Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by joshuaseresse:
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Received this nice bottle from black13 a month or two ago, thanks Michael! Been wanting to try this one for quite sometime. 2009 vintage. Split with some La Crosse BAs yesterday:
A - Pitch black with light mocha head. Solid foam ring around the edges. Bit of lacing with some thick legs. The liquid eventually stains the glass.
S - Really smooth bourbon and nice smell of oak barrels. Sweet caramel, chocolate, roast and molasses. Tiny bit of maple syrup.
T - Just a tiny bit smokey but mostly oak, roast, sweet bourbon, cream and boozy maple syrup. You can tell by the taste that it does have some age on it since I was expecting the heat to be quite sharp.
M - Way smooth and creamy. Creamy carbonation and slight sting from the ABV which leaves the mouth slightly tingly.
O - Really solid beer. Lives up to the hype. All the people that I shared this with had never had it and we all loved it. I'd really like another bottle to age for something like 5-6 more years to get it just completely mellowed out but the age this one did have on it worked really well, too. Thanks again Michael for this delicious brew!
06-06-2011 14:31:09 | More by joshuaseresse
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.
Pours black with a dark brown head. Very attractive. The aroma is toasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. You also get some vanilla. The flavor is strong on the oak aging, with oak and vanilla being prominent. You get a little bit of bitterness as well. Medium mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol.
12-31-2009 22:28:52 | More by Mora2000
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks for opening this with me, Ultraman9000!
(Aged for 1+ year)
Dark black throughout with a quickly forming, moderately sized dark brown head that eventually coats the glass in messy, creamy, oily, sheets of stick. Decadent and thick looking, even menacing.
An immensely intriguing and delightful aroma. Initially, the chocolate and espresso notes lead the way, with just a hint of earth and wood. But as the beer warms, it truly elevates itself to near world-class status, with more and more barrel character presenting, then dark fruits, like cherries and figs, and then, lastly, a distinct red wine/oak combination emerges. Incredible.
The flavor too is great, but not quite as successful. The chocolate, molasses, and espresso flavors are so big and so powerful that I feel some of the other nuances found in the aroma are lost in the flavor. There's a good amount of wood/barrel character coming forward as the beer warms.
Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Creamy and rich and with a slight hint of alcohol heat. An incredible sipper.
02-21-2012 18:25:49 | More by ehammond1
4.88/5 rDev +12.4%
Huge thanks to alaskajoe for finally ending my long search for this! 2009 vintage, poured into my North Coast snifter. Sampled first in a 10 stout tasting and finished first.
A nearly black pour with a solid 1-2 inch tan head.
Tons of maple, molasses, vanilla and roasted malts in the nose.
All that and then some in the taste. Chocolate and coffee mingle with all of the sweet smells. This is so amazingly smooth and creamy. Reminds me of Kate in terms of mouthfeel and an overwhelming desire to drink this way too fast.
This is easily among my favorite RIS and will be saving my other bottles for special occasions.
09-27-2009 13:52:25 | More by rudylaw
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this bottle.
22oz. brown bomber poured into a taste glass.
A: Deep black that lets very little light in. Good sized dark mocha head on the pour, a bit spritzy but retains. Some lacing.
S: Nice light alcohol with plenty of rich barrel flavors. Vanilla takes a back seat to big molasses and alcoholic dark fruits. A nice smoky line going on.
T/M: The alcohol is a bit bigger in the mouth but not huge. The barrel is nice and bit but still on the lighter side on the vanilla, which is a nice change of pace. More smoke and molasses with some tobacco and plenty of dark fruits. Body is full with low carbonation.
D: Definitely a slow sipper but very inviting.
12-28-2009 22:18:07 | More by pwoods
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.