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Old #38 Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout

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very good

1,038 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,038
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 36
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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Photo of RblWthACoz


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 from notes 12-2006. Pours a clear but deep ruby with a tan head. Nose is fairly mild actually. Minute amounts of cherry. Flavor hits with a quick punch of sweetness and then the alcohol takes over. In my opinion it stays way too long as it leaves a aftertaste on the mouth. Just seems a bit too much, though it doesn’t completely overpower. I wonder what age would do to that. Slight cherry tone. Feel is slightly syrupy with minimal carbonation. Even though at first the alcohol is extremely present, this one is highly drinkable. Though I doubt you’d want to go through too many of these at once.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 15:05:35 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Jason


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

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Black in colour with a light brown bubbly rocky head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Some toffee, dark carob and faint alcohol aromas.

Taste: A good dose of roasted/toasted and light burnt flavours, firm malty body with a semi crisp smoothness. A little more bitterness from the roasted flavours than the hops, but the hops are still very noticeable. Lingering roasted flavours dry this brew into the after taste but there are still some residual dextrins that remain.

Notes: Full bodied dry stout ... roasted flavours are done to a T, good drinking for stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2002 10:48:11 | More by Jason
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is completely black, with a fine, creamy tan head.

Aroma is largely roasted, espresso notes, nutty, some hints of chocolate.

Very toasty and warm. Palate is smooth, and very, very dry. Finish is brief. Altogether, a solid and tasty, no-frills stout.

Perfect for effortless drinking, and I'd take one over a Guinness any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 14:19:23 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of drabmuh


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer is black / dark brown with a few tan bubbles, no lacing, low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, malty, with a kind of roasty.

Beer is sweet and medium body. Beer has a coffee-ish bitterness at the back but it's weak. The beer overall is weak, it's sweet and roasty and finishes nicely, I doubt I'll ever have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 16:32:22 | More by drabmuh
Photo of russpowell


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Cocoa & coffee

T: Roasted malt, coffee, & iron up front. Charred grain, dryness & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes fruitty (dark fruit)& with a bit too much coffee for me

MF: Smooth & creamy with medium body

Drinks easy enough, a nice stout that has a bit too much coffee character for me

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 03:22:09 | More by russpowell
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid offering from an amazing brewery, the old no. 38 is a classic sweet stout that I am fortunate to have access to. This beer pours a very dark ruby amber tone that looks black almost opaque with a mohogany colored billowing two finger width head. Looks amazing, but it's nothing compared to the smell of this well done stout, with the dark fragrant roasts and strong coffee esque aroma just wonderful. The taste is also a great part of this beer very refined with hints of espresso and notes of dark chocolate the dark roasted barley fills this beer with slight burnt finish that is pleasant when matched with the other flavors going on. Well made with medium to heavy body and a full creamy mouthfeel to each sip makes this one a winner. I could drink this stout any day any time any place. Muy bueno!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 21:17:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-23-2013 23:49:30 | More by Slatetank
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep black color with a thin off-white head. The aroma is good. It has a nice black malt/ roasted scent that is a bit dry and awfully malty. The taste is good. It has a rich black malt flavor that is dry and dark tasting. It goes down easy and finishes with a black malt aftertaste. The mouthfeel is great. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a fine stout with great flavor and mouthfeel; an excellent sessions brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2004 01:40:29 | More by WesWes
Photo of jlindros


3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice dry easy drinking stout hopefully.

Pours a big darker almost mocha colored creamy frothy thick 2 finger head that fades slwoly with lots of layers of lacing, super dark color, just about jet black with faint hints of black light sneaking through.

NOse brings nice dark malts, mocha and cocoa, little cocoa dust, mild creamy chocolate, hint of roast, some caramel and toasty brown malts, a little vanilla flavored coffee little coffee roast.

Taste brings creamy malts, creamy brown malts with nice toasty malts, little caramel and toffee, fair sweetness, into a mild roasty note, little coffee, vanilla flavored coffee again and a bit nutty. A little cocoa, just a touch of chocolate and mocha but not a lot of those. A mild herbal earthy hop bitterness comes through, with a little bitterness. A little grainy malt note and hint of yeast as well, and a creamy flavor and feel. Finish is still a bit sweet but mostly dry, little sticky and creamy feeling, almost like a touch of lactose in there, mild cocoa and coffee lingering too. It also has a weird yeasty like slight bitter herbal note on the finish, not sure if a bad hop thing or weird grainy plus yeast thing.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, lots of carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice stout flavors, over carbonated, and that weird back end bitter herbal yeasty thing that's hard to describe and takes away a bit, not a lot of hops which could have been a bit more. Still pretty nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:04:56 | More by jlindros
Photo of Rifugium


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

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Pours an opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Pretty standard stout, with roasted malts on the nose, semi-sweet chocolate, and a touch of molasses. Basic roasted malts in the taste, with a touch of chocolate, molasses, and an elusive touch of sour apple. Medium-to-full body, smooth, and pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 16:46:54 | More by Rifugium
Photo of SocalKicks


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

09-20-2013 06:35:53 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a really standard product, as normal as a bottle of stout can be, but it is well made and very drinkable. pours coffee colored dark brown, letting just a hint of light in, fair off white head that fades out. smells nice and roasty. flavor is well balanced and tastes stronger than it is. pretty dry finish as well. mouthfeel is good, full bodied but not filling and heavy. just enough carbonation, crisp for a stout. overall not something id rush to buy again, but a stout i am happy to drink anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 19:18:17 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, brown tainted, tan colored head the leaves a light lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The beer itself is a almost black color with a brownish tint to it. The aroma smells softly of dark grain and burnt raisins. A light roast grain tartness hangs around towards the end of the aroma along with black coffee aromatics and heavily toasted malt notes. In the middle there is a soft, sweet, dark chocolate note that helps to mellow out the other more roasted notes.

