Old Plowshare Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Plowshare StoutOld Plowshare Stout

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186 Ratings

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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 14
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:
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(Beer added by: hyuga on 10-01-2005)
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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast- Old Plowshare

Appearance- Dark ruby red brown with a thick cola like head. Heavy lacing though.
Smell- Smooth creamy coffee with a touch of cocoa powder.
Taste- Light french vanilla coffee heavy on the cream. Light touch of cocoa in the end.
Mouthfeel- Smooth throughout with a touch of dry bitterness in the end, otherwise creamy smooth.

Overall- Nevermind the organic label on this 1. It's mighty tasty. This is easily a session stout.
Once again North Coast doesn't dissappoint.

Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark cranberry with a solid creamy head. Bigger aroma than usual for a stout of modest strength...silky, chocolatey coffee and a rich, porter-like sweetness. The flavor is, at first, a huge load of fresh malt on the tongue: dry, bitter, and black. Bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee beans make up most of it. Medium mouthfeel...smooth but dry.

Dark and bitter would best sum it all up. Plenty of character to go around too though.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking a cellar temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer has been in my basement for about 2 years. Pops open nicely and pours a rich chocolate color with fizzy beige head of about 1 cm that fades rapidly, and noisily to a string of wispy islands. Several small streams of bubbles continue to rise to the surface.
Aroma is roasted malt with some dark chocolate maybe a little sweet brown sugar hit that could also be dark fruit. Aroma is mild and more roasted than sweet for certain.
First sip reveals a fairly light body that is smooth with very fine carbonation. Very easy to drink this beer.
Flavor is roasted malt and then some dark chocolate and actually a little bitter like a high % cacao chocolate bar.
No hops or ABV presence detected.
A fairly straightforward but tasty, easy to drink stout. Quite nice in a world of ever increasing punch you in the face beers.

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short, fat, stout, single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.99...
"Organic stout" on the front logo sticker...
Most of North Coast's stuff is usually pretty good, so I expected the same from this sample...
Pours a engine-oil, jet-black hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon dissipated and left a minimal amount of lacing...
Rich cocoa and espresso aroma coming through along with enticing mocha nuances...
Taste paid homage to the smell, with a warm suggestion of rich latte, dark espresso, and chocolate factors thrown into the mix...
Mouthfeel was decent, but slightly more watered-down than I had anticipated...
Easy drinkability due to the lack of any cloying factors present and relatively modest 5.7% ABV...
Decent stuff...
Worth a shot...

Photo of Crosling
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Different, multi-dimensional dry stout aroma, which gives hints of espresso and coffee, but also a nice variety of fruits and chocolate. Nearly opaque black color, with a thin but lovely colored light tan head. Flavor brings a medley of rich malts into play, which bring several different flavor characteristics. Really rich body as well. Impressive beer.

Photo of atsprings
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a not-quite opaque deep brown almost black with a thin off-white head, the beer showed decent ruby highlights when held up to light. The roasty aroma was evident from arms length while pouring the beer, even more evident when held to the nose. Fresh-brewed coffee and milk chocolate are also present making one of the most fragrant brews I've come across in a long time. The taste is also a great balance of flavors. This was much better than I was expecting from an organic stout. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. This one would make for a great session on a cold winter night.

Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear deep amber brown, with a large, persistent tan head, thick patchy glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich, roasted coffee aroma, with lesser notes of bitter cocoa. The coffee presence is very, very strong.

Taste: Rich roasted coffee flavor from start to finish, with slight undercurrents of bitter cocoa, earth, and smoke. Late in the taste there is a faint herbal hop presence. The finish is a bit dry, with a lingering charcoal note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, decent body, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing, though unspectacular example, quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Offa
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a sub-par stout, sharp and rough.

In appearance, it's almost black, faintly reddish brown with a very large tan head steadily shrinking to a smaller, lasting head and leaving a tiny bit of weak lace.

The aroma is fairly good overall and rather full, with chocolate, coffee, lightly burnt roasted grain and wood, smokey prunes and fruit.

The taste, thoughm, disappoints. Ok at first, it rapidly deteriorates. It starts off with decent but rather vague, weak chocolate, coffee, a roastiness that is strong but still pretty smooth, light sweetness and light spicey bitterness. However, it goes downhill and rapidy gets worse as it warms. It becomes more pungently and sharply spicey, very acridly peppery, with a strong, sharp fermented prune quality, yet lacks the body and depth to carry any of this. I can see how someone might like this but I find it barely drinkable, rough, with the character thin, weak, unbalanced in every respect, the qualities failing to marry well.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color-when held to the light it is a deep, deep mahognay color-nice tight tan head. Slight sulfury aroma-slight hints of chocolate and toasted malt. Good roasted flavor. Flavor seems to come more from the roasted malts them any hops. Good body with a great thirst quenching dryness. Quite the nice stout-could be an all night session beer for me. Another great product from North Coast.

Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

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

Pours with a barely see thru eggplant hue with a settled head cap, leaving no lace in the glass.

Aroma is a toasted malt and slightly smoky with a hint of cocoa.

First swigs: Cocoa sweet and toasted almost burnt malt. Smooth cream texture. Suggestion of vanilla ans light black coffee. Full flavored coffee and toasted malt.

Zesty carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Fizzy feel.

Last swigs: Quite impressive how this is organic and full flavored. Approachable and tasy. Decent version for the style.

