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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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950 Ratings
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Ratings: 950
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 67
Gots: 133 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Southern Star Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.25% ABV

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

(Beer added by: armock on 01-03-2009)
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Photo of djhowell


4.53/5  rDev +13.8%

A: Pours a dark brown cola-like color with very little head or lacing
S: Coffee dominates the nose, and it smells great! Hints of chocolate too.
T: Tastes just like it smells. Coffee flavors, with hints of chocolate sweetness that lingers on your tongue after each sip. Delicious.
M: Thinner than I expected with not much carbonation that almost gives this beer an iced coffee kind of feel.
D: Goes down very easily for a flavorful stout like this. If this was available locally I would pick it up again.

07-08-2010 21:01:52 | More by djhowell
Photo of nickd717


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

12oz can thanks to chswimmer.

Pours clear dark brown in color with a small off-white head leaving foamy swirls.

Really intense mocha aroma. Maybe some molasses and anise.

Flavor is also intense and tasty. Rich milk chocolate, espresso, roast, and caramel. Just a little alcohol.

Medium-bodied with some serious coffee bitterness on the palate.

Very drinkable, and overall a very legitimate canned stout, from Texas of all places. I was surprised.

07-08-2010 17:48:14 | More by nickd717
Photo of rwf08


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

12 oz can poured into my trusty mug.

A: Got a good 2 finger head that dissipated into a good foamy ring. No lacing left by the once mighty head. Nice dark powdered cocoa brown. Good dark amber hues where the light gets through.

S: Of hot cocoa, coffee, and chocolate caramel brownies. Faint yeast and hops in there too.

T: Light sweetness with some heavy roasted notes. Coffee, dark chocolate, some hop bitterness.

M: Kind of thin but the carbonation is good. Nothing much more to say.

D: This is my favorite easy to get go-to stout. I can pick it up anytime I want and drink it often. I'd love to give it a higher rating but Freetail has a Caribbean stout that blows this out of the water. Still good and very tasty.

07-03-2010 00:21:49 | More by rwf08
Photo of portia99


4.38/5  rDev +10.1%

12oz can received as an extra in the Donald in Mathmagic Land BIF from kirkpjr. Thanks! Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a deep dark brown with a thin head that dies almost instantly leaving behind a very thin collar of fine white bubbles.

S - Getting a lot of coffee mixed in with a little bit of sugary sweetness, light caramel, and roasted malt.

T - Getting coffee with a hint of sugar in it. Roasted malt, some burnt flavors, dark roasted coffee really take center stage and dominate. The sugary sweetness smoothes things out really nicely and there is a super creaminess that really rounds things out. This makes me think of my morning iced coffee - a perfect brunch beer.

M - Extremely smooth and creamy. Body is quite full and the fine bubbled low carbonation suits it perfectly. Roasty malts smoothed by sweetness. Very light alcohol warmth completes this one. I think the best mouthfeel I've experienced is in a BA Blackout Stout - this doesn't equal it, but it is in the same league anyway.

D - Could easily have see myself drinking several of these. This is just so smooth and very satisfying. Definitely wouldn't mind having this one regularly available.

07-02-2010 23:56:03 | More by portia99
Photo of maximum12


3.13/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

07-02-2010 02:36:37 | More by maximum12
Photo of SpecialK088


4.33/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured from the can into a tasting glass

A-off brown almost looks like a cola, head is thin no real lacing

S-The underwhelming on this beer ends here! the nose in this beer one of the best i've ever smelled. Strong coffee and espresso with a dark bitter chocolate, slight undertone of alcohol with a deep rosted malt smell.

T-Near everything from the nose goes right t the palate and blend incrediblly. Almost every good quality of a stout is in this beer. Only thing that was off from the nose is the finish comes off very dry and lingers with a wonderful bitter coffee and chocolate.

M-Little thin bodied and comes across as a little undercarbonated but balanced very well.

