Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,029
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 73
Gots: 163 | 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:
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 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!

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

12oz can poured into MS tulip

A - Black with noticeable brown edging. 2 fingers light tan head with tiny bubbling. Head was retained for a bit.

S - Roasty chocolate and coffee mix, sweet bready malt

T - Bitter and sweet chocolates, biscuity malt sweetness, some spices like cinnamon that are faint.

M - Full body. Smooth and creamy. A little bit of tart/sour taste at the back (not out of place though)

D - Easy drinker and very well done. Love that it's out of a can too.

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Appears black, but some faint light coming through the bottom of the glass reveals a very dark brown beer. Almost completely opaque. Pours with a decent mocha colored head that gradually fades to just the barest of surface coatings. Very light lacing.

S: Predominantly cocoa and dark roasted coffee, but there is a faint sourness that gives the impression of pumpernickel bread.

T: On the lighter side for a Double. Roasted malts, coffee, some dark fruit, raisins, and molasses. Neither sweet nor dry, though a bit acidic. A nice hoppy bitterness. Finishes with a slightly sour coffee twang.

M: Bordering heavy with appropriate carbonation. Moderate bitterness asserts itself but is softened by the heavy malts. Interesting.

D: A good stout. Very well balanced.

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

Can courtesy of a BA whose generosity will be lost to the ages (and poor record keeping). Poured in to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep chestnut brown, tinged with mahogany, slightly translucent around the edges but only as a passing thought. The head - initially one finger tall - is dense, creamy, meringue-like, though it doesn't have the best staying power, fading to a few milky dollops on top of the surface of the beer. Slight, slow, spritzes of carbonation rise quickly, visible around the edges, towards the ever-thinning

Aroma: Nutty, milky cocoa hints at almonds and lighter malts like brown sugar and caramel. A very light note permeates the entire aroma, as does a spicy note that's inviting and distracting.

Taste: An incredibly varied-tasting and complex beer. It has a lot of the elements of a strong - imperial? - brown ale. That is, it's slightly nutty, amaretto-like, with a lot of sweet, toffee-like malts and shards of glassy caramel. There're also a handful of spicy, phenolic notes, not quite hoppy in nature, and definitely yeasty in origin. There's also a slight amount of backing hoppiness, and all of the aforementioned combine interestingly with a large amount of generic toastiness but flashes of earthy coffee and brown sugar. Slight hints of berry-like fruit notes emerge as this one warms. The phenols are a little distracting at points, but on the whole, it's a pretty delicious brew.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, with lots of slow, gentle, soft carbonation that combines with the flavor profile to suggest whipped caramel cream or foamy, frothed milky cocoa.

Drinkability: An odd beer that doesn't quite firmly fit in any one particular category - it's an Imperial Brown in many ways, very light in the malt department for a stout, but also has shades of other influences. It's not necessarily my thing, but it's not necessarily not my thing either - what I mean to say is, I can see this beer being a favorite go-to for some people (and it certainly does pack a lot of flavor), though I can see others disliking it. At 8.5%, I wouldn't say you should pound a six-pack to decide which side of that chasm you may be on, but it's definitely one worth seeking out and trying at least once.

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

poured from the can a dark caramel / cola colored brown to a dogfish head signature glass with a half finger mocha head leaving a bit of lace.

aroma of mom's roasty black coffee with a bit of dark chocolate following.

coffee forward, hint of cocoa, roastiness.

a bit thin, highly carbonated, not bitter, not sweet.

drinkable enough.

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

Thanks again to poonamibaxter for this one!

Poured into my pint glass. 2" head that sits around for a second and dissipates, little to no clinging. Appearance of burnt caramel, similar to cola and a white head.

The smell has a nice malt profile, intriguing to say the least. Has notes of burnt coffee, toffee, and maybe salt?

Taste is rather bitter, very much like leftover coffee in character. No alcohol noticeable in the finish. Notes of pear or figs in the finish. Interesting.

Mild carbonation, flavors do not hang around so it would make a nice compliment to a hearty meal.

Highly recommend as a good mellow Imperial Stout.

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.

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.


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.

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,029 ratings.