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

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Photo of GregJ
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a thin light brown head. Smells of roasted malts, chocolate and maybe a touch of cedar. Tastes very malty up front, roast, chocolate, a little burnt/ash. Definite medium body with creamy texture, tastes quite a bit like a milk stout. Nice malty aftertaste with very light hop bitterness. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated can at 50 degrees into shaker
Aroma of chocolate malt
Head small (<2 cm), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring and partial layer
Lacing good - complete wide rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor slightly bitter, roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, slightly creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of BSDA
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

One of the best stouts I've had, and in a can, no less! Full of flavor, coffee, chocolate, nightcap bliss. Drink one or two of these before bed and snoooooooze.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep black color with a very thick nitro beige head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Aroma with notes of coffee, roasted malts, creamy chocolate, nutmeg and cocoa.
Very flavorful and initially indicating a good complexity. Predominant notes of creamy chocolate, licorice, nutmeg, wood, mild char and lactose, coffee, brown ale yeast and a hint of sour. Very, very dry aftertaste with a mutating and long finish.
Full thick body with nitro carbonation. Alcohol of over 8% was so hidden that is almost a crime, I hope I don't commit one going back home.
I was told to taste the non-nitro version, that it is less distracting and less thick. Great beer, but I personally like less sweet and hoppier beers.
Ap.4,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.4 Sens.3,75 Cj.3,75

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Photo of joeyfeets
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Canned stout from our friends out East on 290 in Conroe, TX. Cracking one open emits a distinct smell of chocolate & a slight hint of coffee. It pours a very dark brown w/ a thin, cream colored head. Its real smooth w/ a creamy mouthfeel and well hidden alcohol. Tastes of caramel & chocolate w/ a slight bitterness at the end. Overall a solid brew, especially for the price. It's a great sort of "starter stout" because it’s not super thick or overpowering in flavor. I was at a pool party over the weekend & had some friends try it. They don’t generally drink craft beer but they liked it. Those of you wanting to sit down to a heavy stout during a cold winter day should choose something else. If you want a nice craft, stout that is very portable & easily shareable, go grab some of these. Especially good for those of us that need canned brews for tubing purposes & cant afford to buy enough Ten Fidy for everybody

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Photo of MikeWard
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

From a can bought back from SC. Complicated code on the can. My best guess is thta this was canned in January. Re=reviewed after trying second can.

Pours a thick foamy dk brown, with a small oatmeal head. Taste is of toasted malt, not overly roasted, so you would think it would bequite smooth tasting. However, there was an odd astringent taste in the background, which wasn't very pleasant at all. Wasn't picking up much in the way of chocolate or vanilla tones, no coffee either. So on the whole, a bit of a disappointment.

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Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +1.3%

A - Pours a dark opaque brown, whilst pouring its relatively translucent to where I can fairly easily see through it. Kind of like a brown ale. Decent finger or light brown head, thin ubbles. Ok lacing, weak retention.

S - Big chocolate nose with lots of coffee, thats mostly it - maybe some milk/cream. Simple but welcoming

T - Fantastic chocolate taste up front followed by minimal dark fruit/alcohol flavor. Finish is pure chocolate and coffee, aftertaste is coffee

M - Lighter bodied for the style, nice carbonation, still fairly smooth. Easy drinking brown/stout

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Photo of Buschyfor3
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12oz can (half poured into a traditional pint glass; the remaining half consumed from can)

A: Deep brown pour; muddy, not quite opaque; deep khaki colored head composed of fine bubbles perches atop the body, but does not last long.

S: Opening notes are reminiscent of fresh ground coffee – good roasted, nutty quality; some semi-sweet chocolate and a dash of molasses add a sweet edge; some charred notes – like burnt breakfast toast; the roasted notes are prominent here.

T: Roast flavors take charge of the palate – again with roasted coffee beans, roasted malts, burnt toast, a faint smoky flavor; some bittersweet dark chocolate peeks through along with a touch of cream; however, this sweet/creamy combo is short lived as a second wave of roast bitterness surges for, and remains long after the finish with a lingering coffee taste.

M: Smooth, slightly creamy, but not overly thick. Have had thicker stouts – even from a can.

O: A solid imperial stout in a can, but not the best I’ve ever had; flavors are nice, trending more roasted than sweet, but not overly complex. For 8.25%, drinkability is decent, but the booze begins to grow as the can warms to room temp. Slightly cheaper for a 4pk of this compared to Ten Fidy, but I think Ten Fidy is much better all around.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a black fading to burnt brown like the crunchy sugar atop Crème brûlée. The head is tan and not long lived leaving minimal lacing down the glass. This leads me to expect a less than rich mouthfeel, we shall see.

The nose is hints of coffee, dark chocolate, bread, nutmeg, citronella, and camphor with a tinge of the hops. Overall a rather decent and complex nose.

