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Old #38 Stout - North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout

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1,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.23%
Wants: 38
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 dmfrench


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

Quintessential but perhaps slightly thin Irish Dry

A: Extremely dark ruby brown body, though you would only know it by holding it to a light. A standard pour generates a fine, somewhat persistent, one and a half finger light mocha colored head.

S: Baker's chocolate and light roast espresso predominate... there is a slight acidic hop edge and perhaps just a hint of dark fruit.

T: Quintessential Irish Dry... follows the nose very closely with bitter chocolate and coffee... hopping is more apparent, though it is still tasted as an acidic edge rather than a distinct entity.. Flavors aren't terribly potent, and the finish is on the short side.

M: Perhaps a bit thin, but perhaps I've been drinking too much enormous RIS lately. I think a bit creamier body would help, though this is North Coast...

D: The lack of creaminess leaves me not exactly begging for that next sip, but it's definitely a pleasant drinking experience.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:02:40 | More by dmfrench
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2002 20:44:19 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of mostpoetsdo

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark reddish brown, big tan head and leaves behind some nice lacing.

S: Coffee and burnt malt.

T: Chocolate and malty up front, followed by a bitter coffee aftertaste.

M: Smooth and creamy, not too thick at all, but almost a little thin.

D: Very high, very delicious.

North Coast has yet to disappoint me.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 23:43:21 | More by mostpoetsdo
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 14, 2013.

It pours mainly dark brown with a small, short-lasting beige head. But I see some reddish hues glistening around the bottom of the glass.

The aroma is of chocolate malts, smoke. coffee, and perhaps butterscotch...or is that caramel? But it does exhibit a mixture of smoke and sweetness on the nose.

The body is thin to medium, which was probably its least enjoyable aspect.

The taste is more sweet and malty than the nose might suggest with muted coffee but more forward malts and butterscotch. Low bitterness. A very quaff-able beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 00:34:43 | More by puboflyons
Photo of tmm313


3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Black with slight brown around the edges. Poured a nice 2 finger head with awesome lacing.

S- I got a big burst of caramel right after it was poured. From there, it added hints of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Seemed to weaken as it warmed.

T- Roasted malts, baker's chocolate, coffee, caramel, a touch of spicy hop, and some bready notes. Roast grew stronger as it warmed.

M- On the lighter side of medium. Not overly drying. Pretty good carbonation.

O- I could definitely drink this if it were offered, but I'm just not the biggest fan of thinner stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2014 23:40:17 | More by tmm313
Photo of Flounder57


3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown/black color with grow with no vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank.

Smell: roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and a little bready.

Taste: chocolate, toffee, caramel, a little smoke, roasted coffee, and a little bready.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little dry, low carbonation, and light to medium bodied. Very easy to drink and very enjoyable.

Overall: At 5.6%, this beer has a lot of flavor. A solid put together Irish dry stout. Grab me another.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 03:26:29 | More by Flounder57
Photo of magictrokini


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

Why would anyone have a Guinness when they can drink this beer? Great dark brown color with a thick tan head. Burnt chocolate aroma with matching flavor. Bittersweet and smoky, with a good chunk of dark and milk chocolate thrown in for an incredible combination.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 22:37:51 | More by magictrokini
Photo of tempest


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

I don't about the style, but this certainly is a tasty beer. I got big milk and dark chocolate flavors along with chocolate grains and an aroma to match. There's a medium body with a balancing bitterness and touch of citrus hops flavor. Overall this is a great dessert beer and I'd love to see a coffee version of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 17:31:05 | More by tempest
Photo of barefootbrewer


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

This beer poured a black color with a 1” head. The smell is sweet and a somewhat floral. The taste is roasted, caramel, malty and the hops were noticeable. The mouthfeel is medium to full. Overall, this is a tasty brew that seems to go down easy – I swear I just had a full glass here!

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 14:16:31 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of megahurts4


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

North Coast Old No.38 Stout

Appearance: very dark brown, small head, and a little lacing.

Smell: vanilla, chocolate, and cocoa.

Taste: roasted grain, chocolate, and a light hop.

Mouthfeel: light.

This has some good aromas and flavors in a light body.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 06:57:16 | More by megahurts4
Photo of PieOhMy


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A Black. Foamy. Tan head that fades slow.

S Chocolate. Roasted malts. Burnt sugar. Banana. Mocha.

T Very much coffee up front yet not overpowering. Toasted cereal grains. Malts. A little bitter. Closes with a nice lemon pepper zest.

M Bready. Thick, full, chewy. A little bit bready but finishes clean and refreshing (especially for a beer this thick).

O Nice stout. Reminds me of a fuller but toned down Extra Foreign Stout. Coffee is there but it doesn't floor you. Bitterness is there but not overpowering. A little zesty but not off-putting. Everything is pretty subtle but noticeable. If you get the chance to try this you should take it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2013 04:08:42 | More by PieOhMy
Photo of TMoney2591


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

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Firkin.

No controversy surrounding the number here, Jack! It pours into a Guinness-esque cascade, which settles out into a sleek black-brown topped by a finger-and-a-half of light tan foam. Quite lovely, I should say. The nose is somewhat weak, comprising light roasted malts, very light cocoa, and a hint of maple syrup. The taste does not deviate too far from this, holding notes of mild roasted malts, dark chocolate, a touch of espresso, and a vague feeling of gingerbread at the finish. The nitro allows everything to coalesce and slide about in an unassuming manner. The body is a sleek medium, with a light and comforting nitrogenation and a consequently ridiculously smooth feel. Overall, a nice little Irish stout. Were this always on nitro, I'd have a solid go-to when all other taps fail.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-27-2010 17:56:32 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of flexabull


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

Pours a very dark brown, almost flat black, with a nice big tan head.

