half fingers of nice, rich looking, tan, sandy colored head, lots of movement, that's simmering down and deflating at a moderate pace. Eventually, a nice even and consistent thin top. Deep reddish brown in color. Not a lot of lacing, but there's a little bit scattered.

The nose is huge on the coffee side. This is like a straight expresso, or along that line. Some chocolate is there, but not very dominate compared to the massive coffee front. There is also a nail polish remover astringent like alcohol presence. Its not horrible, I just couldn't stop noticing it with my first can. Thankfully, it isn't coming across too strong, or I just got used to it. Not too complex, but smells good.

The taste is hand in hand with the nose. The coffee rules, with a light chocolate finish and a bigger warming alcohol kick.

Smooth, silky, and creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. A little high on the carbonation side, but I think adds to the MF. A definate noticeable nail polish remover alcoholic kick in the finish. Really drinkable and I could Imagine finishing a 4 pack, gladly. I want to try some of their other offerings, as I was pretty impressed with this one.

Serving type: can

03-23-2010 02:18:30 | More by MOB210SA
Photo of ppoitras


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" dark tan head above the cloudy reddish brown brew. Not as dark as I would like/expect for the style. Thick frothy head falls slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is deeply of dark grains, with pervasive coffee character. Taste is sweet to start, a touch of bitterness in the middle, and then coffee to close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth but thin for the style, and drinkability is good and easy. Not wild about this one fitting the style, but as a beer, I'm enjoying it, and that's the most important thing.

Serving type: can

03-21-2010 22:53:09 | More by ppoitras
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 915 ratings.