Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout

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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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Photo of drinkAK
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer is just perfect, drink it straight from the can, in a glass or just lick it off the floor. This is absolutely my favorite stout ever made.

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Photo of utah44
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought as a 4-pack of 12 ounce cans for $11.00, I figured this brew better be good. Holy Armadillo, beer fans, I wasn't disappointed. This may be the Holy Grail of Beers, Heaven in a can. The smells of coffee and chocolate were divine. Poured into a proper pint glass at the appropriate temperature, the resulting head was substantial and lacing was abundant. Appearance was jet-black in color. Taste was smooth and creamy with delicious hints of creamy toffee and roasted malt. This medium bodied ale was very malty with enough hop bitterness to be balanced. If there ain't no Buried Hatchet Stout in Heaven, I don't want to go! (to paraphrase Randall Williams).

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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 Poormon79
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was very pleased with this. Kindly included with a recent trade from rwf08.

A: Very dark, no light passing through. Nice thick light brown head to start

S: the smell is very attractive. roasted malts and hints of coffee but not overpowering.

T&M: Exceptional! much like the smell you taste the roastedness and the coffee. slight hint of chocholate

D: very easy to drink. goes down smooth. a fine beer to try for you stout lovers!

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of Ford
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On nitro tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

I've had the regular version canned and I give that around a 3.75... but this nitro version is out of this world. One of my favorite beers ever.... ever!

Simply smooth, dark and delicious... I can't get enough of it.. well, I can... but I wish I couldn't if that makes sense. Of course it doesn't.

I just love this beer. I'll be on the lookout for it more now.

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Photo of SuperNewman
4.82/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy, Coffee, and Chocolate. Almost like a cappuccino. Opaque with a tan head and plenty of lace. Really good chocolate flavor that does not overpower your taste buds. Very minimal alcohol burn from a beer this strong. This is one I can't wait to buy in a can.

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Photo of BgThang
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at the draught house.
I feel deprived because I have not had this beer since it has been out. I have tried all of southern star's beer pre release except this one. I have missed out.

Appearance - dark, black, tan head.

Smell - alot of smoky chocolate arises from the medium tan head that lingers on.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, choclate, smokey, a tad of subtle hops coming though. This thing is very very easy to quaff down. Be careful they say it's 9% I cannot believe it!

Southern star brewery is quickly making a name for themselves. They have again made a damn fine quality brew that is rumored to be out in cans by this summer. If this is the case then I will have a trusty 4 pk in my fridge all the time. This and (512) pecan porter are my 2 favorite beers that I can get locally. We Texans are very very lucky to have southern star! Maybe they will do a barrel aged or bourbon style of this one. Maybe a coffee version! Awesome DAVE keep cranking out the GREAT BEERS!

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Photo of gshak
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A deep brown, nearly black body capped by over two fingers of craggy tan-tinged head that leaves patchy lacing on the way down.

Aroma: Loads of robust bitter chocolate, black coffee, and roasted malt along with medium alcohol character. This is going to be big.

Flavor: Just as the aroma promised, there's a big malt body that features plenty of bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. There's just a hint of citrusy hops from time to time, but they're not strong enough to take the spotlight away from the malt--they just take the edge off a little. Booze makes a much bigger splash here than in nose, but is never out of place. The aftertaste endures well, leaving the roasty malt, mild hops, and spicy booze lingering for minutes.

Mouthfeel: A velvety-smooth medium-full body with medium carbonation. Decent warmth from the alcohol in the cheeks and on the tongue.

Drinkability: Goes down faster than the stats would suggest, making it something to watch out for.

Verdict: Buried Hatchet was as good as I remember fresh from the tap and well worth the wait. I love big and robust chocolate-driven Stouts, and Dave and the gang have crafted a great one here. Knowing this is brewed just a stone's throw from my house is just a cherry on the top.

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Photo of slowcooked
4.68/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was first introduced to this beer in 2008 by a smokin hot beer goddess in Flying Saucer houston, tx I thought I was in heaven. I don't know what to say but imperial stout smoothness. This is everything you would expect from an award wining imperial stout but with an extra smooth drinkability. This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

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Photo of STEG
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special thanks to jefferz5000 for this wonderful extra.

