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Buck Snort Stout - North Country Brewing

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87
very good

126 Ratings
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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Country Brewing visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BuckSpin on 04-03-2005

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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by Omnium:
Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Brewery
A - Nice complete black color, one finger of tan head, medium lacing.
S - Roasted malts, toasted grains, nice dark earthy undertones.
T - Burnt caramels, big roasted malt, a little of those dark earthy hops.
M - Watery, which isnt uncommon with other NC brews, but its also very dry.
O - This is definitely the best thing I've had at NCB, its a good stout, nice flavors and aromas that actually make this worth getting again.

UPDATE: 1-13-14
Can > Pint Glass
A - Pitch black with two fingers of a dark rich brown foamy head, Thick tight lacing
S - Toasted malt and a little grainy, some roasted squash? A little pine, dried leaves.
T - A lot more burnt flavor that from what I remember previously, burnt coffee beans, caramels, there's a considerable earthy hop bite, and definitely some spicy rye.
M - Not as creamy and smooth as you'd want for a stout, more dry and bitter.
O - Still is good, the only thing I changed was my score on smell, down 2.5

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My favorite offering that I had from North Country,came in a standard pint glass a a deep pitch black with a one finger sized roasted almond colored head.Heavily roasted malt,deep espresso roast aromas with some unsweetenend chocolate and a hint of mollasses as well.The flavors near intense in its roasted character and slightly burnt with a big dry earthy presence from a healthy dose of hops to round it out.Not a stout for the meak its roasted to the hilt and has big hops,personally I love it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love all the canned beer available from these smaller PA breweries, it's a good trend...I remember having this on tap at the source a few years back. The can pours pitch black bodied stout with just barely ruby highlights, big thicket of tan head forms thick dimpled cloudy texture speckled lacing scattered. Aroma roasted dark malts provide hints of dark chocolate/coffee, nice herbal mint notes that work well within the hop/malt combo. Medium bodied creamy texture with mellow carbonation. Easy to drink nice stout in a can.

Photo of McMatt7
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Really good

Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is a bit sweet, chocolatey. Taste is roasted malts, some hops, a hint of chocolate, surprising bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a 5oz sample platter.

Stouts to me are like girls to a 12 year old - you know you should like them, but you're not sure why/how yet. I'm learning though, and this one could be that 1st crush you remember a long time.

This, surprisingly, was my 2nd choice of 7 samples this afternoon. Of course it had a wonderful color (orangish ebony, just almost opaque) with wonderfully tight cream colored head that clung tightly & long with lace. The nose was comforting - warm, deep oatmeal with a slight sweetness to it.

The most surprising (and enjoyable) aspect was what I called its "velvet bitterness". It has a great hop bite, but sooo smooth, very enjoyable. The throat eased up on the hops to a slight bitter with some caramel undertones to help it down.

This may have spoiled me for stouts in the future. Well worth trying & enjoying regularily.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Black color. Three fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is very good and glass covering lacing is left.

3.25 S: Load of tangy molasses in this. Caramel and roastiness next. Nondescript dark fruitiness.

3.25 T: Taste is like the nose. Overload of molasses. Plenty of caramel too. Moderate roastiness with a touch of char. Perhaps a touch of raisin fruitiness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess and smooth.

3.0 D: It's pretty average. Recommended for those that love molasses in there stouts.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at my House of 1,000 beers for about $1.75. Into a pint glass.

A - Looks good a deep dark shade of brown almost black. Head is a nice tan shade with good lacing.
S - Smell is good chocolate malt, roasty goodness, and a herbal hint.
Y - Well most memorable is the best part is the balanced hops to malt ratio. Not overall sweet or roasty. Poundable.
M - Light to medium in body not watery or chewy .

Overall its a tasty stout easy to chug but I don't think I will get it again.

Photo of rypkr
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty lackluster stout. Overly bitter and chalky.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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 ...

Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of Mikus
3.26/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stout offering from our local (Slippery Rock) brewhouse. Poured from a 12 ounce can into my snifter. The true beauty of this beer is the appearance (and the price). 2 fingers of a rich mocha head over a pitch black body. Head retained really well. Aromas of dark malt, with hints of chocolate and coffee (amazing how they come through from the malts, even when no adjuncts are used)... quite rich aromas for a can. Taste not as pronounced... all of the associated tastes were there, though not in force. A bit of molasses on the end, and a balanced bitterness. Not bad taste-wise at all... but a bit watery. Smooth, though again a bit watery, on the mouthfeel. I support local, and as such, will continue to enjoy these on occasion. However, I will remain on the lookout for bigger, badder stouts.

Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Chocolate and nutty aroma. The flavor has nice chocolate, roast malt and nutty tastes. Grassy finish. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry body. Very tasty.

