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Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) - Alaskan Brewing Co.

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Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series)Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series)

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

257 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 257
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 35
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ArrogantB on 09-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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Ratings: 257 | Reviews: 124
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NWHopinator
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark black with a mocha head that still shows some good pop after almost 4 years.

Nose is a wonderful mix of blackberry jam, wood and dark chocolate.

Taste is much the same, very smooth and has a little bit of everything...still some leafy hop remnants and of course the chocolate and fruit. I guess the birch syrup is giving a little wood chip type of flavor. Pretty good, seems to have aged well.

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Nose: spicy, floral, espresso, chocolate, honey, root beer, hint of smoke.
Rich brilliant deep brown to black with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates at medium speed. Leaves light lace and the beer has legs.
Palate: Nice thick creamy chocolate flavors, a hint of honey, and hints of root beer and spices. Faint espresso and a suggestion of smoke.
Rich, creamy and chewy with below average carbonation. I like the bottled version better than the draft..

Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%

I've been sitting on this for several years (since 2011) and now seems the time (the first weekend of empty nest).
Booze, roast, sweetness, dark fruit.
Still looks pretty darn good. Black with a dense tan head.
Even at 3+ years still has a little youth on it. Nicely complex. Still pretty rich and holding some sweetness. Still sticky and lays on the teeth and tongue. A touch of bitterness floating around there somewhere but I'm not finding any hop flavor.
As it warms and opens up more caramel flavors show. It also seems to lose some complexity at this point. I think the residual sweetness that is caramel somewhat is also the honey and birch syrup. It's kinda nice.
Good feel. Full and soft.
I like this. It's a solid RIS and I'm glad i sat on it for a couple of year.

Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of chugalug06
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Has to be one of the chunky-ist, thin beers I've ever seen! Lots of black and toasty caramel colors.

Phew. Smokey. Smells like rubber. Not a big fan. Roasty, peaty, and nutty.

Very funky un-blended flavors and mouthfeel. Lots of heavy chocolate and sweet syrup flavors. Carbonation is simply too much and very distracting. Bitterness is missing, but dryness is very forward. Chewy.

Um. I'm not sure what direction this brew wants to go... It's kind of a mess, I wanted to LOVE this brew, but it nearly avoided my drain... I am not a smokey beer fan, at all. Very average.

Photo of leftoverburrito
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of vkv822
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My review seems to have been lost, or I didn't upload, but this is from a few years back:

Near black, with ruby edges when held to light. Thin, foamy light tan head, short lived.

Maple syrup, heavily roasted malts, light cocoa.

Medium- thin body with foamy carbonation.

A decent beer, but nothing particularly memorable. The roast seems a bit much at times, while the syrupy sweetness is also a bit overdone. Would have also liked more body.

Photo of jkball01
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of tbone64
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BuckTuckian
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KYGunner
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This took on a most unusual character as the nose was creamy with vanilla, maple syrup, caramel and chocolate malt. The flavor, though, was nothing like that with a black licorice, anise, caraway and a dry pumpernickle bread flavor. The nose seemed barrel aged stout while the flavor was a bit Scottish Ale.

Photo of Absolut
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of portia99
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter.

A - Pours an opaque black with a faint attempt at forming a grayish off-white head that leaves behind some light lacing and a thin collar.

S - Interesting aroma, a bit boozy up front, hints of tartness, a touch of ginger ale, creamy vanilla, slight roast, a touch of coffee.

T - Somewhat cola-like in flavor mixed in with some coffee and burnt and dark roasted malt, honey, slightly astringent

M - A bit thin for the style checking in at barely medium bodied. A lighter carbonation is appropriate and gives a just a bit of life to the beer. Char and astringency with a mixture of sweet and fruity/berry-like character.

O - Overall, just ok. Definitely not the typical imperial stout - for better or worse. A bit thin with some oddly placed flavors and missing the punch and assertiveness usually found in the style. Certainly drinkable...definitely not memorable. Glad to try it, but doesn't stand out as something special.

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
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