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Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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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 dougofthefuture
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dajtai007 for sending a few of these in a recent trade! Cooled down from the box and poured into a tulip right away.

A - Nice brownish-black with a foamy head.

S - Smells amazing... Deeply roasted malts, almost coffee-like. S'mores-like chocolate - a little dry but enough sweetness to make it attractive.

T & M - More of the same, and that's good! Toasty delicious, with a nice clean finish. ABV is there, but perfectly balanced with the malts.

D - I am glad I have more than one of these - it is ridiculously easy to drink for the style! Amazing beer that should be sought after...

Edit: On recently revisiting this, it leans a little bit towards the sweet side - I've updated ratings accordingly.

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Photo of samie85
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a really deep cola color with a two finger, light brown head.

S-Coffee and cocoa with an interesting coconut note. Smells delicious.

T-Roasty upfront with a sweet chocolate middle and finishes dry, roasty and a little bitter with a hint of alcohol.

M-Creamy and thick while being well carbonated. An alcohol warmth also contributes here.

D-Really easy drinking stout that's pretty affordable. I don't have a ton of experience with foreign/export stouts but this is the easiest drinking one I've had so far. I'm sure the alcohol would catch up with me after a few of these.

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Photo of gford217
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.

Pours a deep chestnut brown out of the can and sits almost black in the glass underneath a really frothy beige head. It's a little light for a stout and shows through as a deep copper in light.

The aroma is heavily roasted black malts with burnt espresso and a shot of sweet cream.

The taste is excellent for a sweet or export stout. It's got a perfect balance of roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee. There is a creamy sweetness that balances all the roasty character out in the taste.

The mouthfeel is seriously creamy and velvety smooth going down with lots of tiny bubbles and a super roasty finish.

This is an excellent stout. Admittedly, it's not exactly big enough to be considered an inpy stout but it's much more robust than most sweet stouts or export stouts. Not really concerned about the category though as it's really good either way.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into an Orval goblet. Beer is dark brown to black and forms a thin head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady.

Pretty roasty in the aroma. Mild sweetness.

Beer is medium body and pretty smooth. There is a lingering roast bitterness / mild aftertaste to this beer that makes it pretty enjoyable. Not much carbonation in the palate but there isn't much happening the front anyway. Overall a nice drinkable interesting beer.

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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 auroracrisis
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from dukedevil0, thanks man!

As I poured it, I noticed that this beer almost resembles a brown ale in its color. It's not dark at all really, it's just brown with a tan head. Not a bad looking beer at all and definitely different from what I am use to in a stout.

The smell is a bit underwhelming. Strong with smooth, medium body chocolate malts and some grain. Nothing substantial but it does smell appetizing for sure.

Taste is subtle chocolate with a bready underbody. Not overpowering at all. Has the flavor content of a decent session beer but the ABV would throw that off.

Mouthfeel is creamy medium body with tiny bubbles. Goes down the throat smoothly.

Drinkability on this one is high. Not overpowering in the slightest in flavor but the alcohol could get in the way.

Overall, a good beer that I am glad I tried. I wish there were more canned microbrews out there.

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Photo of vdread
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buried Hatchet is a deep black, red when in the light. the head sticks for a few minutes.

smells of robust roasted malts, sweetness, alcohol.

the taste is dominated by smokiness, sweet caramel, and vanilla. reminds me of a strong porter. some dark cherry, bitter chocolate, and molasses tastes come forward when warm. alcohol presence is strong. hops minimal, average bitterness.

pretty good beer, just not my style. nothing really sticks out except the smokiness and alcohol. would drink/buy again, though.

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Photo of Stigs
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, served in a DFH signature glass

A - pours a large amount, over an in and a half, of hugely frothy and creamy khaki colored foam. the beer appears black but has some deep ruby colored highlights when held up to a light. the head slowly falls to a thin layer completely covering the top of the beverage.

S - lightly roasted malts with a slight chocolate subnote...little specks of coffee and vanilla in there as well. very earthy - solid amount of minerals, and some earthy/grassy hops.

T - roasted malts start off before quickly turning to a substantial amount of earthy hop bitterness. sweetness comes alive via some light milk chocolate, toasted macadamia nuts, and vanilla. warming really brings out the chocolate and nuts but the hops remain to seal it all shut.

M - great here. hugely creamy yet the carbonation is enough to fight through and liven up the mouth. so smooth both before, during, and after the swallow. laves the mouth lightly prickly and dry.

D - superb stout. ABV is insanely hidden. i am not a huge fan of nutty flavors but this one executes it so well, with enough other things going on for a great balance. this would go great both for breakfast or as a dessert on its own.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cans seem to be a growing trend in craft brew. Ohio is starting to get breweries that package in cans. This is one of them. I heard talk of this beer here on BA and I was surprised to see some 4 packs here in town.

