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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

jake65's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3413) - Meridian, Idaho, 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 Iíd 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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1362) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - MAR 26, 2016
Dark pour with big brown head. Heavy roasted coffee on the nose. Flavor is dark chocolate with almost reduced coffee and dried fruit. Great big finish.(Old notes)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (4961) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 26, 2015
Very dark brown color. Smokey, roasted malts with some honey notes in the nose. Roasted malt, but body is a bit too cloying with honey and lots of roasted malt. Pretty good, with nice smokey finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (3302) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 21, 2015
Beer is way too difficult to drink. Every flavor component is an odd sweetness and together they make for an unpleasant experience. Aroma of root beer, raisins, tons of wheat bread, and sourdough. Just crazy doughy and malty with lots of sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5665) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2015
Autumn Brew Review, 2015. This beer was labeled as 2011. sweet, lots of malt, a hint of coffee. Heavy on the palate, some alcohol, and not much carbonation left. It was a good beer, but even while I was drinking it, I was surprised to hear it was an imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiiruBierBeer (932) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2015
Aroma and taste of a roasty, bourbony, smoky stout. Standard stouty mouthfeel. The bourbony taste may come from the syrup.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11077) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2015
Unique IS with sweetish birchwood and honey. Very good smooth drinker. Blackish colour. Not as thick as would have anticipated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4525) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle at Anchorage Dec í14 Tasting: Poured a dark brown with light brown head. Aroma is smokey and malty. Taste is a mixture of sweet, chocolate, malts, light smoke, and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 7, 2014
22oz bottle - Can you consider a beer that score a 3.5 or better a disappointment? I was slightly disappointed, because of how highly regarded I hold ABC and the fact that I know that they make above average beer. So for an anniversary beer thatís an imperial stout, Iím really hoping that this beer is more than above average and it really wasnít. The aroma starts off with the standard chocolate and coffee, but it seemed to meld with a combo of what I could only describe as molasses meets Pepsi. Very odd, and not entirely unpleasant, but nothing decadent or complex. Flavor has a strange combination of black licorice, chocolate, coffee, and cherry Pepsi. Again, not awful at all but very strange. I didnít pick up any smokey notes from the alder-smoked malts. A nice beer overall with some unique flavor profiles. But to celebrate their 25th year of production, I would think a superior product would be made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (9955) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2014
probably close to average for an imperial stout, or a touch better, until the smoke starts to open up, which is the beers forte. it smells great ans is quite tasty, but lacks the dimension i was hoping for. between the birch syrup and honey, itís a little too sweet, but the decadent chocolate and little bit o smoke that comes through in the finish are quite nice. looks good, smooth beer. a little more bitterness and less sweet, and it would be elite."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
574deadzone (1371) - North Central, Indiana, USA - AUG 28, 2014
A nice trade gift. Pours a deep black with a fair mocha head that settles quickly to a thin ring, hardly lacing but leaving a coating film on the glass. Nose involves a floral quality, syrupy notes, dark chocolate, nuttiness, some anise, and woodsy notes. Pretty sweet, fairly bitter. Thick but not heavy bodied, syrupy, soft, with a sticky yet drying finish. Unique, rich, and enjoyable. A cool experience.

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