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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

1,141 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,141
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 45
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-18-2001

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Photo of Whadawookie
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty good. I didn't get a very good head when I poured into a pint glass. It smells yeasty and piney. The taste is very roasted, a tinge of sourness that ends bitter. It was a bit of a shock to the palette when I took the first few drinks, but I'm warming up to it now. I would maybe have more of these again, it's got a lot of flavor and body without the standard high abv that goes along with that sort of beer usually. Still, my favorite stout by this brewery is Old Rasputin by far.

Photo of tripledbrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of meeekyh
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It being the time of year it is, I have been drinking more stouts. I enjoy what I have had from North Coast so I expect this will be a good beer.

The green and red label had me wondering if this was a seasonal, that and the fact that I have rarely, if ever, see this beer on the shelves before. From the 12 oz bottle into a belled beer glass I pour the very dark beer. Head is full and fluffy though it goes away quickly. Lacing is good.

Smells are roasty malt with a coffee note. Taste is tart and a bit sweet with a slight bitterness that increases towards the finish. Feel is dry and clean making drinkability very high.

Good stout.


Photo of 2dogbrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of harrymel
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled unk

A: dark, single finger of toasted cream falls to a sheet of the same. Spot lace.
S: dry, leather, coffee, oats, soil.
T: follows the nose well.
M: full and hi carb. Dry finish
O: pretty good. Likely would prefer on nitro or even with a shot of espresso in it.

Photo of MattyG85
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness stout glass. No noticeable date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a little ruby red on the bottom of the glass. Decent three finger tan quickly fades into a thin patchy layer. Lacing is moderate around the glass.

Smell: Dark roasted malts with plenty of caramel and toffee. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Also a pretty noticeable aroma of dark fruit with hints of plums and raisins. Light hints of molasses and earthy hops in the background.

Taste: Upfront are the roasted caramel and toffee malts along with some yeast and grains. Hints of chocolate and coffee come in the middle along with a good amount of plums and other dark fruits. Finishes with a light presence of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a carbonation on the higher side. Creamy and smooth but would be better with a little less carbonation.

Overall: A pretty decent dry stout. The dark fruits add a nice touch. Body could of been fuller with less carbonation.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of akinsja
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of corby112
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours an almost total black color with only a little light shining through the sides. Has a 1/4 inch tan head that retains a bit but fades to a thin and sporadic foam layer on the surface.

S- Smells of charred sweet chocolate cookies. Has another aroma that's so familiar, yet I can't put my finger on it. Don't you hate when that happens?

T- Bold roast flavors upfront with a robust malt strength that's pretty standard. Finishes light and smooth with hardly any bitterness and no metallic aftertaste.

M- Pretty thin for a stout with plenty of carbonation to liven up the feel a bit. Starts moist but loosens up and leaves the tongue a bit dry.

O- It's hard for me to review very malty beers but I can at least say "me likey."

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Merkur
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of jmdrpi
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ScrimshawFan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bockrules
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a dark motor oil black with a fluffy, two-finger, tan head. Head is gone 2/3rds down the glass which is longer than I initially expected. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing here and there.

S - Substantial roasted barely and malt smell with plenty of molasses and hints of plum

T - Dark fruit and molasses upfront. The body is layered - at the base is a firm roasted barely and malt base with a bit of molasses, the middle has earthy hops to provide some balance, and the top has substantial sweet, dark fruit flavors. It seems that the sweet fruit notes are overwhelming and eclipse the malt flavors too much. More sweetness as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a dry, plume-molasses finish.

M - On the weaker side of medium bodied with medium carbonation. Not very creamy or exceptionally smooth.

Overall, Old No 38 stout isn't a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but it is somewhat disappointing given it's $10 a six price at World Market. The most glaring problem is that he mouthfeel is off - I can accept thin bodied in an Irish dry Stout, but that needs to be compensated by exceptional creaminess, which was absent in this beer. Also, the taste profile is backwards - Malt and hop flavors need to be dialed up, and the plum notes dialed down. A decent, "good enough" stout that I would drink again, but wouldn't necessarily seek out.

Photo of BeerArchivist
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,141 ratings.