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RATINGS: 1098   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollinsr (413) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 14, 2014
Pours dark brown with khaki head. Aroma is dark roasted malts with a nice fruity sweet fig character. Flavor is smoky and chocolate with some underlying tart fruit taste. There is a strange dry rubbery feel left on that may be due to the tartness, but otherwise a great stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (746) - LATVIA - AUG 10, 2014
Mild roasted aroma. Almost black with medium light brown cap. Dry roasted bitter taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HuskerTornado (31) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 4, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into Chimay glass. Pours black with a mocha colored head. Tall head that eventually settles into a thin layer on top of the beer. A fair amount of lacing as it moves down the glass. Smell is of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, some hops and bit of dark fruits. Taste is dark roasted toffee malts up front, chocolate flavors as well as hop bitterness come through the middle, and the finish has a mocha bittersweet finish to it. Mouthfeel is full bodied thick and smooth. Overall, a very good dry stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (780) - Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 27, 2014 Burnt, roasty aroma. Tightly bubbled head; decent size. Flavor is burnt, roast, bread malt. Lively carbonation. Good brew. My sampling was slightly warm, though; looking to try more of my six-pack later and update this review if temperature affected any of the characteristics. NEXT DAY RATE: Surprisingly not a whole lot of change now that it’s at a more proper temp. I will say I am noticing the cocoa element more. Not tasting the vinous, fruity, licorice elements some have described, or any of the other complexities, though. This is more a straightforward stout. Perhaps mine is not aged enough to bring out those elements?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vells (885) - Riga, LATVIA - JUL 24, 2014
Another good surprise. Pleasantly intense roasted malts, lovely coffee note and intense dark choco, decent hops. Feels like easy drinkable IMP. Mostly sweet with light bitterness in finish. Should retry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JHeath99 (1304) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle from Lazy Dog. Pours an opaque dark brown with a layer of tan colored head. Aroma of coffee and malts. Taste of chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2014
Keg at Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma, 28/04/14. Black with a big old light tan head that retains well. Nose is roast malts, grain, biscuit, papery, light toffee trace. Taste develops well after a rather thin nose, cocoa, vanilla, toffee fudge, mellow dark fruits. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, smooth on the palate, light drying close. Decent dry stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (890) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 6, 2014
From a bottle. Pours jet black with a thin tan head, coffee aroma, smooth with rich roasted flavours and an almost sweet aftertaste. A very drinkable stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1516) - Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle. Near black with a beige head. Raisins and molasses. Dark fruit and sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thorongil2 (1492) - , Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2014
(bottle) clear very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of caramel, roast, fruit; flavour disappointing after the aroma - weak and watery, balanced

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