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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 77
Gots: 182 | 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:
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 321jeff
3.22/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz can provided by jefferz5000 and poured into my Portsmouth tulip. No date to be found on the can.

Pours a deep chocolate brown with a couple fingers of tan head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving no lacing.

Aroma is sweet with notes of chocolate, some plums and fresh roast coffee. I also get some hints of some dark spices like cinnamon or nutmeg.

The sweet dark fruits are more dominant in the taste than the roast flavors. There's also some hints of cinnamon in the finish.

Fairly light in body for an 8.5% stout and the carbonation is on the high side. It goes down pretty easy, but I'm not sure this would become a favorite, even if it was available locally.

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

12oz can, Bruery tulip, and a huge thank you to Dunt!

At long last I'm pouring one of these smokey brown beers into my glass. Once it's all in there it's a very satisfying, very dark opaque stout brown with a small but retentive dark tan head.

The aroma is earthy, with a large complement of brewed dark roast coffee. A wedge of dark chocolate and robust roast are inviting me to take a sip.

It's sweeter than the nose might indicate, and I'm guessing this sweet maltiness is largely due to the brown malt indicated on the can and the source of all the strong brown ale comments in other reviews. This brown malt flavor is reminiscent of Bender. Following is fresh cherry and immediately a hit of coffee, roast, and bitterness. There are aromas and flavors of smoke and carob too.

I think this used to be listed under Foreign/Export Stout. The mouthfeel certainly heads that way; moderate-thin body, high carbonation for a stout, despite this a smokey bitterness lingers long on the palate and it is rather creamy.

I've wanted to try this for a long time, and thanks to Dunt I have. It drinks nothing like 8.5%, with its lighter mouthfeel only helping make it one of the most quaffable stouts I've had the pleasure of downing.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to philhyde for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a medium brown colour with one finger of bubbly light brown head that disappeared very quickly.

S - Cocoa, coffee, some bitterness. Sweetened up with molasses and brown sugar notes.

T - A good amount of bitterness and a slight alcohol bite are initially detected. Some dark roasted coffee, licorice and light cocoa notes here as well. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little watery for a RIS.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours an opaque black color with a large-bubbled, two and a half finger khaki head that does not hold or lace very well. It looks more like a Coke than an Imperial Stout.

S: Milk chocolate, mild roasty coffee, oatmeal, and whipped cream. This certainly deviates from expectations.

T: It has the typical milk/oatmeal stout bill - chocolate, roastiness, nuttiness, and cream - but with mild tart cherries at the end.

M: It has a medium-light body (much lighter than expected) with tons of creaminess and lasting flavors.

D: This is much different than I expected. It's lacking in dynamic flavors and body/carbonation. There is no notice of alcohol whatsoever, so there's something of value.

Photo of KAP1356
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GabrielM for sending this as an extra! 12 oz. can poured into a DFH pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights in some places. A foamy, fluffy tan head about 1.5 fingers thick forms and recedes to a cap of the same color.

S - Very roated malts up front. Nuttiness and chocolate come next intermingled with coffee notes. Some earthy hops add a nice extra layer.

T - Nice hop forward stout. Light and earthy hops up front immediately followed by roasted, nutty malts. Chocolate and some roasted coffee follow as well.

M - Medium bodied with a larger carbonation than expected from a higher ABV stout. Ever so slightly astringent on the palate.

D - Nice offering from a brewery I have only ever heard of. This reminded me a lot of some American Brown Ales that I have had and not an Imperial Stout. Nice drinking beer though and was glad to try it.

Photo of Kevinator
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad stout yet it has too much of an alcohol bite that affects the drinkability. As with most stouts, I found the mouthfeel creamy. The taste showed a strong maltiness that represents the style well. The smell had a light smokiness to it that was not expected and the appearance was nice and dark. The carbonation level seemed appropriate as well. It's a good stout in a pinch but nothing extraordinary that would cause me to hoard my remaining cans and lie to my friends about not having any more to share. I really think this brewery has promise, which is saying a lot for being in a state where the crappy laws governing brewers are restrictive at best. I understand that a version with coffee was made at one point, which I believe would improve upon it some and cover the alcohol breath it seems to have.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

That last beer in a trade from PhilHyde.
Poured into a snifter, pours black but is translucent. Some lighter ruby highlight's.

Smell is interesting. Bready aroma's with a somewhat yeasty funkiness.Alot sweeter caramel malts than I would have anticipated.

