In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Alaskan Brewing Co. Perserverence

Aroma: “Big, rich cocoa powder blends with dark roasted barley, with just a touch of smoke, raspberry-like esters, and a hint of cherry. Notes of burnt toast, campfire-roasted marshmallow, and milk and dark chocolates, as well as molasses and coffee.”

Flavor: “An interesting balance between sweet chocolate and dark roast flavors—the strong roasted barley and chocolate malt are quickly covered up by smoky campfire phenolics. There’s a bit of metallic up front, which dissipates as the beer warms. Very low earthy hops.”

Overall: “This beer would be great aged a little bit. The blend of roasted malts is well executed, malt-forward, and balanced with just enough bitterness to clean the palate. The welcome aroma is very enticing and evokes a backcountry campfire in the middle of winter.”