Buried Hatchet Stout | Southern Star Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company
Texas, United States
southernstarbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,195
Reviews:
472
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
12.15%
 
 
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84
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248
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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a couple fingers of foamy light mocha colored head. This retains with a ½ finger of creamy foam that skims the surface and throws a foamy cascade of lacing up on the sides that slowly slides back down. The aroma smells of roasted malts, which have a subtle smokiness to them, and are quickly undercut by notes of chocolate, green fruit, and some tangier feeling caramel character. Not a ton of complexity but this definitely gets the job done.

The taste is roasty feeling with coffee flavors and burnt malts. Green bitter citrus and a thick chewy mix of chocolate and caramel malts add a ripe and fruity sweet twang to the profile. This finishes with dry blackened bitterness, as well as some final lingering smokiness that hangs on the tongue a bit. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with some crisp sharpness on top but this mostly feels more along the thick and chewy route overall in the mouth. The big ABV on this is EXREMELY well hid and I would have never have guessed that this is as big as it was, except for maybe the very light warmth that comes out as this warms.

This is a very well done Double Stout here, with rich notes of chocolate and coffee, as well as a deep burnt bitterness that leaves a lasting impression. I think that Stouts & Porters have so far been an underrepresented style in this new craft-can revolution and it's nice to see this one step up to the plate.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into my Portsmouth snifter. Poured dark brown in color with a big thick light tan head filling the rest of the glass. The head faded after a few minutes and left a little lacing on the glass in the process.

The aroma has a pretty big roasted malts and coffee flavor to it with a good amount of dark chocolate as well. The taste has a pretty big burnt, roasted, coffee bitterness to it up front with some chocolate coming in to help smooth it out a bit in the finish. Definitely leans more towards the burnt, bitter coffee type of stout though then the smooth chocolaty type

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. It could have benefited from a little heavier body and less carbonation in my opinion. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a very flavorful stout. It was very heavy on the burnt coffee bitterness but if you like that flavor in your stouts its a very tasty beer.

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Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this before, but lost my review notes, so I am happy that Bitterbill sent to me in a trade recently. Cheers Bill!

Pours an effervescent chestnut.mahogany with a thumb of fluffy mocha colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Cocoa & a touch of hazelnut, subtle coffee

T: Mocha, wet charred grain, a touch of coffee & dark chocolate & some dark cherry up front. Subtle coffee, dryness, some woody & herbal hops as this warms, plus some caramel & chocolate lurking in the background. Finishes dry with coffee, mocha & wet charred grain

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation & good balance, nice warming feeling as well

Drinks easy enough, ABV is well hidden. Nice take on the style, would buy this if it were available locally. Better than my overall rating

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

12 ounce can - $3.49 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Dispensed a deep, black body with half an inch of mocha-toned foam.

Smell: Boldly chocolaty aromatics atop a blunted roasted character with touches of scorched heavy cream, candied caramels, molasses and a vein of dark fruitiness.

Taste: As with the aroma, very heavy and forward on the chocolate backed by a decided creaminess. Fairly sweet akin to melty ice cream. A little touch of dark fruitiness within. A roastiness is present but rather restrained. Warming alcohol. Lightly roasty, heavily chocolaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Charmingly smooth mouthfeel.

Overall: Terrifically wonderful.

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Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Thanks Lee for this one!

A: Pours a deep brown with a 1.5 finger mocha colored head, which fades slowly leaving behind lacing all around the glass.

S: Some roasted malt, cocoa, and dark chocolate. There is a little bit of coffee on the finish as it warms.

T: Nice blend of chocolate, roasted malt, and cream. There is a little coffee, but its rather faint. Slight hop kick, but it is masked by the creamy flavor and texture.

M: Medium to full bodied, very smooth and creamy.

O: Very nice, goes down very easy. The flavor profile I am looking for in the style, heavier on chocolate and lighter on coffee. Plus, its in a can.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate labrador brown with generous orange and gold accents along the bottom of the snifter. The golden khaki colored crown is loose and crackly rather than thick and creamy, although some improvement is seen as it settles. Scarce lace doesn't help.

The nose gets things back on track. This SSBC offering smells like a combination strong brown ale and Imperial stout. It delivers a great deal of brown breadiness, along with cocoa and coffee. Good things are expected from here on out.

