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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,040
Reviews: 455
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 74
Gots: 174 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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

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

50 IBU

Malt: Rahr Special Pale, Crisp Brown Malt, Briess Roast Malt , Rahr White Wheat , Rolled Oats
Hops: Saphir
Yeast: California Ale
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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks interesting, a cool name and a stout in a can... thanks to womencantsail for introducing me to this.

A: It pours a large almost 3 finger head just to the top of my oversized snifter/tulip glass, however it fades quickly to a light potmarked head covering. THe beer was lighter looking on the pour, with a semi dark browned tan beer, but now looks essentially black but not quite.

N: Lots of chocolate, chocolate malts, roasted malts, chocolate milk a little, touch of bakers chocolate... etc. there's a bit of biscuit malt too, and hints of minerality that gives it a salty cracker like nose... weird but interesting. There's also a big creamy malt nose, some sweetness, and hint of vanilla.

T: Starts weird, like a candy bar actually. It has the chocolate again, with some malt and bakers chocolate, but not as much as the nose had. Then the biscuit and chewy malts as well as caramel flavors add a big snickers or mars candy bar like flavors. Pretty tasty actually. Somewhat sweet, not overly but enough. SOme creamy malts too, almost a creamy milk chocolate. Some roast, just a little, touch of vanilla too. A touch of booze comes on but just a touch with hint of tingly booze. There's also a hint of roasty bitterness but they kept it in check well. I love the combination of the malts, biscuit, chewy, dark, caramel, roasted, chocolate, and nutty, an interesting but well done combination.

M: Creamy and somewhat smooth, medium to heavier body with lower but decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still somewhat sweet but dries a bit. More dark malts late on the finish too, more chocolate, caramel, chewy malts, creamy coating on the mouth, slight syrupy. TOuch of booze lingering with more of the tingly feel and hint of warmth. Late biscuit and malty flavors that keep the light candy bar taste.

Photo of oline73
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Sam Adams Perfect pint.

Appearance: This beer wasn't nearly as dark as I thought it would be. Reminds me more of a dark brown ale or an old ale. There is a finger and a half of light tan, fluffy head with decent retention.

Smell: Some caramel malt sweetness and roast up front. A hint of graham cracker in there as well.

Taste: The appearance and smell of this beer had me a bit worried, but the taste is quite good. A good amount of roast, but there is plenty of malt to back it up. Seems more like a regular stout than an imperial. Hides alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side with extremely smooth carbonation. The finish is just a tad dry.

Overall: The appearance really threw me off at first, but I enjoyed this quite a bit. I would definitely have another.

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but lost my review notes, so I am happy that Bitterbill sent to me in a trade recently. Cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent chestnut.mahogany with a thumb of fluffy mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa & a touch of hazelnut, subtle coffee

T: Mocha, wet charred grain, a touch of coffee & dark chocolate & some dark cherry up front. Subtle coffee, dryness, some woody & herbal hops as this warms, plus some caramel & chocolate lurking in the background. Finishes dry with coffee, mocha & wet charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance, nice warming feeling as well

Drinks easy enough, ABV is well hidden. Nice take on the style, would buy this if it were available locally. Better than my overall rating

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack at Binny's a few days ago. My wife seems to be drinking these when I'm not looking - there are already two missing! Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant sandy foam that slowly dissipates to a thick cap and leaves spotty lacing. The body is a transparent dark cherry/mahogany wood color, without any visible bubbles.

S - Tons of milky cocoa, a touch of light roast coffee & cream, maybe a sprinkle of powdered vanilla. There's a touch of earthiness and floral notes that may be hop-derived. It's pretty explosive and jumps out of the glass.

T - Very roasty & bitter - not nearly as much sweetness as the nose suggests - there's a hint of cocoa and vanilla in the back end before disintegrating into a dark roast coffee finish.

M - Even though the body is definitively medium, there's something watery about the texture. There's a little bit of carbonation zip, but somehow this is a little underwhelming for an 8.5% stout. On the flip side, the alcohol is very well hidden.

