SturmWulf (65) - USA - JUL 25, 2007
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2007 Robust malty with a slightly coffee aroma, poured a dark brown with a large creamy head that was slightly tan in color, head stayed on most of the way, eventually giving way to thicker creamy cap, left good lacing on pint, great roasted malt flavor with chocolate, coffee, walnut, slight smoke and slight burnt malt flavors mixed in. Slightly sweet taste gives way to very slightly bitter with a light touch of smoke, very nice balance. Slightly heavier than light body, creamy and smooth texture, lively carbonation at first gives way to a nice soft carbonation, a very nice medium bitteersweet semi-dry finish. A very good stout! This has become one of my favorite Stouts. A great job by North Coast on Old#38. Will definitely drink many of these. Served in a Pint.
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - FEB 27, 2009
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Old 38 is an almost black ale with a reddish tint and a tan head that fades to a tight film. It leaves nice lacing on the glass and stays the whole way down. It has a roasted aroma that’s sweet and a touch tart. There are notes of coffee, licorice and brown sugar. It is medium-full bodied and incredibly smooth. It feels a bit fluffy in the mouth. The finish is dry and dusty. The flavor is very roasted, almost smokey, with notes of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. It’s a touch sweet and syrupy, but perfectly balanced. I think this may be the stout on which I originally developed my palate. The malt and hops just work together on a new plane of beer existence. I could drink a bucket of this. This is like a beer custom made for me.
TheBeerLover (1019) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Old No. 38 Stout pours to a beautiful, deep ebony color, with a creamy tan head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose is just packed with big stout aroma. Coffee, roasted barley, chocolate malt, and some piney hop aromas flood the nose. The palate is firm with lots of good dark malt flavor. Very vibrant and robust flavors of coffee, dark chocolate, roast, and some nice fruity estery flavors coat the tongue. This beer finishes with more chocolate malt character up front, then ends with a very long, dry, roasty, and piney hop bitter finish.
This is an exceptional domestic version of an Irish classic. Without a doubt one of the best domestic versions of this style being brewed today. This beer would work well with a number of dishes. Stout and shell fish are a natural together. I would pair this beer with lobster, crab, clams, mussels, or scallops. This would also make a wonderful desert beer. Try it with chocolate layer cake, or chocolate pudding.
KYbrewgal (45) - Kentucky, USA - APR 15, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A nice aroma of roast and dark chocolate. Medium to full mouthfeel with a dark chocolate bitterness supporting the roasted malt. Long roasty finish. Yummy!
Gobot (20) - commerce twp, Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2010
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
awesome stout. Not at all dry, but nicely rounded, malty with a rich dark roast complexity, great mouthfeel and a lingering aftertaste that just makes you want another one. Bought this as a single and liked it so much I went back and bought a 6-pack the next day, and its been in my regular rotation ever since
MarkSachon (435) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This will be one of my faves forever. Smooth, heavy bodied with a hint of a coffee note. Delicious!
ronaldtheriot (974) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
North Coast Old No. 38 Stout has a thick, creamy, beige head and a dark brown (almost black) appearance with heavy lace left on the glass. The aroma is of brown bread, dark-roasted malt, and hop spice in the nose. Taste is the same, with chocolate, dark coffee, raisin, black cherries, and hop bitterness all mixed together. Mouthfeel is thick and smooth, and North Coast Old No. 38 Stout finishes semi-dry, rich, and quite drinkable. Overall, this is a most excellent beer! RJT
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This one rung a bell with me. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Nice malty aroma, with roasty chocolate coffee blended. Big round malty flavor with notes of roast and chocolate, and a nice full body. Easy drinkin'.
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 0z. Bottle. Poured a very dark brown color, which had a very chocolate nose. The taste was of chocolate and coffee and were very well matched. I would definitely try this again, except I am stopping drinking tomorrow!
Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark with a hint of brown. Very hoppy and robust stout. Head is fuller than many stouts. hits a nice balance of bitter and deep.