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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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916 Ratings
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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 437
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 63
Gots: 121 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-09-2013 02:07:37 | More by mcdsports
Photo of ChadQuest


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

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!)

Serving type: can

05-14-2010 00:53:07 | More by ChadQuest
Photo of greg4579


4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

06-27-2013 00:29:00 | More by greg4579
Photo of DoctorDog


4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. can into a snifter.

A- Dark brown, just a bit short of opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of light brown head, which rapidly dwindles to a smattering of bubbles.

S- Roasted, earthy coffee rules the day.

T- Moderately sweet blend of caramel maltiness and coffee....light roasted bitterness. Quite good.

M- Moderately high carbonation, with a fairly creamy feel.

D- Good. Almost no trace of the 8.5% ABV to slow you down...

Future outlook: Very nice....Nothing too flashy- just solid and pleasing. I might have to go snag another 4 pack.

Serving type: can

03-24-2010 03:22:11 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of mgbickel


4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Perfect Pint glass. A slight, ½ finger of caramel colored head formed quickly and dissipated almost as fast; almost no lace detected. The body is dense and dark...mahogany edges form where light is forced through...

The nose has a perfect mixture of heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramel malts. Strong aromas...is this imperial?

The taste is right with the nose, but not quite as intense. Starts off with a sweet chocolate/cream flavor that turns into a roasted, almost bitter, coffee finish. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied, a little on the slick side with moderate to light carbonation.

Very drinkable...glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Highly recommended!

Serving type: can

07-09-2010 14:34:03 | More by mgbickel
Photo of gshak


4.78/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 4-can at a nearby Specs, with some skepticism. I really love the Imperial Stouts, and Old Rasputin and Ten-FIDY really are the benchmarks on my scale...so this little puppy had quite a challenge ahead. Onto review:

A - Dark, really dark, opaque dark. Couldn't get any light through...a really good sign for a stout. Got about 3-fingers width of head with an aggressive pour that subsided quite nicely leaving an impressive lacing...more good signs. So far so good!

S - Coffee and roasted malts..overwhelmingly so. Hints of dark chocolate. Simple and impressive.

T - This was a winner. Taste follows smell - coffee, roasted malts and chocolate. Goes down real easy, leaving a lasting flavor of coffee and toffee. Very drinkable , although I was averaging about one sip a minute.

M - each sip coats the entire palate. Not a chewy kind of beer, but has a nice body and consistent feel to it.

Overall - definitely a very, very good beer. I'm trying to cellar the remaining ones, to see how they age; but I may very well pop one just to get a whiff of it :)

Not exactly a Rasputin/Ten-Fidy imperial style, but more a cappucino stout, and an extremely well-crafted one.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:35:46 | More by gshak
Photo of unclekeith


4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-26-2014 03:53:46 | More by unclekeith
Photo of megahurts4


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

Buried Hatchet Stout

Appearance: brown, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: cocoa, nutty malts, and a hint of smoke.

Taste: hops, cocoa, chocolate, and a subtle malt-nuttiness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is the first stout I've had from this size can. It is decent. The cocoa flavors are savory. This stout goes down easy.

Serving type: can

01-26-2011 07:01:45 | More by megahurts4
Photo of Denzo


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-10-2014 15:50:43 | More by Denzo
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at 48 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours an opaque black color with a large-bubbled, two and a half finger khaki head that does not hold or lace very well. It looks more like a Coke than an Imperial Stout.

S: Milk chocolate, mild roasty coffee, oatmeal, and whipped cream. This certainly deviates from expectations.

T: It has the typical milk/oatmeal stout bill - chocolate, roastiness, nuttiness, and cream - but with mild tart cherries at the end.

M: It has a medium-light body (much lighter than expected) with tons of creaminess and lasting flavors.

D: This is much different than I expected. It's lacking in dynamic flavors and body/carbonation. There is no notice of alcohol whatsoever, so there's something of value.

