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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

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849 Ratings
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Ratings: 849
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%

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 scruffwhor


2.98/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a super dark brown until held to the light, revealing a deep garnet color. Pretty nice three finger beige head. But this recedes to a nice film after only one sip. The aroma is super roasted grain with maybe some faint coffee. But the smoked and roasted grain scents really stand out. I also detect a little soy sauce in the nose as well. The taste starts super roasted malts, medium smoked with a hint of coffee and no cream. Then the middle lets your palate have some effervescance and soy sauce and sesame oil. Good carbonation, but the soy element is a little off putting. Creamy palate with good carbonation, but the soy seems to throw everything for a loop.

Serving type: can

02-08-2010 03:27:16 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of tone77


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for coming through with yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, malts, coffee. Taste is the same, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, a lot going on here, lots of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

Serving type: can

06-11-2011 15:22:38 | More by tone77
Photo of jrallen34


4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-21-2010 21:51:09 | More by jrallen34
Photo of champ103


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger tannish head forms with great retention. Sticky lace that is impressive all the way down. This can't look any better.
S: Tons of roasted malt. Coffee is abundant with some chocolate and even toffee aromas.
T: The same as the nose. A huge roasted flavor with plenty of coffee and chocolate.
M/D: A full body that is velvety smooth. Perfectly carbonated for my tastes. Exceptionally easy and smooth to drink considering the high alcohol. I sessioned about three of these at the Flying Saucer with ease.

Everything a stout should be and more. Not a lot of complexities, but exceptional none the less. Southern Star is fast becoming my favorite brewery with beers like this.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 03:50:38 | More by champ103
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, served in a tulip goblet. The beer was dark brown/black with a very thin tan film of head. The beer smelled sweet, roasted malts, dark boozy chocolate. Same with the taste, this was really rich. Strong anise flavor also, a common flavor in RIS that I don't really like. I don't like black jelly beans either. The richness and the evident alcohol keep the drinkability a little low for me, but still a very good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2009 12:23:48 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks as always for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights and a tightly bubbled tan head that dissipates quickly to form a ring.
Smells of creamy milk chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, slightly earthy, with a hint of dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, creamy, and heavy on the milk chocolate. Chocolate up front with a hint of roast and dark fruit midway with a lingering roast and herbal hop bitterness.
Creamy syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation and medium body.
This could be a dangerous beer if I could get it more easily. Drinks so creamy and smooth with no hint that it contains 8.5% abv. Great brew!

Serving type: can

02-25-2010 01:43:55 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of drpimento


4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Poured with huge, foamy, frothy, root beer tan head and a little lace. Head mostly faded quick. Color is an almost opaque blackish brown. Aroma is very nice with malt, cocoa, and roastiness. Flavor's similar but sweetness dominates. Body is decent and mouthfilling and good carbonation, but I would have expected a little more substance than what's here. Finish is like flavor but with a short blast of booze and a longer "stout" end.

Serving type: can

03-19-2010 01:17:10 | More by drpimento
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Dark brown body that is not quite black in the glass. Light passes through making the body look a deep red. I'm surprised at how lightly colored it is for an imperial stout.

Smell - Wow, I can smell the coffee without even bringing it up to my nose. Coffee up front, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. More of a strong brown ale aroma than a stout. A bit of booze, as well.

Taste - Nice flavor, strong coffee and chocolate. More balanced than the aroma. Slightly bitter finish, but also somewhat sweet. Some unfermented sugars in this one. I'd call this an imperial brown ale before a stout, though.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but very thin. Doesn't hold the flavors for long. It makes it quite drinkable, but not what I'm looking for. It also makes me wonder how the ABV is 8.25% with such a light body. That's probably why the booze is apparent in this one, as its body doesn't hold up to the ABV.

Overall - Weak body. It leads to some imperfections. A strange beer that sits, amazingly, between imperial stout and brown ale.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 02:36:13 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of FosterJM


4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: can

11-20-2010 05:07:29 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Soonami for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. can served in my Duvel tulip. Pours a deep brown with a frothy, 1.5 inch tan-colored head that eventually coalesces into a creamy slick. Arcs of lacing adhere to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Clarity is nearly opaque; however, the pour looks a bit thin. Nose expresses faint coffee aromas, roasted malt, baker's chocolate and a slightly metallic quality. Taste consistent with nose; however there's also a bit of acidity interlaced in the flavor profile. as well as a suggestion of lactose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a light carbonation and slightly creamy texture and mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, closer to an American Stout than an American Double in my opinion. If you're looking for a big stout, this isn't it. It's not bad but really somewhat lackluster for the style.

