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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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Photo of Atricapilla
2.11/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of JDV
2.22/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of rpheld
2.41/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of denver10
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.02/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.99 for a 12oz bottle from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI.

A: near opaque, black with deep reddish hues, poured with a darker tan head that dissipated to spotty covering
S: mild nose, some deep roasted malt evident
T: medium body, some burnt malt up front with balanced hop finish, not bad but lacked depth and character, not chewy like an oatmeal stout should be
M: ok, lacked character, thinner mouthfeel

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Photo of bditty187
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 isn’t 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 Sky’s offering. This one is a little better but not much. Light in body, slick on the tongue from the low carbonation, there isn’t 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 don’t 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.

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Photo of Jredner
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions. Pours a slightly red-tinged black with a two finger thick mocha head that takes its time fading. The aroma is muted, but coffee, milk chocolate, detergent and roasted malt all make their play.

Fore is lightly roasted with a somewhat nutty flavor, some grassy hops, grain husks and very mild chocolate notes. It feels very smooth and goes down nice, but I’m feeling pretty blase about the flavor. It’s not offensive it’s just not intersting.

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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 woemad
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep dark blackish brown. Very small tan head that disappeared at extremely high speed. Scents of molasses and coffee. Taste was disappointing for an oatmeal stout as it was rather thin, not very complex.I'm kinda bummed, I was looking forward to drinking a good stout

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Photo of kemoarps
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Alaskan Amber is a pretty popular one where I come from, but I didn't have much experience with their stout.

it poured a dark cola black, with a dark tan head that only lasted a very little while. It left very little residual, and the carbonation almost seemed suspended, which looks kind of cool, but that's neither here nor there.

The smell is enticing, somewhat mellow and chocolate-y with a noticeable malt profile, though not overwhelming. The oatmeal of the oatmeal stout hints at itself here.

It has a pleasant taste, reiterating the smell, however it's really not anything special. I think that's how I would describe the beer overall. it is enjoyable, but doesn't stand out particularly in my opinion.

The mouthfeel is enjoyable, as it is not as overwhelming and mouthcoating as some of its brethren. the carbonation is subtle enough that it does not pierce, but it is by no means flat

folllowing the character of the mouthfeel, it is drinkable, and not as filling as other stouts. it is not gentle per se, but it is not as filling and dragging as some other stouts I have had.

overall, a good, but not great beer. I would definitely drink it again, but I won't exactly go about touting its virtues to everyone that will listen. worth trying it yourself, but not at hte cost of going exceptionally far out of your way.

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Photo of EliottJW
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I may have poored this a bit heavy handedly into a tumpler (tumpler?... I like that typo, so I think I'll keep it) pint glass, but the result was a nice, mocha tan 1.5 finger head that dissipated rather quickly. I now have a thin layer of head sitting on top of this attractive, midnight black stout. While the consistency of the beer looks to be a touch watery, I like what's left of the head and how it lurches down the glass wall with a few swirls of the tumbler.

There's not much to the smell of this beer beyond the sugary sweetness that blasts you right out of the gates. Malty to say the least and I want to say that it's more of a burnt scent that I'm getting than toasty.

Just as I suspected, this beer is extremely sweet to start out. Unfortunately, just like the smell, I don't get much that's desirable beyond the super sweet, burnt malts right at the front. a few seconds in, an alcohol bite hits the back of the throat and the finish is just like the smell; a strange burnt taste that is a bit off putting. however, the lingering finish to this beer is its saving grace with some nice oats creeping back up my pallet.

I really do appreciate the mouthfeel on this one. it's not quite as watery as the appearance would suggest, and I do love me some full bodied stout. I wouldn't say this is full bodied by any means, it's definitely a medium bodied beer and it's perfect for this style.

I can't say that this beer is largely drinkable as I don't really enjoy it so much. It's not overly alcoholic, but its sweet transition into alcohol just simply turns me off. I can see how some may enjoy it, but its just not for me.