D-Very easy to drink and one I would love to get ahold of more!

07-02-2010 00:54:23 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from the can into my Stone IRS snifter. I was surprised to find this at CBX when I went down there a few weekends ago.

A - Black with a very light tan colored head.

S - Nice roasted malt aroma with a hint of sweetness at the end. Almost reminds me of a nice bold coffee with a strong roasted flavor.

T - Nice mix of roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee flavors. A little bit of smokey flavor is present. The sweetness really balances out the roasted malt flavor.

M - Probably the biggest flaw with this beer. A bit thin on the body and a decent amount over carbonated. This is the only thing that prevent's this beer from moving from being a good beer to a great beer.

D - Pretty easy drinking, full flavored stout. My only complaint is the mouthfeel, too much carbonation and not enough body. However this is still a really good beer and I would recommend it for anyone to try. I would pick this up again but won't go nuts trying to obtain it.

06-29-2010 21:46:54 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Very pleased to be trying this one. Big thanks to ShrLSU and PerzentRizen for sending some cans my way.

The pour is a cola-colored one. Which particular kind of cola, I couldn't tell you. Coke Zero? Whatever. The hot chocolate head tops out at just shy of a finger's width, retaining pretty nicely. Buried Hatchet Stout isn't a beer that you leave in the glass long enough to have to worry about head retention, but we'll get to that later. Not terribly much going on in the lacing department, as pretty much anything that has a remote chance of sticking quickly falls.

Nose is lightly roasty and sweet. Equal parts coffee and chocolate, with some hints of vanilla. After a few extra sniffs, this beer has a sweetness that reminds me an awful lot of Nutella, so let's go ahead and throw hazelnut into the mix, too. Nothing in the aroma really jumps out at you, but it's very pleasant. Fantastic balance.

Flavor essentially follows the blueprint laid out by the aroma. Excellent balance of sweet and roast/bitterness. This beer is 8.5% ABV? Not a chance. Light coffee, rich chocolate, a little bit of lactic sourness, and caramel sweetness.

Medium-bodied. Can't find anything wrong with the light carbonation. Slick, oily texture. Little dryness in the finish.

Not sure if I'd favor this over my beloved Lion Stout (seriously, I can't think of a better value), but it's damn close. Would love to have this beer locally available. Great flavor, and a very, very easy drinker. Thrilled to have finally tried it.

06-29-2010 02:38:49 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of Rbald42


3.9/5  rDev -2%

A- Pours a dark brown with a tan lingering head. Surprisingly light color for a stout. Lots of carbonation and bubbles. Had to be careful with the pour to avoid all head.

S- Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. malty and smells yummy

T- Taste has a nice roasted character with dry bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Not much hop presence, all malts and very tasty.

M- LOTS of carbonation which contributes to an overall thin and bubbly feel.

D- Drinkability is good,excepting the excessive carbonation. I could have a few of these and be happy. A good stout worth seeking out.

06-23-2010 04:34:48 | More by Rbald42
Photo of AleWatcher


3.38/5  rDev -15.1%

A deep deep red, infringing on brown. A nice 3 finger tan head is thick and creamy. This beer smells a little like Coca Cola with some extra roasty malts. A definite sweetness- brown sugar, molasses, almost a hint of cinnamon sticks or chicory.

The flavor follows the nose and tastes very sweet. Very much like Coca Cola at first taste. There is a hint of dark fruit-- almost like dark sweet cherry. A slight bitterness at the finish is no match for the sweetness and hint of toasted nuttiness that lingers.

The body is more full than medium, but not really thick. It is pretty creamy actually... Good amount of carbonation. The only real downside is the sweetness on the aftertaste. It is really strong. It is like drinking coffee with waaaay too much sugar in the raw but no cream. Not really bad, but certainly enough to make it lose some points on the flavor and even more points on the drinkability. It is easy drinking, but hard lingering.

