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

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

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very good

241 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 11.75%

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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3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 08:55:40 | More by vkv822
Photo of KYGunner


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 23:35:23 | More by KYGunner
Photo of portia99


3.59/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 23:58:28 | More by portia99
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perseverance Ale, Alaskan Brewery, Russian Imperial Stout, Stout Brewed with Birch Syrup and Fireweed Honey, 9 % ABV, 1 pint, 6 luid ounces. Alaskan Brewing Company, Brewed and Bottled in Juneau, Alaska.

Solid black, slim head, soon gone.

Aromatics, dark malt, rich, bittersweet, cocoa, blackstrap molasses, some minor charcoal and smoke. Overall, very subtle.

Taste: more darkness, more sweetness, but lacks depth.
That was too quick. I need to give it some tick, let the brew breath.
So, again…sweet, slick, …roasty. Toasty. Charred, but …not really. Starts…but doesn't get there. Tasty, …boozy…but, lacking extra oomph. Sometimes called "character." Also, "zazz." At other times, "zork."

This could be a lot better. It should be a lot better. Thicker, maybe? More intense, perhaps?

But, nice. If you want nice, go for this.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 09:42:06 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of HuskyinPDX


3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle split on 6.18.13

Alaskan 25th Anniversary beer.

A - Pours a deep, dark brown with a soapy tan head that sits for a bit and then fades leaving no bubbles.

S - Cherry, tart barrel wood, chocolate.

T - Sour cherry, barrel, chocolate, booze.

D - Mild carbonation with a medium body.

O - The sweetness is now more cherry and tart, not sour. Still some chocolate, and a touch thin.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 06:15:26 | More by HuskyinPDX
Photo of ngeunit1


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black with a finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. Fades normal.

S - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, molasses, black licorice, honey, birch syrup, coffee, dark fruits, and a hint of booze.

T - Roasted dark chocolate and caramel malts, black licorice, molasses, coffee, honey, birch syrup, dark fruits, vanilla, earthy hops, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and slightly thick with a sweet, roasted, and warming finish.

D - Good imperial stout. Nice balance and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 03:43:49 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of cvm4


3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours pretty black with a slight tinge of brown on the outer rim. The head was brown but not much lacing to speak of.

S - Roasted malts, smokey notes & sweet licorice.

T - The taste follows the nose, IMO. The flavors to change up with bitter chocolate and a slight tartness.

M - To me, it's lighter than a typical RIS but very smooth & creamy.

O - It's a different RIS that breaks from the norm.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 01:28:56 | More by cvm4
Photo of TempeBeerMan


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

A - Jet black with a one-finger head of brown sea foam. Lacing is a thin film of tiny bubbles.

S - Moderate strength aroma of roasted malts, but with a deep chocolate sweetness underneath. Slightest hint of smoke. Smells really good.

T - Starts with typical RIS burnt malts, but switches up quickly with a smooth, mellow sweetness of honey and birch syrup taking over in the mid-palate and competing with grainy bitterness right on through the finish. Blended nicely. ABV only noticeable as a hint of warmth in the VERY backend.

M - Silky; velvetty smooth. A little oily.

O - Very enjoyable. One flaw is that it's not terribly complex, so the palate can get a little tired near the end of the bottle. Still a damn good beer overall. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 05:23:06 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of Powderhornphil


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle aged just over a year.

Pours a nice looking black. Small kahki head.

Smells of roast, smoke and a little sweetness. some black licorice underneath.

Taste follows the nose. Starts with bitter roasted grain finishes with a unique blend of smoke and sweetness.

Mouthfeel slightly thin for the syle.

A unique RIS. Quite enjoyable, but lacking qualities to make me seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 02:10:51 | More by Powderhornphil
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a thin, pale tan head that quickly fades.

Smell. Roasty malts, charred wood, licorice root and dark fruits with a little sweet chocolate.

Taste. Roasty dark malts, toasted wood, a little black licorice and a bit of dark fruits and chocolate, and a little alcohol.

Mouthfeel. Slightly lower than full bodied, low+ carbonation. Just a bit of warmth.

