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Old Plowshare Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Old Plowshare StoutOld Plowshare Stout
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3.83/5
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186 Ratings
Old Plowshare StoutOld Plowshare Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hyuga on 10-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,916
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
186
pDev:
10.7%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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Photo of snaotheus
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Looks dark but not black, thin brown head. A little light gets through around the edges. Smells dark and bitter with some chocolate and coffee.

Taste is very pleasant -- surprisingly sweet, but balanced with the same bitterness that you can detect in the smell. Chocolate is even stronger in the taste. The sweetness makes me think of molasses.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a stout, but pleasant. Very drinkable stout.

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Photo of bcsbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dsa7783
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Short, fat, stout, single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine and More in Union for $1.99...
"Organic stout" on the front logo sticker...
Most of North Coast's stuff is usually pretty good, so I expected the same from this sample...
Pours a engine-oil, jet-black hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon dissipated and left a minimal amount of lacing...
Rich cocoa and espresso aroma coming through along with enticing mocha nuances...
Taste paid homage to the smell, with a warm suggestion of rich latte, dark espresso, and chocolate factors thrown into the mix...
Mouthfeel was decent, but slightly more watered-down than I had anticipated...
Easy drinkability due to the lack of any cloying factors present and relatively modest 5.7% ABV...
Decent stuff...
Worth a shot...

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Appearance: Clear deep amber brown, with a large, persistent tan head, thick patchy glass-coating lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Rich, roasted coffee aroma, with lesser notes of bitter cocoa. The coffee presence is very, very strong.

Taste: Rich roasted coffee flavor from start to finish, with slight undercurrents of bitter cocoa, earth, and smoke. Late in the taste there is a faint herbal hop presence. The finish is a bit dry, with a lingering charcoal note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, decent body, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasing, though unspectacular example, quite drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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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 Metalmonk
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Without much effort this poured a huge light-tan head, creamy and rocky, and the color isn't as typically opaque as most stouts. Light gets through easily and reveals a deep ruby shade. Head reduces, of course, but retention is good, and there's plenty of lace left on the glass.

Aroma is steamed milk, dark baking chocolate, malted milk balls, hints of date and fig, coffee grounds. Doesn't tantalize the nostrils as much as it tickles them in a nice subtle way.

The flavor is a letdown compared to the aroma. It's enjoyable enough but lacks the depth of the aroma. It's almost all roasted dark grains, giving a nutty and rough coffee-like bitterness. A slight lactic element provides a little backup, and there's more coffee in the finish. But that coffee flavor is more Folgers than something on the gourmet end of the spectrum. A simplistic flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, but it spreads out nice and airy on the tongue, also provides a pinch of carbonation, all that keeping it from feeling too watery.

Pretty good, but nothing I'm dying to try again. Like Flying Dog, North Coast always excels with their big beers while their more "sessionable" brews aren't as spectacular.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast- Old Plowshare

Appearance- Dark ruby red brown with a thick cola like head. Heavy lacing though.
Smell- Smooth creamy coffee with a touch of cocoa powder.
Taste- Light french vanilla coffee heavy on the cream. Light touch of cocoa in the end.
Mouthfeel- Smooth throughout with a touch of dry bitterness in the end, otherwise creamy smooth.

Overall- Nevermind the organic label on this 1. It's mighty tasty. This is easily a session stout.
Once again North Coast doesn't dissappoint.

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Photo of JohnK17
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.39. Hadn't previously seen this one before. I'm always a bit dubious of organic beers. While I applaud the use of organic ingredients, I've yet to have an organic beer that has impressed me.

This poured a dark cola color with a very thin light tan head that dropped quickly. Spotty lace, with one odd strand that looked like an upside down map of Italy.

The smell of this beer is dominated by the malt. There's a sweet chocolaty scent that increases as the beer warms, but there's also an oversized burnt malt scent that comes across as a bit crude, or raw, smelling. As the beer warms, it melds a little, but the raw grain odor does remain noticeable.

The taste is more mild than I would have thought from the smell. The raw grain from the nose is there, but it has a slightly more coffee-ish flavor, though it's coffee that could use some beefing up. There's also a chocolatey sweetness that is subordinate to the burnt malts, and a slight hoppy bitterness at the swallow.

Definitely too thin for a stout, though not to an undrinkable degree. A little more body, and this might seema bit richer than it is.

An ok beer, not the worst, by any means, but I'm lucky enough to have numerous superior stout choices to call upon. I'm still looking for that organic beer that impresses me.

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Photo of Crosling
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Different, multi-dimensional dry stout aroma, which gives hints of espresso and coffee, but also a nice variety of fruits and chocolate. Nearly opaque black color, with a thin but lovely colored light tan head. Flavor brings a medley of rich malts into play, which bring several different flavor characteristics. Really rich body as well. Impressive beer.

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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 Offa
2.4/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a sub-par stout, sharp and rough.

In appearance, it's almost black, faintly reddish brown with a very large tan head steadily shrinking to a smaller, lasting head and leaving a tiny bit of weak lace.

The aroma is fairly good overall and rather full, with chocolate, coffee, lightly burnt roasted grain and wood, smokey prunes and fruit.

