Old #38 Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout
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Old #38 StoutOld #38 Stout

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

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

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Photo of craftbeer31
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

another great beer from North Coast. a lot to think about with this one. Dark in appearance, pours think with about an inch of dark khaki foam. Smell has strong aromas of roasted coffee, chocolate...a definite smokiness to this beer.
Taste is complex. The roasted flavors come through. Has a bit of a acidic bite to it in the after taste. Finish is not as clean as I normally enjoy. Very good beer overall.

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Photo of slimntubbs
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark black with a half of an inch of brown head that has good retention. The nose is roasty with a hint of chocolate and yeast. The taste is roasty, chocolaty, charcoally, burnt, and mildly yeasty. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth, and has little carbonation.

This is a smooth drinking, refreshing Irish Dry Stout. Everything about this beer is traditional. I would have this again for sure.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from bottle to glass with a good head and a dark black color.
Odor is of malt, toffee and coffee.
Taste is pretty darn good overall. Malt is upfront along with some coffee. Some hops near the end.
Mouth feel is a little creamy at the beginning. Stays with you and coats your tongue pretty well.
Overall it is a good stout. Old 38 has many reasons to try it.

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Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of John11486
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mechanicalprints
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of scratch69
2.73/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown with ruby highlights. A half a fingers worth of light tan head and little lacing.

Smell- Boozy with a hint of malt.

Taste- Light taste of hops with a slight boozy flavor.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. Good amount of carbonation.

Overall- Not good. I was hoping for better after I saw the BA score, but I was really disappointed once I tried it.

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Photo of freakboyfish
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Tumble
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A very dark brown stout with a thin tan head. No lacing.

S - Molasses, brown sugar, elderberried licorice, burnt marshmallows - a nice aroma.

T - Slightly sweet. A bit of molasses and smoke round it out. Not a lot of action, but it is nice. Aftertaste is a very mild smokiness with a bit of an earthy edge.

M - A little harsher than most stouts I've had, medium to thin bodied, somewhat refreshing.

D - The smell alone makes this worth trying. It is a very solid stout with enough action to turn a "Guinness-is-the-greatest-beer-ever" type to craft.

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Photo of acevenom
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with an abundant two-finger length brown head. Holding the glass up to the light reveals a dark amber color around the edges of the glass. There's a sweet aroma. I pick up roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. The flavor is well balanced with the sweet roasted malts and the bitterness of the hops. I can taste the flavor of chocolate and coffee. The finish is dry and carbonation is plentiful enough to aid in lightening the medium body. Each sip is very enjoyable and lacing is present on the glass. This is a very crisp stout that leaves me craving more. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a thick dark black with a nice amount of dark tan head, leaving behind lots of lacing.

S - malty, slightly boozy/sugary (almost a hint of rum), hints of fruit

T - very light in taste surprisingly. bitter hops, sweet malts.. very well balanced

M - very crisp stout (just looked at the description and it's a dry stout so that makes sense). nicely carbonated

O - not a bad stout, my 2nd review for an irish dry stout, and it's not as good as black sun, but it's still pretty awesome in its own way.

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Photo of jfcaa193
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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 williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Lemke10
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this as part of a M&M 6-pack from Binny’s in Downer’s Grove, IL for $9.99 in Early 2012.

Pours a very dark brown/black color with a slight brown head. Scent is wonderful with robust malts, sweet milk, cocoa, and coffee. Smooth and very drinkable taste with erupting flavors. Sweet flavors first that finish with a dry after taste. A great pick up and an even better stout. Would love to drink this again.

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Photo of DCon
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ The Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar in St. Louis, MO for $4. Tapped from an unknown tap handle (seated at a table) into a 12oz Pint Glass.

Aroma- Has tons of malt but only a light amount of roast. No big coffee attributes or anything huge in here.

Appearance- Received with a 2 finger, dark tan head that lasted forever! Has the deepest dark brown body possibly. Leaves thick lacing behind. Creamy looking from start to finish! Awesome!

Flavor- Tons of malt and light hops make up this brew. Unsweetened chocolate follows it up but VERY light. Almost no bitterness on the finish either but dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Lightest Carbonation, Creamy, Smooth, and a bit of cocoa on the finish.

Overall Impression- A delicious and creamy brew! If only there was more attribute (coffee, chocolate, maple syrup, etc.) this would be a 5/5! Missed the mark for me. Enjoyed for the style it was and will have to try more Irish Dry Stouts!

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Rayek
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#38 hits my Nonic with a pitch black hue and a billowing cream cap. The head slowly falls to a patchwork film and leaves bits of lace.

This is pretty standard Irish Stout fare. Roasted grains and a black coffee bitterness dominate. The beer gets too acidic for my tastes towards the end. The overly fizzy body accentuates the acidity for some reason. Outside of the fizz, it's appreciably light and rather dry. Overall, #38's acidity and harsh carbonation turned me off. I wanted to like it, but I didn't.

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Photo of ClimbStuff
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours an obsidian black dense body with a tan head that fades to a thin film and a racing carbonation pops up the side of the glass.

S- The earthy dark malt aroma as full notes of black roasted malt and grain with some dark dried fruit hints and some molasses and graham notes coming through in the finish.

T- The dry roasted black malt is earthy with some chocolate malt flavor underneath. There is a chalky flavor to the grain with a slight tartness in the finish and a green hop hint that starts to come through in the finish with a touch of bitterness.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish that enhances the hop note in the finish.

O- This is a wonderful stout that has great full roasted malt but is not bitter or too sweet. Very sessionable.

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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 69.3% out of 100 with 1,258 ratings
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