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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,037
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 74
Gots: 171 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: armock on 01-03-2009

Jet-black in color, this monster smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this medium bodied ale is all about the malts, but has enough hop bitterness to be balanced.

50 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown Malt, Briess Roast Malt , Rahr White Wheat , Rolled Oats
Hops: Saphir
Yeast: California Ale
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Photo of Gosox8787
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Chilled 12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Two finger pillowy beige and frothy head that recedes slowly into a nice thing layer on top. Really dark brown in color although noticably not pitch black.

Aroma: Fresh ground coffee aroma really sticks out. Smoke notes also weave in and out. A touch of woodiness/oakiness here too.

Taste: Coffee and espresso are really the dominant notes. Pretty full flavored rounded out with a little caramel and smoke. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. A slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: Really drinks like a 6% regular stout more than an 8.5% imperial stout. Definitely a bit dangerous for how much can be consumed.

Overall, a nice stout but I cannot help but feel that this drinks more like a regular stout than an imperial stout. I get a lot of coffee and smoke, but the flavor is slightly one dimensional after. I just expect more depth from a stout like this, although the flavors are pleasant and insanely drinkable.

Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as a stout with brown at the edges. A small head leaves splotchy lacing all over the glass.

S - Roasted malt is prominent, tones of cocoa and wood.

T - Deep roast that opens up on your palate and makes it desire more of this luscious brew. You get notes of wood, cherries and booze throughout this beer.

M - Creamy and full-bodied, but has a bit more carbonation than I desire in this style. However, the carbonation does this make one a little fun because of the full roast flavor, just different.

D - The first time I had this at a bar I had to have another right after; that's how I know I really like a beer. This stuff disappears from my glass like it was never even there.

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

Thanks to jefferz5000 for the chance to try this brew. Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Poured from a can into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown color. It displays quite a bit of clarity and ruby hues when held to the light. A creamy tan head sits atop the brew, retaining well and leaves patches of lace all over the glass.

This brew smells quite nutty reminescent of cashews mixed with a roasty chocolate malt. The scent of the grain is quite fresh along with a bit of alcohol character that comes across fruity.

The taste is dark grains with a bitter nuttiness. A grainy flavor lingers in the mouth mixed with a bit of citrus tangy hops. The citrus hoppiness does a decent job contrasting the toasty and nutty quality of this brew. As it warms it picks up a bit of a chocolate malt character.

This is a medium bodied offering that has a modest amount of carbonation. It was an interesting take on the style and quite a bit different from what I'm use to. Very drinkable for more than 8%. An after thought about this brew is that it leaves a flavor lingering inside your mouth that reminds me of what burning leaves smell like.

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

61st review on BA
Can to pint.

Thanks to poonamibaxter for this one.

App- Dark dark brown almost black. Had a one finger head that didnt last very long.

Smell- It's funny to me but all I really got was overloaded choc milk. Made me wanna just pound it right there.

Taste- For a canned craft stout I am very happy with it. I drank Ten Fidy and really liked it out of the can so I think I can say after two canned stouts, they arent bad. This was very good poured to a glass.

Mouth- Not overly filling for a stout and it was a little thin but still good.

Drink- Very smooth and tasty. It was a good way to finish off the night.

Photo of utah44
4.93/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought as a 4-pack of 12 ounce cans for $11.00, I figured this brew better be good. Holy Armadillo, beer fans, I wasn't disappointed. This may be the Holy Grail of Beers, Heaven in a can. The smells of coffee and chocolate were divine. Poured into a proper pint glass at the appropriate temperature, the resulting head was substantial and lacing was abundant. Appearance was jet-black in color. Taste was smooth and creamy with delicious hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. This medium bodied ale was very malty with enough hop bitterness to be balanced. If there ain't no Buried Hatchet Stout in Heaven, I don't want to go! (to paraphrase Randall Williams).

Photo of brentk56
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with tawny highlights and a massive beige head; plenty of strands of lace

Smell: Chocolate milk, charred brown bread and licorice

Taste: Rich chocolate milk flavors with a bit of coffee in the back; the use of wheat and oatmeal adds complexity, too; by mid-palate, the hops add a nice citrus fruit dimension that continues, after the swallow and into the finish, though the chocolate and coffee flavors linger in the aftertaste, along with a bit of char

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: Love the combination of the mocha, oatmeal and the citrus in this - one of the best dang beers to come out of Texas

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

Dark, dark brown in color. Nice tan head head. Grainy and roasted aroma. Mild chocolate flavor. Some nice roasted and toasted notes. A whisper of hops-most of the biterness is off the roasted barley. Extremely smooth and creamy. I had no idea this was an 8.5% beer. Great everyday stout I could do this early and often.

