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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Ratings: 452 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this while in business in Federal Way, WA. The beer poured a very dark brown with black highlights. Nice brown foam, not a ton of lacing.

I thought the smell was a bit subdued. There was some roasted malt aroma and a bit of molasses, but the smells were a bit to much on the faint side.

Taste was solid and workman like. The roasted malts were a little more evident in the taste than they were in the smell. Beer had a sweeter edge that I’m guessing came from the oatmeal. Lots of alcohol presence as the beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was solid as the carbonation was perfect for the beer and I also liked the creaminess. Drinkablity was ok, they need to subdue the alcohol a bit for the beer to advance up my scale.

Nothing wrong with this beer and it will certainly do in a pinch!

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Photo of zacharius
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This dark black beer pours a creamy tan head that lasts through the glass. Smells of grain and bread. Taste is of roasted almost chocolaty malt without any astringency. Hops are there only for bitterness. Beer is sweet but not sickly so, is in balance. Very creamy mouthfeel, full bodied. Very drinkable, I could drink it all night long.

A very traditional oatmeal stout not as much astringency in the finish as most. People who don't usually like stouts should like this one. I wish it had a bit stronger flavor but is a good session beer.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch almost coca cola black with a rather small tan mocha head that vanishes into the black hole rather quickly. The smell was a strong caramel and roasted coffee beans, a little lighter roast smells than most stouts. Hint of cocao and tapioca. Taste is lighter almost porter like. Roasted malt sweetness is the main taste followed by mild bitterness. Grilled fruit mixed with caramel toppings was a pleasant suprise to find mixed with the light roasted malts. A drinkable stout, above average but to many top notch stouts out there to give this another shot.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Perforated date code of A021604. My label looks different than the one posted, but the same style, but the house is by a river.
Aroma: Roasted malt and chocolate malt blend in a nice bitter sweet chocolate aroma.
Appearance: Opaque obsidian with the slightest deep brown head. Head never really built up and collared quickly. Carbonation lasted a while, but the head dropped off without lacing.
Flavor: Starts rich and heavy and then disappears in the lightest hop mist. This stout has a wonderful balance with the light touch of dark malts and the restrained but firm hop bitter. I get a little cold coffee aftertaste and a little nuttiness after reading other reviewers notes.
Mouthfeel: While I see some carbonation, the beer feels rather flat, but smooth and creamy, so the low carbonation doesn’t really detract from the experience. The swallow ends with a very clean finish.
Overall Impression: A wonderful beer. It is refreshing and satisfying at the same time; dark in color, light in taste, classic Stout. Carbonation is a touch low, but I think it actually helps drinkability, I’d down two or three of these on a hot Alaskan day (did I just say that?) Recommended.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very murky dark brown with a very small but fairly long lasting tan head. The smell is faint and consists of roasted malt and light coffee tones with a touch of hops. The taste reveals a roasted malty chocolate witha coffee undertone and mild hops. This is a light to medium bodied brew that finishes slightly dry.

Notes: This is a pretty good stout that I didn't regret giving a try, but it's not really one that I'll seek out in the future. It's a tad thin for an oatmeal stout style and understated yet still complex as a stout should be. Cheers!

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Photo of chaduvel
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Photo of ark57
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It is opaque black in color with a thin head. The aroma smells of roasted coffee. The body is smooth from the addition of the oats. It is fairly complex with tastes of coffee, chocolate and dark fuit. It finishes with a roasty bitterness. A very good beer for the stout lovers out there.

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Photo of ChicoraBoy
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich chocolate, molasses, burnt malts, licorice, vanilla, coffee. Dark black clear with no head. Medium-heavy watery body & medium carb. Taste is pretty mellow. A little sweet up front, some burn. Finish is actually a little smoky & sour, with a smoky chocolate bitter after. A decent stout.

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

I picked this beer up in a natural food store. This oatmeal stout was a rich dark brown color in the clear, former jelly jar that was my mug for the evening. There was a short lived light coffee colored head. There was just a little lace. It was aromatic with elements of hop bouquet, toasted chocolate, and roasted coffee. Now, on to the taste. The overall taste was smooth with a bit going on - toasted chocolate, coffee, and traces of caramel. There was some hop bite and some nice flavoring hops that balanced out the malt.The finish was dry, and bitter-sweet. While I found this stout to be good it was just a bit too mellow for me.The word mellow is circled in my original notes. I think I was expecting it to be more hopped for a sharper edge. But, that's just my tastes.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This heavy oatmeal stout pours a roofing tar color with a thin and fading beige head. A rich toasted malt and vague rye aroma rise up. The rich and thick body houses lots roasted malt flavor with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, and caramel, with a lightly herbal finish. The hops are citrusy with mild peppery spice. This is a beer of some substance and is no doubt loaded with flavorful life sustaining nutrients.
Thanks and cheers to Genaro!

