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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 463
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 76
Gots: 189 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,067 | Reviews: 463
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.

Photo of kzoobrew
3.39/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Mr ShogoKawada for the can. Cheers!

Poured into Stone IRS glass. Black and opaque body, nothing shines through when held to the light. Three finger malted milk colored head is set atop. Retention is respectable. Thick sheets of lacing blanket the walls of the glass.

No nose is a bit muted, slightly disappointing. Bittersweet chocolate, subtle coffee and soft anise. Really does not go much deeper than that. An Imperial Stout should have an aroma which is as bold as its flavor, not the case here. Pleasant but underwhelming.

Sweet caramel up front does catch me off guard a bit, was not expecting such intense sweetness right of the bat. The caramel transitions into a slightly less sweet chocolate flavor. Slight roast on the black of the palate leaves something that would resemble coffee as an after taste. The piece are there but this one needs fine tuned. A bit too sweet with out the complimenting roasted and darker flavors for balance.

A bit thin, medium bodied Imperial Stout. Buried Hatchet lacks the viscosity needed for a beer of this style. Carbonation is moderate and the texture smooth. Finish is long though a bit to much sweetness lingering.

Very drinkable stout. I would certainly bump the score if this was listed as an American Stout and not an Imperial, just does not measure up as an imperial. Would drink on occasion if it were readily available. Worth trying but no need to go out of your way for.

Photo of zrab11
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark maulty brown. With small 1 finger tan head that dissapers quickly.

S-Smeels of coffee grounds,with a hint of sweet malts

T-has a nice bitter coffee taste right off the bat,then finishes with some sweet chocolate carmel notes

M-Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation.Looks like its going to be thicker than it is

D-Very Drinkable. Cant really tell from the smell but this is a decently sweet beer. Still has the bitter coffee notes and tastes but def got a little carmel or chocolate in it. Very easy to drink. And i was suprized it had as good of flavor from a can as it did!

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but lost my review notes, so I am happy that Bitterbill sent to me in a trade recently. Cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent chestnut.mahogany with a thumb of fluffy mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa & a touch of hazelnut, subtle coffee

T: Mocha, wet charred grain, a touch of coffee & dark chocolate & some dark cherry up front. Subtle coffee, dryness, some woody & herbal hops as this warms, plus some caramel & chocolate lurking in the background. Finishes dry with coffee, mocha & wet charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance, nice warming feeling as well

Drinks easy enough, ABV is well hidden. Nice take on the style, would buy this if it were available locally. Better than my overall rating

Photo of ms11781
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to duff247. 12oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown color with some orangish red hues and a decent sized tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thin tan cap and minimal lacing.

Pretty good aroma from the nose. Coffee is very prominent. Dark roasted malt and some chocolate are present as well. Not overly strong but definitely doesn't let you forget it's there.

Great coffee flavor up front in the taste. Not too much and nothing overpowering but it plays nicely off the slight chocolate (cocoa might be a better description) notes and a pretty good dose of some roasted malt character. Some slight char shows up at the finish with a bit of bitterness as well.

Decent mouthfeel. This one was a bit tricky. It feels really full and thick at first but seems to thin out a bit and finish in the medium range. Not necessarily a bad thing. Between that and the higher carbonation for the style it made it feel pretty drinkable.

Drinkability is good. Thick to the point where it feels like you're drinking a stout but light enough to have more than one. No hint of any alcohol detected either, which is very surprising for a stout of this size.

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

12oz can thanks to Finewinemike

A- Pours black with reddish a slight dark reddish hue and a nice 1 finger khaki head on top that leaves a little lacing and a some serious alcohol feet on the side of the glass. Tons of carbonation in this one, made a nice frosty looking bottom on my tulip glass from the bubbles.

S- Dark roasted malts with tons of coffee and bittersweet dark chocolate notes in there. Definitely some alcohol in the back but not bad

T- Super roasted dark malts with strong coffee profile up front that coats the mouth and fades and brings out some nice chocolate flavors.

M- Medium bodied with tons of carbonation and a nice wet yet slightly dry finish.


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

A - deep translucent red/brown. Medium off-white head dissipates quickly.

S - Lots of coffee, some chocolate.

T - Lots of coffee again, some bitterness, Sweet malt. This is not quite what I'd expect from a double stout.

M - Very smooth, a touch on the thicker side.

D - Quite drinkable. Tasty, not too strong.

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

A - pours a chocolaty brown with a huge head off an aggressive pour. The head settles down and this become a really nice looking beer.

S - really nice notes of caramel and chocolate with hints of vanilla and a lot of butterscotch.

T - Nice milk chocolate flavor is the first flavor on the palate - I would say this becomes the most dominant flavor throughout. This is mixed with a subtle, but nice, coffee accent. There is a hint of vanilla about 3/4s of the way down too. However, the butterscoth flavor from the nose also really stuck for me on this beer at first and slowly got overtaken by the chocolate and coffee flavors. The flavors are not in your face, but they are really nice.

M - nice and full as a stout should be, pretty good mouthfeel

D - this is a really nice stout. After I looked it up on BA, I realized this was 8.5%...it sure doesn't drink that way. If I lived in Texas, this beer would be in my fridge at all times. Really nice stout here. Thanks to poonamibaxter for the opportunity to try this one!

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

What an interesting looking graphic for this can. Thanks to PhatAtUT for the trade. What do we have here? An American Double Imperial in a can? Oh wait, yeah there's this thing called TenFidy too.. heh heh, moving along here.

Poured from the can into a pint glass it is a nice dark chestnut body with some visible carbonation from the bottom. Head is a very big four fingers with tan like color. Not much retention on this and it falls fairly well. Red hues on the bottom. Kind of an odd looking Imperial but at least nice.

The Bouquet. What in the world!? This smells like peanut butter! Faint malt and some kind of airy hop. When does a stout smell like peanuts? That's just bizarre but I kind of like it.

As for taste, lacking some body. Minimal roast, taste and feels more like an American porter. A little bit too fizzy carbonation on the tongue and swallow finish though. Some caramel like feel but very hidden.

Overall though this is still interesting and drinkable. You could do a LOT worse than this.

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.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.