To celebrate their 25th Anniversary Alaskan Brewing Company brewed a beer that they deemed PERSEVERANCE ALE. Using local ingredients like birch syrup and fireweed honey, they wanted to create a big beer that could stand the test of time. I let mine sit for about 6 months before trying it and I’ll admit that it held up quite well.
Perseverance Ale is a Russian Imperial Stout with a 9% ABV.
I really liked the fact that they decided to go with a screen printed bottle for this beer. There’s something about that added aesthetic that makes a beer stand out from the others on the shelf.
The beer pours a deep, dark brown. Head is an inch of caramel. It’s a very bubbly head, but there wasn’t any cascading that normally comes with a big stout like this. It eventually fades to a milky film. Surprisingly, no lacing is left behind.
Perseverance Ale would be a spectacular dessert beer. The nose starts with sweet chocolate syrup, caramel, and wood. As it opens up a thick chocolate and whiskey/rum scent takes over. Hints of peanut butter slinks in at the end. Very, very enticing.
Thankfully a lot of those tasty smells appear in the flavor. It begins with booze soaked wood. Then dark chocolate peanut butter cups flood your palate (the generic kind that’s heavy on the chocolate and light on the peanut butter). Near the end honey whiskey creeps in with a sweet booziness. As it warms up it begins to taste just as much like a thick whiskey as it does a beer.
I was surprised to find that the mouthfeel of this beer was shockingly light. It starts sticky, but then dries towards the end of the sip.
Perseverance Ale is a very interesting beer. I would love to try this aged in whiskey barrels or poured over a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream. It’s not every day that you can taste all the additions (birch syrup and honey) so forward in the flavor. Alaskan Brewing Company did themselves proud with this one.
Overall: 8 out of 10
As a RUSSIAN IMPERIAL STOUT: 8.5 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Brooklyn BLACK CHOCOLATE STOUT, Firestone Walker PARABOLA, Big Sky IVAN THE TERRIBLE