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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Ratings: 1,194 |  Reviews: 470
Photo of claytong
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - popped the can and out it came, nice head, didn't last too long, poured in opaque black with brown streaks

Smell - coffee, cream, minor malts

Taste - the same coffee and cream on the end, malts hit hard at first

Mouthfeel - creamy, medium to light for being an imperial stout

Very warming for only 8.5

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Photo of tpauer
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bryanlindsey12345
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of videofrog
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of goochpunch
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was expecting jet black from the commercial description, but this is dark brown. Bad lighting at the Southern Star Brewery. Smells strongly of slightly burnt toast and tons of chocolate malts. I get some coffee roast in the smell, but I'd like a bit more. SWEET BEER. Lots of chocolate and toasty/roasty malts. More chocolate and toast than anything. Needs balance dearly. Mouthfeel is slick, sticky, yet not that full. Overall, this isn't that great. I'm splitting a can with someone, and it's hard to take down.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.45/5  rDev -38%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Big foamy head, that goes down slow with thin looking bubbles. Dark Brown color, tons of carbonation evident.

S: Malt, on the sweeter side rather than any kind of roasty aroma. Some smoke, chocolate and clight offee are faint but there.

T: Not much going on at all. Only a little roast, some bitterness, and barley sweetness. Like a watered down brown ale, not very good at all.

M: Thinner than hoped for, way too much carbonation. Feels like selzer water, really not good.

D: Dissapointing. Poured this out. Will definitely not consider this one again.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of linnymtu
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAP1356
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GabrielM for sending this as an extra! 12 oz. can poured into a DFH pint glass...

A - Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights in some places. A foamy, fluffy tan head about 1.5 fingers thick forms and recedes to a cap of the same color.

S - Very roated malts up front. Nuttiness and chocolate come next intermingled with coffee notes. Some earthy hops add a nice extra layer.

T - Nice hop forward stout. Light and earthy hops up front immediately followed by roasted, nutty malts. Chocolate and some roasted coffee follow as well.

M - Medium bodied with a larger carbonation than expected from a higher ABV stout. Ever so slightly astringent on the palate.

D - Nice offering from a brewery I have only ever heard of. This reminded me a lot of some American Brown Ales that I have had and not an Imperial Stout. Nice drinking beer though and was glad to try it.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one after all the hype - hope it delivers. Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass. Good artwork on the label with a little blurb about the beer. Plus it gave the recommended serving temp of 55 degrees (wish all beers did that). No dating info (wish all had that as well) but it's from the initial release so it's fresh. Was a dark brown color with mahogany edges. It had a 2 finger beige head that slowly settled into a thick collar and wispy center.

The aroma was excellent. Chocolate and roasted malts, coffee and some vanilla. 8.5% ABV never shows in aroma or taste. A constant sniffer. No noticeable hops. The flavor follows in line with taste. Chocolaty and roasted coffee with a touch of sweet. Mouthfeel was rich and creamy with good carb levels. Great aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that lives up to the hype. It's my first foreign/export stout so can't say how it compares to style but if this is a good representation then I've found a new style to go deep into. Highly recommend. Rotation - TX brewed. Oh yeah, it will be a big player in the rotation. Would be constant player if not for $12/4pk.

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Photo of pknyc
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 tubeyes
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - dark, dark, dark with some rubyish highlights sparking in the light. The head is tan and off-white and fades quickly to about a solid quarter-inch in depth. Looks pretty rich and tasty!

Aroma - chocolate, Tootsie Rolls, dark-roast coffee beans, vanilla, toast, coffee ice cream

Taste - cocoa, vanilla, malted milk balls, dark roast coffee, toffee. Lots of rich, roasty flavors are packed into this dark beauty. The coffee, cocoa and vanilla really stand out and your tongue is left a little dry and a little overwhelmed but not in a bad way. Great stuff. I don't have anything bad to say about this malty-meal in a can.

Overall - Buried Hatchet is rich, malty and delicious. Tons of malt flavor and super smooth on the palate. Not as potent as Ten Fidy but certainly as flavorful and delicious.

Would I buy more of it? - absolutely. There aren't many strong stouts in cans these days. Between Buried Hatchet and Oskar Blues' Ten Fidy its pretty much a canned-strong stout desert!

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Photo of abex44
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a small foamy head. Head retention is non-existent. Lacing is mild. Aroma of dark roasted malts with some coffee and chocolate. Nice smooth, mildly creamy taste. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Coffee and chocolate taste with dark malts, but it seems a bit watered down, especially for an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Spider889
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is starting to pop up at all the better shops in Columbus now, I got this one at The Anderson's and also saw it at Palmers and maybe at From the Vine.

I am definitely not used to buying canned beer but this beer proves cans don't have to be a bad thing.

Nice black, but rather thin. Very very dark brown in the light. Actually looks more like a porter than a RIS. Small white head and not much lace.

Smell is great - lots of mild coffee and dark malts, burnt bread and sweet caramel.

Tastes of milk chocolate, lots of malt, sweet coffee, and a little hops and alcohol on the end.

Light bodied, highly carbonated. Not tough but I'd not likely want more than two in a night. Glad I got to try this, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees

This one pours up a very dark brown color. It has a head of foam which is just over a fingers worth, which is creamy and brown. The retention is quite nice and the lacing is spotty, but fairly sticky.

The nose is quite nice. It is not overpowering but very inviting. A very nice presence of roasted coffee beans mixes nicely with hints of milk chocolates. Very good roasted malt notes with a touch of nuttiness. Light traces of toffee and vanilla sugars.

Taste follows the nose very well. The roastiness comes through a bit more, but the vanilla notes are a touch more prominent as well. Coffee and chocolates play very well together.
This is quite nicely balanced.

This has a medium-to-almost-full body with a medium (close to mild) level of carbonation. It feels very smooth and has a tiny tweak of creaminess.

The 8.50%abv is nowhere to be found here, outside from a very light warmth, way down inside. This is very drinkable and I wish that I had more than this one can.

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Photo of capnamerica
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 1/23/2009 (Tap @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a very dark brown color body with a small frothy cream-colored head diminishing, goo lacing. Roasted dry coffee aroma. Some bitter chocolate too. Coffee roasted aftertaste, dry chocolaty light coffee taste. A little hot. Hotter as it arms up, more coffee tasting.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Mojo
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark mahogany, not quite black, with a one finger head, no retention and no real lacing. The nose is a very powerful coffee, and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is pleasant, but nothing special. The taste is a big sweetness on the front, maybe molasses flavor, giving way to a biting bitterness with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and a little alcohol. Overall a nice offering.

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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1,194 ratings.
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