The taste is rather delicious with the sweet malts floating a bevy of complexity that finishes with a nice hop bitterness that tails off to the back of the palate with a burst of sweet again. The alcohol is definitely there and warms the belly nicely. There are strong malt and roasted notes as if the beer had been Bar-B-Qued with hickory. I definitely taste hickory, though I have to question if it is even in there for real or just a culmination of the esters and ingredients.. That could be a reference to the Buried Hatchet since Hickory is often used in ax handles. There is a definite medicine like undertone with the notes of camphor, alcohol and the hops. However, this is not a bad thing as one might expect as it is subtle and only adds to the complexity of the dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, nutmeg and other spice like notes that dominate this one. The sweet malt is what really takes the edge off the harsher elements of the flavor and actually combine to make this one hell of a great beer.

Now the mouthfeel is as expected from the visual observations and is a bit watery for a stout. That said, I still really like this one and I can see this as a warmer weather stout. Being that I live in South-East Texas Stouts are more of a seasonal beer for me as I do not like the heavy succulent beers when it is above 100 f. Heavy beers are just not enjoyable in 100% humidity with temps above 100 degrees. (Hell - nothing is really enjoyable in that type of weather, even pools get to hot to be enjoyable!) So this one is nice to have as a alternative to drink on summer nights or have with a meal or a great dessert that include vanilla ice cream on top.

Overall I find this to be an excellent beer but not an excellent stout. I would rate it closer to a light porter with richer flavors. I highly recommend it and I will likely always have a little on hand.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting jet black from the commercial description, but this is dark brown. Bad lighting at the Southern Star Brewery. Smells strongly of slightly burnt toast and tons of chocolate malts. I get some coffee roast in the smell, but I'd like a bit more. SWEET BEER. Lots of chocolate and toasty/roasty malts. More chocolate and toast than anything. Needs balance dearly. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, yet not that full. Overall, this isn't that great. I'm splitting a can with someone, and it's hard to take down.

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Photo of Premo88
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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!

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.05/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can from Monkeypuker. No canning information. Served in my Phish snifter.

Pours deep brown with a finger and a half of pale tan head. Little in the way of retention or lace.

Aroma is roasty and malty with cocoa, roasted malt and toast.

The nose wasn't misleading. Plenty of chocolate and caramel malt flavors here. Cocoa, roasted nuts, charred wood, mild bitterness, coffee and earth. Very roasty and malty but lacking the sweetness of most imperial stouts.

Body is on the thin side of medium with fairly heavy seeming carbonation. Dry with a burnt nut and cocoa aftertaste.

For my tastes this is not the "stout for stout lovers" as advertised on the can. A decent no-frills stout but below average. I'll most likely pass on future offers.

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Photo of gueuzedreg
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks a shade darker than a nut brown. Thin layer of lacing with crazy legs. Low head left over after 30 seconds.

S- It really just smells like roasted nuts, maybe some toffee. Not much for the S.

T- Has some nut brown with some stout characteristics. A pretty well done brew, but I am spoiled; so it does not blow me away in any characteristic. Tastes like a mix of nut brown and stout. Yah, I know I said it again.

M- Too thin for me. Some carbonation follows down the throat. Meh

O- I could not make a better one, but Meh. Sorry, I am an ass.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

A finger thick, frothy head is produced on the pour, khaki in color. Beneath the head is a viscous-looking, pitch black liquid with brown hues at the base of the glass. Very appealing to the eye.

Coffee is prominent on the nose, with vanilla wafting in and dark roasted malt. I get some lactose and slight acidity.

On my palate, the coffee again figures prominently and with the lactose, it's almost like a cafe con leche or a milk stout. Sweet and dark malts interlace with vanilla to add some more tastiness. Towards the finish, coffee and dark chocolate return and linger on my tongue. There's only a slight taste of booze.

I found this beer to creamy, smooth and alternately sweet and dry. As mentioned before, the 8% ABV is well-buried. This is really an outstanding beer and one I'd drink regularly if readily available here in New Mexico. I am surprised this beer isn't on more people's radars.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A – Dark brown black color. Nice tan half finger head that sticks and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. 4.5
S – coffee, roasted malts, smokiness. 4.0
T – Coffee, creamer, vanilla, milk, chocolate, roasted malts, smokiness. 4.5
M – Medium – Heavy mouthfeel. Alc completely covered. Aftertaste is roasty malts and milk. 4.5
O – This is a great beer that I would have a lot if I could get it where I live. Unfortunately it is only really available in Texas. Would be a great day to day stout otherwise. 4.5!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a very dark, ruby-highlighted, brown-to-black coloring with a thin, low profile, off-white head that slowly settles out into a sparse, filmy coating. Aromas of bitter coffee, sweet cream, subtle mocha highlights, and some earthy notes. Smells rich and bitter at the same time. Flavors are a bit more coffee and bitter forward, with a mocha blend that is very balanced and very tasty. Chocolate notes are both bittersweet and milky sweet, with a bitter and slightly smoky aftertaste. Light, smooth, creamy body, with a smooth, bitter lingering finish. Very drinkable, with a light body supporting the robust flavor profiles. Solid brew!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a snifter.

