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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Country Brewing
Pennsylvania, United States
northcountrybrewing.com

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BuckSpin on 04-03-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
159
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
21.12%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
38
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 42 | Ratings: 159
Photo of Irishman_Scott
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent brew! Thick'ish and very dark. Medium fizz. Lots of roast, caramel, and maybe some bitter chocolate is what I taste. Finishes dry, but a good finish. Maybe a bit of smoke on the finish too. This is one of my absolute favorites. Lots of flavor!

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an exceedingly dark brown, nigh on black. Small, dark tan head dissipates very quickly.
Smell is heavily roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, some vanilla. Good vakance.
Taste is roasted malts, molasses, some bittersweet chocolate.
Almost medium body, solid medium(+) carbonation. Drying middle and finish thought a bit ashy in the aftertaste. A solid offering but nothing special.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into tulip glass:

Look: Pours a beautiful black color with about an inch of head and lacing present.

Smell: Chocolate, coffee. roasted malts.

Taste: Chocolate on the front end with some hints of coffee and roast on the back end. This stout is only a tad sweet which is nice.

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is probably the best beer I have had from North Country to date. This is a solid stout that I would purchase again!

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed form the can in a snifter. This roasted beast of a stout pours a nice thick black with a fantastic head of light brown foam that lingers long in the glass forming a thick layer and mighty ring with some beautiful lacing. Nose of deeply roasted malt, cocoa, char, and subtle sweetness to the background. Flavors surpass the nose with fantastic deeply roasted malts showing flavors of dark coffee and dark bakers chocolate that is moderately sweetened with black strap molasses that finishes with a nutty roasted malt bitterness that lingers. Creamy mouth feel finishes dry and subtly smoked. Excellent carbonation keeps it lively. An excellent every day sort of stout.

Cheers

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Photo of cmookrun
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this beer. I needed something for while I was brewing and bought this on a whim. Glad I did because it was very well done. Not a big fan of other north country brews,but they did this one right!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to @tamisbutler for the sample

Aroma: Pleasant chocolate and dark bready aromas up front. Light coffee character. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a low khaki head. Head retention is poor but laces and rings the snifter nicely.

Flavor: Firm chocolate goodness on the front end. Has a creamed coffee character to it as well. Moderate earthy hop bitterness. Balance is to the bitterness. Roastiness provides a nice counterpoint. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste lingers with powdered cocoa character .

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderately-high carbonation. Slight dark grain astringency. No heat or creaminess.

Overall impression: A very approachable roasty American stout. Worth a try.

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Photo of gopens44
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After feeling slightly underwhelmed by other North Country offerings, I was pleasantly surprised by this. Easy drinking nearly everyday kind of stout with a little "pop" to it without being boozy or too hoppy. Pretty damn solid IMO.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz "Paw Friendly" can

L: Black. Barely see through even with a light behind. No head or lace.
S: Dip a cotton ball into it and place it on a wound. There is the faint burnt malt.
F:Biting alcohol. Rope aftertaste. Dry.
T: The best of the sampler pack. (Pils, Red, IPA and Stout) My meat and potatoes for beer beverages are Pale, IPA, Porter and Stout. So, needless, this one I liked best. Dry, good bitter, good alcohol to back it up. The malt tastes about as standard of a stout as there is.
O: Maybe this could have been scooted up a bit more to be a Imperial, the alcohol flavor is pretty close, but I'd say, a 6'er of this in cans would be a welcome end to the day.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce can. I was surprised at the look of this beer and I am starting to really not mind the can thing. It has a rich, creamy, three finger head. Dark and medium bodied. Scents of burnt chocolate, smoky coffee, and raisin bread. The taste was very appetizing. Slightly sweet but rounded out smoothly. Terrific dark malty beer and perfect for cooler temperatures.

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Photo of donteatpoop
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark in color, a deep chocolate with a foamy tan head that clings to the glass.

Vague aromas of toasted malts.

The taste is superb. I wonderful convolution of flavors and has a smooth creamy finish. Excellent stout, and I love stouts. I will be buying this again.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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 ...

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Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of 57md
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap @Al's Pizza and Subs in Enola, served chilled in a pint.

The color is dark coffee color with thick creamy tan head. The smell is of roasted malt with a sweetness of caramel with light sweetened coffee-like aroma. The feel is good with a thick sweet body with medium carbonation and moderately roasted with low bitterness and no noticeable alcohol.

The taste is has a very malt and toasted grain dominance with only enough bitterness to balance with semi-sweet finish. This stout has a good flavor and is drinkable for the style but seems kind of generic as far as standard stouts go it is fine

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Photo of Mikus
3.26/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can at reefer temp into a goblet
Aroma malty with chocolate overtones
Head average (3 cm), frothy, light brown, mostly lasting
Lacing good
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor begins malty with a hint of bitter chocolate – no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Ends with a slightly bitter chocolatey aftertaste, short lived
Palate medium to full body, creamy, carbonation soft.


Actually a decent stout, around $33/case of 24 cans. I’ve had this on tap and the nitro version as well – my go-to beer at North Country

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Photo of Dope
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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