The beer starts out soft and creamy with a mouth coating quality to it, but the carbonation quickly adds a zippy note that tends to balance this out. Finishes with a burnt grain and hop bitterness as well as a black acidity. Sweetish, dark malt notes intermingle with chocolate and a sweetened espresso character never quite balancing out the dominant dry roasted grain notes. This beer strikes a light crispness up front despite the color, yet in the finish has a mouth coating creaminess to it that adds to a perception of heft.

All in all this is a great beer to sit down with over a couple pints. Light and quaffable, yet at the same time chewy and interesting. If I had to perfect this I would add a touch more chocolate and sweet malt notes to balance the roast acidity, but then it would not be nearly so quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2006 22:48:16 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of jwc215


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a one-finger head that slowly descends to a lasting thin cover, then a lasting patch that leaves trailing lace.

The smell is of robust coffee with chocolate notes. Mild roasted smokiness in the background.

The taste is of chocolate and espresso cofee. Dark roasted grains give a slight smoky character. Hints of dark fruitiness. Sweetness well-balanced by toasty bitterness. Suggestions of chocolate-covered fruits in the long, dry, bittersweet finish.

Thins just a tad to pull from expected full body to a higher side of medium. Nice, smooth, creamy texture.

Easy to drink - rich and complex without being overly powerful. Alcohol is well-covered. This is one very nice stout!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2007 18:45:09 | More by jwc215
Photo of mactrail


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this must be why we have nitro. About the best nitro-fuelled beer I've had. The usual creamy body but with a perfect cap of foam. The black beer looks great in the standard pint glass. Texture and flavor are both like chocolate cake, but not sweet. Roasted malt in the nose. Pleasant warmth, a little bit of hops, some caramel hint.

What's not to like about this? A beer made for swilling. This should make the Irish take another critical look at their Beamish Stout. Not as sour and charred as the Irish cousins. On the nitro tap at South Park Abbey in San Diego.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-07-2012 05:53:12 | More by mactrail
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-01-2011 20:23:46 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Halcyondays


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Dark ruby red/black, with a thick, tan head, which leaves excellent lacing, in a glass. A great looking stout, in my honest opinion.

S: Roasted malts, predominately, with smooth, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, coffee, mocha, and a hint of vanilla, it smells really good.

T: Dark, black coffee, with dark chocolate, and a hint of hops in the end, holding it all together.

M: Pretty full-bodied, smooth, and creamy, with a soft, subtle, roasty bitterness, a good Irish-style dry stout.

D: A great beer, easily sessionable, I could drink this all day, a great product from North Coast, kind of like a mini-Old Rasputin in a way.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 05:38:18 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a fluffy 3" head that lasts a while.

Smell: roasted malts and some floral bitterness comes from the glass.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolates, and some softer espresso notes are the core flavors. The bitterness is a bit stronger than expected.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth from start to finish and a hint of dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the roasted tones linger a while in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy to drink stout that is strong on the roasted tones with a bitter profile. A few of these can be had in a session.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 13:14:53 | More by Gavage
Photo of GClarkage


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

12/09/04- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Nice black pour with a 1/2 inch head and nice lacing left in the inside of my glass.

Smell- Roasted malt and chocolate. Maybe some caramel and toffee. Hops?

Taste- Kind of like a weak bittersweet chocolate. Definite roasted malt and definite bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Very full feeling stout with a medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Nice stout that I would try again if given the chance. Would really like to try it at the brewery on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2004 01:21:14 | More by GClarkage
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-22-2011 04:01:22 | More by corby112
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-25-2012 05:56:57 | More by MarkyMOD
Photo of lacqueredmouse


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

Pours a pleasantly dark, but rather fine and light-bodied black-brown, with a silky smooth head of beige film. Lacing is complex and delicious. It's a pretty light-bodied stout, but apart from that it looks great.

Nose is smooth and bittersweet, with pleasant brown roasted characters giving dark chocolate and light coffee hints, along with a velvety vanilla sweetness. At the edges, you can pick up the real roastiness, and even a hint of smoke, but for the most part, it's smooth, approachable and delectable. Very nice.

Taste is a lot lighter, but still tasty, and the lack of body and alcohol means it's pleasantly sessionable. Smooth dark grain characters meld with the light sweetness to again give hints of bittersweet chocolate and burnt toast. Feel is smooth, but very light bodied, meaning you have to keep drinking it to realise... that you're drinking it. That's not so bad.

Very sessionable brew; in the style of those stouts that give you something full flavoured, but something easy to stick with all night. It's a fine achievement, and this is undoubtedly something I'd be happy to drink often.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 09:26:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a nice tan head.
Nose of roasted malt and quite a bit of cocoa. Roasted tones dominate upon tasting. Taste is dry right off, roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is rather than and dry. Ap retty good example of the style nut not one I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 04:17:14 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of tempest


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

I don't about the style, but this certainly is a tasty beer. I got big milk and dark chocolate flavors along with chocolate grains and an aroma to match. There's a medium body with a balancing bitterness and touch of citrus hops flavor. Overall this is a great dessert beer and I'd love to see a coffee version of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 17:31:05 | More by tempest
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist top, no freshness indicator to be found. Pours dark molasas, fairly light for a stout. moderate head/carbonation. Leaves only minimal lacing. Nose is caramel, and coffee. Rich and thick mouthfeel, especially as this one warms up abit. Toffee, expresso, burnt flavors, pleasant and drinkable. Decent, lighter then average stout. Probably needs some more black grains to beef up the roasted flavors and "ooommph" of this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 00:57:43 | More by Billolick
Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,038 ratings.