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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 444
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 147 | 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 Phelps
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can (of course) into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: coffee-colored. Buried Hatchet pours a deep auburn that coalesces in the glass, becoming a dark purplish black. A 1.5 finger head the color of beach sand slowly fades to a thick, sticky layer of foam that leaves some spattered lacing as I drink.

Smells: like saltines, oddly. Toasted sourdough, popcorn, faint cocoa nibs and espresso, with the lightest hint of plums.

Tastes: well-adjusted. There's a great, balanced roastiness that builds through the drink and after the swallow reminding of toast and saltines. There are also subtle hints of raisins, light roast coffee and oatmeal. Some chocolate milkshake flavor builds as it warms.

Feels: soft and smooth but just a little light. Subtly carbonated, and just a shade over medium-light in body.

Drinks: palatably. Buried Hatchet's nicely roasty, not too heavy and feels great in the mouth. A solid, drinkable stout.

Phelps, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Buried Hatchet has a medium, creamy, beige head (which quickly dissipates) and a very dark, almost black, deep red color, which is very clear under light. Aroma is of dark-roasted coffee or barley malt. The taste is dark chocolate, strong coffee, heavily-roasted barley, and some hop bitterness, but not a particularly strong amount. Mouth-feel is heavy and thick, and this stout finishes dense and alcoholic. The alcohol taste does permeate the flavor, and the effects on one's head are felt even thirty minutes after drinking a 12 oz. sample. While this product does have some unique characteristics, it is only okay, not super. I'll say it is worth a try, but I didn't love it.


RonaldTheriot, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of Reagan1984
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an aggressive beige head. Some nice structure yet still bows to gravity after a few moments. The beer itself is actually lighter in color than most stouts. Straight shoe leather brown in color

Aroma is thick, almost muddy and fully of roasted/sweet malt. Lots of roasted nut notes in the aroma. Reminds me of the sporadic DARK roasted peanut you get in the bag at the ballpark.

Man, I could confuse this for an imperial nut brown ale, if one was to exist. Dark roasted nuts and a touch of ash play a central role in the flavor. I also get some coffee notes here as well. Aftertaste almost had a burnt quality to it. Once you become adjusted to the roasted/nutty flavors, then some dark/burnt caramel notes come out.

Medium body, thick on your tongue and somewhat slick.

I think that this is miscast as an Imperial Stout. But still a decent beer.

Reagan1984, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wagenvolks for the trade! 12oz can into a DFH Signature glass pours deep almost black that shows a decent amount of ruby when held to light. The beer is topped by a nice frothy light tan head that slowly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is sweet roasted malts, I almost detect a hint of lactose. The taste is a very smooth blend of roasted malts and mild coffee with slight cocoa and licorice. The beer is very smooth and crisp with slight dryness, if I didn't know better, I would guess that this were a regular stout, not Imperial, very well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable Imperial Stout, just another example of a great beer from a can, I want more of this beer and more great canned beers!

atsprings, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of deadliest
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown. Black, really, until I tilt it into the light and reveal a nice earthy brown color all along the edges. Nice fluffy tan head, but not with the substantial weight most Imp Stouts produce.

S: Coffee destroys any competition they may have had in the nose. Smells really good to me, but I love coffee. Not much balance. Roasted malts are here as well, but that's only expected and doesn't do much to add to the variety.

T/F: More balanced here than in the smell. Coffee yumminess still dominant, but with some considerable competition among it's peers now. Roasted malts are hearty but not smothering when combined with the bready sweetness this beer has. Really really nice. Feels light and for an Imp Stout, but not in a bad way. The light feel combined with the powerful taste is a significant part of Buried Hatchet's charm.

D: Outstanding for an Imperial Stout. Almost unbelievable. 8.5% and full of taste and character.

With Buried Hatchet and their Pale Ale, Southern Star seems to have made optimal versions of the styles for the hot Texas climate.

deadliest, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another extra thanks to Mora2000.

12 oz can poured into my snifter glass

A - A super rich brown, maybe a light black, topped with a finger width of creamy cream-colored head. The lacing doesn't stick the glass, but slides down nicely as I take a sip.
This beer ran down the side of the can as I poured. shenanigans, I say...wasted beer!

S - Roast, bittersweet chocolates, some dark chocolate, and maybe a touch of coffee. A lot of what you want in a stout, just not overpowering.

T - Follows the nose. Some mild roasts mixed with chocolates and coffee. Nothing overpowering, but solid.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. I want my stout heavy, and chewy, but it's not bad.

