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Old #38 Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout

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650 Reviews

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Reviews: 650
Hads: 1,214
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 53
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout | 5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-18-2001

53 IBUs
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Reviews: 650 | Hads: 1,214
Photo of the42ndtourist
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Most disappointing aspect of this beer - the rather weak head. It did manage to hang around until the end, though.
Good dark black colour, not Guinness dark, but still respectable.
The taste is very sweet. Good amounts of caramel and toffee, backed by the typical stout chocolate and coffee. Finishes with a fair dose of bitterness. Very good, smooth and tasty. I want more!

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Photo of Brent
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer that falls into the "it made me happy" category. Fantastic aroma - like Hershey's chocolate syrup in milk. Crammed full of mocha-coffee notes and roasted malt, but not burned or overdone. Hops is there enough to balance the chocolate/coffee sweet elements - very drinkable. Just dry enough at the finish to invite another quaff.

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

Appearance: Dark brown body with garnet highlights that almost fools you into thinking it's black. Bubbly, light tan head barely shows up, then disappears quickly.

Smell: Roasted grain, toffee, and a hint of licorice.

Taste: Starts with a strong bitter note, then opens up to a roasted flavor with a slightly burnt taste. A touch of toffee at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Starts a bit thin, but gets thicker as it warms. Smooth and dry.

Drinkability: Good...I wasn't impressed with the first couple sips, but it's improving as it warms. This could be a session beer on a cold, winter night.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great country we live in. There are so many good beers available that even those that aren't greatest can be so drinkable. This falls there. This beer has weaknesses, such as after a nice full rocky tan head it thins very quickly and basically dissappears. Also it has a thinner than average mouthfeel. Yet this is a highly drinkable beer, and really enjoyable. In light it's clear and more garnet to brown/black. I like the varieties of flavors with bitter chocolate to the burnt malt and bitter flavor on the tip of the tongue that fades to a lingering bitterness on the back. Nice nose of roast malt as bring the glass up.
Why is this a specialty stout?

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahogony brown color, some light does pass through the glass, revealing that this beer is not black. Nice half inch or so tan-colored head with modest carbonation, quite a bit of sticky, irregular lace. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a slight fruitiness. Taste opens with dark (actually burnt) malts, and earthy flavors. Towards the middle of the taste, some sweet, berry flavors appear, these carry to the end of the taste. Finish is dry with bitter chocolate and coffee notes. A touch thin in body, but otherwise excellent.

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Photo of budgood1
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

oh yum! very dark brown color...a big, tan, rocky head that leaves a great deal of lace. aroma of dark roasted barley, lots of sweet chocolate with a hint of alcohol. tastes great; the chocolate flavors are straightforward, with an underlying faint hop presence. medium bodied with a mouthfeel that starts creamy smooth, becomes quite bitter then ends very dry. a lingering aftertaste of burnt malt and a definite warming sensation leaves me quite satisfied. a very impressive stout. highly recommended.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color (nearly black) and has a thick medium tan head. The smell of roasted mocha coffee and malts get the mouth watering. First taste of each swallow reveals an odd twang, but then fades to a more pleasant chocolate and roasted malt flavor. It has a rather thin mouthfeel and light clean finish for a stout. It could stand a little tweaking to get rid of the strange twang, but maybe it’s on purpose. Not bad, and I can struggle through the trenches to get through the twang ;-) since I have a few more of these. Cheers!

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Photo of aracauna
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The head is reluctant to form and once it does form has trouble lasting. What remains of the head clings to the sides of the glass like a 12-year-olds at their first dance. The body is a bit pale for a stout. Instead black with light seeping only through the edges, light passes relatively easily through this beer making is less black and more blackened ruby. The first thing I caught on my first whiff was a shock of citric hops that didn't seem to mesh well with the chocolately dark malt. I tried again and the hop aromas died down until after a few minutes all they were was a suggestion of bittereness lurking beneath the sweet malt. The flavor is moderately sweet and far from dry. I wouldn't describe it as rich, but I would call it chocolatey with low bitterness. There are few coffee or other bittering flavors from the darker roasted malt, although a lighter crisper malt lurks underneath the chocolate. Sadly, the mouthfeel is very thin for a stout. Of course that also makes it unusually drinkable for a stout. Still the flavor could benefit from a richer body and the mouthfeel really shouldn't so thin.

My final verdict is that for a stout it's only run of the mill. It has some high points, like the fairly complex and lush flavor and aroma, and while a little too transparent for what I like in a stout, the resulting color is quite attractive. But it also has low points, like the thin mouthfeel and wimpy head. Despite all this, for pure easy-drinking pleasure, it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark and rather clear with somewhat sparse, fleeting head and light carbonation. Copper-red tones on the edges. Smell is pleasant enough but quite muted. Taste is not as smooth as some stouts, but the crispness is interesting. Still has the dark toastiness one expects. Pretty good mouthfeel and reasonable drinkability.

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

A very nice stout by one helluva brewery. It is not as think and viscous as I would have liked, but this stout has all of the deep and dark roasty and sweet flavors and aromas many look for in their brews. Well worth the try. Prost!

