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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

644 Reviews

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Reviews: 644
Hads: 1,194
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 52
Gots: 60 | 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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Reviews: 644 | Hads: 1,194
Photo of Bighuge
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark ruby appearance. Good sized creamy and somewhat rocky light brown head. Head has great retention. Looks the part. The nose is great. Roasted malt, coffee bean, bittersweet chocolate...lovely aroma. Mouthfeel is lowly carbonated and quite creamy. Body checks in a little better than medium. The flavors don't quite live up to my expectations after sniffing, but are good nonetheless. Fairly big bitterness stemming from roasted malts and probably some west coast hops. Baker's chocolate, milk sugar and java come to mind while drinking. Solid stout.

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

Another brew picked up at the local Cost Plus. Nice full tannish head from a dark brown brew leaving a nice lacing down the glass. Smells detected include coffee and chocolate. Nice taste of a creamy coffee and chocoate with a nice hop finish. Mouth feel is smooth going down initially and left with a dryness. Nice beer that is very drinkable, would not mind seeing this one again.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I like this stout. Black in appearance (but not a 'black hole') with a very minimal head. A 'burnt' and roasty smell. I concur with Putnam in that it smells like a "mint chocolate chip milkshake" - good analogy! Taste is of burnt, roasted coffee. A very good, full mouthfeel....very 'milky'. I could drink several of these! This was my second beer of the day, had Guinness extra stout right before this one, and this one was considerably more enjoyable.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color, medium head. Deeply roasted malts, coffee and chocolate flavor, some hop spiciness. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth and slightly dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, some malt sweetness. Taste is a little thin for a stout, but still a very nice beer.

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Photo of putnam
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smells precisely like a mint-chocolate chip milkshake.
Strong on eucalyptus, bitter chocolate and espresso, these images recombine on the palate to argue with the glossy, cream and milk texture. Dry, with every possible bitter nuance in the spectrum, there is a surprisingly high level of balance. Peppery, twiggy-flavored froth just cushions joints of carob, spice, palo cortado, hardened licorice and cola. This is very good beer.

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Photo of pezoids
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now there’s nothing like a warm stout on a warm and muggy night! This beer poured a very deep and clear mahogany brown color with ruby tints. Had a large creamy and clingy tan head. The aroma was one of bittersweet chocolate, caramel and coffee with a campfire smokiness there as well. Was surprised to see that this stout was low in bitterness and very very smooth. Nice clean finish which leaves a chocolate taste on the tongue. Dry finish and an overall delicious stout.

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep black color with two fingers of head that die quickly. There is a small amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is fairly strong with coffee and chocolate. The taste is a nice start of coffee, caramel, and toffee, followed by a small hint of hops. The body is a little light and watery. Not terribly bad though. The drinkability is just alright. A fair stout, but Old Rasputin is better.

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Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A rather impressive stout....pours a brown-tinted black color with a nice tan head....very nice nose...sweet chocolate....roasted malt....burnt malt...java...quite complex and interesting....boyd is a little thin, but makes for easy drinking...I wouldn't say it is thin...just on the thin side of medium...and when combined with the low carbonation it really turns into a nice drinkable stout...gets better as it warms (as you'd expect)....flavor is chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, and some burnt malts on the finish...the nose really mimicks the taste nicely....I wouldn't say it is strong tasting but it is quite enjoyable....

Certainly not an elite stout but definitely a very good one that should be tried....I'd buy this again.....

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Photo of clvand0
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a dark color with a thick and steady tan head with quite a bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but there are hints of burned malts and possibly a hint of coffee - it has an interesting sweet character to the aroma as well. The flavor is a little spicy and reminiscent of coffee. The malt is also very noticeable. Very smooth with a little bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. I'm normally not a fan of this style, but I could have several of these without complaint.

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Photo of granger10
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a solid stout with a nice head. Smells of Maxwell House Hazelnut Coffee. The taste backs up that nutty coffee aroma but adds a strong roasted kick to it as well. Quite good. Hops are in the background and never come forth. Nothing overpowering here but definitely a high class stout from a high class brewery.

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Photo of BierReise
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't really pack the punch I like in a stout but not that bad overall. Thick head with good retention. Aroma not real powerful but had a significant roasted malt presence and perhaps subtle notes of coffee. Dry and bitter but not as full as I'd like. Was satisfying none the less with good roasty malt flavor. I enjoyed their Imperial much more.

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

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce, stubby brown bottle with just one main label that from the picture obviously links the name of the beer, ‘Old No.38 Stout’, to that of a class of steam locomotives. No freshness, strength or even best before date.

Appearance: The 12 fl.oz. poured into my 16 ounce glass to form the perfect looking Pint. A very dark brown mahogany body, with good clarity has a well-formed brown head at first. Good lacing and a reduced head as the beer drinks. Excellent inherent carbonation maintains a good overall appearance.

