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 Zachtheporter
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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 allforbetterbeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black with ruby highlights and covered by dark brown foam. Decent head retention with a bit of lacing. Malty aromas of roast and toffee, coffee, nuts. Medium bitterness with sweet maltiness and roast for balance, mild leafy hops, chocolate, caramel and molasses, and a definite oatiness. Smooth texture, fully with lowish carbonation. Nicely balanced and a rich, enjoyable stout.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark black body with a light brown head. Sheets of lacing down the glass.

Roasted malt, dark bread, and a slight sweetness come together nicely in the aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma similarly, though it's perhaps a touch more muddled. The roast dominates the flavor, though the sweetness is complementary and lingering.

Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

A good, easy drinking, relatively simple stout.

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Photo of claytong
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - big fluffy tan head. good solid darkness in a glass. great lacing and sticking. looks great.

smell - not so great. soda, white sugar. eh

taste - get a bit of chocolate, a bit of soda. not much else.

mouthfeel - while being incredible drinkable, i have to give a 3.5 since this is an oatmeal stout and i love them for their thickness and creamy goodness which this doesnt have.

the drinkability is great for an oatmeal. a great 6er to share, but otherwise.

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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 JohnnyP3
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into a pint glass. Bottle looks to have a best before date of 12/26/11. Pours a pitch black with a thin layer of oatmeal colored foam.

Smell provides notes of roasted malts and chocolate--very sweet on the nose.

Taste is roasted malts upfront with some dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Earthy with some oats. Hints of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel is sick and smooth. Good substance and richness as it rolls through the mouth.

Overall a very satisfying oatmeal stout. Simple and successful. Has just about everything I look for in the style.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass - thanks to beerandraiderfan

Pours an opaque black color with a thinner layer of lightly tanned head. Cloudy film retains on top, a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Toasted malts with splashes of cocoa, oats, and nuts. Hints of coffee and chocolate, touches of sweetness as well.

Roasty malt character up front with oatmeal underneath. Nutty and chocolatey, but tempered sweetness. A faint touch of coffee beans amongst the malt backbone. Finishes with a light note of hops and roasted warmth.

Medium body, a bit higher carbonation, slightly dry and lingering on the tongue. Drinks pretty nice, very inviting nose, something I'd drink again if it were available.

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Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Drank on 7/10 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Dark black with a tan foamy head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, oatmeal, light chocolate, and a small amount of hops.

The taste also had dark roasted malt, oatmeal, light chocolate, and hops. A sweet beer, with a small amount of hops for some balance.

Smooth, creamy, medium bodied, with proper carbonation. Easy to drink, paired nicely with smoke salmon. I will buy this when it shows up in Minnesota. I have always liked a good Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a nice mocha colored head.

S: Lots of coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Some charred aromas as well.

T: Pretty big and bitter. I like it. Lots of roasted and charred malts with a big acidic and bitter finish. This was a pretty solid offering from Alaskan.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber obsidian brew, almost black with a creamy cappuccino colored head.   It's sticky and laces the glass very well.  I'm a sucker for dark brews and as dark as this one is I can't wait to try it out.

Nose is like bitter dark chocolate with a slight toasted bread scent.  Smooth. And rich but not very bold or outstanding.  Still nothing that would make me stay away from this one. The right scents are there but not in the capacity that I'd like.

The taste is very much like the nose but thankfully more pronounced.  Rich with hints of chocolate and coffee behind a solid sweet malt.  A good brew with solid stout flavors.  Nuff said.

Smooth brew with mild carbonation and a full body.   Each silky sip of beer easily goes down and satisfies that dark beer craving we all get from time to time. Another fine brew from Alaskan Brewing co.

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

Picked up a 6 pack of this in Las Vegas last weekend, never having had Alaskan, but hearing lots of good stuff about them. $8.99/6'er. OG=1.065, 5.7% ABV, 28 IBU, 119 SRM. No real ingredient specifics listed on the mfgr web site.

