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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

1,140 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,140
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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 10-18-2001

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

I ordered this at a BBQ restaurant in California's central coast and the waitress mocked me for ordering a "girl beer"... wtf? :-) Anyway...

North Coast's "other" stout pours quite dark but not black, with coffee highlights at the edges. The nose is all roasted malt, with hints of dark chocolate and road dust thrown in. The nose hints at a very dry beer, and that impression is confirmed by the flavor of the beer, which is bitter right from the start with roasted malts. The bitterness softens a bit into a more rounded, hop-influenced bitterness, but this beer never stops being bitter and never stops being dry. Quite a nice stout, but definitely meant to be drunk slowly -- the bitterness is too intense, for me at least, to bolt this down.

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

Pours a deep black color, tinged with red, with a good creamy head, somewhat bubbled, but not too much lacing, just spots of foam running down back onto edge. Not catching a very strong aroma here, but there is a nice roasted malt and toffee duo going on, with faint dark fruits underneath thats pretty nice. But, thats about it. So good, just need more. Taste has good amount of roasted toasted malts, the dark fruits in there, and its really all good and great, but like the aroma it just falls short, not enough strength to stnad up to the taste. Its not like I want something bang! pow! super tons of malts and hops or whatever, but just enough so it doesn't seem watered down. Or perhaps its because I wasn't impressed with the body, thought it a little lacking. It finished off nice, with this nice dry roastiness, but still lacking something. Still, a rather tasty beer that I want again.

Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with abundant tannish puffy head that fell to a thin coating. Absolutely beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is darrk and roasty. Strong coffee notes present. Unsweetened chocolate also present. Taste is stong on coffee, with strong burnt malt textrires also present. Strong malt gives way to a profound hoppy dryness. Finished nice and dry with a lingering bitter dryness as its ending note. Nice and creamy and extremely refreshing. An excellent example of the style with great drinkability. Great job!

Photo of jmz62565
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pours a very dark ruby black with a large foamy tan head. The smell is faint with some roasted malt,but little else. The high carbonation helps make this a very tasty beer. The coffee and roasted malt flavors are very pronounced in this beer. The m/f is medium with a very good balance of flavors ending with a toffee aftertaste. This is a very good beer that should not be missed. North Coast is a fine brewer.

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear deep brown beer that can pass light with a good tan head.

Smell is sharp and a little metallic and soapy to the nose. Lots of dark roasted malt aromas with a bit of chocolate and black coffee aromas. There is a mild herbal aroma to this but it isn't that strong.

Taste roasted and smoky from the very start with a bit more sweetness than I would have expected. Not a lot of extra flavor levels here just coffee and chocolate with roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK stout but I doubt that I would buy this again. This just doesn't stand out from the crowd of other stouts on the market.

Photo of marcobrau
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Old No. 38 pours with out of the bottle with a good deal of carbonation resulting in a lasting head of foam that leaves some nice lacing down the sides of the glass. This stout isn't too dark, with ruby highlights evident along the sides of my pint glass as I hold it up to the light. One of the best things about this beer is its cocoa-like aroma, almost more reminiscent of baking chocolate. This isn't a very full-boded stout, which is probably one of the characteristics that puts into the dry category. The predominant flavor in this stout is chocolate malt, with a slightly roasted coffee finish accented by big bitter burst of hops. A superb silkly smooth mouthfeel adds to the whole experience. This is definitely one of my favorite stouts.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a nice head that falls and leaves a strong lacing. The smell is chocolately with a little coffee. Smooth and inviting. Taste is bitter chocolate with a nice coffee aftertaste. This is the hoppiest stout I've ever had, but it is from the west coast. The hops even out the flavor as you drink. Feels smooth in the mouth. It's a little different than the malty stouts I predominately try, but still very nice.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear light black color stout with a bigger then average creamy off-white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of coffee was pretty intense with some roasted malt. Coffee taste was not as dominant as I would have expected because of the aroma. Body is quite light with low carbonation. Hops level is definitely too low for my own taste. Not bad overall but a bit boring I guess.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend bought a six-pack of this since we both like North Coast Pranqster so much. It appears black in the tall mug that I poured it into, held against the light it is a very rich dark brown. This beer pours thick with a very thin mocha colored head that fades quickly leaving a fairy ring with some lacing as I drink it. The aroma is of dark chocolate and malty with a hint of coffee lurking in the shadows. It tastes full of roasted chocolate and caramel. The complexity of the flavor is really good but it comes off lacking something. I can’t put my finger on it really. It seems a bit thin in the mouthfeel and that may be it. It has the potential flavor but the body just doesn’t back it up. I can definitely drink more of this but it always makes me want to tweak with the recipe in my head, trying to make it better.

