Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

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

Added by armock on 01-03-2009

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Reviews: 470 | Ratings: 1,193
Photo of Robert_G
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Pours dark with a lovely tan foam on top. The head doesn't stay long, though.
Smell: Ah, rich and chocolaty. Even my wife, who doesn't like to drink beer, loves the smell of this stout.
Taste: Delicious. I love the taste. I frequently use it in cooking vegetable stews.
Feel: Not overly thick but has a nice body to it.
Overall: This is my standard go-to beer. I always have some in the fridge and use it for cooking and drinking. No one I've ever offered one of these to has ever declined a second! My overall favorite beer.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 7/27/16 at my local Alamo Liquors, 1,000 Oaks San Antonio. $8.99 for a 4-pack of 12 oz cans. I don't normally list the price but in this case, it is the value that makes this such a great beer. It compares favorably with a lot of the limited release stouts that sell for $8-10 per bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown, not black, with a little amber hue to it.

Smell: I smell burning! Nice chocolate smell with a hint of burn to it, as if a chocolate chip melted on the cookie sheet.

Taste: A delicious, sweet chocolate stout but with some smoked flavor and even a little (50 IBU that tastes like 25) hop flavor that gives it a little kick. There is also a mild espresso taste that I especially noticed at the finish.

Mouthfeel: I agree with other reviewers that say it has a Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Not much head which is common for this style.

Overall: I rated it a 4.25 because there are others in this category that are better. But that is a little misleading because I am comparing it to beers that run $8-12 per 16.9 ounce bottle. One can get a 4-pack of this for $9. Therefore as an every day drinking beer I'd give it closer to a 4.5 based on the value. and availability.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Dispensed a deep, black body with half an inch of mocha-toned foam.

Smell: Boldly chocolaty aromatics atop a blunted roasted character with touches of scorched heavy cream, candied caramels, molasses and a vein of dark fruitiness.

Taste: As with the aroma, very heavy and forward on the chocolate backed by a decided creaminess. Fairly sweet akin to melty ice cream. A little touch of dark fruitiness within. A roastiness is present but rather restrained. Warming alcohol. Lightly roasty, heavily chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Charmingly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Terrifically wonderful.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours really dark. The head was fairly thick, but did dissipate fairly quickly. The nose is has coffee in it. The taste has coffee and chocolate competing. They work well together, and this is a solid stout. Yes, I will get it again, gladly.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Pours dark brown with a slim khaki head. Slight signs of carbonation bubbling up, and also slight alcohol legs

Smell: I picked up chocolate, and slight coffee.

Taste: molasses followed by chocolate and coffee. Chocolate dominant for sure, coffee in the finish more so.

Feel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, almost reminds me of a porter. A hop bitterness kicks in on the finish, leaving a nice prickly sensation.

Overall: a nice stout with beautiful chocolate aromas, but a little to thin for me to be top tier.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank colder than my usual -- probably about 55-60 degrees, into my standby tuliped snifter. Dark coffee brown, unappealing fizzy tan head is one of its few detractions. Mild and pleasant coffee nose. Taste builds nicely on that, adding malty and toffee sweetness while preserving a good balanced coffee bitterness. Biggest surprise is the somewhat watery, basically porter/light porter feel that works perfectly well. Really has me intrigued for the BBA version, Black Crack. This is definitely a highly repeatable stout.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown and black. Thin light brown head to it, less than a quarter of an inch on the top. Leans black overall. Aroma was lots of roasted chocolate malt.

Good backbone to the beer, its thickness was appreciated, especially out of a can. Alcohol is just blanketed by the malt thickness. Not sweet at all. Carbonation on point. You can chew this. Strait up no adjunct beer that provides coffee and chocolate flavor via its malt. Right on.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black, opaque, thin khaki head, spotty lacing

S: Coffee, chocolate, bread

T: Big coffee and chocolate, dark roasted malts, burnt toast

M: Full

O: A nice beer that doesnt try to do too much. Chocolate and coffee are well represented in smell and taste.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a small foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Aroma of dark roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate. Nice smooth, mildly creamy taste. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Coffee and chocolate taste with dark malts, but it seems a bit watered down, especially for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another stout that pours black and brown with a thin tan head on the top; around 1/3", hits with more black than brown.

Aroma was chocolate malt and that is about the story.

