Alaskan Stout | Alaskan Brewing Co.

Alaskan StoutAlaskan Stout
447 Ratings
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 GordonofSeattle
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: While there was little head the color was a rich and smooth roasted black.

S: very little smell

Taste: Creamy, smooth, tasty, not particularly exciting but in a refreshing way. A beer that I could easily see drinking with a meal.

M: Smooth, clear, creamy, good. The way an oatmeal stout should feel

Overall: While it won't knock your socks off this is a solid oatmeal stout and definitely worth picking up a very economical six pack.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of ptarmigan98
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JackieTH
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque brown-black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly leaving no trace or lacing. Smell is roasted malt, lightly chocolate and nuttiness/oats. Taste is sharp at first with piercing carbonation then settles down over the palate with vanilla, molasses, chocolates, oats, and roasty elements. Mouthfeel is a bit too light, body doesn't hold together as well as I'd hope, and carbonation seems prickly. Finish is dryish. Overall there are some very good elements in this beer, but it's not tied together well.

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

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Opaque black like every other good stout, single finger of tan head that has mediocre retention and lacing levels.

S. Roasted malt and black coffee, some faint dark fruits appear when allowed to warm up towards room temperature.

T. Dark chocolate, some mineral-like qualities, caramel, diluted black coffee and more oddball dark fruit flourishes in the finish. I would have preferred it slightly drier for my tastes.

M. Heavier side of medium bodied, smooth texture, perhaps slightly undercarbonated.

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Photo of bsp77
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thin tand head and very little lacing.

Smell: Pretty sweet aroma with milk chocolate, dark fruit, caramel and oats.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with milk chocolate, caramel and a rather odd fruitiness. The finish has a tinge of hops, almost with some light citrus, but there is also some off-flavor aspirin chalkiness at the end.

Feel: Great creamy full mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Would be perfect if not for the off finish.

Overall: Almost a great Oatmeal Stout, but the strong fruit flavor and chalky finish knock this down a notch or two.

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Photo of NEDmiller
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AmberMan22
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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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Photo of Rocketman8911
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of rawfish
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a pitch black body leaving some dark brown highlights on the edges. Short cap of hot chocolate foam that settles to a tight cap quickly. Nearly no lace, just a few spots here and there.

Quite limited when cold but starts to set off some dark sweet fruit and chocolate aroma as it warms. Raisins, dark cocoa, some lactic acidity over some cereal grains.

Mild roasted coffee with dark sweet cocoa. Over all very light and thin with some complex dark fruit notes of fig, raisins and a lactic acid kiss on the finish. Very pleasant.

Low carbonation, lighter body with the velvet smooth texture from the oats makes this a very enjoyable beer. The way it glides along the palate and delivers the flavor across it is near perfect. No detectable stickyness as well. Lactic acid bite on the finish keeps it from a 5.

Tremendous oatmeal stout for the value, very smooth. I drank the hell out of this one on my Alaskan cruise and would be happy to pick up another sixer when I see it.

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Photo of morimech
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with half a finger of head that quickly settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass during consumption.

Has a pleasant malty aroma with the oats coming out nicely. A little bit of toasted malt compliments the aroma.

Very mildly roasted stout. More of a caramel and toffee flavor. There is a little bit of an oat flavor. An odd fruitiness comes in near the finish.

The oats did there job in the mouthfeel. Just soft and smooth texture that the carbonation does not interfer with.

Sort of a milder, more traditional oatmeal stout. Other than the odd fruitiness in the flavor, a worthwhile stout.

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Photo of KidRagnarok
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A- Pours a deep thick black that appears slightly brown at the very bottom of the glass when raised to the light. Has a thin dark tan, bubbly head that forms and dissipates within the first 30 seconds of pouring the brew.

S- The smell of toasted chocolate notes is very evident along with a slight crispness that smells very fresh. Slight caramel and bread hints hit the nose as well leaving a smell that is just a bit more sweet than it is savory. Smells almost a bit like mass produced chocolate chip cookies.

T- Sweet and milky with hints of grainy oats that gradually appear in mid taste. finishes with a slight chocolatey aftertaste that is overall light.

M- A overly medium to full bodied beer that is very thick and chewy. Mild carbonation but nothing to over the top.

O- A very average oatmeal stout. It almost actally taste's a bit like a milk stout at first but halfway through tasting it the oat flavors definitely come into play and let you know that they are there. A nice solid beer.

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Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of sparx1100
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of bootsdomino
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of jfcaa193
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of poppyjohn
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of TrojanWheels
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of chuckgfk
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Poured into a snifter.

Pours thick and very dark brown with minimal head. It was so viscous that I couldn't get it to produce a head because the pour was so smooth (even when I raised the bottled trying to produce turbulence). In the glass it looks black.

Smells of sweet roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and general dark malts.

The initial flavor is roasted barley and lactose (or equivalent) sugar. Some notes of milk chocolate, caramel, and lighter malts come through as well. Only a faint twang of hops. Overall the flavor seems a bit muted, but what is here is classic for the style and tasty. No off flavors.

The mouthfeel is somewhat thick but not heavy. The carbonation feels a bit overdone. Once again this is good, but it isn't as velvety as the best (Samuel Smith's).

Conclusion: This is a fine oatmeal stout, and one that wouldn't turn down on any occasion. The flavors are nice and they mesh well, but overall it lacks the silky richness of the best in this style. Not that I could brew better...

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Anew
5/5  rDev +34%

Alaskan Stout from Alaskan Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 447 ratings
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