Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,097
Reviews: 466
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 77
Gots: 200 | FT: 3
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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Ratings: 1,097 | Reviews: 466
Photo of sentomaster
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- rich dark brown with a big, fluffy off white head which is slow to recede

S- big, strong mocha like roasty aroma, with a touch of earthy herbal and dark licorice aromas.

T/M- Follows the nose with a big, rich, malty, mocha like flavor. Again earthy flavors of anise and powdered dutch cocoa. There's a current of earthy and prominent yet subdued nuttiness running through it. A little thin in the body for the style, but this makes it super drinkable for a double stout.

A really unique imperial stout. The loads of light roasty and soft bittersweet flavors mix with a nice herbal dark licorice hop flavor....very unique, but also somewhat uninspiring, a sessionable imperial stout?

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 0z. can into a founders snifter

A- Pours black with a thick, creamy tan head.

S- Predominately chocolate and roasted malts. Sweet and slightly nutty. Aroma is pure chocolaty goodness.

T- Creamy chocolate and nicely roasted. Slightly bitter dark chocolate finish. Creamy and smooth throughout. A little on the sweet side but not to the point where it hinders the balance. But chocolate is certainly at the forefront.

M- Creamy and surprisingly thin bodied. Very little carbonation.

D- Excellent considering the style and abv. The alcohol is hidden quite well and the beer's thin body makes it easy to pound down.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, a shade below black, with a tight, tan head.

Rich, coffee ice cream, and thick bready/biscuity aroma. Very deep and unique.

Coffee with lots of cream, and a bready, malted chocolate ball sweetness, with some toffee notes. Thinnish body, with prickly carbonation a touch higher than moderate. Quite malt-forward, without much hop flavor but a firm bitterness. Some fruity esters appear with warmth.

Alcohol is fairly noticeable, and perhaps a touch hot. Residual sweetness aids mouthfeel, but stops short of chewy or velvety.

Carbonation could stand to be lower and alcohol a bit more subdued. Flavor is nice and distinct, leaning heavily on coffee while chocolate and dark fruit flavors take a back seat. Worth seeking out. Thanks Doug!

Photo of Qabil
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Chocolate goodness

Photo of mdunman
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick brown-black with a big head and some good linger

S: Rich roasted malt with some coffee/chocolate notes

T: Roasted malt and coffee/chocolate take over early on and progress into a slightly dry complementary finish.

M: Full body, decent carbonation

Very enjoyable beer. This makes me want to drive out to Conroe and tour their brewery.

Photo of caresville
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE THANKS TO TWIGGAMORTIS420 for this one!! i may have found my new favorite stout... that i dont have access to =/

a- jet black with a huge fluffy mocha head in my tulip, awesome lacing and perfect amount of carbonation!! cannot ask for anything more!!

s- lots of black coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and cookies n cream ice cream!! this stuff smells like heaven, period.

t&m- very silky and smooth, not too thin but not motor oil in a glass. black coffee comes to mind first, chocolate teddy grahams, brown twizzlers, hints of fig and cinnamon. strong coffee on the swallow also.

d- smooth as butter, my mouth enjoys this very much. just short of perfection... but damn near close!!

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

Got this in an awesome trade from Tofuspeedstar, thanks for all the texas goodies!

A - really dark but not a black , more of an extreme brown with some lightness on the edges, looks nice 'even from a can'

S - mmmm...yum, sweet chocolate and a nice toasty smell as well bordering on coffee grounds and toffee

T - Sweetness and a good variation of its qualities, from deeper coffee roast to a lighter milk chocolate and toffee , very creamy smooth feel and evolution of flavors, very tasty even if it isn't as thick as most stouts

O - Awesome beer, a really well done and complex tasting stout that offers a lot more than some of the more common one note stouts. It brings all the indulging flavors of milk chocolate covered coffee grounds with a heath bar

Photo of jwillcourt
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a half-pint glass.

A - Deep, dark-brown, cola color. There is no head, just a small rim of white foam. It is ruby red around the edges when held to the light.

S - Dominant coffee smell. Underneath, there is sweet vanilla and slight hops.

T - Taste is also dominated by coffee. Also strong chocolate and roasted malt. There is a sticky, vanilla sweetness and a slight cola taste. Hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Feels thin-bodied for the style, but it foams and froths easily in the mouth. Coats the mouth and lips.

