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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

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958 Ratings
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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 70
Gots: 134 | 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 Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

This review was a long time coming. I had my notes,but I had to try it again just to be sure...

This brew pours a dark, dark brown with ruby red hisghlights. A brown head forms at about two fingers and remains sturdy for some time, leaving patchy lacing as it recedes.
All kinds of things up front on the nose, a heavy, heady balance of roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a creamy sort of lactic sweetness. There's a nice depth to this one, a very nice toasty aroma with a good balance.
The taste follows suit, though perhaps with a touch more of a hops presence and an added earthiness. Very nice.
The mouthfeel is what I'd expect: deep and robust with a full body and light carbonation. No much crispness per se, which I think wouldn't do for the style, but there is a nice smoothness.
A high ABV keeps the drinkability down just a touch, but I want more.

Brenden, May 27, 2010
Photo of Damian
4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to xpimptastikx for including this as an extra in our trade

A two-finger, bubbly, tan head capped the translucent, russet brown liquid. The head quickly dissipated, leaving the liquid looking flat. I was hoping for a slightly darker body and bit more retention and/or lacing.

The aroma was simply terrific. Full and robust. Semi-sweet chocolate notes dominated. Somewhat milky with indications of lactose sugar. Dark roast coffee came through strong. Sweet, caramel malts were noticeable as well. A hint of smoke nicely offset the sweetness.

Rich, roasted malts and some caramel-like sweetness again came through strong in the taste. Dark chocolate (and possibly some powdered cocoa) notes combined with the malts to give this beer a rather sweet overall flavor profile. Drying coffee notes were noticeable in the center. Quite nutty and toasty. The finish was roasty, smoky and a touch bitter. This bitterness really helped in balancing out the sweetness. Some piney hops appeared as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fine, moderate effervescence that enabled the liquid to glide along my palate.

At 8.5% ABV, this beer was remarkably quaffable. It drank like a flavorful yet lighter bodied stout in the 5-6% ABV range.

I have sampled both this beer and Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Co. and they have both been winners. These folks seem to have a knack for producing extraordinary beers from seemingly "ordinary" styles. Definitely keep your eye out for any of their offerings.

Damian, May 27, 2010
Photo of demodave
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

This was a very tasty brew. I've recently moved out to Lubbock, TX, which is something of a barren wasteland (check out Wikipedia, the history of alcohol sales here is kinda interesting). I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Doc's has a good beverage selection. Somewhat at random, I pulled out Buried Hatchet from their fridge, and had one today. I suppose I should have another to go through the point by point items.


Wants out of the can a bit, so it slashed a little.

Aroma: sweet, perhaps more of a milk stout or an oatmeal stout than an export? I'm leaning toward a mis-cast milk stout. Still has perceptible roast/burnt notes. Malt dominates.

Appearance: very dark, opaque, although some hints of red and brown show at the base of the glass (a New Belgium tulip). Head doesn't last all that long, but I don't know if that is a product of the can opening. There is a thin bead of head for a while, just not a thick layer.

Taste: again, sweet like milk stout. Has a nice background roast and burnt profile. Just a hint of burnt astringency. I would not say that there were chocolate or caramel or anything like that. A pretty clean burnt profile, if that helps any.

Mouthfeel: nice, somewhat rich. It doesn't bubble on the tongue. It feels very relaxed and comfortable with itself.

Drinkability: there is absolutely nothing about this beer that I don't like. That's already a very important first step. It's clean and well-brewed. I like it a lot. I don't think I could drink it all night (especially with the heat being what it is here - and the alcohol is definitely present), but it's a very good beer. As a fair warning, it was about $10 for a four-pack and I believe the alcohol content reported by BA.

I think my points awarded fairly reflect my impression of the beer, and I cannot see how someone could come up with a C+ for it. I'll have to look for that review. Put it in the milk stout category, and it is a very fine beer, if slightly over alcoholic. It doesn't taste like an Imperial Stout, though, so I think I have the right beer style named for it.

demodave, May 22, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

A. Pours a semi-translucent dark brown/black with a creamy head of various sized bubbles that leaves some nice residual lacing (my first canned beer that leaves lacing).
S. Cocoa is the biggest player with roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of vanilla.
T. Lots of roasted malt with mild coffee flavor, some chocolate, and a fair amount of vanilla. Leaves a dry roast flavor for an aftertaste.
M. Good level of carbonation, but a bit too thin.
D. Very drinkable. Unfortunately drinking these out of the can would diminish a lot of the wonderful subtle flavors, but I'll still likely do so at the next bbq I attend... these flavors would be perfect with some bbq pork.

