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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

249 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 249
Reviews: 123
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

t0rin0, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a 2 inch puffy dark khaki head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Craggy patterns of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some smoky aromas. Taste is of dark roasted/smoked malt, some cocoa and coffee notes, and an earthy/dirt flavor on the finish. There is a slightly bitter roast flavor on the palate after each sip. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a smooth and but slightly thin bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good RIS but nothing all that special. To be honest I was expecting much more from a 25th anniversary beer. Plus, I cannot smell or taste any of the specially sourced Alaskan ingredients they supposedly used to brew this one.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

djrn2, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -21.7%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

acurtis, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

GRG1313, Nov 08, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jaydoc, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Knapp85, Nov 22, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Dec 14, 2011
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.

RblWthACoz, Jul 30, 2012
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.

feloniousmonk, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge and interestingly fruity black ale. Nearly opaque with a modest tan head and pleasant carbonation. Quite prickly on the tongue, enhanced by the alcohol, no doubt. More booze in the nose but not so much fragrance. I'd like to think the birch syrup adds something but it's lost in the dark avalanche. Very full of burnt malt, though the honey seems to give it some balance. Hops, however, take over the aftertaste with a fairly ferocious bitterness.

This stuff tastes better at first sip with all the fruitiness. After a while it degenerates into charred raisin toast. A snifter is not really the ideal glass as you have to keep inhaling the peculiar smell.

mactrail, Sep 23, 2011
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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.

mdfb79, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

XmnwildX12, Nov 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

GClarkage, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +4.4%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
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!

barleywinefiend, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to the generous JohnGalt1 for this as an extra in our most recent trade. Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears black in color with a dark tan head displaying a finger's strength atop. When held to the light, it shows a thin ring of brown clarity and ruby coloration more towards the middle. As the cap slowly fades, it leaves some patches of lace sticking to the glass. A rough swirl revives a quick dissolving head back to the surface.

The smell of this brew has an atypical sweetness about it that I can only assume is from the combination of birch syrup and the honey addition. That sweetness to the nose integrates very well with the overall roasted quality of the dark grains. It displays a strong coffee scent, chocolate and somewhat of a smoked aspect from the char of the grain. All the while, there is a bit of a dark fruited sweetness like plum/raisins/prunes included towards the back that integrates with a light touch of alcohol.

The taste of this brew runs the entire gauntlet of character forewarned in the aroma. The dark grain quality provides a solid burnt bitterness that is lightly smokey mixed with a strong coffee bitterness, unsweetened chocolate and a bit of licorice. There are some fruity alcohol esters present that provide a flavoring of prunes or plums across the backend. Throughout the experience, small amounts of birch flavoring are present which is a very nice touch that creates an interesting distinction for this brew.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. It is a well balanced offering that I found quite enjoyable. Off the top of my head, I can only think of 2 other brews I have enjoyed that had birch syrup included and I think this one had it included in such a unique way that it was subtle yet very readily identifiable (if that makes any sense?) This is worth seeking out.

stakem, Dec 01, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown colored beer that is essentially light proof. Tall brown colored head.

Smell malty with lots of patent malt in the smell. Chocolate and coffee aromas. Herbal hop aroma but not one I can ID.

Starts out sweet and creamy in the mouth. Lots of patent malt flavor with a spearmint flavor. Tasty chocolate flavor, despite the strength of this beer it tastes like a Milk Stout with about 1/2 this alcohol level.

Mouthfeel is good, but not as thick as it seemed at first.

Overall this is a damn tasty beer. Body could be thicker but I would not hesitate to buy and drink this again.

Zorro, Nov 14, 2011
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.

Mebuzzard, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of John_M
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...

John_M, Sep 19, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 11, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 picked up today at the Boise COOP.... poured into my HotD goblet.... Dark brown head has okay retention.. little in the way of lacing.. the brew is of course black.

The nose has pretty pronounced wood up front and the dry dark malts come in behind.. mild dark fruits and come cocoa... lite coffee and a tad more dried cherry.

Flavor mirrors the nose with something that I can only pick out as maybe some brewer's licorice (lite) .. not a much malt presence as I would like in a RIS.... but the woody elements help make things pretty interesting.. a hint boozy on the finish... dirty cocoa.

I don't know what "birch syrup" tastes like, but the odd/but not off-putting woody note is what I guess is what I am pulling down..

Great body for a 9% brew.... not overly thick... still very "coating" ... carbonation is fair to middle... and I bet it is only going to get better... seems very "fresh" right now.. there is a bit too much wood "bloom" and not enough meshing.

Having a hard time with this one.. I definitely see the "bones" of a cellar brew... The wood, honey, etc seem to add too much when fresh. The backbone of a great brew is there.. I will try and score enough to enjoy for a looong time.

3.5/3.5/3.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

9/24/2011

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.

HopHead84, Sep 25, 2011
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Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 249 ratings.