Alaskan Stout | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan StoutAlaskan Stout

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

12oz bottle, from a stop at Belmont Station in Portland a few months back.

This beer pours a very dark, almost black cola hue, with one finger of thin foamy beige head, which leaves some wafting, streaked lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells of roasted malt, toasty oats, tart black fruit, and dark bitter chocolate. The taste is more sweet, lightly roasted malt, breakfast cereal graininess, some oily nuttiness, mild lactic sourness, medium baker's chocolate, and mild earthy hops. The carbonation is quite tame, the body a solid medium weight, smooth, and not shy in its silky creaminess. It finishes off-dry, for certain, the chocolate-enveloped malt carrying the day against a weakly bitter leafy hop offset.

An agreeable stout, lots going on, but at the same time, approachable. Maybe a bit too sweet for a whole six-pack session, but no shame in saving a few for next time.

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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 zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of bubbly foam. It left soapy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of chocolate, roasted malt and some citrus.

T - It tasted of some sweet chocolate with some bitter roasted malt. It had a citrusy hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a fairly dry finish.

O - This is a nice oatmeal stout. I'm glad I got to try this.

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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 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 NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An opaque black body reveals ruby highlights at the base of the glass when held to the light. The creamy dark-tan head drops shortly but maintains a decent collar and some whispy surface foam throughout the glass. Lacing, however, is limited. Mocha greets you in the nose through the combintion of a creamy-coffee-like roastiness and the cocoa/fruit combination of a chocolate & raisin bar. The fruitiness is intriguing (almost cherry-like) and the chocolate at times appears a bit like cocoanut... very nice! The body is light, but the very fine and moderate carbonation leaves it lightly creamy in the mouth and smooth in the swallow. At first the rich chocolate/coffee-like maltiness dominates in the flavor, but as you progress the almost sour-ish fruitiness (cherries, raisin) steps into first place. The roastiness comes up mid-palate, followed by a gentle caramel sweetness. Chocolate, and a splash of fruit, make another appearance in the finish but are short lived before dryness sets in. It's very well balanced with an underlying bitterness that holds everything in place but never comes forward. Exceptionally well done and quite enjoyable!

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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 Kegatron
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Bubba83 for this bottle.

Pours a softer black with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy mocha colored tan head. Settles into a thin filmy covering that leaves some decent lacing back that readily slides down the sides of the glass. The aroma has a big smell of roasted oats and sticky chocolate sweetness, light coffee accents, and a bit of light dark fruit or citric tang.

The taste is also quite full with a nice mix of chocolate syrup and roasted notes, coffee and citric character, and a bit of hop bitterness towards the back of the swallow. The mouthfeel is a beefier medium bodied with a pricklier feel up front and a slicker undercurrent of oatmeal smoothness underneath.

Solid all around Stout here with some nice full flavors and a toasty warm feel to it. The combo of the flavors and a heftier feel are keeping the drinkibility back for me a bit but I still really enjoyed this bottle. Thanks a lot for this one Kev!

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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.

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Photo of russpowell
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was very nice, and much bigger then I would have thought. A deep chocolate brown color was evident right away. Very nice and dark with a big foamy head of light tan coming up and over the top and settling down quit nicely I have to admit. Really nice lacing as it settles down inside the glass. Rich, sweet aroma of milk chocolate, cookie dough, touches of lactose coming through right out of the gate. That warm, sweet smell you find in a well done oatmeal stout. Warming did fade it out a little bit, but nothing terrible at all, in fact in fact it was still more then decent. Smooth, even carbonation really gave a nice kick to the medium body, as it did not come across to heavy at all, in fact just about right. Nice coating on the tongue of sweet malts and chocolate touches balanced against a light coffee bitterness in the finish was just what was needed. Light and easily session able, the bottle was made quick work of.

Overall this was very solid and very serviceable. Really a good representation of the style and easily one of my favorites I have had from them. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day!

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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.

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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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: motor oil black, with a thick, cocoa-tan head, looking like a liquid oatmeal cookie, fluffy, creamy, oh-so-inviting.
Aroma: creamy and light, with minor espresso notes, chocolate, lively and warm, opening up as go, more flavors opening up, anise, brown sugar, molasses, all contributing to a tasty, toasty nose.
Taste: Full-bodied, massively textured, continuously flavorful, chewy and chocolatey, with a touch of ash. (Sure it's not Alaskan Smoked Stout?)
Very nice, very good. I could get used to this one.
I'm partial to this style, and this version grabbed me the right way.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight oatmeal, slight roasted malt, hops, and hint of coffee. Fits the style of an Oatmeal Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight earthy malt, hint of hop, and hint of coffee. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

07/19/05- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle poured into my Anchor X-mas pint glass.

