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RATINGS: 1190   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StoutOrDeath (121) - USA - APR 23, 2007
I really like this one. It has less cholcolate than most "stouts" that you get. I for one am sick of choclate beer. Please---everyone who wants to make a new stout, go drink Guinness. That’s what it SHOULD be like. Ok, off my soapbox. This is a fantastic beer to drink tons of. Not too heavy, no unpleasant aftertaste. It seems to be pretty low alcohol as well. Still wonder about all this organci crap.


3.7
Bricktop86 (937) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 20, 2018
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate and vanilla. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter and light sour.

4
drjoeng (1466) - SINGAPORE - JAN 12, 2018
5.6%ABV. Stout. Poured out black. 40ºSRM. Nose has aromas of cold sweet black coffee, plum jam, and overripe honey plums. Mouthfeel is light. Palate has flavors of roasted barley, charcoal, coffee and a light ume. Like many stouts and porters done today, it is difficult to tell the difference, not with this one. The malt palate is smoke, charcoal and black bread. Hop flavors are woody and earthy. Finish is clean with a charred wood bitter. Overall really good. I liked this so much I actually came back for a 2nd taste before rating this. Goes on Favorites List!

4.1
tderoeck (10682) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 11, 2018
16/X/17 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2017-1790) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!


Clear red brown beer, big irregular creamy beige head, unstable, dissipates immediately. Aroma: very roasted, lots of chocolate, some vanilla even, bit malty, touch of coffee. MF: soft carbon, medium to light body. Taste: pretty sourish start, roasted malts, some cocoa powder, bit fruity, bitter touch. Aftertaste: pretty bitter, roasted, malty, dark chocolate, some coffee, more cocoa powder and dark chocolate, dry finish.

3.9
tightslice (1530) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 30, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2017 Can from Total Wine in Mountain View, CA. Aroma is roasted barley stew, woodsy things, cocoa. Taste is tangy, earthy roasted hoppiness. Very tangy and wet but also somehow dry. Reminded of an English Porter.

2.9
rami_pl (4816) - Warszawa, POLAND - NOV 18, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking an Old No. 38 Stout by North Coast Brewing Company at Kamienica Hoża 41 Zboze, kawa, miod. Najgorsze dzisiaj. Lekkie, slodkie. Raczej ziew. Jesli miod jest z utlenienia, to swieze musi byc fajne... zero daty tu:(

3.9
ttutony (952) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2017
Almost black with a tan nitro head. Smooth roasted malt with a slight slight sour twinge, a la Guinness. Hint of cocoa. Medium to full bodied. Nice take on the style.

3.2
DSG (15432) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 4, 2017
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tom L's place. Thanks Stas & Max. Dark brown. Roast, chocolate, nuts, some oxidation, sweetish, slightly bitterish finish, medium-bodied.

3.4
zvikar (6575) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2017
At Tom's Place, pours brown with a beige head, aroma of chocolate, caramel, toffee, flavor of toffee and caramel, chocolate, medium bodied

3.5
Bill Becker (2012) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 31, 2017
From Dec 2007 I got this one in a great trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz! This pours from 12oz bottle a very dark brown with reddish hues and a large tannish head of foam. The smell has good notes of roasted malt and sweet chocolate but it's fairly light on the nose. The taste has some nice sweetness to it from the chocolate followed by the roasted malt. Nice and tasty and a smooth drinking Stout. It has a medium mouthfeel to it and it finishes with that good roasty flavour. Pretty darned drinkable and the relatively low abv helps in that regard. I like this stuff! And that head of foam just keeps on hanging in there as a solid 1/2 inch layer with plenty of sticky lacing. Very attractive looking Stout and a very tasty one. I recommend it.

3.8
Derbeth (1128) - Kraków, POLAND - OCT 22, 2017
Bottle. Black colour, small head with decent lacing. Aroma is much coffee, also pine, very well balanced. Light bitterness, not sweet. Smooth, soft carbonation. Rich, but not aggressive. Very good!


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