Overall-- This is an excellent stout in a can. In my opinion, I prefer this over Ten-Fidy. Of course, I won't be buying either of those very often.

06-23-2010 02:23:49 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of BB1313


3/5  rDev -24.6%

I personally couldn't get over the aftertaste. Pours a thin dark brown, almost black, w/ nice head and leaves no lacing at all. The smell is the highlight for me, which is loaded w/ chocolate and coffee, this really got me excited! The taste matches, but leaves an aftertaste I can't put my finger on, and just ruins this experience. It's also very thin and over carbonated, IMO, which doesn't make it too drinkable.

This is not a bad beer at all, I just wasn't digging it and I really wanted to.

06-22-2010 02:32:05 | More by BB1313
Photo of msubulldog25


4.18/5  rDev +5%

A 12 oz. aluminum vessel, poured to a pint glass. Among the nicer looking labels (bottle *or* can) I've seen, a buried hatchet (what else?) sprouting a small tree from its handle.

A: Deep, murky chocolate with a rusty-reddish glow when held to light. Tough to see any carbonation, but there does seem to be a fine silty haze. Good head: a light cappuccino cream, topping off at a finger, then crackling down quietly to a dense ring and wispy cover.

S: Nutty and grainy malt aroma, rolled oats and brown sugar.

T: Dark malts, a heavy roast/char that lingers. Sweet chocolate, more of those wonderful nuts in the flavor (nut SHELLS, more precisely), brief but equal piques of caramel/vanilla and woodsy smoke. Pretty damn yummy.

M: A rather surprising carbonation, prickly and biting ~ the end result is a less smooth, more active feel than I'd have expected (or preferred). For an 8.5% stout, maybe a little thin, too.

D: Quite easy to drink, deceptively so. A higher-gravity beer like this *might* let on a little better that it's got a mightier strength than an 'average' stout (I couldn't find any mention on the label). Certainly worth the effort to find, though I have favorites besides this one. But not many.

06-20-2010 15:09:44 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of 7ways


4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

Almost black with a thick beige head, spotted lace.
One hell of an aroma. Cocoa, chocolate cake, black and brown malty goodness. Smells more like the (too dark) brown ale I recently brewed than a stout.
The taste is simple and straightforward-- coffee, smoke, minimal hops, very good balance of sweetness and char. It's not too complex, but does not suffer because of it. A little astringent until it hits the right temperature. Even on the first sip, I would not have guessed more than 6.5% abv.
Mouthfeel was a little weak for me if you are going to call this a stout. Carbonation was ample, but the body resembles that of a brown ale at best.
Good beer for almost any occasion, very easy to drink.

06-20-2010 02:37:14 | More by 7ways
Photo of rtepiak


4/5  rDev +0.5%

an american strong stout. not quite an RIS yet they didn't have the quality of a export. it has a nice molasses quality. a nougat in the nose of brown sugar. the palate is a bit of a nutty almond quality. nice toasty malt. a mild bite and a bit of bitter. doesn't have the quality of grape i would expect. more of an american imperial porter malting quality. but a very nice beer... great to see something like this in a can.

06-12-2010 03:34:43 | More by rtepiak
Photo of mwa423


4/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Very light color for a stout, almost closer to a very dark brown ale. The head is great and is two and a half fingers and sticks around for a long time and leaves a lacing every inch down the glass.

S - Light aroma, but dead on for style. Some dark rich sweet malts, a hint of coffee and a bit of alcohol at the end.

T - Taste is complex, the malt coats the mouth with a slight hop and alcohol burn. In the aftertaste is the roasted malt and coffee.

M/D - Mouthfeel is a bit light, but coats the mouth nicely and the burn isn't excessive even with the high ABV. Reasonably drinkable stout that I'm enjoying. Best stout I've ever had from a can!

06-04-2010 03:00:24 | More by mwa423
Photo of number1bum


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

Another one courtesy of krisandajt. Thanks db!