Serving type: can

02-09-2011 14:19:03 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A finger thick, frothy head is produced on the pour, khaki in color. Beneath the head is a viscous-looking, pitch black liquid with brown hues at the base of the glass. Very appealing to the eye.

Coffee is prominent on the nose, with vanilla wafting in and dark roasted malt. I get some lactose and slight acidity.

On my palate, the coffee again figures prominently and with the lactose, it's almost like a cafe con leche or a milk stout. Sweet and dark malts interlace with vanilla to add some more tastiness. Towards the finish, coffee and dark chocolate return and linger on my tongue. There's only a slight taste of booze.

I found this beer to creamy, smooth and alternately sweet and dry. As mentioned before, the 8% ABV is well-buried. This is really an outstanding beer and one I'd drink regularly if readily available here in New Mexico. I am surprised this beer isn't on more people's radars.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 17:50:18 | More by ONovoMexicano
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.

Serving type: can

10-27-2010 23:24:54 | More by beeragent
Photo of jpro

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four-pack from CBX a while back... down to the last can. Pretty stoked about giving this review after “Darkness” aka Charlie Murphy -

A: Definitely brown here - not your typical black / near opaque double stout; held to light there’s some red and cherry highlights; light, half finger, cappuccino-foam head recedes quickly leaving no lace.

S: Quite a bit of chocolate malt; not very roasty; some burnt caramel and earthy notes, too; smells pretty sweet - kind of like a double milk stout, maybe.

T: I’ve heard this beer described as an “Imperial Brown Ale,” and I’d have to agree... really sweet malts: mainly chocolate and caramel - not as much coffee as most stouts; there is some dry, earthy bitterness on the finish that rounds things out nicely, though.

M: Full-bodied and moderate carbonation; starts sweet and finishes dry.

O/D: A nice brew, but probably not something I’d frequent - especially if I’m looking for an Imperial or Double Stout; a bit too sweet up front for me, and really seems like more of a big brown ale. I like the can, though -

Serving type: can

08-24-2011 21:57:45 | More by jpro
Photo of bmurray10


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-01-2014 00:14:02 | More by bmurray10
Photo of LittleDon


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

An 8 oz. pour into a highball glass at the Whip In, Austin.

Dark with a long lived head and a good amount of lace. Too dark to tell if any light passes through this one. Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma with a bit of coffee. Flavor is predominantly chocolate with a hint of smokey, burnt coffee (which works surprisingly well). Some alcohol is evident, but it isn't overwhelming. Bittersweet finish. Mouth feel is soft and body is heavy. Well done. My biggest disappointment was that the pour wasn't larger. One of the few stouts where I haven't wondered how much better it would be on nitro.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 20:28:33 | More by LittleDon
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!

Serving type: can

11-03-2010 02:56:12 | More by nhindian
Photo of jl28r1


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-16-2012 19:49:59 | More by jl28r1
Photo of halo913


4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-21-2012 01:25:28 | More by halo913
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-03-2013 20:22:30 | More by teamwiggum
Photo of IAmHollywood13


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-09-2014 18:41:25 | More by IAmHollywood13
Photo of gueuzedreg


3.49/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks a shade darker than a nut brown. Thin layer of lacing with crazy legs. Low head left over after 30 seconds.

S- It really just smells like roasted nuts, maybe some toffee. Not much for the S.

T- Has some nut brown with some stout characteristics. A pretty well done brew, but I am spoiled; so it does not blow me away in any characteristic. Tastes like a mix of nut brown and stout. Yah, I know I said it again.

M- Too thin for me. Some carbonation follows down the throat. Meh

O- I could not make a better one, but Meh. Sorry, I am an ass.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 00:30:25 | More by gueuzedreg
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-23-2012 03:31:16 | More by dhbiker0889
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

02-21-2013 05:46:20 | More by tubeyes
Photo of ChaseTheAce


4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-15-2012 05:07:20 | More by ChaseTheAce
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-16-2012 21:24:10 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.