North Coast Old No. 38 Stout

North Coast Old No. 38 Stout

Rated 3.567 by BeerPals

Brewed by North Coast Brewing Company

Fort Bragg, CA, United States

Style:  Dry Stout

5.5% Alcohol by Volume

53 International Bittering Units

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Named for a retired California Western Railroad steam engine on the Fort Bragg to Willits run through the Redwoods, Old No. 38 Stout is a smooth, firm-bodied stout with the toasted character and coffee notes of dark malts and roasted barley.

ID: 3475 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank2285
Overall Percentile95.7
Style Rank19 of 350
Style Percentile94.6
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score4.9
Average Score3.598
Weighted Score3.567
Standard Deviation0.448

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  • AIRFORCE1 681 reviews
    rated 3.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a dark brown/black with a one finger head that goes away fairly quickly. Light shows a very dark ruby read body with decent amount of carbonation. Aroma is strong of bread dough and roasted malts with a tad bit of chocolate. Taste is of Twizzlers and dark malts. Metallic aftertaste. Fairly dry. Decent but not great.

  • TONE77 221 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Pours a black color. Smell is mild, some roasted malts. Taste is kind of bland for this style, some roasted malts, a touch of coffee and hops. Overall a mediocre beer.

  • ICHORM 144 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Picked this up in a small town across the border, and noticed after that it had a significant amount of dust on the bottles. Great! Probably aged a year or so. The first one didn't wind me up too much, and I really don't like the labelling, but this is a solid brew. Old Rasputin's little brother. malty, roasty, fairly dry in character. Hint of mint chocolate chip ice cream (so weird, and I know shrews123 mentioned it, but it's there), tart, distinct wet coffee grounds, I'd love to make a snakebite with this aznd some good cider. I think you could put this in a fancier bottle, jack up the price, and watch the positive reviews roll in. Worthy.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Near black pour with an ample tan head and chunky lacing. Chocolate upfront on the aroma with some roasted malts and nuts, slight java, very slight molasses, light earthy hops. Taste is also chocolate upfront, slight coffee, roasted malts and nuts, touch of molasses sweetness, earthy bitter linger - like semi-sweet chocolate would leave. Not necessarily "dry' but very tasty nonetheless.

  • SHREWS824 218 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    Very dark brownish/black color with a few deep ruby highlights when held toward the light. Thick tan head. Creamy and full. The retention wasn't exceptionally long, but it hung around for a few minutes then settled to a nice film. Pretty good lacing too. Roastiness comes forth first in the nose. Getting a type of dark fruitiness. Like a deep cherry or a deep, dark plum. Picking up some hints of coffee and dark chocolate. The taste mimics the smell very well. The roasted malt and dark fruit are present, but I also found a mint-chocolate chip ice cream sort of flavor. It was subtle, but there. Could just be me. It wasn't unpleasant. Kind of interesting. Medium mouthfeel. Nice and smooth. Creamy. Bountiful amounts of flavor left on the palate. Dry and delicate. Goes down way too easy. I like it. This is a very sound and agreeable Stout. Perfect for those cold Winter nights. It's a session beer for me. I would love to pick this up again. I want another one. Goes down easy and is not overly filling. A very, very, very nice beer. Cheers!

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Pours a deep, opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent beige head. Aroma is strong, smoky and oily with undertones of unsweetened chocolate and molasses and just a whiff of coffee. Smoky flavor has a woody undertone as well as firm tones of molasses and mocha. Texture is smooth and fairly tingly, leaving a satisfying and slightly gritty finish.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.9 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I bought this along with a single of Old Plowshare (organic), and liked this just a bit better...but not really sure. They seemed very similar in style, but this one was a little more robust and darker in appearance. Besides that not much of a difference, flavor is almost the same. This is less money too (non-organic), so that is a plus. I still like Lost Coast 8-ball Stout over any of these though.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Tasty stout, real nice and straightforward. Jet black pour with a lasting 3/4" thick khaki colored head and heavy lacing, this looks marvelous. Roasted malty aroma with hints of coffee and sweet milk chocolate. Malty body and very easy to put down. Lively with a moderately bitter aftertaste. Toasted malt with nut and chocolate flavors. A touch of molasses and black licorice. Nicely played sirs.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    compared to the same style from sierra nevada...waaaaay better. this has been one of the better easy drinkin stouts for quite some time. dry finish, but it doesn't sacrifice body or taste. a full, yummy roasted stout! ( try a black and black...1/2 old 38, 1/2 rasputin- on nitro if possible)

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 2.8 15 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Black body with a small brown cap, lacing is very slippery. Aroma is very mild and slightly sour, coffee, cinnamon ( very hard to detect) along with a made up word I’ll call roastedness. I guess the aroma is not bad it’s just mild and average. Chalky coffee taste, chocolate comes through and the brew finishes dry and smoky. Ok beer very drinkable its just average at best and not worth the insane price I paid for it up here in Canada (25$ for a sixer)

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