Pours a medium dark brown with a foamy inch and a half of tan head. Fizzles down to just a very thin lace, and doesn't really leave much of any stick.

Smell is very rich and enticing, with aromas of milk chocolate brownies, nuts, roasted malt, molasses. It's a sweet nose, and very inviting.

Taste is full of sweet malts, like some milk and dark chocolate, dark buttery caramel, and molasses. It's very rich, with enough roasted malt to provide some balance but not enough to tip it from the sweet side of the scale. There's a nuttiness to the beer as well, which is nice with the sweet malts and lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel is a medium body, pretty smooth with a decent creaminess. Carbonation is pretty active, with lots of bubbling action in the mouth. I think that's a good thing as sweet as the beer is actually because it keeps it moving and doesn't let it get cloying.

This is some tasty stuff and definitely one of the best 5 or 6 beers from a can I have had. Not the same type of stout as Ten Fidy obviously but with that one it's one of the best 2 stouts from a can I can think of. Good stuff, worth getting your hands on.

06-02-2010 02:47:57 | More by number1bum
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.98/5  rDev 0%

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.


06-01-2010 06:42:51 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Brenden


4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

This review was a long time coming. I had my notes,but I had to try it again just to be sure...

This brew pours a dark, dark brown with ruby red hisghlights. A brown head forms at about two fingers and remains sturdy for some time, leaving patchy lacing as it recedes.
All kinds of things up front on the nose, a heavy, heady balance of roasted malts, bittersweet dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and a creamy sort of lactic sweetness. There's a nice depth to this one, a very nice toasty aroma with a good balance.
The taste follows suit, though perhaps with a touch more of a hops presence and an added earthiness. Very nice.
The mouthfeel is what I'd expect: deep and robust with a full body and light carbonation. No much crispness per se, which I think wouldn't do for the style, but there is a nice smoothness.
A high ABV keeps the drinkability down just a touch, but I want more.

05-27-2010 13:01:21 | More by Brenden
Photo of Damian


4.6/5  rDev +15.6%

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to xpimptastikx for including this as an extra in our trade

A two-finger, bubbly, tan head capped the translucent, russet brown liquid. The head quickly dissipated, leaving the liquid looking flat. I was hoping for a slightly darker body and bit more retention and/or lacing.

The aroma was simply terrific. Full and robust. Semi-sweet chocolate notes dominated. Somewhat milky with indications of lactose sugar. Dark roast coffee came through strong. Sweet, caramel malts were noticeable as well. A hint of smoke nicely offset the sweetness.

Rich, roasted malts and some caramel-like sweetness again came through strong in the taste. Dark chocolate (and possibly some powdered cocoa) notes combined with the malts to give this beer a rather sweet overall flavor profile. Drying coffee notes were noticeable in the center. Quite nutty and toasty. The finish was roasty, smoky and a touch bitter. This bitterness really helped in balancing out the sweetness. Some piney hops appeared as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Medium bodied with a fine, moderate effervescence that enabled the liquid to glide along my palate.

At 8.5% ABV, this beer was remarkably quaffable. It drank like a flavorful yet lighter bodied stout in the 5-6% ABV range.

I have sampled both this beer and Pine Belt Pale Ale from Southern Star Brewing Co. and they have both been winners. These folks seem to have a knack for producing extraordinary beers from seemingly "ordinary" styles. Definitely keep your eye out for any of their offerings.

05-27-2010 00:38:43 | More by Damian
Photo of demodave


4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

This was a very tasty brew. I've recently moved out to Lubbock, TX, which is something of a barren wasteland (check out Wikipedia, the history of alcohol sales here is kinda interesting). I was very pleasantly surprised to find that Doc's has a good beverage selection. Somewhat at random, I pulled out Buried Hatchet from their fridge, and had one today. I suppose I should have another to go through the point by point items.


Wants out of the can a bit, so it slashed a little.