BeerAndBourbon, May 22, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

I had this from the can at Map Room, not able to comment on the appearance. The taste is nice, not very strong but light sweet coffee, probably a little limited by the can... The taste is awesome, its very smooth, really reminds of an oatmeal stout. Super thicke coffee and cream with a hint of grain in it, super good and easy to drink.

jrallen34, May 21, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

A - This is an unusually light looking stout, as in it's a dark brown as opposed to black. Granted, I could just be used to the imperials, but seems a bit light for one. Can see through it if you try hard. Off-white to light tan foamy head that rose about a finger and a half off the pour.

S - Lots of roasted malts, carmel, toffee, a slight bit of coffee, and some cocoa. It's actually pretty nice smelling.

T - Taste is on the light side, but quite good. A nice sweetness, slightly bitter from the roasty malts, nice toffee and cocoa taste. It's light and quite good.

M - Too thin, medium bodied, little too slick, not enough carbonation for my liking or not enough weight, should pick one or the other.

D - Very drinkable, especially given how light it is.

AgentZero, May 19, 2010
Photo of corby112
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a dark chest brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger yellowish beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Surprisingly not much lacing though.

Deep roasty dark malt aroma with hints of caramel and chocolate as well as some deep roasted coffee note, hazelnut and toffee. There's also a slight hop character that compliments the bitterness from the coffee in the nose. This beer smell a bit more roasty than I usually prefer but the sweet chocolate notes balance things out nicely.

Slightly chewy medium body with a lot of deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of burnt toast, chocolate and caramel maltiness, smooth roasted coffee, slight bitterness, toffee and even some vanilla. Dry finish. Although this beer is predominantly roasty, it is very complex with lots of sweet flavors balancing things out making it extremely smooth and quaffable. Again, as in the aroma, there is s alight hop bitterness that compliments the bitter roasted coffee flavor very well. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer and am looking forward to drinking more of it. Recommended!

corby112, May 15, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Very interesting. Stout, Can, Texas. not three things i'd expect honestly. but this is a pretty great beer. Looks more like a porter with a decent amount of browning on the edges, and a roasty roasty roasty chacolate cocao nose and alot of black licorice too. taste is a chocolate bombardment with an almost syrupy hersheys finish, but the mouthfeel is thinner and well carbinated like a porter, so all in all this is roasty and thin and colored like a porter, but rich like a stout, doesnt matter but i like it.
I got this can from a friend but i know ill buy a pack myself in the future, it's a great affordable beer to have sitting around that you don't feel like you have to save for special occasions, will be one of my new "session" Stouts.(incorrect usage police! RUN!)

ChadQuest, May 14, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12 oz can. No freshness date or abv listed on the can. Pours very close to pitch black, with no other highlights. A nice airy mocha head that holds together very well for several minutes, and leaves a few patches of lace.

Roasty with some coffee and milk chocolate notes. A faint smoky character. Suggestion of burnt toast and caramel. Good blast of citrusy hops at the end. Some darker fruit and alcohol come out as it warms.

Roasty up front with very little sweetness. Some coffee and chocolate. Stale coffee comes to mind. Some cream and burnt toast. Lingering bitter coffee. A hint of a sourness. Fruit is very much restrained. A lot of burnt character. Something medicinal near the end.

Body seems a bit thin for the size of this beer. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Maybe the burnt aspect isn't coming across well for me. This is a good beer, I was just expecting a bit more.

Bierguy5, May 14, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

12oz. can into tulip on 5/10/10

A - Poured a deep blackish brown, espresso-colored liquid with a hefty two-finger creamy tan head that settled into a quarter inch of retention and some swirly lacing.

S - Roasty and chocolatey with a hint of vanilla and nutty character reminiscent of hazelnut coffee with a dash of chocolate sweetness. Some slight dark fruit notes are buried beneath the malt, although some slight tanginess manages to creep out.

T - Rich chocolate flavor with a dash of vanilla and plenty of nutty character. Caramel malt notes add a hint of sweetness, while the coffee presence adds an earthy bitterness and roasted quality. Finishes with a hint of nutty astringency and earthy hop bitterness.

M - Solid medium to full-bodied stout with fairly slick, oily texture and soft carbonation resulting in a velvety smooth mouthfeel with just an inkling of bristle.

