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 RustyP
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Stone snifter after sitting out of the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

A: deep mahogany brown with some dark amber and ruby hues at the edges. 1 finger foamy, light tan head settled to a 1/8” ring with a disconnected film of bubbles. Small amount of streaky lacing left behind.

S: heavy milk chocolate aroma with moderate notes of medium-roast coffee. Very faint dark fruits and I swear a hint of cherry is in there somewhere. Very sweet smelling with a slight charred edge at the end. As the beer warms, the sharp coffee notes begin to take center stage and the hops start to become more prevalent. All in all, the aroma is fairly simple but promising.

T: Again, heavy on the milk chocolate and toasty coffee flavor up front, but a little thin and watery after that. Earthy / herbal hops balance out the sweetness well. Faint fruitiness on the back-end. The flavor starts out promising, but drops the ball after the first few moments.

M: very thin for an Imperial Stout…on the low end of medium-bodied. Carbonation is a little high for the style as well, very prickly on the tongue.

Overall: Considering the arguably low ABV relative to the style, I wasn’t expecting anything mind-blowing or incredibly complex, but even so, Buried Hatchet was a bit disappointing. Drinks much more like a “session” stout…nothing Imperial at all about the flavor. The appearance and aroma were both very promising, but the lack of body and somewhat shallow flavor made this one I probably won’t seek out again at $10 for a 4-pack.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to SSW117!

A- Pours a slightly translucent, but mostly opaque reddish brown. About a finger's worth of yellowish brown off-white creamy head with great retention that leaves nice layered lacing around the sides of the glass. Above average carbonation for a stout.

S- Butterscotch, caramel malts, brown sugar, smells delicious, definitely on the sweet side but fairly average aroma strength.

T- Caramel malts, a tiny bit of butterscotch, some light chocolate, finishes with a slightly bitter lightly sweet butterscotch/caramel malts taste. Not as sweet as I was expecting and could have been balanced a tiny bit better.

M- Fairly thin, a little bit too thin for a stout in my opinion, a little bit too much carbonation, easy to drink, abv well hidden.

O- This was an okay stout. It was definitely a little bit too thin and carbonated for my liking. The malts dominated the taste a tiny bit, but everything else was balanced nicely. Nice appearance and smell, the mouthfeel could use some working on though- too thin. Easy to drink and definitely enjoyed the chance to try this one- thanks again SSW117.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kobeer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BryanCarey
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Buried Hatchet Stout pours to a very dark brown color with tinges of redness. Its nose is bold and inviting, with a scent that combines coffee, chocolate, a little toffee, and a little bit of vanilla. Its foam level is nice at first, but it does fade away in a relatively short time. Still, it manages to maintain a cap of tan colored bubbles that holds its own to the bottom of the glass and there is a small amount of lacing.

Buried Hatchet Stout is a complex brew and it offers many great flavors to keep the stout lover satisfied. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are the most obvious, but there are also tastes of toffee, caramel, toasted malt, nuts, light herbal hops, and fruit. The beer has a definite creaminess to its body and there is some bitterness, but it is quickly reigned- in by the taste of the sweet malt and smoothness.

Buried Hatchet Stout has many qualities that make it a memorable brew. Its complexity is obvious and its flavor just keeps on giving. The flavor profile of mocha, caramel and toffee, fruit, etc., will satisfy most any fan of the style. Its aroma is wonderful and its body, while not as full as the nose may lead you to believe, is still full enough that most will not mind.

Buried Hatchet Stout is a very interesting beer with a smoothness not often found in beers with this alcohol level. Try some for yourself, if you can get your hands on a can, and discover the malty smoothness of this Texas- brewed malt beverage treat.

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Photo of brystmar
3.34/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Al. Funny how I was born & raised in South TX and saw this on the shelves all the time, yet my first taste comes while living in NYC.

Pours a translucent brown body with some head; a faint ring of foam remains around the edges. Stouts should be much darker in color -- you sure this isn't a brown ale?

Coffee and toasted malts hit my nose. Pleasant, I suppose, but I want more roast from my stouts. Again with the brown ale comparisons. Roast them malts, son!

Despite everything above, the taste works reasonably well. Coffee and chocolate dwell for a bit before it turns watery, making this one quite sessionable. Body is unacceptably thin for an imperial stout, and the overall experience suffers because of it.

I suppose Buried Hatchet is a decent, sessionable stout for a hot day outside. However, SS needs to either re-work parts of this recipe or re-brand it as a brown ale because this brew simply doesn't work as an imperial stout. And frankly, it isn't even close to competing with the off-the-shelf stouts we get here. Grab a Founders Imperial Stout and you'll see.

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Photo of BillHilly
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ScubaSteve00
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of OSUHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Maegodfrey14
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of fiedler84
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sukwonee
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black body, with half a finger high head, lots of lacing.

S: Not much smell at all... some malt and very faint hops.

T: It also doesn't taste like much. Roasted malt... and that's it. It's not sweet or boozy... it tastes like a bit stronger Draught Guinness

M: Really light body.

O: It's nice but not good for the style. I was very surprised to see that it had 8.25% ABV. It tastes more like your typical 4% Irish stout. Please note though that I am having this beer about an hour after a bottle of Uncle Jacobs.

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Photo of parris
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from man into small tasting glass.

Chocolaty aroma, also notice toffee

Dark, dark, maroon color, definitely lets some light through.

Nice and roasty, the chocolate comes through, very well balanced with the hops.

Body is medium, carbonation is a bit high for my ideal stout

Overall, I really like this stout, it's very satisfying.

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Photo of BeerHunter76
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a glass.

appears dark brown, little head. aroma is mainly roasted malt, toasty. Taste is slightly sweet, but finishes dry. Flavor is a bit subdued for a double stout. In fact, I was actually very surprised when I found out this was an 8% beer. Drinks more like an Irish Dry stout of "session" strength". Average body, appropriate for the style, maybe could be thicker.

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

This pours a chocolately dark, dark brown color. Almost black, with light cocoa-colored big foamy bubbles. It has an aroma of dark chocolate and coffee with some toffee hints backing it up. The flavor comes across bold like a dark roast, sharply bitter, with a finish more dry than sweet. 8.25%, which places it on the “lighter” side of imperial stouts, and no hint of the alcohol. Some piney thickness comes through as it warms. Toasty, roasty and oh so tasty. There’s good beer in Texas (to borrow a phrase)!

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Photo of CarolinaKev
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Danobold
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JohnBender
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
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