Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States | website

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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469
Ratings:
1,179
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
19.24%
 
 
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Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Don't mind me - I'm just doing the CAN-CAN while on my CANQuest.

From the CAN: "You hold in your hand a stout for stout lovers. Buried Hatchet is brewed with a large quantity of brown malt reminiscent of a traditional pre-Industrial Revolution malt profile. This stout is full of robust, roasted flavors which intermingle with a bittersweet creaminess that concludes to a perfect, warming finish."

Wow! Talk about getting your money's worth - in cracking the CAN open, beer spurted out initially and when things settled, I could see that it was filled right to the rim! I had a TenFidy like that once. The pour damn near cascaded, turning into an easy two fingers' worth of thick, deep-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep dark-brown with cola highlights. Nose had a roasty dark chocolate/coffee scent. Mmmmm. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, approaching creamy, with a definite chocolaty bittersweetness on the tongue. I did note a slight alcohol burn on the finish, but the lingering taste was still very chocolaty. A really good beer in a CAN, but perhaps not a beach cooler candidate, more of a tailgate beer, especially for late season football.

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Photo of Lare453
3.02/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark but not the usual black stout color. Very tiny light tan head even with a vigorous pour. Minimal lacing. Looks.... Eh.

S very light. A little chocolate, tiny coffee, tiny malt.

T also very light. Light chocolate beginning with a sweet odd flavor chocolate middle and a tiny malt and coffee end. The aftertaste is very light and short lived. Just a little malt ending.

M thin, no carbonation.

O eh... Wouldn't buy it again. The thing it has going for it is that it is very light tasting with a decent 8% abv.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jefferz5000 for the chance to try this brew. Review from notes taken on 11/12/10.

Poured from a can into a snifter, this brew appears a dark brown color. It displays quite a bit of clarity and ruby hues when held to the light. A creamy tan head sits atop the brew, retaining well and leaves patches of lace all over the glass.

This brew smells quite nutty reminescent of cashews mixed with a roasty chocolate malt. The scent of the grain is quite fresh along with a bit of alcohol character that comes across fruity.

The taste is dark grains with a bitter nuttiness. A grainy flavor lingers in the mouth mixed with a bit of citrus tangy hops. The citrus hoppiness does a decent job contrasting the toasty and nutty quality of this brew. As it warms it picks up a bit of a chocolate malt character.

This is a medium bodied offering that has a modest amount of carbonation. It was an interesting take on the style and quite a bit different from what I'm use to. Very drinkable for more than 8%. An after thought about this brew is that it leaves a flavor lingering inside your mouth that reminds me of what burning leaves smell like.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mora2000!

Pours dark brown with a thick, foamy light brown head that slowly descends to a lasting, espresso-like cover. Dotted lacing sticks, with broken rings as it progresses down the glass.

The smell is of chocolate with light roasted coffee. It has an earthy, anise-like undertone.

The taste is of sweet chocolate balanced with roasted coffee and an earthy (hint of anise) tone. Finishes with a mildly roasty dryness.

It has a smooth medium-to-full body.

A well-balanced stout - Alcohol well-covered. Nice!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can poured into a tulip.

Appearance - Dark brown body that is not quite black in the glass. Light passes through making the body look a deep red. I'm surprised at how lightly colored it is for an imperial stout.

Smell - Wow, I can smell the coffee without even bringing it up to my nose. Coffee up front, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate. More of a strong brown ale aroma than a stout. A bit of booze, as well.

Taste - Nice flavor, strong coffee and chocolate. More balanced than the aroma. Slightly bitter finish, but also somewhat sweet. Some unfermented sugars in this one. I'd call this an imperial brown ale before a stout, though.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation, but very thin. Doesn't hold the flavors for long. It makes it quite drinkable, but not what I'm looking for. It also makes me wonder how the ABV is 8.25% with such a light body. That's probably why the booze is apparent in this one, as its body doesn't hold up to the ABV.

Overall - Weak body. It leads to some imperfections. A strange beer that sits, amazingly, between imperial stout and brown ale.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, thanks as always for the opportunity.
Pours a solid dark brown with ruby highlights and a tightly bubbled tan head that dissipates quickly to form a ring.
Smells of creamy milk chocolate, roasted coffee, vanilla, slightly earthy, with a hint of dark fruits.
Taste is sweet, creamy, and heavy on the milk chocolate. Chocolate up front with a hint of roast and dark fruit midway with a lingering roast and herbal hop bitterness.
Creamy syrupy mouthfeel, light carbonation and medium body.
This could be a dangerous beer if I could get it more easily. Drinks so creamy and smooth with no hint that it contains 8.5% abv. Great brew!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack at Binny's a few days ago. My wife seems to be drinking these when I'm not looking - there are already two missing! Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant sandy foam that slowly dissipates to a thick cap and leaves spotty lacing. The body is a transparent dark cherry/mahogany wood color, without any visible bubbles.

