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Alaskan Stout | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
alaskanbeer.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-03-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
215
Ratings:
437
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
17.91%
 
 
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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 437
Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks dark, thick like cough-syrup. Looks a little bit like whisky and coke. Dark brown, red tint.

Smells sure like whisky and coke.

Up front malty, boozey taste. Following are hints of coffee, nuts, dirt. Something slightly sweet and sticky, but I had to really feel for it.

Feels thick, like it looks. Fizzy though.

Overall, nothing great; nothing terrible. Middle of the road stout. Okay for a oatmeal I suppose. Worth a try, especially as an entry into the style.

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Photo of beercam
4.72/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ah, Alaskan Stout. This one had a best by date of 8/16 and clocked in at 6.2% abv.

This stout beer has more flavor than many imperial stouts, and is certainly more balanced. One of the most well-rounded beers I've come across. It knows its limits and displays its in class and mastery through its minimalism and evenness.

To me this beer is a champion of the style; bottomless, robust flavor, elegant, pragmatic, restrained, esoteric. One of the best single stouts out there. Compare to North Coast or maybe even a Sam Smith.

Cheers!

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Photo of gshak
4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This will definitely be one of my go-to stouts from here on. Amazing complexity and balance for what is essentially a year-round, no-frills, offering from Alaskan Brewing. Alaskan has been consistently putting out some amazing beers with minimal fan fare. It is such a shame that there hasn't been much discussion or appreciation for this brewery. Onto the beer itself...
Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 5/11/16, so about 2 days away from its expiration date. Purchased this as a single bottle from Total Wine; it was kept out in the open; exposed to the elements. This being a dark beer, should hold well. Let's find out if that is true.

A - Pours a dark brown, with 2 fingers' width of light brown head.
S - Espresso, mildly roasted grains, milk chocolate, dark fruits, and sweet-smelling cigar. This is super impressive for a beer that is *only* 6.2% ABV - a shelf stout.
T - follows smell. Starts sweet, with a hit of caramel toffee transitioning into espresso with milk and melted chocolate. Dark fruits lurk in the background. Very impressed.
M - Medium as is to be expected in a stout of this size.
O - One of the better choices as far as readily available stouts go. Imperial or not, this stout should satisfy most palates. Highly recommended!

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Photo of DanJan
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Dark, dark brown with slight amber hues coming in around the edges when the light hits it right. Less than a finger of off-white head. Minimal lacing and retention. Faint bitterness on the nose, roasty with chocolate notes. A hint of oats if I look for it. Big roastiness with the first couple sips and then the oatmeal and chocolate mellows it out. Doesn't finish too burnt or bitter and is even better as it warms up. A little on the thin side so it doesn't stick on your tongue too long but an easy sipper. With all the crazy beefed up stouts out, it's nice to have one you don't have to think about and can just simply enjoy.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 011116
A - creamy tan head quickly fades to a foam on a black ale
S - roasted barley, oats, chocolate
T - roasty, chocolaty, a bit of caramel, coffee, and oats with earthy hops balancing out the heavy malt flavors
M - creamy and smooth, modest carbonation
O - pretty pedestrian oatmeal stout. There's nothing that's really wrong with it, but nothing really stands out about it. By definition it fits the style, but lacks any sort of wow factor.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, seems opaque black but red hues seen on extremities of glass when held up to light. Head is very fine, creamy, and filmy, retains well at first, tannish brown in color. Smells like cocoa, toffee, salt, leaf matter, dark fruit. More sweet aromas but not completely devoid of roasty character. Earth, plums, and molasses throughout, gets tarter and roastier as it bubbles up, a bit chocolate-like. Coffee is arguable. Faintest peppercorn notes from alcohol, with tobacco in the finish. Full-bodied though close to medium, slick and smooth, with gentler, finer suds though plenty of them, and lower astringency for a stout.

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Photo of 303beer
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brownish black with a thick rocky tan head. Has a light roast nose. The feeling smooth and silky. The taste is a light roast with chocolate notes. Really nice oatty stout.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/12/2015. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light smoke, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light smoke, light dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, molasses, toast, brown bread, light smoke/dark fruit, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice oatmeal stout style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of prock180
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the best Alaskan beers I've had. Big oats, chocolate, caramel a little on the sweet side for me. Nice and smooth. Easy drinking stout and very enjoyable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Alaskan, the king of nominal beers (well, except for their pumpkin porter - that was exceptional!). Lets see how their stout holds up or if it is going to be a yawn-fest.

