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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 215   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


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a deep brown to black with a thin white head. A vague hint of smoke, lots of caramel and toffee. Cocoa, chocolate. Medium bodied, funky banana notes, long roast and cocoa. Bitter ash and char. Warming alcohol. A bit boozy, cocoa, chocolate. Something weird going on, not a big fan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8240) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s "Blind" imperial stout tasting. Pours black. Nose and taste of roast chocolate malt, light smoke, birch sap, flaked oats and light coffee roast. Medium body.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (3254) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with light head. Light smoke and other dark malt flavored. Not overwhelming.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at Hops and Pie. I was glad to get a 4oz pour for $4.50 since it was happy hour and now I don;t have to buy a bottle! I’ve been a little let down by Alaskan pilot/special beers except for the barleywine so I didn’t want to drop $9 on a bottle. This was obviously black and the head was robust and tan. Smell was malty. The first flavor I got was bubblegum, hops? As I took more sips I got some sweetness (syrup, honey?) and roast but a hop bitterness was persistent and stood out to me. Overall, not bad but glad I didn’t buy a bottle. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-03-2011 01:26:34

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Bottle thanks to Ira, than you! Pour is dark viscous brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is roasted toffee malt with faint hints of coffee and vanilla. Smells straight forward and true. Flavor is also loaded with roasted malt. But also notes of holiday spice, a light earthy honey note, and a faintly floral note. A very nice and clean stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2072) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deekyn (1169) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (2726) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3001) - 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.


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