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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 allengarvin


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 BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-15-2013 00:31:47 | More by BeerForMuscle
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 05:46:40 | More by atsprings
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2007 21:55:47 | More by wedge
Photo of cliff1066


4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-05-2013 22:10:07 | More by cliff1066
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-17-2011 19:14:12 | More by tclapper
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2006 01:46:56 | More by lackenhauser
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 21:33:33 | More by Pegasus
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 18:21:29 | More by Offa
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 03:14:55 | More by blitheringidiot
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 03:46:45 | More by CrellMoset
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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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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 05:14:41 | More by DogFood11
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-26-2011 02:25:00 | More by jak
Photo of HopStoopid120


4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-16-2011 22:33:24 | More by HopStoopid120
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2006 03:22:43 | More by orbitalr0x
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 00:18:21 | More by BeerSox
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:24:03 | More by Drew966
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 00:53:21 | More by Phatz
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 02:37:36 | More by NEhophead
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 18:07:27 | More by PorterLambic
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 02:52:56 | More by granger10
Photo of albern


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

I really like this stout. It pours an inky blackness that is pretty impenetrable to light. There is a nice, modest size, tan creamy head that retains a bit and laces well. The nose on the beer is a delight. There are lots of roasted malts, some coffee notes, and lots of milk chocolate and caramel.

The beer is modestly carbonated, very creamy and smooth, quite nourishing, and as the nose indicates, has lots of milk chocolate goodness. The beer has some cherry dark chocolate flavors, a slight chalkiness, and bit of a burnt roast hoppy tingle in the finish. Mostly the beer is just smooth, creamy, and chocolatey. The mouthfeel and aftertaste are a slight bit acerbic, and this knocks things down a peg, but overall, this is a very enjoyable stout. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 21:16:37 | More by albern
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Very dark red. Clear but dark, with a thick creamy head of tan foam. Coffee/molasses nose, with some dried fruit and hints of tobacco in the nose. Quite dry with an acidic edge up front. Middle is bitter roasted grains, coffee beans and a bit of fruitiness. Finishes maybe a bit watery, with some astringency and some bitterness, but doesn't stick around particularly long. Kind of a light-ish stout, both in flavour and body. Dry, drinkable and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 05:06:27 | More by allergictomacros
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky but somewhat boring middle brown color with a thin cap of head. Nose is faint but pleasant with sweet notes and rich coffee well mixed. Not terribly exciting overall but that's the profile for NC's organiics thusfar.

Taste is surprisingly dry and rich with heavy roasted notes alongside the coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but stretched densely with carbonation that hinders the taste and enjoyment of it quite a bit. I wouldn't turn it down if offered but there are far better stouts for your cash than this.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2007 04:06:19 | More by daliandragon
Old Plowshare Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.