Appearance : dark as dark can be, absolutely no light penetrating. The head is a rich almond color and 3 fingers tall.

Aroma : behind a large alcoholic presence, there are strong whiffs of cocoa, fudge, and earthy black licorice.

Flavor : the flavor is good with rich cocoa and licorice, and abundant in oatmeal. The end of the flavor profile brings an earthy hop, finishing with dry cocoa powder.

Mouthfeel : naturally full but not chewy, easy drinking for a stout but not watery.

Overall : hey, it's not bad, in fact I'd put it amongst the top ten or maybe five stouts ive tried. Better than most oatmeal stouts I've had. I recommend it, perhaps Alaskan is better at their darker beers.

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Photo of maedhros09
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Chocolately nose, mild apple-like acidity, mildly sweet maltiness balances the roasted character. In the end the acidity and fairly mild roast character threw me off a little, although I did like the sweetness and the overall range of flavors.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a beige / tan head - 1 finger. decent retention and lacing.

S: light coffee, chocolate, sweetness, caramel.

T: rich sweetness, chocolate, coffee, caramel, bready

M: medium mouthfeel, not too carbonationed. id prefer a little creamy-er

O: a solid middle of the road beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've never reviewed this? Whoah, time to get this one done, son.
I've had this at various times in pints and mugs, there's barely any change, but here's the rest.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one to one and a half foamy white to slight off white colored head. It dissipates in about a minute leaving some light lacing running here and there nicely.
The smell had a grainy roasted cocoa and slight coffee-ness to it.
The taste took that graininess and had the roasted coffee bean impose a sharp coffee aftertaste. It had a dry coffee finish.
The mouthfeel had a light to medium bodied roastiness rolling over my tongue. I'd say it was fairly sessionable. The carbonation was fairly good for the style and for me, nothing out of the ordinary but nothing really spectacular.
Overall, its a decent oatmeal stout, but I'm pretty sure there's some other oatmeal stouts I'd rather have.

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Photo of Kuaff
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cellarrrrrish temperature, in my imperial pint glass.

A thin tan head fizzles away quick-like. Black beer with ruby highlights.

Aroma? Yeah. Nice. Coffee, all kinds of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and subtle earth. Smells fookin' scrumptious.

Tastes fookin' scrumptious. Bittersweet coffee and earth, and a finish that unravels layers of chocolate and toasty malts on my palate. A bit of a dark kind of breadiness is hiding in there too.

The feel is... stout. Imagine that.

A stout that packs all KINDS of solidity! On the rare occasions that I drink UNimperial stouts, this is certainly something that will suffice...

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Photo of Romoworld
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It is a stout nonetheless however it is DOES NOT have that oatmeal stout taste to it, Alaskan Brewing CO Is one Of My Favorite Breweries and this Beer Doesn't settle good with me.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Best by date of 08.12.14.
Poured from a 12 oz into a tumbler on 05.23.14.

A: Midnight black with some red. It has no head but some fizziness when pouring.

S: Roasty chocolate. Sweet smelling.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and raisin are dominant. Char, apple, vanilla, and oak are subtle.

M: Creamy. Has maybe too much carbonation for a stout.

O: The roastiness is not overpowering. The oak quality was surprising. This is a go-to stout.

Rating: A-

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +7%

Had on tap at Bryant Lake Bowl, Minneapolis
Roast and chocolate on the nose
Pours clear black, 1/2" finely bubbled light tan head
Malt sweetness on the palate with caramel notes and chocolate balances the roast and coffee flavors well.
Medium full body, medium to medium low carbonation.

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Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

12 oz bottle, 6.2%, consumed in Redwoods Park.
Opaque black-brown; weak tan head that leaves spotty lacing.
Aroma: dark bread with hints of molasses, coffee and dark fruits
Flavor: Does not deliver on the promise of the aroma. Moderate level of dark roasted malts flavor. Tame. Coffee. Faint, roasty aftertaste.
Feel: medium-light carbonation. Medium-light body.
O: OK for style.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-dark brown black color with a nice tan head and a little lacing

S-dark malt, cocoa, coffee, hint of molasses

T-dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, little molasses, slight char

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-decent straightforward stout, would drink this again

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of BastardKing24
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of mikeg67
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.

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Photo of Jul72
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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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.

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