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Old #38 Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.
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 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%

Photo of IPAaron
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of gdhawley
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, murky, high carbonation, decent lacing

Smell: charred malt and a rather unpleasant lactose smell

Taste: bitter root followed by charred malt,with a sweetish dark chocolate at the end--smoke is in the background throughout.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, bitter at first but it gets sweeter and smoky, medium-light bodied

Overall: A nice smoky stout with a pleasant aftertaste. Way better tasting than the smell which was a bit off-putting. I would consider getting this again, but there are others in the style I would reach for first.

Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JRod1969
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beerme411
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Dark black, nice 1 inch tan creamy head, tons of lacing.

Smell - Malts, coffee, yeast, some chocolate and mild hops also. Dark fruits, some sourness and a little sugar comes out.

Taste - Light chocolate and roasted malts start off. Sweet sugars and dark fruits comes in to add flavor. Dry wheat-like grainy flavors comes at the end along with a cocoa sugar flavor at the end.

Mouthfeel - Light, very easy on the mouth. Tounge gets some malts, sugars, chocolate, coffee. Palette gets about the same. Aftertaste is dry and not very long lasting.

Overall - Very very easy to drink. Tastly, light, smooth, nice. I could drink this all day. Has nice flavor, and a little more sweeter then i expected. Guiness drinkers should give this a try, really nice light dry stout.

Photo of rand
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From nitrous tap to pint

A: Pours dark brown with a coffee-tan head. Tight foamy 2-inch head, appropriate for a nitrous pour.

S: Smells of burnt sugars, coffee and whole grain bread. Nice heavy nose for the style

T: Coffe and molasses at the front, surprisingly sweet for a dry stout. The caramally sugars combine nicely with lightly astringent coffee flavors, and make a nice transition mid-sip to bready, yeasty flavors. There's a touch of raspberry towards the end, with a nicely balanced finish leaning more sweet than dry.

M: Rich and creamy, full-bodied. Of course nitro pulls lead to a richer texture, but this has amazing body for the low ABV.

Probably the best Dry Irish I've had. This is one of my least favorite styles, but I didnt just like this in relation to its brethren - this is just a damn good beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, some chocolate and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is very mild but about where it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is solid beer but there are better ones within the style.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa via the single bottle since I had never tried this before. While the aroma wasn't too strong for this beer, everything else about it was enjoyable and this went down relatively easily. If there was a typical example of an Irish Dry Strout for someone to have for the first time, this would probably be it!

This had a dark pour to it with some garnet around the edges, when held up to the light. The creamy head was reflected a bit in the lacing and the mouthfeel even though the roasted and burnt notes were much more apparent. Because there wasn't a lot of carbonation to this, the overall feel to this beer was quite smoky and it was only in the aftertaste that a slight tingly sensation kicked in. It was as if the bubbles had a delayed reaction but it led to a nice feel, helping the heavier aspects of this beer to diminish before the following sip.

The alcohol was relatively low in this, allowing for a nice drinking session during the night I tried this. A glass of water is good for a beer like this, since this stood true to its stylistic name. This is a bit dry but extremely accessible and easy to get accustomed to. Fans of dark beers shouldn't come in expecting a lot, but will find it almost impossible to be disappointed by this offering.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola colour, almost entirely black with beige head, nice and dense crema look, decent lace left behind. Looks good, decent head retention.

Smells dark; roasty but a bit lacking with not too much malt. A bit sour and lacking as a result. Plenty of espresso with a touch of beetroot and some spice. Dark caramel as well; pretty standard stout, not too bad.

Taste starts reasonably sweet with some malt and a touch of brown sugar. Early mid some dark roastiness begins and starts growing to the back, which is quite bitter and slightly sour with mild espresso and a touch of cola. Bit flat on the back, maybe a hint of licorice but more piquant spice would be welcome. Bit sour late, bitter really, without body or enough balance.

Decent body, quite smooth, maybe a bit thin but for the ABV that's not too bad.

Decent stout, have had better, just feels lacking in places.

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

A - pours a pitch black with 2 inches of tan foam that slowly faded
S - really nice aroma, roasted maltiness mixed with chocolate, hints of coffee rounded out nicely with some sweet vanilla
T - taste is a bit thinner than I expected from the aroma, hints of bitter chocolate, some coffee and just a bit of vanilla
M - light-medium bodied, nicely carbonated
D - very easy to drink, its light for a stout and quite flavorful. The lightness makes it very easy to have several

Photo of mentaltraveller
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent brew, but I will not seek this beer out again. Its smell and appearance were both right on-- this beer was dark, had a nice head and gave off a nice roasty smell. Upon tasting the beer, the first thing I noticed was the intense carbonation level. I could not even taste the beer very well until the beer settled down a bit. The finish was delicious-- roasted malt, coffee and chocolate were nicely and subtly put together. The mouthfeel ruins this one for me

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