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
Ratings:
446
Reviews:
219
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.83%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
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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 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.

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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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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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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.

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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.

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