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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 224   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (6892) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared by phaleslu at Muckfest V on 7/11/14. Thanks Peter! Darkest brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of booze, roast, chocolate and smoke. Malty and smoky flavor with a chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9321) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
22 oz. bottle via trade a few years ago. Pours a deep brown color with a moderately sized tan head. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, honey, syrup, toast, and cola. The flavor is the same. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, roasty, sweet mouthfeel. Good, well-made imperial stout, but I wish I had opened this one a few years ago when it was fresh; I could detect age on it, which I didnít think did it any favors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2331) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Aroma is a rich scent of dark roasted black malts that comes across rather subtle yet a hint of chocolate cocoa in the faint background. Lost the rest of the rating. **************Note 2 Self to buy this beer again!!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2039) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Pour is dark brown, close to black, with a thin khaki colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, honey, and dark fruit. Flavor is similar with added notes of caramel syrup, earth, and booze. Finish is warming and sweet/roasty.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbones (116) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Super sweet on the nose. Tastes like a chocolate malt shake. Great imperial stout. Have I had a better, yes! Will I drink again, yes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2014
22 oz bottle shared with the group in May 2012. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma and flavor had some roasted malts, sweet honey, mild florals, a touch of smoke, brown sugar with a splash of bitterness at the finish. I enjoyed this at the time very much.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
a: pours black with a little foam patch and ring. no lace. Plain appearance. S: smells sweet with esters. Hints of acetone and little else. Reminds me of a RIS I did that fermented entirely too hot. T: Smoky. Is there smoked malt in this? (reads bottle, doesnít say). Itís gotta have some smoke in it. Then some molasses tones. A sweet and dark malt profile with an interesting spice tone, must be the birch. M: Surprisingly thin IMO with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. O: Really disappointed with the overall structure of this beer. I think they missed the spot as their beers are typically robust and this one is delicate and sweet; a poor showing for their 25th anny. Serving type: bottle 12-08-2011

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6052) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Pours black, with a big brown head. Smell is a big blast of maple, spruce, and a touch of honey. Taste is coffee, maple, a hint of molasses, honey, and some dark chocolate. Hint of oak, as well. I donít know that I could drink a ton of this - its very heavy - but pretty enjoyable in small doses.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vipinvelp (3756) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2013
Dark with no foam head. Aroma is not nice, think the pumpkin killed the beer. Taste is pumpkin pitty for the stout. (Houston 201310) ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Appearance: Deep black espresso under a burnt caramel head which lingers as a thin yet creamy layer.
Nose: Prunes, raisins, dates, and figs. Black root underneath. Chocolate covered maraschino cherries for some tart and savory notes. Fruitcake essence weaves in and out. Charcoal and burnt wood.
Palate: Medium weight with a clean mouthfeel that allows the richness of flavors to shine. Tart dark chocolate covered dates, prunes, and raisins. Dark breads and black cake. Fig in the middle. Burnt along the edges. Hints of fruitcake and dark chocolate covered maraschino cherries.
Final Thoughts: Not as heavy as some Imperial Stouts can be, I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed this beers balance of flavor and quaffability. This is a tastefully sneaky beer I would be more than happy to get in trouble with on a regular basis.
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