Old Plowshare Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Plowshare StoutOld Plowshare Stout
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Old Plowshare StoutOld Plowshare Stout

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hyuga on 10-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a frothy khaki head. Smells quite sweet and malty. Hops are evident. Hints of coffee, lightly astringent.

Tastes of sweet malt and bitter coffee. Very bitter coffee, unpleasantly so. A bit haphazard in the flavor, things just don't mesh well. An unpleasant coffee ground taste in the finish and aftertaste. A bit thin. Not that great.

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

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights, topped by a pretty half-inch creamy tan head (adjective overload). Aroma of roasted malt with some milk chocolate and espresso. Palate is slightly sweet up front, developing a more roasty character towards the finish. Hints of dark chocolate and dark, strong espresso come through the malty backbone. Finish is roasty, yet also has some hoppy bitterness. Body is smooth and creamy, but just a tad thin. Not bad, but kind of rough around the edges.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass translucent blackish brown with a brown head which rose well and fell to lace the glass.

The aroma was chocolate with expresso. Also present was a nice caramel aroma and a light fruitiness. As the beer warmed and the head fell some roasty and smoky character emerged.

The flavor was nicely done with a dark chocolate and coffee, expresso, flavor. Some caramel character was present but it did not add sweetness to this dry brew. The bittering was earthy and it's presence with the dark grains led to the dryness.

The finish was dry with lasting earhty hop presence and bittering and coffee long and pleasant into the aftertaste. The body was not quite medium but well done for a dry stout. A nice beer, can drink this one without issue. The alcohol is a bit on the high side for a dry stout, but this one is well done.

12 ounce bottle. USDA organic and brewed only for Whole Foods.

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

12 ounce brown bottle purchased at Whole fods market in greenwich Ct. Pours almost black with a tan head, showing moderate retentive powers. leaves middle of the road spotty lacing. Nose is of a musty burlap bag and some coffee. Medium bodied stout, moderate roasted notes and slight burnt notes. some slick , oily and licorish hints also picked up. Decent, if not anything special stout, decent sessioner.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not a very picturesque Irish Dry Stout. Pours black/brown with a twinge of ruby. Initially, a vigorous head, but it eventually bids farewell leaving being only a skimpy membrane of tan bubbles. Certified Organic? Well, that's a relief!

Smell: The aroma is full of dry chocolate malt and sweetened coffee.

Taste: Tastes, however sparingly, of bittersweet chocolate marked by flavors of cold coffee and mild bitterness. Obligatory dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A bit thin and light-bodied, but extremely drinkable and well-balanced. I could easily tackle the rest of the 4-pack if I was so inclined.

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Photo of beerinator
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, but certainly not black. Off white head lingered a bit and then faded back into the beer. Retention is good.

Aroma: Roasty, burnt coffee snorts up the nose. The initial aromas are roasty, but there is some sweet malt and a bit of chocolate smell that fills the nose.

Taste: The flavor starts a bit roasty, but the taste finishes sweet with a bit of burned bitterness. The mouthfeel is solid, but not exceedingly full. The caramel sweetness is there, but the bitterness seems to keep it in check.

Notes: Balanced roasty beer. This doesn't look like a dry irish style, but it does have many of the flavors of it. Good beer, especially if you plan to drink more than two.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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