Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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Reviews by xnicknj:
4.49/5 rDev +3.5%
22oz bottle poured into large snifter - thanks to brystmar - 2012 bottle
Viscous opaque blackness in the glass with a bubbled dark brownie colored head resting on top. Thick collar of tanned retention with spotty lacing left on the glass.
Smoky and sweet in the nose, driven by a combination of maple syrup, chocolate cake and bourbon. Oak, dark fruit, coffee and vanilla bean with toffee and roasted dark malts. Warm and boozy.
Slick and sweet up front with bourbon warmth, cocoa powder and dark chocolate bark. Vanilla beans with caramel and toffee, layered on a maple syrup base. Oaky and warm with a thick, robust malt backbone. Touches of tobacco and red wine with roasted coffee beans. Multiple layers of flavor and malt continue to evolve while drinking, leading into a boozy and sweet finish.
Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and sticky on the tongue. I've tasted this a couple times before, but this was my first time enjoying the better part of a bottle and I couldn't be happier with this. Wonderfully deep and warm with plenty of rich bourbon and chocolate, finished off with sticky maple syrup and vanilla. I'd seek this out again in a second.
02-23-2013 04:16:45 | More by xnicknj
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.