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Alaskan Stout - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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84
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346 Ratings
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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 27
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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Backlash209

California

5/5  rDev +34%

09-03-2012 21:44:02 | More by Backlash209
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NCLorax

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +34%

12-03-2011 19:58:23 | More by NCLorax
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Anew

Washington

5/5  rDev +34%

12-08-2011 20:56:51 | More by Anew
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ColSanders123

Georgia

5/5  rDev +34%

11-15-2011 06:30:03 | More by ColSanders123
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lakersfan16

Alaska

5/5  rDev +34%

11-18-2011 23:20:49 | More by lakersfan16
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +34%

02-29-2012 18:39:51 | More by Rocketman8911
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EROCK83


4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

04-21-2012 20:16:05 | More by EROCK83
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chrisfallon83


4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

06-04-2012 07:35:17 | More by chrisfallon83
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Wetpaperbag

Washington

4.68/5  rDev +25.5%

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.

04-06-2012 08:11:15 | More by Wetpaperbag
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sukwonee

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

01-16-2012 03:58:00 | More by sukwonee
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jandadeboer

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

08-12-2012 18:32:06 | More by jandadeboer
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DerwinWentworth

Utah

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

04-30-2012 02:39:49 | More by DerwinWentworth
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pathead

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-11-2013 01:24:26 | More by pathead
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ChopsMeister

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

11-09-2012 05:36:24 | More by ChopsMeister
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

05-05-2012 22:15:29 | More by nickfl
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +19.3%

12 oz bottle, poured into a schooner glass.

Pours a supremely dark brown, with the faintest of garnet highlights. A mocha colored head briefly adorns the brew, before settling quickly in typical fashion given the style. Not a whole lot of lace, but a ring of microscopic, almond-colored bubbles circle the top of the beer. When agitated, it reappears with little effort.

The smell threw me at first, because it was so strong. I initially interpreted it as all oatmeal, but there is more complexity to it than that. A hint of maple, nuttiness, along with sweet roasted malt, and a tinge of molasses. Definitely a winner as far as Oatmeal stouts go, which are general light on the oatmeal, and don't have nearly the complexity that this beer does.

Chocolate roasty malt, prominent oatmea,l -- which too many oatmeal stouts seem to skimp on, IMO -- a slight nutiness that complements and augments the oatmeal flavor, and even a slight amount of alcohol creeps in as the beer warms.

I am very impressed with this beer. I initially found the carbonation a bit sharp, but that was when the beer was admittedly too cold for my preference. It feels fairly thick, maybe a little too much for my tastes, but I personally found this beer to be excellent.

Absolutely worth a try, as seem to be most of Alaskan's darker colored offerings. I found the black IPA considerably better than the standard IPA, and the smoked porter was a thing of beauty. Can't wait to try the barleywine some time. Bottom line: if you're a dark beer lover, do not overlook Alaskan. I may have to buy some Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout just to make sure I haven't gone crazy.

03-02-2012 23:59:16 | More by AmberMan22
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

A - Purple-black like a bad bruise, this viscous brew supports a nice tan head and deposits large amounts of lace around the glass.

S - Creamy chocolate pudding, melted milk chocolate, and maraschino cherry syrup. This smells like a chocolate covered cherry taken with a sweet cup of coffee with cream. I detect some bran-meal notes along with a dark fruitiness (prunes and raisins).

T - This is much darker and more chalky/charcoal-y than the sweetish nose suggests, but as is par for the style, this is mellow and smooth... not aggressively bitter and biting like other styles of stout. The smoky and burnt rubber flavors are nice, but it's almost understated and under-assertive. There is also a red-wine like note at the finish that adds complexity and interest. Good stuff!

M - Smooth and silky, this is luscious in the mouth and mild on the finish. A little lingering chocolate flavor is left after the swallow.

D - I always find both oatmeal and milk stouts far more drinkable than the standard variety (although not as drinkable as nitro-canned Irish Dry stouts!), and this doesn't fail to live up to that standard. Probably this beers shinning characteristic, drinkability is off the charts.

01-09-2009 18:49:39 | More by pmcadamis
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

This poured with a big, foamy deep-tan head above a deep, dark-brown beer that would not allow any sunlight to penetrate it. The nose was rich with chocolate, coffee, and smoky notes. Mouthfeel was medium with a veritable explosion of flavors on the tongue. I got dark chocolate, dark-roasted coffee and more of the charcoal smokiness on the tongue. The finish had a molasses-like bittersweetness to it. A really good oatmeal stout, IMHO.

