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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

1,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,055
Reviews: 630
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 39
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-18-2001)
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Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6%

Pours a nice looking deep brown to black colour with hints of amber shining through. The head is mid-sized but leaves a good amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt, along with some toasted grain as well.

The flavour is roasty and toasty as well: malt leads the way throughout, with coffee mixing in toward the middle and a chocolate/cocoa sweetness more so toward the finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied and rich and creamy.

This is a nice dry stout. It's not overly aggressive or over the top in anyway and is just solid all around.

12-17-2006 04:35:01 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of Magpie14


3.53/5  rDev -7.6%

Apperance: by no means the blackest or darkest stout but is black in color with light tannish head. Some chunks left on the glass with a small ring of foam floating around.

Smell: big toffee/coffee smell with slight toasted maybe burnt smell. Faint alcohol smell jumps out.

Taste/Mouthfeel: somewhat average overall. Burnt coffee/cocoa flavor is nice and toasty. Malts are big in flavor and I detect hops that give it a crisp taste. The hops provide a very slight fresh/fruity taste. Has a touch of acidity after a few drinks. However, this beer goes down really smooth and is a good average drinker.

First of the North Coast Brews that I have had and it is a decent beer

12-13-2006 18:16:14 | More by Magpie14
Photo of briscott99


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: This one pours a dark brown... held up to light one can see a very dark red tinge. The head is brown, poured up thick (about two to three fingers), but dies down rather quickly leaving lacings on the glass.

Nose: Nice dark toffee-ish smell. A faint sweetness like that of bittersweet chocolate.

Taste: Very solid. Roasty, a very subtle sweetness, followed by some hop bitterness. This is a lot "smaller" tasting than say, an imperial stout, but that's not bad. I like that is not too syrupy sweet like some of the "big" stouts out there. I could imagine drinking multiples of this one in a night.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied for a stout. It has a subtle, medium carbonation. It is very dry, creamy, and satisfying.

Overall: Very good. Truthfully my only other experiences in the dry Irish stout style is Murphy's and Guiness. And maybe I'm blaspheming, but I think this one is beating them out. A very solid pour.

12-12-2006 03:28:22 | More by briscott99
Photo of danielharper


3.3/5  rDev -13.6%

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Dark black, thick brown head that dissipates slowly.

S: Roasted malty aroma, no hops.

T: Very sweet up-front, with some notes of coffee and a very dry finish.

M: Moderate, not watery but not overly thick. Refreshing. About as expected.

D: Overall about average for a dry stout. Not the greatest beer in the world, but fans of the style should like it.

12-07-2006 23:46:57 | More by danielharper
Photo of beveritt


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Pours with an enormous, creamy, tan head; several inches. Settles slowly into a thin coat. Leaves some Belgian lacing as you drink. Beer itself is a very dark brown with a hint of red.

Smell: Overriding smell is roasted barley, with a slightly sweet, malty undertone. Almost a piney, hop finish.

Taste: Sweet alcohol flavor upfront followed by roasted barley. Very little hop bitterness, but definite floral hops flavors.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy feeling. Carbonation level is a little less than average.

Drinkability: Not too heavy. Low carbonation and medium alcohol level make this a good easy drinking beer.

12-03-2006 23:09:42 | More by beveritt
Photo of Wasatch


3.88/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, not much of a head though and quickly disappears, a few nice island appear. Scents of malts, slight hops, coffee, and caramel. The taste is of roasted sweet malts, and a nice caramel dry finish. Medium body. A pretty tasty brew from North Coast, would recommend. Thanks jhammerly.

12-02-2006 23:06:06 | More by Wasatch
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.68/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is a very dark brown to black with ok carbonation. The head is one finger tan and leaves good lace.

The smell is dry and roasty. Light hopy background shines just a bit.

The taste follows nose and is good. This is a very dry tasting stout, not real big but pleasant. A roasty taste dominated with out a lot of bitterness.

The mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation and a close to full body.

The drinkability is good, but not quite what I want, Prosit MK

11-28-2006 04:28:40 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of tonistruth


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

A- dark brown, though close to being black, 1/2" tan head, decent retent, good lacing, and a thin foamy ring settles after the head dissappates.

S- roasted malts, chocolate, sweet

T- strong yet sweet flavors throughout including roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and a nice bitterness that underlines all other flavors

M- heavier than a light lighter than a medium bodied brew, smooth and sometimes creamy, carbonation tickle

D- sessionable and tasty, i'd go for this again but this is not a brew i'd crave for, good for style.

11-27-2006 02:02:23 | More by tonistruth
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Very, very glad I tried this. It poured a nice dark reddish brown, not quite black, with a very pretty, slightly pitted, khaki coloured head that satyed around for several minutes. Definately looked better than average. Smell is dry roasted grain and fresh brewed coffee. Nice. Taste is very dry. Burnt malt up front with a subtle bitter finish; dry all the way through. Mouthfeel was excellent for the style, I thought. This would make a perfect session stout. I'm quite impressed with this one. Another winner from North Coast.

