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Alaskan Stout - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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319 Ratings

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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.3%

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The unique blend of the oats and malts in Alaskan Stout produce a balanced, smooth beer with hints of coffee and caramel.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2001)
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Photo of vette2006c5r


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Stout pours a black color with a small but nicely lacing white head. There is a weak smokey and roasted aroma. The taste has a sweet smokey and roasted flavors. The flavors are a bit weak, and the feel is too carbonated. Overall its a pretty good oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 04:53:06 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of BastardKing24


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Never had this before so here goes.

Pours a nice solid black color with a brown ring at the edge, 1/2 finger mocha head that didnt last long. Some bubbles remain.

Smell is very inviting with some strong roasty, caramel, sweet and sour notes,oats, chocolate, and dates.

Taste is a short burst of coffee and cocoa notes then right away you get this oatmeal driven flavor that stays on the tongue until a nice bitter bite at the end. Finishes with a smooth taste, no bitter aftertaste.

Feel is medium to low carbonation but with a light feel to it, but just about right for 5.7%

Over all a decent oatmeal stout, I just wish there was just a bit more malt punch to it, It's kind of watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 00:12:13 | More by BastardKing24
Photo of artoolemomo


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Doesn't even pour up enough to head to even judge the retention. The head would have been a dark beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which shows slight hints of maroon and garnet when held up to the light. Shows no real lacing.

Nose- Fairly low key but still inviting. Notes of caramel and coffee have the most presence while there are also some hints of chocolate and cocoa. Slight creaminess as well. Much richer from the bottle than the glass. Swirling adds nothing.

Taste- Fairly reflective of the nose although the coffee and subsequent roasted notes have more presence than any caramel (which is hard to locate). Caramel is more present on the nose. Has slight notes of sourness or coffee acridity. Some oatmeal. Some chocolate and cocoa around the edges. Roasted notes mellow a bit and don't show as much off flavors as they initially did. Slight bit of raisins or at least, the slight tang of the coffee suggests them. Above average to good beer. In now way exceptional but still fairly solid. Shows some messiness at the beginning but becomes rounder and more balanced as it opens up.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied and could stand to be thicker. Slight grittiness.

Drinkability- Pretty easy going and no heat. A little boring though but reasonable for standard craft six pack prices.

Overall- Above average to good beer but closer to average. Worth a try. I might buy this again but there are better baseline stouts out there for the same price or less.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:44:39 | More by artoolemomo
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with fluffy beige head. Aroma is of bready, toasted malt, brown sugar and dark fruit. Body is medium, creamy and smooth. Taste is of bready, toasted malt, brown sugar, coffee and dark fruit. Finish is long and semi-dry. Not their best brew.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2013 15:30:57 | More by mikeg67
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stamped down at the bottom right corner: 012714 (I'm thinking this is next year, ok here goes):

Into a mug (also had in a pint glass, just a larger head in the mug):

A: dark black colored body with a two finger off-white foamy head that rose just a bit and died fairly quickly leaving a thin spider web lacing

S: roasty through a decent toasted maltiness and a little bit of coffee

T: roasty through malts and coffee, no aftertaste, dry finish

M: light to medium, sessionable, carbonation is good for the style as its kinda smooth, good to me as well

O: nothing special, but nothing bad, just your standard Oatmeal Stout

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 08:13:58 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of Jul72


4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poors dark black with a thick tan head.

Smells of Malts and coffee.

Taste coffee and a hint of caramel that gives it a little sweet taste.

Average mouthfeel for a stout.

Overall very enjoyable. I would reccomend this to both regular stout drinkers and people who are trying their first.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 09:31:29 | More by Jul72
Photo of MikeAAL


3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body, thick tan head. No lacing.

Smells like roasted malts and burnt coffee.

Bitter taste. A lot of burnt coffee and malts flavors. Also, a hint of caramel.

Medium mouthfeel, light carbonation.

Overall, it's a pretty decent beer. A little too bitter for me though. I might buy this again. There's definately better options out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 21:35:35 | More by MikeAAL
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a thick two fingers of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is great: roasted malt and chocolate.
The taste follows suit but with a mild bitter bite at the end.
The texture is smooth and soft with moderate carbonation.
It hits all the notes for the style with an added extra bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 04:49:12 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of chilidog


4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up in Wisconsin, so glad I did.

It pours, black, no light aloud. Tan head that settles to skim and lace.

Aroma of chared dark wood and malts.

Taste is all malt with chocolate, oat, smoke, peat and earth. Slight hop and slight alcohol carry at finish.

The plus it the oat mild mouthfeel. The brew is soft and smooth.

Overall a great stout. I dont bring in a lot of oatmeal stouts, I'm glad I did this one , a personal favorite now.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 00:40:07 | More by chilidog
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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out mostly black with a 3/4" tan head that has very good retention and good lacing. Pretty. Aroma is like many oatmeal stouts: Smooth, without giving away much in terms of bitter roasting to the nose.

