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Old #38 Stout by North Coast Brewing Company

Welcome to 2011!  And with a new year brings another beer.  Beer #34 is Old #38 Stout by North Coast Brewing Company.  Old #38 is in the style of an Irish Dry Stout…think Guinness.  The ABV comes in at 5.6%. This will be a short and sweet review as I am in the midst of partying hardy and need to get back to entertain…what would they do without KingBob?  A question scholars and wise men have pondered for ages.

True to a stout, this poured black.  I could see a bit of light coming through the glass.  The head was tan and frothy.  Nose was smoky roasted coffee.  Taste was the same as the nose except for a slight sweetness more than likely from the malts.  For a stout, the mouthfeel was on the light side, almost watery.  It was a super smooth beer and the drinkability was very high.  It would be easy to throw back quite a few of these.

Overall it reminded me of the Guinness I had on tap before Christmas but better, tastier.  Above average for sure just nothing that sends it into the Kingly realm.

Rating: B

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Guinness Draught by Guinness LTD.

Day #19 was spent in New York City walking around trying not to get run down by those crazy cabbies, viewing the Christmas displays in the store windows (Lord & Taylor was my favorite by far this year), visiting the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center and dining at an Irish Pub.  It seems like there is an Irish Pub on every corner in NYC.

The pub we chose to dine at was Annie Moores over by Grand Central Terminal.  What better place then an Irish pub to drink an Irish brew.  I asked the waitress for the finest stout they had on draft and out came a Guinness.  I think it was the only stout they had on draft.  Is it the finest, we shall see.

Beer #19, Guinness Draught, is an Irish Dry Stout.  It checks in with an ABV of 4.2%.  Guinness is the first stout I ever drank.  I haven’t had one in quite a long time.

The beer was a very dark brown, probably more like black.  There was a nice tan head that lasted the entire beer.  The aroma was very faint to say the least and what I picked up was a roasted malty smell.  Taste was that same roasted malty flavor but not very much of it.  It was very smooth and creamy with a very light body to it, almost watery.  It finished very dry.  It is a really easy beer to drink.

This did not live up to what I remember from drinking these in the past.  It wasn’t totally horrible though, just below average.

I have had much better stouts, including the two I have had since starting this 365.

Rating: D


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