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RATINGS: 211   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 Alaskanís 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3430) - 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, Iíd 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 (520) - 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 (4385) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (virtually opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of vanilla, smoke, wood. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Along with the smoked porter, this is among Alaskanís stronger efforts...but also like that one, itís just not fully developed. The nose shows promise, with a nice blend of the usual stouty aromas of chocolate, roast, and vanilla, along with a pleasant waft of smoke, but thereís just no depth to it...I spent an hour with this thing and it just never revealed anything outside the standard stout basics (and smoke). No flaws, just plain. Itís a little less satisfying to drink, too...the flavor balance is certainly not bad, but it just doesnít have the cleanliness, elegance, and richness of the better examples in this field. Good effort for this brewery, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Draft pint. Solid black, thick frothy brown head. Aroma of caramel, molasses, some mocha. Taste has mostly sweet notes, milky, caramel, chocolate, not much on any ashy or burnt bitterness or hop bitterness. This was a good beer, but I thought it could have been balanced a little more. Overall it left me wanting some of that coffee flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DalzAle (1944) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle. Rich dark black pour, spotty carbonation and an aroma of honey and a little roasted malt. Flavor is slightly smokey chocolate, some of the sweet honey and dry with a little more spicy sweetness on the finish. Decent, and priced well at $8.99/bomber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
peteinSD (1336) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Pours black with a small but frothy tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, brown sugar, dates, and a thin, woody sweetness. Unique and wonderful aroma. Taste is pleasant sweet malt up front with smoke and light roast followed by raisin, candied sugar, and a slight hop bitterness into the finish. Bit of a creamy feel in the mouth. Loving this beer and very glad have one more tucked away for a few years down the road.

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