Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

Buried Hatchet StoutBuried Hatchet Stout
1,197 Ratings
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 DevilsCups
3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can, poured into Founders tulip. Received in trade.

A - Medium brown pour that settles to a very dark brown color in the glass. Nice looking light khaki head. I prefer my stouts darker for sure, but it's at least a clean looking brew. Lacing is nice.

S - Pretty nice aroma. Nothing outstanding. Roasted malts, some caramel. Minor bright coffee is coming in. I'm getting a slight menthol-y note? Nice aroma.

T - Roasted malts, a bit of caramel. Not bitter or sweet, meets somewhere in the middle. Run of the mill stout flavors. Kind of reminiscent of a milk stout. Hits on the toffee note a bunch, which I personally like.

M - Knocked a few off for this category. Pretty thin in body and a bit too fizzy. For 8.25%, this could strand to be a bit thicker. Not too off-putting, but a bit below average for a stout this weight.

O - Pretty easy-going stout with no offensive qualities. I wouldn't turn one down at all, but I wouldn't seek it out. If you see it, give it a shot as a "start the night off" beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kspongeworthy for this one...

A: Pours a really deep brown, almost black, with about two fingers of than head. The foam settles quickly. Some lacing as it drinks.

S: It smells sweet and roasty. I get just a whiff of caramel.

T: It starts out sweet with a touch of caramel shining through. The becomes a little roasty afterward, but it has an odd finish. It's a bit like lacto. Not bad, but not great.

M: Full bodied beer. Starts and finishes smooth and creamy. Nothing too exciting.

O: This beer is alright. It's not anything special, but it's decent. I'm happy to have tried it.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.52/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a medium brown color with ruby highlights. 1/2" of tan head forms, decent retention and lacing. This is extremely light colored for an imperial stout.

Smell: Smells of some roasted malts, coffee, and light hops.

Taste: Again, a lot of roasted malt flavor with some coffee as well. Not a lot of hops, but there are some in there. There is a big creaminess from start to finish here that is really enjoyable. Unfortunately, this flavor profile is nothing close to what I expect from an imperial stout.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. Overall, disappointing for an RIS. It's extremely easy drinking and pretty flavorful, but no way would I classify as an RIS. When I first drank it I figured it was a regular stout or milk stout, but not an RIS. Just needs more flavor behind it. If it was a regular stout I'd love it, but as it is, not so much.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 12 oz can into my new belgium goblet:

Bought this because the distributor was giving samples at my local beer-store (twas THAT good)

A Very nice show on the pour - builds up a nice 3 finger head with all the lacing you could ask for - darker than root beer with a mocha- caramel colored head

S ; litly burnt chocolate

T - lockstep with the aroma - with a nice similair aftertaste

M full and not overpowering - ABV well hidden for a 8.25

D not a session beer because it's so rich. but this is a truly delicious stout on a par with Guiness.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.06/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cigar City Tulip
A ~ Even the can itself opened up beautifully. Pours Black w/ Enamel head. Slight lace.

S ~ Caramel syrup, Chocolate milk, grapes, & faint coffee. Slight mustyness.

T ~ Caramel following through progressing into a stronger coffee note fading fast into prune-y notes. Artificial chocolate. Burnt caramel & alcohol on the finish.

M ~ Sweet w/ a roasty middle & a chalky finish. Wish it was a tad more bitter on the back end. Bit of heat.

D ~ An average stout, but I was a tad underwhemed overall! There was a great expression of coffee in the beginning, but needed more body & bitterness to carry it through. Thanks for getting me this Want, gawnphishin!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of obrike
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

4 pack on sale at Specs over the weekend for 7 and change.

Poured a very dark brown/mahogany...not quite black. Decent lacing, but certainly not the midnight black you expect from an imperial stout.

Not getting a ton on the scent...some cocoa, roasted malt and coffee...not much else. Pretty tame.

Again, not blown away by the taste...some chocolate, bitter coffee on the backend...maybe even a bit of cinammon. Still, just not a very bold taste for an Imp. I did like the smooth mouthfeel though...hid the booze quite well and was quite easy to drink.

I really wanted to like this Texas brewed beer more...just fell a bit short to me. A decent overall effort though.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can brought back from Texas by my mate Aaron.

Pours a surprisingly light, translucent brown hue, with a fine ring of off-white bubbles around the edge. Minimal lacing. Body looks light, but it's deceptive—really it's just that the abnormally light colour tricks me into thinking that, when in fact it swirls quite languidly, and holds some tight fine carbonation, suggesting a bigger body. Still, it's really too light for the style, and although it has good points, I have to say it's not a good look overall.

Nose is better, however, with a very pleasant roasted grainy character, almost giving refined notes of a good English porter (if not the raw power and grunt of a big Impy Stout). Slight chocolate overtones, all with a hint of heavier roast to it—smells a little like an overcooked brownie. Not bad, all up; a little one dimensional, but not bad.

Taste is surprisingly dark and bitter, with a robust toasty grain character that lingers right from the mid to long after the beer has disappeared. It still feels as though it's missing a little sweetness, but it's surprisingly well supported nonetheless. It doesn't feel tame or empty, but there's really not much else in the way of flavour to explain it. Decent enough.

Feel is noticeably light, but with enough heft to support the flavours of the beer.

Not bad, all up, if a little underwhelming, and certainly not a good American Imperial Stout, if that's genuinely what they call it. But it belies its disappointing appearance with some decent flavours and surprising integration.

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3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This can delivers a dark brown bodied beer with a one-finger, creamy, off-white head.

Dark roast coffee and burnt toast aromas greet the nose. There's some bitter chocolate in there, too.

Coffee and cream with vanilla overtones hit you on first taste. Bitter chocolate and dark roasted grains are fairly predominate midway through. A good balance of the malt flavors, hop bitterness, and alcohol warmth finishes things.

The body is medium in nature, smooth and silky.

A pretty good stout that highlights the malt characteristics over the relatively high ABV. My personal preference would have been for a darker, more opaque body, but (per the can info), the brewers used a lot of brown malt in this one. It shows in the overall character and sets this beer apart from other stouts. Besides, to me, the ultimate judging of a beer is in its taste and drink-ability, not primarily on outward appearances. Definitely worth checking out.

Thanks to Tim from Houston for throwing this in with our recent beer trade.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours opaque, dark and black with a one fingered caramel colored head that dies down pretty quickly to an even yet thin layer across the top.

S - Dark roasted chocolate and coffee beans.

T - Mimics the nose...coffee beans, and dark chocolate that's a little roasty. This is a slight bit of caramel on the palette which I didn't didn't pick up in the nose. The flavor isn't as intense as I thought it would be.

M - Thin medium body, which it were thicker for an imperial stout, gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - Worth a try but it needs more balls!

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 1,197 ratings
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