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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

1,055 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 39
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -5%

Serviceable pleasant stout, with roast in nose. Dark black, roasted barley and chicory and some sourness in finish, and chocolate bar sugar and bit of chocolate malt. No complaints with this brewery. Medium mouthfeel, with biscuit crumbs. Dry aftertaste.

09-25-2005 03:13:04 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +4.7%

12-01-2012 14:00:54 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.18/5  rDev +9.4%

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Nice chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa powder, and some vanilla flavors. A mild roasty aftertaste sticks around after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. A bit on the thin side though. Overall, this is a good stout with a very nice set of roasty, coffee, and chocolate flavors.

10-10-2011 04:13:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-17-2011 00:04:55 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-28-2011 23:02:38 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of chocolate malts in the nose along with some notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and does not have much in the way of perceptible bitterness. For this reason, there are some faint hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of smoothness become evident as the beer warms up. Some dryness is present in the finish.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable given its light body. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable because it has some nice flavors and I wouldn't mind drinking more than one of these during a single sitting.

10-18-2012 02:54:33 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Ruby-influenced dark brown. I've never had a high quality stout that enabled me to see my hand on the other side of the glass (as this one does). The mocha brown head is creamy and leaves a nice lace display in a broken sheets pattern. The aroma is heavy on chocolate and light on hops.

The flavor is nicely roasted malty and decently chocolatey, but is a tad too weak. Things start out promisingly enough with a semi-sweet milk chocolate flavor that is mingled with a mild hoppiness. It then fades too quickly as the beer is swallowed, leaving but a memory. I'm convinced that the too-light body is to blame for the lack of 'oomph' on the palate.

I prefer stouts--even Irish Dry ones--that hang around, make some conversation, get comfortable in the mouth and then say a lingering goodbye. Old No. 38 pulls into the station, slows down a bit and then chugs away with a weak toot of the whistle. It's an enjoyable ride while it lasts, but it could have been so much more.

07-10-2004 23:11:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent dark brown color with a rather unimpressive head that reveals the brown liquid beneath with rapidity

Smell: Roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a developing roasty taste that adds some hop elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate comes back to the front; the finish is dry and somewhat crisp

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; rather thin for the style

Overall: A pleasant enough beer but the mouthfeel and flavor need to be bigger to get better marks from me

05-01-2011 22:28:27 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-01-2014 07:32:12 | More by zestar
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.5%

The pour was near spot on for the style and really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me to be honest.

05-22-2011 02:49:45 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

Aroma: dominant chocolate with a good dose of coffee, and roastedness. A slight hint of dark, tart fruits (plumbs or cherries) and licorice. Sweet caramel malts throughout.
Appearance: Almost completely black. Just under syrupy in the pour. Nice off white to golden head. compact bubbles form a 1 inch head that remains chuncky and thick.
Taste: Again, dominant bitter sweet chocolates laced with roasted coffee. All balanced nicely with sweetness of malt, caramels, vanillas. A full, well rounded stout that introduces a mild tartness in the body that lingers through the finish. Low to no hop flavor or bittering.
Aftertaste: leaves mouth a bit sweet and tacky. Lingering hints of coffee and chocolate. Again, a bit tart.
Impression: understandibly a winter beer. Chocolates make it a beer that would nicely conclude any meal.

06-06-2005 12:36:14 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

12-27-2013 19:51:49 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -17.5%

Bottle: Poured a clear light black color stout with a bigger then average creamy off-white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of coffee was pretty intense with some roasted malt. Coffee taste was not as dominant as I would have expected because of the aroma. Body is quite light with low carbonation. Hops level is definitely too low for my own taste. Not bad overall but a bit boring I guess.

02-10-2006 17:59:13 | More by Phyl21ca
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womencantsail

California

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a pretty solid tan head.

S: The nose is primarily of dark chocolate and coffee with a pretty solid roasted malt aroma in the background. A little bit more sniffing gives off some dark fruit aromas.

T: The dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts all work quite well together in terms of the flavors. The fruits are a bit harder to pick out than they were in the nose, but still there, as is a bit of char.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, mildly creamy feel on the tongue.

D: A very nice, sessionable stout. I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful it is.

04-01-2010 18:34:06 | More by womencantsail
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%

Appearance: Pours a distinctly brown color, with a mediocre tan head that quickly subsided while my head was turned for a few moments to watch a Seinfeld episode.

Smell: Black malts and bittersweet chocolate lead with some toffee and floral hop notes lingering in the background. There's a slight sourness here.

Taste: An unmistakable roasted malt taste from beginning to end. A brief suggestion of chocolate, but its mostly just a coffee-like flavor throughout. Again, slightly sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Short, simple, and to the point. Not unlike this review itself. A rather thin body - thankfully the carbonation remains somewhat low. A very "easy" stout. Let me just finish with a joke. What do you get when you cross a baked potato with a



Nevermind.

12-12-2005 04:07:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-09-2014 18:44:06 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

09-02-2013 04:01:22 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -31.2%

Poured out like a typical Irish Stout, the black body with a tan thick head. The head had some pretty good retention and stuck around for a little while. The smell of the beer was of old leather and earth. Some roasted burnt notes as well. The taste was kind of metallic... Not really what I was thinking it'd be like. I was kind of turned off by the taste of this beer completely. Perhaps it was a bad batch but I just couldn't get over how much I disliked the taste of this beer. Everything else was pretty good here.

05-11-2011 04:49:03 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours very well dark with ruby tinges,does have nice caramel color head.Nice roasty smell,with chocolate and coffee in it as well,what a good stout should smell like.I do agree with a few others in saying it is a little thin and weak for the style,taste to me doesnt match the smell.A little bitterness in the ending salvaged this one for me.Nothing great but not horrible either.

02-09-2003 08:12:21 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

No controversy surrounding the number here, Jack! It pours into a Guinness-esque cascade, which settles out into a sleek black-brown topped by a finger-and-a-half of light tan foam. Quite lovely, I should say. The nose is somewhat weak, comprising light roasted malts, very light cocoa, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste does not deviate too far from this, holding notes of mild roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of espresso, and a vague feeling of gingerbread at the finish. The nitro allows everything to coalesce and slide about in an unassuming manner. The body is a sleek medium, with a light and comforting nitrogenation and a consequently ridiculously smooth feel. Overall, a nice little Irish stout. Were this always on nitro, I'd have a solid go-to when all other taps fail.

12-27-2010 17:56:32 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

A - Poured out a jet black color with a foamy, tan, three finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, oatmeal, toasty malt and nuts.

T - It tasted of oatmeal, roasted malt and a burnt toastiness.

M - It was dry and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good stout, although it seems more like an Oatmeal Stout than an Irish Dry. Still it was very good.

07-16-2007 17:23:32 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 05:40:17 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-13-2013 11:15:43 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%

Very dark brown with reddish highlights and a full foamy tan head that holds well and leaves very good spider-web lace throughout the entire glass. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, cocoa, and some roastiness. The body is medium-light and the mouthfeel is nicely creamy. The flavor starts with cocoa and toffee up front, becoming very chocolatey with a slight acidity as it crosses the palate, ending with swirling flavors of nuttiness, cocoa and biscuit, and eventually finishing with drying bitterness and a residual bittersweet chocolate note.

08-30-2002 11:06:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

09-20-2013 06:35:53 | More by SocalKicks
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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,055 ratings.