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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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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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Photo of gatornation


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap in a 10 oz goblet

A- pours a nice dark black/brown color with a tan head and lacing

S- was roasted malts with chocolate, and faint maple syrup smells some cocoa

T followed the nose sweet toffee with semi-sweet chocolate,caramel and coffee note

M- was ok smooth with a sweet malt and syrup taste it was a bit thin an taste

O- a 25th anniversary brew that is good but not representative of that award its tasty and good but nit one i was wowed by

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2011 01:20:47 | More by gatornation
Photo of flexabull


4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the local Alehouse.

Pours a deep flat black color with a pretty nice tan head.

Aromas are of smoke, dark chocolate, black coffee, and brown sugar.

Taste is similar to the nose, lots of complexity. Creamy, dark sugary sweetness, bitter dark chocolate, a definite smokiness, and hints of coffee. Finish is warm, with some mineral pine like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pretty full bodied, could use a touch more thickness perhaps.

Overall, a very complex and tasty Russian Imperial Stout, hopefully this one shows up in bottle in town, I'd like to grab a couple for the cellar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2011 15:44:15 | More by flexabull
Photo of cbarrett4


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

Poured from tap at Belmont Station 10/21/2011:

Pours with a gorgeous, deep black hue with a phenomenal oatmeal head that sadly dissipates a little quickly into a nice sticky lace.

Smells like a good, yet typical stout: lots of coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts.

On the palate more of the roasted notes but a faint whisper of black fruit coming through.

Here is where the beer shines, on the palate it is pure velvet. The texture is lush and liquor like without any heavy alcohol notes. Really fine finish that comes off with some hints of bitter tannins.

Overall I really enjoyed it, though I don't really see this as a Russian Imperial Stout, just more of a very good, high quality stout somewhere between a regular and an Imperial stout. If they can get the nose and the palate going a little more then I think they have a winner. But it's hard when you compare to Old Rasputin and other RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2011 19:48:32 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Do I need a spoon for this one? It looks rich, thick and black. Edges are cola colored. Off-brown head is thick and rich. Lacing is thin on this one.

Aroma is dark. Dark plum, dark molasses, dark malts, dark leather, dark thoughts. Some herbals. But...magic marker hints come and go. A quick whiff won't detect it, but I'm a sniffer.

A bit of woodiness in the taste. Of course, the dark stuff dominates. Some herbal spice, but mostly dark dry chocolate, molasses, some vanilla. That magic marker is stronger here and is off-putting to me. Maybe age would calm this down, but for me, 8oz is enough. Too bad, cuz I enjoy the other flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2011 20:58:30 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of kingcrowing


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

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2011 03:30:53 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of beerandcycling88


2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Collins pub.

A pours a thick black color with a thick mocha head.

S very smoky, reminds me off their smoked Porter and kills off anything else that might be there.

T again very smoky with some chocolate and a bit of roastiness.

M seems thin for an RIS.

Overall not bad but a little too smoky and thin for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2011 19:57:06 | More by beerandcycling88
Photo of soulfly1492


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very bold. Dark roasty malts with some spices, anise. Some alcohol. Smokey.

Appearance: Amazing. Like nothing I've ever seen. Super thick head, mostly dark brown, some lighter tan spots scattered around. Excellent retention and lacing.

Taste: Semi-sweet chocolate, toffee, mild anise. Odd, but I taste some banana.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, super thick bubbles, not tingling at all. Somewhat dry.

Overall: Different than the average RIS for sure. Appearance is incredible, a sight to be seen. Taste is not quite as bold as it smells, but nice sweet malts and just a bit of bitter. Surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2011 00:39:06 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of LittleDon


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

A 12 oz pour in a tulip shaped glass at Collins Pub in Seattle on 10/4/11.

Black, couldn't see any light passing through. Minimal head and lace. Strong banana bread aroma. Medium carbonation with a medium to heavy body. The flavor begins with a grape and banana presents. A fair amount of alcohol in the middle. Finishes nicely, roasted coffee and burnt sugar.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 20:54:37 | More by LittleDon
Photo of ehammond1

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

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 22:27:35 | More by ehammond1
Photo of emmasdad


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap this afternoon at Hops & Pie. At least I didn't have to buy the bottle. Poured an inky black color with an inch or so of medium brown foam on top. Aromas of roasted malt, mint and dry chocolate. On the palate, this one was fairly full bodied and medicinal, with flavors of roasted malt, honey and mint.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2011 01:53:18 | More by emmasdad
Photo of HopHead84


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


On tap at URGE.

A: Looks like you'd expect, black with a creamy dark brown head. No surprises in this category.

S: An even blend of roast, dark chocolate, and molasses. The roast has a bit of char to it at times. I get a little coffee and a hint of smoke with some earth. Dark fruit reminds me of plum and prune.

T: Dark chocolate with a healthy dose of blackstrap molasses. There's a dash of licorice and a moderate roasted malt presence. Coffee is faint. There's a medium earthy bitterness. Alcohol rears its head in the finish. As the beer warms I begin to notice plum.

M: Full in body with upper moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is creamy, chewy, and sticky.

Overall: Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2011 21:17:28 | More by HopHead84
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the hanger room today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and considerable lacing. The nose is complex and impressive in this beer, as I get milk duds, vanilla, licorice, light tobacco and leather. This beer comes across as a barrel aged oatmeal stout more than a RIS, but regardless, I thought this beer smelled and tasted pretty good. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this moderately sweet stout, though the licorice and leather are a bit more pronounced. Also, I get considerable honey on the palate as well, which make the melange of flavor all the more insteresting in this beer. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with a long, moderatley sweet, soft and creamy finish. Alcohol is pretty well disguised in this beer, though you can tell it's up there.

Overall, I thought this a pretty impressive stout from Alaskan, one I wouldn't hesitate to order again. Lot of interesting different flavors in this beer...

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2011 22:01:52 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a big black body with big carbonation and a huge brown cap

S: Nose is rich dark chocolate, hints of wood, espresso and roasted malt with booze

T: Starts ogg like a big ol RIS;big roastiness, wood, a little spice, sharp booze, rich cocoa

M: Big body on this, loads of flavor coat the plate. Very nice

O: A very good RIS and quite the surprise!

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 17:36:53 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of ArrogantB


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. I was glad to get a 4oz pour for $4.50 since it was happy hour and now I don;t have to buy a bottle! I've been a little let down by Alaskan pilot/special beers except for the barleywine so I didn't want to drop $9 on a bottle. This was obviously black and the head was robust and tan. Smell was malty. The first flavor I got was bubblegum, hops? As I took more sips I got some sweetness (syrup, honey?) and roast but a hop bitterness was persistent and stood out to me. Overall, not bad but glad I didn't buy a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

09-03-2011 01:26:34 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of vkv822


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
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Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.