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

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

Brewed by:
Alaskan Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States

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.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a He'brew pint glass. Pours perfectly black with a one finger fine brown head with nice persistance. Aroma of smoky and dark malt, wood. Extremely smooth and integrated like a milkshake. Roasted and smoky malt, chocolate, caramel, hint of light fruit, light honey. Finishes with a touch of smoke and wood. Creamy and delicious. This is very, very good. Absolutely one of the best stouts I've had. I apparently liked this a lot better than most reviewers, but this is what I'm looking for in a stout, I would not improve on it in any way.

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of yemenmocha
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Poured slightly chilled. Gorgeous black body with medium brown head. Nose is incredible on this beer, with a rich dark chocolatey element and candied wood. Palate has a sexy, unctuous silky body that turns me on, firm roasty flavors with coffee, and more of the candied wood mentioned earlier. Clearly smoked malt is in there too. Honey quality in there too, but it could be planted there by the bottle description. Finish is more of the roasty flavors and wood to honey.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from 22oz bomber into schooner glass.

Pours a 1" tan head that falls quickly with faint lacing. Color is opaque black. Aroma of dark roasted malt, licorice, molasses, smoke. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky with a somewhat damp lingering finish. Flavors of burnt toast, woody smokiness, chocolate, molasses, licorice with earthy and some citrus rind hops. A pleasant winter warmer to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a great brewery.

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4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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 PaulStoneAnchor
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with a one inch head that lasts a couple minutes. No light is able to shine through it, a sign of a great stout.

S: A sweet birch, honey, and sweet smoke come off the nose; and also you get some dark fruit, especially fig.

T: A lot of birch, honey, and a bit of smoke malt. This stout has a really complex taste which takes a bit to decipher. You can also get some light dark roast which only lends to the malt bill of the stout.

M: It has a thinner, yet creamier mouthfeel. It feels thin but goes down with a creamy thickness

O: Overall, this beer is pretty complex and is pretty amazing. The malt is smoked perfectly, not to smoky and yet a bit of smoke adds to the complexity of the beer. This is one of the best smoked stouts I have had so far. This is beer is great fresh, but would even get more complex after a year.

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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very, very dark in color-bordering on black with a decent sized tan head. Pours somewhat still but quickly becomes a nice, lively looking beer. Mild molasses and deep dried fruit aroma with notes of plums and port. Strong dark roasted flavors. A tad sweet tasting. Slight smoke flavor, an almost mesquite taste. Sharp hop and roasted bite in the finish. Nice and smooth body-again a touch sweetness. The roasted grains and smoke quality leave a slight dryness but it is still more sweet then dry. Really an enjoyable beer. Complex yet basic for my money. Makes no bones about what it is trying to be. Yummy.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium Snifter

A- rich black with a two-finger copper head that settles down to a 1/8" tan head after a couple sips. It also leaves a lot of lacing in its path.

S- wood, honey, almost non-present hops, booze

T- birch, honey, and faint hops up front; the honey stays through the middle, with cocoa and coffee sneaking in; the finish is a booze-laced espresso with a hint of sweetness. A noticeable alcoholic burn remains for a few seconds after.

M- medium to full bodied, latte-like foaminess, the carbonation stays throughout, but never dominates.

O- this reminds me of a smoky version of Fritz and Ken's Stout from the SN Anniversary series. I am going to do a side by side tasting to see if this is validated. Either way, I am glad I bought a few bottles of this because I think it is going to age extremely well. A good buy for $10.

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4.3/5  rDev +12%
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...

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this after having a sip at a tasting & wanting more. Popped open & split into a couple of glass slippers.

Pour is dense black. The stink coming off the still, windless surface sink-smoke, chocolate, & a distant whiff of highlands flowers. Mmmm. Don't step on them.

Alaskan Perseverance Ale makes me want to find out what a fireweed honey is & get some for the shelf. It lends this big stout a distinct smokiness, though no fire, along with a nice floral sweetness. Big black malts, too. The honey is gorgeous. Roast & Hershey's Kiss slither along the edges & add to the sweet-kiss of the brew. The honey really lingers beautifully. Flat, little to no carbonation, but the beer doesn't need it. As it warms, this one really open up, like a pollinated flower.

Wasn't wild about this at first, but it really needs to sit for about 10 minutes, then the unusual honey really changes this for the I'm sorry I only bought one, I'd love to see what time does to this one. If I see another I'll grab it. Excellent beer.

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