Taste, chewy, smooth, well done. Nothing exciting, but just what it should be, a little chocolate malt, smooth oat silkiness, respectable amounts of two row to provide some heft in the mouthfeel. Dry, not sweet. Hops exist, but are not overstated.

A great selection for someone who wants a no frills, low bitterness stout. Which I often do. Its all oats and grains for the most part. Well rounded. The quality of this beer, paired with its cost, should be a crowd pleaser, to experienced stout drinkers and those going there for the first time.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 00:00:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a six-pack of Alaskan Stout at a local Walmart, oddly enough. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours an black walnut color, opaque, with a modest bubbly tan head.

Smell is a roasted grain and coffee aroma with just a hint of bourbon scent.

Taste is a bitter charcoal flavor up front, with dark cocoa flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good, perhaps a bit thin for the style, but a nice non-cloying brew.

Overall a good stout, especially at Walmart prices. I'll probably have this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 00:15:50 | More by RJLarse
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Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pitch black with not much of head at any point in the pour or finish to speak of, granted the bottle has travelled a wee bit
S - milk chocolate and a sourish milk odour, some prominent coffee and grains follow
T - starts with bright cola flavour and quickly turns to a definite warm roasty oatmeal stoutness that finally gives this brew some legs
M - definitely trying to be on the thicker side yet still a bit watery in execution, not bad but more like a porter in feel
O - i'm drunk but its tasty and worthy of another, and what more can you ask of a beer really?

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 07:23:51 | More by joemcgrath27
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes... A random single that I procured on a recent trip to the States.

A - Pours pitch black, thumb of head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet cocoa with musty malt notes, hints of grassy hops, oatmeal and espresso on the finish.

T - Nice toasted malts, burnt toast, sweet milk chocolate with musty cocoa undertones, maraschino cherries and malted milk on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry on the finish.

O - Yummy oatmeal stout, solid flavour profile, deliciously simple.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:58:05 | More by andrenaline
Photo of budgood1


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out an opaque black colour. some crimson edges. thin tan head. wispy lace. cocoa and nougat aroma with some yeasty notes. flavour profile is typical of the style...soft dark malts....some bitterness from the blackened malts...oatmeal provides a gentleness all around making for a balance of the chickory and anise notes. hopping light and appropriate for the style. no alcohol detected. a quintessential taste profile for an oatmeal stout. medium bodied with an easy going mouthfeel made soft and supple from the oatmeal. very nice drinkability.

overall a rock solid if a bit unspectacular oatmeal stout. there is nothing to comment on to detract from the quality of this stout. a solid drinker and sessionable to boot. recommended for sampling.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:30:14 | More by budgood1
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Near-black with ruby highlights. Couple of fingers mocha head. Nice chunky lacings to the finish.

It's been awhile since I've had a well-flavoured stout and I really appreciate the big roasted malt aroma this is giving off. I'd say it tends towards dark coffee, slightly sharp and astringent.

Some sweetness up front, gradually develops to a more bitter coffee flavour. Nice hopping comes across in the finish, making it quite moreish.

Very smooth, but super-drinkable. Just the right amount of creaminess.

A really tasty oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 00:58:12 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of TheSixthRing


3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours opaque black with a tan, finger width head. Average retention. Lace is spotty with nominal stick.

Smell - Clean. Light notes of roasted malt and oat, but something I might expect out of a brown... and a very one-dimensional brown at that.

Taste - Light coffee and chocolate notes, with a bit of earthy oat character popping through midtaste. Finishes with a decent oat and chocolate mix.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Not much in the way of carbonation. Way too thin for a beer of this style.

Overall - This is a very middle of the road stout. Nothing terrible, but there's absolutely NOTHING to grab your attention and say "hey, that's interesting". For that, I detest it. Very plain Jane and boring.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:51:02 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of denver10


2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with a slight mocha head, that disapears before you can even put the glass down. This is a tale of two beers: Cold vs Warm. Cold everything about the aroma and flavor is non-distinct, bland, and one dimensional. At its best you get a hint of some roasted barley and some cherry syrup. Bleh. It stays this way for a while as it warms. Once it reaches a set temperature it seems to then come alive. Roasted barley and dark fruits come out to play and start to show themselves. There is maybe a tease of some chocolate alongside some alcohol hiding behind everything. Not a huge fan of the balance - I prefer more chocolate and coffee in my oatmeal stouts, much less to none dark fruits - but still so much better than it was when it first came out of that fridge. Mouthfeel is on the medium range of things with a nice silky texture, courtesy of the oats. Feels like its a touch watery in feel but just a touch. Overall, this one did not live up to my hopes for it. I was really looking forward to this when I found it in my store, actually hoped it could become a standby beer for me this winter (as I LOVE oatmeal stouts and am in the hunt for a new, solid sixer of the style) but, alas, it is not to be. Simply another one to put on the list of trieds.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:21:10 | More by denver10
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3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Fizzy tan head fizzles away atop a black body with a semblance of mahogany appearing around the edges. Head dissipates to a thin film pretty quickly.