Serving type: can

10-25-2011 22:42:52 | More by Jwale73
Photo of AgentZero


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

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.

Serving type: can

05-19-2010 04:39:18 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Brenden


4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

05-27-2010 13:01:21 | More by Brenden
Photo of maximum12


3.13/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on my wants for quite a while & then wham! Four cans as extras in the span of two days. I hope it's good! Plus, I'm going to have to look up what an "export stout" is after this review & how it differs from your average, run-of-the-bass stout.

Pours a crackling, audible black with a rather incongruent whitish head. Bonus points for cool art on the can, love the brush growing out of the 'buried hatchet'. Smell is roast mixed with lactose, almost milk-stout-like.

Buried Hatchet Stout brings the roast with a Green Giant-sized hand on the scale. Hard after comes a blaze of sweetness, colored with that lactose, creamer flavor. There's a touch of acorn in the fall, smattering of bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is as creamy as advertised, but it feels a touch off with the milkiness & char. This tastes too much like coffee with a hella lot of half-and-half poured in it.

Decent enough brew, but not really my cup of tea, so to speak. I'll maybe sit on one for a while & see what develops.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 02:36:37 | More by maximum12
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with JJFoodie, Thanks Justin!

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Extremely dark brown with a beige head that fell to a layer and left a few large spots of lacing.
Aroma is roasted coffee and chocolate malt.
Taste is very good, roasted coffee and chocolate with a little bit of a hop bite on the finish.
Medium/Full bodied with creamy smoothness.
Oh yeah, it's drinkable.

Serving type: can

01-09-2010 00:52:40 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of rudzud


3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Received this as an extra in a trade with LadyofMuchBeer

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a dark hazel pour with a nice thick, creamy two finger light mocha head that fades to leave a nice dense blanket and pretty good side lacing.

S - Aromas of faint coffee with nice roasty, slightly burnt malts. Really enjoy the faint coffee and very rich, roasted elements.

T - Taste is ruined by this horrible mouthfeel, which I will go into. There are nice stout aspects here, good roasted malts, light coffee, but it has no backbone, no oomph.

M - Yikes...absurdly thin for a stout let alone an imperial stout! Ridiculously watery. Man oh man. Watery. I've never given a beer an "awful" for mouthfeel, and I'm so tempted with this. Its almost insulting how thin this is, but hey! atleast the ABV isn't noticeable.

O - I had such hopes for this beer when I saw the pour and smelled it. They were immediately ruined at the first sip. Even while the flavours aren't bad the mouthfeel is so, so bad it kills it for me. Damnit.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 00:30:34 | More by rudzud
Photo of laituegonflable


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark ruby colour, maybe some silty sediment. Head is cloudy, sunken and whispy. LAce is decent, but doesn't really cling to the glass. Not bad.

Smells very sweet and very toasty. Big, toasted bread aroma, with some pumpernickel, carraway and maybe some burnt toffee at the back adding to the sweetness. Bit plain, just a rich toasty aroma. Quite like it though, it's deceptively simple.

Taste is a bit odd again, has a lighter, quite hoppy mid-palate following toasty sweetness upfront. Almost strips back with some oily hop notes that then gets that toasty note at the back. Hint of banana, caramel & marmalade, with toasty bread, hint of caramel, some vanilla pod and carob as well.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, but a decent texture that slowly dries out the mouth. Fullish but also fluid, holds back for a while before any real mouth presence shows up.

Interesting drop, not something I will cherish, but happy to have drunk it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 10:50:32 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of ffejherb


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-11-2010 01:33:06 | More by ffejherb
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Pitch black color. Two fingers of frothy, but creamy tan head with average retention and only a touch of lacing.

4.5 S: Strong, but soft roastiness which I really like. Dark chocolate AND milk chocolate. Pretty simple, but really pleasant.

3.5 T: Similar to the nose only very much subdued. Soft roastiness again with bitter dark chocolate and toffee. There's also a twangy fruitiness. Good, but weak in flavor.

3.5 M: Light body. Carbonation is good. Could be creamier, but is really smooth.

3.5 D: Good beer, but could be stronger in flavor. Nevertheless, I'd definitely buy it on occasion if it made it up to my parts.

***Cellaring Update***
I'm drinking a late '09 and early '10 side by side. Both are exhibiting dry cocoa powder notes (with the 09 being stronger). Really tasty and better after time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:02:14 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Deuane


4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to beertruth for a can of this Texan treat! I really dig Pine Belt Pale so let's see how Southern Star does with a stout.

A-Dark, yet clear, reddish brown with garnet highlights. A medium tan head reduces to a thin cap and hangs on strong. Leaves decent lace.