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

A - Pours very dark brown with two fingers of fluffy tan head, mild retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malts, some caramel/toffee sweetness, some dark fruit, mild coffee notes and hints of bittersweet chocolate.

T - Follows nose quite well. Big roasted caramel malts, bittersweet coffee/chocolate combination, nice hop burst as it finishes.

M - Medium body and slightly over carbonated for my stout preference.

D - This is very drinkable and pretty enjoyable, always looking to find high quality locally brewed beers.

Photo of sweemzander
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a nonic. Thank you to Beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark brown color with subtle reddish highlights. Produced a large foamy tan head with great retention.

(S)- A mild roasted component with a nutty dryness. Some raisin.

(T)- Same as the smell. A very mild roasted component. SOme dry nuts (walnut?) with raisins.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rather thin than what I would expect for an Imperial. Not too sweet or bitter. Some metallic aspects reveal themselves as it warms.

(D)- A decent stout. Was rather surprised this is an imperial when it drinks more like an American Stout in all categories.

Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 11-04-10
Reviewed cold from a can to a glass

A - Poured 3 fingers of thick foam, tan head, very dark body, good amount of lacing around the glass

S - Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, didn't notice a lot of hops in this brew

T/M - Medium bodied, taste lots of coffee, dark roasted malts, not much chocolate after tasting it. Piney hop bite at finish but not over powering. After a couple of sips I started to notice the chocolate

D - Really well put together stout, lots of coffee and dark malts come though at first but then some hop comes in later along with chocolate. A brew that I could have a couple in a night but not too many. I highly recommend this brew. Thanks to joshuacavett for hooking me up with this one!

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

Received as an extra from injuredreserve (thanks!). Poured from a 12oz can into an over-sized snifter.

a- Pours a deep brown to light black. Nice creamy tan head settles down to a nice cover and leaves some light attractive lacing.

s- Roasted black malts supplemented by a nice dose of black coffee and a background of dark chocolate. A tinge of sweetish dark fruit hints at what is to come.

t- Follows the nose with the roasted malts being prevalent. The bitterness comes in the form of chocolate and really dark chocolate. The dark fruits are more prevalent than in the nose with a touch of tang. Really balanced stout.

m- Creamy and smooth with light carbonation. A pleasure on the tongue.

d- Very good overall, drinkability is good. In fact, everything about this beer is good, nothing disappoints but nothing really catapults it into the exceptional or world-class category. If this beer were more available to me it would be a staple of my consumption. Thanks for sharing this Souther treat!

Photo of nhindian
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz can obtained as an extra from Exiled. Thanks Jason! Poured into a Perfect Pint - Red Lobster version! My first experience with a canned craft brew...

A - Opens with a nice pop and overflows a little, but the top of the can catches anything that leaks out. I like cans already. Had to pour by feel without being able to see how much was actually left to force a hard pour with the last third but was very pleased with the result. Pours a dark mocha that is black in the thickest part of the body but has some nice burnt amber edges. Builds a beautiful 3-fingered, tan head but it doesn't last too long. Spotty lacing that quickly falls back into the beer.

S - Smell is mainly all bitter coffee. Some nice roasted malts and the smallest faint traces of chocolate. Probably the most similar smelling beer I've had to Founder's Breakfast Stout in that it is highly reminiscent of a cold cup of coffee.

T - Taste is strongly based off the nose for this one. Upfront is almost all coffee, but it is gradually balanced with smooth, silky malts that bring a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and just as the flavor is about to subside, the carbonation delivers a passing taste of hops. A very well-balanced stout and even though I haven't had FBS in a few months, I am drawing a lot of comparisons to it.

M - Mouthfeel is actually fairly medium-bodied. Although hard to see, I can make out a few streams of carbonation rising from the edges of the glass and you can definitely feel it when drinking. It really helps to play on the different sensations that the beer brings. The strong coffee smell and taste hits you and is relatively flat, but then the carbonation hits and brings out some of the chocolate and hoppy nuances.

D - Drinkability is high. The light feel doesn't bog down and I'm surprised at how quick this one has gone down. Absolutely no alcohol can be sensed in this one, whether it be in smell or taste and it shows. Honestly, I was a bit surprised by this one, but it certainly made a great impression!