D - Another stout in a can... nice! Quite impressed with this one overall. Not quite an imperial, though I was surprised to see this weighs in at 8.5%! Buried Hatched still delivers quite a lot of complex stout flavor with a fantastic mouthfeel that left me wanting more.

ffejherb, May 11, 2010
Photo of krisandajt
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

Enjoying another tasty beer courtesy of a generous BA, Adouble. Cheers John!

Appearance: An easy pour from the can into my SA Perfect Pint Glass, the beer is a rather surprising clear, transparent brown color. There's a nice inch worth of light coffee colored head sitting atop this brew that slowly fades but doesn't quite dissipate. As I swirl the beer in the glass, there's plenty of sticky lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Dominated by smoothly roasted coffee with some very subtle hints of chocolate lingering in the background. I'm really enjoying this!

Taste: The taste is a mirror image of the nose, big on the coffee and just a little bit of chocolate in the back. The coffee is good, but tastes a bit under roasted, almost like it could be developed a bit more. Of course, I am being a bit nit-picky, the beer is quite tasty.

Mouthfeel: I find the mouthfeel to be a little thin and watery for a stout, but otherwise it's fairly standard for the style.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer. It has plenty of coffee flavor which I really like, and is light and easy drinking enough where you can have more than one. Of course, the 8.5% ABV may hinder that a bit, but all in all a tasty beer. Cheers!

krisandajt, May 09, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%

A - Deep brown/black pour with a tan foamy head. Coats the glass very well.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee beans, roasted/smoked malts.

T - Follows the nose. Dark cocoa beans, roasted malts, burnt wood. Some slight bitter astringency in the finish.

M - Creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation.

D - 8.5% abv very well hidden. Almost feels like I'm drinking a sessionable dry stout.

muttyd, May 08, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A- Pours a odd brownish color with a tan head. By odd I mean not at all what I expected when I saw stout on the can. Head is pretty foamy, not a lot of retention or lacing left.

S- Smells of roasted malts, a ton of coffee and some bitter chocolate.

T- Slightly sweet, coffee is here, smokey, roasted malts and chocolate. I'm not getting much of a hop taste here.

M- Fairly smooth with a dryness to it as well. Body and carbonation seem to be about right in the middle.

D- Pretty easy to drink. Not quite sure how often I'd pick this one up but it was a good change of pace.

nrbw23, May 07, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%

12oz can poured into an imperial pint glass...

Pours a deep dark brown, a bit of light manages to peak through...a nice 3 finger soft light tan head forms and sticks around for a while...

Very strong aroma of coffee and bitter roasted grains with a tad bit of sweet chocolate mixed in...very nice...

Bittersweet mix of coffee and roasted grains with some dark chocolate...pretty much mirrors the nose and is exactly what I was expecting...

Medium bodied and pretty slick, not quite as thick as I would like and a bit low on the carbonation...

Pretty good stout here, although not near my favorite style I was slightly impressed by this one, and I am usually never impressed with a regular old stout...

hawks10, May 06, 2010
Photo of boralyl
4.18/5  rDev +5%

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a huge head. The head is light tan and very creamy. It has great retention nad leaves some decent lacing.

S - Chocolate and coffee and the predominate aromas. It's not weak either, the smell hits you pretty nicely.

M - Medium in body and lightly carbonated. This leaves a nice smooth creamy feel in the mouth.

T - Almost identical to the nose. The chocolate hits first then slowly fades into the coffee flavor. The coffee flavor finishes off the beer with a nice bitterness. Suprisingly the alcohol is no where to be found in the taste.

An excellent stout. It's packed with plenty of flavor and a great aroma and mouthfeel. Often time I skip over these regional year rounders in search of the more extreme/rare beers. This beer shows me that I certainly need to give these beers more attention.

boralyl, May 05, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one pours up a very dark brown color. It has a head of foam which is just over a fingers worth, which is creamy and brown. The retention is quite nice and the lacing is spotty, but fairly sticky.

The nose is quite nice. It is not overpowering but very inviting. A very nice presence of roasted coffee beans mixes nicely with hints of milk chocolates. Very good roasted malt notes with a touch of nuttiness. Light traces of toffee and vanilla sugars.

Taste follows the nose very well. The roastiness comes through a bit more, but the vanilla notes are a touch more prominent as well. Coffee and chocolates play very well together.
This is quite nicely balanced.

This has a medium-to-almost-full body with a medium (close to mild) level of carbonation. It feels very smooth and has a tiny tweak of creaminess.