S-I could smell dark roasted coffee notes when I was pouring it into the glass! Dark roasted malts, a touch of molasses, and dark bitter chocolate.

T-Rich, deep, dark roasted malt up front. Bitterness comes through from dark, bitter chocolate, a healthy dose of coffee and some earthy hop bitters. A touch of caramel sweetness on the backside. Ends with a building dryness.

M- Medium body and fairly smooth. Does develop a woody dryness upon warming...but this does not detract.

D-Wow...really? This is even better than Pine Belt! I never would have guessed it is 8.5% either. Amazing roasted malt and coffee flavour with a lovely dryness. This is seriously good stuff. To have this locally available would be stellar! They make this with a coffee added version? Whoa....must have! ISO--Coffee Buried Hatchet!

Serving type: can

03-18-2010 20:08:39 | More by Deuane
Photo of cpetrone84


3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a light brown liquid that allows some light through. The head is a light chocolaty brown, thin and bubbly, it dissipates pretty quickly and leaves no lace

S-the nose is big and burnt. Roasted, burnt coffee, charcoal, and light bitter unsweetened chocolate.

T-the taste is much better than the nose, it brings a fair amount of roasted coffee, slightly burnt edges, dark unsweetened chocolate is quite present in the mild and just a touch of sweetness towards the back.

M-very smooth and highly carbonated, slightly prickly, medium to full body. Pretty solid body

D-this has big bold flavors and is quite tasty. The nose was too burnt; but the stout itself was quite good. Very solid body.

Serving type: can

03-11-2010 02:24:16 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to philhyde for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a medium brown colour with one finger of bubbly light brown head that disappeared very quickly.

S - Cocoa, coffee, some bitterness. Sweetened up with molasses and brown sugar notes.

T - A good amount of bitterness and a slight alcohol bite are initially detected. Some dark roasted coffee, licorice and light cocoa notes here as well. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little watery for a RIS.

Serving type: can

02-11-2011 02:15:55 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a pleasant bubbly burgundy. A good amount of light mocha head, but it is watery and short-lived, even with some healthy replenishment from below.

Aroma - cocoa and coffee-infused malts. More grain is present after a short setup time. Even after some warming time the roasty grain is still there and smelling good.

Taste - great roasty grain flavor. Coffee bean influence, and some dark chocolate at mid-palate, mild in strength bit tasty. The swallow is warm in the belly and throat, continued malt roastiness to the end.

Mouthfeel - very creamy stuff, I like it. The carbonation is pretty high, letting it sit should let some of those bubbles out. Notable body, well done for a stout.

Drinkability - excellent session beer, although it would be sort of a pity to drink this out of a can. Too much good aroma there. Even if it's just for a campfire, at least put 'er in a Solo cup.

Serving type: can

10-21-2010 03:11:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of tigg924


4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, reddish brown

Smell: big time coffee, toasted malt, and toffee--very complex

Taste:dark coffee, toasted malt, toffee, cocoa, some cream--the toastedness of the malt really makes this one stand out as opposed to the roastedness.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light body for the style, sweet with bitter backbone

Overall: This one drinks more like a complex coffee porter than a stout. This has one of the best looks of any beer in the non-Guinness division. Super complex, I would pick this up all the time if I could get this here. One of the best new stouts I have had in a while and easily my new favorite Texan beer.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 15:37:46 | More by tigg924
Photo of GbVDave


4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark brown with a serious garnet tint. Initially the head is a creamy, light khaki, three finger monster that quickly recedes down to a creamy ring. Barely any lace is left behind.

S: Pleasantly roasty malt, milk chocolate, and a touch of sweet and tangy dark fruit.

T: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, lactose sugar, malted milk balls, dark fruit, brown sugar, and a sliver of medium roast coffee.

M: Thick and chewy with an excellent hoppy prickle that plays on the tongue.

D: Alcohol content felt non-existant! Such an easy drinking stout...and from a can. Awesome!

Serving type: can

02-11-2010 00:42:48 | More by GbVDave
Photo of morimech


3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chocolate brown with two fingers of head that hung around for a long time. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Surprising amount of cocoa aroma. Also the malt gives off some roast with hints of coffee.

The taste and mouthfeel were disappointing. The body is really thin for the style and it is carbonated like a Budweiser. The texture does nothing to compliment the flavor. Tastes like a ramped up brown ale. Not much roasted malt comes through. Alcohol although is well hidden.

As the beer sits, the carbonation settles down a little, allowing the flavors to develop, but it is not enough.

Surprised by the scores I gave this stout. I was expecting so much more from this highly scored stout.

Serving type: can

11-06-2011 18:05:49 | More by morimech
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 849 ratings.