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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 219   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (607) - Arizona, USA - FEB 7, 2013
22-oz. bottle (9/27/2011). An inky black pour with a filmy dark brown head that disappears quickly. Lot of boozy soy sauce and molasses on the nose with a hint of smoky phenols. Smoked malt hits right away on the taste followed by licorice, a spicy vegetal tone, and a slightly sweet chocolate and honey finish. Light to medium body for a RIS, with low carbonation. This beer is solid but it hasnít aged as well as I hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4974) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle: Thanks Andrew: Medium sized lively and fairly quick disappearing tan to lighter brown head. The beer poured very dark from the bottle like dark brown with some black tints, ib the glass itís even blacker. Smell lots of coffee, sweat, roasted malts, hint of bay leaf, hint of dogfood and a hint of butterscotch caramel ish notes. Taste liquorice, bay leaf, bitter, roasted barley malts, porridge, raisin, prunes, plums, some sweets like toffee and (brown) sugars, autumnal herbs, oatmeal, hints of chalk, caramel and bitter. Aftertaste is (autumnal) herbs, sweet roast, some bay leaf and bitter nutty liquorice tones. Low cabo, soft creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller body and a creamy texture. Decent Imperial Stout, not bad but nothing awesome either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IluvatarMilan (280) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Pours a black oily body, sizeable but quickly disappearing head. Nose of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is a tad thin, high in alcohol, sweetish but overal robust. Dry aftertaste with some sourness and raisin flavours. Solid if unremarkable RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6547) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle at Paulís place. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted and sweet malts, some toffee and honey, and some light dark chocolate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle at Paulís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (9992) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle at Paulís "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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (4222) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle. Black pour with light head. Light smoke and other dark malt flavored. Not overwhelming.

   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! Iíve been a little let down by Alaskan pilot/special beers except for the barleywine so I didnít 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 didnít buy a bottle. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 09-03-2011 01:26:34

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beernbourbon (1357) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2083) - 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.

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