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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Reviews: 470 | Ratings: 1,190
Photo of dudemuskie
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a 12 oz can of this in a mix-a-6er at The Andersons in Toledo!

Appearance- Deep brown, not opaque, with some slivers of light peeking through on the edges. Gorgeous mahogany color when held up to light. Creamy beige head rises and lingers with some lacing.

Aroma- Rich dark malt aromatics of dark cocoa, espresso grounds, and a soft vanilla/caramel sweetness. Notes of prune and roast add additional complexities. Smells outstanding!

Flavor- Roasty coffee notes with a healthy dose of earthy hop flavor kick it off and linger strong through the middle. Big well-rounded malt middle with moderate dark caramel sweetness. Finishes with a smooth and with a very nice balance of roasty and chocolate malt, and a kiss of alcoholic strength.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, almost silky mouthfeel. Medium-full bodied with moderate CO2, just enough hops present to balance but still let rich malt complexities shine. Slight residual stickiness but not even close enough to make this suffer in the drinkability. In fact, for 8.5%, this is dangerously drinkable. Slightly warming finish.

Overall- Wow. Outstanding imperial stout out of a can!! I may have just found the magic bullet for long lift rides this ski season! Incredibly drinkable but gives you everything you would want in a stout, plus a wonderfully warming 8.5% to boot. Kudos Southern Star- well worth seeking this canned beauty out!

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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 gatorbreath
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a single can for a slight markup vs the 4=pk, good idea...

The appearance is chocolate/black lab brown with minimal head.

Smell is lots of roasted malt and small bit of chocolate..Mostly the type of smell you'd find in a brown ale or something similar..

Taste is slightly of chocolate and some dark fruit, some oatiness as well as some maltiness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, smooth, just something that seemed overcarbonated about mine...maybe just me and my preferences..

Overall I enjoyed it but I dont know if it's my new favorite..I'd try one though!


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Photo of kevinv
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to gawnphishin for tossing in this extra.

A - Beautiful chestnut brown pour with a billowing 3 finger tan head with great retention. Not much in the way of lacing, only a few spots here and there.

S - Sweet aromas of bitter chocolate, a light coffee scent, and some roasted notes.

T - Bittersweet chocolate and cocoa powder. Subtle coffee undertones. A nice charred taste in the finish with a bit of vanilla. Mild presence of hops. No alcohol noted in the taste.

M - A little light bodied for the style. As other reviewers have noted, the mouthfeel seems closer to an American Stout rather than a double/imperial. Good balance of carbonation.

D - Solid drinkability. Alcohol is well hidden.

This one is different from many of your other double/imperials, but in a good way. Great beer and one I'd definitely like to have again.

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Photo of Foxybrau
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I kinda love this beer. What a mediocre and boring can, what a deep and interesting brew! The smell is full of chocolate and toffee along with a preview of the alcohol. The taste is rich milk chocolate and some coffee, with a dash of hop to dry out the finish. I feel like it could easily be called a milk stout. The ABV is hidden nicely - it will sneak up on you. A great bedtime snack, this beer is thick and satisfying. I wish more stouts had this texture.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another stout that pours black and brown with a thin tan head on the top; around 1/3", hits with more black than brown.

Aroma was chocolate malt and that is about the story.

Taste was more roasted malt, smoothed out slappy hours, hides alcohol pretty well considering its strength. Not sweet. Chewy. Warmth brings toffee and alcohol, caramel. Above average carbonation keeps the heft out the way.

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Photo of Pukstopper
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark color from a 12 oz can. Unsure of the date. No head and little lacing. Nice malt and chocolate taste. Hint of coffee on the back end. Overall a nice stout.

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Photo of bayougutter
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery in Conroe Tx. Poured into a pilsner type glass bought at Southern Star. Poured nice and dark with a little ruby highlights coming thru. Three finger tan head, didn't stay long but left good lacing.

Smell; typical stout aromas, dark roasted malts, cocoa, coffee. It had a little nutty smokey smell as well.

Taste; Followed the smell with the nutty-smoke flavor being more prominent on the finish and after taste. In a good way.

Mouthfeel; a little thin for an impy, about right for an American stout.

