Old Plowshare Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
86
very good
155 Reviews
Old Plowshare StoutOld Plowshare Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by hyuga on 10-01-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
186
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.7%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
1
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
firstprev| 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175  | next → last
Reviews: 155 | Ratings: 186
Photo of allengarvin
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Ploughshare, on pour, is a deep, ruby-red tinted beer with small, thin coat of foam across the top. Aroma is somewhat faint, mostly roasted, bready malt. Lots more roastiness at taste, along with moderately-high bittering hops. I can't detect any hop flavor. Finishes dry with a lingering taste of toasted malt. Medium-bodied, fairly carbonated.

Nothing bad here, but nothing stands out either. I admit stouts are not my favorite style, but I can't see any reason to buy this again.

 489 characters

Photo of silver0rlead
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an ebony shade with hints of ruby when held to the light and a thick, frothy tan head thjat retains well. The aroma is begins with a big roasted character, along with some chocolate, coffee, molasses, grassy hops and some toasted bread. The taste has a big roasted flavor also, with some unsweetenend chocolate, coffee, toasted bread, light grassy hops and a light molasses sweetness. The mouthfeel is spot on for the style, not too light or heavy and the drinkability is quite good. Overall i thought this was a very good dry stout, drinkable yet flavorful.

 564 characters

Photo of GClarkage
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

10/26/05- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Odd garnet coloring in the pour. Very bright color for a stout. Large one inch large bubbled head which leaves no lace.

Smell- Fairly dark malt scent with a bit of choc and a bit of coffee.

Taste- Bitter in the hops department, but really no strong flavors that stand out. Sure, there is some bittersweet chocolate and a little coffee, but the flavors don't stand out. They are just kinda there.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonated for a stout. I mean wayyyy too much. Hard to consume.

Drinkability- The worst effort so far that I have had from North Coast. A bit disappointed for sure. I need me a Old Rasputain to wash away this pain.

 793 characters

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

Bottle Inspection: Certified Organic, 5.7% abv., another of the North Coast offerings celebrating the 25th anniversary of Whole Foods. Ingredients listed: Water, organic malt, hops. Guess yeast just isn’t needed.

Aroma: Chicory coffee mixed in a classic stout smell. A bit rough, but bracing.

Appearance: Some clarity to a blackish, dark brown ruby glass. Tan head gave no lace.

Flavor: Bitter from both the coffee and the hops, chocolate malt added some complexity, but overall this is a straight-forward brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a touch heavy.

Overall Impression: Very drinkable, but nothing I’ll crave.

 627 characters

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

This is a certified organic beer that was made exclusively for sale at the Whole Foods grocery chain by North Coast. The North Coast website has it listed as a Irish Dry Stout (or Celtic-Style dry stout to be specific).

Black brew with reddish hues and a mid-sized off-white head that retains pretty well. Nice looking beer.

Roasty chocolate aroma, reminds me a bit of nutty coffee.

Bittersweet roasty chocolate is my first impression of the flavor. Nice and hoppy too, a bit leafy and perhaps earthy. The chocolate character isn't really big all the way through, it's more roasted grain, or coffee-like. Finish is certainly dry and hoppy, but has a hint of sweetness.

Good naturally creamy mouthfeel. It's nice to have this style without nitro for once.

I'm pretty impressed with this one. I wish I had opted for a 4-pack of this instead of a single. I think it's a very good example of the style, and could become my favorite within it.

 954 characters

firstprev| 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175  | next → last
Old Plowshare Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe