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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
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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 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.

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

Poured a 12 ounce can into a brandy snifter glass, as I always seem to end up doing for this beer.

A: Deep jet black body, although you can see through it just a bit when you hold it up to light. Excellent head and great lacing on the glass.

S: Loads of roasted chocolate and coffee notes fill the nose of this big brew.

T&M: Starts off with the roasted coffee and chocolate flavors followed by some earthy notes and nice bite from the hops to keep the sweetness in check. Some butterscotch and vanilla are also present throughout the sip. Nice, semi-bitter finish, with just enough bite to cleanse the palate, but yet the coffee and chocolate sweetness rides through until the end. This is a medium bodied stout that has a very slick mouthfeel.

D&Notes: This world class imperial stout is brewed in pretty much the last place one would expect it be brewed---Conroe, Texas. Not being a native Texan, I have never been there, but I have heard it's known for rednecks, fishing, hunting, and light beers, certainly the polar opposite to to a world class stout. That said, this is indeed, a word class stout---Full of complex flavors, fairly easy to drink, and everything is in perfect balance. This has become my favorite after dinner/night cap brew, and it's great it's available year round. Best of all, for us folks who live here in Central Texas, it's brewed just right down the road, so we are pretty much always guaranteed a fresh can.

Photo of mrandypandy
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can purchaed in Temple, TX.

A - Pours a clear, dark brown. I really can't call this black, it's as dark a shade of brown you can get. Thin fizzy tan head that quickly recedes.
S - Light roasted malt notes, not much else.
T - More dark roasted malts. Slight sour fruity finish.
M - Light to medium body, crisp, and more dry than I was expecting.
D - This does not drink like an 8.5% stout. It drinks lighter, and feels more like a regular american stout, not a double. Drinkable.

Overall - Pretty good, but not a great imperial/double stout. Nothing jumps out at me yet I keep sipping my glass. Well worth a try.

Photo of beveragesampler
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz can into pint glass

Deep brown in color with a solid two fingers of milk chocolate colored head. Good retention that left minimal lacing.

The nose is of chocolate, lightly sweetened toffee and roasted malts

The nose comes straight through into the taste. Alcohol is very well hidden almost not detectable. A very nice roasted oat and light bitterness on the finish. Ingredients: Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown Malt, Briess Roast Malt, Rahr White Wheat, Rolled Oats, Hops: Saphir, Yeast: California Ale

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy, smooth and delicious.

Drinkability is rather exceptional; loads of flavor without being too thick. ABV: 8.50% IBU: 50 .


Photo of Ryan011235
2.11/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter on 12/13/10

Thanks to PDXHops

Pours a light shade of brown for a stout though it's plenty dark in the glass. Rolling billows of smooth foam rose, held for a few moments, then thinned to 1/8th inch. Two meager trails of drippy lace.

The nose has a strong aroma of butter toffee, that faux-caramel Halloween candy that comes in either an orange or black wrapper & a hint of butterscotch. Nips of earthy hops intermingle with underpinning notes of roasted malts & coffee.

Something seems amiss after taking one sip: tartness is present to the extent that is overpowers any other flavors. Some dry roastiness & hints of coffee muster through but the malt bill is set to suffer the wrath of the near-tangy off flavors. There is a funkiness that is manifest mid-swallow, as the overly foamy carbonation fills the mouth.

Indeed, said carbonation is another giveaway that it's 12 'o clock & all's not well. Without being harsh or prickly, it's vaporous, occupying too much space. The heft of the beer is ok; there's an underlying smoothness. Thankfully a minute amount of roasted residuals hang on until the finish.

I certainly hope this is a bad can; it seems like Buried Hatchet Stout could be pretty good. As it is, this just isn't cutting it. I drank the whole thing. Then again, I've had full bottles of Indigo Imp, Indian Wells & Batch 10,000 recently; a bad can of stout is hardly troublesome. I plan to give this another consideration at some point

Photo of Kegatron
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a couple fingers of foamy light mocha colored head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy foam that skims the surface and throws a foamy cascade of lacing up on the sides that slowly slides back down. The aroma smells of roasted malts, which have a subtle smokiness to them, and are quickly undercut by notes of chocolate, green fruit, and some tangier feeling caramel character. Not a ton of complexity but this definitely gets the job done.

The taste is roasty feeling with coffee flavors and burnt malts. Green bitter citrus and a thick chewy mix of chocolate and caramel malts add a ripe and fruity sweet twang to the profile. This finishes with dry blackened bitterness, as well as some final lingering smokiness that hangs on the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with some crisp sharpness on top but this mostly feels more along the thick and chewy route overall in the mouth. The big ABV on this is EXREMELY well hid and I would have never have guessed that this is as big as it was, except for maybe the very light warmth that comes out as this warms.

This is a very well done Double Stout here, with rich notes of chocolate and coffee, as well as a deep burnt bitterness that leaves a lasting impression. I think that Stouts & Porters have so far been an underrepresented style in this new craft-can revolution and it's nice to see this one step up to the plate.

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

12 oz can poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to jenray for the trade and the opportunity to try this beer!