Taste touches down on all aspects. Bready mixture with a chocolate powder grittiness and maybe a bit of coffee bean. Somehwhat sweet and bitter finish.

Mouth is mid bodied slightly under carbonated and watery.

Not bad but something I would probably pass on if I seen it again.

Photo of mattcrill
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lots of roasted, toasted, and grainy notes up front. Mild chocolate and coffee notes that seem malt driven. No hop aroma. No esters. Clean yeast character.

Appearance: Light brown pour with ruby highlights. Big, fluffy tan head.

Flavor: Big earthy and herbal hop notes up front. Supported by light roasted and chocolate malt flavors. Balance is decidedly bitter. No fruity esters. Clean fermentation character. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, highly carbonated, and just a touch of astringency. No alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Seems to be bordering the line between American Stout and a big American Brown Ale. Well crafted but there's too many other well crafted beers out there to visit this one again.

Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light, pepsi-like dark brown in color with a two finger foamy beige head. The aromas are very, very malty. It has light coffee and even a little nut to it. The flavor is a big upgrade. It features bitter chocolate, roasted malts, as well as subtle hazelnut. The best part of this beer is the mouthfeel. It is very crisp and attacks your tongue with a good amount of carbonation before mellowing into this spongy smoothness that goes down very easily. This beer is very drinkable for 8.5%. It drinks like it could be in the 5-6% range. It's definitely worthy a try and is another good craft brew out of a can.

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

Nice dark looking beer, needed to let it warm up a bit before I tried it.

Pretty good taste, nothing ridiculously good or bad in it. A lot of chocolate, porter-type taste. Fairly thin, but still has a good flavor and holds up as it warms.

Not a whole lot to say, just not the greatest beer in the world to me.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "Best served at 55°F" with a mug pictured. No date.

Thanks to Beerwolf77 for can #2/3 and for Thorpe429 sending another my way!

A - This can glugs with a surprisingly light color. The clear pecan brown grows darker in the pint but never gets black. An effervescent almond head fizzes loudly then dies.

S - I'd love to blame the name for influencing me, but I truly get a lot of crumbled dirt in the aroma. Earth and soil with dusty cocoa and dark malt. Suggestions of mocha and peat smoke come through with no hop aroma.

T - Yeasty flavor pokes out of the earthy dirt flavor. Dusty and dry roasted malts don't give a lot of nuance to this brew. Odd hops come through in the finish. It seems almost a bit stale. Too old?

M - Medium-bodied and dry with a fairly well-balanced, mildly acrid bitter finish.

D - I'm a little shocked to see the reviews so high for this one. I find it one-dimensional, far too earthy, and average overall. Lots of yeast in this one. Maybe the can is too old but with no date, it's hard to tell. I'll give the other can a try and adjust accordingly.

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

Poured from a 12 0z. can into a founders snifter

A- Pours black with a thick, creamy tan head.

S- Predominately chocolate and roasted malts. Sweet and slightly nutty. Aroma is pure chocolaty goodness.

T- Creamy chocolate and nicely roasted. Slightly bitter dark chocolate finish. Creamy and smooth throughout. A little on the sweet side but not to the point where it hinders the balance. But chocolate is certainly at the forefront.

M- Creamy and surprisingly thin bodied. Very little carbonation.

D- Excellent considering the style and abv. The alcohol is hidden quite well and the beer's thin body makes it easy to pound down.

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

This can courtesy of jenray. Thanks Jen!

A pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of on the tannish side of foam and lots of lacing. Already impressing me.

There's lots of chocolate in the nose, both milk and dark, and a minimal presence of roasted malt but that seems to grow the more I sniff.

The taste is also loaded with chocolate. I'm digging the tug of war between the sweet milky and the bitter dark with the roasted malt playing second fiddle again. Also, for some reason, I'm getting more than a hint of some smoke. Nice. I like!

On the upper end of medium bodied with lightish levels of carbonation, I like the mouth feel.

8.5%abv?? You gotta be kidding me. Okay, there's some warming now building as the session is nearly over but it sure didn't interfere with my enjoying this sucker and man, the liquid literally flew out of my glass. This is a very tasty choco dominated Stout and it was a pleasure to drink. The fact that it is in a can is a plus!

Hehe..I have another can of this and 2 cans of their Pine Belt Pale that will be enjoyed sooner than later.

