Alaskan Stout - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
3.28/5 rDev -12.1%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:
Very black with a thin but sticky tan lace. Mild roasted grain aroma, a hint of sweetness from the oats and fruitiness from the alcohol way back in the nose. Fluffy, crisp, medium body. Lots of soft charred grain flavor that jumps from charcoal to a medium-roast coffee. Hop bitterness is there but never pushes back on the malt too much. Kiss of fruitiness and caramel in the middle. Pleasant roasted, semisweet finish.
A decent Oatmeal Stout, it's a tough style to go up against, as there are so many that surpass known benchmark beers. Regardless, any true Stout lover shouldn't dismiss a chance to try it.
09-09-2010 21:01:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
Presentation: 12oz short/snub brown bottle, with a bottled on date.
Appearance: Pitch black beer with a thin creamy tan lace that lasts to the bottom.
Smell: Caramel, toffee, roasted barley, coffee, mild fruity esters, faint sherri, grain and chocolate in the nose.
Taste: A silky smooth/creamy textured and full-bodied robust beer, with a very thick and even malt sweetness. Lots of roasted flavours up-front with a mildly sharp astringency and near sherri-like flavours. Dark chocolate and fruits, light coffee, musty grain and a delicate touch of smoke follow. Hop flavours are hidden in with the bitterness of the roasted barley, however there is a faint touch of citrus & floral flavours underneath that help cut the malt characters. Finishes with some roasted, smoke an chocolate in the aftertaste -- slightly dry.
Notes: Hmm ... a very nice, full and complex stout. The addition of oats also provides a unique fullness to this roasty beer. Most definitely worth a try for you stout lovers out there.
09-03-2001 00:00:01 | More by Todd
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -0.8%
Poured an ink black no light coming through this at all a somewhat fizzy-like mocha colored head that is gone quickly atop,roasty aromas with a hint of vanilla and earth soft but pleasant on the nose.A bit thin in the mouth even bit sharpness,roasty "soft" flavors a touch of raw earthiness comes in late with a hint of vanilla lingering as well.Not bad but pretty basic wich really isnt a bad thing,a nice dessert beer.
12-23-2006 01:00:47 | More by oberon
4.22/5 rDev +13.1%
Appearnace Almost black in color with a smallish head that I really had to work.
Smell The chocolate and coffee aromas have ripe fruit undertones of apricots, cherries, and peach. The heavily-toasted malt backbone is fantastic.
Taste The deep, roasted, malt flavors lead the way here. This is great. The coffee is bringing up the rear and the chocolate is present but not overpowering. The fruits come on as well, modestly but entertaining.
Mouthfeel This flat, medium-bodied stout lacks the heartiness of a big heavy-hitter, but it is nice nonetheless. Theres a creamy smoothness to this one that feels terrific in the mouth.
Drinkability I dont know how this is averaging 3.75 with 20 reviews. I think this is a standout. As I said, its not a big, full-bodied Imperial Stout, but it doesnt claim to be. I like this one and will keep it on hand.
10-30-2003 03:19:56 | More by RoyalT
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown / black with a thin brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin collar.
The aroma is a bit subdued but nice - sweet grainy chocolate malts and some coffee.
The flavor is sweet lactic and nutty chocolate malts with some coffee notes. It has a roasted dry finish that balances the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly watery and chalky.
Overall, a nice easy drinking stout.
10-25-2008 00:05:41 | More by Beaver13
3.45/5 rDev -7.5%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Near black with thin tand head and very little lacing.
Smell: Pretty sweet aroma with milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and oats.
Taste: Similar to the aroma with milk chocolate, caramel and a rather odd fruitiness. The finish has a tinge of hops, almost with some light citrus, but there is also some off-flavor aspirin chalkiness at the end.
Feel: Great creamy full mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Would be perfect if not for the off finish.
Overall: Almost a great Oatmeal Stout, but the strong fruit flavor and chalky finish knock this down a notch or two.
03-08-2012 23:29:36 | More by bsp77
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
My bottle had a green label that claimed to be an oatmeal stout. Anyway, this was a nice little beer. Pours dark brown, almost black, with a slight head. Aroma is oaty and chocolate. The taste was very smooth. Roasted malts, oats, and chocoloate dominate, but there is a coffee bite near the end. A bit thin, but a very good beer.
12-04-2008 19:06:14 | More by magictrokini
3.68/5 rDev -1.3%
Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA
Dark black body with a light brown head. Sheets of lacing down the glass.
Roasted malt, dark bread, and a slight sweetness come together nicely in the aroma.
The flavor follows the aroma similarly, though it's perhaps a touch more muddled. The roast dominates the flavor, though the sweetness is complementary and lingering.
Medium bodied with ample carbonation.
A good, easy drinking, relatively simple stout.
