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RATINGS: 241   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 28, 2011
The last of the beers purchased for my deer hunt. Aroma is a bit sweet, some chocolate. Looks nice. The flavor is good, thick at first but sweet and a bit sticky later (I’m guessing that’s the syrup). Finishes a bit lighter than many Russian imperials. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kathouse (1640) - Nevada, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Dark chocolate, licorice, and coffee aromas seep from this extremely dark brown beer. Head was nice and brown but faded to a thin film. The roasted malts are apparent in the flavor along with the coffee and burnt toast. Finish is medium but clean. A very complex beer with just the right amount of hop.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13404) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, cola, cocoa, carmel, light honey and some light metallic notes. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, spice, cocoa, carmel, light honey and a hint of fruittiness with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (2408) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6662) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 23, 2011
22 ounce thanks to mattyb83. Big black pour with cream head. Little smoke. Chocolate. Pound of coffee. Little licorice. Really nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Mediocre at best. Not much more to the taste than alcohol and a bit of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (9662) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Jet black pour with minimal head. Aroma and taste of chocolate and coffee. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Nice appearance - deep black brown with a reddish tinge. Nice lacing, colorful lacing but mostly dissipates. Aroma is roasty, but sweet - sugar, chocolate syrup, slight honey with notes of tobacco. Light, but still coating the palate. Flavors of chocolate and tobacco, a bit nutty. Decent, nice, but not blowing my socks off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (1020) - Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Nice black color with flakes of red. Big stout and alcohol nose. Clean roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate taste. Yumm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1778) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2011
On tap at Belmont Station 10/18/11. Colour... nearly black, save for some dark brown edges, with a semi thick, tan head. Nose... smoke and roasted malt and hops with some sugary aspects. Palate... a punch of CO2 then some char character (the burned wood kind, NOT an arctic fish that’s being cheeky!), followed by the birch sirop, dark chocolate, brown sugar, booze soaked Christmas cake and then a hoppy bite that seems more indicative of higher IBU count (though the "bite" could be the birch sirop as it tends to have a sharper edge than its maple brethren). I tried this out of the bottle when it first hit the Portland market and wasn’t too impressed. I prefer the tap offering but now wonder if the bottle just needs some cellaring time to round off the edges and allow the flavours to find their way to a mutual gathering place. We’ll see.

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