Alaskan Stout - Alaskan Brewing Co.
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2.1/5 rDev -43.7%
I was quite dissappointed in this beer. It was a bit weak overall compared with other oatmeal stouts. It seem to lack the chewiness and graininess that they shuld have. The head was nonexistent, while the beer itself had a nice toffee colored appearance. The flavor was primarily malt and toffee and was a bit sweet and not as creamy as I anticipated. I think that it may be a bit overcarbonated for an oatmeal stout. I had a hard time distinguishing any aromas from this beer, but could detect a bit of malt with some effort.
07-10-2007 01:39:25 | More by Atricapilla
2.2/5 rDev -41%
Bottle courtesy of Bitterbill in trade. Thanks!
Pours black with a lasting light tan head. Smell is unique, but with some thin chocolate and some sort of creamy "greenness" to it like an unripe banana. Taste is very lightly roasted thin malt and some metallic notes and an odd green tartness. Mouthfeel is lacking and is too thin as is the flavor. Just a very strange beer, overall.
06-30-2008 22:15:07 | More by JDV
2.4/5 rDev -35.7%
Hand delivered to Fargo from a friend in Kodiak.
A- Standard stout black, little cream head
S- Slight astringency, nothing else, may have been too cold
T- Roasted malt, no noticable bitterness, Where's the oatmeal?
M- I found it watery for a stout
D- There wasn't much going on in this stout, much like a dark ale with little impressionable flavor.
Dissapointed, but worth the try. The bottle will still go into the collection.
01-05-2007 04:08:05 | More by rpheld
2.73/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
09-06-2012 02:21:10 | More by denver10
3/5 rDev -19.6%
Black and cola like in color only much more opaque than a cola would be. Virtually no head and very still. Lightly roasted malt nose is the highlight for me. Clean and easy at the start. Then there is a dose of heavy smoke flavor that resonates as the flavor dries in the mouth and leads you to the finish. The aftertaste continues to be smoky. Its like taking a deep whiff of a smoldering campfire for some reason. I like smoke in my beer, but this one was a little much for me for some reason.
06-19-2009 15:56:23 | More by Ragingbull
3/5 rDev -19.6%
This beer was just ok for me. I want my stouts to be smooth and malty, in my opinion there is no place for hops in a stout. And in this beer there was a little bit of hops. In the front end you get malts, and a tiny bit of oatmeal, but the malt flavor and the whole complexity aren't anything special, it's just ok. Then on the back end you get a little hop bite and that just wasn't that good for me. Nothing horrible about this beer, just nothing that great, it's ok.
01-13-2011 15:30:24 | More by MaltsOfGlory
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
3.03/5 rDev -18.8%
Basically black in hue, especially in the middle, around the edges is some ruby highlights, most noticed when backlight. The head was beige in color, tightly compacted bubbles created a thin head, less than a half finger in height. However there was great staying power, in fact it just sat there a long while before turn soapy. The subsequent lacing was very spotty and quite minimal. It looks great! The nose is not impressive at all, there is little depth, the malt is one-dimensional and there sure isnt much in the way of oat sweetness. Ordinary roast with a kiss of espresso, I even get a kiss of minty milk. Odd. The potency is low but it is not saying much anyway. Overall the nose is very ordinary. It is too apathetic to be considered inviting. The palate is just as damn lackluster as the nose leads me to believe. It is sweeter, more milky then oaty, there is nothing wrong with that I suppose. Weak acidity from the roast, hints of espresso. The hops fail to say much and it adds hardly any bitterness. The taste is simplistic but flavorsome in a single-minded manner. It has a messy finish with lots of disjointed sweetness and some stray roasted notes; this is yet another weak tasting offering from Alaskan. Yawn. There are a lot of things about this Oatmeal Stout that reminds me of Big Skys offering. This one is a little better but not much. Light in body, slick on the tongue from the low carbonation, there isnt much I like about the mouthfeel. It is almost slimy. The one bottle I have is enough for me. This beer is a dud; there is no other way to say that. I dont care for it and thus it is not that drinkable. Sure it is easy to knock back but pointless to do so, I am very underwhelmed with this beer. It is forgettable. I purchased a 12-ounce bottle on-line from Liquid Solutions.
02-05-2005 22:24:53 | More by bditty187
Alaskan Stout from Alaskan Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.