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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dr_sarcastor (66) - - JUN 26, 2013
A very nice stout from Alaskan that is very rich in flavor. A little too high ABV to be better. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal. S - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, molasses, black licorice, honey, birch syrup, coffee, dark fruits, and a hint of booze. T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, coffee, honey, birch syrup, dark fruits, vanilla, earthy hops, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly thick with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish. D - Good imperial stout. Nice balance and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Aromatics are a real strong point of this beer! I was very surprised at the barrel characteristics that this exudes with out having been barrel aged. Lots of alcohol notes that have a bourbon characteristic. Lots of Vanilla and caramel. Appearance is nice and thick, dark oil like, with a tan head that hangs out! Taste is outstanding as well! Starts with a lot of plums and other stone fruit has a nice caramel vibe. Palate is excellent. Overall this is a huge beer for me. Love it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19098) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Draft @ Toronado San Diego, San Diego, CA. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5930) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2013
Thanks to 5000 for coming through with the Alaskan hookup. Black with a tan head. Aroma is full of roasted malt with some chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate and lactose. Medium carbonation and thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dchmela (2812) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours black with little head. Honey, woody syrup aroma with touches of roasted malts. Big malt body with lots of brown sugar sweetness, roasted grain and honey. Really good sipping brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1198) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a viscous dark brown with a nice looking dark root beer head. The head dissipates slowly to a thin cap leaving laces of dark root beer foam around the glass. Literally no light passes through this beer. Sweet aromas of chocolate syrup, vanilla, and honey. Quite thick, but not necessarily creamy. Vanilla and chocolate up front with some honey notes. Dark roasted coffee on the back of the tongue. Appearance and aroma are a little misleading on taste, but not by a significant amount. Pretty good beer, overall. I would’ve liked to have paid a lot less than $10 for the bottle though. $5.99 at most.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1816) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2013
bottle. pours black with massive tan head. aroma is slight smokey peat and burnt sugar. taste is very caramel forward burnt sugar and some smoke.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2013
22oz bottle, about a year and a half old. Pours inky black with a thick, creamy tan head. Aroma chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, molasses, coffee and light liquorice. Flavor is rich dark chocolate, roasty/smoky malt, coffee, vanilla/alcohol warming and a light bitterness. Full body with a soft, smooth mouth feel. This is a great beer, every time I’ve had this is seems to get better and better, too bad this is my last bottle. A good one for #2000.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Dark brown with a thin brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, booze and some caramel. Taste is big and roasty with coffee, chocolate, odd sweet notes and a warm finish.

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