Aroma: sweet, perhaps more of a milk stout or an oatmeal stout than an export? I'm leaning toward a mis-cast milk stout. Still has perceptible roast/burnt notes. Malt dominates.

Appearance: very dark, opaque, although some hints of red and brown show at the base of the glass (a New Belgium tulip). Head doesn't last all that long, but I don't know if that is a product of the can opening. There is a thin bead of head for a while, just not a thick layer.

Taste: again, sweet like milk stout. Has a nice background roast and burnt profile. Just a hint of burnt astringency. I would not say that there were chocolate or caramel or anything like that. A pretty clean burnt profile, if that helps any.

Mouthfeel: nice, somewhat rich. It doesn't bubble on the tongue. It feels very relaxed and comfortable with itself.

Drinkability: there is absolutely nothing about this beer that I don't like. That's already a very important first step. It's clean and well-brewed. I like it a lot. I don't think I could drink it all night (especially with the heat being what it is here - and the alcohol is definitely present), but it's a very good beer. As a fair warning, it was about $10 for a four-pack and I believe the alcohol content reported by BA.

I think my points awarded fairly reflect my impression of the beer, and I cannot see how someone could come up with a C+ for it. I'll have to look for that review. Put it in the milk stout category, and it is a very fine beer, if slightly over alcoholic. It doesn't taste like an Imperial Stout, though, so I think I have the right beer style named for it.

05-22-2010 22:28:37 | More by demodave
Photo of BeerAndBourbon


4.08/5  rDev +2.5%

A. Pours a semi-translucent dark brown/black with a creamy head of various sized bubbles that leaves some nice residual lacing (my first canned beer that leaves lacing).
S. Cocoa is the biggest player with roasted malts, coffee, and a little bit of vanilla.
T. Lots of roasted malt with mild coffee flavor, some chocolate, and a fair amount of vanilla. Leaves a dry roast flavor for an aftertaste.
M. Good level of carbonation, but a bit too thin.
D. Very drinkable. Unfortunately drinking these out of the can would diminish a lot of the wonderful subtle flavors, but I'll still likely do so at the next bbq I attend... these flavors would be perfect with some bbq pork.

05-22-2010 01:08:42 | More by BeerAndBourbon
Photo of jrallen34


4.2/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

05-21-2010 21:51:09 | More by jrallen34
Photo of AgentZero


4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

A - This is an unusually light looking stout, as in it's a dark brown as opposed to black. Granted, I could just be used to the imperials, but seems a bit light for one. Can see through it if you try hard. Off-white to light tan foamy head that rose about a finger and a half off the pour.

S - Lots of roasted malts, carmel, toffee, a slight bit of coffee, and some cocoa. It's actually pretty nice smelling.

T - Taste is on the light side, but quite good. A nice sweetness, slightly bitter from the roasty malts, nice toffee and cocoa taste. It's light and quite good.

M - Too thin, medium bodied, little too slick, not enough carbonation for my liking or not enough weight, should pick one or the other.

D - Very drinkable, especially given how light it is.

05-19-2010 04:39:18 | More by AgentZero
Photo of corby112


4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

05-15-2010 04:56:55 | More by corby112
Photo of ChadQuest


4/5  rDev +0.5%

Very interesting. Stout, Can, Texas. not three things i'd expect honestly. but this is a pretty great beer. Looks more like a porter with a decent amount of browning on the edges, and a roasty roasty roasty chacolate cocao nose and alot of black licorice too. taste is a chocolate bombardment with an almost syrupy hersheys finish, but the mouthfeel is thinner and well carbinated like a porter, so all in all this is roasty and thin and colored like a porter, but rich like a stout, doesnt matter but i like it.
I got this can from a friend but i know ill buy a pack myself in the future, it's a great affordable beer to have sitting around that you don't feel like you have to save for special occasions, will be one of my new "session" Stouts.(incorrect usage police! RUN!)

05-14-2010 00:53:07 | More by ChadQuest
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 950 ratings.