Photo of Onenote81
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

4-pack recieved from DeathbySexyBT recently. Thanks, Brian!

Can poured into a chalice. Pours a dark ruby-tinted deep brown with a thick beige head on top. Some light lacing clings to the glass. The nose is underwhelming with some faint chocolate malts, sweet toasted sugar, and a little alcohol.

The mouth is a disappointment as well. This lacks depth. The carbonation level is moderate, but I'd like a little more "chew" to this big beer. Decent flavors. Espresso, sweet chocolate, some vanilla. It's not bad, but it surely isn't a the top of the heap. Glad I tried it, but not anything I'd hunt down again.

Photo of megahurts4
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Buried Hatchet Stout

Appearance: brown, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: cocoa, nutty malts, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: hops, cocoa, chocolate, and a subtle malt-nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is the first stout I've had from this size can. It is decent. The cocoa flavors are savory. This stout goes down easy.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

A: This canned brew is dark brown in color. The beer has thin layer of beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma is pleasant, with notes of roast, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Great taste. Roasted malt is very present throughout, with coffee and chocolate flavors coming in behind. Buried Hatchet is very well balanced and full of flavor.

M: Surprisingly smooth. The feel may be the best aspect of this beer.

D: I definitely recommend this brew, and would happily drink it again.

Photo of bens0n
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark, murky brown color with some amber tinges. A very nice amount of creamy off-white head that lingers around for a while and leaves a weak amount of lacing.

Smell wise, initially I picked up on some hops and a weak malt followed by some subtle coffee/chocolate notes.

Flavor wise, wow, there is a pretty intense roasted coffee/chocolate flavor going on, no hops in the flavor though. I was really surprised at how much flavor this packs, its intensely roasty, but not over the top. There is not much else going on aside from a slight nuttiness, but the simplicity really sets the roasted coffee on its own, which is nice.

This beer is on the thin side, was really disappointed that it was not as smooth and creamy as the head. Given the ABV, this beer is extremely drinkable.

Photo of cetherid
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.


Beer pours like a nice dark root beer. Deep dark brown that looks almost black. About 1 finger of a fluffy tan soda like head.


The aroma is cocoa dominant with some dark roasted malt smells. Sweet caramel smells to this beer as well.


Same as nose. A lot of cocoa in this. Nice roasty notes, some subtle mocha/cofffee flavors and a decent amount of bitterness. The alcohol is detectable in this, but nothing too overpowering.


almost full bodied. A decent amount of carbonation. A slight dry finish in this.


I'd drink this again. A little boozy tasting for it's ABV and a little pricey, but a decent tasting stout. Ten Fidy is better IMO but this is a little easier to get in my area.

Photo of Brez07
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes. 12oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours into the glass a dark brown hue. Big 2 finger cream colored head. Seems fizzy. No lacing

S: Lots of cocoa nibs and roasted malt. Possibly a touch of wheat as well

T: Again, mostly chocolate and roasted malt. Damn good flavors for a stout. The cocoa blends so well, imparting some sweetness. Reminds me of malted milk balls

M: Full bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Normal carbonation for the style. Nice light roast in the finish

D: Super drinkable, tasty stout. Reminiscent of what Cadillac Mountain Stout used to taste like. Definitely need to grab some more of this

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to lnashsig for this one. Poured from a 12oz can into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Very dark brown yet clear liquid with a glimmer of cocoa brown/fulvous highlights. A half finger of desert sand foam retreats to an active collar and isthmus. Average lacing. Very faint legs.

This beer smells brown as well, with copious amounts of brown malt lending roast nut, coffee/cream, and faint brown butter notes to the aroma. Resembles a porter/English-brown hybrid in some ways.

Sweet roasty palate entry, full of chocolate, fresh southern biscuits, and a hint of treacle. A mild bitterness ramps up for balance, contributed by clean earthy hops and a light roast malt bill in equal measure. Finish suggests a mixture of cocoa powder and coffee with a lingering nutty finish bringing this back into the realm of a brown ale.

Medium-light bodied, a bit spritzy (somewhat soda-like), and not quite creamy. Lightly warming from the ABV.

Complex enough to keep you from pounding it back, yet lithe enough to invite popping open another can or two...

Hard to rate to style as it isn't sweet enough to be a "Sweet Stout," isn't dry enough to be a "Dry Stout," isn't hoppy enough to be an "American Stout," isn't strong enough to be an "Imperial Stout," etc.