Photo of PDXHops
2.05/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 ounce can/Duvel tulip. Pours near black with a finger of head that's somewhere between fizzy and foamy. This dies down quickly, but is easily and repeatedly revived with the smallest agitation. Scattered bits of lacing.

Nose definitely leans toward the sweet and chocolatey, although a fair amount of roast keeps things in balance. An odd tangy smell graduates from slightly to quite distracting as it warms. Sort of like cherries dipped in catsup. Flavor is similarly disappointing, with a seemingly solid base beer being tainted by something. Thinnish feel, with the tartness being the only lingering flavor. Infected, I'm assuming? I'm inclined to give this another shot and will adjust my review if I have a different experience.

Photo of beeragent
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz can.

A - Pours a deep brown with very distinct ruby highlights. Thin off-white head and very little lacing.

S - Strong aroma of roasted malts and coffee.

T - Big dark malt profile in the taste, creating a creamy roasted coffee flavor from start to finish. Chocolate bitterness throughout and a hint of vanilla in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - Heavy bodied and very smooth. Low amount of carbonation.

D - Awesome full flavor and body (although a little thinner than expected). Very drinkable. Nothing that really stands out but a great Imperial Stout regardless.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to GregSVT for this can. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice dark, dark brown color with a bit of a tan head. Nearly opaque. The nose brings chocolate, coffee, vanilla, burnt toast, and some roasted malt. The taste brings some really nice chocolate and coffee notes with roasted malt throughout. Really nice mouthfeel with good body and not too much booze. Drinks well; thanks so much, Greg!

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

Pour - dark, dark, dark with some rubyish highlights sparking in the light. The head is tan and off-white and fades quickly to about a solid quarter-inch in depth. Looks pretty rich and tasty!

Aroma - chocolate, Tootsie Rolls, dark-roast coffee beans, vanilla, toast, coffee ice cream

Taste - cocoa, vanilla, malted milk balls, dark roast coffee, toffee. Lots of rich, roasty flavors are packed into this dark beauty. The coffee, cocoa and vanilla really stand out and your tongue is left a little dry and a little overwhelmed but not in a bad way. Great stuff. I don't have anything bad to say about this malty-meal in a can.

Overall - Buried Hatchet is rich, malty and delicious. Tons of malt flavor and super smooth on the palate. Not as potent as Ten Fidy but certainly as flavorful and delicious.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. There aren't many strong stouts in cans these days. Between Buried Hatchet and Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy its pretty much a canned-strong stout desert!

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

12oz can -> sa taster
no date

Pours black with chocolate edges. A big active frothy brown heads stands atop. The head settles down slowly to a thin coating of cocoa powder dish suds. Lines of droppy lace up and down the glass.

Nose: Cocoa powder, dark chocolate

Thick and oily this is one big stout. Lots of chocolate and cocoa, finishes with chocolate bitterness that is chewy and bam on. Some light oily hops along with raisin and burnt toffee on the back end. Drying, makes you want another sip and another. A big and flavorful stout for sure.

This is a chocolate bomb, with an imperial edge. Another can't get in Pennsylvania beer picked up in Charlotte. Glad to try a beer from Texas.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.38/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Big foamy head, that goes down slow with thin looking bubbles. Dark Brown color, tons of carbonation evident.

S: Malt, on the sweeter side rather than any kind of roasty aroma. Some smoke, chocolate and clight offee are faint but there.

T: Not much going on at all. Only a little roast, some bitterness, and barley sweetness. Like a watered down brown ale, not very good at all.

M: Thinner than hoped for, way too much carbonation. Feels like selzer water, really not good.

D: Dissapointing. Poured this out. Will definitely not consider this one again.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a pleasant bubbly burgundy. A good amount of light mocha head, but it is watery and short-lived, even with some healthy replenishment from below.

Aroma - cocoa and coffee-infused malts. More grain is present after a short setup time. Even after some warming time the roasty grain is still there and smelling good.

Taste - great roasty grain flavor. Coffee bean influence, and some dark chocolate at mid-palate, mild in strength bit tasty. The swallow is warm in the belly and throat, continued malt roastiness to the end.

Mouthfeel - very creamy stuff, I like it. The carbonation is pretty high, letting it sit should let some of those bubbles out. Notable body, well done for a stout.

