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RATINGS: 210   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2048) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2012
pours a jet black with a large khaki head, and great lacing. smell is of smoke, cocoa, and a touch of camamel. taste is of milk chcolate, smoke, and a touch of vanilla. ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Had at the 2012 Denver Rare Beer Tasting in Denver, Colorado. Has a really nice raisin/smoke scent and taste with a bit of maple, finished smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1037) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
A - pours almost pitch black with red notes. No real head very little lacing. S - strong notes of honey, burned malts, chalky bitter cocoa, notes of molasses, alcohol and vegetal matter. M - medium strong body, high carb. Bitter undertones. Light alcohol warming. T - very sweet, honey and syrup front. Chalky bitter chocolate, vegetal malts and burned malts on the palate. Lingering vegetal yet very sweet raw cacao tangy sweet. O - quite good though very good. 7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2365) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2012
Bomber courtesy of Marsiblursi. Pours black with a small dark mocha head that leaves a small trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is sweet, malty and sugary with roasted malts, burnt caramel, prunes, dark honey, resinous wood, banana bread, alcohol, raisins, pears in brandy, golden syrup, orange zest, dark grapes, dark honey, fruit toffee and Lemon zest. Taste is sweet, slightly bitter and malty with sweet dark bread, dark honey, lemon peal, golden syrup, milk chocolate, dark roast coffee, alcohol, brown sugar, lemon hard candy, fruit toffee, banana bread, oatmeal cookies and hints of resin and pine. Mouthfeel is slightly smooth, round, tiny sticky sweet and medium bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and slightly bitter with roasted malts, sweet liquorice candy, milk chocolate, raisins, prunes, dark roast coffee, fruit toffee and hints of lemon zest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 14, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black with a brown head. The aroma holds smoke (burned wood/campfire, meat, fish, tobacco and wet straw), liquorice and light floral honey up front with undertones of molasses, brown sugar, syrup, tar, asphalt, hard roast, wet gravel and a touch of hops. Hints of syrupy/sweaty/earthy dark fruits, pear esters and a whisper of dark berries. The flavour is light sweet, near medium bitter and light acidic with notes of smoke, hard roast, honey, syrup, molasses, brown sugar, dark fruits/berries and earthy hops. The mouthfeel is clean, bit hard and round with a medium carbonation. Smoke, salt liquorice, hard roast and light acidic hops on the finish. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2012
In short: A sticky roasted imperial stout. Only if you like it syrupy-sticky. I don’t
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed approximately 6 months after the beer release. Bottle from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt
The look: Near black body topped by a medium beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is roasted, burnt fruits, tar, and some black liquorice. Taste has most of same elements (blackened mats, slimy tar, sweet black, cooked dark fruits, liquorice candy) but also adds an annoying amount of sticky honey and also salty soy sauce. From the description I don’t see honey as an ingredient and maybe there is not honey used here. However the beer still tastes like someone poured many teaspoons of sticky liquid honey in an otherwise ordinary roasted & fruity impy stout. The sweetness grossed me out and I had a hard time finishing my bottle. There are a few nice things going on in here but overall this was just an “acceptable” beer. I didn’t really like the beer but I’m hoping that at least now my parents will finally stop telling me I will never amount to anything because I never had any Perseverance.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3636) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 2, 2012
You share special beers with special people, and so to cap off a night with Jazz88, I brought out this beer. What I appreciated about this beer is that the additions/innovations in the classic imperial stout recipe turn out complementary rather than distracting. The honey is a light touch, but it’s there in the nose, and beyond the standard chocolate and licorice notes, there’s some chewy dessert dimensions, like a tray of bars (with oats and sugar) that I would expect at a Minnesota pot luck. That would be entirely natural, since many Alaskans trace their ancestry through Minnesota. Very nice, enjoyable beer, and a great way to end an evening. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDurden24 (1491) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Dark brown, almost black pour with a tan head. Aroma is roasty with some chocolate and molasses sweetness, taste is similar with some vanilla flavor and it is a wonderful beer!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (2532) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle: Dark brown, near black pour with a small brown head. Aroma of heavy roast, light cocoa, and a very light sweetness that I’d attribute to the fireweed honey. Tastes of heavy roast and has a light smokey element. There is just a little bit of bittersweet; the real sweetness coming from the honey, but its very light. The roast and smoke has a nice flavor and really stands out as the backbone of this brew. I am really liking how the smoke plays a complimentary role and it just rolls with the heavy roast instead of taking over. Very good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tmoreau (2124) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Shared cellar bomber viscously poured to a snifter with an opague, black/brown color, a modest but healthy amount of creamy, brownish tan head foam, fair cling to the dot & dashes of lacing, and a nice coating effect to the syrupy texture. The nose was ultra roasty, rich malt, cocoa, light char & smoke, and some woodiness. The flavor incorporated these notes and added to the full body, medium hop bitterness, modest sweetness, smooth but potent alcohol warmth, some tanniny tartness, and a nice, velvety touch to the mouthfeel. Very presentable! I liked!

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