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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)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

246 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 34
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:
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.

(Beer added by: ArrogantB on 09-03-2011)
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Reviews by Jeffo:
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Jeffo

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

Shared by Doopie for our Battle of Alaska theme night against Midnight Sun Monk's Mistress. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Ale brewed with birch syrup and fireweed honey

APPEARANCE: A muddy, dark brown pour yields a two finger, fizzy tan head with lousy retention. Head quickly fades to a wisp and ring. Sienna brown body, almost black, and medium levels of carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Some roasted notes, cocoa powder and anise licorice notes as well. Dark fruits, woody aromas and some definite honey as well. Medium strength, but interesting.

TASTE: Roasted notes, cocoa and licorice for sure. A good dose of anise flavor somehow. Dark fruits and raisins with a syrupy sweetness as well. Honey comes through after the swallow, with a bolder and lingering aftertaste that's sweet, fruity, with licorice flavors. Unique in the style, and definitely sweeter than the average.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. A little lighter on the palate. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: Good stuff. A little sweet for my tastes perhaps, but this one is well executed. In the Battle of Alaska, this one came out on top for me. Worth checking out if you get the chance. Cheers Doops! Recommended.

06-23-2012 13:11:24 | More by Jeffo
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Todd

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-17-2011 05:48:41 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

22oz bottle. Pours a dark brown/black with a big creamy tan head that retains fairly well and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is very surprising for a stout - sweet floral honey with some fudgy chocolate and a bit of smoke. A little black licorice and roast comes out as it warms.

The flavor is sweet lactic fudgy chocolate and some smoke with a good sized roast bitterness in the finish mixed with some residual sweetness. As it warms the roast char bitterness starts to dominate the sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting stout. The honey and sweetness with smoke and roast was interesting.

09-29-2011 05:49:32 | More by Beaver13
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

22oz bomber with a anniversary date on the bottle of 25 years. Cheers to that!!

LOOK: Pitch black, thick tan lacing

SMELL: Chocolate syrup, birch sap, burnt sugar, espresso, charcoal, booze, nougat, ripe figs

TASTE: Sweet, full body, mocha, tree sap, charcoal, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, taffy, faint honey, modest hopping, rich, sweet finish

Good use of birch syrup as that is a flavor that can take over real quick, solid for the style with the whole Russian Imp. Stout and such. Great to see some flare added to it, seems to work better since the cooler weather has arrived.

12-14-2011 04:38:19 | More by Jason
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BigE90

Washington

2.53/5  rDev -33.9%

a) dark in color, a little light coming through though, small head that faded quickly

s) not a lot going on, you can smell some syrup and honey and a little malt but nothing over powering or really standing out from the pour or just sitting there

t) wow, immediately reminds me of the Smoked Porter then quickly fades to some sweetness followed by a hop bitterness. After several tastes though the bitterness and sweetness are starting to leave a bad after taste and that is all I can taste which I am not liking

m) very light and thin, consistency of a brown ale not a RIS, very surprised at the lack of body or complexity in this

o) I wanted to like this very much but came away very disappointed. I had high expectations but the flavors just did not convey what a RIS should be and the biggest surprise was the very light mouthfeel. I don't think cellaring is going to help as not a lot is going on flavor wise. No hurry to open my other bottles.

09-03-2011 06:18:37 | More by BigE90
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a very dark black color with a very light dark head and some and some nice thin lacing. Nose is malty, sweet and very rich.

Taste is chocolate, smoke, bacon and sweet malt. There's a good sharp be on the back of the the throat, it's warm but not too hot. Overall an awesome beer!

10-13-2011 03:30:53 | More by kingcrowing
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bpfrush

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-14-2011 15:33:34 | More by bpfrush
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ehammond1


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Black as can be with a thin chocolate milk colored head. Thin sheets of lacing left down the glass.

Mixed aroma consisting of espresso/coffee, some mild chocolate, lots of roasted malt, and a touch of sugar sweetness. Relatively standard "good" RIS aroma.

The flavor isn't quite as successful. While the flavor does follow the nose pretty closely, there's a bit of licorice flavor and alcohol sting that aren't all too pleasant and detract from the otherwise pleasant flavor profile.

Medium to thick bodied. Appropriate.

A decent big stout with some distinct flaws that really detract from the overall enjoyment and drinkability.

09-26-2011 22:27:35 | More by ehammond1
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Very dark black with only a tiny bit of brown color on the edge of the glass. Solid three fingers of tan head that fade into a thin patchy layer. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: A fairly sweet smelling stout. Big aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, and syrup with some hints of dark cherry fruit and plum. Also some hints of honey, grassy hops, and anise.

Taste: Pretty sweet and roasty like the smell leads on. A good dose of dark chocolate, coffee, dark caramel malts, and toffee. Good hints of syrup, honey, and dark cherries with plum. Light hint of spicy anise. Finishes with a light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied although slightly lighter than a typical imperial stout. Carbonation is moderate. Very creamy and smooth. No sign of the alcohol.

Overall: A very solid stout. On the sweeter side with the syrup and honey but complex enough to be well balanced.