Pours a deep brown yet not opaque color into a sam smiths pint. Fluffy sand colored head rises three fingers high. The nose has milk chocolate and cinnamon with a coffee undertone. Taste has coffee, milk chocolate, and malt dominate with some other cinnamon and fig-like undertones. Mouthfeel is smooth but a bit watery. I had no idea this was 8.5% until reviewing, that is unreal in terms of drinkability there is no alcohol presence whatsoever.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-light black color with a fat tan head that hangs around forever. Super lacing as well, it's a damn good looking beer.

Creamy malty chocolate, whoppers candy, coffee beans and nestle quick. Not much hoppy or yeasty aroma at all, very clean and fresh.

Mmmm, there's the hops. Resinous lupulin mingles with bitter coffee and toasty malts to create a nice balance for the sweet and chocolately malts. It has a nice heft to it...not overly viscous so its somewhat sessionable, but still has plenty of flavor. Easily the best stout in Texas. This brewery is kicking some serious ass. Gives Ten Fidy a run for it's money as the best stout in a can.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.64/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a chalice.

WHAT?? This is 8.5%? I downed 2 of these at my friends house when I first got this... had no idea it was so strong!

Pours a very black with hints of dark amber. Nose is fantastic, roasty, toasty, malty and sweet, perfect for a foreign stout.

Taste, this is phenomenal! Blows away Guinness export! So rich and complex and tasty, not a hint of alcohol, leaves an awesome taste in your mouth.

This is my second canned brew from Southern Star and I'm blown away again!

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Photo of j5uh
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been a big fan of Southern Star brewery since Bombshell Blond. I must say, this is one of my top favorite beers in Texas next to St. Arnolds.

One of the best stouts I've ever had. Smooth dark notes, a bit of bitterness towards the end but not harsh at all. Mild notes toward the end. Great stout!

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Photo of electricclouds
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours a dark black brown color. Tan 2-3 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S - Lots of roasted coffee/espresso intertwined with a bittersweet chocolate smell. Very inviting, very aromatic. One of those beers that makes you want jump right in.

T - Tastes like it smells with good complexity. A lot going on with this beer. All in very good balance and complimenting of each other. Not overwhelming like many stouts of this style.

M - Medium mouthfeel but not thin. Excellent balance.

D - Great drinkability, goes down easy and doesn't way me down. Not hard to put down a can of this on a cold night.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can tried 4 Oct. 2010. Served in the Kur Pils snifter.

Large creamy brown head. Medium carbonation. Very dark brown in color with reddish highlights. Aroma is amazing, chocolate mocha with a touch of ethanol. Stars quite chocolatey with a hint of smoke. Lots of semi sweet creamy chocolate, some coffee. Roasty warm finish and aftertaste. Medium body, warming alcohol.

A very accessible and tasty example of the style that is quite easy to drink.

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Photo of Damian
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to xpimptastikx for including this as an extra in our trade

A two-finger, bubbly, tan head capped the translucent, russet brown liquid. The head quickly dissipated, leaving the liquid looking flat. I was hoping for a slightly darker body and bit more retention and/or lacing.

The aroma was simply terrific. Full and robust. Semi-sweet chocolate notes dominated. Somewhat milky with indications of lactose sugar. Dark roast coffee came through strong. Sweet, caramel malts were noticeable as well. A hint of smoke nicely offset the sweetness.

Rich, roasted malts and some caramel-like sweetness again came through strong in the taste. Dark chocolate (and possibly some powdered cocoa) notes combined with the malts to give this beer a rather sweet overall flavor profile. Drying coffee notes were noticeable in the center. Quite nutty and toasty. The finish was roasty, smoky and a touch bitter. This bitterness really helped in balancing out the sweetness. Some piney hops appeared as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fine, moderate effervescence that enabled the liquid to glide along my palate.

At 8.5% ABV, this beer was remarkably quaffable. It drank like a flavorful yet lighter bodied stout in the 5-6% ABV range.

I have sampled both this beer and Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Co. and they have both been winners. These folks seem to have a knack for producing extraordinary beers from seemingly "ordinary" styles. Definitely keep your eye out for any of their offerings.

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Photo of Jayli
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from SamuelJackson45 via LOKO 4 Locals so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
consumed 7/30, poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, opaque brown with a 1/2 inch of dark khaki head. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal spots of lacing on the glass.