Drinkability - excellent session beer, although it would be sort of a pity to drink this out of a can. Too much good aroma there. Even if it's just for a campfire, at least put 'er in a Solo cup.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
2.63/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Fudge brown and a large light brown head is easily coaxed out in the pour. Smells like chocolate milk at first with rich dark chocolate and charred cocoa. Bitter chocolate and charred malt hit the tongue first and turning into a mild espresso flavor. Alcohol is easily noticeable and stands out in the finish against a bitter chocolate and charred malt flavor. Mouthfeel seems thin. Carbonation feels high. This beer actually reminds me of the first beer I brewed, which was a brewer's best extract IRS kit, except this is more drinkable. I wish this was thicker and sweeter or maybe a lower abv.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.13/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Daniel for this one. Love those Imperial Stouts in a can! Poured into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a 2 finger fluffy cream colored head with disturbingly good retention. Beer is a near opaque deep, dark purple. Lacing is thick and frothy with great cling.

S: Nose is heavy on liquorice and roasted malt. Coffee and slightly tart in the background. Growing signs of infection.

T: Opens coffee bean bitterness and lightly tart cherries or raspberries. Not really enough to cover the stout profile but definitely noticeable. Chocolate malt develops in the middle but so does the sour. Finish is liquorice, coffee, toffee and tartness with a lingering sour cherry aftertaste.

M: Full bodied and very frothy. Medium amount of carbonation makes this one a bit abrasive going down. Too lively. Finish is very messy and aftertaste is sticky and lingers.

D: Here is my take on the issue of reviewing infected beers. If brewers don't take care to avoid infection and put out a producted that is "tainted", then it is there fault and reviews should reflect that somewhere along the line, the brewery made a mistake. That said, I'd definitely give the non-infected version of this a try... but as is, its a complete drainpour.

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

I poured from a can into a standard pint glass. It pours jet black, with a thin tan head. Tons of coffee and chocolate on the nose. The taste is more coffee than chocolate, but lots of both. It finishes with a lingering hit of chocolate. A full bodied beer that I could not believe weghs in at 8.5% abv. A very enjoyable beer, thanks to florida9 for this.

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

Thanks to mikesgroove for this as an extra.

A: Looks black out of the can and into my Dogfish superglass. A finger of brownish head with just a tingle of yellow to it which was weird. Spotty lacing.

S: The nose is awesome. Coffee. Molasses. Malt. Cocoa powder. Roast. Just so much going on.

T: The taste is much like the nose. The chocolate and roast work really well together. Lactose a little bit. The sweetness balances out the astringency quite well.

M: Full bodied and really coats your mouth. Nice carbonation.

D: What a great sipper. This one is under the radar but a great beer. I would always have this on hand during the colder months if it was available.

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

Received in a trade from a very generous guy, OakedCanuck. Thanks!

A - the darkest brown possible before reaching black with a nice amount of head and light breaking through around the edges.

S - very strong coffee, almost to the point of smelling burnt. Maybe some currants and vanilla in the back.

T - as the smell indicated, a huge blast of coffee. It's right on the edge of being too strong, but it doesn't fall over. Very robust flavor but the body of a brown ale. No trace of the ~8% ABV, which makes this one all the more enjoyable.

M - very smooth, creamy, and well carbonated.

D - although the coffee flavor is very pronounced, the pallet gets used to it after a few sips, and then it's all down hill. No trace of alcohol means very drinkable, but I'm sure it would be a creeper.

Photo of dudemuskie
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 12 oz can of this in a mix-a-6er at The Andersons in Toledo!

Appearance- Deep brown, not opaque, with some slivers of light peeking through on the edges. Gorgeous mahogany color when held up to light. Creamy beige head rises and lingers with some lacing.

Aroma- Rich dark malt aromatics of dark cocoa, espresso grounds, and a soft vanilla/caramel sweetness. Notes of prune and roast add additional complexities. Smells outstanding!

Flavor- Roasty coffee notes with a healthy dose of earthy hop flavor kick it off and linger strong through the middle. Big well-rounded malt middle with moderate dark caramel sweetness. Finishes with a smooth and with a very nice balance of roasty and chocolate malt, and a kiss of alcoholic strength.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, almost silky mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied with moderate CO2, just enough hops present to balance but still let rich malt complexities shine. Slight residual stickiness but not even close enough to make this suffer in the drinkability. In fact, for 8.5%, this is dangerously drinkable. Slightly warming finish.

Overall- Wow. Outstanding imperial stout out of a can!! I may have just found the magic bullet for long lift rides this ski season! Incredibly drinkable but gives you everything you would want in a stout, plus a wonderfully warming 8.5% to boot. Kudos Southern Star- well worth seeking this canned beauty out!

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,037 ratings.