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Buried Hatchet Stout - Southern Star Brewing Company

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Ratings: 982
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 12.31%
Wants: 72
Gots: 147 | 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 John_M
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and fair lacing. The nose is really quite attractive, showcasing milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee and even a hint of milk duds. Flavors generally replicate the nose, and I was impressed that this beer was not overly sweet. At most there is moderate sweetness in this beer, with some nice, light hoppy bitterness in the finish. Considering the alcohol, I though this beer a bit thin in this light to moderately flavored beer. On the other hand, the alcohol is pretty well disguised, with the beer not the least bit heavy or tiring on the palate.

Nothing extraordinairy here, but for all that, i found this to be an enjoyable, well crafted stout. Not bad at alll...

John_M, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of Lazerlobe
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to a pint glass with a single finger of light beige head.

Smell: Sticky sweet malt, fresh brewed coffee and coffee beans and cocoa powder.

Taste: Roasted coffee, black patent malt, carmelized sugar and a dry roasted finish.

A pretty good stout. The 8.5% is well hidden and I'm loving the big roast flavor all the way through. Thanks Texas!

Lazerlobe, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy brew with a fizzy head. I get some smoke and roasted cocoa in the aroma. Black licorice, quite roasty, with bitter chocolate notes on my tongue and now in my brain. The finish fades into bitter coffee and peanut/sunflower seed. The flavors are very well established. Worth a try, I know some people love it.

brownbeer, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Xul
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dajtai007 for the extra!

A: Pours a clean, dark brown with ruby highlights on the edges, capped by a frothy two finger beige head. Retention is moderate and it leaves light lacing down the glass.

S: Roasted malts up front, followed by rich coffee and milk chocolate that combine to form a nice mocha aroma. Vanilla and caramel lie in the background

T: Roasted malts come up first again with the coffee coming in even darker than on the nose. The milk chocolate is a bit more subtle than on the nose, although it kicks up a bit for the finish. Caramel flashes near the backend along with vanilla, but neither contribute significantly.

M: Body is light with moderate carbonation, a bit too far on the thin and watery side.

D: Alcohol is well hidden and it drinks remarkably easy for a big, flavorful stout.

Xul, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown in color, not quite making it to black and not totally opaque. Less than a finger of tan that becomes slightly splotchy as a ring of lace forms around the glass.

S- The smell opens up with a kick of milk chocolate that keeps a sweet smell changing into tones of toffee and caramel as well. Roasted malt apparent throughout the smell that adds perfectly to the milk chocolate.

T- The strong taste of milk chocolate returns, can't believe how refreshing it really is. A slight roasted complexion lies underneath the milk chocolate adding a layer of complexity as the end of the beer moves to a slight bitterness that works well with the chocolate character. The taste of coffee and small amounts of bitter chocolate linger for a short amount of time to finish the beer off.

M- A medium thin body, and certainly a little too thin for the style in my opinion. Carbonation could be inched up a bit as this seems to be the area where the beer is lacking.

D- You could put down a couple of these rather fast and regret the decision after seeing the abv on the can. Can barely taste the alcohol in this one.

Lolli1315, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of beveritt
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to DoctorDog for this one. One of the very few beers I have had out of a can. Poured into an Imperial pint glass. Label is a buried hatchet (imagine that) with new growth sprouting out of it. I wonder what the story behind the name is? No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 3 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. This settles to an incomplete coating foam with a more substantial ring around the edges. No lacing. The beer itself is very dark mahogany, dark enough to look black everywhere except around the edges. No sediment in the can.

Smell: Semi-sweet cocoa with mild roasted barley bitterness. Hints of anise and molasses.

Taste: Wow, a stronger flavor profile than would have been initially suggested by the somewhat weak aroma and color. Significant carbonation bite upfront, followed by a bittersweet blend of barley roastiness and toffee sweetness. Slight alcohol sweetness in the finish. That sweetness, underscored by a baker's cocoa flavor, lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Slightly higher than average carbonation that typical for this style, with the big bubble feel of force carbonation. Body is decent, with a little slickness in the back of the throat.

Drinkability: I would certainly have another one of these with no hesitation. A little lacking in the visual category, but flavorful and complex enough to keep you interested.

beveritt, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of mgbickel
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Perfect Pint glass. A slight, ½ finger of caramel colored head formed quickly and dissipated almost as fast; almost no lace detected. The body is dense and dark...mahogany edges form where light is forced through...

The nose has a perfect mixture of heavily roasted coffee, dark chocolate and caramel malts. Strong aromas...is this imperial?

The taste is right with the nose, but not quite as intense. Starts off with a sweet chocolate/cream flavor that turns into a roasted, almost bitter, coffee finish. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied, a little on the slick side with moderate to light carbonation.

Very drinkable...glad I had the opportunity to try this one. Highly recommended!

mgbickel, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of djhowell
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

djhowell, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

nickd717, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of rwf08
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

rwf08, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of portia99
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

portia99, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

maximum12, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of SpecialK088
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

SpecialK088, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

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.

jpmclaug, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gyle41386, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Rbald42
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Rbald42, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

AleWatcher, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of BB1313
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BB1313, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

msubulldog25, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of 7ways
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

7ways, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

rtepiak, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of mwa423
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

mwa423, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

number1bum, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.


JohnGalt1, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, May 27, 2010
Buried Hatchet Stout from Southern Star Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 982 ratings.