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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Photo of stevoj
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taster at Black Friday. Normal pour for the style, head a bit weak. Strong roasty bitter notes in aroma and taste. Hi ts if dark chocolate and coffee, but lots of butter roast malts.

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Photo of Foyle
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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Photo of MikeBogert53
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NickThePyro
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of K-Dog
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Was excited to try this epically at just 8.99 for the bomber. Didn't really get any syrup or honey flavor. It had a smokey taste and I swear I also secret a slight bacon flavor. Overall I was dissapointed with this. Thought for a 30th anniversary Release they could have done better. As a side note the frosted bottle is pretty cool. My wife stuck some flowers in it and it makes for a nice fall decoration.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of km02600
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

had this side by side with the new one, i assume the base beers are the same, this one was done for the 25th anniversary which was now 5 years ago. its cool beer, and probably cellars quite well, but its definitely at least a year past its prime, some oxidation has set in for sure, and it ends up tasting more like an old ale of sorts than an imperial stout, the heavy roast from the barley seems softened, and more sweetness is there, brown sugar and malt richness, birch or maple syrup, caramel. frothy still in the glass, just more brown than black for a stout, and without the viscosity one would expect. it seems to have over mellowed to some extent, although i still really like it. there is an incredible integration of flavors, and i do get a little sweeter coffee quality in the finish from the dark grain. smooth and seamless, sweeter than it needs to be, wet cardboard from being old, but a cool beer. i wish i had it a year ago though, i think it would have been perfect then. still notable and distinct though, even this old...

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Photo of SPD656
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark used motor oil black. Thin 1/4" tan head. Aroma was dark roast, brown sugar in a very small way, chocolate malt.

Taste, equal parts RIS and export stout, had all that bitterness without sweetness or adjuncts to tame it, although they are in here, the bitter/roastiness is still prominent. Fractional smoke. Thick viscosity on this one.

I'll drink my last bottle 5 years or so from the anniversary. I think that is coming up soon. . .

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Photo of SweetwaterTuonker
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of redliner8
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NWHopinator
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a dark black with a mocha head that still shows some good pop after almost 4 years.

Nose is a wonderful mix of blackberry jam, wood and dark chocolate.

Taste is much the same, very smooth and has a little bit of everything...still some leafy hop remnants and of course the chocolate and fruit. I guess the birch syrup is giving a little wood chip type of flavor. Pretty good, seems to have aged well.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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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Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%

I've been sitting on this for several years (since 2011) and now seems the time (the first weekend of empty nest).
Booze, roast, sweetness, dark fruit.
Still looks pretty darn good. Black with a dense tan head.
Even at 3+ years still has a little youth on it. Nicely complex. Still pretty rich and holding some sweetness. Still sticky and lays on the teeth and tongue. A touch of bitterness floating around there somewhere but I'm not finding any hop flavor.
As it warms and opens up more caramel flavors show. It also seems to lose some complexity at this point. I think the residual sweetness that is caramel somewhat is also the honey and birch syrup. It's kinda nice.
Good feel. Full and soft.
I like this. It's a solid RIS and I'm glad i sat on it for a couple of year.

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Photo of jvillefan
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of LakerLeith
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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