D - Very drinkable. Hides the alcohol well. Lighter body goes down easily.

Photo of Lillie1128
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky brown with a small mocha head

S - Roasted coffee with a little bit of vanilla

T - Bitter coffee with some roasty notes at the end

M - Goes down pretty smooth, it's got some light carbonation

D - Pretty high for a stout

I think this is a pretty solid stout. While I don't think it's anything too special, I definitely enjoy. Thanks MikeytotheB for this one!

Photo of SkipWeathers
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved Pine Belt by same brewer so I thought I'd try it... it is a pretty standard stout; appearance dark brown to black with no head. The smell's main characteristic is caramel sweetness. Taste - caramel, roast, a hint of coffee, and some milky notes. Mouthfeel is warming, sour, a little chalky. Drinkability - love the cans! Downed several while watching the Tar Heels down the Devils!

Photo of wolffman17
4.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stout from a can, a rarity that hopefully we'll see more of from craft brewers as time goes on. Buried Hatchet pours black, though reveals deep red around the edges when held up to light. Thick, creamy, and dense head tops the beer.

Roastiness, as in in-your-face roastiness, dominates the aroma. Full of coffee and roasted malts. Sweet chocolate and vanilla brings some balance. The smell is as satisfying as anything in the beer.

Tastes much like the aroma...milk chocolate, coffee, but different than other stouts. Some biscuit and even smoke...is it the unique brown malt? Alcohol is virtually non-existent. Lovely. Each sip is better than before.

Smooth and creamy, but not overly thick or filling. Quaffable for a big beer. Buy this by the case.

Photo of lisomiso
2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hm, the high rating on this is kind of a surprise to me. It's not that it's a terrible beer, but a stout? A Double/Imperial Stout? Drinking buddy Walows says "I'd barely even call it an Imperial Brown!" Easy drinking, if boring, and my biggest complaint is that I get a bit of that Bubble Yum grapeyness that shows up on these average beers now and again. Eh, whatever.

Photo of lsiberian
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Strong Foamy Brown Head with a slow fade

S: Strong complex Roasted Malt with floral notes.

T: Deep Roasted Coffee That is both balanced and lasting.

M: Smooth

O: Great Nose, Wonderful Appearance with a simple flavor and fantastic mouth. The class of the brewery for sure.

Photo of DevilsCups
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can, poured into Founders tulip. Received in trade.

A - Medium brown pour that settles to a very dark brown color in the glass. Nice looking light khaki head. I prefer my stouts darker for sure, but it's at least a clean looking brew. Lacing is nice.

S - Pretty nice aroma. Nothing outstanding. Roasted malts, some caramel. Minor bright coffee is coming in. I'm getting a slight menthol-y note? Nice aroma.

T - Roasted malts, a bit of caramel. Not bitter or sweet, meets somewhere in the middle. Run of the mill stout flavors. Kind of reminiscent of a milk stout. Hits on the toffee note a bunch, which I personally like.

M - Knocked a few off for this category. Pretty thin in body and a bit too fizzy. For 8.25%, this could strand to be a bit thicker. Not too off-putting, but a bit below average for a stout this weight.

O - Pretty easy-going stout with no offensive qualities. I wouldn't turn one down at all, but I wouldn't seek it out. If you see it, give it a shot as a "start the night off" beer.

Photo of Foxybrau
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I kinda love this beer. What a mediocre and boring can, what a deep and interesting brew! The smell is full of chocolate and toffee along with a preview of the alcohol. The taste is rich milk chocolate and some coffee, with a dash of hop to dry out the finish. I feel like it could easily be called a milk stout. The ABV is hidden nicely - it will sneak up on you. A great bedtime snack, this beer is thick and satisfying. I wish more stouts had this texture.

Photo of Pukstopper
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color from a 12 oz can. Unsure of the date. No head and little lacing. Nice malt and chocolate taste. Hint of coffee on the back end. Overall a nice stout.

Photo of adapt313
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank this one straight out the can around a fire, I like the can so I'll give It a 4 for look. Really didn't get much coffee from the aroma, but loaded with rich dark chocolate. The coffee comes across a little more in the taste but this is still a chocolate bomb, in a good way. Rich, dark baker's chocolate is balanced by just enough hop bitterness on the end. This reminds me of an oatmeal stout, with the dark chocolate character flavor, surprisingly full mouthfeel and dry finish. I really enjoyed buried hatchet, even right out of the can.

