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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Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This can courtesy of jenray. Thanks Jen!

A pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of on the tannish side of foam and lots of lacing. Already impressing me.

There's lots of chocolate in the nose, both milk and dark, and a minimal presence of roasted malt but that seems to grow the more I sniff.

The taste is also loaded with chocolate. I'm digging the tug of war between the sweet milky and the bitter dark with the roasted malt playing second fiddle again. Also, for some reason, I'm getting more than a hint of some smoke. Nice. I like!

On the upper end of medium bodied with lightish levels of carbonation, I like the mouth feel.

8.5%abv?? You gotta be kidding me. Okay, there's some warming now building as the session is nearly over but it sure didn't interfere with my enjoying this sucker and man, the liquid literally flew out of my glass. This is a very tasty choco dominated Stout and it was a pleasure to drink. The fact that it is in a can is a plus!

Hehe..I have another can of this and 2 cans of their Pine Belt Pale that will be enjoyed sooner than later.

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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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Photo of sweemzander
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a nonic. Thank you to Beerwolf77 for this one!

(A)- Pours a dark brown color with subtle reddish highlights. Produced a large foamy tan head with great retention.

(S)- A mild roasted component with a nutty dryness. Some raisin.

(T)- Same as the smell. A very mild roasted component. SOme dry nuts (walnut?) with raisins.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rather thin than what I would expect for an Imperial. Not too sweet or bitter. Some metallic aspects reveal themselves as it warms.

(D)- A decent stout. Was rather surprised this is an imperial when it drinks more like an American Stout in all categories.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown and black. Thin light brown head to it, less than a quarter of an inch on the top. Leans black overall. Aroma was lots of roasted chocolate malt.

Good backbone to the beer, its thickness was appreciated, especially out of a can. Alcohol is just blanketed by the malt thickness. Not sweet at all. Carbonation on point. You can chew this. Strait up no adjunct beer that provides coffee and chocolate flavor via its malt. Right on.

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Photo of barczar
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a foamy half inch khaki head that dissipates somewhat slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Roast malt and coffee surface immediately in the aroma, with nuttiness and chocolate emerging late. The balance is sweet, but an acrid roast character prevents it from being overwhelming. Malted milk balls and licorice surface late.

Flavor reveals dark fruit at the base, eventually becoming roasty-bitter, finishing with notes of coffee grounds. Dark cherries mingle with burnt breadcrust and chocolate. The tart underlying fruit is juxtaposed with the dry, slightly bitter finish, but the sweet chocolate character serves as a worthy bridge.

Body is on the light side, for the style, smooth, with higher carbonation than most. There's slight alcohol warmth.

Not the richest of imperial stouts. Balance is toward roast as opposed to toasted specialty malt. Wish the dark fruit character were more complex, or muted a bit...too much cherry. And the roast character is slightly charred.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce can. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice and malty, it smells like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is the same as the aroma, and it has a good roasty and bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and a bit creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it's very easy to drink and the 8.25% ABV isn't very noticable at all. Overall I think this is a good brew. This is easily one of the best canned beers I've tried. $9.99 a 4-pack is a good deal for this brew. I'll definitely buy this again in the future for sure!

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a can to a pint glass. Had a mahogany brown color and a cloudy texture. There was a quarter inch of tan-colored, creamy, long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, chocolate, and traces of coffee.

T: Tasted like it smelled: milk chocolate, malt, some coffee. A solid flavor in general.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied, not too heavy for a stout.

D: A generally well-made and drinkable beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, hazy, reddish brown

Smell: big time coffee, toasted malt, and toffee--very complex

Taste:dark coffee, toasted malt, toffee, cocoa, some cream--the toastedness of the malt really makes this one stand out as opposed to the roastedness.

Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, light body for the style, sweet with bitter backbone

Overall: This one drinks more like a complex coffee porter than a stout. This has one of the best looks of any beer in the non-Guinness division. Super complex, I would pick this up all the time if I could get this here. One of the best new stouts I have had in a while and easily my new favorite Texan beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can obtained via Local BIF from twiggamortis420. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1" dark tan head above the cloudy reddish brown brew. Not as dark as I would like/expect for the style. Thick frothy head falls slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is deeply of dark grains, with pervasive coffee character. Taste is sweet to start, a touch of bitterness in the middle, and then coffee to close. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth but thin for the style, and drinkability is good and easy. Not wild about this one fitting the style, but as a beer, I'm enjoying it, and that's the most important thing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up two of these at Vintage Estate. Price was right at 2.40 a can

A - Wow what lovely carbonation we have here. Tons of small bubbles settle to the bottom with a fluffy tan colored mocha head. Color is pretty dark but some light comes through the bottom.

S - mmm cocoa! Dry notes of coffee also. Very solid level of roast on the nose. Slight bit of mocha as well.

T - Wow it taste pretty thick. The flavors mend with a nice bitter sweet chocolate tone followed by a bit of roasted coffee, but not bitter kind of on par with Founders breakfast and has a very enjoyable finish with just a moderate hop bite.

M - I could tell it was around 8 percent but glad it's a nice thick stout. Alcohol is well concealed for pretty easy drinking.

Overall wow so much imperial goodness for such a cheap price! I think Ten fidy may have a run for there money with a stout this good for half cost. If I ever go back to Estate I will buy them out. Fantastic brew.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Looks like a super dark brown until held to the light, revealing a deep garnet color. Pretty nice three finger beige head. But this recedes to a nice film after only one sip. The aroma is super roasted grain with maybe some faint coffee. But the smoked and roasted grain scents really stand out. I also detect a little soy sauce in the nose as well. The taste starts super roasted malts, medium smoked with a hint of coffee and no cream. Then the middle lets your palate have some effervescance and soy sauce and sesame oil. Good carbonation, but the soy element is a little off putting. Creamy palate with good carbonation, but the soy seems to throw everything for a loop.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.11/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a glass.

appears dark brown, little head. aroma is mainly roasted malt, toasty. Taste is slightly sweet, but finishes dry. Flavor is a bit subdued for a double stout. In fact, I was actually very surprised when I found out this was an 8% beer. Drinks more like an Irish Dry stout of "session" strength". Average body, appropriate for the style, maybe could be thicker.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Soonami for the opportunity to try this one. 12oz. can served in my Duvel tulip. Pours a deep brown with a frothy, 1.5 inch tan-colored head that eventually coalesces into a creamy slick. Arcs of lacing adhere to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Clarity is nearly opaque; however, the pour looks a bit thin. Nose expresses faint coffee aromas, roasted malt, baker's chocolate and a slightly metallic quality. Taste consistent with nose; however there's also a bit of acidity interlaced in the flavor profile. as well as a suggestion of lactose. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a light carbonation and slightly creamy texture and mild acidity that lightly stimulates the salivary glands. Overall, closer to an American Stout than an American Double in my opinion. If you're looking for a big stout, this isn't it. It's not bad but really somewhat lackluster for the style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Second review of this beer.

Pours a mixture of brown and black, thin tan head of it. I'd estimate it to be about 1/3". More black than dark brown.

Aroma was just thick roasted chocolate malt, and that was about it.

Taste was more of the same, thick, roasted malt, a little bit of smoothness given its heft, and a deft ability to hide its alcohol. Almost nothing in the way of sweetness. Chewy mouthfeel. As it warms you start to have a little depth of toffee and caramel, along with brown malt. Starts to come off as a blend between a brown, porter and imperial stout. Well carbonated.

Props for putting it in a can.

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Photo of maximum12
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on my wants for quite a while & then wham! Four cans as extras in the span of two days. I hope it's good! Plus, I'm going to have to look up what an "export stout" is after this review & how it differs from your average, run-of-the-bass stout.

Pours a crackling, audible black with a rather incongruent whitish head. Bonus points for cool art on the can, love the brush growing out of the 'buried hatchet'. Smell is roast mixed with lactose, almost milk-stout-like.

