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

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85
very good
125 Reviews
Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series)Alaskan Perseverance Ale (Pilot Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

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.

Added by ArrogantB on 09-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
261
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
17.24%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
72
For Trade:
2
User Reviews
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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 261
Reviews by stakem:
Photo of stakem
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Beaver13
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Jason
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BigE90
2.56/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Nose: spicy, floral, espresso, chocolate, honey, root beer, hint of smoke.
Rich brilliant deep brown to black with a 1/2" tan head that dissipates at medium speed. Leaves light lace and the beer has legs.
Palate: Nice thick creamy chocolate flavors, a hint of honey, and hints of root beer and spices. Faint espresso and a suggestion of smoke.
Rich, creamy and chewy with below average carbonation. I like the bottled version better than the draft..

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of daveytheformer
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of thatruth
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kevwcamp
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of quirkzoo
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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