S - Tons of milky cocoa, a touch of light roast coffee & cream, maybe a sprinkle of powdered vanilla. There's a touch of earthiness and floral notes that may be hop-derived. It's pretty explosive and jumps out of the glass.

T - Very roasty & bitter - not nearly as much sweetness as the nose suggests - there's a hint of cocoa and vanilla in the back end before disintegrating into a dark roast coffee finish.

M - Even though the body is definitively medium, there's something watery about the texture. There's a little bit of carbonation zip, but somehow this is a little underwhelming for an 8.5% stout. On the flip side, the alcohol is very well hidden.

D - My first beer of the night, and I put it down in near record time. I love a good stout in a can, and this if far more session-worthy than Ten FIDY. Heck, you might even be able to shotgun this one, with it's low carbonation, well-hidden booze, and soft creamy texture.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.04/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty plain black, fairly thin coffee colored head, leaves only mild lacing when it fades. Looks fine, nothing special.

Smells pretty strongly of roasted malt, coffee notes, a but of nuttiness (toffee maybe? hazelnut?) and maybe a hint of chocolate. Maybe some lactose?

Taste is basically the same, with the addition of a touch of smokiness and something kindof tangy like an English brown ale maybe. Maybe some lactose again.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, carbonation is okay, body slightly on the thin side, something feels a little artificial somehow but not bad.

A nice decent stout, pretty forgettable though and not something I'd buy again.

6.1/10

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Photo of smakawhat
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What an interesting looking graphic for this can. Thanks to PhatAtUT for the trade. What do we have here? An American Double Imperial in a can? Oh wait, yeah there's this thing called TenFidy too.. heh heh, moving along here.

Poured from the can into a pint glass it is a nice dark chestnut body with some visible carbonation from the bottom. Head is a very big four fingers with tan like color. Not much retention on this and it falls fairly well. Red hues on the bottom. Kind of an odd looking Imperial but at least nice.

The Bouquet. What in the world!? This smells like peanut butter! Faint malt and some kind of airy hop. When does a stout smell like peanuts? That's just bizarre but I kind of like it.

As for taste, lacking some body. Minimal roast, taste and feels more like an American porter. A little bit too fizzy carbonation on the tongue and swallow finish though. Some caramel like feel but very hidden.

Overall though this is still interesting and drinkable. You could do a LOT worse than this.

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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 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 TheSevenDuffs
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to philhyde for this one.
Poured in to Duvel tulip glass.

A - Poured a medium brown colour with one finger of bubbly light brown head that disappeared very quickly.

S - Cocoa, coffee, some bitterness. Sweetened up with molasses and brown sugar notes.

T - A good amount of bitterness and a slight alcohol bite are initially detected. Some dark roasted coffee, licorice and light cocoa notes here as well. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little watery for a RIS.

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Photo of tempest
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a can at Austin's Whole Foods. This is a pretty interesting stout, though I'd add that it borders on imperial porter. It's a big, dark bready beer and I'm getting a hint of popcorn (not the butter or diacetyl) with a unmistakable toasted element. The stout finishes with a bitter, dark chocolate and bread crust. This this a try for something different.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is lots of coffee and roasted malts. This is a great smelling beer. Flavor is roasty coffee, roasted malt and a chocolate aftertaste. The alcohol is completely hidden. This one could sneak up on you. Damn tasty. The mouthfeel is medium thickness and very creamy, really the highlight of the beer. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Rbald42 for this brew.

Pours a very nice black color, nice carbonation, HUGE three-finger foamy light tan head, when settled down to some nice sticky lacing. The taste is malty, big chocolate/toffee notes, with some slight coffee notes. The taste is very nice, slightly sweet, malty, and lots of dark stuff. Medium body. Very Drinkable, this is one very nice brew, especially out of a can.

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Photo of aasher
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a light, pepsi-like dark brown in color with a two finger foamy beige head. The aromas are very, very malty. It has light coffee and even a little nut to it. The flavor is a big upgrade. It features bitter chocolate, roasted malts, as well as subtle hazelnut. The best part of this beer is the mouthfeel. It is very crisp and attacks your tongue with a good amount of carbonation before mellowing into this spongy smoothness that goes down very easily. This beer is very drinkable for 8.5%. It drinks like it could be in the 5-6% range. It's definitely worthy a try and is another good craft brew out of a can.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Buckeyeboy provided this gem at a tasting over the Memorial Day weekend... Thanks Jeremy... This one has been on my radar for a long time, but I've never tried to seek it out.