D - For (probably) a mass produced stout that you can always get, it's pretty drinkable. Again, not mind blowing, but it's a good entry stout to the big boys for those that don't know much about stouts.

Kaiser81, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light layer of head on top of the beer that slowly disappears, color is murky coffee with a hint of amber, some sediment is visible in the beer - 3.50, S: Strong coffee and caramel aromas, there is also a slight burnt or ash smell and lots of what I'll call pine bark, to round out the unusual nose I smell some caramelized molasses - 4.00, T: Lots of chocolate and coffee, quite roasty and subtle bittersweet flavors, there appears to be some lactose and also toasted almond, very flavorful - 4.50, M: Quite thin mouth feel for a stout though a touch creamy which compensates somewhat - 3.50, D: An enjoyable and very drinkable beer, personally I think that Buried Hatchet would have benefitted from a heavier body - 3.75

deereless, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of thetomG
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very deep dark brown pour. A nice layer of rapidly dissipating tan head leaves almost no lacing behind.

Aroma just SCREAMS stout - very roasty malty scents dominate here with just a hint of coffee and chocolate - very nice. Flavor is a bit more uninspiring and ordinary, but still tasty. The roasted aspect is the most prominent aspect here.

Fairly light and on the high side of carbonation for a stout, this one is quite drinkable.

Something that I enjoy from time to time and one that is in fairly consistent rotation in my fridge. Good beer.

thetomG, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of bmwats
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pretty heavy carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, bubbly, brownish head. Settles pretty quickly, diminishing almost completely. No lacing to speak of.

S: Dark roasted coffee malt, with a touch of chocolate, and a hint of oak.

T: Kind of caramel infused, French roast coffee thing workin'.

M: A lighter body than you'd normally expect from this style. Has a bit of an overly carbonated (to be expected since it's in a can and all), slightly diluted feel to it. Nice soft bitterness all the way through to the dry finish.

D: Because of the light body, you can roll through this without too much resistance if that's your thing. I'd say, sip and savor though, as it has that quality as well.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Deep, rich appearance. The over-carbonation thing gives for a kinda' funky bubbly head. Just different, not bad. Nose is really nice, though. Rich roasted malt and coffee... full nose. Flavor is really good here. Full and robust, which frankly I didn't expect when I saw the way it poured.... maybe, it's just the whole can thing. Overall, this is a really good quaff. (Best canned imperial stout I've ever had...hehe)

bmwats, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of Spider889
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is starting to pop up at all the better shops in Columbus now, I got this one at The Anderson's and also saw it at Palmers and maybe at From the Vine.

I am definitely not used to buying canned beer but this beer proves cans don't have to be a bad thing.

Nice black, but rather thin. Very very dark brown in the light. Actually looks more like a porter than a RIS. Small white head and not much lace.

Smell is great - lots of mild coffee and dark malts, burnt bread and sweet caramel.

Tastes of milk chocolate, lots of malt, sweet coffee, and a little hops and alcohol on the end.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Not tough but I'd not likely want more than two in a night. Glad I got to try this, it's worth a shot.

Spider889, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Kromes
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick tan colored head.

S: Strong coffee, roasted malt and wet grain aroma. There is a touch of hop in the background.

T: This beer is a brown ale on steroids...There is a sweet coffee and toasted malt flavor right off the bat. A little bit of bitter chocolate, alcohol flavor and hop flavor creeps in. The finish is nice and clean. A little bit of residual coffee and hop bitterness.

M: I really like the feel of this beer. It's creamy and nice and light and easy drinking. The finish is somewhat dry.

D: A very drinkable double stout. Highly recommend picking this one up.

Kromes, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of PPhem
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a four pack of cans this afternoon and looking forward to my first canned craft brew.

A: Pours a dark cola color with a tan head that settles down to a wispy cap. If I didn't know any better I'd say it looks like a coke with a little head and less carbonation

S: definitely toasty on the nose. chocolate. mild hops. booze.

T: chocolaty and toasty up front. Nice hop bite. maybe a slight fruitiness. booze is assertive but not overwhelming. the aftertaste lingers on this one.

M: A little on the watery side for being a big stout.

D: This has nice drinkability in that its a big beer without being heavy in the mouth and on the stomach. It loses some drinkability points for the booze which comes across strong.

Overall not a bad beer. I would have liked a little more head presence as well as a fuller body. For some reason it had a dark fruitiness that really reminded me of a Delirium Nocturnum. Its a solid beer that I hope will grow on me as I progress through the four pack.

PPhem, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks great! Dark brown, so much so that it's pretty much black. Good solid finger of dark tan head. Doesn't stay very long.