So incredibly close to a black body, a sliver of cola brown survives at the base of the beer. The head rose to about a finger's width, but died nearly as quckly, leaving only specks of tawny lace.

The over load of brown malts used give this stout a more chocolatey than roasty bouquet, which is very enticing. A huge sweet brown bread aroma also pervades the nose. And underneath it all, the subtlest hint of roasted malt arises.

The first sips exhibit the same chocolatey malt base with brown bread malts. A bitter, coffee roast bite hits the finish, but not overwhelming, and cuts the chocolatey base nicely. As the palate shifts, there is more roast building and overtaking the sweet malt, a slight pine quality has also emerged with the bitterness.

This stout is a little more watery, with little attention played to carb, slightly flat. It is not a big deal, just makes the beer seem more dry than it probably is.

Southern Star has unleashed a solid stout with Buried Hatchet. The copious use of brown malt adds a sweet and chocolatey touch to an otherwise subtly roasted offering. I liked it!

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Photo of JC77
3.39/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I must have a different taste profile than the other tasters. To me this beer was ok but not outstanding. I found the color somewhat light for an imperial stout. The taste was also light to me for an imperial stout. Because to me it was light it would be a session beer which for an imperial stout is unusual. Might buy again but it would not be at the top of my list.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can into tulip. no date coding.

A: pours a solid brown hue. head is very slight off white. forthy. good retention and tons of lacing.

S: a lot of chocolate in the aroma. a little coffee as well. a little bit of burnt roast.

T: really rich flavor. chocolate is dominate, minor coffee. a little bit of leather. finish is pretty dry. no bitterness

M: smooth and velvety. you can definitely tell the use of oat malt in this brew. medium/full body.

D: no defects, drinks pretty good. good stout flavors and aromas. good drinkability. nothing bad to say about this one. solid brew.

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Photo of tronester
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown with a thin brown head. Smells of some licorice and cocoa powder. Taste begins with some tart coffee, then some rye bread, and finishes with a dry bittersweet chocolate finish. Mouth feel is rich. Overall a very good stout.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brownish-black with good clarity, decent head and decent lacing.

Smell is soft toasted barley malts, with a subtle milk chocolate and coffee/cappuccino background.

There's a little bit of fruit accenting a sweet roasty malt flavor. It's a pretty smooth, yet flavorful brew, but is a bit light for an imperial stout. How this is an imperial stout, I'm not sure. It's more like a brown ale or sweet stout to me (however, I don't want this comment to take anything away from this beer: it's a very tasty beer, this is my second four pack that I've purchased. That in itself should say it all).

Feel is medium bodied and well carbonated, particularly for a stout. A bittersweet aftertaste lingers along with a little coffee.

Drinks pretty well, and I like that it's in a can. A good beer.

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Photo of Hops4Pops
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Southern Star 14 oz glass.
A: Black with a very dark red hue when a flashlight is held up to glass. 1 finger creamy tan head that quickly receeds leaving a light lacing that disappears rapidly.
S: Definitely smells roasty malts with chocolate, coffee and toffee smell behind it. Very faint smell of alcohol well hidden.
T: Very smooth and balanced. Malty, roasty, chocolate and coffee is faint.
M: Very nice. Tiny bite on the tongue. Creamy texture. Warmth of the alcohol felt as the taste fades.
O: A very nice, well balanced beer for this type. Nothing is overpowering and this beer is very drinkable. Be careful. Its 8.25% ABV, is dark as night and will sneak up on you. Definitely one to keep on hand.

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Photo of RTG3467
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can at Alamo Drafthouse.

A- Black with a one finger foamy tan head. Stayed for a good length of time, a little lacy.

S- Very strong notes of coffee and malt, with a slight floral finish.

T- Great flavor. Major hits of coffee, toffee, and roasted malts.

M- A great creamy feel. Alcohol very well hidden.

O- Can't wait to get a six-pack from the store today. Very pleased with this stout, amazing flavors, very complex from this small brewery in Conroe.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I poured this one aggressively and was rewarded with a finger of light mocha head. The body is a deep brown bordering on black. The head takes a couple of minutes to dissipate, leaving a good frothy ring, and a thin layer of lace clings to the glass.

This beer mainly smells of roasty malt. A little chocolate and coffee also in there.

Grainy, roasted malt opens up the flavor on this. This is complimented by dark chocolate and medium roast coffee. There is also a delightful kiss of alcohol in there that works perfectly.

The mouthfeel is medium-heavy. It leaves a coating near the back of the tongue.

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Photo of grifter51
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet-black in color this stout smells of coffee and chocolate. The taste is much of the same, with hints of creamy coffee and roasted malt. Smooth and delicious, this is a heavy, yet balanced beer in regards to malts and hop bitterness. Also tried out of the can it can have a bit of metallic taste but it really doesn't detract from the overall experience.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,193 ratings.
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