D - My first beer of the night, and I put it down in near record time. I love a good stout in a can, and this if far more session-worthy than Ten FIDY. Heck, you might even be able to shotgun this one, with it's low carbonation, well-hidden booze, and soft creamy texture.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an Orval goblet. Beer is dark brown to black and forms a thin head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Pretty roasty in the aroma. Mild sweetness.

Beer is medium body and pretty smooth. There is a lingering roast bitterness / mild aftertaste to this beer that makes it pretty enjoyable. Not much carbonation in the palate but there isn't much happening the front anyway. Overall a nice drinkable interesting beer.

Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - A very dark brown/black color. Little carbonation and about one finger of brownish white head. Looks great.

s - Strong smells of coffee. Also smells a bit like chocolate.

t - Again, has a very roasted coffee taste to it. Also hints of chocolate. Very nice.

m - Very light body and little carbonation. I was surprised how light it felt.

d - Definitely a good stout and one of the better ones I have had out of a can. If you like coffee tasting stouts I would highly recommend trying this.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000!

Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy light brown head that slowly descends to a lasting, espresso-like cover. Dotted lacing sticks, with broken rings as it progresses down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate with light roasted coffee. It has an earthy, anise-like undertone.

The taste is of sweet chocolate balanced with roasted coffee and an earthy (hint of anise) tone. Finishes with a mildly roasty dryness.

It has a smooth medium-to-full body.

A well-balanced stout - Alcohol well-covered. Nice!

Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is lots of coffee and roasted malts. This is a great smelling beer. Flavor is roasty coffee, roasted malt and a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is completely hidden. This one could sneak up on you. Damn tasty. The mouthfeel is medium thickness and very creamy, really the highlight of the beer. Medium carbonation.

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't mind me - I'm just doing the CAN-CAN while on my CANQuest.

From the CAN: "You hold in your hand a stout for stout lovers. Buried Hatchet is brewed with a large quantity of brown malt reminiscent of a traditional pre-Industrial Revolution malt profile. This stout is full of robust, roasted flavors which intermingle with a bittersweet creaminess that concludes to a perfect, warming finish."

Wow! Talk about getting your money's worth - in cracking the CAN open, beer spurted out initially and when things settled, I could see that it was filled right to the rim! I had a TenFidy like that once. The pour damn near cascaded, turning into an easy two fingers' worth of thick, deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights. Nose had a roasty dark chocolate/coffee scent. Mmmmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creamy, with a definite chocolaty bittersweetness on the tongue. I did note a slight alcohol burn on the finish, but the lingering taste was still very chocolaty. A really good beer in a CAN, but perhaps not a beach cooler candidate, more of a tailgate beer, especially for late season football.

Photo of superspak
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this one in a trade with a friend. 12 ounce can into snifter, no canning date. Pours hazy dark reddish brown color with a 1 finger dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some decent spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, coffee, light charred malt, fruitiness, and herbal hops. Some pretty decent aromas here with good strength and balance. Taste of chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, biscuit, coffee, light fruit, and herbal hops. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, and light fruitiness on the finish for a bit. Decent flavor balance, but is not nearly as robust as I expected for being over 8%. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden for over 8% with hardly any warming after the finish. Overall this is a fairly nice stout that is enjoyable. Some good roasted flavor balance; but not nearly as robust or roasty as I was hoping to get.

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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 mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Lee for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head, which fades slowly leaving behind lacing all around the glass.

S: Some roasted malt, cocoa, and dark chocolate. There is a little bit of coffee on the finish as it warms.

T: Nice blend of chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. There is a little coffee, but its rather faint. Slight hop kick, but it is masked by the creamy flavor and texture.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Very nice, goes down very easy. The flavor profile I am looking for in the style, heavier on chocolate and lighter on coffee. Plus, its in a can.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky very dark brown with a fairly slight head. Smells roasty, vinous, and with fairly big licorice notes, and a touch of chocolate. Even more chocolate in the mouth, and with more of that dry licorice note, like Swedish licorice- almost chalky, and with a chewy licorice bitterness. There is an herbal quality to the finish, maybe a touch of Thyme. Not a very sweet stout, quite dry, almost savory, and quite good. Maybe slightly over-carbonated which gives it a touch of a seltzery finish, but otherwise a solid, savory mouthful. A nice beer, and not the usual run-of-the-mill flavors either.