While difficult to categorize, this beer is easy to enjoy.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate labrador brown with generous orange and gold accents along the bottom of the snifter. The golden khaki colored crown is loose and crackly rather than thick and creamy, although some improvement is seen as it settles. Scarce lace doesn't help.

The nose gets things back on track. This SSBC offering smells like a combination strong brown ale and Imperial stout. It delivers a great deal of brown breadiness, along with cocoa and coffee. Good things are expected from here on out.

Buried Hatchet Stout is pretty good beer that would be even better beer with a bigger body and better bubbles. Let's see if the mouthfeel cavalry makes an appearance over the next 8-10 ounces. Looks like the 4.0 taste score might be out of reach.

Flavors mirror aromas. As in most stouts, chocolate and coffee dominate all else. It's doubtful that Southern Star uses either cacao nibs or coffee beans in this brew, but it sure does taste like it. Sweet and bitter cancel one another out rather than add to one another in synergistic fashion.

Time helps the mouthfeel, just not enough. It's still on the skinny side for the style, and the bubbles are still buzz-buzz-buzzing the tongue after more than 15 minutes. Quality carbonation is a major part of quality craft beer.

For whatever reason, Southern Star beer doesn't hit me the way it hits most of you. That said, I would be more than willing to bury the hatchet if they impress me the next time around. Looking at their lineup, that isn't likely to happen.

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

This can was traded with HardTarget on his last visit to Bruges. Thank You!

I served this stout in a stange.
The stout has a large beige-coloured head. It slowly shrinks to about a centimetre. Over time it becomes a thin layer. It floats atop a dark red-brown beer. There is some mild carbonation running through.
The scent is very nice. It gives an overall bitter-sweet element. I detect caramel, burned oak wood, freshly cut grass and a chocolaty bitterness. There is a strong oxidized element as well.
The taste is good, light and fresh on top, drier and more bitter and more body towards the finish. There is a certain burned coffee bean sensation (when you put the bean in your mouth and bite it). I did not expect the herbal element. At first the taste is full and creamy, but never heavy. I recognise orange peel dark chocolate, strong caramel, mocha, pinch of candy sugar, barbecue sauce and pine wood.
The aftertaste is dry. It lingers on and is subtle in expression. There is a chocolate and coffee sensation sticking to the back of the mouth. The sweetness has transformed from sugar to a more adult dried dates element. Eventually it becomes more salty and vulgar.
Drinkability: highly enjoyable and thirst quenching.

A fine brew.

Photo of midweb23
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz can, a big 2 inch fluffy head, very dark color, tastes of coffee and roasted nuts. It is smooth and easy to drink and the high alcohol percentage is not noticeable. I was a little skeptical of the can, but after pouring it, I didn't even think about it again.

Photo of Mississipping
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a Bruery tulip. Thanks OakedCanuck for hooking this one up!

A: Pours dark brown with amber hues. Not as dark as I typically like, but still inviting. Large two-finger tan head that doesn't last long and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Smell is great ... roasted malt with a subtle smokiness is dominant. Hints of coffee and chocolate. Aromas are not very powerful, but what is there is yummy.

T: Pretty much same as the smell. Coffee and hints of chocolate are dominant. There is a good amount of smoke, and a slight hop bit at the finish. Very well rounded, and nicely balanced.

M: Somewhat thin for a stout, but not disappointing. Good level of carbonation that add a little dimension beyond the dominant flavors and helps the hoppiness come out.

D: Drinkability is very high. Being on the lighter side of medium-bodied, it's very easy to put down. There is no hint of booziness, which also helps it go down easier than it should given the alcohol content.

I really enjoy this one and will go back to it every time I have a chance to do so.

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

Thanks to Exiled for this nice extra.

12oz. Can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, no light. Pretty decent sized light tan head on the pour with good retention and some lacing.

S: Solid maltyness with subtle roasted barley aromas. Deep bready aroma with some toasted nut notes.

T/M: Pretty unique. The toasted, almost burnt, nut flavor is much stronger and very tasty. More dark bread as well as nearly burnt caramel. Milky chocolate with some light bitterness. Body is nearly full with smooth carbonation.

D: While not the best stout I've ever had, this is certainly one of the most unique. 8.5% is nearly undetectable. Pretty easy drinking and one I'll certain try again in the future.

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.