11-23-2006 04:55:11 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of peabody


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours out really dark with a slight off-white suds. Not a lot of lacing.
Smell is malt and yeast. The fruity smell of plums and raisins are faint so I have to rate the smell a little lower.
Taste is better than the smell. Malt then bitter. I just had the Sierra Nevada and this is just as good if not better tasting.
Mouthfeel is a little watery but still has a sugary bitterness to make the tounge dance.
Drinkability is high here. I could see drinking a lot of this beer.

11-22-2006 23:19:41 | More by peabody
Photo of Oxymoron


3.1/5  rDev -18.8%

Is 38 really old? The pour was a black color but strong red hues when held to the light. A lighter tan head that lasts throughout but does hide mostly to the side of the glass. Good lacing throughout.

The nose is rather limited for a stout. Some malty undertones, with basic malt and light astringency in the back. Some chocolate and a light earthy hop presence if you really look for it.

The taste is more noticeable then the aroma would have indicated. The maltiness comes out more with a sweet chocolate flavor upfront. This is amplified by a light maple presence and a lighter bitterness. Some bready qualities as well. As the beer warms, more astringent flavors come out more with roasted and java flavors. A dry finish is heighten by a chalky hop finish.

The body is good for a stout but the dry finish is a bit of a deterrent in mouthfeel. Carbonation is a low but ok for style. A easy beer to drink but maybe they should use less aged materials (38?).

11-16-2006 22:07:27 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of jslot38


4.03/5  rDev +5.5%

Stubby bottle to 16oz pint glass.

Not a complete black, some brown and ruby tints around the edges. A large frothy head first emerges, a light tan. Very thick lacing, and the head doesn't seem to be going anywhere.

Smell: Burnt nuts, some ground coffee but not very strong in any one smell. A bit of chocolate and some earth tones.

Taste: Very burnt taste... Maybe what you would expect charcol to taste like, or at least burnt wood. Some chesnuts and coffee. Not many hops laced in there, a touch of earth ridden ones barely shows through.

Mouthfeel: A very good level of carbonation and slickness. A good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, low in alcohol, good flavour, a nice offering from North Coast. For stouts this is one of the easiest in terms of drinking a few.

11-08-2006 03:29:49 | More by jslot38
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, brown tainted, tan colored head the leaves a light lacing pattern on the sides of the glass. The beer itself is a almost black color with a brownish tint to it. The aroma smells softly of dark grain and burnt raisins. A light roast grain tartness hangs around towards the end of the aroma along with black coffee aromatics and heavily toasted malt notes. In the middle there is a soft, sweet, dark chocolate note that helps to mellow out the other more roasted notes.

The beer starts out soft and creamy with a mouth coating quality to it, but the carbonation quickly adds a zippy note that tends to balance this out. Finishes with a burnt grain and hop bitterness as well as a black acidity. Sweetish, dark malt notes intermingle with chocolate and a sweetened espresso character never quite balancing out the dominant dry roasted grain notes. This beer strikes a light crispness up front despite the color, yet in the finish has a mouth coating creaminess to it that adds to a perception of heft.

All in all this is a great beer to sit down with over a couple pints. Light and quaffable, yet at the same time chewy and interesting. If I had to perfect this I would add a touch more chocolate and sweet malt notes to balance the roast acidity, but then it would not be nearly so quaffable.

11-05-2006 22:48:16 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of tonytuffnuts


3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six pack that's been on my shelf for over a month. Served at about 65F. A substantial two finger, beige head, slowly dissapating, foamy, and pearly. Leaves a sticky lace. The body's an opaque dark-brown; very little light breaks through, turning it dark crimson.

Smells dark and roasty. Burnt malts and smoked cedar chips hide a dark chocolate complement. Hop undertones. I think there's maybe a small portion of carmel malt added to the mash. A 4:1 ratio of burnt malts to caramel?

Not as malty as the odors advertise. Water's the first ingredient to hit my tastebuds. Hop bitterness rallys, succeded by something like coffee, but more burnt, like chicory, infused with unsweetened dark chocolate. Very dry, yet pleasantly hopped.

Almost unrecognizable carbonation. A little thick and creamy. If I leave it in my mouth too long it seems to turn my tounge into a charcoal brick.

I don't know how many I can handle in a night. The flavor of burnt grains left in the back of my mouth might warrent a chaser, but I'm too full from the mild, yet filling creaminess.

11-02-2006 06:39:45 | More by tonytuffnuts
Photo of BlindPig


3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

A- Thin tan head on a dark clear body. Thin lacing that covers most of the top.
S-Light coffee malt aromas. Some kind of hop either grassy or floral. Kind of weak smell.
T- Coffee malt flavor up front. Bigger coffee flavor in the aftertaste. Kind of weak flavors. Bit of a roasted malt flavor also. Pretty watery. Kind of grassy aftertaste
M- Medium body and medium carbonation
D- It's an average beer. Kind of weak. Not to bad though.