Photo of Higravity
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was oh so average. Nothing to see here folks move along. Black body topped with a slight tan head, giving way to some lacing. Smell is very muted, a little roastedness and coffee shine through. The taste is roasty coffee but it doesn't really finish dry and the body was too thin. I could drink this one again but I might be bored. Yawn, well on to the next one.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old #38 Stout

Appearance- Dark brown with a thick light brown head.
Smell- light roasted hops. Coffee and cocoa.
Taste- very light coffee blended with cocoa powder.
Mouthfeel- Watery. Smooth but the flavor seems too subdued.

Overall- a stout that is just on the edge of bursting with flavor but just doesn't quite go over the edge. Smooth and easy drinking.

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

Appearance: Eight-ball black with a well-formed, homogeneous, beige head.

Smell: Luscious chocolate, burnt espresso, woody elements, and a deeply hidden licorice tone. Smooth and bitter, with just a hint of raisiny fruitiness.

Taste: Pleasant but somewhat weak combination of milk chocolate, French roast, and citric hops. Finish is chocolatey and reminiscent of coffee grounds. This has a great, simple flavor, but it just needs a bit more punch. Probably a good crossover strout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and chewy with a bit of graininess, very nice.

Drinkability: Relatively light-bodied for a stout and low in alcohol, this is very drinkable, but would be even more so if it had a stronger flavor.

Photo of Drew966
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour from 12oz bottle with nice tan head. Taste has nice roasted malt taste, but also seems crisp for lack of a better description. Not a bad stout, but somehow I feel a bit disappointed with it. Definitely worth a try though. A bit lighter in taste perhaps than some of my favorites in this style.

Photo of DogFood11
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Anytime I see an offering from North Coast I haven't sampled its a no brainer to put it into the stable. This reminds me to make a point of planning a trip north for some great breweries soon.

Pour is easily manageable, Forms a big brown head that is meaty, chunky and clings to the glass, dries and forms crispies...damn nice, near perfect.

Lots of coffee, burnt aroma. Comes across with a nice woody burnt flavor that has a counterpunch of bitter hops. Bitterness is on the high end of the scale for a stout and it works well. charred taste lingers a bit and gives it a dry finish. Some chalkiness but nothing to hold back a fine brew.

Another winner from a fine brewery.

Photo of nlmartin
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer was poured into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer poured black with a ruby opaqueness to light. The beer head was light brown color very thick. The beer had major head retention. A road map of lace was left behind.

Smell: The smell was pretty straight forward small on chocolate and ok on coffee.

Taste: The beer was straight forward on taste little bits of chocolate playing with toasted and roasted malts and coffee. The hops played nicely and added to the pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This beer was light bodied and properly carbonated to add to the drinking experience.

Drinkability: This is a masterful easy drinking uncomplicated beer. This would be a perfectly sessionable beer.

Photo of riversider76
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice rich brown with a tan head. Smell was roasted,but sour. I was not crazy about the smell. Mouth feel is watery,with little carbionation, Taste was fairly light and roasted,with a slight hop kick. This beer looks much better than it tastes. It tastes better than it smells.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours big and black with a non-sticky head that will not quit, does not settle for a long time.

Smells like dark roasted malts and faint hops.

The initial taste leaves a giant brown stout mustache (over a goatee)- and I was raelly surprised at the watery mouthfeel and lack of carbonation here. There is a big was of liquid, with some roasted malt flavor, faint hop bitterness and also some faint sweetness.
This stuff reminds me of Guinness Stout but a bit less bitter, some sweetness and a touch more complex. It may be the quality of water, a different heft in pacific areas? A less mineral quality, slicker? Who really knows. It seems like another beer from this brewery has a similar feel, it must be intentional or unavoidable.

Altogether the thinness of this brew makes it quite refreshing, if nothing else, and more drinkable. I would be interested in trying this on tap, or the “imperial version.”

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a distinctly brown color, with a mediocre tan head that quickly subsided while my head was turned for a few moments to watch a Seinfeld episode.

Smell: Black malts and bittersweet chocolate lead with some toffee and floral hop notes lingering in the background. There's a slight sourness here.

