Old #38 Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,256 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:
1,256
Reviews:
664
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
10.97%
 
 
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68
Gots:
90
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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

undated 12 oz bottle served in a Porter Bar goblet.

A: Pours with a well-proportioned, creamy tan head. The liquid pours dark brown and somewhat clear, but is essentially opaque and nearly black in the glass. As the head settles, the glass gets partially coated with sticky lace.

S: The nose features dark roasted grains, of course, but also has a considerable note of spicy hops, as well as hints of toffee and vanilla.

T: Fine dark roasted malt flavor, with no burnt elements. The hops are way less evident in the flavor but a great sweet/bitter balance is obtained. Hints of chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and vanilla, with some hop spiciness coming through.

M: full body, and very creamy, with an excellent level of carbonation. An inevitable warming from the high ABV. [4.25]

O: an exceptional stout; well worth seeking out. [4.25]

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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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with reddish highlights and a full foamy tan head that holds well and leaves very good spider-web lace throughout the entire glass. The aroma is of sweet caramel malt, cocoa, and some roastiness. The body is medium-light and the mouthfeel is nicely creamy. The flavor starts with cocoa and toffee up front, becoming very chocolatey with a slight acidity as it crosses the palate, ending with swirling flavors of nuttiness, cocoa and biscuit, and eventually finishing with drying bitterness and a residual bittersweet chocolate note.

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Photo of oberon
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours very well dark with ruby tinges,does have nice caramel color head.Nice roasty smell,with chocolate and coffee in it as well,what a good stout should smell like.I do agree with a few others in saying it is a little thin and weak for the style,taste to me doesnt match the smell.A little bitterness in the ending salvaged this one for me.Nothing great but not horrible either.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice dry easy drinking stout hopefully.

Pours a big darker almost mocha colored creamy frothy thick 2 finger head that fades slwoly with lots of layers of lacing, super dark color, just about jet black with faint hints of black light sneaking through.

NOse brings nice dark malts, mocha and cocoa, little cocoa dust, mild creamy chocolate, hint of roast, some caramel and toasty brown malts, a little vanilla flavored coffee little coffee roast.

Taste brings creamy malts, creamy brown malts with nice toasty malts, little caramel and toffee, fair sweetness, into a mild roasty note, little coffee, vanilla flavored coffee again and a bit nutty. A little cocoa, just a touch of chocolate and mocha but not a lot of those. A mild herbal earthy hop bitterness comes through, with a little bitterness. A little grainy malt note and hint of yeast as well, and a creamy flavor and feel. Finish is still a bit sweet but mostly dry, little sticky and creamy feeling, almost like a touch of lactose in there, mild cocoa and coffee lingering too. It also has a weird yeasty like slight bitter herbal note on the finish, not sure if a bad hop thing or weird grainy plus yeast thing.

Mouth is med bod, little creamy, lots of carbonation.

Overall not bad, nice stout flavors, over carbonated, and that weird back end bitter herbal yeasty thing that's hard to describe and takes away a bit, not a lot of hops which could have been a bit more. Still pretty nice beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, dark fruit, some chocolate and a faint touch hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character followed by some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and dark fruit. The hops presence is very mild but about where it should be for this type of beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is solid beer but there are better ones within the style.

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Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this must be why we have nitro. About the best nitro-fuelled beer I've had. The usual creamy body but with a perfect cap of foam. The black beer looks great in the standard pint glass. Texture and flavor are both like chocolate cake, but not sweet. Roasted malt in the nose. Pleasant warmth, a little bit of hops, some caramel hint.

What's not to like about this? A beer made for swilling. This should make the Irish take another critical look at their Beamish Stout. Not as sour and charred as the Irish cousins. On the nitro tap at South Park Abbey in San Diego.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Pours an opaque dark brown with a small tan head. Pretty standard stout, with roasted malts on the nose, semi-sweet chocolate, and a touch of molasses. Basic roasted malts in the taste, with a touch of chocolate, molasses, and an elusive touch of sour apple. Medium-to-full body, smooth, and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a distinctly brown color, with a mediocre tan head that quickly subsided while my head was turned for a few moments to watch a Seinfeld episode.

Smell: Black malts and bittersweet chocolate lead with some toffee and floral hop notes lingering in the background. There's a slight sourness here.