A- Poured into a big, wide Guinness pint. A big, sand colored head rises up and slowly fades leaving some lacing behind. The beer isnt super dark. It borders on porter and stout. Even in this big wide glass some light passes through on the edges, creating a deep red glow.

S- Very hoppy for a stout, but such is the nature of an export stout. Lots of grassy and earth hop aromas stand out over lots of cocoa powder. It smells almost like a blend of two beers. I havent really come across a stout that has hoppy aromas similar to an IPA or something.

T- Very balanced but also still very hoppy. Lots of milky, creamy cocoa layered over an earthy hop bill. Finish has a slight biting bitterness.

M- Full bodied with low carbonation. Its pretty slick and oily at times. Not sticky or dry at all.

D- A pretty good beer. I am fond of this style. Its right in between session stouts like oatmeal stouts and bigger imperial stouts. While this is not my favorite example of this style, it is a very solid beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark mahogany color, with red highlights and a nice tan head. On the nose , roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavors of coffee, chocolate and brown sugar compete with a creamy roastiness that goes down easy. Alcohol is not evident at all. Nice mouthfeel and very easy to drink.

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Photo of Casey10
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is so different a beer that I really liked it.

I really liked the mocha and coffee taste while subdude added a nice compliment.

If you are a stout or moca lover this is a must have brew.

Because it comes from a can for me adds a little as well a must try !!!

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Photo of angelmonster
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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 DoctorDog
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. can into a snifter.

A- Dark brown, just a bit short of opaque. Pours with ~1 finger of light brown head, which rapidly dwindles to a smattering of bubbles.

S- Roasted, earthy coffee rules the day.

T- Moderately sweet blend of caramel maltiness and coffee....light roasted bitterness. Quite good.

M- Moderately high carbonation, with a fairly creamy feel.

D- Good. Almost no trace of the 8.5% ABV to slow you down...

Future outlook: Very nice....Nothing too flashy- just solid and pleasing. I might have to go snag another 4 pack.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, My first pack of canned craft beer. It being on sale, I couldn't pass it up. Not to mention, I'm glad to give any beer made in Texas a try. On a side note, I really love the artwork/picture from the can. A shirt would be awesome.

From a decent pour resulted one and a half fingers of nice, rich looking, tan, sandy colored head, lots of movement, that's simmering down and deflating at a moderate pace. Eventually, a nice even and consistent thin top. Deep reddish brown in color. Not a lot of lacing, but there's a little bit scattered.

The nose is huge on the coffee side. This is like a straight expresso, or along that line. Some chocolate is there, but not very dominate compared to the massive coffee front. There is also a nail polish remover astringent like alcohol presence. Its not horrible, I just couldn't stop noticing it with my first can. Thankfully, it isn't coming across too strong, or I just got used to it. Not too complex, but smells good.

The taste is hand in hand with the nose. The coffee rules, with a light chocolate finish and a bigger warming alcohol kick.

Smooth, silky, and creamy mouthfeel. Very enjoyable. A little high on the carbonation side, but I think adds to the MF. A definate noticeable nail polish remover alcoholic kick in the finish. Really drinkable and I could Imagine finishing a 4 pack, gladly. I want to try some of their other offerings, as I was pretty impressed with this one.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" dark tan head above the cloudy reddish brown brew. Not as dark as I would like/expect for the style. Thick frothy head falls slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is deeply of dark grains, with pervasive coffee character. Taste is sweet to start, a touch of bitterness in the middle, and then coffee to close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth but thin for the style, and drinkability is good and easy. Not wild about this one fitting the style, but as a beer, I'm enjoying it, and that's the most important thing.

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Photo of elniko
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Opaque coloring but not quite pitch black, a little bit of rich brown as well. Huge creamy head that almost went over glass, nice lacing apparent. Really good looking brew.

S: Quite a nose, huge roasty tones coming through.

T & M: Wonderful creamy mouthfeel. Really nicely balanced with just the right mix of dry hoppiness in the finish.

D: This is my new favorite stout, Southern Star continues to impress and this is definitely their best beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer. Poured with huge, foamy, frothy, root beer tan head and a little lace. Head mostly faded quick. Color is an almost opaque blackish brown. Aroma is very nice with malt, cocoa, and roastiness. Flavor's similar but sweetness dominates. Body is decent and mouthfilling and good carbonation, but I would have expected a little more substance than what's here. Finish is like flavor but with a short blast of booze and a longer "stout" end.

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Photo of Deuane
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to beertruth for a can of this Texan treat! I really dig Pine Belt Pale so let's see how Southern Star does with a stout.

A-Dark, yet clear, reddish brown with garnet highlights. A medium tan head reduces to a thin cap and hangs on strong. Leaves decent lace.