Appearance- Black pour with a limited head which quickly fades. The lightest of lacing if any.

Smell- This is the winner of this beer. Lots of dark chocolate scent as well as dark roasted malt. Nice sniffing beer.

Taste- Has your typical coffee/chocolate/dark malt flavors. Nothing spectacular. None of the flavors really jump out at you.

Mouthfeel- Not creamy at all. Almosty a bit watery. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- Not bad, but the mouthfeel brings the beer down. Doesn't have that lip smacking thickness you like in a good stout. Still worthy of a try though.

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

Appearance: black in color with short one finger tan colored head that slowly receded. Mild lacing developed.

Smell: very soft roasted malt tones were hard to pull out of the glass. Little else was noticed.

Taste: roasted malts, oatmeal providing some softness, raisins, and a mild bitterness makes up mild flavored stout.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout. Very mild and short-lived roasted aftertaste.

Drinkability: decent but there are some better oatmeal stouts out there. Worth giving this a try.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad oatmeal stout. It pours a blackish color, nice carbonation, basically no head, not much lacing either. There's a nice malty/caramel scent. The taste is slightly bitter and toffee/caramel like, nice bitter finish as well. Medium body. Drinkable, but there are many other oatmeal stout's better to me out there.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice stout, reminds me a bit of the Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. The taste is a mellow dark roasted grains which if folllowed by a slightly creamy chocolate oatmeal aftertaste. The aroma is of sharper, bitter black grains. I very easy and approachable stout, but not the richest in flavor. Still very tasty and worth trying if you're into oatmeal stouts. While the flavor is smaller, it's extra drinkable for the style.

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Photo of WesWes
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thin brown head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich black malt scent with a dry oatmeal feel. It boasts of chocolate, patent, and crystal malts. The taste is decent. It has a dry, but rich black malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes a bit earthy. The taste is not all that great. It seems a bit top heavy with black malts. The mouthfeel is average. It is a full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This would be better served having less carbonation. It also hurts the drinkability. This is an average stout. I like the complexity, but the mouthfeel and grain bill need tweeking.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I knew Alaskan had to make a stout, but this scores an extra point in originality, as it's actually an oatmeal stout. On to the beer:

As you could expect, it's opaque in color with a decent little head, but the retention is a little sub-standard. It has a really nice sweet smell to it of cocoa and oatmeal, with a subtle burst of burnt malts. A nice change-up from the everyday sight of pale ales and DIPA's.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with a healthy white head that sticks around as a thick cap. Some lacing that disappears quickly. Smells creamy and chocolatey. Similar taste, with lots of roasty chocolate, cream, slightly sharp tasting. A touch of prunes and licorice on the finish- a really nice depth of flavor in this beer for the low abv. Mouthfeel is smooth, slilky, and creamy. Quite impresssed with this beautiful session beer.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: black with a slight tinge of brown when held up to the light. Half a finger of compact tan head. A nice-looking stout.

Smell: rich chocolatey roast-malt aroma; not particularly complex but I like this smell in a stout.

Taste: not as much chocolate as the aroma, but there is some there. Plenty of roasted malt and a little bitterness at the end. Some tart character, which is not my favorite, but it's not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, relatively little carbonation but enough to keep it interesting -- good for the style.

Drinkability: a nice, solid stout. I'd have a couple of these with a hearty meal.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a black color with perhaps some brown highlights to it. As I was pouring it I could see the it was a brilliantly clear deep brown color. The head is initially a bit more than one-finger thick and is a light brown color. The aroma at first hits you with a roasted bitterness similar to a rich black coffee, it then begins to pick up some sweeter malt notes of chocolate and something reminiscent of candied malt balls. There is a definite acidic component to the roast character as well, perhaps a bit like an espresso.

The body of this beer is a incongruent mix of lightness mixed with a slight, oily mouthfeel contributed by the oats. The taste is of course dominated by roasted notes, which contribute both a significant acidity as well as burnt grain notes reminiscent of the darkest roast coffees. The beer's finish has an astringent grainy, burnt grain-husk note to it that is typical of many American Stouts. This beer certainly has lots of flavor especially given how light it feels on the palate. The burnt/ roast flavors and the acidity tend to linger on the tongue long after the beer has left my mouth.

This stout definitely seems to need a bit more malt and body to it. The roast character is just a bit too strong. Having said that, this definitely appeals to the side of me that likes a thick, black, strong cup of joe in the morning. The Oats add just a touch of body to this brew, which certainly helps out.

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