S: This beer was music to my nose! Chocolate, toffee, mocha, hazelnut and coffee. I can't WAIT to taste this!

T: Taste is teasingly rich decadence but yet not rich at all.. Starts with the milk chocolate upfront with a light underlaying toasted malt. Mocha and hazelnut flavoring with just the lightest mix of toffee come through next. Some more milk chocolate comes through as a rich coffee flavoring comes in that not only hangs but blends with a bit of hop bite.

M: Lighter side of medium body, a touch higher in carbonation for the style but it works with this beer. Starts slightly rich but the carbonation gives it a prickly, sticky feel.

O: Goes down easily, very tasty, not too filling, decent but well hidden kick, great representation of style. Give. Me. More!

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Photo of wolffman17
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stout from a can, a rarity that hopefully we'll see more of from craft brewers as time goes on. Buried Hatchet pours black, though reveals deep red around the edges when held up to light. Thick, creamy, and dense head tops the beer.

Roastiness, as in in-your-face roastiness, dominates the aroma. Full of coffee and roasted malts. Sweet chocolate and vanilla brings some balance. The smell is as satisfying as anything in the beer.

Tastes much like the aroma...milk chocolate, coffee, but different than other stouts. Some biscuit and even smoke...is it the unique brown malt? Alcohol is virtually non-existent. Lovely. Each sip is better than before.

Smooth and creamy, but not overly thick or filling. Quaffable for a big beer. Buy this by the case.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is lots of coffee and roasted malts. This is a great smelling beer. Flavor is roasty coffee, roasted malt and a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is completely hidden. This one could sneak up on you. Damn tasty. The mouthfeel is medium thickness and very creamy, really the highlight of the beer. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of digita7693
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a box of Texas brews for my wedding.
This has turned out to be one of my absolute favorite stouts, and even though I live in Germany I continually get friends and family to send me 6 or so cans, it is that good.

A very dark brown to black color, with a very nice tan head

S lots and lots of coffee, with some malts hiding in the background and a hint of chocolate.

T Very similar to the nose, lots of coffee, but here some of the chocolate comes through a bit more. delicious!

M Not the super thick almost molasses thickness of some imperial stouts, but it works very well. good carbonation.It is nice to have a very refreshing imperial stout, with lots of flavor that you could actually drink a few pints of. I find after a glass of some imperial stouts, even an 8oz glass, even if it is excellent, it is more than enough.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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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 dudemuskie
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 12 oz can of this in a mix-a-6er at The Andersons in Toledo!

Appearance- Deep brown, not opaque, with some slivers of light peeking through on the edges. Gorgeous mahogany color when held up to light. Creamy beige head rises and lingers with some lacing.

Aroma- Rich dark malt aromatics of dark cocoa, espresso grounds, and a soft vanilla/caramel sweetness. Notes of prune and roast add additional complexities. Smells outstanding!

Flavor- Roasty coffee notes with a healthy dose of earthy hop flavor kick it off and linger strong through the middle. Big well-rounded malt middle with moderate dark caramel sweetness. Finishes with a smooth and with a very nice balance of roasty and chocolate malt, and a kiss of alcoholic strength.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, almost silky mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied with moderate CO2, just enough hops present to balance but still let rich malt complexities shine. Slight residual stickiness but not even close enough to make this suffer in the drinkability. In fact, for 8.5%, this is dangerously drinkable. Slightly warming finish.

Overall- Wow. Outstanding imperial stout out of a can!! I may have just found the magic bullet for long lift rides this ski season! Incredibly drinkable but gives you everything you would want in a stout, plus a wonderfully warming 8.5% to boot. Kudos Southern Star- well worth seeking this canned beauty out!

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Photo of Brez07
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewing from notes. 12oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours into the glass a dark brown hue. Big 2 finger cream colored head. Seems fizzy. No lacing

S: Lots of cocoa nibs and roasted malt. Possibly a touch of wheat as well

T: Again, mostly chocolate and roasted malt. Damn good flavors for a stout. The cocoa blends so well, imparting some sweetness. Reminds me of malted milk balls

M: Full bodied. Very smooth and creamy. Normal carbonation for the style. Nice light roast in the finish

D: Super drinkable, tasty stout. Reminiscent of what Cadillac Mountain Stout used to taste like. Definitely need to grab some more of this

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
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