Old #38 Stout | North Coast Brewing Co.

very good
1,257 Ratings
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 Nichols33
3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Are you sure this is a stout? What kind? It pours, smells, and tastes more like a porter (if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, looks like a duck, hmm...) Pours dark brown with a tan head that quickly disappears. Smells like coffee and malts. Taste is rather boring with carbonation dominating and not much mystery to it. It was a pretty drinkable brew but just not my definition of a stout. Not a good example.

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Photo of Beerlover
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of moot2142
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wamba
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of ab39z
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jimbobebop
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of MattyD13
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Higravity
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was oh so average. Nothing to see here folks move along. Black body topped with a slight tan head, giving way to some lacing. Smell is very muted, a little roastedness and coffee shine through. The taste is roasty coffee but it doesn't really finish dry and the body was too thin. I could drink this one again but I might be bored. Yawn, well on to the next one.

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Photo of JDFish
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a medium almond head that disappeared quickly. Smell is dominated by molasses. Tastewise, there are some citrus notes, some coffee and sweet molasses. A bit of alcohol flavor eeked out and it was a bit chalky and dry at the finish. Decent lacing halfway done. Easy to drink, but just average flavor for this category. Too many other good ones out there...I won't be buying this one again.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a black color with a 3 inch head. Lacing is left on the side of my glass.

Smells very much like dark fruit, sugary, plums come to mind, roasted malts.

Mild bitter hop taste in the beginning with some floral notes in the middle. Hint of dark sugar is noticable. This fnished with a roasted coffee burnt aftertaste.

Feels thin and needs more flavor, tad watery feeling in the end.

I couldnt see myself drinking this beer again.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.04/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This is a stout? WTF, I can see right through it! Pours dark brown, not black, with a modest brown head that quickly recedes, leaving only spots of lace as it does.

Aroma is mainly coffee, dark toasted malts, chocolate, and some dark fruit. A mild floral hops character is hiding in there somewhere.

Flavor is very roasty, lots of coffee, lite on the chocolate, and somewhat nutty. The main thing going on here is bitter coffee and cocoa.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin, especially for a stout. Body is very light, more like a brown ale, bordering on watery. Not bad tasteing, certainly not stout enough for my expectations though. It displays very little of the requisite characteristics of this style, for that, it's score suffers.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black, nice tan head.

Smells of roasted malts, and chocolates. Taste is up front malty, slight chocolaty taste, coffee, usual stout stuff. I would like a bit more flavor in my stouts. Mouthfeel was slightly thinner than I would like and the beer was a bit watery.

This beer is just about average, nothing really great but at least solid and drinkable.

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Photo of BierReise
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't really pack the punch I like in a stout but not that bad overall. Thick head with good retention. Aroma not real powerful but had a significant roasted malt presence and perhaps subtle notes of coffee. Dry and bitter but not as full as I'd like. Was satisfying none the less with good roasty malt flavor. I enjoyed their Imperial much more.

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Photo of jackndan
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

North Coast No. 38 Stout: A thin stout. Pours without a lot of head, despite a vigorous pour. What little head it had was deep tan, but dissipated very quickly. The aroma was the best part of this beer, rich and smooth, very roasted malt aroma. As is typical, the aroma leads into the taste, very nice roasted malt taste with a bare hint of chocolate/toffee and coffee. The problem with this beer is the mouthfeel is very weak, this is a relatively thin stout, not much to hang the nice flavors off. Needs a backbone.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 inch head, frothy, light-brown. Weak aroma, toasted, burnt, mild coffee. Nothing much else. Not very impressed. Would have expected more from the brewery that produces Rasputin. Coffee was th eonly distinctive aroma or taste. I'm not sure how old this bottle is since I picked it up at KClingers in Hanover, PA.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is 38 really old? The pour was a black color but strong red hues when held to the light. A lighter tan head that lasts throughout but does hide mostly to the side of the glass. Good lacing throughout.

The nose is rather limited for a stout. Some malty undertones, with basic malt and light astringency in the back. Some chocolate and a light earthy hop presence if you really look for it.

The taste is more noticeable then the aroma would have indicated. The maltiness comes out more with a sweet chocolate flavor upfront. This is amplified by a light maple presence and a lighter bitterness. Some bready qualities as well. As the beer warms, more astringent flavors come out more with roasted and java flavors. A dry finish is heighten by a chalky hop finish.

The body is good for a stout but the dry finish is a bit of a deterrent in mouthfeel. Carbonation is a low but ok for style. A easy beer to drink but maybe they should use less aged materials (38?).

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Photo of dertyd
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is also mild, kind of bland for this style. Some roasted malts, a hint of coffee, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not by any measure an outstanding Stout, this was certainly a drinkable brew...

The pour was a bit disappointing - the beer felt 'flat' as it came out of the bottle... While there was some head it was rather unexciting and quickly disappeared. (Yes, I know stouts in general are generally less carbonated - this was flat for a stout)

The smell was typical - malty and roasted, no real hint of hops in the mix. The taste was a bit better, this is a nice dry stout with little hint of sweetness. The usual notes of caramel and coffee were there along with a nice smoky note. Mouthfeel was a bit disappointing - it was heavy on the tongue and left a coating that didn't really invite another sip.

All in all an "ehhh" stout. It was fine, I'd drink it again if it's all that was available but I could name a half dozen other stouts that are much more worth my time.

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Photo of tigg924
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/3 inch head, murky, high carbonation, decent lacing

Smell: charred malt and a rather unpleasant lactose smell

Taste: bitter root followed by charred malt,with a sweetish dark chocolate at the end--smoke is in the background throughout.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, bitter at first but it gets sweeter and smoky, medium-light bodied

Overall: A nice smoky stout with a pleasant aftertaste. Way better tasting than the smell which was a bit off-putting. I would consider getting this again, but there are others in the style I would reach for first.

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

12 ounce stubby brown bottle without dating.

Pours opaque dark brown with a finger of tan head and modest lace. Smells like dry toasted bread with hints of chocolate malt and an herbal hop overlay. The flavor is very hop-forward for an irish style. Strong pine hop notes up front permit only a bit of toasted bread and dark fruit flavor to sneak through to the center. Rather dry and a little thin in the mouth; not at all creamy, with carbonation very pronounced. Not a winner for me.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend bought a six-pack of this since we both like North Coast Pranqster so much. It appears black in the tall mug that I poured it into, held against the light it is a very rich dark brown. This beer pours thick with a very thin mocha colored head that fades quickly leaving a fairy ring with some lacing as I drink it. The aroma is of dark chocolate and malty with a hint of coffee lurking in the shadows. It tastes full of roasted chocolate and caramel. The complexity of the flavor is really good but it comes off lacking something. I can’t put my finger on it really. It seems a bit thin in the mouthfeel and that may be it. It has the potential flavor but the body just doesn’t back it up. I can definitely drink more of this but it always makes me want to tweak with the recipe in my head, trying to make it better.

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Old #38 Stout from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.83 out of 5 based on 1,257 ratings.
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