Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Alaskan Stout | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
215 Reviews
Read the review
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 215 | Ratings: 437
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.


 538 characters

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,298 characters

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-

 448 characters

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!

 1,270 characters

Photo of AmberMan22
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,638 characters

Photo of chaduvel
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 421 characters

Photo of pmcadamis
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

 1,205 characters

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

 438 characters

Photo of IKHOURY
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

 335 characters

Photo of sulldaddy
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

 830 characters

Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

 592 characters

Photo of rkhaze
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 476 characters

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

 445 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

 1,403 characters

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...

 624 characters

Photo of Magpie14
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark reds and a prominent saturated black. Soft tan colored head that was full of large bubbles and holes with lace that was sub-par, but still worth mentioning. Looks traditional for a stout...

S: at first whiff strong buttery and caramel notes. Roasted barley/oatmeal and pale malts hang like a storm in the distance. Otherwise light cocoa, coffee, and ever so soft citrus smells

T: oatmeal makes a showing as buttery, caramel-like, with a dollop of fresh cream. Roasted barley is burly and is what makes this brew very nice and balanced (weak coffee tones in the mix). Light citrus notes are also present and remind me of those sweet orange-wedge shaped chocolates. Flavors are unique, I find myself really enjoying this oatmeal stout...very tasty

M: hanging well over the mild fence and almost climbing the heavy fence. Not a bad sitting in the glass or mouth with soft carbonation, creamy at times, and quick to disappear

D: this is a great showing by the Alaskan Brewing Company. I can see this one being a regular purchase for trustworthy satisfaction flavors...nice!

 1,081 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.26/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a mild tan head. Fair retention, no lace.

S: Oat sweetness, coffee, dark chocolate, lots of roasted malts and sugar.

T: Delicious dark sugar/oatmeal sweetness drives the beer. Dark flavours, the main flavour is backed by the tasty chocolate throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth, crisp biting carbonation.

D: A beer that is probably my favourite from Alaskan, maybe even over the much heralded Smoked Porter. Not yet in the class of the classic Sam Smith's, but this is a delicious stout, under $8 a sixer, a buy is a no brainer for this quality. I don't know why I've never reviewed this, perhaps it's the fact that it's simply not available anywhere as a single. Bought a 6er on the cheap tonight and I'm glad I did.

 757 characters

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.

 1,244 characters

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

Appearance: Black with a dense, creamy brown head.

Smell: Roast malt, slight hop presence, Scorched toffee

Taste: Slight mineral twang followed by a robust blast of malt. Slightly dry hop finish

Mouthfeel: Full body with nice staying power.

Drinkability: Very nice, sessionable stout. Plenty of character, but not very heavy.

 333 characters

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.

 881 characters

Photo of hobbitking54
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

The appearance was a very dark almost black color but with a hint of red. The head disappeared almost imediately, and there was not much going on in the glass. There was a spot or two where i could see bubbles coming up. As for lacing, it didn't exist.

The smell was an almost burnt toasty smell. Although i like my toast a bit on the darker side, so i may have liked it for that reason.

The taste was very much like the smell in the fact that it reminded me of burnt toast. Also it had a sort of smokey taste, very pleasing though.

The texture was thick, and left a thin film in my mouth almost like when you eat too much syrup. Very awesome though, i was a huge fan.

As for drinking it again, I most definitely will.

 725 characters

Photo of tonistruth
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- black, hints of tan lacing, tiny bubbles rising to top, lacking a head

S- roasted, oats, chocolate, burnt malts

T- creamy, dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet oat aftertaste, hints of burnt malts during, very wonderful finish and after, strong roasted flavors

M- medium body, creamy and fluffy, maybe to a bit over carbonated

D- sooo smooth and wonderful taste, this is a top notch oatmeal stout, highly recommended, sessionable

 444 characters

Photo of jdhilt
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger light tan head that fades to a ring leaving a little lace. Black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet, malty and smooth, some nuttiness, finish has hints of bakers chocolate. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or. Their site has the ABV at 5.65%.

 321 characters

Photo of jsprain1
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Black with just a thin khaki head. good retention and lacing though.
S- Smell is of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee grounds, just a hint of sweetness, and just a faint hint of hops. well balanced and very complex.
T- Hoppy, for an oatmeal, but only in the sense that it balances out the burnt characteristics. Dark chooclate and coffee are the major flavors.
M- Full bodied, light carbonation, but appropriately. smoothness from the oatmeal. a bit chewy i would say.
D- Just an easy drinking, well made oatmeal stout. Love the style and this is a nice drinkable complex version.

 586 characters

Photo of bradleyp
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12oz. bottle from the Market of choice in Eugene, OR. I let it warm up a little bit to get some more of the flavor and aromas out. It pours a dark brown color. Very dark once in the glass, almost black, but not quite. The aroma appears to have a lot of oatmeal, chocolate, and some smoky flavor to it. Very tasty. I've had other Alaskan beers, but I did enjoy this one very much compared to some of the others. I would probably pick up a 6 pack the next time I decide to drink this beer.


 505 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Alaskan Stout from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 437 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!