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Photo of aracauna
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but not truly black. The head is light tan, but weak and it fades quickly. Chocolate malt and fruit are gentle on the nose while the flavor has a bit of roast malt that lingers on the tongue after the candied dates fade from the palate. A bitterness that almost seems out of place after the softness of the rest of the flavors fades lingers on for a bit.

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Photo of gnaussea
3.24/5  rDev -13.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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 RoyalT
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearnace – Almost black in color with a smallish head that I really had to work.

Smell – The chocolate and coffee aromas have ripe fruit undertones of apricots, cherries, and peach. The heavily-toasted malt backbone is fantastic.

Taste – The deep, roasted, malt flavors lead the way here. This is great. The coffee is bringing up the rear and the chocolate is present but not overpowering. The fruits come on as well, modestly but entertaining.

Mouthfeel – This flat, medium-bodied stout lacks the heartiness of a big heavy-hitter, but it is nice nonetheless. There’s a creamy smoothness to this one that feels terrific in the mouth.

Drinkability – I don’t know how this is averaging 3.75 with 20 reviews. I think this is a standout. As I said, it’s not a big, full-bodied Imperial Stout, but it doesn’t claim to be. I like this one and will keep it on hand.

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Photo of woemad
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
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 ADR
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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 PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black with a brown head.
Aroma of roasted malt. Notes of oatmeal and chocolate.

Taste shows mostly a heavily roasted malt and oatmeal flavor. Not as heavily roasted tasting as some stouts. Hops only to balance. Hints of chocolate and coffee.

Thick, oily, creamy mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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 beerguy101
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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 Reidrover
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown "stubbie" with the wimsical scene on the label..nice log cabin :-).
This beer has a terrific stout appearance almost pitch black , even when held to a light only small ruby accents show through..small tan coloured head that sinks fast to leave a nice ring.
Lovelly dark roasted oatr and barley aroma..dark treacle.
Nice creamy but yet bitter smooth taste..very nice indeed..this is like milk chocolate..with a touch of liquorice and black coffe..its doesnt linger though
Nice on the mouth but it is a little thin for my tastes in stout.
Very drinkable stout , because of the "thiness" on the tongue.
Very nice stout..a little "thicker" on the taste departments and this could be a great stout.

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Photo of marburg
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very milky, creamy stout to say the least. Aromas of milk, chocolate, and subtle hints of dark chocolate. Slightly sour and milky up front with a light roasted flavor following it up. A light licorice aftertaste lingers just for a bit. It's a little thin for a stout, I think. Could be better if it packed just a little more punch.

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Photo of Gusler
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As dark as a moonless desert night, the head is quite modest in size, the texture spumescent, light chocolate in color and as it degrades leaves behind a fine coating of lace upon the glass. Lightly toasted grains, sweet and malt dominated, pleasant enough nose, start sweet and malt laden, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish has a pertinent acidity, the hops understated but present, dry aftertaste. I’d classify this as a beginners stout, and that is meant in the best of ways, just not overly robust which would turn most “Lager Lovers” off, a good start on your way to being converted to the “dark side

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Photo of ZAP
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with just a hint of ruby red mixed in....very small tan lace....the nose is rather unspectacular...some soft roasted grains, and a hint of molassis maybe.....I love the creaminess of this and the flavor...It is a bit thinnish in the mouth but overall a very good mouthfeel...some very nice roasted and/or burnt malt notes....also some sweeter chocolate notes, along with some molassis/brown sugar/maple syrup(along those lines...can't quite identify and it is subtle)...also some hints of dark fruits....pretty complex, but not real thick....overall good but not spectacular..wish it was a little thicker...very creamy but not real heavy,,

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Photo of Bighuge
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is almost opaque. Very little head forms on the pour. (Very little carbonation was noted when the bottle cap was removed.) A thin rimming of brown is all that is there. Nil on the lacing as well. Nice roasted bitterness and chocolate blend on the nose. This is a full bodied beer. Creamy mouthfeel is low on carbonation, which lends to a nice drinkability factor. The taste is fairly empty compared to what I've been drinking lately (the Bell's stouts). There's a slight roasted and burnt bitterness. Some shades of dark fruits. This is better than average, but lacks the assertive notes of complexity to rate it any higher. Not a disappointment by any means. Just a little short of my expectations given the quality of the other brews I've had from Alaskan.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown, practically opaque... thin fine head... Nose has big time coffee notes, plus some bitter chocolate. Real nice smoothness. Good body, too; though could have been fuller.... Some bitter choco flavors....a slight hop presence, though not much. A nice, long-lasting semi-sweet flavor lingers.... a tasty brew. Reminds me a small bit of Mackesons.

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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