Alaskan Stout | Alaskan Brewing Co.

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3.73/5
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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
Ranking:
#26,063
Reviews:
220
Ratings:
450
pDev:
12.87%
Bros Score:
3.63
 
 
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Ratings: 450 |  Reviews: 220
Photo of psmith161
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beercam
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
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 gshak
4.49/5  rDev +20.4%
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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Photo of nmann08
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Matthowland
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MaxPowers
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Taologic
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of miwestcoaster
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BellsFan
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DanJan
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
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 ovaltine
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of barnzy78
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, best by 011116
A - creamy tan head quickly fades to a foam on a black ale
S - roasted barley, oats, chocolate
T - roasty, chocolaty, a bit of caramel, coffee, and oats with earthy hops balancing out the heavy malt flavors
M - creamy and smooth, modest carbonation
O - pretty pedestrian oatmeal stout. There's nothing that's really wrong with it, but nothing really stands out about it. By definition it fits the style, but lacks any sort of wow factor.

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Photo of Libeertarian
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark, seems opaque black but red hues seen on extremities of glass when held up to light. Head is very fine, creamy, and filmy, retains well at first, tannish brown in color. Smells like cocoa, toffee, salt, leaf matter, dark fruit. More sweet aromas but not completely devoid of roasty character. Earth, plums, and molasses throughout, gets tarter and roastier as it bubbles up, a bit chocolate-like. Coffee is arguable. Faintest peppercorn notes from alcohol, with tobacco in the finish. Full-bodied though close to medium, slick and smooth, with gentler, finer suds though plenty of them, and lower astringency for a stout.

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Photo of zestd
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of dmadsen
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BFCarr
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ANiklaus
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jmarko579
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WoostaBia
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 303beer
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brownish black with a thick rocky tan head. Has a light roast nose. The feeling smooth and silky. The taste is a light roast with chocolate notes. Really nice oatty stout.

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Photo of iRun2Beer
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lagerquestrian
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alaskan Stout from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 450 ratings