08-02-2007 20:01:27 | More by woodychandler
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chaduvel

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +18.8%

Thanks again to Alexgash and Idaho. Looks like a great stout, deep black, dark dan head. Not as much head as others. Smell is amazing. A calorific burst of roasted grains, chocolate, and an intense aroma of marshmallows!? Yep it must be marshmallow. Tste is smooth and delectible with the hops hidden but allowed to speak in whispers. Full body and very drinkable. Again a beer that I would like to see on the East Coast.

03-09-2004 17:07:01 | More by chaduvel
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IKHOURY

Nevada

4.35/5  rDev +16.6%

The stout pours dark brown, almost black in color. The head quickly resides, but seems to want to stick around. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. The aromas carry through on the palate mixed in with sweet oatmeal. The carbonation is surprisingly high which gives it a lighter body feel. A good stout I could drink on a regular basis

10-12-2010 03:24:50 | More by IKHOURY
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

Pours black with a thin light brown head that forms then descends to a thin, lasting cover - espresso-looking.

The smell is chocolate-y with some anise/licorice. It has a nice roasty smell to it.

The taste is of chocolate with a hint of coffee from the roastiness, dark fruits and chickory mix in, adding complexity. It has a smoky, woody finish.

The body leans more porter-ish, but it is full enough to work well. It has a silky smoothness to it.

Tasty and very drinkable! Well-rounded with nice complexities to it!

Thanks again for this treat, Bill!

11-08-2008 13:11:30 | More by jwc215
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

My bro hooked me up with this bottle too. Pretty sweet haul of Alaskan beers.
I am sampling at room temp in a snifter. The beer pours pitch black with a 2 cm spongy and creamy tan head foaming up easily. The head fades slowly to a sturdy edge layer and a bit of a thin surface presence. Aroma is roasted malt and some chocolate with a bit of brown sugar and coffee too. Sort of like a ultra lite and sweet mocha. The first sip reveals a fairly thick body and mild carbonation. There is a smooth coating across my palate as the beer rolls towards my belly. The flavor is fairly sweet overall with some brown sugar, slight oat flakey flavor, with molasses and chocolate. There are no hops that I detect nor any presence of alcohol. The beer is a real easy drinker and finishes roasted and molasses that lingers. QUite a nice brew!

01-03-2006 04:23:16 | More by sulldaddy
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rkhaze

California

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Pours out absolute black with a creamy brown head. Looks good.
Smells dark roasted and sweet. Heavily roasted malt, coffee, milk chocolate and a whiff of tartness.
Tangy bittersweet flavor. Deep roasted malt, dark creamy chocolate, coffee and a tangy bitterness in the finish. This had a mild tartness that gave it a lactic nuance.
A bit thin bodied but had that velvety smooth and chewy Oatmeal Stout mouthfeel.
Great drinkibility. This one surprised me. Nice solid beer.

11-04-2004 00:21:04 | More by rkhaze
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

This heavy oatmeal stout pours a roofing tar color with a thin and fading beige head. A rich toasted malt and vague rye aroma rise up. The rich and thick body houses lots roasted malt flavor with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel, with a lightly herbal finish. The hops are citrusy with mild peppery spice. This is a beer of some substance and is no doubt loaded with flavorful life sustaining nutrients.
Thanks and cheers to Genaro!

01-22-2004 15:24:04 | More by BeerResearcher
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%

Darkest walnut with generous ruby edges. The beer is capped by an Alaskan-sized head of rich cream that is light brown in color, looks like it'll last a while (it does) and also looks like it'll coat the glass with a fair amount of lace (it does that too).

Classic stout aroma: roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and black coffee. Try as I might, I can't pick a clear winner between chocolate and coffee in terms of power. Citric hops add additional olfactory interest. All in all, a wonderful nose.

Alaskan Stout is hoppier than expected, a definite bonus. The flavor profile is dominated by well-roasted barley, sweet chocolate and black coffee. Both the amount of flavor and the depth of flavor are impressive for the sub-style. This is such delicious beer that I'm having a hard time keeping myself from gulping it. Was that 12 ounces already?

I don't know whether oatmeal truly adds softness to a beer's mouthfeel, but I find it easy to believe after drinking this oatmeal stout. I'll call the body/mouthfeel medium for the style; fully acceptable in a non-Imperial as far as I'm concerned.

Alaskan Stout is a pleasant surprise. It'll never be mistaken for big beer, but then that's true of most oatmeal stouts that I've run across. Speaking of oatmeal stouts, this excellent Alaskan Brewing Company offering can go toe-to-toe with the best of the style and not flinch. It's that good.

01-21-2005 17:14:06 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Alaskan Stout from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.