Taste: An unmistakable roasted malt taste from beginning to end. A brief suggestion of chocolate, but its mostly just a coffee-like flavor throughout. Again, slightly sour.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Short, simple, and to the point. Not unlike this review itself. A rather thin body - thankfully the carbonation remains somewhat low. A very "easy" stout. Let me just finish with a joke. What do you get when you cross a baked potato with a



Nevermind.

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Photo of russpowell
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with 3 fingers of tan head. Above average head retention & average lacing

S: Cocoa & coffee

T: Roasted malt, coffee, & iron up front. Charred grain, dryness & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes fruitty (dark fruit)& with a bit too much coffee for me

MF: Smooth & creamy with medium body

Drinks easy enough, a nice stout that has a bit too much coffee character for me

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Ruby-influenced dark brown. I've never had a high quality stout that enabled me to see my hand on the other side of the glass (as this one does). The mocha brown head is creamy and leaves a nice lace display in a broken sheets pattern. The aroma is heavy on chocolate and light on hops.

The flavor is nicely roasted malty and decently chocolatey, but is a tad too weak. Things start out promisingly enough with a semi-sweet milk chocolate flavor that is mingled with a mild hoppiness. It then fades too quickly as the beer is swallowed, leaving but a memory. I'm convinced that the too-light body is to blame for the lack of 'oomph' on the palate.

I prefer stouts--even Irish Dry ones--that hang around, make some conversation, get comfortable in the mouth and then say a lingering goodbye. Old No. 38 pulls into the station, slows down a bit and then chugs away with a weak toot of the whistle. It's an enjoyable ride while it lasts, but it could have been so much more.

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

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Black in colour with a light brown bubbly rocky head that clings to the glass.

Smell: Some toffee, dark carob and faint alcohol aromas.

Taste: A good dose of roasted/toasted and light burnt flavours, firm malty body with a semi crisp smoothness. A little more bitterness from the roasted flavours than the hops, but the hops are still very noticeable. Lingering roasted flavours dry this brew into the after taste but there are still some residual dextrins that remain.

Notes: Full bodied dry stout ... roasted flavours are done to a T, good drinking for stout lovers.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was near spot on for the style and really showed a tremendous amount of promise. Dark as night with a rich and creamy tan head that rose up from the bottom and settled down very nicely along the top of the glass. Bu that was about the best it would get. Too light of a n aroma, as roasted malts and chocolate notes seem to be horribly off balance. Hints of coffee maybe? But it all seemed to be a bit of a mess for me to be honest. Smooth, even carbonation on a somewhat mellow profile, needed a bit more of a punch to really be anything worthwhile to me. Roasted chocolate, hints of tobacco, a light sweetness, but again it really all seemed terribly off balance to me to be honest.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is dark brown in color with a pretty solid tan head.

S: The nose is primarily of dark chocolate and coffee with a pretty solid roasted malt aroma in the background. A little bit more sniffing gives off some dark fruit aromas.

T: The dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts all work quite well together in terms of the flavors. The fruits are a bit harder to pick out than they were in the nose, but still there, as is a bit of char.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, mildly creamy feel on the tongue.

D: A very nice, sessionable stout. I was pleasantly surprised by how flavorful it is.

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

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Londonderry Quick Stop.
Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a huge off white head that takes a few to recede. Aromas of roast and hints of caramel, dried fruit, and chocolate. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Slightly tart roasted grains with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Meidum bosy with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost creamy mouthfeel. Decent stout, I could drink it, but its not one of my favorites.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid offering from an amazing brewery, the old no. 38 is a classic sweet stout that I am fortunate to have access to. This beer pours a very dark ruby amber tone that looks black almost opaque with a mohogany colored billowing two finger width head. Looks amazing, but it's nothing compared to the smell of this well done stout, with the dark fragrant roasts and strong coffee esque aroma just wonderful. The taste is also a great part of this beer very refined with hints of espresso and notes of dark chocolate the dark roasted barley fills this beer with slight burnt finish that is pleasant when matched with the other flavors going on. Well made with medium to heavy body and a full creamy mouthfeel to each sip makes this one a winner. I could drink this stout any day any time any place. Muy bueno!!!

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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,256 ratings.
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