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RATINGS: 1065   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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (780) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz Bottle. The pour was a muddy jet black with a large (2-3 finger) light brown frothy head that slowly receded, down to a medium film with a large collar and had good streaky lacing. The aroma was of a roasted dark bread malt and a leathery yeast with notes of molasses, baker’s chocolate and dark roasted coffee. The taste was very similar to the aroma starting off a bitter malty with a slight molasses sweetness and a strong bitter chocolate note, and finishing with a large dose of roasted coffee and a smooth bitter ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow with a bitter coffee taste that was left to linger. Mouthfeel was a few shade above medium in body with a thin oily texture and a carbonation that was just past mild. Overall this brew was a prime example of a bitter Dry Stout, possessing a decent body and taste along with a nice easy drinkability...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kdm1984 (634) - 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 (652) - 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 (841) - 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 (7948) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 (547) - 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 (1252) - 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 (1166) - , 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thewade (310) - USA - APR 8, 2014
Roasty and malty. Easy to drink. Very smooth. This makes a good intro stout for someone I believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (457) - Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2014
Bottle. Black with a nice tan head. Good bitterness and lacing. Medium body. I get lots of powered chocolate. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2001) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2014
12 oz bottle purchased at John’s Grocery and poured into a pint glass at home. Black appearance with an average, light brown head. Aroma dark malts, roast, dark fruit, licorice, earthy hops and a touch of red wine. Similar flavor, toasty, nutty and malty, lightly fruity, adding chocolate, coffee and light hop bitterness. Medium body, pretty creamy and smooth finishing slightly dry and lingering. Pretty rich, yet easy to drink.

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