S - Smells delicious. Chocolate is prominent as is the typical grainy/bready aroma that comes with oatmeal stouts. Maybe some dark fruits, but chocolate is the prominent aroma by far.

T - Very chocolate heavy, with some bready undertones. Not a very complex beer, but tasty nonetheless.

M - Mouthfeel is solid, however a little thin and watery. About what you would expect from a stout under 6% I suppose.

O - Pretty solid beer by alaskan, but it's pretty evident that this is a beer made to appease their large nationwide market rather than to create a monumental beast of a beer. Not that there is anything wrong with that, obviously. A solid session stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:10:46 | More by ChimRichels
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my inlaws for picking this up on their Alaskan trip.

A: Black with a tan head, thin ring of retention only shows a bit of leg.

S: Subtle aroma of brown sugar, coffee and roasted nuts.

T: The oats cut the roasted acidity leaving a light coffee note, plenty of molasses and cola-like dark caramel flavours with a solid bitterness to back it up. Hints of grainy biscuit and roasted nut round out the flavour.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has an off-dry finish.

O: It's not stellar, but it's a really nice drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 03:13:48 | More by Derek
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown appearing black. Small tan head and light lacing. Sweet and smoked malt, grain aroma. A very underpowered stout. Flavor has light roasted malt, faint chocolate and dark fruit, finishing bland. Tastes like an average stout watered down considerably. No part of the taste stood out as something to look forward to. Light to medium bodied. A rare Alaskan miss.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 19:16:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Black with a two finger almost tan head

S-Roasted malt, oats with chocolate and coffee sneaking in as well.

T-Sweet with the roasted malt and oats dominating. Like the nose the chocolate and coffee are there but not upfront.

M-Lighter for a stout and a tad on the watery side.

O-A decent stout but a tad watery for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 16:55:18 | More by rlee1390
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with ruby highlights and a thin tan head.

S - Roasted malt, dark grain bread, oatmeal, slightly lactic or milk stout like, light hints of chocolate and coffee.

T - Sweet milk chocolate, lactose, oats,hints of roasted malts and coffee.

M - Fairly light body, smooth and creamy.

D - Tastes like a blend of milk and oatmeal stout. Light and very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 00:17:15 | More by brewcrew76
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4.68/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been able to find this in my neck of Washington. But I'm from Alaska and was recently visiting some family in Alaska and this was on the tap list. I haven't ever had it and thought I would give it a try. I had this on two occasions both single glass and in a pitcher.

A- Very black, thicker pour and a very thick dark tan head. So far things look great.

S- Great stout smell, roasted grains, dark malts, and full flavors of what you would find in an imperial stout.

T- This tastes great! Super drinkable, you have a very full body with no bitter aftertaste that some stouts bring to the party. This is very tasty and I can't remember all the specifics but this has a nice malt to bitter sweetness. The full body is a nice thing to see over all the other thin almost porter like stout wannabees out there. This is a solid beer all around, I wish I could find this on tap at my local place. I'm going to start requesting this and hopes that people start to carry it.

M- Great full body feel like a stout should be. Almost as thick and chewy as an imperial stout.

O- This is great, probably my new favorite stout for sure. In my week long trip I think I had at least three or four pitchers of the stuff. It was super smooth and easy to drink, too easy to drink. Great brew for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2012 08:11:15 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark blackish brown with a light hint of ruby red on the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a solid three fingers of light tan head with good retention. Good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet dark roasted malts with hints of chocolate, oats, coffee, nuts, and caramel. Also some sugar and some subtle hints of dark fruits in the background. The oatmeal stands out nicely. Pretty solid smell.

Taste: A nice taste of roasted caramel malts with some good notes of chocolate, oatmeal, nuts, and coffee. A little bit of molasses and some light hints of dark fruits. Also a light presence of earthy hops that add some good balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy. Very smooth.

Overall: A very solid oatmeal stout. Nice complexity and the oatmeal flavor is pretty strong.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 04:42:25 | More by MattyG85
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3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

A: near opaque, black with deep reddish hues, poured with a darker tan head that dissipated to spotty covering
S: mild nose, some deep roasted malt evident
T: medium body, some burnt malt up front with balanced hop finish, not bad but lacked depth and character, not chewy like an oatmeal stout should be
M: ok, lacked character, thinner mouthfeel

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:09:17 | More by wisrarebeer
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