vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A robust, extremely dry, bitter stout. Flavor of dry hops and roasted (burnt!) malt. Overall, flavor and aroma is a little lacking, as it is a basic stout without any added flavoring. Good for what it is, I guess.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2004 Nice black with decent tan head. Malt aroma. Taste is smokey with hints of coffee. A good stout, but their Rasputin is better.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep ruby-brownish clear colour. Creamy, foamy, light tan head. Roasted malt and light floral hops emerge from the nose. Roasty toasty palate, medium bodied, but a bit thin...Actually, really thin for a stout, but...Dark chocolate, burnt caramel, finishing pleasantly bitter. Very drinkable, but perhaps Mr. Powers is correct...
ARMed (613) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2003
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smelled very smokey and tasted very hoppy. Poured with a massively bubbly whitish brown foamy head that lasted quite awhile. lacing was excellent. Was turned off by the aroma. Smelled too much of dirty laundry. The taste was bitter, tart, and tangy. Roasted cofee with a highly acidic taste was evident. This was not as near as good as I was hoping.
roomtempbeer (185) - Franklin, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beer pours (in Chimay glass) a near total black that light can barely penetrate. Head is off-white to caramel in color that collapses to near nothing. Aroma is of hops and skunk spray hiding a sweet chocolate. Flavor is a medium hop with light pine needles leaving a dry ending - stripping the mouth out. Its not so bad. Sampled at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s great to find that we have another American brewer, North Coast, which continually produces quality beer. * Not that Old # 38 is a mind blowing stout, but it is quality stuff. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate malt, and some hints of plum. The flavor is a bit charred, over roasted malt, but it’s not bad; the finish is dry and bitter. The palate is also a bit watery, but the beer has nice lacing. Decent beer but as I said before, it’s not my favorite dry stout.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JUL 29, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer pours a dark color with a thick and steady tan head with quite a bit of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is not very strong, but there are hints of burned malts and possibly a hint of coffee - it has an interesting sweet character to the aroma as well. The flavor is a little spicy and reminiscent of coffee. The malt is also very noticeable. Very smooth with a little bit of sweetness in the aftertaste. I'm normally not a fan of this style, but I could have several of these without complaint.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2003 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 roasted malt flavor. I enjoyed their Imperial much more.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Started out strong, ended kind of watery. Great smell, great initial flavor. Reminiscent of Bell's Expedition Stout, but not at all thick.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured dark brown color with small brownish head. Big coffeee aroma. Nice roasted coffee flavor with a bitter finish.