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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

1,038 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 36
Gots: 22 | 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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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

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

I’m a big Old Rasputin fan, so I had to give this a whirl.

Pours a dark brown that still lets through plenty of light. The beer in the glass lets through just a little light giving it a mysterious glow. Very nice.

Smells much like a brown ale but with a very crisp roasted smell. It also smells just a tad sour. Again, very nice.

Tastes fantastic! There’s a prominent, yet delicate coffee roast to this, but with all the malty flavors of a brown ale. There’s also some brown sugar, and perhaps… is it peach?

The mouth feel really fills up my mouth with a slick heavy body coupled with a subtle carbonation.

What a fantastic beer! Nothing like Old Rasputin, but equally impressive. This is another fine beer from the North Coast Brewing Company. I really need to get out to California.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2005 02:20:38 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Lesbrad

California

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

This beer is what Guinness ought to be. it looks a little more tantalizing, smell a lot better and actually have great flavor and mouthfeel, unlike it's more heralded forefather.

Note: do not drink this in a bottle or not on nitro. This beer is meant to have a thick pillowy head.

This is the best Dry Irish style stout in America - bar none!

a black with cascading creamy rising nitro head, thick cafe au lait or cappuccino top

s a little chocolate with strong coffee aroma on a nice roasted malt backdrop

t much like the smell is a stronger roasted presence and a touch of what seems to be oatmeal

m full, rich, creamy - perfect

d surprisingly sessionable, totally satisfying

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-25-2010 15:15:23 | More by Lesbrad
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tobyandgina

Nevada

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

Picked up this dusty sixer at a local liquor store.

Nice head when poured. Good lacing throughout.

Smell was chocolatey, some espresso and even a little hoppy.

Great mouthfeel, lingers for just the right amount of time.

Taste of burnt chocolate and coffee beans. A good deal of malt too.
A great bite to it with some smoothness to compliment.

A wonderful Stout from our friends at North Coast. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 02:32:40 | More by tobyandgina
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BeerMeHearMe

California

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

Okay I am golfing yesterday, come into the clubhouse bar to grab a beer for the back 9. Obviously water was apart of the equation also. But anyways I'm looking for something tasty..I see a green covered brown bottle next to a Heineken, it's called Old#38. They say it's a stout. So I was all for it. Little did I know this was a North Coast brew. But I was excited to have a stout on this windy day of golf. It kept me warm. Mouth feel is dry, smooth, tinge of alcohol, and some burnt taste of something. Smell was like coffee and chocolate. Appearance was nice. Foam proceeded to pour over my styrofoam issued course cup after "they" poured the brew for me, which was a little dismaying since I obviously wanted to drink what I paid for. So the head was thick and visually the brew looked like a Guinness. It is dry like a guinness with more carbonation and just about the same foam content. I was still able to enjoy the most o' this beer and am looking forward to getting a six pack; or an absurdly priced 4-pack. (I have had the 6 pack, twice now, they did not disappoint). Good stuff North Coast. Keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 17:30:32 | More by BeerMeHearMe
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bobbyc881

South Carolina

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

Pours out nice and dark. Holding it up to the light, it's more of a really deep red-brown. Nicely formed head, which remains throughout and sticks to the sides of my glass. What do they call that, lacing?

The smell is brilliant - coffee, chocolate, cherries.

The taste matches the smells nicely. A pleasant fruity flavor mixed with chocolates. Feels smooth with very little carbonation.

Leaves behind a sweet taste in my mouth. I could definately put down a few of these. I'm a big fan of stouts, and this is one of the better ones I've tried. I'll be picking up a six-pack of these next time I'm out.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2005 18:59:17 | More by bobbyc881
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

North Coast Old No. 38 Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head and a dark brown (almost black) appearance with heavy lace left on the glass. The aroma is of brown bread, dark-roasted malt, and hop spice in the nose. Taste is the same, with chocolate, dark coffee, raisin, black cherries, and hop bitterness all mixed together. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, and North Coast Old No. 38 Stout finishes semi-dry, rich, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!