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


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!


Photo of Rbald42
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown with a tan lingering head. Surprisingly light color for a stout. Lots of carbonation and bubbles. Had to be careful with the pour to avoid all head.

S- Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. malty and smells yummy

T- Taste has a nice roasted character with dry bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Not much hop presence, all malts and very tasty.

M- LOTS of carbonation which contributes to an overall thin and bubbly feel.

D- Drinkability is good,excepting the excessive carbonation. I could have a few of these and be happy. A good stout worth seeking out.

Photo of Hops4Pops
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Southern Star 14 oz glass.
A: Black with a very dark red hue when a flashlight is held up to glass. 1 finger creamy tan head that quickly receeds leaving a light lacing that disappears rapidly.
S: Definitely smells roasty malts with chocolate, coffee and toffee smell behind it. Very faint smell of alcohol well hidden.
T: Very smooth and balanced. Malty, roasty, chocolate and coffee is faint.
M: Very nice. Tiny bite on the tongue. Creamy texture. Warmth of the alcohol felt as the taste fades.
O: A very nice, well balanced beer for this type. Nothing is overpowering and this beer is very drinkable. Be careful. Its 8.25% ABV, is dark as night and will sneak up on you. Definitely one to keep on hand.

Photo of marieli
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. This one starts and stops with robust coffee aroma and flavor. It appears I got far less malt and chocolate than others. A bit too much coffee for me, but smooth and balanced enough to enjoy. I'd drink another.

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

Nice dark looking beer, needed to let it warm up a bit before I tried it.

Pretty good taste, nothing ridiculously good or bad in it. A lot of chocolate, porter-type taste. Fairly thin, but still has a good flavor and holds up as it warms.

Not a whole lot to say, just not the greatest beer in the world to me.

Photo of joeyfeets
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Canned stout from our friends out East on 290 in Conroe, TX. Cracking one open emits a distinct smell of chocolate & a slight hint of coffee. It pours a very dark brown w/ a thin, cream colored head. Its real smooth w/ a creamy mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Tastes of caramel & chocolate w/ a slight bitterness at the end. Overall a solid brew, especially for the price. It's a great sort of "starter stout" because it’s not super thick or overpowering in flavor. I was at a pool party over the weekend & had some friends try it. They don’t generally drink craft beer but they liked it. Those of you wanting to sit down to a heavy stout during a cold winter day should choose something else. If you want a nice craft, stout that is very portable & easily shareable, go grab some of these. Especially good for those of us that need canned brews for tubing purposes & cant afford to buy enough Ten Fidy for everybody

Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: 4.25 - Black with half a finger of off-white head.

Smell:4.25 - Dark chocolate, malt, toffee. I was expecting to pick up on some coffee, but I didn't. Great smelling beer!

Taste: 4.5 - A rich chocolate flavor up front and a pretty strong coffee flavor as well! This reminds me a little of Breakfast Stout by Founders, but possibly down a slight notch on the coffee. Awesome!!

Feel: 4.25 - Nice and thick with a little carbonation. Very easy drinking.

Overall: 4.3 - Overall a wonderful stout from the homeland! Always love a Texas beer. B plus.

Photo of StuartCarter
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Southern Star Buried Hatchet Stout
Style: Foreign/Export stout, 8.5% ABV

Appearance: very dark brown, ruby highlights. Fluffy light brown head that dissipates rapidly.

Smell: as is common with F/E stouts, mainly a delicate hint of coffee. Some slight sweetness.

Taste: delicate and light on the tongue, with a coffee flavour - think more a breakfast blend from a boutique roaster. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated, strangely thin but not in a bad way. The mouthfeel makes this beer *dangerously* drinkable - without any alcohol burn you could almost think this was a regular stout and drink it in that manner!

As it warms: molasses flavour emerges from the ruby depths of the glass.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer, all the more so because it's a quaffable big stout. The added bonus? This is an amazing beer IN A CAN. At about $12 for a 4 pack, you have a fantastic, world-class beer that you can take to cookouts, the beach, concerts, and state parks.

What more can you ask for :)

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 1,097 ratings.