11-01-2006 07:12:22 | More by BlindPig
Photo of afordney


4.28/5  rDev +12%

Dark, almost black with a bit of reddish hue. two finger head collapsed to about one, a good thick lacing around the glass. it's got a little carbonation bubble to it.

smells sweet, great balance, coffee pulls through strongly, very inviting.

coffee jumps out at the start, a sweet bitterness follows, this is a heavy beer with a rich flavor.

good combination of bitterness, sweetness and carbonation, also kind of syrupy

a good stout, it'll warm you up on a cold day, great beer.

11-01-2006 01:38:04 | More by afordney
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%

I first tried this way back in the day when nobody on the East Coast knew of this stuff. Thanks to HimerMan for sending this to me as an extra with a trade.
Poured very dark, a hint of garnet when the light passed through it on the side of the glass. Nice espresso colored head that left no lacing.
Dark roasted malt aroma, a little coffe is there also.
Initial taste is dark malt and a burnt tatse, not bad. The hops give a good balance with decent bitterness that combines well with the dark malts. The hops get really earthy as this stout warms up.
Good no-nonsense stout.

10-26-2006 17:06:26 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of SetarconeX


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

Rather tasty little stout. Deep brown color, I seem to almost but not quite be able to see through the glass. Scent is probably the best part of this one, not unlike the aroma of chocolate milk with a couple shots of coffee and malt.

Roasty with a sprinkling of hop oil on the flavor, not quite what I was expecting from the nose, but not bad. A little more complex than some other stouts.

Definately worth a try.

10-16-2006 22:26:16 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of macster


3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

Pours a slightly thin, somewhat translucent deep ruby brown. Looks almost like a dark ale rather than a Stout. Produces a thick, rocky and long lasting light tan head. No lacing. Mild, but pleasant aromas of charcoal, coffee beans, Baker’s chocolate and dark roasted malts. Mouthfeel fairly thin and watery with a slightly fizzy carbonation. Initial flavor is of charcoal and charred malts followed by a balancing subdued malt and toffee sweetness. Some chocolate and coffee notes also come through. Finish is light and thin, but with a pleasant minerally/charred wood dryness. A solid, but kinda lightweight stout.

10-11-2006 02:39:30 | More by macster
Photo of kirok1999


3.8/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Pours a ruddy dark black, some red highlights shining through the glass. Nice 1/2" head that lingers and leaves thick lacing.

S- Charcoal, slight chocolate, toffee, coffee, dry hops.

T- Dry charcoal at first, slight alcohol warmth, dry hops and slight coffee/chocolate notes.

M- Thin and dry.

D- Nice for the style. Very dry but a great session beer with the low ABV.

09-24-2006 22:53:04 | More by kirok1999
Photo of cabsandking


3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

Pours a clear, dark, deep brown color and a minor layer of foam. Light malt nose with a slightly more hoppy floral scent. Roasted coffee and a nice hop bitterness. Dry chalky finish. Thin to medium body and a good mouth, watery and a little chewy. Halfway through sweet brown sugar appears, matched with charcoal bitterness. Descent beer at best.

09-10-2006 15:25:37 | More by cabsandking
Photo of mjc410


3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

The beer pours near-opaque with ruby highlights under a low tan glass ring, which leaves nice lacing. The nose is strong with roast, very appetizing. Taste is very roasty with light chocolate and heavy coffee notes. The mouth feel is thin with low carbonation, making this an easy drinker. A very nice stout.

09-05-2006 21:37:44 | More by mjc410
Photo of whynot44


3.85/5  rDev +0.8%

Opaque mahogany with slight ruby highlights against the light with a moderate tan head that disipates to just a ring fairly quickly but then sticks around and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is dark roasted malt with some coffee and chocolate notes.

The taste is also dark nutty roasted malts but with more of the coffee and dark chocolate flavors and a bit of burnt caramel.. It starts slightly sweet but then the bite of the roasted malt kicks in. The aftertaste is dry and slightly bitter unsweetened chocolate and espresso.

Medium bodied, a bit light for the style but not bad, fairly smooth and easily drinkable. Definitely worth a try for the dry stout lover or as an intro to the style.

09-05-2006 02:55:50 | More by whynot44
Photo of Applesauce1


3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

Got the Old No. 38 at the Pit Stop in Nelsonville, Oh.

Dark color - dark brown, opaque, looks tempting
smell - not as good, kind of skunky, malty
taste - very impressive; i'm not a big stout drinker, but this one really pulls it off; nutty flavor, some coffee flavor; i can't taste hops in there
mouthfeel - good but a little strong on the carbonation
drinkability - good for a stout, could do two in one night

overall, this is a quality beer that i will have again in the future

09-03-2006 02:21:12 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of Blakaeris


3.78/5  rDev -1%

Pours very deep brown, almost black with a slight head that becomes a thin ring.

Smell is hearty dark roasted grain, cofee, and hints of chocolate.

Taste is roasted grain and coffee up front. Mild chocolate and dark fruit. Finish is clean, a little sweet, but with a nice nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. I would prefer a little more fullness, but this is adequate.

A nice dry stout. Flavor is robust and interesting. As mentioned previously, it is a little thin but certainly drinkable. Good job.

08-30-2006 22:58:22 | More by Blakaeris
Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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