Aromas are of dark fruits, cereal grains, and some cocoa.

Taste is very creamy and kind of sweet. Some bitter bakers chocolate, coffee, and dark almost burnt sugars. Finish is has a light earthy pine note and a general chocolate like note.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, full, smooth, and thick. Maybe a little thin in the finish though.

Drinkability is nice. Not sure this fits in the Irish Dry Style, seems to be more of an American Stout. Definitely errs of the session side though, light in alcohol and not overpowering in flavors. Tasty and goes down easy, all in all... a nice drinkable stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 04:51:02 | More by flexabull
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

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

Nice beer.

Apparently, this beer has quite a reputation... I've read about it before I even drank it, and that's out here on the east coast.

It pretty much has all of the characteristics of a nice Irish dry stout. It's dry, roasted, and bitter. However, I like the way it has a light sweetness and toffee taste to offset the bitterness.

Appearance was nice, and left a nice cream lacing down the sides of the glass.

This is a very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 21:18:51 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of SafeAtFirst


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

Pours nearly black with a ruby edge and a frothy tan head. Aroma has hints of coffee, cocoa, and some citric hops. Not an overwhelming nose, but a pleasant one.

Dry roasted notes with a touch of figs and chocolate in the middle that leads into a dry finish with touch of a citric tanginess to it. Flavor fades fast with little to no aftertaste. There's enough carbonation to to give a creamy mouth feel thats a little on the light side.

This is a good sipping stout that would make a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 02:38:09 | More by SafeAtFirst
Photo of matty


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

Pitch black colored beer with a slowly fading creamy head.Aroma is chocolate.Taste is smoked malts,coffee and cocoa.Smooth and creamy goes down like silk.Like most stouts very enjoyable and flavorful.I highly recommend and would gladly purchase again!!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 05:12:14 | More by matty
Photo of oelergud


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

Deep ruby almost opaque body with low carbonation. Light brown head mostly tiny bubbles with a few small/medium here and there.
Decent lace, Retention not as good as the head quickly
Roasted coffee beans and hops in the nose. Some raisen and malt.
Taste is roasted coffee beans in a pleasant dry and hoppy mix. Some smoked flavor, a little dark chocolate and a faint citric hint. Aftertaste lingers well.
Medium to full body. A little coating and a dry finish.
Good drinkability could even be a session brew.


Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 23:33:27 | More by oelergud
Photo of DoubleJ


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Stubby 12 ounce bottle from Tom's Farm, on to the beer:

Opaque appearance with chocolate ruby brown hues on the edges and a short head on top. Breathe in...yummy...chocolate! Bits of brown sugar lava cake poking through. To the taste we go...mellow, sweet, mello, sweet. The carbonation is a bit much upfront. but for the taste, semi-sweet chocolate and hops are the way it's rolling. Coffee is found in the lingering aftertaste. Very pleasant to drink on.

My only complaint is the carbonation level is wound up too high. Model it after the flavor; let it mellow.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 02:41:28 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Applesauce1


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

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

Serving type: bottle

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


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

Stubby brown (non-twist off cap) bottle - no freshness date.

A bit darker than cola color with a healthy 1" beige head. Nice lacing.

Pleasant aroma of sturdy roasted malts, Wonderful mocha cappuccino notes along with toasted almonds. Sweet, rich and roasty!

Nice crispness from the hops comes right through. Burnt/roasted dark malts are evident along with a dark chocolate & coffee undercurrent. The coffee flavors build in the long, somewhat bitter, flavorful finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated for a stout. The medium body is highlighted by the generous use of hops, making its finish amply dry and enjoyable.

Drinkability is very good, especially due to the wonderful late blooming coffee flavors.

A good stout all around. Very impressive thick dense head for a non-nitro stout. Enjoyable late blooming flavors (again) that take the flavor profile to another level. West coast version of a Bell's Kalamazoo Stout perhaps?

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2005 01:21:35 | More by malty
Photo of scruffwhor


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

Pours a stong, lively light brown head that recedes to thin island of foam, but some ok tan lacing hugging the glass. Black to dark brown in color with a little viscocity. Great roasted malt, bitter chocolate and coffee aroma. All subtle but undeniabley there. Starts with dark roasted malts that take on an aire of chocolatey sweetness. The middle gets a bit creamy. While the finish is burt then leavesa bloody aftertaste. The palate oasted, well integrated and sessionable. Plenty of flavor and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 05:42:18 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

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

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours an almost opaque black with a thin off-white diminishing head. Aroma is a nice mix of fresh ground coffee, roasted malts and powdered cocoa. The taste is all the roasted malts I'd expect from a stout with traces of espresso and lingering bitter cocoa. The beer is light to medium bodied with smooth carbonation. This is an enjoyable textbook stout to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 23:37:21 | More by atsprings
Photo of tonistruth


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 22:56:39 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of drizzam


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

A - Pours with a dark brown body, topped by a fluffy tan two finger head. Excellent head retention and generous lacing.

S - Plenty of toasted malt and dark chocolate in the nose. Smells delicious.

T & M - Those roasted malts are forefront, followed by a dark bitter chocolate and some hops rounding things out. The hop presence is bigger than I would have expected and it lends a bitter dryness to the end of this brew. Medium bodied mouthfeel, maybe a bit light for a stout.

D - A very tasty brew, if it was between this or Guinness, I would drink this hands down any day of the week. An easy drinker and a good example of the style. I would love to try this on Nitro...think that would add a creaminess to the brew that would make it phenomenal!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:49:14 | More by drizzam
Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.