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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Alaskan Perseverance Ale is a Russian Imperial Stout. This style was chosen to celebrate our 25th anniversary of brewing on the Last Frontier in our coastal home of Juneau, Alaska.

This complex and malt forward Imperial Stout is brewed with an array of local ingredients and flavors to add dimension and celebrate Alaskan’s history and home. Alaska birch syrup from Wasilla lends a deep, almost tart character to the dark malt profile, while fireweed honey from Delta Junction adds a delicate sweetness and floral notes to the aroma and finish. The slight addition of our in-house alder-smoked malt alludes to the distinctive roasted flavor of turn-of-the-century malting practices, without overpowering the more subtle flavors of this dynamic anniversary brew.

To celebrate their quarter-century milestone, the Alaskan Brew Crew wanted to create a beer that was big, bold and brewed with ingredients from Alaska that could be enjoyed fresh or cellared to be brought out to remember the anniversary for years to come. The Russian heritage still present throughout our state make this Russian Imperial Stout a tribute to all that makes our beers truly Alaskan.

This limited edition Imperial Stout is brewed with glacier-fed water, birch syrup from the Alaska Birch Syrup Co., fireweed honey from Alaskan Bee Apiaries, brown sugar and an array of different malts including malted oats and a dash of our world famous alder-smoked malt.

The sturdy flavors in Alaskan Perseverance Ale pair well with rich and savory proteins ranging from fresh oysters to wild game meats. Custards, dark chocolate truffles, New York cheesecake and other creamy desserts bring out the the sweeter notes of fireweed honey, oats and brown sugar

Original Gravity: 1.093, ABV: 9.0%, Bitterness: 50 IBU, Color: 140 SRM

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
22 oz bottle from Tytoanderso. Thanks, Tyler! Pours a dark blackish brown hue, a thick leggy pour, with a frothy tannish head atop, laces ok. Aromas are smokey malts, touches of meat and wood, some ash, with some dark fruit, roast, caramel, and toast. A nice smoky feel on the nose. Initial is fuller bodied, with a decent smoke kick, a nice fruity essence that gets a bit dominant, sweeter malts, toffee, cocoa, and toast. Backend throws some more dark fruit, lingering toffee and lighter smokiness. Finish is a touch of cherrywood, toffee, toast. Some cocoa, light mellow sweetness. A bit dissappointing, a little too sweet for my palate. The nose seemed promising, full of smoke and dark fruit, but gets too sweet for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9133) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours black with a nice tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a rich carbonated molasses and smoked malt flavor and a warm alcohol trail. The taste of honey remains on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
22oz bottle. Thanks to Adam for sharing... Pours a deeper stouty black shade with slightly lighter edges and topped with a thin light tan head... Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, and roast with some attributing Belgian yeast... The flavors are chocolate, dark fruit, and yeasty. Sweet with a light roast. Hint of tart at the very end. Medium bodied. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with tan head around the rim. Aroma has lots of smoke and black pepper, some raisin, maple syrup. Flavors has sweet dark fruit, honey, honey glazed ham, some pepper. Good effort, just comes off too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arminjewell (9253) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Pours thick black with nice tan head that laces well from 22 oz bottle. Aroma is nice with notes of sweet honey, lots of oak, toffee, roast, chocolate, some brown sugar, really nice nutty note as well with a touch of sweet syrup. Taste is also great, with notes of sweet toffee, coffee, chocolate, honey and lots of nice woody oak, with a touch of the birchwood, finishes bitter, roasted and slightly sweet as well. Wow, way too tasty and no sign of the 9%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
Bottle. Blackish beer with a dark tan head. Toffee and chocolate aroma with light spice. Malt and toffee flavor with chocolate and light vanilla. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and malt lingers with chocolate and light honey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6719) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Sampled at am esbls tasting. This pours black but some red is seen in the glass. A small tan head. The nose is slightly roasty with a bit of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is also roasty and toasty. Chocolate and syrup is tasted. This is good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 3, 2011
Bottle... Poured jet black with a light brown head. Moderate body, honey biscuit flavors, mild smoke with loads of roast and ash. Dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, hazelnuts, and mocha coffee. Tasty, but not overly complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Baron’s. The appearance is a good black hue without much head. The flavors and aromas are roasted malts, alderwood smoke that comes off as a black licorice at times, a good amount of wooden notes, the honey comes through a bit at times too. The mouth is very very drying. The flavor profile didn’t overly do it for me but interesting none the less. Happy Anniversary Alaskan.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1282) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 30, 2011
(bottle) Pours jet black even when held up to the light with just a thin dark tan head. Aroma starts out rather interesting, with a scent that smells exactly like fudge, but when smelled again the smoke really comes through and yields the scent of smoked gouda cheese. Another scent yields some of the floral element of the honey, and yet others provide a spike of tart dark fruit. I enjoy how each scent yields a different component of the beer. The flavor, however, doesn’t live up to the aroma, and it just feels muddled and clunky. The smoke, while seamlessly integrated in the aroma, crashes in and dominates the flavor, and it’s coupled with some heavily roasted malt that has a borderline charred quality. The fudge, honey, and dark fruit attempt to rise through these flavors, but only show faint glimmers. Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy and stings the tongue, and the finish just lingers on a smoky note. Overall the aroma was unique and interesting, but the flavor was a real letdown.

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