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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,057
Reviews: 462
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 77
Gots: 182 | 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:
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 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.

Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got as an extra from stawn...thanks Chris!! Poured from a 12oz can into my Portsmouth snifter/tulip glass. Pours a creamy dark brown, with a hint of light shining through. A massive, and that's not a stretch...creamy, frothy head, about 3 fingers! Decent retention leaving beautiful thick sticky lacing.

Aroma is light, but strong in the coffee notes. Roasted coffee with cream. A tad roasty, and not boozy at all.

Flavor is good. What you'd expect, is what you get. Lots of coffee, vanilla, and light toasted malts. Medium body, very creamy, very very slight booze warmth at the end. Medium carbonation, very drinkable. A very solid coffee stout, but nothing special. Could drink this on a regular basis none-the-less.

Photo of flexabull
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown color with a decent head, not much lacing.

Aromas are quite nice, cream, brown sugar, and dark cocoa.

Taste is creamy, dark chocolate, brown sugars, and cola. Finish is crisp, with some mineral hops and some bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel is decent, but a little thin.

Drinkability is good. This is pretty nice stout, and in a can.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

Thanks to jefferz5000 for this extra

This beer pours a nice dark brown color, not as dark as I like, but it's still nice, with a light tan head. The smell of this beer is wonderful. There is such a wonderful rich coffee and vanilla aroma that comes off the surface. It has effervescence of a nice warm cocoa. Everything works so well in the aroma. The taste is a let down from the wonderful nose, but it is still good. It has many of the qualities of a cold cup of coffee without the concentrated bitterness. There still is bitterness from the roast, but not too bad. Way too thin for my liking. But it is highly drinkable. I must admit that I truly enjoy this beer.

Photo of Wisconsinality
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into Delerium Tremens tulip.

A big shout out to MilwaukeeCrusher for another beer I have been wanting to try.

A- Pours a deep brown with a lively two fingers worth of head. The head leaves a nice cap on the beer and leaves a little bit of spotty lacing. Not too much light is seen through this beer.

S- Roasted malts to go along with some espresso, dark chocolate and some black licorice. Just a small hint of alcohol as it warms but it melds well with the coffee smell I am picking up.

T- Roasty malts with bitter cold coffee. To go with the bitter theme, bitter chocolate and black licorice. No hop presence to speak of. There is a very nice balance going on with this beer.

M- Medium to full bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Pretty dry on the finish. Just a little bitterness from the malts.

D- I enjoy this beer more after every sip I take. Good clean flavors and a nice balance. An impy stout in a can that isn't Ten Fidy? Yes please. This might be a shining "lone star" when it comes to Texas beer.

Photo of Chaz
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown in color (when held up to direct sunlight it's more of a deep red with a purple cast...), topped with a medium-dark tan head. Head consists of small, tight/uniform bubbles and exhibits good duration and moderate lacing.

Nose is semi-sweet, malty, and slightly-tangy. Notes of roasted chicory and dark fruits, along with a faint whiff of alcohol. No overt hop presence on the nose...

Sweet and creamy on the first sip. WOW... this one is very smooth across the palate, coating the tongue and really taking over. The sweetness is powerful, nearly treacly-sweet, and for the style seems -almost- a little out of place. But after a while, a mild, lingering bitterness takes hold, and this bitterness will exhibit more prominence as this warms. The alcohol itself is rather warming and begins to become evident towards the end of the palate.

Lighter notes of coca nibs, rum, and anise seed, along with hints of char, bourbon barrel/oak/tannins... Dark fruit notes are certainly here, but the alcohol does play havoc with these in the aromatic portion of the palate. Roast (chicory) character from the nose becomes slightly more prominent as this warms, and dry, biscuit malt notes are also present but are overall much less prominent than the other characteristics noted.

Mouthfeel is exceptional, and body is average for the style.

A very drinkable beer for its style, and with a lot to recommend it, although the approaching-cloying sweetness might put some off.

A very good beer and above average for the style, especially noteworthy as it is available in a can (camping will never be the same again!) Worth buying by the case.

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
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
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).

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,057 ratings.