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RATINGS: 1081   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Named for a retired steam engine on the Ft.Bragg-Willits Skunk run through the California Redwoods, Old No.38 Stout is a smooth, firm-bodied stout with the toasted character and coffee notes of dark malts and roasted barley.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LiebeBier (808) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 17, 2003
Dark Brown Stout with a very dry flavor. A very coffee and chocolate flavor that doesn't quite live up to the stout label, but is still an excellent beer (More a Porter?)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - MAY 14, 2003
Nice deep brown color, a different stout than I am used to, some coffee hints, but surprisingly hoppy for a stout beer(with the distinct North Coast hop flavor). Preferred over the Red Seal Ale, and a good overall stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
boto (1882) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2003
Bottle: Pours a dark brown. Small, tan head, which dissapates quickly. Aroma is mainly chocolate, with hints of coffee and roastiness. Roasted malty flavor is the most prevalent. Some bitterness in it also. Flavor is strong, but the body is a little thin. Overall this is pretty good, but I'll stick to their Old Rasputin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cobra (1100) - - MAY 4, 2003
Straight slam into stout glass only produces a fine layer of creamy bubbles for a head. Aromas right away are of malt syrup, licorice, anise, and butterscotch. Fruity aromas of figs, dates, prunes. Pours out a deep, dark brown, with red highlights at the bottom of the glass. Bitter maltiness followed by expresso notes make up the front of the beer. Plenty of black malts, and chocolate malts in this beer, apparent by the taste. Touch of hops bitterness at the finish of this beer. Plenty of complexity to this beer. Makes for an interesting drink. A pretty fair stout, in my book. Guinness, take notes, there will be a quiz following.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nate (3759) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2003
Chocolate and coffee; roasted smoky bitterness. Sweet with hint of molasses and some hoppy tang. Foamy smooth head with brown lacing. Brown-black clear liquid. Low carb and smooth medium watery body. Iced tea and roasted malts on the tongue. Sweet and very smooth but not quite creamy. Light bitter finish and after. Coffee and chocolate bitterness with light hops. Heavy malts, but surprisingly weak overall. Not as good as Rasputin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - APR 12, 2003
Nice dark color, however, no head to speak of at all. Very watery for a stout. Nice coffee flavor and toasty aftertaste. Just a bit light/watery for a "stout"...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2003
Your good ol', average stout. Nothing spectatular (Guinness), but definitely worth trying and having again. Nice dark color with a full, whit head. The first sip is loaded with a sweet kick, and slowly moves into deep chocolate and roasted overtones, and finishes with a nice mellow tobaccoie taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Dark amber with a creamy tan head. Mix of chocolate, coffee, and slight hops aroma. On tasting this reminds me of Rogues Shakespeare Stout with the hops flavor. That being said this is more tolerable, as the hops are not an overpowering presence here. Unlike Rogue’s I can still smell the coffee as it warms. The traditional stout taste with a bitter and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2003
Pours black with a thin tan head. Nose is mainly of dark chocolate. Full bodied and the flavor is of roasted chocolate, coffee, and hints of fruit. Very smooth and easy to drink. Very good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2003
This one pours a very dark brown color with a small tan head. Strong aroma of roasted malts with coffee tones and a smell not unlike burnt bacon. Full bodied and very smooth, the flavor is full of roasted malts and coffee, with a roasted and slightly bitter finish. A very nice stout, not overdone in the burnt malt department and just enough hops to help balance it out.

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