Buried Hatchet Stout
Southern Star Brewing Company

Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,231
Ranked #7,543
4.01 | pDev: 11.72%
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout
Notes: 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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turfy from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the darkest brown, just shy of black. A thin tan head that quickly faded to the thinnest of rings, then disappeared. Minimal , short lived lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste of chocolate , malts, a bit of coffee. A pleasant hop presence on the tongue. Medium body with medium body. The best quality of this stout is the taste. Great tasting without being overly heavy or cloying.

Nov 04, 2021
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HardTarget from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black glass fails to hold a head beyond the thinnest halo of brown. No lacing.

Aroma: Burnt grain, petrichor, rose petals.

Taste: Deep roasted barley, a bit of mineral water, fruity esters, plum.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body.

Overall: A really nice stout. Earthy, complex, well made.

Jul 16, 2021
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minnaow from Texas

4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite stout, and I've had a lot. Malty, chocolate and coffee but not cloying. Refreshing yet satisfying, pairs great with a pot roast and even as a substitute for Guinness in mixed drinks.

Apr 02, 2021
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can produced 10/6/20. Dark brown color with a thin layer of brown head. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Medium body. Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate, and molasses. Nicely done

Jan 22, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a dark brown color with a tiny fizzy tan colored head. The head fades rather fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is sweet overall with a decent showing of some chocolate mixed with aromas of caramel and brown sugar. Along with these smells comes a little bit of a molasses and some light dark fruit.
Taste – The taste begins as one may expect from the nose with lots of sweeter flavors of caramel, brown sugar and molasses all mixed with a nice roasted taste and some chocolate. As the taste moves forward there are some light toast tastes as well as a bit of earthy hop, leaving one with a nice sweet and roasty taste overall.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium to slightly more chewy with a carbonation level that is rather low. For the style and the sweet and roasty tastes the feel is great and makes for a nice sipper.
Overall – A pretty nice stout overall. Sweeter, but balanced and very flavorful.

Feb 14, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

can poured into tulip

A: jet black body and a thick pillowy tan head with high retention that laces the glass as it eventually settles into a foamy cap with accentuated halo
S: rich coffee bean with sweet bakers chocolate and caramel roasted malt and a hint of earthy hop notes
T: follows the nose, with more coffee bean and black strap molasses shining through with a malty backbone and slight hop bitterness on the back end
F: low carbonation, medium-heavy bodied. mostly lush front with a crisp dry finish left on the tongue

Overall (personal opinion):
if you see this puppy and like a stout, just get it. this brew is a masterclass and benchmark for the style. legend.

Dec 18, 2019
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Megamickel from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark in color with a thin, tan-colored head and lacing. Aroma is of malt, cocoa, and coffee, not spectacular but not unwelcome, like a comforting fireplace. Malt comes through very strong in the taste followed by coffee, with a subtle nuttiness to it. Mouthfeel is thin and creamy, without too much carbonation. Overall, it's exactly what it describes itself as, a "stout for stout lovers" - it doesn't re-invent the wheel, but it is very good for what it is.

Jun 23, 2019
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HotDogBikeRide from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Buried Hatchet is an above average stout that is slightly watery but with a bit of flavor to make up for it. Dark beer with a little line of lacing that stays surprisingly long. The smell has grain, cocoa powder, toffee. Taste is nutty, toasted, a little cinnamon, and a big barley/grain factor. The feel is a watery cream with a medium dry finish.

Oct 31, 2018
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JohnDon from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter glass.
Look: Color is black with a full inch of thick foam that takes about a minute to dissipate and leaves a thin lacing around the bottom.
Smell: Malty
Taste: Malty chocolate, well balanced and finishes with some alcohol taste
Feel: Low carbonation, thick feel
Overall: Very Good and Enjoyable Stout

Oct 11, 2018
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afunyun from Texas

4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried in a chilled glass out of a 12 oz can.

Immediate smell of whiskey, dark brown/black color like coffee. Besides whiskey, chocolate and coffee smell above all else. Tastes just as it smells, dark chocolate with a whiskey kick on the back of your throat, aftertaste like you just ate a bar of high cocoa dark chocolate. Goes down smooth, hardly any initial bitterness like some stouts. Overall very enjoyable, worst part about it is the smell (to me it smells like whiskey almost completely with subtle other notes) but the rest more than makes up for it.

Oct 05, 2018
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ajohn1220 from Texas

3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Good color, nice dark brown not necessarily a jet black but still nice color. Immediately got a robust smell of coffee, chocolate and even peanuts in my opinion. Taste is full, but not filling. Gives out good flavor and can taste everything you smell. I like stouts and rather been on a stout kick recently, however it took me 2-3 times again to finally begin having a appreciation for this beer. Overall great beer! Got one more to go!

Jul 08, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.88/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Paid $5 for a 4-pack of 12 fl oz cans at a Total Wine & More in Austin (on clearance). I know I've reviewed this before; I just haven't typed up my notes - so this will be brief:

Deep amber-black body colour. Khaki colour head ~5cm in height.

AROMA: Roast, chocolate, hazelnut, caramelized walnut, brown malt, malty sweetness.

No overt hop or yeast aromatics. Seems like a clean drinking balanced if simplistic stout.

TASTE: Follows the aroma, but suffers from too much sweetness and ill enough roast. Maybe another bittering ingredient is necessary: overt hops, coffee, chicory, burnt sugars, etc.

Simple and shallow.

TEXTURE: Creamy, soft, smooth, wet, medium-bodied, largely well-carbonated.

OVERALL: A hum-ho stout. In terms of stouts brewed with oats, I'd sooner take Stockyard Oatmeal Stout over this, which is cheaper than this even when this is on clearance and is far better executed. I'll enjoy the 4 I nabbed at $1.25 a can, but I wouldn't readily pay for another.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

May 16, 2018
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stortore from Illinois

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 7/6/17, had 2/20/18.

Pours a dark cola color, somewhat opaque, with a flash of a head and some soapy cling. Aromas of medium roast malt, cocoa, coffee, light vanilla and molasses, some caramel and chocolate. The taste is more coffee forward, then malt, chocolate, light caramel, some vanilla, a light bitterness. Mostly smooth, a little dry, a good medium body, well carbonated.

This is enjoyable and drinks easy for the ABV. The aroma offers more variety, the flavor is more focused.

Apr 06, 2018
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Texasbrew from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice dark looking stout. Very malty and chocolate-y smell, and delivers in taste. The one negative is that it lacks the full, foamy, creamy head and taste that I like in most stouts.

Jan 13, 2018
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Chasegator from Florida

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look- light cola with a tan head
Smell- roasted malt, coffee, hints of chocolate
Taste- heavy roasted malts with some coffee bitterness. Some chocolate hints
Feel- light to medium bodied
Overall- Decent. I would classify the beer more as a brown ale than a stout. Very good and unique.

Aug 17, 2017
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Robert_G from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +5%
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.

Nov 04, 2016
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Jul 27, 2016
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +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.

Apr 23, 2016
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +13%
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.

Apr 03, 2016
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Cfred371 from Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mar 11, 2016
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Chris_Huston from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Jan 03, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Dec 08, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +3%
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.

Dec 02, 2015
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.01/5  rDev 0%
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.

Nov 10, 2015
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raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Sep 25, 2015
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