Pours out to a clear near black, looks filtered, forming a nice tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation. The nose is rich with dark chocolate, chalk, burnt marshmallows, black walnut, and a touch of herbal hop sourness. The mouthfeel is zippy from the burnt character and the hop acidity, with a medium body. The taste is a recap of the aroma, with a green herbal hop character, almost vegetal in nature, mild to medium bitterness, with chalk lingering in the aftertaste.

A quality brew. Not to to diminish it's quality, but it is also very pedestrian and accessible.

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

Appearance pours a very dark almost black with a dark tan head and minimal lace. Smell has dark roasted malts and faint dark fruits in the back. Taste of rich sweet dark fruits, roasted malts and having mellow hops. Mouthfeel is a viscous medium with good carbonation. Not a bad stout, maybe a little roasty and a tad watered down for me.

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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 tbern007
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very very dark brown, black. Very little light gets through. Tan head that isn't thick but lasts. Thin, light lace.
S - grain, earth, malt.
T - great mix of sweet/bitter chocolate, mild hops, coffee, prunes and raisins.
M & D - very smooth, a little creamy (the oatmeal?). Great balance between the sweet, the creamy, the roast, the hops. Good general stout.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alaskan Oatmeal Stout, Rogue pint glass

Appears very nearly opaque, possibility of shade of red at the bottom of the glass. This beer poured with nearly no head but appears very carbonated. Minimal lacing.

On the nose its decidedly roasty and coffee like. Maybe the faintest bit of charred wood and some smoke. Dark malts.

On first taste the carbonation attacks the palette and dominates the initial mouthfeel. The roastyness hits your tongue, and some bittersweetness and chocolate notes. Coffee is dominant, followed by some bitterness.

Overall this beer isn't as good as I remember. The mouthfeel seems off, especially the carbonation levels, and the flavors are not unique or complex. It does go down fairly easily but that doesn't make it a good beer.

Might have to buy another bottle in a while and see if this experience was normal.

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Photo of SamN
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice solid black with a dirty dark tan head, not too thick, but bubbly and firm. Classic stout looks. Smells great! Lots of coffee, lightly cocoa-y and dark roasted malts with almost no hops discernible. Slight metallic edge. Taste kinda goes downhill, decent malt flavors, but with a distinct nutty-tinny edge that I don't care for. Like old cheap peanut butter, it dominates the back end and is not to my liking. It seems after warming a bit, the tastes blended a little better and the flavor improved some. Aftertaste has a flowery, slightly spicy hops edge to it Feels pretty nice, smooth and fairly thick bodied.

Drinkability isn't bad. Not quite the oatmeal stout taste I was hoping for, but easily the best Alaskan I've had yet.

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

Bottle from Bevmo

A - Poured a black color with a brown head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that gives off chocolate scents

T - Follows the nose with roasted malt with chocolate flavors and some coffee

M - This beer has a medium body and higher for the style carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a good enjoyable stout it tastes good and is easy to drink worth keeping an eye out for to get sometime to try

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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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Photo of nrbw23
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black color with a pretty thin tan head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves pretty much no lacing.

S- Smells of roasted malts and the oats really shine here. A tiny bit of caramel and chocolate too.

T- Taste really follows the nose well. A tiny bit of bitterness in the finish. Maybe a bit of a metallic finish but very light.

M- Fuller side of medium in body and carbonation was pretty light. Has a very smooth feel to it.

D- Pretty solid and easy to drink.

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Photo of Docer
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a 12 oz. bottle to try...

- Nice jet black/dark brown brew... fizzy inch of head, quickly down to a small ring and some scattered bits.... light mocha colored foam.

- Oats, grain, cocoa nibs, and some esters.... perhaps an earthy grassy aroma....

- Slightly sweet, some esters, fig, grain, cocoa... interesting, balanced, and light.

- Slightly drying, sticky.

- Overall the stout is ok, but one I don't see myself buying.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cola black into a tulip with a finger of dark tan head that faded to a thin film. Roasty aroma with coffee notes and quite a bit of sweet chocolate.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel that finishes a bit on the watery side. Cocoa sweetness up front followed by some toasty malts and a slightly smoky caramel macchiato finish.

Fairly light stout that's tasty and easy-drinking.

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Alaskan Stout from Alaskan Brewing Co.
3.74 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
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