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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 218   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1363) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a big creamy tan head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very surprising for a stout - sweet floral honey with some fudgy chocolate and a bit of smoke. A little black licorice and roast comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet lactic fudgy chocolate and some smoke with a good sized roast bitterness in the finish mixed with some residual sweetness. As it warms the roast char bitterness starts to dominate the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting stout. The honey and sweetness with smoke and roast was interesting.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TomTiedemann (250) - Levittown, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2011
So I found my 5 beer. 651ML bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours a magical dark black with the hint of the syrup sweet smell with coffee scents and wood smoked smells. Light brown, chocolate looking head that hung around a little bit. So having the chance to visit Alaska on many occassions I took the liberty to read about this tasty treat before I tasted. I couldn’t believe all the home grown items stuffed into this delicious treat. First taste was sweet and smokey all in one. mouthfeel of rich syrup and cocoa flavors that are mixed with roasted wood chip in my mouth. I couldn’t get over the idea that glacier water supported brewing this. I took a helicopter in Juneau up to Mendenhall Glacier and actually filled my water bottle from a waterfall flowing freely off the glacier and will never forget that taste. This beer brought that back and many more. Happy to have found the one to beat...which will be a tough sell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2770) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 28, 2011
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting, mocha head, with slight lacing, over a clear, black (SRM 40) body....nose is coffee, chocolate, floral honey, molasses....taste is light sweet chocolate, coffee, honey tones, finishing with a mild bitterness, hints of sweetness lingered throughout.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds a light foamy quality. This is a light take on an Imperial Stout. The complexities of both the malt and hop backbones are there with layers of aroma and flavor. But, in both, the soy, beef, Marmite type tones often found in the style, are completely missing. Additionally the mouth feel is relatively light rather than being thick and chewy. This reflects the adjuncts used. BJCP 7/3/14/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrmartin (733) - 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 (11675) - 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 (2896) - 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 (2879) - 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 (3455) - 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 (23) - 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.

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