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 lacqueredmouse
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can brought back from Texas by my mate Aaron.

Pours a surprisingly light, translucent brown hue, with a fine ring of off-white bubbles around the edge. Minimal lacing. Body looks light, but it's deceptive—really it's just that the abnormally light colour tricks me into thinking that, when in fact it swirls quite languidly, and holds some tight fine carbonation, suggesting a bigger body. Still, it's really too light for the style, and although it has good points, I have to say it's not a good look overall.

Nose is better, however, with a very pleasant roasted grainy character, almost giving refined notes of a good English porter (if not the raw power and grunt of a big Impy Stout). Slight chocolate overtones, all with a hint of heavier roast to it—smells a little like an overcooked brownie. Not bad, all up; a little one dimensional, but not bad.

Taste is surprisingly dark and bitter, with a robust toasty grain character that lingers right from the mid to long after the beer has disappeared. It still feels as though it's missing a little sweetness, but it's surprisingly well supported nonetheless. It doesn't feel tame or empty, but there's really not much else in the way of flavour to explain it. Decent enough.

Feel is noticeably light, but with enough heft to support the flavours of the beer.

Not bad, all up, if a little underwhelming, and certainly not a good American Imperial Stout, if that's genuinely what they call it. But it belies its disappointing appearance with some decent flavours and surprising integration.

Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Austin's Whole Foods. This is a pretty interesting stout, though I'd add that it borders on imperial porter. It's a big, dark bready beer and I'm getting a hint of popcorn (not the butter or diacetyl) with a unmistakable toasted element. The stout finishes with a bitter, dark chocolate and bread crust. This this a try for something different.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation leaving behind a small dirty wigte cap which fades fast leaving a faint rings and few bubbles

S: Day old Folgers coffee with a hint of chcolate

T: Confused. Is this an Imperial Brown or Imperial Stout? The backbone of brown malt, light coffee, toffee really makes me think thing this is a Imperial Brown, the only difference is the addition of coffee.The finish is highly carbonated with a lgering toffee, coffe and nuttiness. Rather clean and dry.

M: Medium bodied, a tad bit over carbed for a Imperial Stout? Body is a little thin for the style

O: This beer is somewhat tasty and enjoyable but I am big stcikler on BJCP guidelines. This beer as a Impy Stout is pretty far off.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Star : Buried Hatchet Stout

12 oz CAN. Pours brown with deep amber hues. Large dense head forms and dies down leaving lots of lace behind. Aroma of coffee/roasted malts. In the taste, malt, coffee, brown sugar sweetness, little bitterness. Lactose, cream. A little astringent, alcohol tone. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, creamy, smooth enough with decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good American Imperial Stout, above average.

Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting looking graphic for this can. Thanks to PhatAtUT for the trade. What do we have here? An American Double Imperial in a can? Oh wait, yeah there's this thing called TenFidy too.. heh heh, moving along here.

Poured from the can into a pint glass it is a nice dark chestnut body with some visible carbonation from the bottom. Head is a very big four fingers with tan like color. Not much retention on this and it falls fairly well. Red hues on the bottom. Kind of an odd looking Imperial but at least nice.

The Bouquet. What in the world!? This smells like peanut butter! Faint malt and some kind of airy hop. When does a stout smell like peanuts? That's just bizarre but I kind of like it.

As for taste, lacking some body. Minimal roast, taste and feels more like an American porter. A little bit too fizzy carbonation on the tongue and swallow finish though. Some caramel like feel but very hidden.

Overall though this is still interesting and drinkable. You could do a LOT worse than this.

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,040 ratings.