The taste, thoughm, disappoints. Ok at first, it rapidly deteriorates. It starts off with decent but rather vague, weak chocolate, coffee, a roastiness that is strong but still pretty smooth, light sweetness and light spicey bitterness. However, it goes downhill and rapidy gets worse as it warms. It becomes more pungently and sharply spicey, very acridly peppery, with a strong, sharp fermented prune quality, yet lacks the body and depth to carry any of this. I can see how someone might like this but I find it barely drinkable, rough, with the character thin, weak, unbalanced in every respect, the qualities failing to marry well.

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Photo of atsprings
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a not-quite opaque deep brown almost black with a thin off-white head, the beer showed decent ruby highlights when held up to light. The roasty aroma was evident from arms length while pouring the beer, even more evident when held to the nose. Fresh-brewed coffee and milk chocolate are also present making one of the most fragrant brews I've come across in a long time. The taste is also a great balance of flavors. This was much better than I was expecting from an organic stout. The beer is medium bodied with low carbonation. This one would make for a great session on a cold winter night.

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Photo of stephens101
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This very dark brown brew is topped with a thick and fluffy tan head which sticks for a bit and slowly recedes. A fairly thick stripe is left behind right above the brew. Coffee notes are floating to my nose before I even go to take a whiff, and that's very promising. Closer inspection reveals a good clean nutty character, some subtle sweet malts, a bit of burnt sugar and a distant astringency. A little sweetness hits the tongue initially, but is quickly followed by more coffee, roasted nuts, dark chocolate and even bubblegum. Clean, and a bit creamy, but dry around the edges going down. Not quite heavy in the body, and drinks a bit more like a porter in my opinion. Well-made brew, and I would not have guessed it was organic without it being noted on the label.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color-when held to the light it is a deep, deep mahognay color-nice tight tan head. Slight sulfury aroma-slight hints of chocolate and toasted malt. Good roasted flavor. Flavor seems to come more from the roasted malts them any hops. Good body with a great thirst quenching dryness. Quite the nice stout-could be an all night session beer for me. Another great product from North Coast.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky but somewhat boring middle brown color with a thin cap of head. Nose is faint but pleasant with sweet notes and rich coffee well mixed. Not terribly exciting overall but that's the profile for NC's organiics thusfar.

Taste is surprisingly dry and rich with heavy roasted notes alongside the coffee. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy but stretched densely with carbonation that hinders the taste and enjoyment of it quite a bit. I wouldn't turn it down if offered but there are far better stouts for your cash than this.

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

Pours with a barely see thru eggplant hue with a settled head cap, leaving no lace in the glass.

Aroma is a toasted malt and slightly smoky with a hint of cocoa.

First swigs: Cocoa sweet and toasted almost burnt malt. Smooth cream texture. Suggestion of vanilla ans light black coffee. Full flavored coffee and toasted malt.

Zesty carbonation and a medium mouthfeel. Fizzy feel.

Last swigs: Quite impressive how this is organic and full flavored. Approachable and tasy. Decent version for the style.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.99/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of proteus93 - thanks!!! Poured my share into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, with some nice lacing, an average-retention one-finger tan head. Not bad at all, and the lacing in particular is

Aroma: Agitation reveals a hollow, shallow chocolatey note, some toasted malts ... almost like a spent coffee filter, unfortuantely.

Taste: Ok, first, there are a few lightly diluted coffee notes, faint toasty malts note, and a faint hop bitterness. But, there are also a lot of V8 mango peach notes in here, and that's just not cool. Not cool.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, but largely watery, a little fluffy, but minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Not so hot, really. Watery, spent coffee-grounds, eh, but the alcohol is well-hidden and of a reasonable level. Still, not too impressed with the flavors in this one. Not recommended.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Solid white head sits atop a black bodied brew with a reddish outside ring when held to the light. traces of lacing.

Lately for some reason I just like to get to the point of a review which is the overall view of the product. Not bad at all. For someone that likes a mild roasted/toasted chocolaty malt presence and more of a blended brew with some bitter hop background this is it. Malts tended to be slightly smoked and it was rather hop heavy all considered. Light mouthfeel with some lingering dryness in the late late finish.

Never understood the whole "organic" thing considering there are alot of brews that don't advertise this quality and are yet still organic.

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Photo of HopStoopid120
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Being a vegetarian and natural foods lover...it's cool to see a fully organic stout. Kudos to North Coast for brewing this one up. Pours from the stubby bottle into my glass a dark black with streaks of deep red. A half inch of bubbly tan head appears and slowly falls. When held up to the light it becomes almost transparent with a burnt sienna hue. Aromas of roasted dark grains with burnt cocoa and an undercurrent of mellow brewed coffee. Maybe a touch of dark fruits lurkin in there. Pretty nice, yet fairly standard.

First sip brings a fairly dry roasty maltiness on the roof of the mouth. Burnt, almost smoky tones emerge with a dash of cocoa and a touch of bitter coffee. I get an interesting fruitiness throughout drinking this brew. It finishes with just a touch of hops and a lingering roasty husky malt. An enjoyable dry stout with the added bonus of all organic ingredients.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice creaminess...I would like to see a little more body, but as is it makes for easy drinking. I could see having a few of these no problem...it could become my organic session stout! My thanks to beerinator for passing this one off to me. Always good to try something new from North Coast.

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Old Plowshare Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 186 ratings
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