Jonah came back from his trip to Juneau with some goodies, beer and yarn (he knows how to keep his wife happy). When our friends Shelly and Heath invited us to dinner, Jonah suggested we bring over the Perseverance Ale by Alaskan Brewing Company. The more people in on the tasting, the better I say!
The Alaskan Perseverance Ale is a Russian Imperial Stout (holy cow!) that was brewed to mark the 25th anniversary of the brewery. It is part of ABC's Pilot Series; therefore it is only served in select bars and bottled in 22oz bombers with a small distribution. The beer was as big and bold as I expected it to be, but didn't have an overwhelming alcohol presence. Perseverance was thick and sweet, like molasses Shelly pointed out, but kept a dry, clean taste. The aftertaste was rich and the sweet flavors lingered then moved on, not overstaying their welcome. It was a great beer, especially on it's own. When I finished my glass after starting in on the sushi, the flavor pronounced was licorice!
When tasting this beer, I used my new book The Beer Journal by Chris Wright. It was pretty handy with the single tasting (although I did tear a sheet out so I wouldn't have to carry the whole thing). We'll see how it works with multiple tastings when I take it to Portland in a couple weeks.