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Old Plowshare Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Plowshare StoutOld Plowshare Stout

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very good

183 Ratings

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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 13
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hyuga on 10-01-2005)
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Photo of Billolick

New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce brown bottle purchased at Whole fods market in greenwich Ct. Pours almost black with a tan head, showing moderate retentive powers. leaves middle of the road spotty lacing. Nose is of a musty burlap bag and some coffee. Medium bodied stout, moderate roasted notes and slight burnt notes. some slick , oily and licorish hints also picked up. Decent, if not anything special stout, decent sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2005 22:55:16 | More by Billolick
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not a very picturesque Irish Dry Stout. Pours black/brown with a twinge of ruby. Initially, a vigorous head, but it eventually bids farewell leaving being only a skimpy membrane of tan bubbles. Certified Organic? Well, that's a relief!

Smell: The aroma is full of dry chocolate malt and sweetened coffee.

Taste: Tastes, however sparingly, of bittersweet chocolate marked by flavors of cold coffee and mild bitterness. Obligatory dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A bit thin and light-bodied, but extremely drinkable and well-balanced. I could easily tackle the rest of the 4-pack if I was so inclined.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2005 04:43:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of beerinator


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, but certainly not black. Off white head lingered a bit and then faded back into the beer. Retention is good.

Aroma: Roasty, burnt coffee snorts up the nose. The initial aromas are roasty, but there is some sweet malt and a bit of chocolate smell that fills the nose.

Taste: The flavor starts a bit roasty, but the taste finishes sweet with a bit of burned bitterness. The mouthfeel is solid, but not exceedingly full. The caramel sweetness is there, but the bitterness seems to keep it in check.

Notes: Balanced roasty beer. This doesn't look like a dry irish style, but it does have many of the flavors of it. Good beer, especially if you plan to drink more than two.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 04:05:57 | More by beerinator
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Ploughshare, on pour, is a deep, ruby-red tinted beer with small, thin coat of foam across the top. Aroma is somewhat faint, mostly roasted, bready malt. Lots more roastiness at taste, along with moderately-high bittering hops. I can't detect any hop flavor. Finishes dry with a lingering taste of toasted malt. Medium-bodied, fairly carbonated.

Nothing bad here, but nothing stands out either. I admit stouts are not my favorite style, but I can't see any reason to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2005 19:07:29 | More by allengarvin
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ebony shade with hints of ruby when held to the light and a thick, frothy tan head thjat retains well. The aroma is begins with a big roasted character, along with some chocolate, coffee, molasses, grassy hops and some toasted bread. The taste has a big roasted flavor also, with some unsweetenend chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, light grassy hops and a light molasses sweetness. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style, not too light or heavy and the drinkability is quite good. Overall i thought this was a very good dry stout, drinkable yet flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2005 04:29:59 | More by silver0rlead
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3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

10/26/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Odd garnet coloring in the pour. Very bright color for a stout. Large one inch large bubbled head which leaves no lace.

Smell- Fairly dark malt scent with a bit of choc and a bit of coffee.

Taste- Bitter in the hops department, but really no strong flavors that stand out. Sure, there is some bittersweet chocolate and a little coffee, but the flavors don't stand out. They are just kinda there.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated for a stout. I mean wayyyy too much. Hard to consume.

Drinkability- The worst effort so far that I have had from North Coast. A bit disappointed for sure. I need me a Old Rasputain to wash away this pain.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2005 01:40:51 | More by GClarkage
Photo of HardTarget


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Certified Organic, 5.7% abv., another of the North Coast offerings celebrating the 25th anniversary of Whole Foods. Ingredients listed: Water, organic malt, hops. Guess yeast just isn’t needed.

Aroma: Chicory coffee mixed in a classic stout smell. A bit rough, but bracing.

Appearance: Some clarity to a blackish, dark brown ruby glass. Tan head gave no lace.

Flavor: Bitter from both the coffee and the hops, chocolate malt added some complexity, but overall this is a straight-forward brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a touch heavy.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable, but nothing I’ll crave.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2005 04:51:09 | More by HardTarget
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a certified organic beer that was made exclusively for sale at the Whole Foods grocery chain by North Coast. The North Coast website has it listed as a Irish Dry Stout (or Celtic-Style dry stout to be specific).

Black brew with reddish hues and a mid-sized off-white head that retains pretty well. Nice looking beer.

Roasty chocolate aroma, reminds me a bit of nutty coffee.

Bittersweet roasty chocolate is my first impression of the flavor. Nice and hoppy too, a bit leafy and perhaps earthy. The chocolate character isn't really big all the way through, it's more roasted grain, or coffee-like. Finish is certainly dry and hoppy, but has a hint of sweetness.

Good naturally creamy mouthfeel. It's nice to have this style without nitro for once.

I'm pretty impressed with this one. I wish I had opted for a 4-pack of this instead of a single. I think it's a very good example of the style, and could become my favorite within it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2005 05:14:48 | More by hyuga
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Old Plowshare Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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