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Review by Oxymoron on 11/25/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 3 7 16 3 8 2008
I think it will take a long time before I stop associating Alaska with Sarah Palin. Pours a mostly black color with some red hues around the edge of the glass. A soft off white head with some decent retention though didn't last through the tasting. Limited lacing though.

The nose has a nice roast character. Maybe a bit much for an oatmeal stout. The oats are present but limited. Some spicy notes with some limited white pepper notes. Some caramel notes and a touch of chocolate as it warms. Some earth hop notes but limited overall. Very clean yeast.

The taste is a bit more on style. The oats come out a bit more with a silky taste with some minor spice. The roast is still present but more in balance. The bitterness really comes out and is more of a distraction with the texture. Some light esters, cherries mostly but still there. A weird herbal hop finish as well and leaves a light diactyl like finish.

The body is moderate to light. Would like more depth here though. A good silky note but some lighter slick notes as well that I associate with diactyl. Overall I would like the roast to back off a bit and some minor yeast notes but still easy drinking.

Served In: Bottle

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