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RATINGS: 1182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
Tide (4221) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2016
Bottle from a friend. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, coffee, a bit of chocolate, nuts, dark fruits and a bit of toffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, nuts, toffee, coffee and dark fruits. Excellent stout.

3.3
ShivanDragon (4552) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 6, 2016
fles, zwart met fijne bruine kraag. aroma van vanille en chocolade, smaken van cacao, redelijk veel koolzuur, droog, poederachtig, donkere mouten, gerst, gebrande mouten, chocolade, erg waterig, zuur, veel noten, matige body, aards, lijkt wel een bok bier.

3.6
koshack (1912) - Gdañsk, POLAND - OCT 31, 2016
Brunatne, nieprzejrzyste. Piana beżowa, na początku drobna, ale pojawiają się większe bąble. Ładnie koronkuje. Aromat palony, dość ostry. Pachnie wytrawnie. Jest lekka nuta jakby drewna. Całość pachnie dość przyjemnie. W smaku palony, ciemne słody. Jest wytrawny. Nie ma za wiele ciała, ale nie jest wodnisty. Niezły, ale nie powala. Po pierwszej 50-tce spodziewałem się więcej.

3.5
markextrae (4460) - Alingsås, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2016
bottle form our local bottle shop, poured a darker black colour with a tanned head. nose of roasted malts, caramel sweetness, coffee, light liquorice, roast, and light fruits.

3.8
caribou43 (1154) - Lausanne/Sevilla/Lima, SWITZERLAND - OCT 22, 2016
I bought this bottle in Madrid. I drank it in Sevilla, in a flat, relax. It is a classical stout, on the Irish way. The body is lovely, black creamy color, creamy white foam. The taste is a bit watery, easy to drink for a stout, low carbonation. The taste is with roasted malt, touch of coffee, mineral, sweet at the tongue, little touch of plum or vanilla, hop, it is a perfect pint to start a night in the pub.

3.6
highliferoy (21) - - OCT 4, 2016
bottled 6.7.2016. rather small head as unexpected yet smoothy. pour with malts and coffee aroma, hint of dried dates or some sort. mid bodied, low in carbon, begins with malty and roasted coffee notes, slight sweet and very tiny acid, some cream in the middle, finishes with a clean dry end. good balance and very drinkable. cheers!

3.6
HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Nice firm bodied stout with a mild malt finish. The initial mouth feel is a roasted malt that feels like it may end up overly sweet but it doesn't. A slight cocoa bitter nips keeps in tamed. Really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
Grumbo (3847) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2016
Bottle from BottleDog, Holborn, London and shared at the 3rd Ipswich bottle share. Pours almost black with a nice sized beige head. Aroma is malty, sweet, caramel. Light sweetness and light roasted bitterness. Medium+ body and slick smooth texture. Soft carbonation. A well balanced beer. The favouritte of the day.

3.8
Alengrin (5639) - BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2016
Classically conceived dry stout from one of the well-respected Californian craft beer pioneers; ingredients list literally says "water, barley, malt, hops, yeast and that’s all", as if they want to make a statement against all those more recent, trendy stouts with special flavorings added... I like the design, almost looks like a classic English bottle and label, like most of North Coast’s bottles. Thick, frothy, beaten egg-like, yellowish hued head leaving a thick coating of membranous lacing all around, blackish appearance but actually a very deep purple-hued bronze, completely translucent (but hardly so and under bright light). Aroma of cold black coffee, coffee beans even, fairly subtle bitter chocolate, soaked bayleaf, beef stock cubes, burnt branches, leather, liquorish candy, mocha, faintly sweetish aromas of horse steak, unripe elderberries, tomato concentrate and stewed white beans, in warming up even something vaguely sweet sherry-like. Soft, initially somewhat neutral onset, shyly revealing dried fruit sweetishness paired with equally subtle umami (beef stock but only vaguely so), underlying roasted barley sourishness pulling things forward to a pleasantly rounded, nutty and toasted bittersweet malt core, gaining confidence in the end with a coffeeish roasted bitterness filling the mouth cavity; under soft carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick and smooth, but full and pleasant, just right for a stout at session strength. Spicy, even slightly tonic water-like hop bitter notes reinforce the roasted bitterness in the end, but that rounded, sweetish, nutty flavor lingers just as well. Dry stout alright, still carrying sweetness to give it balance and rotundity - this is a very appetizing example of its style. Fairly classic in comparison with so many younger West Coast craft breweries, North Coast is still a resounding name for its historical influence alone, and still delivers consistent quality in its (relatively speaking) classically designed beers - not unlike Sierra Nevada, I reckon.

3.5
TheKernOwl (215) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - AUG 29, 2016
Nose somewhere between a milk stout, a ham hock and a coffee stall. More coffee (ground coffee) in taste; but finish a bit water-y. Bigger than some Irish dry efforts.


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