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown, with red highlights when backlit. A dark tan head which settles very quickly to a thin top.

Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt and grains. Somewhat chocolately and bitter.

Taste is much the same, with a very strong roasted flavor and a dry finish of bittersweet chocolate. Pretty hoppy, but most of the bitterness seems to come from the grains.

Medium-full bodied, and pretty drinkable, though I found the roasty character to be just a bit overdone.

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

North Coast produces a quality stout with Old #38. The almost opaque pour features a tan head that survives and laces well. The aroma is of roasted malt and lots of hops in the typical west coast style. This beer tastes of the hops, roasted malt and some java-like notes. Mouthfeel is fairly carbonated and appropriate for the style. It's easy to have more than one of these fine stouts.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with reddish highlights and a full foamy tan head that holds well and leaves very good spider-web lace throughout the entire glass. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, cocoa, and some roastiness. The body is medium-light and the mouthfeel is nicely creamy. The flavor starts with cocoa and toffee up front, becoming very chocolatey with a slight acidity as it crosses the palate, ending with swirling flavors of nuttiness, cocoa and biscuit, and eventually finishing with drying bitterness and a residual bittersweet chocolate note.

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Photo of bcm119
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep burgundy brown in color with a chunky, durable head. The head left a nice lattice on my glass. Aromas of bitter chocolate, cocoa and dry leaves. The nose is almost rummy, with alcohol presenting itself along with a burnt bread/biscuit flavor. Body of the beer is thin and bone dry, with big espresso and nutty/smoky flavors. Finishes long and bitter, with a dark chocolate aftertaste. A super dry stout.

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

Pillowy head that takes time to form -- settles at 1/4 inch. Mostly opaque brown/black. Deep sweetened coffee aromas. Nice bitterness right up front, deep and java-like, a touch of strawberry, and avoiding all but the slightest chocolate tones. A tad acidic and slightly thin. This brew should definitely meet the needs of dry Stout cravers. After letting it warm, it struck me right.

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Photo of pbrian
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice tan head, good lacing. Roasted coffee, cocoa aromas. Slight nuttiness mixed in to a predominantly coffee flavored brew. Lasting dry, bitter finish. I really enjoyed this full-bodied, flavorful stout.

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

Dark brown to black color depending on the light. Tan head was fluffy and full then evaporated quickly. Initial smells were bitter, roasted coffee, some thick chocolate smells. Taste was much the same, lots of roasted bitterness, sharp bitter bite to finish. I think I had it too cold to start, as it warms more subtle chocolate malt tastes emerge. I thought it was a dry stout to start, but the flavors erupt as the beer settles. Medium bodied, tasty, a good stout. Lots of flavors there, just be patient.

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

This is one of my favorite stouts. With a hint of chocolate and a little of the malty side. There was no bitter after taste. It will be a beer that I will stock up on and keep in storage!

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Photo of Maestro
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a solid selection. The nose is full of both malt and hops. The head is quite creamy at first but doesn't last. The carbonation seems to be a little overwhelming but settles down toward the middle. The malt is stronger at first but hops become more apparent as you go. This beer has quite a nice lacing that bubbles quite a bit. Hints of carmel finish off this beer. Definitely worth having on tap as well. Good job North Coast!

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Photo of Mark
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Black brown color with long lasting head and solid sheets of lace. nice subtle roasted flavor. A very smooth utterly drinkable dry stout. One of my favorite stouts that dosen't bear the name of Young's. Another fine brew from the folks at North Coast.

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

This beer poured out a nice dark color. Formed a medium tan head with some lace as it subsided. The aroma had definate malt and coffee.smell. Coffee and chocolate flavor to it. Slightly burnt aspect to it. Seemed to be one of the lighter bodied stouts. A good beer, worth a try, but not one of the best stouts out there.

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

I'm very impressed with this one. Pours a dark brown with a tan sticky head that lasts pretty well. Smell is of strong roasted malt with coffee and chocolate mixed in. Strong coffe prescence on the tongue and slightly smoky as well. The bitterness from the roasted barley is complimented nice by the chocolate undertones of the beer. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable. Another great brew from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Black in colour with a light brown bubbly rocky head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Some toffee, dark carob and faint alcohol aromas.

Taste: A good dose of roasted/toasted and light burnt flavours, firm malty body with a semi crisp smoothness. A little more bitterness from the roasted flavours than the hops, but the hops are still very noticeable. Lingering roasted flavours dry this brew into the after taste but there are still some residual dextrins that remain.

Notes: Full bodied dry stout ... roasted flavours are done to a T, good drinking for stout lovers.

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well the color is dark as a stout should be, but a little thin.The head is short lived.
Definite roast malt flavor and hops evident. I thought this was a slightly above average stout that is definitely worth a shot!

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Photo of Jordan
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Starts sweet. Burnt malty notes resonate on the nose and palate. Very rich, silky smooth and creamy. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. Another exceptional beer by North Coast.

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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 650 ratings.