RJT

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 17:48:26 | More by RonaldTheriot
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark, deep tar black color with minimal head retention. The smells are of molasses, chocolate, caramel, and dark rich coffee. Very strong in the nose. This beer looks and smells like it could knock over a horse. The first taste is of molasses outlined with malty notes and a few bitter hops. Then comes the colombian coffee aftertaste. The strong, freshly roasted coffee flavor is highly acceptional and welcomed. Throughout the beer, the flavors of coffee, molasses, and sweet caramel bounce back and forth, each taking advantage of their turn on my palate. Old No. 38 is a very drinkable beer as well, not too thick and very refreshing. Highly recommended to all beer lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 01:39:05 | More by jasonpeckins32
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IntriqKen

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I just finished a Guinness Draught which I always find enjoyable (I like the nitro as well) and wanted to compare it directly to something else. I understand this is the same brew that North Coast makes for Trader Joe's under the name Black Hart Stout...it is at least very similar if not indeed the same.

Pours a decent deep black with a very impressive creamy head that melts to very sticky lacing.

Aromas are definite espresso coffees and dark chocolate with roasted dark malts.

Taste is full of chocolate that melts to a bit of dark coffee then back to dark chocolate, finally finishing with a crisp hop bite making this very refreshing.

A great irish stout from North Coast.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 02:54:41 | More by IntriqKen
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RickS95

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally dark, almost completely black with only a hint of lighter shades coming through. A good, solid, off tan head with fluffy bubbles.

Scents of coffee and bittersweet chocolate fill the nose. Roasty, malty richness.

Has a malty backbone that you'd expect, with coffee dancing across the tongue from the front to the back.

It's initially very creamy on the palate before giving way to some bitterness from the coffee in the finish. Decent lacing.

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love it in beer and this is really exceptional. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 03:57:29 | More by RickS95
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plfahey

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with faint ruby highlights and decent clarity. Moderately large creamy mocha colored head with moderately good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Wow. This one has a way more intense aroma than I expected from a beer with a relatively low alcohol content. Rich cocoa, chocolate fudge, and brownies swirl in the forefront, blending with background traces of plum, prune, and blackberry, and hints of a roasted coffee edge. There's also some balance offered by light earthy hops. Smells great.

Flavor-The flavor is more like what I would expect, with a bittersweet chocolate opening to coffee and dry, roasted barley in the finish. Also, some slight earthy hop character makes itself known in the finish. Hop bitterness is moderately low. The fruity esters of the aroma show up in trace amounts at the beginning. The finish is extremely dry, but not astringent-more the type of flinty dryness achieved through addition of roasted unmalted barley.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium light body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky, with somewhat of a creamy texture. Flinty dry in the finish, making you crave the next sip.

The aroma is a bit over the top for a dry irish stout, but who fucking cares? This is an awesome beer-I'm only disappointed that it's taken me this long in getting around to trying it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 06:44:35 | More by plfahey
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Jude


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

05-24-2012 03:54:49 | More by Jude
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runwild99

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

05-20-2012 00:51:48 | More by runwild99
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kbenson13

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

03-23-2013 02:37:54 | More by kbenson13
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turtlemead


4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-02-2012 04:37:25 | More by turtlemead
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smpeterson327

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

01-04-2014 23:17:29 | More by smpeterson327
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Hacksaw34

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-29-2012 02:50:29 | More by Hacksaw34
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Rusty_Pabst

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-17-2013 01:57:44 | More by Rusty_Pabst
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12ozer bottle from a beer exchange with a friend at the holidays.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, a hearty 3/4 inch light brown head formed over the reddish-mahogany colored liquid. Great malt nose, with coffee and chocolate out in force. The coffee flavor seems to dominate, with the other grains rounding things out, and a slight hops bite to finish it off. Maybe just the right beer at the right time and place, but this one hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2004 00:54:06 | More by ppoitras
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lillitnn92

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-08-2012 18:41:48 | More by lillitnn92
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CarolinaKev

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-11-2011 05:01:47 | More by CarolinaKev
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KevMo84

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-07-2014 07:17:06 | More by KevMo84
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bigred89

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-04-2011 02:49:23 | More by bigred89
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jjm2503

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

06-01-2012 01:24:03 | More by jjm2503
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alostplot

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

04-08-2014 01:55:49 | More by alostplot
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circus_cat

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

08-18-2012 00:12:42 | More by circus_cat
Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.