Overall. A very nice stout. Not getting much from the distinct taste from the sap or honey, but I'm sure they're contributing to the overall nice flavours.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 02:39:36 | More by Rutager
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Eh. Too syrupy. A decent stab at the style, but the syrup and honey combine to make an odd combination in relation to the thickness and body of the stout. Just doesn't quite work. Any idea is worth experimenting with. But for a 25th anniversary ale from such a notable brewery, I'd hope for a bit more really. An okay beer, but not all the way there.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:29:12 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of nlmartin


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The beer is black with ruby opaqueness to light. Thin tan head resolves to nothing. No lacing is noted on my glass.

S- Man this smells sweet. Honey sweetened star anise lightly roasted malt, very light burnt sugar notes, cocoa, raisins, and perhaps fig newtons.

T- The smell prepared me for the sweetness. The sweetness is almost restrained by the roast but not really. Darkly roasted malts, dash of cocoa are get a honeyed fig treatment. Just narrowly escapes cloying sweetness. A bit more roast may help lift this further away from over sweetness.

M- The body of the beer is medium carbonation is low but works. The beer is a bit sticky at times.

O- Its sweet and for some I am sure too sweet. For me the beer was a nice sweet malty treat. I wouldnt want a whole bomber but split up between a couple of drinkers this is an ideal dessert beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 03:01:44 | More by nlmartin
Photo of Jeffo


3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 13:11:24 | More by Jeffo
Photo of kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz silkscreen bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger mocha head. Small bubbles of lacing sit atop the beer.

S- roasted malts, faint coffee, dark fruits, molasses, slight sour notes and char.

T- dark chocolate, dark fruits, bitter molasses (might be from the birch but I don't know what birch tastes like), sourness and more bitterness a the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick feel and slightly acidic.

O- pretty nice stout. The birch and sourness adds a different layer of complexity to this beer. Worth a try if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 00:37:16 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up months ago at Connecticuit Ave liquors in Washington, DC, and it's been in my fridge since. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one finger of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks amazing, just like a big RIS should.

s - Smells of roasted malts, burnt malts, bitter chocolate, sweeter chocolate, dark fruits, light vanilla.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, bread, dark fruits. Much more bitter than the nose, a step down for me.

m - Thick, full body and low carbonation. Smooth, pretty nice.

o - Overall a decent RIS, though a bit too bitter for me in the taste. Liked the nose but the sweetness was lost in the taste. Worth checking out if you like bitter chocolate and big RIS's.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 00:39:15 | More by mdfb79
Photo of alpinebryant


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark chestnut brownish black with a tiny tan head at the edges.

S: Aromas of Dark roast malts, caramel, honey and some ash. Some bittering hops and slightly vegetal.

T: Taste of smoked malts, honey, black patent malt, and plenty of sweetness. Very earthy flavors, birch bark and birch soda both pretty strongly representing here along with the RIS flavors of roasted sugars, honey and that pesky ashiness.

M: Medium to light body for a RIS, high levels of carbonation, slightly stinging my tongue.

O: This isnt bad, I can definitely appreciate the birch sap and it is represented fairly well here. As always, I do not particularly like the overpowering black patent flavors and ashy chalky finish that the beer has as a result.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 22:58:59 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of russwbeck


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black pour with a few fingers of brown head. The head recedes rather quickly, but laces decently on its way down. A really nice looking RIS.

S: It smells really oaky, which I believe comes from the RIS base and birch syrup. It almost smells like it's oak aged. Nice chocolate undertones and certainly some honey sweetness. Really nicely blended, but on the sweeter side.

T: I had no idea what these extra ingredients were coming into this, but they taste really nicely with the RIS base. Chocolate, but sort of watery so, with a ton of roast, oak, honey, and what I believe is birch. Perhaps a few hints of booze, but only at the very end.

MF: Lighter than I would expect from a stout with a very low carbonation level. The sweetness and roast really play well together. Very drinkable.

O: This was an awesome beer. I wish I had it fresh to compare to this, now almost a year old. I would say if you have one, it could either improve with age or taste delicious right now.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 22:32:19 | More by russwbeck
Photo of t420o


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Alaskan Perseverance ale 25 anny

A- pour produces a nice 2 finger mocha colored head on a black body. Good retention and good lacing 4.5 

S- the syrup and honey are very present in the smell. Smoked malt, chocolate, and toasted nuts as well. The sweet smokey taste that lingers on the finish is awesome!  4 

T- smoked malt, chocolate, licorice, toasted nuts, and the birch syrup and honey add a sweet and earthy element to it. Well done 4  

M- supurb mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation level and viscosity. 5

O- I like the complexity and taking the ris and adding flavors that complemented it. Well done alaskan brewing 4


Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:15:58 | More by t420o
Photo of ccrida


2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Cellared since release, poured into my Delirium snifter, Perseverance is black with a pretty tight, tan head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is really sweet, baltic porter.

