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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 222   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boFNjackson (4192) - 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 (1244) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2011
22oz bottle: Pours an oily opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel and roasted nose with a touch of molasses. Starts with a rich dark caramel and honey sweetness with some chewy maltiness and dark fruity notes with hints of tobacco, before a slightly warming roasty bittersweet finishs. A pretty unique and enjoyable imperial stout. Cheers to Alaskan Brewing on 25 great years!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beaver (1507) - 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 (3084) - 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 (777) - 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 (12945) - 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 (4051) - 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.

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