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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

245 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 245
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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Nage37

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

12-16-2012 18:57:20 | More by Nage37
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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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TempeBeerMan

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

12-04-2012 05:23:06 | More by TempeBeerMan
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-26-2012 03:28:44 | More by Rhettroactive
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

11-24-2012 02:10:51 | More by Powderhornphil
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Unchi

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-23-2012 22:22:48 | More by Unchi
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dorkinajeep

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-15-2012 01:33:28 | More by dorkinajeep
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Durb777

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-08-2012 21:24:47 | More by Durb777
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-05-2012 19:10:14 | More by Johnhaley1989
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

09-24-2012 02:39:36 | More by Rutager
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ezperkins2

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-21-2012 17:51:33 | More by ezperkins2
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brotherloco

California

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-19-2012 00:55:33 | More by brotherloco
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-11-2012 22:28:08 | More by t0rin0
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

07-19-2012 03:01:44 | More by nlmartin
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Hopstout

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

07-10-2012 02:28:50 | More by Hopstout
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rkarimi

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-23-2012 15:13:34 | More by rkarimi
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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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mater

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-19-2012 06:06:27 | More by mater
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

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

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

06-01-2012 22:32:19 | More by russwbeck
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Disease

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-17-2012 05:23:14 | More by Disease
Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series) from Alaskan Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.