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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrmartin (667) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Dark brown/black pour with small tan head. Nose is minimal, hint of roasted malts Creamy body. Sweet Molasses/Syrup/, hint of chocolate, roasted malts. Lingering Bitter finish. An overall good effort, cool use of local ingredients, but there are many far better in this category (RIS)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10979) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Bomber from Beverages4Less in Santee, CA. Go Fred! Pours really dark brown/black with a dark tan head. Aroma of smooth dark roast malt (not burnt) and for me a little banana. Med + body. Flavor is smooth dark roast malt, with some fresh sweet fruit and a hint of banana. Suddenly it’s smokey. Drinks like a lighter ale - American Strong Ale - with IS flavors. Not a hint of heat. Nice ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (2695) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 26, 2011
22oz Bottle Pours out black topped with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, chocolate, and roast. Taste is much as the aroma with a nice sweet end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
22oz bottle. Rating #42. Pitch black with a nice tan head. Sweet roasted aroma, a little honey as well, pretty nice. Light smoky flavor, more roast and a bit of the birch coming through. Light aftertaste with a lingering sweetness. (1912)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Solid RIS, though a tad sweeter than I like. Nose was that of sweet alcohol and honey. Texture was thick, rich and creamy. Mellow yet complex malt flavors. Lots of sweetness from start to finish (honey, caramel, milk chocolate, molasses). Warming but not hot. Pleasant hints of tobacco, coffee, smoke and meat. Earthy-grassy hop bitterness was mild. As mentioned, I’d prefer less residual sweetness (and/or more hop bitterness), but otherwise it was a well made, tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fbenz (22) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
There are licorice, and alcohol aromas. It pours an almost black color with a very small tan head. The licorice continues in the flavor and it finishes kind of sweet with a woody character. Its a solid beer not as much bitter chocolate or coffee flavors as I usually like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
In taster at Urge gastropub in RB. Looks freaking black. Brown small head. Smells very dark and chocolatey. TAstes thick and heavy but clean chocolate. Pretty easy drinkability of the style. Some roastiness and coffee. Overall 7.5 of 10.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (532) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - SEP 23, 2011
Pours super dark, almost black, with a solid tan head. Aroma is malt with wood, and some sweetness. Taste is rich and sweet and complex. I can taste the birch and honey. A very strong RIS. Thumbs way up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4396) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Tasted September 21, 2011, my 8 year RB Anniversary. Black color with a small head. Syrupy and malt-laden aroma with a light roasty note. Sprucy flavor. Light chocolate after warming. A bit sugary. Very full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2011
The pour is coal black with a a fairly small, tan, foamy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal, foamy lace. The nose is nice and complex but the smoked malt almost gets in the way; maple wood, rich toffee, subtle floral, faint honey, I get a maple and brown sugar oatmeal note, and a meaty, campfire smoke. The flavor is similar, malt forward and adjunct focused; initially sweet with honey, burnt caramel, English toffee, and maple. The maple carries throughout adding faint smoked meat, light ash, mild espresso roast, and wood (obviously birch). The palate is nearly full, silky, chewy, and soft to lively. The beer finishes with more wood notes, smoke fading, floral coming back, and a dry chocolate lingering. Interesting beer with so much focus on the adjuncts but they work well together in the base beer, and the notes all seem to work without much bitterness to speak of. The other complexities really keep the beer fun and inviting, it almost reminded me of breakfast with oatmeal, maple, honey, and smoked meat. Nice and different from others in the style.

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