Ferris (17935) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2015
Draft - Sweet Roasty notes with a touch of molasses. Jet black with a creamy rich beige head. Lots of roast, chocolate and a bitter sweet dry finish. A little burnt toast. Easy drinking and flavourful. Twistedmister (3) - CANADA - AUG 11, 2010 does not count
After a day of hiking at Mt. Baker I stopped by for a good pint of my favorite. The smell of roasted malts was wonderful and the creamy nitro white froth was inviting. It was smooth with a good chocolate flavored dry finish. I have drank a lot of tasty stouts and the North Fork never disappoints. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2010
On nitro at the brewpub. There really isn’t much of anything I would change about this place, even if their lineup doesn’t climb much higher than the solid to very good level. But I would certainly ask them to note on their menu when they have a beer on nitro. Ordering a beer that sounds good and having it show up doing the nitro fadeway from top to bottom just doesn’t set a very pleasant expectation at the table. Well...provided you’ve grown to think there’s really never any call for nitro, as I have. Anyway, on to the beer. Pours nearly black and certainly opaque. Dense creamy dun-colored bubble-free hockey puck of a nitrogenous head. Chalky, ashy, slightly chocolatey nose, with that chocolate certainly of the baking chip variety. Watery, powdery nitro body. Sorry to be a broken record about the nitro thing. Alright, I’m not sorry. Chocolatey, slightly roasty mid-palate shot through with ash. Definitely thinking patent malt is one malt that can fight through the flavor-deadening scrim of a nitro pour, at least in whatever quantity they added it to this beer. They certainly have earned the right to call this a "Dry" stout. Ashy, chalky finish. I bet this beer is actually probably a nice dry stout poured on CO2. They probably love it out of the bright tank, and I bet a lot of the rest of us would too. I guess all too many people just love watching that nitro settle...maybe if I drive up here all the time and become a regular, I could get them to take the turbo off a keg sometime. Sounds like a lotta work for the sake of curiosity though. kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2009
Date: September 05, 2009
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate and roasted aroma
Flavor: dry roasted flavor, touch of caramel sweetness for balance
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Score: ** /4
Dark brown pour with a nice creamy head. THe aroma is a touch sweeter than I am used to for a dry stout, but it is nice. Caramel, chocolate, and roast. More roasted notes up front followed by caramel and chocolate, light coffee notes round out the finish. Some lingering sweet earthy notes. Smooth carbonation from the nitro. Good.
raphael (1322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Sour & roast aromas ala Guiness, plus dark chocolate. cafe au lait head on opaque black. good fizz in the mouth. good flavor balance with still some hops, slightly askew. shigadeyo (3870) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2007
Pacific Northwest Vacation 2007omhper (26209) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2006
8/19/2007: North Fork Dry Stout has lots of darkly roasted malt and barley in the aroma and flavor. The flavor also has a hint of chocolate. The color of this beer is dark brown, but pretty much looks black in the glass. It has a lasting dense, creamy head that leaves adequate lacing. The body of the beer is medium-light and a touch watery, but smooth and mellow all at the same time. It kind of feels like skim milk or something on the palate. Overall this is a decent dry stout that would benefit from some additional body as well as some complexity to take the edge off of the near-burnt aroma and flavor.
Draught sample at The North Fork Brewery - Pizzeria - Beer Shrine in Deming, Washington. Rating #9 for this beer...
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2006 Draught at the brewpub (3.9%).
Very black. Tarry and chocolatey. Medium dry with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Dominated by licorice and plastic. Harsh resiny bitter finish. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 22, 2006
Dark almost pitch black with a small foam tan head. Aroma was espresso and dark chocolate. Smooth with a coffee and roatsed malt backgroud, finishes with nice bitterness. Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 22, 2005
Very dark brown colour with rich head. Chocolatey, slightly roasty aroma with a fair bit of nuttiness. Chocolately character, very smooth and sweet. Hints of roasty acidity and background nuttiness. Some folks might want a roastier, heftier stout but for a sweeter example you can’t really ask for a whole lot more.