Overall; Nice brew from a small brewery. Worthy of a try if you get a chance. Just a note, if you can go to the brewery on any Saturday, they have free tastings. Just outside of Houston.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- rich dark brown with a big, fluffy off white head which is slow to recede

S- big, strong mocha like roasty aroma, with a touch of earthy herbal and dark licorice aromas.

T/M- Follows the nose with a big, rich, malty, mocha like flavor. Again earthy flavors of anise and powdered dutch cocoa. There's a current of earthy and prominent yet subdued nuttiness running through it. A little thin in the body for the style, but this makes it super drinkable for a double stout.

A really unique imperial stout. The loads of light roasty and soft bittersweet flavors mix with a nice herbal dark licorice hop flavor....very unique, but also somewhat uninspiring, a sessionable imperial stout?

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

Poured from a 12 0z. can into a founders snifter

A- Pours black with a thick, creamy tan head.

S- Predominately chocolate and roasted malts. Sweet and slightly nutty. Aroma is pure chocolaty goodness.

T- Creamy chocolate and nicely roasted. Slightly bitter dark chocolate finish. Creamy and smooth throughout. A little on the sweet side but not to the point where it hinders the balance. But chocolate is certainly at the forefront.

M- Creamy and surprisingly thin bodied. Very little carbonation.

D- Excellent considering the style and abv. The alcohol is hidden quite well and the beer's thin body makes it easy to pound down.

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Photo of HoodviewBrew
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 7/27/16 at my local Alamo Liquors, 1,000 Oaks San Antonio. $8.99 for a 4-pack of 12 oz cans. I don't normally list the price but in this case, it is the value that makes this such a great beer. It compares favorably with a lot of the limited release stouts that sell for $8-10 per bottle.

Appearance: Very dark brown, not black, with a little amber hue to it.

Smell: I smell burning! Nice chocolate smell with a hint of burn to it, as if a chocolate chip melted on the cookie sheet.

Taste: A delicious, sweet chocolate stout but with some smoked flavor and even a little (50 IBU that tastes like 25) hop flavor that gives it a little kick. There is also a mild espresso taste that I especially noticed at the finish.

Mouthfeel: I agree with other reviewers that say it has a Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Not much head which is common for this style.

Overall: I rated it a 4.25 because there are others in this category that are better. But that is a little misleading because I am comparing it to beers that run $8-12 per 16.9 ounce bottle. One can get a 4-pack of this for $9. Therefore as an every day drinking beer I'd give it closer to a 4.5 based on the value. and availability.

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Photo of boston2bburg
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, a shade below black, with a tight, tan head.

Rich, coffee ice cream, and thick bready/biscuity aroma. Very deep and unique.

Coffee with lots of cream, and a bready, malted chocolate ball sweetness, with some toffee notes. Thinnish body, with prickly carbonation a touch higher than moderate. Quite malt-forward, without much hop flavor but a firm bitterness. Some fruity esters appear with warmth.

Alcohol is fairly noticeable, and perhaps a touch hot. Residual sweetness aids mouthfeel, but stops short of chewy or velvety.

Carbonation could stand to be lower and alcohol a bit more subdued. Flavor is nice and distinct, leaning heavily on coffee while chocolate and dark fruit flavors take a back seat. Worth seeking out. Thanks Doug!

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Photo of mdunman
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick brown-black with a big head and some good linger

S: Rich roasted malt with some coffee/chocolate notes

T: Roasted malt and coffee/chocolate take over early on and progress into a slightly dry complementary finish.

M: Full body, decent carbonation

Very enjoyable beer. This makes me want to drive out to Conroe and tour their brewery.

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

HUGE THANKS TO TWIGGAMORTIS420 for this one!! i may have found my new favorite stout... that i dont have access to =/

a- jet black with a huge fluffy mocha head in my tulip, awesome lacing and perfect amount of carbonation!! cannot ask for anything more!!

s- lots of black coffee, dark chocolate, raisins and cookies n cream ice cream!! this stuff smells like heaven, period.

t&m- very silky and smooth, not too thin but not motor oil in a glass. black coffee comes to mind first, chocolate teddy grahams, brown twizzlers, hints of fig and cinnamon. strong coffee on the swallow also.

d- smooth as butter, my mouth enjoys this very much. just short of perfection... but damn near close!!

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

Got this in an awesome trade from Tofuspeedstar, thanks for all the texas goodies!

