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RATINGS: 1077   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chickenflea (340) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 11, 2010
This is a dry Irish stout; not an imperial stout. I read so many reviews that say that they want MORE from this beer. But this is not one of those overpowering stouts. A very solid offering from a very fine brewery. The beer pours a very dark ruby amber tone that looks black almost opaque with a mahogany colored billowing two finger width head. The aroma is where this beer shines. The dark fragrant roasts and strong coffee aroma just powerful. The taste is not shabby either with very refined with hints of espresso and notes of sour cream. The dark roasted barley fills this beer with slight burnt finish that is pleasant when matched with the other flavors going on. The malts are prevalent, but the hops are not lost in the final judgment. Medium body and an acidic mouthfeel. A fine example of the style.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5968) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
"compared to the same style from sierra nevada...waaaaay better. this has been one of the better easy drinkin stouts for quite some time. dry finish, but it doesn’t sacrifice body or taste. a full, yummy roasted stout! ( try a black and black...1/2 old 38, 1/2 rasputin- on nitro if possible)"

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - OCT 12, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 3-12-14- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer almost pitch black deep-deep brown color with a one finger head of a cream color. The head has a good level of retention, sitting around for some time before fading to leave a nice level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a nice roasted malt smell with dark chocolate and a notes of coffee. Some light smells of vanilla and caramel are mixed in with the darker and roasted aromas producing a somewhat semi-sweet chocolate bar like smell. Taste – The taste begins a bit sweeter than the nose would have let on with some vanilla and brown sugar sweetness mixed with a nice roasted flavor. A little bit of chocolate is upfront as well, but this remains relatively light throughout the taste. In opposition to the chocolate, the coffee begins very light but increases quite a bit as the flavors advance, becoming the dominant darker flavor toward the end of the flavor profile. With the coffees increase in intensity, the bitterness of the beer increases as well, and with a slight increase in the sweetness, due to a bit of a cola flavor coming to the tongue at the end of the taste, one is left with a bitter-sweet, dark roasted coffee flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thicker side for a brew of 5.6 % abv. with a slightly lower carbonation level. The slightly thicker body and lower carbonation are great for the darker flavors of the brew all while not being too low or too thick to keep it from being drinkable. Overall – A nice Irish stout. Not the driest out there in terms of its sweetness but a very nice and easy drinker none the less. Very enjoyable.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
C. B. Julie's says disappointing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (677) - California, USA - OCT 11, 2014
This beautiful black beer has a thick creamy cappuccino colored head. It is son moth with roasted notes a slight chocolate flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (350) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2014
12oz bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. Pours black with an off white head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Sweet finish with lingering chocolate. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (1768) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Black with dark brown highlights and medium beige head which dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma is roasted barley, medium body, medium/light carbonation, and thin small-bubble lacing. Taste is roasted barley and chocolate. Good stout, not really that dry.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (111) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Draft @ SJC Marriott. Nice roasty aroma. Black color with lasting tan head (seems nitro tapped). Very smooth taste, with nice combination of sweetness and roast. Med to full bodied. Delicious!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tenninjas (10) - - AUG 25, 2014
Bottled, 330ml. Pours dark and full, very mellow with a firm roasted barley glamour and a hint of cacao on the edge. An unexpected delight of humble pedigree. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zenkis (577) - Ogre, LATVIA - AUG 18, 2014
drinked from bottle
Nice, hoppy, light bodied stout with dominant roasted and even burnt malts flavor, bitterness starts as black malts bitter and ends lovely herbal hoppy. On nose it comes herbal bitter.
Black, bitter, hoppy. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rollinsr (384) - 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.


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