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Alaskan Stout | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan StoutAlaskan Stout

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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

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Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 437
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3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from either bottletrek or liquidsolutions

Pours purple/black tinged mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Roasted malt & not much else

T: Chocolate, a touch of dryness up front. A wee bit of vanilla, some woody dryness ^ a touch of mocha as this warms up. Finishes dry with a touch of iron & toasty malt. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Slick, with moderate carbonation, nice silkyness

Super drinkabiltiy, could put away at least 3 or 4 before I was itching to move on. Good solid stout that lacks some niceties

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. There’s a creamy smoothness to this one that feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – I don’t know how this is averaging 3.75 with 20 reviews. I think this is a standout. As I said, it’s not a big, full-bodied Imperial Stout, but it doesn’t claim to be. I like this one and will keep it on hand.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Todd
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of EROCK83
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of magictrokini
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

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.

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Photo of MattyG85
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.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of moundbz
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smooth, oaty and a great aftertaste

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of HoppySeb
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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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 OStrungT
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kevwcamp
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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