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Old #38 Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,043 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 38
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-18-2001)
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Donsmitty

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +30.5%

12-06-2011 19:21:02 | More by Donsmitty
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gdhawley

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-16-2011 20:08:12 | More by gdhawley
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tfsimpkins

Florida

5/5  rDev +30.5%

10-30-2012 19:17:16 | More by tfsimpkins
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IPAaron

Virginia

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-17-2011 02:18:01 | More by IPAaron
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yoyosarecool

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

01-05-2012 00:35:45 | More by yoyosarecool
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Merkur

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +30.5%

11-19-2011 15:44:09 | More by Merkur
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ClimbStuff

California

5/5  rDev +30.5%

02-02-2012 05:16:20 | More by ClimbStuff
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yesyouam

New York

4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old 38 is an almost black ale with a reddish tint and a tan head that fades to a tight film. It leaves nice lacing on the glass and stays the whole way down. It has a roasted aroma that's sweet and a touch tart. There are notes of coffee, licorice and brown sugar. It is medium-full bodied and incredibly smooth. It feels a bit fluffy in the mouth. The finish is dry and dusty. The flavor is very roasted, almost smokey, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. It's a touch sweet and syrupy, but perfectly balanced. I think this may be the stout on which I originally developed my palate. The malt and hops just work together on a new plane of beer existence. I could drink a bucket of this. This is like a beer custom made for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 14:12:00 | More by yesyouam
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cggarcia

New Mexico

4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours nice with foamy cappucino colored head. The aroma made my knees weak - roasted grains, espresso coffee, tart hops. Hops and bitter chocolate dominate the taste with roasted grains scattered nicely. Complex, dry finish that had me wanting more..so I had four more!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 03:23:48 | More by cggarcia
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Nage37

California

4.75/5  rDev +24%

01-28-2014 03:35:39 | More by Nage37
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Axle

Rhode Island

4.75/5  rDev +24%

03-04-2013 20:32:15 | More by Axle
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sailorsaint

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +24%

12-08-2012 03:27:53 | More by sailorsaint
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bigbeerfan

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +24%

10-26-2013 18:48:00 | More by bigbeerfan
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gleemonger

California

4.75/5  rDev +24%

03-29-2012 02:11:01 | More by gleemonger
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Blueribbon666

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +24%

12-29-2012 02:07:57 | More by Blueribbon666
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DSkilling

California

4.75/5  rDev +24%

06-30-2013 22:47:16 | More by DSkilling
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4.75/5  rDev +24%

11-25-2011 02:39:06 | More by GrindFatherBob
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown to black with ruby red highlights (to a light source), a nice creamy tan-brown head, and good carbonation and lace. Roasty malt aromas, light coffee notes, and some light hoppiness for good measure. Smooth roasty robust flavor with a touch of hop flavor; nicely balanced !! Medium bodied and creamy with a dry roasty coffee-ish finish.

Per N.C.B.Co. website:
Style: Dublin Dry Stout
Bitterness: 46 IBU's

1993 GABF- Silver - Dry Stout
1992 GABF- Bronze - Dry Stout

($6.99 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2004 16:10:17 | More by RBorsato
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scott

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

unknown vintage

Dark amber, thin, and little-to-no head.
A real robust aroma, with a little alcohol to note. (And some other ingredient I can't put my finger on.)
This is very tasty, with roast and chocolate being cut through with a knife wielding hop. Dry, crisp, refreshing and very exacting. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Well crafted and very easy to drink. So much so, that I will have another. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 04:46:19 | More by scott
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BierStein711

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into shaker pint

A:Two finger soda looking head jet black beer

S: toast, coffee, roasted malt

T: roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and booze

M: Toasty and warming

Overall this is a perfect winter beer, excellent stout. Buy some soon. Commit yourself to a six pack with this one. I will definitely have this again soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 09:08:52 | More by BierStein711
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petes99

Massachusetts

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

Pours dark with tan head - quickly dissipates.

Nose is terrific.. sweet, chocolate, coffee.

Mouthfeel - its light. If you hold your nose (ie cut off the flavor), you wouldnt realize its a stout. Goes down very easy!

Flavor comes across slowly - starts like a brown ale.. sweetens and gets richer, with just a touch of bitterness. Dries out really well as it passes over your tongue, leaving a nice complex flavor behind. You can continue thinking about the sip for a couple minutes after. Very pleasant, and really nice dry finish.

This is one of my favorites. Its very easy going - nothing abrasive about this brew. Great label to match a very drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 22:33:01 | More by petes99
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Drewcifer

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a very dark brown, nearing black, with a finger of tan head.

The aroma is roasted malts, coffee, and a hint of cocoa powder.

Taste is slightly sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, a bit of a hazlenutty taste muddled in as well. A pleasant aftertaste, I was expecting bitter but it wasn't there, instead, a very mild finish.

Good body on the heavy side of medium, somewhat creamy and smooth, a very pleasant carbonation - it's there, but not kicking your tongue to be noticed.

Wonderfully drinkable. Great flavor, not as heavy as some stouts, a nice ABV for drinking more than one or two in a sitting, very good example of the style. Probably my favorite Irish Dry I've had so far, and high up in all the stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 22:04:52 | More by Drewcifer
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dudecandle

New York

4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque black with hints of brown when up against the light. Wisps of head, but some more on agitation.

S: Light coffee and some charcoal, dark fruit with some subtle caramel sweetness

T: My favorite thing about this stout is that the chocolate isn't the most forward. The coffee stands out the strongest for me, some barley sweetness, with a good dose of dark fruit and charcoal. Yes, charcoal, it's just dirtier than 'smokey'. It's also got a very welcome herbal hop on the finish. Very well rounded.

M: Big body, with that good long finish with the hops.

D: This is an excellent stout. The flavors are so big that I was shocked to later learn how low the alcohol is. Great complexity in the flavor, nothing stands out too powerfully, and everything comes together quite nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 08:21:56 | More by dudecandle
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Perfectly black brew with a creamy and frothy two finger light brown head that leaves lots of creamy lace on the glass. The head never settles below a tight cap, and a swirl brings back a full two fingers. This is a very appetizing appearance!

S - The first thing I smell is cold coffee with lots of creamer, followed by some bitter dark baking chocolate and some smoldering campfire notes. Smells great, but it could be a bit more assertive.

T - Sweet creamy coffee with dark baker's chocolate...very much a continuation of the nose. Initially sweet before becoming more roasty and coffee-like mid sip, then finishing with some dark roast bitterness and a good dose of leafy hops. Outstanding.

M - Creamy and lush, with some tingly carbonation and a relatively light body. At first I didn't see why this was under Irish Dry Stouts instead of just plain old American Stouts, but now I see...the body is very creamy, light, and similar to the big three.

D - Flawless. I could session with this on a hot day, or sip it slowly from a snifter in the winter. This is a remarkable brew that IMO is highly underrated.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 17:41:25 | More by pmcadamis
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Brent

Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that falls into the "it made me happy" category. Fantastic aroma - like Hershey's chocolate syrup in milk. Crammed full of mocha-coffee notes and roasted malt, but not burned or overdone. Hops is there enough to balance the chocolate/coffee sweet elements - very drinkable. Just dry enough at the finish to invite another quaff.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2003 18:58:17 | More by Brent
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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.