Nose: Deeply roasted malts with strong hints of Coffee beans.

Taste: Strong deep bitter roasted flavors dominate the start of the beer. The roast flavors lessen as the bitterness peaks in the middle. The finish is of dark chocolate mixed with bitter sharpness that you get from fresh grapefruits. Has an astringent dark smoky roast coffee ending. Bitterness lingers in the mouth, as the roast tastes fade away.

Mouthfeel: Solid levels of dissolved carbonation lend a very smooth mouthfeel. The roast flavors are silky smooth too; all of which contribute to the overall Drinkability.

Drinkability: I drank this chilled, as it has been a hot day in Long Beach today. Even so, on a warm night, this beer went down extremely well. Highly quaffable for a Stout. No problems in this department at all.

Overall: A very nice effort and a solid Stout. I bought the stores last bottle of this, but if I ever see it again, I will consider stocking up on a few more. Recommended!

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Photo of jcalabre
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 25 January 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This pours a very dark brown. The schnauzola has lots of coffee notes. This is an extremely drinklable stout. If you wanted to introduce someone to stouts, Old #38 would be a good choice. It's very smooth on the way down. Enjoyable by all.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark black coffee beauty with a full beige head and lasting lace is a sight to behold. Full smoky malt with a sweet essence of camphor and molasses. Hoppy tea-like and citrusy grapefruit provide a bit of tang. A touch of coffee and dark chocolate round out the flavors along with an underlying light herbal taste and noticeable alcohol fuminess. Nice drinkable strong stout.

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

Am trying this now as we speak..

Smell is of roasted coffee and a little malt. Not much of a head on it, color is a pleasant onyx.

Taste is of bitter chocolate and coffee in front, a little malt and a faint twinge of hoppiness in the back. Mouthfeel is good, but a little bitter for my taste.

Overall, a good representation of the style. My first NCBC stout; hope to try the Rasputin soon..

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

Pour is a nearly opaque black, large rocky tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is dark roastiness, smoky, ash, and strong espresso. Flavor follows the aroma, starting with some more of the smokiness coming out at the end. Thick and chewy on the palate.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, Mmm, MmMm, Mmm…What a great stout this is. It pours a dark, almost black color with an ever so slight touch of red, topped off by a thick creamy tan head. The aromas were of dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is full of roasted malts and dark roasted coffee beans, with mild undertones of hops and chocolate, which leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth and creamy; a very easy drinking brew. This is a must have for any stout lover.

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

The Old 38 poured a black color, with some hints of red in the light. A nice thick head dissipated to a smaller, thinner layer over time. The nice tight lacing on the glass rounded out the impressive appearance. I was also impressed by the nice roasted, caramel aroma, with a subtle hop scent. A caramel / coffee taste was followed by mild bitterness and hop bite. Great roasted characteristics. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Pretty full and heavy, and very appropriate for the style. I really had a hard time finding anything sub-par with this stout. Very solid all around. The Old 38 won't really shock or excite stout drinkers, but it's a great, consistent brew overall. Well done.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of little explosions in the big, doughy, tan head. Lacing is thin and a little runny. The color is black with ruby-brown highlights when held to the light.

The smell of coffee, roasted grains and slightly sweet grapes hints at an understated complexity. Coffee accents the roasty, sweet chocolate front. The middle is malty and chocolatey, full, with a little fruit and some milk. A very nice, dry, hoppy finish is complemented by bitter chocolate. This is a very nice dry stout: roasty, fruity, hoppy. Quite creamy with temperature.

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

This stout pours a dark brown. Small, tan head, which dissapates quickly. The aroma is mainly of chocolate, with hints of coffee and roastiness. Roasted malty flavor is the most prevalent. Some bitterness in it also. Flavor is strong, but the body is a little thin. Overall this is pretty good, but I'll stick to their Old Rasputin.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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!!!

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Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that coats the sides of the glass with sheets of lace as it recedes. Nose is sweet malts and toffee with a touch of fresh coffee. Full in body with a creamy mouthfeel. Taste is roasted malts and grains up front quickly followed by notes of bitter burnt coffee leaving a very dry finish. The taste and mouthfeel improve as the beer warms a bit.

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a 2 inch head. Deep brown in color. Taste is very much of coffee not too bitter. The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing, being a bit on the watery side. Sweet taste. Nothing outstanding or objectionable.Slight bitter aftertaste starts to settle in after a while. This one doesn't really stand in North Coast's lineup.

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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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black body with ruby highlights. Big lumpy beige head rises over the edge of the glass. Excellent lacing. Nose features coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, floral hops, and some general earthiness. Taste is lead b the roasted malts, then chocolate and coffee and a long lingering hop twang with some herbal qualities. Mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side, could use a little more "chewiness". Easy, pleasant enjoyable drinking. Remember, not all stouts are imperials. Not up to neighbor Sierra Nevada Stout, but a fine example of a straight forward American stout.

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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.