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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1532) - Pensacola, 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 wouldíve 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 (1961) - 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 Iíve 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (20778) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
21st January 2012
Opaque black beer, tidy tan head. Softish palate, a little dry. A little bubblegum underneath some even dark malt. Floral sweetness, well integrated. Trace of fruits and a pinch of spice. Off the beaten track and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (684) - 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 (5877) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, 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 (281) - 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 (7777) - San Diego, California, 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 (9100) - 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.

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