Taste is modestly smoky, with some sweet malt. There's a lingering acridness on the back-end leaving an unpleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, medium bodied, but sticky.

Drinkability is ok. This just didn't thrill me very much. Something about the wet sock aftertaste, the high residual sugars, the lack of depth. Eh. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 02:02:51 | More by ccrida
Photo of jjanega08


3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

25th Anniversary No other freshness dating

A= Pours a nice deep black color with a thick deep tan brownish head that falls at a moderate speed with some spotty lacing on the side of the glass.

S= Has a nice woody character to it. It says birch syrup on the bottle but I smell mostly birch wood. The underlying stout is a bit roasty but somewhat tame for an imperial. Slightly metallic on the nose as well.

T= The taste again starts slightly metallic before it fads to the birch woody taste. There is a considerable amount of roasty bitterness on the finish. I don't get much of what I would call syrup from it but again there is a woody character. A solid flavor but not enough I guess. A bit light for an imperial stout on the flavor for it being so high in the alcohol. If I'm drinking all that alcohol I want a lot of flavor to go with it.

M= The mouth is very light and warming. Slick and smooth on the tongue.

O= This is an average imperial stout I'm sad to say. It isn't bad and the woody character is pretty interesting but it doesn't wow me or step outside the box for me. Average and what I hate to say is maybe a bit below average for an anniversary beer. I was maybe expecting a bit much based on the brewery and the 25th anny. Worth checking out but I won't be going in for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 03:28:17 | More by jjanega08
Photo of codsmith


3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: jet black with slight light tan head that stays around. Leg's really aren't too presen. Figured lacing would be better with syrup and honey.

S: dark roasted grains, but with a delicate sweetened of honey and syrup.

T: you can really pick up on some dark grain and fruit characteristic, but something just doesn't mesh well together in the end.

M: heavy and dense mouthfeel. Right for the style.

O: the style characteristics are all there, but taste wise it seems

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 02:48:47 | More by codsmith
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9% ABV. I had the priviledge to try this brew poured into a pint glass during a ski trip in Vancouver. This complex and malt forward Imperial Stout is brewed with an array of local ingredients and flavors to add dimension and celebrate Alaskan’s 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 their 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. 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 their world famous alder-smoked malt. Sure glad to have tried this one out – it was almost as if I was drinking a mix of all their flagship beers especially the Smoked Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 18:14:40 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of SHODriver


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a deep and thick black with a small tan head
S: smells of rich roast malt, chocolate, coffee, and a little bit of licorice
T: sweet honey, a little roast coffee, light chocolate and a huge shot of flavor in the aftertaste with more roasty goodness and some chocolate. maybe a hint of the birch syrup at the back end as well
M:surprisingly light considering how thick it seemed to pour, heavier side of medium bodied with a solid amount of carbonation
O: Not the best and not the worst. glad I picked up a bottle. Just wish the front and middle was as fantastic as the back end

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 03:14:04 | More by SHODriver


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darkly toasted color with some densely tannin quasi clarity around the edges. A thin cola head dissipates to a glassy top, lacing be damned.

Smells of cocoa butter, chicory java and a metallic redolence.

Taste is strongly roasted, with oaken and mildly bouronesque notions, and syrupy sweetness. It melds well yet lacks much intrigue. It's a good mix of flavors, a unique approach, but complexity gives way to mundane rather quick.

Mouthfeel is thinner and more carbonated than the slick inkiness I lust for in a RIS.

Overall...it's not bad at all, don't get me wrong. I am enjoying this quite well, but it's a tad thin, a tad bubbly, and a little behind the curve of some other RISs I have come to enjoy. Totally worth while for a drink though. Unique, sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2012 00:42:57 | More by GIVEMEBACKMYSON
Photo of DocJitsu


4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 would've liked to have paid a lot less than $10 for the bottle though. $5.99 at most.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:27:14 | More by DocJitsu
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Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.