Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout
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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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Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
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 hsus0225
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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 Beer-Revelry
2.02/5  rDev -49.2%
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 TexAggie011
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown black color with a thick russet brown head and a little lacing. Smells of tons of coffee, alcohol, and roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, alcohol, but nothing is overwhelming. Mouthfeel is medium and has a tiny bit of carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of suspect
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass. Thanks again to miikezombie for the Secret Santa hookup.

A: Pours dark dark dark brown. Aggressive "glug glug" pour leads to a small pinky-finger sized head that disappears in under a minute to a thin ring of light tan head. No lacing. Boo.

S: Toasted chocolate malts are first and foremost with alcohol filling the nose shortly after. Some dark fruit makes it's way in as well with a subtle coffee nose at the back.

T: First off, I must note that the aftertaste is full of subtle coffee. I had to keep breathing out to figure out that's the flavor but, it is...coffee. Nice. Anyway, the malts here are nice as well, toasted with some plum, raisin and molasses.

M: A touch thin, but overall, good feel. Creamy mouth coating fills my mouth with stouty goodness leaving me searching for more.

O: A nice stout that gets nicer as it warms and is pretty complex. I would definitely like to have this beer readily available to me. Buuut, it's not so I'm grateful for the two cans I've got :)

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of angelmonster
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a 2 finger cappuccino head. Body is extremely dark brown with some crimson highlights. Head retention and lacing are above average

Smell is of roasted malts similar to a brown ale. There is also sweet milk chocolate, slight coffee, and some bubblegum fruitiness that is ofter found in Belgian ales. Hops and alcohol are very faint

Taste is smoky burnt malts. Similar to a scotch ale but with the addition of chocolate and coffee flavors. Pretty sugary beer that helps to mask the alcohol which at almost 9 percent is apparent but not overwhelming. Hops are slightly in the background.

Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation for this medium bodied beer. Wish head contributed more to the overall consistency.

Drinkability was good. Sessionable for a strong stout. Not as good as the Left Hand Fade to Black I had acouple days ago but few beers are as good as that one. This beer has nice qualities of an Imperial stout, brown ale and scotch ale all packed into a can, would drink again.

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Photo of jpaulsen
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of HoustonTX
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting to try this one for a while now.

Buried Hatchet is a really stunning beer. Dark rich brown body with deep ruby highlights. Solid finger thick head, with ample sticky suds of lacing. The aroma takes on a strong roasted malt profile. With background notes of coffee, leather, and tobacco and chocolate. Flavor wise, this beer really nails it. It stays true to the aroma for the most part. Upfront, Buried Hatchet provides a great malty backbone of chocolate and roasted grains. The chocolate notes are dark and mildly sweet, and semi-dry. The roasted notes and tannins provide an aspect of balancing bitterness, rich complexity, and work perfectly with the chocolate note. Near the middle, Buried Hatchet provides a lightly citric/floral hop burp. This really works nicely with the malt all the way around creating just such an amazing flavor tone. Finishes with lots of lingering malty goodness. One other thing to note, is the mouthfeel and drinkability. Both are way above-average. This is one of the most drinkable Stouts out there. It's scary how drinkable Buried Hatchet really is. This is one damn fine Stout, meticulously crafted and validates the brewing talent of Southern Star.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours a semi-translucent dark brown/black with a creamy head of various sized bubbles that leaves some nice residual lacing (my first canned beer that leaves lacing).
S. Cocoa is the biggest player with roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of vanilla.
T. Lots of roasted malt with mild coffee flavor, some chocolate, and a fair amount of vanilla. Leaves a dry roast flavor for an aftertaste.
M. Good level of carbonation, but a bit too thin.
D. Very drinkable. Unfortunately drinking these out of the can would diminish a lot of the wonderful subtle flavors, but I'll still likely do so at the next bbq I attend... these flavors would be perfect with some bbq pork.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my Stone IRS snifter. I was surprised to find this at CBX when I went down there a few weekends ago.

A - Black with a very light tan colored head.

S - Nice roasted malt aroma with a hint of sweetness at the end. Almost reminds me of a nice bold coffee with a strong roasted flavor.

T - Nice mix of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee flavors. A little bit of smokey flavor is present. The sweetness really balances out the roasted malt flavor.

M - Probably the biggest flaw with this beer. A bit thin on the body and a decent amount over carbonated. This is the only thing that prevent's this beer from moving from being a good beer to a great beer.

D - Pretty easy drinking, full flavored stout. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, too much carbonation and not enough body. However this is still a really good beer and I would recommend it for anyone to try. I would pick this up again but won't go nuts trying to obtain it.

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Photo of BeanBone
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
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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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.9% out of 100 with 1,197 ratings
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