A - really dark but not a black , more of an extreme brown with some lightness on the edges, looks nice 'even from a can'

S - mmmm...yum, sweet chocolate and a nice toasty smell as well bordering on coffee grounds and toffee

T - Sweetness and a good variation of its qualities, from deeper coffee roast to a lighter milk chocolate and toffee , very creamy smooth feel and evolution of flavors, very tasty even if it isn't as thick as most stouts

O - Awesome beer, a really well done and complex tasting stout that offers a lot more than some of the more common one note stouts. It brings all the indulging flavors of milk chocolate covered coffee grounds with a heath bar

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Photo of galuskan
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer that is available year round. I have only tasted a few beers that are better and one of them is the barrel aged version. This beer makes me smile.

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Photo of jwillcourt
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a half-pint glass.

A - Deep, dark-brown, cola color. There is no head, just a small rim of white foam. It is ruby red around the edges when held to the light.

S - Dominant coffee smell. Underneath, there is sweet vanilla and slight hops.

T - Taste is also dominated by coffee. Also strong chocolate and roasted malt. There is a sticky, vanilla sweetness and a slight cola taste. Hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Feels thin-bodied for the style, but it foams and froths easily in the mouth. Coats the mouth and lips.

D - Very drinkable. Hides the alcohol well. Lighter body goes down easily.

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Photo of Lillie1128
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a murky brown with a small mocha head

S - Roasted coffee with a little bit of vanilla

T - Bitter coffee with some roasty notes at the end

M - Goes down pretty smooth, it's got some light carbonation

D - Pretty high for a stout

I think this is a pretty solid stout. While I don't think it's anything too special, I definitely enjoy. Thanks MikeytotheB for this one!

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Photo of SkipWeathers
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved Pine Belt by same brewer so I thought I'd try it... it is a pretty standard stout; appearance dark brown to black with no head. The smell's main characteristic is caramel sweetness. Taste - caramel, roast, a hint of coffee, and some milky notes. Mouthfeel is warming, sour, a little chalky. Drinkability - love the cans! Downed several while watching the Tar Heels down the Devils!

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Photo of wolffman17
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stout from a can, a rarity that hopefully we'll see more of from craft brewers as time goes on. Buried Hatchet pours black, though reveals deep red around the edges when held up to light. Thick, creamy, and dense head tops the beer.

Roastiness, as in in-your-face roastiness, dominates the aroma. Full of coffee and roasted malts. Sweet chocolate and vanilla brings some balance. The smell is as satisfying as anything in the beer.

Tastes much like the aroma...milk chocolate, coffee, but different than other stouts. Some biscuit and even smoke...is it the unique brown malt? Alcohol is virtually non-existent. Lovely. Each sip is better than before.

Smooth and creamy, but not overly thick or filling. Quaffable for a big beer. Buy this by the case.

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Photo of lisomiso
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hm, the high rating on this is kind of a surprise to me. It's not that it's a terrible beer, but a stout? A Double/Imperial Stout? Drinking buddy Walows says "I'd barely even call it an Imperial Brown!" Easy drinking, if boring, and my biggest complaint is that I get a bit of that Bubble Yum grapeyness that shows up on these average beers now and again. Eh, whatever.

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Photo of marieli
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft. This one starts and stops with robust coffee aroma and flavor. It appears I got far less malt and chocolate than others. A bit too much coffee for me, but smooth and balanced enough to enjoy. I'd drink another.

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Photo of Chris_Huston
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank colder than my usual -- probably about 55-60 degrees, into my standby tuliped snifter. Dark coffee brown, unappealing fizzy tan head is one of its few detractions. Mild and pleasant coffee nose. Taste builds nicely on that, adding malty and toffee sweetness while preserving a good balanced coffee bitterness. Biggest surprise is the somewhat watery, basically porter/light porter feel that works perfectly well. Really has me intrigued for the BBA version, Black Crack. This is definitely a highly repeatable stout.

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

A: Dark Strong Foamy Brown Head with a slow fade

S: Strong complex Roasted Malt with floral notes.

T: Deep Roasted Coffee That is both balanced and lasting.

M: Smooth

O: Great Nose, Wonderful Appearance with a simple flavor and fantastic mouth. The class of the brewery for sure.

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Photo of DevilsCups
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
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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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
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