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Alaskan Pilot Series: Perseverance Ale

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RATINGS: 222   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

Torontoblue's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, - APR 20, 2012
650ml bottle, been in my ícellarí for 7 months. Pours a deep dark black, with a large mocha head, which settles down after a while and dies down to nothing. Big aroma of anise/liquorice dominates the nose, with a hint of hops, molasses, dark chocolate & dark fruits in the background. Flavour is mainly anise/liquorice with a great bitterness from the hops tingling the side of the tongue, followed by bittersweet chocolate, sticky dark fruit (dates, Figs etc etc) and smooth sweet honey; leaves the lips nice and sticky. Great, easy carbonation, medium to big body, bitter sweet, slightly sticky sweet finish (in a good way). The 7 months ageing has really brought this beer together as the alcohol was a little harsh when fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (2977) - 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 (5325) - 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 (738) - 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 (9973) - 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 (4045) - 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 (7858) - 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 (1293) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5877) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2014
Bottle shared by phaleslu at Muckfest V on 7/11/14. Thanks Peter! Darkest brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of booze, roast, chocolate and smoke. Malty and smoky flavor with a chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
22 oz. bottle via trade a few years ago. Pours a deep brown color with a moderately sized tan head. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, honey, syrup, toast, and cola. The flavor is the same. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty, roasty, sweet mouthfeel. Good, well-made imperial stout, but I wish I had opened this one a few years ago when it was fresh; I could detect age on it, which I didnít think did it any favors.

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