Smell is very malty, with touches of bittersweet cocoa, with some roasted coffee notes, hints of sweetness.

Taste is a bit more of coffee bitterness, with roasty malts, and a little chocolate. You can't taste the alcohol, but you know it's there if that makes sense... Very good, but lacks the oomph i was expecting.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, slightly coating, and upper medium in body.

Very good drinkability. Drinking more would be cake.

EgadBananas, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

CAN!!! So let's bury the hatchet and get this one going. Pours a little lighter than expected brown with a quickly disappearing tan head. Roasted malt and coffee notes in the nose, along with an almost nuttiness. Without even tasting it, it already looks like it has a thin body. Lets see...yeah, it has a lighter mouthfeel than I like but it makes up for it in flavor. Roast malt, coffee, and nut are the flavors that I get out of this. Very flavorful. Seems to me more like a brown ale than a stout but what do I know.

kbutler1, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a rich, smoky aroma like quality roast coffee with undertones of caramel and molasses. It pours a warm, opaque sable with a fairly thick and fluffy pale tan head. Smoky flavor has tones of coffee, molasses, toffee and caramel with a nice touch of hoppy bitterness. Texture is smooth with a fairly fine fizz to it. Finish is smoky, tingly and slightly hoppy.

Cyberkedi, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from can into a Delerium Tremens snifter. Pours a deep dark brown with a one finger light tan head that remained throughout. Maintained decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt, dark chocolate, nutty, and a subtle alcohol hint. The flavor was of malt, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. It was light on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very nice stout from a can. I was really surprised upon having this one. It did not really lack in any department except a little more malt on the flavor might have made it great. Glad I got to try this one for sure.

thagr81us, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of crusian
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewing as a foreign / export stout.

pours from a can light brown, and into the glass dark burnt brown, almost a black with about a half finger of head.

Smell is really nice! smells like sweet chocolate, but not overly so. after fighting through the chocolate smell you can get a ting of alcohol on it.

Taste is not nearly as chocolaty as the nose implies, which is good, the nose implies that it is going to be very artificially chocolatated. Hmm, I like that word. :) I really despise artificial chocolate flavored beers, Southern tier is probably the worst offender. Roasted flavors come through as it warms, along with a tinge of coffee.

Mouthfeel is thinner than a huge impy stout, but expected for the style, nice medium body... pretty smooth, well balanced. pretty damn drinkable.

Again, reviewed this to style. Not the best Stout in the world, and to be honest, not even close to the best stout in the world, but it is a damn good foreign/export stout, or regular stout, when you remove all the imperials from the running.

crusian, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of crossovert
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can around 55 degrees.

It pours a dense blackish brown with a foamy off-white head. There are a few spots of lacing but not much.

Smell is slightly roasty, with some caramel and chocolate. Simple, but effective.

Taste follows, chocolaty, slightly sweet, with a nice roast. Definitely for the style it is up there with the best.

The mouthfeel is smooth though not super thick, it is a great texture for this style.

Great brew from a can.

crossovert, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to JJFoodie for this can!

Nothin' like a beer while listening to Stealers Wheel. Cheers to VDubb for this suggestion. This guy pours a nice flat obsidian (nice for a hatchet blade, no?) topped by nearly a finger of ecru foam. The nose is absolutely dizzominated by coffee and roasted malts, with some minor bits o' brown sugar, maple syrup, dark wheat, and buttered, blackened biscuits vainly vying for attention. As Pantera's "Walk" blazes forth its vulgar display of power, I imbibe: The roast and coffee are still strong, but the maple syrup, biscuits, and newcoming molasses sound off like their pair just emerged, larger than expected. An odd chalky flavor, though, enters through the rear like Shannon Hamilton (snoogins), dragging much of the already established civilization down a bit toward the likes of Boyar-dominated Russia. The body is a hefty medium, with a pretty active and biting carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very pleasant little canned stout (the second-best I've yet had...out of the two so far...), but not quite as tasty as I had been told/expecting. It's not bad, really, and I would definitely recommend it to others. I'm just not sure that I'd return until a bit of time has passed.

TMoney2591, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My brother Andy hooked my up with this one last night. Poured into a tulip. Opened this one and it pours a dark brown with a big bubbly off white head. Bigger head than I expected for an 8.5 beer, but I'll take it! Good sticky lacing on this guy. Typical smell for the style but it seems on point. Coffee with a hint of sweetness. Very nice. The taste is just as the nose alluded to. Coffee with a hint of sweetness. A little bit of an oat flavor with a lingering coffee finish. I'm digging this. Silky with a good medium body and just a little bit of the alcohol is being noticed. This is really a good drink and I"m envious of those who have easy access to this guy. I'd buy it all the time.