12oz can.. thin tan head... deep brown brew... not black... pretty cloudy (is there such a thing as can conditioned?).. descent lacing.

Nose is roasty and very nutty.. doesn't really strike me as a stout ... but I still like it.

Flavor shows more roasty elements... some coffee (lite) yet a fair amount of cocoa reigns things in... still some nutty element makes me think "huge brown ale"... lite caramel sweetness helps bring out the dark malts.

Body is a solid medium with the same carbonation... If I had this can available, I would buy it all the time... that said, I still have a hard time putting this one in the stout category... add some more hops and you have a great big brown ale that is very drinkable.

3.5/3.5/4/4/4.5

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Southern Star : Buried Hatchet Stout

12 oz CAN. Pours brown with deep amber hues. Large dense head forms and dies down leaving lots of lace behind. Aroma of coffee/roasted malts. In the taste, malt, coffee, brown sugar sweetness, little bitterness. Lactose, cream. A little astringent, alcohol tone. Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, creamy, smooth enough with decent carbonation. Overall, a pretty good American Imperial Stout, above average.

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Photo of tone77
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for coming through with yet another canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, malts, coffee. Taste is the same, coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, a lot going on here, lots of flavor. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a very good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear deep brown beer with a small light brown head.

Smells of coffee and chocolate with lots of roasted malt. Lots of patent malt and toasted grain smell.

Starts out mildly sweet and quite heavy on roasted grain. Chocolate is stronger than coffee in this one. Not a lot of fruity flavor here, mostly it is like Kahlúa. Not hyper complex but pretty good.

Mouthfeel is full.

Nice beer, only thing that could be better is the complexity.

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Photo of John_M
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and fair lacing. The nose is really quite attractive, showcasing milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee and even a hint of milk duds. Flavors generally replicate the nose, and I was impressed that this beer was not overly sweet. At most there is moderate sweetness in this beer, with some nice, light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Considering the alcohol, I though this beer a bit thin in this light to moderately flavored beer. On the other hand, the alcohol is pretty well disguised, with the beer not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but for all that, i found this to be an enjoyable, well crafted stout. Not bad at alll...

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky very dark brown with a fairly slight head. Smells roasty, vinous, and with fairly big licorice notes, and a touch of chocolate. Even more chocolate in the mouth, and with more of that dry licorice note, like Swedish licorice- almost chalky, and with a chewy licorice bitterness. There is an herbal quality to the finish, maybe a touch of Thyme. Not a very sweet stout, quite dry, almost savory, and quite good. Maybe slightly over-carbonated which gives it a touch of a seltzery finish, but otherwise a solid, savory mouthful. A nice beer, and not the usual run-of-the-mill flavors either.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
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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Photo of corby112
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chest brown color with mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger yellowish beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Surprisingly not much lacing though.

Deep roasty dark malt aroma with hints of caramel and chocolate as well as some deep roasted coffee note, hazelnut and toffee. There's also a slight hop character that compliments the bitterness from the coffee in the nose. This beer smell a bit more roasty than I usually prefer but the sweet chocolate notes balance things out nicely.

Slightly chewy medium body with a lot of deep roasted malt flavor. Hints of burnt toast, chocolate and caramel maltiness, smooth roasted coffee, slight bitterness, toffee and even some vanilla. Dry finish. Although this beer is predominantly roasty, it is very complex with lots of sweet flavors balancing things out making it extremely smooth and quaffable. Again, as in the aroma, there is s alight hop bitterness that compliments the bitter roasted coffee flavor very well. I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer and am looking forward to drinking more of it. Recommended!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation leaving behind a small dirty wigte cap which fades fast leaving a faint rings and few bubbles

S: Day old Folgers coffee with a hint of chcolate

T: Confused. Is this an Imperial Brown or Imperial Stout? The backbone of brown malt, light coffee, toffee really makes me think thing this is a Imperial Brown, the only difference is the addition of coffee.The finish is highly carbonated with a lgering toffee, coffe and nuttiness. Rather clean and dry.

M: Medium bodied, a tad bit over carbed for a Imperial Stout? Body is a little thin for the style

O: This beer is somewhat tasty and enjoyable but I am big stcikler on BJCP guidelines. This beer as a Impy Stout is pretty far off.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.
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