Old #38 Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,252 Ratings
Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout
BEER INFO

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

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
53 IBUs

Added by kbub6f on 10-18-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,252
Reviews:
663
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
Wants:
66
Gots:
89
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serviceable pleasant stout, with roast in nose. Dark black, roasted barley and chicory and some sourness in finish, and chocolate bar sugar and bit of chocolate malt. No complaints with this brewery. Medium mouthfeel, with biscuit crumbs. Dry aftertaste.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 2 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a small cap. Nice chunky rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, coffee beans, and some slight cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa powder, and some vanilla flavors. A mild roasty aftertaste sticks around after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. A bit on the thin side though. Overall, this is a good stout with a very nice set of roasty, coffee, and chocolate flavors.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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

a really standard product, as normal as a bottle of stout can be, but it is well made and very drinkable. pours coffee colored dark brown, letting just a hint of light in, fair off white head that fades out. smells nice and roasty. flavor is well balanced and tastes stronger than it is. pretty dry finish as well. mouthfeel is good, full bodied but not filling and heavy. just enough carbonation, crisp for a stout. overall not something id rush to buy again, but a stout i am happy to drink anytime.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Knapp85
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out like a typical Irish Stout, the black body with a tan thick head. The head had some pretty good retention and stuck around for a little while. The smell of the beer was of old leather and earth. Some roasted burnt notes as well. The taste was kind of metallic... Not really what I was thinking it'd be like. I was kind of turned off by the taste of this beer completely. Perhaps it was a bad batch but I just couldn't get over how much I disliked the taste of this beer. Everything else was pretty good here.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that died down but never completely faded away, leaving a thin head covering the surface and webs of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of chocolate malts in the nose along with some notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and does not have much in the way of perceptible bitterness. For this reason, there are some faint hints of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied and airy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slight hints of smoothness become evident as the beer warms up. Some dryness is present in the finish.
O: This beer is extremely drinkable given its light body. I would definitely consider this to be sessionable because it has some nice flavors and I wouldn't mind drinking more than one of these during a single sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Aroma: dominant chocolate with a good dose of coffee, and roastedness. A slight hint of dark, tart fruits (plumbs or cherries) and licorice. Sweet caramel malts throughout.
Appearance: Almost completely black. Just under syrupy in the pour. Nice off white to golden head. compact bubbles form a 1 inch head that remains chuncky and thick.
Taste: Again, dominant bitter sweet chocolates laced with roasted coffee. All balanced nicely with sweetness of malt, caramels, vanillas. A full, well rounded stout that introduces a mild tartness in the body that lingers through the finish. Low to no hop flavor or bittering.
Aftertaste: leaves mouth a bit sweet and tacky. Lingering hints of coffee and chocolate. Again, a bit tart.
Impression: understandibly a winter beer. Chocolates make it a beer that would nicely conclude any meal.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly translucent dark brown color with a rather unimpressive head that reveals the brown liquid beneath with rapidity

Smell: Roasted malt and chocolate

Taste: Chocolate, up front, with a developing roasty taste that adds some hop elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate comes back to the front; the finish is dry and somewhat crisp

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation; rather thin for the style

Overall: A pleasant enough beer but the mouthfeel and flavor need to be bigger to get better marks from me

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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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a jet black color with a foamy, tan, three finger head. It left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of coffee, oatmeal, toasty malt and nuts.

T - It tasted of oatmeal, roasted malt and a burnt toastiness.

M - It was dry and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a really good stout, although it seems more like an Oatmeal Stout than an Irish Dry. Still it was very good.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours very dark brown, almost black color; with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, light char, toast, molasses, raisin, toffee, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity; decent strength. Taste of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, light char, molasses, toffee, light raisin, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of cocoa, chocolate, roasted malt, toast, molasses, toffee, light raisin, and earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted flavors with some light fruitiness; with good robustness, and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, chalky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good dry stout style. Good balance and complexity of nicely robust flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering; but I probably got an old bottle judging by the fruitiness and molasses notes.

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

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown head that sit atop a black body with no light showing through. The head settles down rapidly but leaves reasonable lace.

S - Light notes of licorice and roasted malt with a bit of caramel.

T - Caramel and molasses up front with a hint of pine hops. More dark malt in the middle as notes of chocolate and roasted grain begin to come out. It finishes with bittersweet chocolate and some burnt caramel flavor as well as moderate hop bitterness. Licorice and some charred carbon notes linger on the palate after the beer is gone.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - A well made stout, its flavor profile isn't particularly dark for the style, but it has enough roasted character to give it a very nice dark chocolate character in the finish. The gaps are filled in with dark malt that brings notes of molasses and licorice to the table as well as a bit of caramel. Like all of North Coast's offerings, this is a solid beer that is free of flaws and enjoyable.

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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
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