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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 beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Totally black color. Large tan head. Aroma is chocolate and malts. A medium bodied stout. Lightly roasted malts. Light chocolate, coffee and toffee flavors. Slightly fruity. The taste improves as it warms. Kind of a disappointing beer from these guy, expected better. Drinkable, but there are lots of better stouts out there. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter,

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Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Yes it is dark like a stout, but I like to see that distinct appearance of a stout as the head form and this one didn't provide that - just poured dark with a beige head that declined to a ringlet rather quickly; lots of legs on the side of the pint glass, but no lace

Smell: Rather vague for a stout, with meaty hints of roasty malt and an afterthought of dark chocolate

Taste: Opens with a rather fruity flavor, with a dark cherry character that has some roasty elements underneath; after the swallow, some chocolate peeks through but the finish is rather sweet and lacks depth

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; lacks the creamy character one would expect from the oatmeal

Drinkability: Although it is not a great oatmeal stout, the beer is very drinkable and might be one of those beers that one would use to introduce an inexperienced beer drinker to the world of darker beers

Thanks, jh1982, for the opportunity

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

A vigorous pour leaves only a finger of mocha head atop this nearly black beer. Feeble retention and minimal lacing.

Aroma is sweet chocolate with a roasted coffee note to balance it out.

Flavor is pretty average, with the same chocolate and coffee as the nose. Finish is dry and roasty.

The oats make for some smoothness on the palate, but overcarbonation makes this beer hard to drink or enjoy, unless you're really into burping.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stubby 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Completely opaque but with carbonation shortcomings. Small brown head that disappears and leaves no lacing. Not what I'm looking for.
Picked up way too much alcohol in the smell and taste for a beer that is less than 6% abv. Its amazing that some beers can mask 9% and this one can't hide 5.7%. The alcohol fumes are just as prevalent as the oatmeal and roasted malts.
Pretty good mouthfeel, its a viscous beer that could be sessioned easily.
I just wasn't all that into this one.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark hazel, nearly black, with a tan foamy head. Smells of roasted coffee, but smell overall is faint. Taste is acidic and frity-sour. I generally don't like this taste over a roasted malt, and this is no exception. Acdity is not good for stouts. It just doesn't fit. It detracts from the other flavors. Overall, this is an interesting, but utterly forgetable brew.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark red brown appearing black. Small tan head and light lacing. Sweet and smoked malt, grain aroma. A very underpowered stout. Flavor has light roasted malt, faint chocolate and dark fruit, finishing bland. Tastes like an average stout watered down considerably. No part of the taste stood out as something to look forward to. Light to medium bodied. A rare Alaskan miss.

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Photo of Night
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable black with a thin, creamy, light brown head; long drippy arcs of lacing hold on fairly well. Aroma has a grainy oatmeal quality with a strong, almost overpowering cola sweetness. Notes of cocoa. Roasted malts. Mouthfeel is light-medium and mildly fizzy. Flavor is straight-ahead dark malts with a bit of smokiness and characteristic oatmeal tones; mellowed espresso notes throughout. Finish is flatly bitter, a touch sour, and somewhat dry. Aftertaste is bitter and sweet.

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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 Jeffo
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a big trade with akbeerfiend. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A dark brown pour makes a small, medium looking, beige head that quickly vanishes to a splotchy wisp and ring. Black body and no carbonation evident. A slight ring remains with zero lacing at all. Lacking for the style in this department.

SMELL: Roasted malts, definite oats in there, with hints of smoke, chocolate milk, and cocoa nibs. A nice nose, but needs to be a little stronger.

TASTE: Roasted malts and plenty of oat character. Chocolate milk again, with cocoa nibs, and some definite smoky elements. Follows the nose well. A roasted, oat, and smoky aftertaste is mild yet lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body and pretty big and full. Creamy enough, but the carbonation is slightly prickly on the palate. Goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Good here, though the carbonation could be a little smoother.

OVERALL: A decent beer, but nothing I'd have to track down again. The look could use a bit of improvement, such as a more persistent and attractive head, but the rest of the beer is just fine for the style. Thanks again akbeerfiend.

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