S-I could smell dark roasted coffee notes when I was pouring it into the glass! Dark roasted malts, a touch of molasses, and dark bitter chocolate.

T-Rich, deep, dark roasted malt up front. Bitterness comes through from dark, bitter chocolate, a healthy dose of coffee and some earthy hop bitters. A touch of caramel sweetness on the backside. Ends with a building dryness.

M- Medium body and fairly smooth. Does develop a woody dryness upon warming...but this does not detract.

D-Wow...really? This is even better than Pine Belt! I never would have guessed it is 8.5% either. Amazing roasted malt and coffee flavour with a lovely dryness. This is seriously good stuff. To have this locally available would be stellar! They make this with a coffee added version? Whoa....must have! ISO--Coffee Buried Hatchet!

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Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ebony with russet highlights and a creamy, tan foam head that leaves plenty of filmy lace on the glass. Roasted coffee and cocoa with a bit of a dark fruity smell. The flavor is also rich and roasty with plenty of coffee, anise and brown sugar flavors with a bitter tea like finish. Is this brew really 8.5% ABV? If so, the alcohol is remarkably well hidden. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. A good stout.

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Photo of jampics2
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a snifter.

Cola brown and translucent, not as cloudy as other stouts. Red and brown highlights with a head that quickly subsided. Looks decent, could be thicker looking.

Smell is nice. Roasted malt gives impressions of coffee, bitter chocolate, and an earthy burned component. Quite nice, especially considering I have a touch of a cold.

Taste is impressive. Not as burned as the nose because the caramelized malt gives some nice residual sweetness. There is a great coffee note along with some chocolate and toffee. Enjoyable, but I notice some alcohol burn that should have been masked .

Mouthfeel is a toss-up between a heavy carb and a nice thick mouthfeel. I'm leaning in favor of the latter, as I think the nice round feel overshadows the flawed level of carb. Still a bit short of the mark here.

Drinkability is anothe toss-up. This should be a sipping beer, so I'm OK with that, but there is a bit too much burn considering the amount of flavor and the ABV. Still something I'm thrilled to have come across - this would be PERFECT for a cold night at a music festival that doesn't allow glass bottles.


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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a light brown liquid that allows some light through. The head is a light chocolaty brown, thin and bubbly, it dissipates pretty quickly and leaves no lace

S-the nose is big and burnt. Roasted, burnt coffee, charcoal, and light bitter unsweetened chocolate.

T-the taste is much better than the nose, it brings a fair amount of roasted coffee, slightly burnt edges, dark unsweetened chocolate is quite present in the mild and just a touch of sweetness towards the back.

M-very smooth and highly carbonated, slightly prickly, medium to full body. Pretty solid body

D-this has big bold flavors and is quite tasty. The nose was too burnt; but the stout itself was quite good. Very solid body.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with a creamy finger of head. Aroma is lightly toasted malts, a ton of nuttiness, some burnt popcorn, and a bit of floral hoppiness.

The flavor is mostly roasted malts and nuttiness. Not brash or bold, yet definitely flavorful. I'm not a huge fan of this style of stout because I often find it a bit watery and not worth the ABV, but this one is decent I suppose. I would be more impressed if it was in the 6% range instead of the lofty 8.5%

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a tad watery. Drinkability is OK for the style, but like I said it doesn't have the flavor to match the high ABV which puts in in the dark void between a session beer and a monster one-and-done type beer, so some points are deducted for that.

Overall, definitely a solid representation of the style but it doesn't stand out on its own.

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Photo of tedsox31
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this from the can into a snifter, where it was a nearly black color with off-white head. Some lacing left down the glass, although not as much as one might expect for such a creamy head.

The aromas are very inviting; I note a lot of roasted malt and chocolate/coffee. There is also a nice fruity character that suits this style.

The taste is burnt to begin with, followed by chocolate and coffee notes. There is also a fruity quality that carried over from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is creamy, and a bit high on carbonation. It does not stick around after swallowing, but invites for another sip.

Overall an excellent beer. While this is obviously not a session beer, the abv will still allow for a couple, and the aromas and tastes will keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent to me by my friend Steve in Georgia, thanks! This is only the 2nd craft beer from Texas I've ever had (Live Oak Hefe the other). I had never even heard of this brewery before I received the can.

A nice just barely off-white frothy head builds up on the body on the pour. It fades pretty fast though. The initial smell is of roast and cocoa. Throughout the entire glass I get coffee, whoppers malt balls, licorice, and some alcohol heat (only for a small portion). The mouthfeel is VERY slick, they really used a good portion of rolled oats in here. This thing went down fast and hit me FAST. It knocked me out (I was already tired from a long day of work). So if you run out of Ambien, just crack a Buried Hatchet.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,188 ratings.
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