Bendurgin, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of StuartCarter
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout
Style: Foreign/Export stout, 8.5% ABV

Appearance: very dark brown, ruby highlights. Fluffy light brown head that dissipates rapidly.

Smell: as is common with F/E stouts, mainly a delicate hint of coffee. Some slight sweetness.

Taste: delicate and light on the tongue, with a coffee flavour - think more a breakfast blend from a boutique roaster. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, strangely thin but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel makes this beer *dangerously* drinkable - without any alcohol burn you could almost think this was a regular stout and drink it in that manner!

As it warms: molasses flavour emerges from the ruby depths of the glass.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer, all the more so because it's a quaffable big stout. The added bonus? This is an amazing beer IN A CAN. At about $12 for a 4 pack, you have a fantastic, world-class beer that you can take to cookouts, the beach, concerts, and state parks.

What more can you ask for :)

StuartCarter, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of STEG
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special thanks to jefferz5000 for this wonderful extra.

Pours a deep brown yet not opaque color into a sam smiths pint. Fluffy sand colored head rises three fingers high. The nose has milk chocolate and cinnamon with a coffee undertone. Taste has coffee, milk chocolate, and malt dominate with some other cinnamon and fig-like undertones. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit watery. I had no idea this was 8.5% until reviewing, that is unreal in terms of drinkability there is no alcohol presence whatsoever.

STEG, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of andrewinski1
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a couple of these from a generous BA. Poured into a tulip with a large head. The head leaves behind thick lacing. I get sweet chocolate flavor in the nose immediately. There aren't much coffee or roasted flavors in the aroma. I'm highly impressed by the taste! Up front I get a lot of roasted flavor, but the harsh bitterness that one usually gets is off set by a sweet creamy finish that is no doubt enhanced by the smooth mouthfeel. The weight of the body on this one perfectly rides a balance between too light and super thick. I'm very happy I have another one to look forward to.

andrewinski1, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a light mocha cream 3 finger head with lots of fizz. Color is dark burnt chocolate with a little bit of light coming through the edges of the glass. Head dies down to a thin ring around the glass, leaving little spots of lacing.

S: Strong coffee and roasted malts. Also a little burnt chocolate. Very robust smell with the roastiness and coffee in the foreground.

T: Strong roasted malts and barley with a hint of oats in the background. Coffee and chocolate flavors are also present that play in with a nice hop bitterness. Balanced and tasty.

M: A little high on the carbonation in the first sips - but this dies down as the beer warms and breathes. Medium body - a little syrupy.

D: Dangerously drinkable stout. Tried this one first at the Magic City Brewfest and fell in love. So much flavor and goes down easily. This one will probably be a go-to stout for a while.

kirkpjr, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks interesting, a cool name and a stout in a can... thanks to womencantsail for introducing me to this.

A: It pours a large almost 3 finger head just to the top of my oversized snifter/tulip glass, however it fades quickly to a light potmarked head covering. THe beer was lighter looking on the pour, with a semi dark browned tan beer, but now looks essentially black but not quite.

N: Lots of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted malts, chocolate milk a little, touch of bakers chocolate... etc. there's a bit of biscuit malt too, and hints of minerality that gives it a salty cracker like nose... weird but interesting. There's also a big creamy malt nose, some sweetness, and hint of vanilla.

T: Starts weird, like a candy bar actually. It has the chocolate again, with some malt and bakers chocolate, but not as much as the nose had. Then the biscuit and chewy malts as well as caramel flavors add a big snickers or mars candy bar like flavors. Pretty tasty actually. Somewhat sweet, not overly but enough. SOme creamy malts too, almost a creamy milk chocolate. Some roast, just a little, touch of vanilla too. A touch of booze comes on but just a touch with hint of tingly booze. There's also a hint of roasty bitterness but they kept it in check well. I love the combination of the malts, biscuit, chewy, dark, caramel, roasted, chocolate, and nutty, an interesting but well done combination.

M: Creamy and somewhat smooth, medium to heavier body with lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still somewhat sweet but dries a bit. More dark malts late on the finish too, more chocolate, caramel, chewy malts, creamy coating on the mouth, slight syrupy. TOuch of booze lingering with more of the tingly feel and hint of warmth. Late biscuit and malty flavors that keep the light candy bar taste.

jlindros, Aug 09, 2010
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.