The 8.50%abv is nowhere to be found here, outside from a very light warmth, way down inside. This is very drinkable and I wish that I had more than this one can.

coldmeat23, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
3.98/5  rDev 0%

A: Deep, rich brown body. Light tan head that was quite substantial. Good retention and nice creamy sticky lacing.

S: Lots of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, caramel, and just a little burnt coffee.

T: Very much like the nose. Large roasted character. Bitter chocolate cuts through, nice mild sweetness from the caramel. A bit of an edge with the coffee popping in and out.

M: Medium bodied, but a bit thin in the back end. The finish wasn't quite as strong and defined as I'd like it.

D: A really enjoyable stout, and a great offering in the can. I've been plenty pleased with Southern Star brews and this one certainly didn't disappoint.

callmemickey, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of TJBurgess
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%


Poured from a can into a snifter.

A: nice dark brown with 2 full fingers of caramel head that disappears quickly. Lots of free flowing carbonation.

S: coffee and chocolate hits with roasted nuts. Surprisingly nice!

T: coming from a can I didn't expect quite this much flavor. Reminds me of Old Rasputin. Coffee front, with a nice caramel and chocolate finish. Quickly and cleanly leaves the mouth which leaves me wanting more.

M: higher carbonation and less body than I normally prefer, but not bad at all.

D: I like this beer regardless of the mouthfeel and carbonation. I could see having this as a more regular beer, not something I would have at a tasting though. Well done overall!


TJBurgess, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, chocolate, and traces of coffee.

T: Tasted like it smelled: milk chocolate, malt, some coffee. A solid flavor in general.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied, not too heavy for a stout.

D: A generally well-made and drinkable beer.

avalon07, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

Big thanks to Freethyhops for this extra.

A - Nice and black, obviously medium-bodied, with not so much head.

S - Earthy wood char and smoky peat elements, chicory and burnt grain. It is a good tasting brew, and the aromatic elements are correspondingly well-balanced.

T - Distinct smokey-peat flavors and burnt grain fuse with a rich dark malt. Rife with robust notes of burnt coffee, chicory and hickory.

M - Medium-bodied, well-carbonated and appropriately slick. I like.

D - One of the better cans o' beer out there.

ktrillionaire, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

A- Huge, tan, bubbly head on top of a brownish-black body with red highlights

S- Doughy flavors of flour and milk chocolate with a generous aroma of dank, piney hops

T- Sweet and smooth with the flavors of a chocolate cake drizzled in a bourbon fudge sauce

M- Decadent and filling but not as thick as I would like it

D- I find this to be the quintessential dessert beer. Perfect at the end of the night

EnojysAnyBeer, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Pourted from a12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Dark brown in color, with a big, billowy head of tan foam
Aroma-Roasted malts, coffee notes
Taste-Dark roasred coffee, milk chocolate, creamy, with a sweet-malt, slightly smoky, dry finish.
Overall,not too shabby for being out of a can, and very drinkable despite the rather high alcohol content.(8.5ABV)

hosehead83, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz can drank from an american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown colored body with ruby red highlights when held up to the light. a decent sized beige colored sticky head forms on top and lasts for a while.

S- there are the usual dark roasted malts in this one. after that i get a huge whiff of coffee. some milk chocolate in here also.

T- the taste is very much like the smell. lots of coffee and chocolate in addition to dark roasted malts. reminds me of a mocha.

M- a little lighter than i would want with a higher level of carbonation.

D- easy to finish and the 4 pack wont go to waste. lovers of mochas check this one out.

jwinship83, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger foamy light tan head, when settled down to some nice sticky lacing. The taste is malty, big chocolate/toffee notes, with some slight coffee notes. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, malty, and lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is one very nice brew, especially out of a can.

Wasatch, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of AndrewOToole
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Black with a tan head. When held up to the light it appears to be a very deep red, very pretty color.

Smells like roasted coffee beans and a small amount of alcohol warmth, really sets you up for the taste.

Very very tasty stout, tastes like coffee beans and chocolate with a bit of vanilla and cherries. The alcohol flavor is slightly present and compliments the strength of the beer nicely. The hop note fits perfectly with the style.

Perfectly carbonated, warm in your mouth/throat from the alcohol, lingers in your mouth in a good way.

Overall, this is one of my new favorites beers. It is extremely drinkable (assuming you want a stout), yet another excellent beer from the Southern Star Brewery.

AndrewOToole, Apr 09, 2010
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 958 ratings.