Buried Hatchet Stout is pretty good beer that would be even better beer with a bigger body and better bubbles. Let's see if the mouthfeel cavalry makes an appearance over the next 8-10 ounces. Looks like the 4.0 taste score might be out of reach.

Flavors mirror aromas. As in most stouts, chocolate and coffee dominate all else. It's doubtful that Southern Star uses either cacao nibs or coffee beans in this brew, but it sure does taste like it. Sweet and bitter cancel one another out rather than add to one another in synergistic fashion.

Time helps the mouthfeel, just not enough. It's still on the skinny side for the style, and the bubbles are still buzz-buzz-buzzing the tongue after more than 15 minutes. Quality carbonation is a major part of quality craft beer.

For whatever reason, Southern Star beer doesn't hit me the way it hits most of you. That said, I would be more than willing to bury the hatchet if they impress me the next time around. Looking at their lineup, that isn't likely to happen.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thrilled to be able to try this one. My boy Michael comes through for me again. Served from the can to the pint glass and consumed on 02/11/2010.
 
The pour was nuts. Dark, dark chocolate brown with a huge tan head on top that literally just exploded as soon as you attempted to pour it in. Thick and nearly three inches high it just absolutely refuses to settle down, instead it coats the entire inside of the glass with enormous amounts of lacing. Aroma is sweet, lots of chocolate and lactose coming through right away. Hints of deep roasted malts, nice touches of almost a fine cocoa powder and an earthy, warmness to it that really just worked. As I take thee first sip a smooth, creamy and rich body overtakes me. Really very, very well done here. Decadent dessert like flavors of coffee and chocolate are now washing over the tongue. Smooth, delicious roasted malts, and a nice dry, semi sweet finish is punctuated by a decent touch of vanilla. So drinkable it is literally scary. I could go after this one all day long.
 
Overall about as solid as you can get. I am surprised people are not hopping all over this one yet, it is scary how good it is.

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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 mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - A very dark brown/black color. Little carbonation and about one finger of brownish white head. Looks great.

s - Strong smells of coffee. Also smells a bit like chocolate.

t - Again, has a very roasted coffee taste to it. Also hints of chocolate. Very nice.

m - Very light body and little carbonation. I was surprised how light it felt.

d - Definitely a good stout and one of the better ones I have had out of a can. If you like coffee tasting stouts I would highly recommend trying this.

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

Thanks to mikesgroove for this can. Shared last night as we waited for the Younger growler to chill back down.

A: The pour is an opaque dark brown color with a full, creamy tan colored head.

S: Great notes of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and coffee in the nose.

T: The characteristics of the nose translate very well to the palate. A lot of great dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a nice bitterness on the finish. Maybe a tinge of alcohol as well.

M: The body is medium with a creamy carbonation.

D: I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. A great combination of roast and bitterness that I found to be very enjoyable.

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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 PA-Michigander
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to JJFoodie for this can!

Nothin' like a beer while listening to Stealers Wheel. Cheers to VDubb for this suggestion. This guy pours a nice flat obsidian (nice for a hatchet blade, no?) topped by nearly a finger of ecru foam. The nose is absolutely dizzominated by coffee and roasted malts, with some minor bits o' brown sugar, maple syrup, dark wheat, and buttered, blackened biscuits vainly vying for attention. As Pantera's "Walk" blazes forth its vulgar display of power, I imbibe: The roast and coffee are still strong, but the maple syrup, biscuits, and newcoming molasses sound off like their pair just emerged, larger than expected. An odd chalky flavor, though, enters through the rear like Shannon Hamilton (snoogins), dragging much of the already established civilization down a bit toward the likes of Boyar-dominated Russia. The body is a hefty medium, with a pretty active and biting carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, a very pleasant little canned stout (the second-best I've yet had...out of the two so far...), but not quite as tasty as I had been told/expecting. It's not bad, really, and I would definitely recommend it to others. I'm just not sure that I'd return until a bit of time has passed.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

A: This canned brew is dark brown in color. The beer has thin layer of beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing in its wake.

S: The aroma is pleasant, with notes of roast, coffee, and chocolate.

T: Great taste. Roasted malt is very present throughout, with coffee and chocolate flavors coming in behind. Buried Hatchet is very well balanced and full of flavor.

M: Surprisingly smooth. The feel may be the best aspect of this beer.

D: I definitely recommend this brew, and would happily drink it again.

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Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,195 ratings.
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