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Old #38 Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout

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1,149 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,149
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 47
Gots: 42 | 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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Ratings: 1,149 | Reviews: 646
Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Black with brown ring on the bottom with a 1 inch perfect head and great retention

Smell: There is a bit of smoke and ash on the nose but not much else

Taste: Figs and chocolate upfront and just a bit of breadyness in the middle and some ash on the backend

Mouthfeel: Full body and low carbonation a great butteryness and just a bit of a dry finish

Overall: Pretty good little dry stout. I think the nitro really helps this beer out a lot. Highly recommended on nitro

Photo of brewskifan55
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: black; 1 finger head that lingers; nice lacing.

Smell: Malt and coffee

Taste: Barley, coffee; very light taste, goes down easy. Unfortunately, not much flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light, kinda watery.

Overall: The lightest tasting stout I've tried. More drinkable than most stouts. A good intro for the initiate. Just not very impressive.

Photo of mulder1010
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355 ML poured into a tulip

A-- Poured a dark brownish cola color and settled black with a few small tints of ruby here and there. Mocha colored head, one finger in height. Has good staying power until finally fading to film. Two finger height in swirling. No lacing.

S-- Roasted malts, chocolate and Carmel. Very soft smelling at first and flavors pick up more with air.

T-- Thin and watery taste. Bits of water, roasted malts, chocolate, and Carmel. Very watery up front.

M-- Medium carbonation and lighter feel. Small bit of watery gap in the mid palate but much better than the taste. Decent amount of sweet carmel, dairy milk and roasted malts in the back palate. Finishes dry and sweet with lingering sweetness.

O-- What beer lacks for in taste, it makes up for in feel. Easy to drink but in a way bordering more on a dark brown ale. Nothing too exciting but it is quite sessionable.

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

Pours black as night with a small cream colored head which quickly recedes. I was surprised at the number of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface of the beer.

Aromas of chocolate, but mostly a sweet roasted malt smell.

Chocolate anyone? A little to light bodied for me, but this is a great stout to drink in the summertime. The malt really comes through well. As I suspected a little too much carbonation for me.

A dry crisp finish that consists mostly of malt. At the beginning of each sip you really get the chocolate and then it fades away quickly to malt and I think I am getting some toffee in there as well.

Overall a solid stout. I prefer my Old Rasputin I think, but who wouldst? Definitely worth trying sometime, but I don't think I will purchase this one again.

Photo of Claudius424
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours motor oil black Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate and toffee. Taste is about equal parts of the same with a slight bitterness on the finish; really nothing bothersome though. Overall a good interpretation of a stout and worth a try if you are looking for something in this style.

Photo of jsprain1
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark dark brown nearly black. Thick ecrru head falls pretty flat. A couple wisps of lacing. Not quite the head of many other Irish Dry Stouts, or other stouts.
S- One dimensional chocolate malts for me. Decent, but I'd like either more complexity or more intensity of what's there.
T- Significantly more rounded than smell indicated. Still predominately chocolate, specifically milk chocolate, with some cocoa powder and a wee bit of coffee and charcoal.
M- Relatively rich bodied. Smooth, with slightly tingly carbonation at the finish, just to remind you it's not an oatmeal stout. Pretty full bodied for Irish Dry Stout.
O- I thought it was more of a low-hopped American Stout than an Irish Dry Stout. That being said, it's a decent beer no matter how you cut it. Nothing too memorable or that seperates it from some of the other stouts (type of stout ignored), but it's a step up from Guinness and other entry stouts. Still, I would put it in the bottom half of what I've had from North Coast.

Photo of eggodoom
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint glass. Poured a thick opaque black. Looks like tar with a one finger chocolate head. Looks great and the light is impenetrable through the beer. Smell is boozy and slightly sweet. The alcohol smell is slightly off putting. The taste is good on the otherhand. Lacing left on the glass as I drink. The stout has hints of chocolate but lots of caramel malts. Has a thick mouthfeel that is rich and creamy. This beer is pretty good. If it were more popular in my area I might purchase it more often. Is not nearly the best stout I've ever had though.

Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pitch black with a half finger mocha colored head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

s: roasted coffee and malts.

t: more roasted flavors.

m: starts out with a medium creamy body and finishes dry.

o: classic example of what a stout is, not what it could be. i really enjoy north coast and wish they did something more with this, but i guess thats why they give us old rasputin.

