RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chickenflea (351) - 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.

ghostbeer (215) - 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 (2360) - 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 (1684) - 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 (2460) - 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 (490) - 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 (3597) - 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.

willisread (3342) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 24, 2017
Bottle from West Side. Pours a deep brown to black with a small finger of foam that dissipates quickly. Dark malt, coffee and deep prune on the nose. Dry on the palate with some light dark fruit notes alongside more coffee flavors. Dry finish with lingering roasted malt. Definitely punches up in complexity.

bdleedahl (436) - , Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 13, 2017
Pretty standard stout, definitely just an average approach for the style. Nothing off about it, but nothing great that I can see that sets it apart. Kilowatt SF.

puren (1102) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - APR 13, 2017
PREZENTACJA: czarne, piana bardzo obfita, dość szybko opada do cienkiej ale trwałej warstewki i osiada na szkle piękną firanką;
AROMAT: wiśnia w gorzkiej czekoladzie, żelazo, suszona śliwka ;
ODCZUCIE: ciało średnie ku niskiemu, wysoko nasycone, bardzo puszyste;
SMAK: mało intensywny - zaczyna się od delikatnej suszonej śliwki, przechodzi w metal i gorzką czekoladę, kończy się niską krótką czekoladową goryczką i kakaowym posmakiem;
OGÓLNIE: piwo, jak sądzę, się utleniło, przez co nabrało nut owocowych i zabiło właściwy wytrawnemu stoutowi charakter, jest niezłe, choć mało wyraziste.

PugUglyBrewer (658) - - APR 7, 2017
Dark brown in color with a fluffy, long-lasting head of light khaki colored foam. A bit thin with some roasted barley and raw cocoa characters. Some caramel malt coming through. Perhaps some figs in the end with a dry roast finish.

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