RATINGS: 1181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 53   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (800) - 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...

hauxe (893) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2017
Pours black from the bottle. The frothy tan head slowly subsides, leaving a sticky web of lacing. Aroma is Backhaus, coffee grounds, sweet cream. Taste is bitter with a light tang. Quite smokey. Dry. Body is medium with a mild carbonation. Overall not bad.

DougsBeer (29) - Nebraska, USA - SEP 6, 2017
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Christos (5882) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2017
(North Coast Old No. 38 Stout) Bottle 355ml at home, served into a shaker. Dark brown colour on the body, tall and thick brown head on top, very good retention. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, chocolate. Taste follows, roasted malts, liquorice, olive pit, chocolate, cold coffee. Nicely bitter finish. Medium body. Good.

chrisv10 (18208) - DENMARK - AUG 4, 2017
Bottle. Almost black with medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and liquorice. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, liquorice, little salt liquorice, medium sweet, hop and a little bitter.

ghostbeer (241) - Nebraska, USA - JUN 23, 2017
Very smooth and rich. Well balanced with good dryness but not bitter. Dark and toasty with big coffee nose.

wekker84 (2389) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2017
Bottle a black colored beer with a white-off head aroma roasted malts laurel spicy fruits and bitter hops flavor roasted malts spicy laurel fruits citrus and bitter hops

chucklemation (1747) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2017
Pours a jet black with a very foamy, long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is lots of roast and chocolate. Flavor is similar with some caramel. Somewhat sweet. Has a smooth, creamy body. Quite good.

gripweed57 (2793) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2017
From old tasting notes. Color is deep brown with reddish hues. Rocky tan head. Wonderful chocolate roasted malt aroma. Fresh roasted malt flavor hints at chocolate, coffee and treacle. Long dry finish.na very interesting stout. Refreshing and satisfying.

tekstr1der (495) - New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2017
Need to find this again - after the fact review. Dark pour with creamy head. Aroma is nearly perfect pure roastedness. Flavor follows similarly - never too dry or imparting any other flavors than delicious roasted malt. Finish is clean leaving me wanting more. Fantastic stout.

koleminer20 (3840) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2017
12 oz bottle. The pour is a nice darker black with a thin ring of light tan head and nonlace as it falls. The aroma is pretty good. There is a nice sweet chocolate and a roasty balance. Light dark fruits and a hint of sweetness just being up on the back end. The flavor is a little less exciting. There is a light sweetness to it up front, and the roasty malt just catches up. There is a strong maltiness toward the back and it’s not too shabby, there just isn’t a lot happening. The mouth feel is light and watery with a hardly there carbonation and a lingeringly milky chocolate and slightly bitter roast. Not bad, but there isn’t a lot happening.

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