Photo of bayougutter
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip and it was black with no light coming thru. An agressive pour yielded three inches beer and three inches soapy mocha foam. Once the foam settled, it stuck all over the glass.

The smell is mostly roasted malts and coffee. Aroma as a whole is a little subdued.

Taste is more robust than the smell with the roasted malts and coffee dominating the mild dark fruits, toffee, and cocoa.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp dry finish.

Overall this is a true to form an Irish dry stout, not an imperial. Great tasting stout, just wish the aroma was more robust. Really enjoyed and would suggest a try to all. Cost is under two dollars a beer so I will always have on hand.

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark mahogany brown with a puffy tan head, leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S - Some roast malt, a bit nutty, a touch of chocolate a bit of a weak smell.

T - Lots of roasted coffee, some sweet chocolate, notes of dark fruit. Actually quite good, a good balance in the malt.

M - For a dry stout, it has a good thickness to it that makes it go down easy. Quite good.

Overall - I was impressed. One of the better Irish Dry Stouts I've had. Would certainly have again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an oversized wine glass.

A - pours a coffee like black, this and viscous. Massive light brown head, decent retention, spotty lacing. I like it.

S - roasted malt is big in the nose, some coffee and dark chocolate as well. The usual suspects for this style, I expect.

T - bitter and smokey malt up front, not a whole lot of strong flavor in the middle, and chocolate milk flavor on the finish in a nice little burst. Coffee notes permeate the flavor.

M - a bit on the heavy side, feels very rich, but not unpleasing.

O - overall, a very solid dry stout. Wouldn't expect any less from this brewery. This might become a go to.

Photo of Duff27
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour yields a huge three-fingered frothy mocha head in my pint glass. Beer itself is dark brown. Great lacing and head retention

S- Smell is of semi-sweet chocolate.

T- Roasted barley. Finish is sweet(!) chocolate with a slightly metallic taste.

M- Creamy. Medium mouthfeel. On the lower end of carbonation it seems.

D/O- I liked this one. Been a damn long time since I've had one, pre-BA days. It's a looker...rich and creamy but not too filling.

Photo of rickyleepotts
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours out thick, and has a dark brown head… it looks like Coke to be honest. Well, I drink a LOT of diet soda, so maybe I am slightly jaded. I have had beers this dark before, especially while in Europe. I remember one night I was in some random underground pub in Rzeszów and I ordered whatever they had on tap. We had just gotten in, and I wasn’t familiar with the beers yet. That beer had a similar head as this. That beer ended up being 13% ABV… so needless to say, I only had a couple.

When you first drink a stout, you expect it to be thick, and creamy. This beer looks like it will be thick, but starts off extremely carbonated and smooth. I am quite impressed with how smooth it is actually. It has a certain kick to it at the end too. Not sure what that is sneaking up on me… but it has that bite. I like it!

The beer also has a great nose. It smells just as good as it tastes. And with a low ABV, you might get just as much enjoyment out of smelling this one. But when you do take the first few drinks, the aftertaste sticks around. But it sticks around in place on the palate you wouldn’t expect. That’s not a bad thing, but something unexpected. Stouts are usually not this drinkable. This is a nice after dinner drink… but bring me a six-pack instead of a pint.

The beer is good. I also love the train coming at you on the bottle. There’s a story behind said train, actually. Weird to think this beer started as a home-brew and ended up being chilled in my refrigerator.

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

Dark black colour with a moderate and fairly long lasting tan head. No lacing.

Bitter roast aroma with mild chocoate and earthy hop notes.

Smooth, soft malt with a distinct roasty character. Slightly acrid but not bitter. A touch of hop character is present.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid but not exception Dry Stout. Plenty of flavour and easy drinking which are great atributes for the style.

Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally dark, almost completely black with only a hint of lighter shades coming through. A good, solid, off tan head with fluffy bubbles.

Scents of coffee and bittersweet chocolate fill the nose. Roasty, malty richness.

Has a malty backbone that you'd expect, with coffee dancing across the tongue from the front to the back.

It's initially very creamy on the palate before giving way to some bitterness from the coffee in the finish. Decent lacing.

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I love it in beer and this is really exceptional. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was near spot on for the style and really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me to be honest.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Nitro-tap at the Glenview House.

A: Perfect nitro pour. It's a bit blacker than Guinness and the head is a bit more tan.

S: Not to much in the nose. There is a faint roast and metallic odor. No hops to speak of.

