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RATINGS: 1154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9015) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Roasted chocolate malts dominate the aroma. This one is creamy and smooth up front with a biting dryness at the end, which is really pleasent. Nice flavor of smoke and cream. Quite good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Decently thick, off-white head over sweet smelling, dark brown (cola) stout. Very dry taste. Reminds me off dark chocolate. I don't get too much coffee. I found this beer to be quite enjoyable, but was a little pricy for what it was.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2004
Dark black with a nice head and lots of lace. Malty espresso aroma. Taste is toffee malts with strong coffee tones, lightly sweet and bitter. The flavors could all stand to be a little more pronounced and it its a little on the thin side.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4802) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Bottle. This beer poured a small sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that completely dissipated. The body was opaque and uncarbonated with a dark brown hue. The nose was chocolate and coffee. The flavor of this beer was that of coffee with a smooth mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
flemdawg (558) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2004
Dark brown with ruby edges, and almost no head. Roasted aroma, but with hints of licorce as well. Very dry taste, but with glimpses of roasted coffee, and malts. Good bitter finish as well. Maybe a bit on the weak side of a stout as far as assult on the taste buds, but a good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1859) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Paid $1.19 for a 12-oz single. Dark brown, not black, big, fluffy head. Sweet & rich choclate in the nose. Coffee, slight orange, burnt toast, chocolate... all mixed together to make up the taste. Nice and refreshing. A bit thin in the mouth- my only complaint about this brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blockhead (11) - USA - JAN 25, 2004
Quite enjoyable. Side by side with Rasputin, I usually go with the Imperial, but this is a solid, well-made stout that always pleases. Really, nothing wrong with it, but it does fail to stand out as the Rasputin does. I compare this to Sierra Navada Stout, the Shipyard Bluefin, and the Old Australia. Also similar to the Rogue Shakespeare. Great beer to keep in your "frequently purchased" list. Won't let you down, but won't inspire much poetry.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - JAN 25, 2004
Whoa. Smokey malt nose with wood. Taste was the same. amazing smokiness mxed with wood, malt, and even some chocolate and coffee. Lots going on here.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
Pours reddish black with a quickly dissipating, fluffy head. Roasted malt aroma. Roasted coffee flavor that doesn't overwhelm combined with a good dose of hops. It's the hops in this that I love. Slightly lingering bitter chocolate flavor. Very smooth and very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2004
On tap. Poured a jet black apperance with a nice creamy tan head. This was a very easy-drinking stout that doesn't have the astringent hop finish of most stouts. Great coffee notes came through in the flavor in a big way. My new favorite dry stout.


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