Photo of CrellMoset
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks!!! Poured my share into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, with some nice lacing, an average-retention one-finger tan head. Not bad at all, and the lacing in particular is

Aroma: Agitation reveals a hollow, shallow chocolatey note, some toasted malts ... almost like a spent coffee filter, unfortuantely.

Taste: Ok, first, there are a few lightly diluted coffee notes, faint toasty malts note, and a faint hop bitterness. But, there are also a lot of V8 mango peach notes in here, and that's just not cool. Not cool.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but largely watery, a little fluffy, but minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so hot, really. Watery, spent coffee-grounds, eh, but the alcohol is well-hidden and of a reasonable level. Still, not too impressed with the flavors in this one. Not recommended.

Photo of DogFood11
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid white head sits atop a black bodied brew with a reddish outside ring when held to the light. traces of lacing.

Lately for some reason I just like to get to the point of a review which is the overall view of the product. Not bad at all. For someone that likes a mild roasted/toasted chocolaty malt presence and more of a blended brew with some bitter hop background this is it. Malts tended to be slightly smoked and it was rather hop heavy all considered. Light mouthfeel with some lingering dryness in the late late finish.

Never understood the whole "organic" thing considering there are alot of brews that don't advertise this quality and are yet still organic.

Photo of PorterLambic
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown wih red edges. Big fluffy head, creamy, drops to a film kinda fast.
Smell is malt, coffee, soy sauce, smoke, hint of yeast.
Taste is malt, smoke, soy sauce,peat, bitter chocolate, slightmetallicnote that increases in aftertaste with hops, toffee & coffee.
Smooth, rich, medium full body, light effervescence. Good stuff. only down side is the metallic note.

Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a vegetarian and natural foods lover...it's cool to see a fully organic stout. Kudos to North Coast for brewing this one up. Pours from the stubby bottle into my glass a dark black with streaks of deep red. A half inch of bubbly tan head appears and slowly falls. When held up to the light it becomes almost transparent with a burnt sienna hue. Aromas of roasted dark grains with burnt cocoa and an undercurrent of mellow brewed coffee. Maybe a touch of dark fruits lurkin in there. Pretty nice, yet fairly standard.

First sip brings a fairly dry roasty maltiness on the roof of the mouth. Burnt, almost smoky tones emerge with a dash of cocoa and a touch of bitter coffee. I get an interesting fruitiness throughout drinking this brew. It finishes with just a touch of hops and a lingering roasty husky malt. An enjoyable dry stout with the added bonus of all organic ingredients.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess...I would like to see a little more body, but as is it makes for easy drinking. I could see having a few of these no problem...it could become my organic session stout! My thanks to beerinator for passing this one off to me. Always good to try something new from North Coast.

Photo of BeerSox
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pitch black except for a hint of ruby at the bottom. A one finger than head settles to a thin cap, with rings of solid lacing along the glass.

Roasty coffee and chocolate aromas sit on top of a powdery creaminess.

The coffee and chocolate is repeated, along with some smooth roasty malts. The feel is smooth and full bodied. The finish is lingering malts. As the beer warms, a bit of smokiness emerges.

This is a full flavored smooth, and complex stout. It's incredibly drinkable, and the flavors slowly bloom as the beer warms. Recommended.

Photo of Drew966
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Plowshare Stout pours an opaque dark brown bordering on black with a thin tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Chocolate and cocoa are strong in the aroma. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would like, but the flavor is quite nice, roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa and coffee flavors are all there. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Phatz
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mac300 for sharing this beer with me. It was a simple easy drinking sesionable stout with few frills.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolaty almost black color with a very small head and no cap or lacing.

Smell: It has a relatively small but pleasant friendly aroma of dark roasted malts, chocolate coffee and a touch of burnt barley.

Taste: The flavors are the same as the nose would suggest. An earthy burnt smoky dark malt element carries with it some chocolate from beginning to end. The finish is lightly dry with a very gentle hop attribute.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in the mouth but then I have been drinking more RIS lately so maybe it is just my perception. The body seems adequate though for a dry stout.

Drinkability: Extremely approachable flavors make this a quite poundable easy drinking session beer. I think it work as a transition beer for some Guinness fans.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of NEhophead
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz short, brown bottle.
No best before date.

Pours a deep, russet brown with shades of coal beneath a creamy and frothy, coffee-colored head. Trails of thin lacing.

Sweet molasses and light vanilla. Tame, roasted malts: powdery, milk chocolate, dried almonds, and peanuts. Faint hints of toffee.

Starts sweet and creamy with a toffee flavor, but is immediately overtaken by a chewy, roasted maltiness and a mouth full of hops. Dark chocolate, unsweetened with fruity esters: plum, cherry, apple. Heavy bitterness; very earthy with an aftertaste of coffee beans and hazlenut.

Medium to full in body; chewy roasted quality, very earthen.

A flavorful dry stout, that I'd have again. Bonus points for the USDA organic seal of approval.

Photo of granger10
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Kind of a rusty brown to deep mohagany color with a larger light tan head that rises then falls to nothing quickly. Moderate lacing. Smells a bit grainy with some plum notes and strong espresso. Taste is almost all coffee. Not really espresso, just strong black coffee. Not too roasty but a bit of roast. Finish is a tad creamy without that acidity I expect from coffee. Interesting. The flavor was rather intense. Just really, really dry. Not too bad, but not really the smoothest stout or the most complex. Decent.

Old Plowshare Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.