Photo of Morey
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This fine stout pours pitch black in color. When held up to the light, the light ceases to exist. Nice tannish-gold head with impressive lacing.

The aroma is typical of the style...deep roasted malts along with some faint hints of cola.

Taste is a good mix of roasted malts and hops. Bold, yet it finishes rather smooth.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, and the carbonation level is spot on (present, but without overpowering the flavors that you want in a good stout).

The drinkability is good enough that I'm finishing my second pint wishing that there was enough left for a third.

Morey's Bottom Line: An above average stout with good drinkability. I can't wait to try more beers from North Country.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours out of the growler black and syrupy. It forms a thick dark brown head. Strong scents of dark chocolates and candy. Also some scents of hops. The flavor is outstanding, coffee, cocoa, roasted nuts, and hops. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth. Very drinkable. I will have no problem enjoying this growler this evening.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

North Country Brewing
Bucksnort Stout

Pours an ominous black color with a light tan foam and plenty of lace stickage. Aroma of coffee, molasses, cocoa, charcoal and smoke. In the taste, robust malt flavor with a big time roast and solid helping of piney , earthy and quite bitter hops. Coffee flavors and lots of hop. Smooth, full bodied, velvety, and really quite good. Overall, this is a solid American stout. Good flavors going on and always a solid choice at Ncb.

Photo of goblue3509
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown almost black color with a slight off color one finger head. The smell is of chocolate and coffee notes with other roasted malt smells. The taste is surprising there is a malt backbone consisting of chocolate and coffee, however, there is also a bitter hop presence to balance out the total flavor. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and has almost no carbonation. Drinkability is good, there is a very complex taste and smell which makes it a very enjoyable beer that you can enjoy over and over.

Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to garbercury for this surprise growler. Reviewed from notes on 12/10/2010. I was saving this growler to share. However I couldn't get the crew together. So it's all mine. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pitch black hue. Small half finger of mocha hued head. Decent retention. Soapy lace.

S: Loads of coffee and dark chocolate. Roast malt with a good amount of sweetness. Like fresh black coffee without the bitterness.

T: Smooth and rich coffee with a nice fudge cake aspect. Hardly a spec of bitterness. Every sip is like coffee flavored brownies.

M: Smooth medium to full body. Light carbonation.

D: Straight up winner in my book. I enjoyed every aspect of this one. If this was from a local brewery I would pick it up constantly.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours with a fast rising dark mocha head and fades equally fast. No light passes throught this deep brown beer.
Aroma to me smelled like an old Ipa inside a malty stout.
This is a pretty old beer canned in July.
Taste is pretty solid though not very hoppy as I was expecting. There is a good roast with hints of cocoa and coffee. It does drink easy with some fine gritt on the palate.
Like a mentioned before, this is an old one and what ever hops might have been present are now long gone.
I'd like to try this fresher, I think it would be very good.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tap

Pours jet black, thin tan head.

Smells of cocoa, molasses and a bit of hop bitterness.

Nutty bitterness in the flavor with molasses, some smokiness, licorice and dark honey sweetness.

Medium body with a bit of tingly carbonation.

Pretty good stout with a unique flavor, I liked this a lot and would have it again. Haven't had a stout that tastes quite like this one before.

Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can with a date "Oct 17" on the bottom poured into a pint glass
A: Dark brown, almost black, with a one-plus finger tan head that lingers
S: Roasted malt, cocoa and coffee
T: More malt/cocoa/coffee, each a bit burnt
M: Light to medium-bodied, surprisingly bitter
O: Given the smell I expected this to have a fuller body and less bitterness. It's okay as is but if it tasted less burnt and had a more textured mouthfeel it would go from good to great

Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark brown, not quite black. Small medium brown head. Decent retention but not a whole lot of lacing.

S: Hmph. Some piney hops with a toasty roasted malt character. Like mildly burnt toast. Get a whiff of a slightly metallic aroma sometimes.

T: Mild hoppiness up front. Mainly pine I would say. Touch of burnt sugar. More of that toasty sort of roasted malt. It's like overcooked pretzels and burnt toast. Hit of smoke in the finish too, just a little bit. Mild char lingers in the aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth with a bit of dryness in the finish due to the smoke and char.

O: Interesting stout. A little hoppy. A seemingly hybrid of toasted and roasted malts. Almost borderline between a brown ale and a stout as a result. Quite good but relatively simple.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been wanting to try this one for a while.

This is a great nice and hearty stout. Quite thick. Molasses seems here in abundance. Consistent. Robust. Hearty. Feel is very good. This is a really good stout. Thick and hearty, and bringing it all the way to the end. Can definitely suggest this.

1-3-14: Had this from the can and it was just as good.

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Buck Snort Stout from North Country Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.