T: Rich chocolate and toffee. There is quite a bit of residual sweetness and a tad of hop bitterness.

D: Refreshing and warming like a dry stout should be. The mouthfeel is uncharacteristically full and smooth.

Overall: A great example of the style. I've been staring at the sixer of this one at the store for a while. This is a beer that will frequent my fridge from now on.

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

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a not-quite-opaque black color with a finger and a half of dark khaki head that holds and laces okay.

S: Charred oak, chocolate, and strong roastiness. This is certainly not the typical Guinness or Murphy's.

T: Strong burnt malts, coffee, chicory, chocolate, and some vanilla in the aftertaste.

M: The body is creamy with medium thickness and average carbonation.

D: This drinks more like an English stout. It is a quality brew if you don't have "Irish Dry Stout" in mind.

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

A: Pretty much black with a thin tan head and nice lacing.

S: Tons of roasted, almost charred malt. Some charred coffee grounds as well. Perhaps a bit of anise as well. Not much sweetness to be found here.

T: Big roasted malt flavors along with some subtle smokiness and leather. The mouthfeel keeps this from getting too heavy, but it keeps the beer from being all that I feel it could be. This is a really solid Irish Dry Stout with a major emphasis on the dry. No major complaints here.

Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out like a typical Irish Stout, the black body with a tan thick head. The head had some pretty good retention and stuck around for a little while. The smell of the beer was of old leather and earth. Some roasted burnt notes as well. The taste was kind of metallic... Not really what I was thinking it'd be like. I was kind of turned off by the taste of this beer completely. Perhaps it was a bad batch but I just couldn't get over how much I disliked the taste of this beer. Everything else was pretty good here.

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

A= dark black-brown with fair tan head, dissipating quickly to some modest rimming and lacing.

S= a bit on the light side, dry chocolate, starchy roasted malts, slight hops florals.

T= dry chocolate, some molasses as it warms a little, hints of floral hops but more dry than hops-bitter.

M= dry to the point of lips rubbing together yet not quite astringent; slight grassy notes.

O= overall a decent dry stout, middleweight contender but not a star on the national level. It's simply lacking depth of flavor. If it were a local brew I'd probably drink it often. Odd that it showed up in a local beer-wine store in Hagerstown Maryland.

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent dark brown color with a rather unimpressive head that reveals the brown liquid beneath with rapidity

Smell: Roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a developing roasty taste that adds some hop elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate comes back to the front; the finish is dry and somewhat crisp

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; rather thin for the style

Overall: A pleasant enough beer but the mouthfeel and flavor need to be bigger to get better marks from me

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

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown head that sit atop a black body with no light showing through. The head settles down rapidly but leaves reasonable lace.

S - Light notes of licorice and roasted malt with a bit of caramel.

T - Caramel and molasses up front with a hint of pine hops. More dark malt in the middle as notes of chocolate and roasted grain begin to come out. It finishes with bittersweet chocolate and some burnt caramel flavor as well as moderate hop bitterness. Licorice and some charred carbon notes linger on the palate after the beer is gone.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A well made stout, its flavor profile isn't particularly dark for the style, but it has enough roasted character to give it a very nice dark chocolate character in the finish. The gaps are filled in with dark malt that brings notes of molasses and licorice to the table as well as a bit of caramel. Like all of North Coast's offerings, this is a solid beer that is free of flaws and enjoyable.

Photo of plfahey
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with faint ruby highlights and decent clarity. Moderately large creamy mocha colored head with moderately good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Wow. This one has a way more intense aroma than I expected from a beer with a relatively low alcohol content. Rich cocoa, chocolate fudge, and brownies swirl in the forefront, blending with background traces of plum, prune, and blackberry, and hints of a roasted coffee edge. There's also some balance offered by light earthy hops. Smells great.

Flavor-The flavor is more like what I would expect, with a bittersweet chocolate opening to coffee and dry, roasted barley in the finish. Also, some slight earthy hop character makes itself known in the finish. Hop bitterness is moderately low. The fruity esters of the aroma show up in trace amounts at the beginning. The finish is extremely dry, but not astringent-more the type of flinty dryness achieved through addition of roasted unmalted barley.

Mouthfeel-Medium to medium light body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky, with somewhat of a creamy texture. Flinty dry in the finish, making you crave the next sip.

The aroma is a bit over the top for a dry irish stout, but who fucking cares? This is an awesome beer-I'm only disappointed that it's taken me this long in getting around to trying it.

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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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