Buck Snort Stout - North Country Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
Now that the cork has been pulled, The CANQuest (TM) is rolling on in earnest! I am so excited to be done with bottle for the foreseeable future that I am rendered almost giddy. I have so many CANs in abeyance awaiting the divestment of bottles that I CAN hardly CANtain myself from opening them all as quickly as possible.
From the CAN: "Beer Hunters Wanted"; "West Coast style stout. A very quaffable ale."; "A bold stout, with a full malt and hop flavor. An ale that will have all beer hunters calling in another! Support the Snort!"; "S[CAN] Your C[AN]!"; "Enjoy responsibly & Please recycle".
My exuberance showed on this one, following the Crack! I initiated an Inverted Glug and became so mesmerized with the pseudo-cascade that I failed to notice how quickly the head was forming. I backed off just in time and sat with bated breath as I watched it come right up to the lip of the glass. It just reached its tipping point before starting to collapse in on itself and I felt like I could breathe again. Actually, it fell like a souffle after someone slams the oven door! I was still left with two fingers of dense, rocky deep-tan/light-brown head that suddenly decided to have good retention. In the meantime, the glass was lined with sticky lacing from the collapse. Color was Opaque Black (SRM = 44), allowing zero light-penetration. Nose was both charcoal roasty and chocolaty for a smell like a Hershey's Special Dark bar. My late Pops used to love dark chocolate and wished that Reese's would make a Peanut Butter Cup with dark chocolate. I mention this because it also had a slight nuttiness. Mouthfeel was dense, kind of creamy, like a dollop of beer rather than a draught. Man, but the taste was like charcoal! My maternal grandfather, PapPap Kirsch, used to pluck briquet embers out at the end of a barbeque with tongs and briefly immerse them in water before leaving them to sun dry as the starters for the next cook-out. I once said, in drinking Sheaf Stout, that I imagined that it was what that water must have tasted like. This was in that same category, although I did not really mind it now. My palate has really evolved and become refined, especially thanks to my having eschewed cigars thanks to adult-onset asthma. That said, I was not totally enamored of this one, either. One would probably be enough. Finish held a dry, burnt-charcoal smokiness throughout. Y'know, this might go really well with some venison ...
08-17-2014 15:49:24 | More by woodychandler
3.29/5 rDev -15.4%
From a 12 ounce can, this beer is utterly black, thick, and has a tan colored, dense, foamy head. Nice. The smell is a of burnt grains...a little background malt and somewhat acrid. The taste is similar...on the dry side, a lot of burned and bitter notes. Good, but could use a bit more balance. The flavor is full and it is a very heavy stout. Full, intense, and, although not well-rounded, drinkable.
08-08-2014 23:18:04 | More by Suds
4.05/5 rDev +4.1%
Im sampling a cellar temp can poured into a snifter. Picked this up on a recent trip to PA in a variety pack of cans.
the beer pours a rich dark cola brown hue with frothy tan head of 2 cm that foams up and fades to a thin edge layer.
The aroma is rich and malty with brown sugar and roasted malt. Also some espresso grinds and milk chocolate. Appealing nose on this beer.
First sip gives a smooth silky texture with fine gentle rolling carbonation. Body is average to a little thick.
Flavor is roasted malt and sweet chocolate mixing very nicely. NO hops that I pick up and dont get the booze anywhere either. The beer drinks incredibly easy as I finish the can much faster than I finish this review. Some lingering roast notes after each sip.
It is the best of the bunch from the variety pack so far. I would buy this one again.
08-06-2014 02:33:05 | More by sulldaddy
3.86/5 rDev -0.8%
I’m not sure what a “West Coast style stout” is but I am willing to try it and find out.
Pours a dark brown color with copper edges and over a finger of beige head that dissipates quickly but leaves nice lacing behind anyway. The roasted notes are mild in both the nose and the flavor profile. The finish is nicely bitter – some of the bitterness comes from the roast, some comes from the hops.
I guess a West Coast style stout is similar to a black ale. Either way, this is pretty darn good.
07-07-2014 02:10:44 | More by 57md
Buck Snort Stout from North Country Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.