Buried Hatchet Stout
Southern Star Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,089
Ranked #7,024
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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burnerfinger from Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz can into my new belgium goblet:

Bought this because the distributor was giving samples at my local beer-store (twas THAT good)

A Very nice show on the pour - builds up a nice 3 finger head with all the lacing you could ask for - darker than root beer with a mocha- caramel colored head

S ; litly burnt chocolate

T - lockstep with the aroma - with a nice similair aftertaste

M full and not overpowering - ABV well hidden for a 8.25

D not a session beer because it's so rich. but this is a truly delicious stout on a par with Guiness.

Mar 19, 2012
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

May 03, 2015
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REGreenBTRB from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Mar 14, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into pint glass

L: dark brown, clear ... it's dark, so it's hard to see through all the way, but close examination proves this beer to be very clear; thick head about 1 inch ... even a light pour renders a solid head; no stock or lace, but the head is still impressive nonetheless

S: musty malt, some burnt notes; burnt coffee; vanilla -- loads of sweetness; cherry-chocolate; vanilla is prevelant, and there's a hint of whiskey to it

T: not as burnt as the smell, much smoother dark malt with coffee, chocolate, dark chocolate especially, oak wood, whiskey ... all of it is there, the classic big stout profile; it doesn't have (for me) the raisin or wine-like profile, BUT one can definitely be reminded of a port, sweet port

F: THICK ... the first one of these I tried felt like a milk stout, very lumpy; as I get a little more used to it, it's not quite as syrupy but still very very full. still drinkable because it's well carbonated

O: by far the best of the Southern Star offerings I've tried so far ... very oak-aged like ... hard to say exactly what distinguishes this stout from others like it, but I will definitely be grabbing some of this over time. at 8.25%, it's both big but still well under some of the bigger 11+% stouts out there, and I like having that option here. good brew!

Mar 03, 2014
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galuskan from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Jul 26, 2015
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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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JDV from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark black with a small tan head. Smell is nice and strong with dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate notes. Taste is as expected with roasty dark malt and bitter chocolate. Medium to full body with light to normal carbonation and no alcohol presence. Very respectable brew.

Apr 04, 2009
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ystazi from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Apr 12, 2014
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Goobastic from New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Jun 14, 2013
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drone from Oregon

3.16/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinks more like a porter, nice coffee notes.

May 16, 2015
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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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JonathanL7890 from Texas

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

A slight light brown head.
Color is pitch black, thick.
Aroma is very roasty.
Taste is roast malt, chocolate, little bit of hops.
Slight citrus hop presence. No alcohol burn but a little warming in the belly.
Thick mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Chewy.
Drinkability: One pint is enough at a time for me.

It's great to have a RIS from a local texas brewer.

Jan 18, 2009
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joshuacavett from Texas

5/5  rDev +24.7%

Nov 16, 2011
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akinsja from Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Jan 10, 2012
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mmink27 from Florida

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

Jun 07, 2015
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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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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a snifter. My infatuation with canned quality continues unabated.

Pours dark brown with some lighter brown highlights and a tall shelf of tan head that hides around the rim in a significant ring along with some patchy surface cover.

Smell veers towards the sweet side: Grape nuts, ground coffee, and roast. Touch of chocolate pokes through at the end.

Big sweet roast on the mouth; is this some sort of stout/brown hybrid? Upon can inspection, it seems large amounts of brown malt are used for a pre- Industrial Revolution malt profile. That’s cool and all, but I’d prefer a more robustly powered stout. Closer to room temperature, some hops and coffee jump out.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy. I like the creaminess but the body is slightly anemic and could use some heft on the tongue.

Overall, I’m a little torn. It’s a light, easy drinking beer that is warming and enjoyable, but it’s a little lacking as a stout. I’ll split the difference.

edit: I reviewed this in a word document without looking at the other reviews first. This is an Imperial? I would never have guessed that.

Jul 15, 2011
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whatname from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 24, 2015
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Joshgonzales79 from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Jan 19, 2013
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camartin27 from Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Nov 23, 2013
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katana09 from Arizona

3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aug 27, 2016
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this can from Mikesgroove. Thanks Mike, I'm a fan of craft brews in cans.

Buried Hatchet Stout is a dark mahogany that isn't quite opaque even at its core. The head is huge and fluffy, although my questionable pouring probably inflated it a bit. Either way, it is a nice tan color and has great retention and lacing.

The aroma is packed with a ton of roasted malts and is rather bitter.

A ton of butterscotch and toffee malts come first, adding a good bit of sweetness. Next comes a moderate amount of bitter chocolate and maybe just a bit of coffee. The strongest flavor in buried Hatchet is the roasted malt; this beer is just bursting with it, and it adds some dryness and bitterness. This thing is definitely a malt bomb. It's rich, complex and satisfying. It's a very good beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

I had not heard anything about this beer until it showed up in the mail from Mike, which in retrospect I don't believe, because Buried Hatchet is excellent. I was in the mood for a malty beer and this one was perfect. Also, I was shocked when I saw that the ABV was 8.5, I guessed that it would be a good bit lower than that. If you can get this beer, I suggest it.

Mar 06, 2010
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greg4579 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Jun 27, 2013
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Fr0stb1te from Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Mar 23, 2014
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mdp05 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +6%

Jul 18, 2013
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
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