Buried Hatchet Stout brings the roast with a Green Giant-sized hand on the scale. Hard after comes a blaze of sweetness, colored with that lactose, creamer flavor. There's a touch of acorn in the fall, smattering of bitter chocolate. The mouthfeel is as creamy as advertised, but it feels a touch off with the milkiness & char. This tastes too much like coffee with a hella lot of half-and-half poured in it.

Decent enough brew, but not really my cup of tea, so to speak. I'll maybe sit on one for a while & see what develops.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this from the can at Map Room, not able to comment on the appearance. The taste is nice, not very strong but light sweet coffee, probably a little limited by the can... The taste is awesome, its very smooth, really reminds of an oatmeal stout. Super thicke coffee and cream with a hint of grain in it, super good and easy to drink.

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

Interesting beer. Poured with huge, foamy, frothy, root beer tan head and a little lace. Head mostly faded quick. Color is an almost opaque blackish brown. Aroma is very nice with malt, cocoa, and roastiness. Flavor's similar but sweetness dominates. Body is decent and mouthfilling and good carbonation, but I would have expected a little more substance than what's here. Finish is like flavor but with a short blast of booze and a longer "stout" end.

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Photo of claspada
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a small amount of tan head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with some roasted malt, overly toasted bread, cocoa powder and some light coffee. As it warms you get some emerging caramel and vanilla sweetness.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate and some roasted malt acrid bitterness. Some sweeter toffee and caramelized malts also emerge with more backbone bitterness (which could be hops) emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation on the lighter side of medium. Finish is fairly dry and bitter but has some mild creamy qualities which could be from some oats or wheat malt.

Overall this was a decent stout but nothing too crazy or complex flavor-wise. It was a little too bitter for me and the drinkability wasn't poor but I wasn't compelled to finish the remainder of my pint.

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Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger tannish head forms with great retention. Sticky lace that is impressive all the way down. This can't look any better.
S: Tons of roasted malt. Coffee is abundant with some chocolate and even toffee aromas.
T: The same as the nose. A huge roasted flavor with plenty of coffee and chocolate.
M/D: A full body that is velvety smooth. Perfectly carbonated for my tastes. Exceptionally easy and smooth to drink considering the high alcohol. I enjoyed about three of these at the Flying Saucer with ease.

A great Export Stout. Not a lot of complexities, but exceptional none the less. Southern Star is fast becoming my favorite brewery with beers like this.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Saucer in Houston, served in a tulip goblet. The beer was dark brown/black with a very thin tan film of head. The beer smelled sweet, roasted malts, dark boozy chocolate. Same with the taste, this was really rich. Strong anise flavor also, a common flavor in RIS that I don't really like. I don't like black jelly beans either. The richness and the evident alcohol keep the drinkability a little low for me, but still a very good stout.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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 AgentMunky
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a BrewDog cervoise glass. Can is at least a year old.

A: Dark and cola-like, with light head.

S: Smells oddly fruity and shot through with boozy whiffs.

T: It is really fruity, and kind of flat. But still, it's tasty. Aftertaste has hints licorice.

M: Smooth and flat. Almost silky.

O: Good, but not great. I remember it having more bite and bitterness.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to cfh64 for sending me an incredible thank you box that included this gem.

a - cracked the can and filled my CCB snifter. deep dark brown eyed girl with some visible bubbling that clings to the glass. head was generous and frothy and slightly off white.

s - tingle of roasted malts. hint of cocoa and nut, but the malt bill is the star. a little metallic which is a bit crisp but also a bit off putting.

t - chocolate syrup. very cooling and bready. way more chocolate in the taste than the nose. the roasted malts are there as well, but can't compete with the creamy chocolate.

m - full and rich body. smooth, silky and thick without being syrupy. creamy would probably be the best way to describe it.

o - here's another that you don't hear about too often that is really a worthwhile brew. i've heard some rumblings mention this one, but in another year or two, i can see people putting this in their top stout lists. winning beer, for sure.

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

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with reddish hue with a 1 finger tan head

smell: roast, coffee, chocolate, malts,

taste: roast, coffee, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a very respectable Imperial Stout. Glad I got a few of these as extras to try. Very tasty.


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Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
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