10-12-2011 19:24:21 | More by ehammond1
4.13/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
04-06-2012 04:42:25 | More by MattyG85
4.28/5 rDev +14.7%
A sweet stout if there was ever one; a milky, chocolatey sessional which should come directly after Guinness for converting a macro-lover to a stoutheart. It pours remarkably black, almost an absence of light rather than a real color, but some chocolate brown edges can be seen. The head rises fully, but quickly dwindles to a small lid of lace. The aroma is relatively mild, with the possibility of a chocolate bar dipped in Guinness. Flavorwise, the taste has lots of roastiness, tons of chocolate, a hint of coffee, more than a little buttery caramel, and literally scads of sugar. It's a remarkably sweet stout, and it could also be called a milk stout or a a cream stout. Alaskan chooses to call it an oatmeal stout. I never understood the difference between stouts anyway. It ain't an imperial, that's all I can say. Suitable for a toothsomely sweet session, or to be paired with dessert or shellfish. I can understand why seasoned stout-lovers aren't enamoured with this, but I really liked it, and I think it's a perfect choice for a first time stout drinker. It's sweet, which is a plus, it's not too thick, and it doesn't have a lot of hops so that a newbie can understand and appreciate the sweet, roasty flavor of the blacker malts.
02-22-2005 02:35:08 | More by Thrasher
3.85/5 rDev +3.2%
A- Black, with a tan head that disappeared all too quickly. Some nice lacing
S- Dark roasted malt, Coffee smell and some chocolate
T/M- Taste of roasted malt and oatmeal with a nice cream like flavor, carbonation is very light which makes for a good smooth taste, does have a slight bitter flavor but it is not bad. Goes down very easy.
D- Nice stout, not too strong of a taste. It goes down very easily and it would be easy to down one and start another. Is a bit heavy being a stout and all, but is very nice as an after meal beer.
10-02-2008 02:26:36 | More by monkeybeer
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
03-16-2013 00:00:54 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5 rDev -14.7%
Black and opaque with a creamy tan head of about 1/4 of an inch in height. Slighly obliques sliding ring laces. Baker's chocolate aroma on a sweet background. Low carbonation, but relatively thin mouthfeel. Flavor leans on the dark malt side, far from the dry styles. Neverthless, there's not a lot that jumps out, some sense of malt, slight vanilla, bare sweet orange. Not a lot going on in this one, no defining note of distinction or even a luxurious creaminess. While better than Big Sky Slow Elk oatmeal, I was reminded of that beer.
Source: Liquid Solutions
08-17-2003 17:47:54 | More by ADR
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
This beer pours a very dark brown with a brown head. The head fades quickly leaving minimal laces. It smells malty. It has hints of coffee. Not much to the aroma. Maybe just a slight caramel aroma. Pretty week. It tastes slightly of coffee. It is sweet. The roasted malts are detectable, but only slightly. I cant really say much more about the flavor. It is sort of dry. It is very mild also. It is carbonated well. It goes down quite smooth leaving a slightly malty, sweet taste on the palate. This beer might be a decent session beer because it is low in alcohol, and it is very non aggressive. If you are looking for an Oatmeal Stout, you should probably try something else. This beer is not really worth your time, or money. If you just want something to drink all night, and want to drink something decent, this beer is for you.
06-12-2005 21:11:47 | More by OStrungT
3.9/5 rDev +4.6%
Dark amber obsidian brew, almost black with a creamy cappuccino colored head. It's sticky and laces the glass very well. I'm a sucker for dark brews and as dark as this one is I can't wait to try it out.
Nose is like bitter dark chocolate with a slight toasted bread scent. Smooth. And rich but not very bold or outstanding. Still nothing that would make me stay away from this one. The right scents are there but not in the capacity that I'd like.
The taste is very much like the nose but thankfully more pronounced. Rich with hints of chocolate and coffee behind a solid sweet malt. A good brew with solid stout flavors. Nuff said.
Smooth brew with mild carbonation and a full body. Each silky sip of beer easily goes down and satisfies that dark beer craving we all get from time to time. Another fine brew from Alaskan Brewing co.
05-28-2011 16:57:31 | More by jbphoto88
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
This poured to a great looking thick and dark black with a fairly big head that shrank but lasted well. There's a fair amount of lace.
The smell is nice and strong with plenty of roasted malt and some oatmeal too. Roasted malt dominates the taste up front, while oatmeal and hops come through lightly in the finish. It's fairly smooth in the mouth, and the drinkability is pretty good.
08-26-2006 06:22:22 | More by watermelonman
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
12oz bottle, from a stop at Belmont Station in Portland a few months back.
This beer pours a very dark, almost black cola hue, with one finger of thin foamy beige head, which leaves some wafting, streaked lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of roasted malt, toasty oats, tart black fruit, and dark bitter chocolate. The taste is more sweet, lightly roasted malt, breakfast cereal graininess, some oily nuttiness, mild lactic sourness, medium baker's chocolate, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is quite tame, the body a solid medium weight, smooth, and not shy in its silky creaminess. It finishes off-dry, for certain, the chocolate-enveloped malt carrying the day against a weakly bitter leafy hop offset.
An agreeable stout, lots going on, but at the same time, approachable. Maybe a bit too sweet for a whole six-pack session, but no shame in saving a few for next time.
09-13-2011 23:07:01 | More by biboergosum
3.03/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
09-08-2012 04:51:02 | More by TheSixthRing
Alaskan Stout from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.