Old #38 Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.
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3.99/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Very, very dark brown, ruby when held up to a bright light. Decent, if porous, head, but little lacing. No carbonation apparent. Bottle art reminds me of lame early 90's shirts, but it's endearing.
S: Wow, rounded considering the nearly purity-law ingredients list. Realistic coffee foremost, with chocolate and dark malts in the background. Not shy at all. Consider me impressed.
T: Similar to the nose: coffee (if I didn't know better I'd say they added coffee beans), faint milk chocolate. The hops' flavor isn't apparent but the bitterness is in the finish, which is long, and also contains a little sweetness, but nowhere near indulgent. Concisely, great.
M: Just shy of full-bodied, with slightly too much carbonation for my preferences. Yet, this relatively light body increases its drinkability. Decent tradeoff.
O: This is a great stout, enjoyable during any season; doesn't require a super-dark beer mood. The coffee is so impressive, yet that is only one aspect to this beer. This is my summer-stout.
05-11-2014 08:12:12 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
3.96/5 rDev +3.7%
A- Black with slight brown around the edges. Poured a nice 2 finger head with awesome lacing.
S- I got a big burst of caramel right after it was poured. From there, it added hints of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Seemed to weaken as it warmed.
T- Roasted malts, baker's chocolate, coffee, caramel, a touch of spicy hop, and some bready notes. Roast grew stronger as it warmed.
M- On the lighter side of medium. Not overly drying. Pretty good carbonation.
O- I could definitely drink this if it were offered, but I'm just not the biggest fan of thinner stouts.
05-01-2014 23:40:17 | More by tmm313
3.64/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
04-10-2014 01:04:56 | More by jlindros
3.93/5 rDev +2.9%
For the price I don't think a beer can set up any better with a lush creamy head that stayed mounted for the entire experience. The color is simply black and beautiful.
The nose is dry malty chocolate with a hint of Graham cracker and marshmallow. The malt is chocolatey but a tea leaf pervades.
The flavor has a hint of mint, chocolate, slight coffee roast, lactose, marshmallow, sherry and brandy soaked raisin.
The feel is as dry as to be expected but it has a thinness that is distracting. The finish is a tad creamy and even more dry.
Overall, this is exceptional for the price but we'll done within its own merit.
03-29-2014 00:15:35 | More by KYGunner
Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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