Taste was more roasted malt, smoothed out slappy hours, hides alcohol pretty well considering its strength. Not sweet. Chewy. Warmth brings toffee and alcohol, caramel. Above average carbonation keeps the heft out the way.

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Photo of ritwingr
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Very nice black coffee color. Pours with a very minimal head which dissipates almost instantly leaving no lacing. Below average carbonation.

Distinct coffee notes. No hop presence in the taste that I discerned. It works. One of the better tasting stouts I've had in a while. I'll definitely purchase again.

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Photo of galuskan
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer that is available year round. I have only tasted a few beers that are better and one of them is the barrel aged version. This beer makes me smile.

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Photo of SebD
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a thin tan head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla and some sweet caramel/toffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted malts upfront, light coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla, caramel, toffee and faint dark fruit.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: can

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep burgundy/brown with fair amount of off white head. Smells strongly of roasted malts, hint of coffee, cocoa and leather. Tastes strongly malt forward, suggestion of cocoa and coffee, nice hoppy bite mid taste and good clean finish. Nice dry finish and medium mouthfeel (a little thinner than similar stouts but not unpleasant). A thoroughly enjoyable, fine example of an American Imperial Stout.

I was recently in San Antonio for conference and this Texas brew had a good price point for a quality brew. I would definitely purchase this again and I'm curious about this breweries other offerings.

update: though this beer continues to be a tad thin and effervescent, but quite good overall, with qualities that IMHO are more suggestive of a solid porter - quite good and one that I enjoy more often now that I live in Texas

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Photo of HopHunter19
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great double stout to drink when you're in the mood for a double stout, without any extra bs added.

Appearance is nice pitch black, with a soft white head that sticks forever. Smell is roasty coffee and chocolate, but that which comes from the dark malt, not added stuff. Taste is about the same, but more complex and full bodied than your typical stout, hence why it's a double stout. Feel is like I just described in the taste. Overall, I'd buy this one again, however the price point is a little high. The problem is it's hard to find a good double stout that doesn't have a bunch of other s*** added in (coffee, bakers chocolate, etc etc). Not saying I don't like all those beers, it's just nice to have a beer brewed with only malt, hops, yeast and water every once in a while.

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Photo of adapt313
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Small, fine off-white head surmounts a dark brown body with highlights only before a strong light. Fine-beaded lacing completely coats the glass walls. The head slowly fades away, leaving only cream-colored swirls on the surface.

Aroma: Pronounced aroma of dark malt, chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malt, char, and sweet alcohol.

Taste: Opens with cold coffee, and bitter chocolate, and dark toasted malts. Scorched caramel and roasted nut flavors appear later in the taste, as well as hints of vanilla. Sweet alcohol is a subtle undercurrent throughout. Finishes with a lingering roasted malt and coffee flavor.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, very full, with a velvety feel.

Drinkability/notes: A quite wonderful beer, it seems perfect for a winter's day with an ice storm in the forecast.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of marieli
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown/black. Not much head or lacing.

S: Espresso, dark chocolate, vanilla. Malts and toffee.

T: Smooth. Robust. Follows nose with some smokiness, vanilla and a warm finish. Didn't realize this one was 8.25%. It's almost like a stout on nitro. Terrific.

M: Light to medium with light to medium carbonation.

O: A nice surprise. This one drinks so easy. Don't let the alcohol creep up on you.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
2.02/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not going to lie, this just didn't do it for me, and I LOVE stouts. The aroma was full on black coffee, shut down all others smells, the taste was a mixture between strong alcohol and black coffee with a plastic, artificial aftertaste. At almost 10 dollars for a four pack of cans, absolutely not worth it in my opinion.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a cola color with a khaki head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of nice roasted notes.

Tastes of the roasted notes mostly with a smattering of hops. Notes of coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar lead off. Nuttiness and vanilla come through next. Hops make their way through next and add some earthy bitterness. Finishes with a bit more roasted notes.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly assertive amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a nice double stout, and it is worth checking out.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Can is at least a year old.

A: Dark and cola-like, with light head.

S: Smells oddly fruity and shot through with boozy whiffs.

T: It is really fruity, and kind of flat. But still, it's tasty. Aftertaste has hints licorice.

M: Smooth and flat. Almost silky.

O: Good, but not great. I remember it having more bite and bitterness.

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