Taste: An unmistakable roasted malt taste from beginning to end. A brief suggestion of chocolate, but its mostly just a coffee-like flavor throughout. Again, slightly sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Short, simple, and to the point. Not unlike this review itself. A rather thin body - thankfully the carbonation remains somewhat low. A very "easy" stout. Let me just finish with a joke. What do you get when you cross a baked potato with a


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

This brew pours a black color. The head is one-finger in height with a speckled off white and light tan color. Lacing is fairly good. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, more roasted malt and a lot more chocolate. There is a lot more aroma than I would expect from an Irish dry stout. The taste is the same as the aroma; roated malt with chocolate tones. In general the taste is mellow. Not mellow in that it is lacking or faint, because it is flavoful, Instead, I mean mellow in that it is simple and relaxing. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with perhaps a bit too much carbonation. Overall, this is a very solid beer, and a hell of a lot better than Guinness.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is just an alright stout at best. Pours to a dark brown, not quite on the verge of blackness. Has a nice creamy tan head which doesn't lace too well, but sticks around for quite some time. Looks good, if not a tad bit light for a stout.

The smell is a bit lacking. A little bit of gently roasted chocolate malt. Not much else.

The taste is decent, though slightly metallic it seems. Has a gentle roast with a bit of smoke and chocolate. Has a cheap malt aftertaste. I'm thinking maybe DMS (kind of cooked veggie in the late finish).

The finish is quite dry with a huge bitter lingering on the back of the tongue. Strange, since I can't particularly taste hops in this stout. This is not a beer I will be purchasing again. Unfortunately this beer is nothing compared to Old Rasputin, which isn't available around here.

Photo of Bcant
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany color with dark brown head that falls fast, but that’s ok for this style beer. Dark chocolate dominated bouquet. Strong roasted flavor, some hopped dryness and sweet malt notes. The mouth feel is really very nice. Both chewy and slick but finishes very dry and refreshing. Not the most complex or bold stout on the market but defiantly one that could that could be drunk right after another.

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

this is a stout i'm somewhat been looking for. i hate to compare to guinness, but isn't that the standard. it's like a guinness, but add a few extras here and there.
looks are similar but just as nice. great head.
smells are similar, but a bit more defined, roasted malt and a bit more in the toffee arena.
taste is where this beer takes off. tastes great. not the bitter tinge that you get with G, but a bit more mellow and smooth, almost a sweet tough.
creamy and thick, just like it should be. try this beer, if you need a stout. and, in the bottle, even.


Photo of far333
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mahogany colored with ruby highlights coming through the edges. Light brown head rises up and falls quickly, exposing an aroma of sassafras and brown sugar, followed by powdery sweet cocoa. Taste is darker and more pungent than the aroma suggests. It's very even without any flavors taking over - semisweet chocolate followed by bitter espresso, followed by charred wood, with nuances of molasses and brown sugar. An understated hop bitter rides beneath, providing a good contrast to the other flavors. A bitter smoke lingers. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, full and round. Very drinkable for my tastes. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending this one along.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’m a big Old Rasputin fan, so I had to give this a whirl.

Pours a dark brown that still lets through plenty of light. The beer in the glass lets through just a little light giving it a mysterious glow. Very nice.

Smells much like a brown ale but with a very crisp roasted smell. It also smells just a tad sour. Again, very nice.

Tastes fantastic! There’s a prominent, yet delicate coffee roast to this, but with all the malty flavors of a brown ale. There’s also some brown sugar, and perhaps… is it peach?

The mouth feel really fills up my mouth with a slick heavy body coupled with a subtle carbonation.

What a fantastic beer! Nothing like Old Rasputin, but equally impressive. This is another fine beer from the North Coast Brewing Company. I really need to get out to California.

Photo of wcudwight
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black with some red hues when held to the light. 1/2 inch head that dissapates within a minute. Sides of glass covered in lace with each sip.
S: Early morning strong black coffee, which I like.
T: The forementioned coffee. The hops seem more pronounced in this stout than others I've tried. It has a bitterness to it. Also noticable roasted malt flavors. The taste would be rated higher except it leaves a lasting lead aftertaste.
M: Very crisp
D: Again would be rated higher if it wasn't for that lead aftertaste.
Overall a good beer. There are better choices out there but I wouldn't turn this one down. Especially if your looking for a more bitter stout.

Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,140 ratings.