Look: looks like black coffee with a very sizable beige head. The head is a bit over the top, especially for a double stout. I don't know if that has to do with the beer or the fact that its in a can. When the head dies down, it becomes a thin layer of bubbly film floating at the top of the beer as it works its way down. It forms decent lace but for some reason, the lace disappears slowly from the glass.

Smell: a bit of chocolate with some roasted coffee aromas. Not incredibly complex but still well executed.

Taste: tastes like a Russian Imperial Stout so much that I'm wondering if this wasn't filed incorrectly! Roasted malt lends chocolate, coffee, and hints of toffee, vanilla, and some alcohol booziness. Again, very well made if not incredibly exceptional.

Feel: nice and creamy, full bodied, carbonation is spot on and a bit of booziness. I'd give it a better mouthfeel score but I feel that at 8.5% alcohol by volume, the alcohol needs to be hidden better.

Drink: quite a drinkable American Double/Imperial Stout.

Overall, a very nice surprise. I haven't heard much of Texas's craft beer scene but if this beer is any indication, its not that bad. This is a pretty well done Imperial stout and I recommend picking it up but I don't know that I would drink it regularly since its not normally available to me. Its interesting what can come in a can! Cheers!

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Cuzco for the extra!

Poured into a tulip pint: Brown body that's dark enough to round up to black, with deep crimson highlights under 3 fingers' glistening, tea-stained head. Drops to a thin layer with time.

Smells of a sweetness that's a cross between chocolate syrup & cola. Modest roast coffee in the background, with just a noticeable hop bite. Very nice.

A little cola sugar up front in the taste, soon followed by a moderate tartness like plum or apple skin. Mild dark chocolate in the center, light roast in the finish, & a pleasantly bitter chocolate aftertaste. Good notes but a little out of balance, to my taste.

Medium-bodied, a little on the slick side (oatmeal?), with light acidity.

Decent enough, not bad, but not necessarily what I'm looking for in a stout - the acidity makes me balk a little. I'd have another if given the opportunity sometime.

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

A: a bit of a surprise-not pitch black but a very deep brown. Nice tan head and lacing.
S: chocolate, light to medium roasted coffee and some dark dried fruit. No alcohol noted which I like.
T: chocolatey malts are medium sweet and mostly balanced out by smooth hop bitterness and a light roastiness.
M: medium to full-bodied. Roundish but still has some frothiness which I like.
D: a very drinkable imp stout-not too big. An interesting twist w the predominance of brown caramelly malts as opposed to black roastiness.

Photo of Pellinore1
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000 for sending this.

The can pours deep brown into a pint glass, leaving about two fingers of relatively stable, tan head.

Big roasty smells here, and clear coffee notes here as well.

The smell does not deceive. The flavor follows through, with coffee, bitter chocolate, and dark, roasted grains. A little roasty bitterness remains on the tongue long after you swallow this beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth, and a bit thick. The ABV is well hidden, and the drinkability is very good for the style.

Photo of j5uh
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been a big fan of Southern Star brewery since Bombshell Blond. I must say, this is one of my top favorite beers in Texas next to St. Arnolds.

One of the best stouts I've ever had. Smooth dark notes, a bit of bitterness towards the end but not harsh at all. Mild notes toward the end. Great stout!

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

Pours opaque dark brown tinged with ruby edges and with beige head, head falls leaving thin crust that lasts. Smells dark roast malt and coffee, dark chocolate. Taste is sweet coffee and heavy roast, chocolate and dark fruits. Some bready malt and yeasty characteristics. Slight alcohol combined with the residual sugars makes this a decadent stout, bitterness is subdued and well balanced. Mouthfeel is full and velvety, carbonation is a bit high but I won't hold that against this brew.

Photo of craytonic
2.61/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pour is a dark brown coffee, big tan head
Smell & Taste: Burnt coffee, charcoal, licorice and bitter chocolate
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is creamy, but otherwise a bit light and thin
Drinkability: To roasted / bitter / burnt for me, although some might like it. Didn't even finish half of it.

Photo of slowcooked
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was first introduced to this beer in 2008 by a smokin hot beer goddess in Flying Saucer houston, tx I thought I was in heaven. I don't know what to say but imperial stout smoothness. This is everything you would expect from an award wining imperial stout but with an extra smooth drinkability. This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

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

Thanks to my sister-in-law for the early Christmas present.

Less pop from the can than I would have expected, but it begins to froth out of the mouth of the can immediately.

Appearance is apt for a stout, with a dark character and milky tan head.

Toasted with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

Rich on the tongue - like one of those chocolates with the liquid chocolate in middle, it just explodes in your mouth, releasing tons of flavor. Much like the nose, but with added notes of butterscotch, and a hint of alcohol on the end.

Really light in carbonation. In fact, a little short for me personally.

Good, but not at the top of the imperial stout mountain.

Photo of mothman
2.57/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass with 1 finger of fizzy beige head. Color is a dark copper brown. Nowhere near black like a normal stout.

Aroma: Roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, grassy hop bite. It also has a butterscotch flavors, some molasses, and dried fruits.

Tasted: Coffee bitterness, dry flavors, chocolate, molasses, caramel, dark fruits, and some vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and bitter. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this stout is too roasted with way to much coffee bitterness. Not for me. Not very drinkable either. Everything just seems off with this one. I was not able to finish my glass.

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