North Coast Old No. 38 Stout

From the Brewery: IMG_2479

“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.” 5.4% ABV Dry Irish Stout.

The Pour: IMG_2480

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my stout glass. Old No. 38 is solid black in color, with a light brown, frothy head. Trace carbonation is visible, and light lacing is left on the glass throughout.

The Nose: IMG_2481

The aromas consists of dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, and a very faint undertone of dark fruit and molasses.

The Mouth: IMG_2482

Medium bodied, not too thick or watery, with some noticeable light carbonation. The flavor is dark chocolate mixed with roasted (close to burnt) malts. I get a small amount of a metallic/mineral flavor as well. It finishes delicately dry, while the aftertaste offers more roasted-malt graininess, as well as some hop bitterness in the palate.

Final Thoughts: IMG_2483

North Coast Old No. 38 is a pretty decent stout. I don’t seem to drink to many “regular” stouts these days, so it is a bit refreshing to have one that offers a solid flavor profile. Its lightly sweet and roasted initial flavor is balanced well by a surprise hop bitterness in the aftertaste. It has a relatively low ABV at 5.4%, so more than one bottle could easily be had. This is served on nitro when it is on tap, and I’m guessing the creaminess that would be offered from a nitro pour would really accentuate this beer’s quality characteristics. Overall, I’m pleased by this North Coast brew, even if it isn’t knock my socks off amazing. 7.75/10

North Coast Brewing Company – Fort Bragg, California

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