Reader’s Choice 6: Alaskan Brewing’s 25th Anniversary Perseverance Stout

3 Sep

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It’s that time again. What time, you ask? Time for me to review a beer selected by our readers. This one took some time because there was a tie for months, but finally the special 25th Anniversary Perseverance Ale, a Russian Imperial Stout by Alaskan Brewing Company prevailed. I’m not sure when I picked this one up, but it was released September 2011. I’ve been hanging on to this one for a while but not because I haven’t wanted to enjoy it. So, thank you, our awesome and tasteful readers for picking this one out of my cellar. Here goes.

Smells rich and sweet with a lot of roasted caramel and chocolate malts with just a hint of smokiness. Nearly black pour with just a slight ring of tight latte-colored bubbles on top. Not nearly as heavy as I expected in a Russian Imperial Stout. This is somewhere between the high end of medium bodied and at the light end of heavy bodied. But with a nice complexity one would expect. Just not as rich. Chocolate, a hint of plum, and lots of malty, roasted malts with quite a bit of smokiness that manages to remain in check. A dominant flavor without being overpowering or off-putting. Light sweetness that balances the dark malts and smokiness perfectly. Quite good.

What will I be drinking next?
So, what’s next? Many of you might be thinking about fall and pumpkin or spiced ales. Not me. Fresh hop season is upon us and that in my opinion might be the best time of beer year outside the week after Thanksgiving at the Holiday Ale Fest. There is nothing like a Pale Ale or IPA made with hops freshly picked and added to the tank within the same day. In my travels I have a hard time finding IPAs that stand up to those brewed right here among the abundance of hops. I didn’t always attribute it to that, but it was absolutely true at GABF. The closer to fresh hops, the better the beer. We had an amazing beer from Great Divide that had used fresh hops from just a couple hours away that tasted like fresh peaches. Wherever you are, beers made from fresh hops just add more brightness and complexity, more floral and fruit notes, with a more complimentary bitterness.

So, make it your mission this month to go out and try some. In the meantime, I will happily go out there and maybe help point you in the right direction. So, where would you like me to go to sample any fresh beers they have on tap and report back to you?

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One Response to “Reader’s Choice 6: Alaskan Brewing’s 25th Anniversary Perseverance Stout”

  1. Brian September 3, 2013 at 10:22 PM #

    Regardless of how the readers vote, we will be heading to Deschutes to drink Fresh Hop Mirror Pond. You can take that to the bank.

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