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RATINGS: 1071   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnnniee (2315) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from Londonderry Quick Stop. Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a huge off white head that takes a few to recede. Aromas of roast and hints of caramel, dried fruit, and chocolate. The flavor follows the aroma quite well. Slightly tart roasted grains with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick almost creamy mouthfeel. Decent stout, I could drink it, but its not one of my favorites.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biokid23 (102) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
A decent stout. Had a distinct but subtle sourness to it, which was odd given the coffee taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
digitalviking (14) - - FEB 26, 2014
Carbonation is lively, especially for the style, but it works for the palate. However, it doesn’t do much for the appearance, with large bubbles lining the sides of the glass; head wasn’t great and didn’t last either. Good beer, but nothing really exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (687) - - FEB 23, 2014
Smells of chocolate and coffee. Tastes of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate followed by a little coffee bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kidmartinek (3674) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle at Zax BBQ in Zhengzhou. Black with a nice tan head. Smells strong and alchy malt. Reminds me of Old Rasputin. Good bitterness and lacing. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (610) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
On tap at Golden Bear Sacramento, roasted aroma and taste, milky from the nitro.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gmb5127 (234) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2014 Disappointed, very watery tasting beer. Has a drinkable taste, but not a preferred one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bwa5879 (669) - Portage, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Black pour with brighter brown hue, sixteenth inch of oatmeal colored head that settled to a thin layer. Aroma of sour/rubbery pale british malts, lots of raw grain, very oatmeal-y and sweet cola like malts too. Relatively low carbonation, creamy mouthfeel, dry finish from effervescent cola syrup-y. Flavor is wheat and rye with cola syrup, all mix to have a wheaty chocolate flavor, a bit acidic. Nice robust grainy stout, great for a dry stout and enough for me to change my mind on them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (920) - Vermont, USA - JAN 6, 2014
$2.19 for the 12 oz. bottle purchased from Top Shelf Brews Saturday evening. To pint, it pours a syrupy, black olive with which a frothy raw sienna head 3½ fingers in length. Amusingly, this is remarkably similar to an intoxicating chocolate-covered almond. Picked up some black raspberries, Ogatan, stale Crows licorice candy, and walnuts in the mouth and on the nose. Respectably sessionable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
mrjaxson (294) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Sweet chocolate aroma and pretty pour makes it seem like a typical stout, but a surprisingly light weight and hints of sourness with a bit of acidity makes it a disappointing entry from a brewery that I really like. Oh well.

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