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RATINGS: 1189   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 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.


4
drjoeng (1461) - 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 (10575) - 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 (1523) - 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 (4778) - 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 (949) - 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 (15403) - 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 (1998) - 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 (1123) - 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!

3.6
hauxe (1015) - 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.


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