10-21-2011 04:42:32 | More by MattyG85
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-29-2013 15:49:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Rich and black like the Alaskan sky in wintertime. Small tan head, looks the part of a big RIS. Aroma of mild brown sugar, deep roast, leaning chocolate malt more than anything else.

Taste, again, solid roasting, pretty easy to drink, hid the 9% nicely. Slick, creamy and coating, this is just as much an imperial milk stout as an ris. The birch/honey addition certainly smoothed this out I would think. They aren't noticeable so much in the flavor profile as opposed to the slick mouthfeel and hidden abv. Kinda like Melange 3, I don't get any of that syrup, birch or sap stuff, I just get a smoother BT.

Mild smoke notes if you look for them. A good beer, could have used a little thickening up I guess if you have to critique something or find room for improvement.

10-11-2011 17:55:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

03-15-2012 14:11:56 | More by jpbebeau
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +11%

04-07-2012 19:21:19 | More by daveytheformer
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thatruth

Washington

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

22 oz from the Beer Junction in West Seattle, suggested by Morgan. poured into pint glass.

pours a 1/8" tan head with moderate-to-heavy frothy lacing. pours a dormant root beer color into an opaque body with caramel tint. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.

smells of smoky firewood malt, pears, coffee roast, and as noted on the bottle: 'birch' syrup.

taste has a minimal lacquer presence that tends to override (or forebode) most RISs. damn malty, more smoky, chocolate taste than anything else. notes of honey, as mentioned on the bottle, are also present.

fresh, inquisitive on-bringing leads to a wet, fritzy finish. 9.0% alc./vol. hidden quite well, easy on the palette.

damn fine beer from Alaska for their 25th anniversary. hats off to them, well done.

09-16-2011 19:37:14 | More by thatruth
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kevwcamp

Washington

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-29-2011 06:34:21 | More by kevwcamp
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-05-2012 01:16:55 | More by acurtis
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quirkzoo

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours almost black with a little brown around the edges and one finger of tan head. The aroma is extremely roasty. Tons of chocolate and coffee maltiness and an herbal characteristic that I recognize as birch only because I just had the Stone collab pumpkin beer that also had birch. The taste is more of the same, heavily roasted and nice sweet RIS. Good but nothing that really surprised me. The birch complexity was also a bit lost in the taste. The mouthfeel was extremely smooth, just enough carbonation, perfect for the style. Overall I am happy I picked this one up at the store but probably won't seek it out again.

02-09-2012 05:24:12 | More by quirkzoo
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MrVonzipper

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pitch black with a bubbly khaki head. Good retention and lacing. Fairly oily and viscous.

Dark roasted maltiness, woodiness (but not oak), molases and honey notes on the nose.

Nice bright robust flavor with pretty good balance. Notes of Rich dark malt, molasses, mild faint honey and wood.

Med-full bodied. Mildly viscous with a creamy mild carbonation.

Overall it's good. Not amazing like amazing as anticipated. I'd love to try with some age to see how it changes because there seems to be Alot going on in there and things haven't begun to harmonize IMO.

10-10-2011 23:45:38 | More by MrVonzipper
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Brewed with birch syrup and fireweed honey. Neat! Thanks a million (oh heck, a billion) to msubulldog25 for this bottle.

Pours a head of dark brown that unfortunately doesn't stay long. The color is somewhere between the darkest brown possible and black. Whatever...it's freakin' dark, ok?

The smell is wonderful. Various succulent dark fruits, sweet herbs, and toffee/caramel wrapped in a thin blanket of smoke. Hints of gooey chocolate and coffee.

Take all that the nose offers, and add brown sugar, cola and black liquorice to summarize the taste. And while that makes for a long list of flavor impressions, it's really not that complex, or quite that mindblowing. Something's stopping it from reaching godly heights, and I think it's mostly the feel. Which is not bad, but if this had an uber-smooth, super-round, thicker feel like, say, Bell's Expedition stout (a paragon of awesome texture) this would've been tremendous. Instead it's a couple hairs thinner and more carbonated than it should be. But still, it's tremendous enough, and not as sweet as you might think, considering the syrup/honey additions. Does really well with some warming too. Of course, most stouts do, and Perseverance is no exception to the rule. Alaskan does big dark beers best, don't they?

12-05-2011 23:52:44 | More by Metalmonk
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jheezee

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

12-11-2012 22:40:07 | More by jheezee
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

pours a thick jet black with about a half inch of cocoa creamy head. light retention.

nose is a bit weak. some faint sweet dark fruit and roasted malt.

lots of roasted malt with a bit of a charcoal flavor. very faint syrup in here. nice sweetness though. faint alcohol. some bitterness.

fairly thick with a bit of bite from the carbonation.

not bad but could use some more depth and complexity. a nice try for sure.

11-18-2011 23:54:30 | More by hooliganlife
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StoutItOutLoud

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-04-2013 16:50:14 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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djschnabel

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

01-05-2012 22:16:02 | More by djschnabel
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growlerfills

Montana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

12-22-2011 22:56:54 | More by growlerfills
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hiphopj5

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-19-2012 17:50:48 | More by hiphopj5
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Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.