Thursday, December 24, 2009

177b. North Coast Old No. 38 Stout

Old No. 38 Stout clocks in as our fourth beer from North Coast Brewing Company, although it was really only me drinking it. The last three from North Coast have been Red Seal Ale, Cru d’Or Organic Belgian Style Ale and Old Rasputin XII.

Old No. 38 is a clear deep brown with red highlights; the light head dissipates quickly, and is a tannish/brown color. The nose is pretty clean and neutral; there are low levels of burnt malt discernable, but not a lot else. The beer begins with chocolate and burnt malt flavors before moving onto some light cola sweetness and a richer chocolate falvor accompanied by some coffee hints in the middle. The finish is lightly chalky and alkaline to start, but then the burnt malt returns, closing with lingering roastiness and bitterness. The mouthfeel is very dry; there is some creaminess in the second half, and medium to low carbonation with a minimal bite. Old No. 38 is light to medium bodied, as well as smooth and rounded across the palate—it is well balanced and very drinkable, light enough to take down all night long.

From the North Coast website: “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.”

ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 53


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