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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 825
Gots: 205 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vicious and viscous, this menacing brew pours opaque black with a creamy maduro-colored head. Its aroma offers seductive whiskey, chewy red wine, dark fruit and lavish tobacco. Berserker Imperial Stout invades your taste buds with in-your-face flavor. Weighing in at almost 13% alcohol by volume, Berserker is completely out-of-control. Give it a good fight. Berserker Imperial Stout was aged in both red wine and whiskey barrels.

Original release of Berserker was at 10.4%, subsequent vintages have gone upwards of 12.7%. When reviewing, please list beer vintage and that vintage's specific ABV.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005)
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Photo of ChrisPro
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage 22 oz bottle at Brouwer's on 3/6/11

Pours a viscous black with no head to be seen. Legs linger as I consume.

The nose is a plethora or caramelized flavors: molasses, burnt sugar, caramel, maple and just a hint of licorice.

Taste is incredibly sweet. It's like a sweet chocolate covered molasses-caramel bar. Though it's so sweet, there's a solid amount of bitterness on the finish to round it out.

Full-bodied brew with little carbonation. While it feels oily at first, it actually cleans up as you swallow. Fantastic mouthfeel overall.

Sickeningly drinkable. I think this is at a perfect stage right now. Glad to have tried it.

ChrisPro, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber. Bottled 2nd Week November 2010. 12.7% ABV

Pours pitch black with the darkest mocha head I've seen in a beer. Foam dissipates quickly to form a thin ring.

Smell reveals the sweet maple syrup and molasses the this beer is brewed with. I'm getting more of the maple. Vanilla notes from the oak barrel aging are also present. Kind of a red wine tinge too.

First sips are silky smooth, but with a pleasant bite to the flavor. Cherry chocolate and coffee maltiness. Very pleasant sweetness. Molasses is stronger in the flavor than the nose. I'm also getting a note of Belgian-style fruitiness. There is a touch of smokey bourbon in the finish.

Fantastic feel to this beer. Smooth, rich, low to medium carbonation. There is real heat given the high ABV, but the feel and flavor make this a very drinkable imperial stout.

brotherloco, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

- 2012 vintage / Cellared 30-Aug-12
- 22oz. bottle poured into stemless wine glass on 1-Dec-12 (aged just couple months).

Rich aromas: plums, molasses, dark roasted chocolate, and mild alcohol presence (for such a big beer).

Immediately notice the thick, chewy texture. Getting a lot of oak barrel with hints of bourbon; not as prominent as in others of style. Some wine/grape quality as well. All this under the prominent roasty chocolate and maple body. Letting this beer sit in the glass for 30+ minutes and warming to room temperature really opened this up in an incredibly complex way and really smoothed all the edges out. Great length. This is one of the more interesting BBA RIS that I've tried, if not the most.

- 2013 vintage
- 22oz. bottle poured into stemless Lost Abbey teku on 25-Dec-13 (fresh).

Same experience as the previous year, which is all good to me. Merry Christmas. Just wish I had another to cellar longer.

Rollzroyce21, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of GJ40
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle. Started at about 60 degrees.

A - Deep, dark black with no light. A small tan head.

S - Molasses, dark chocolate, bourbon and brown sugar. Beautiful! Rich and complex.

T - A complex and smooth mix of molasses, bourbon, roastiness and dark chocolate. Light notes of maple syrup. The bourbon enhances it without dominating. A slight sweetness. The alcohol was hidden at first but increased as it warmed.

M - So think and creamy yet light and airy. A low, well balanced carbonation.

O - Big and strong yet soft and delicate. A great beer!

GJ40, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of domtronzero
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No vintage marking on bottle, but it's marked as being bottled N-2 (November, week 2). 12.7% abv, 22 oz. bottle, shared by Dankbeers619. Thanks Kyle!

A - Dark brown colored with a small, short lived tannish head. Lingering whispy bubbles and a small ring around the glass. Little lacing.

S - Sweet dark malts, ripe fruits, and a bit of roast. A little bit of caramel and vanilla. Slight alcohol is perfumy and pleasant.

F/M - Rich chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Dark fruit-like esters with a nice alcoholic bitterness. A little warm on the palate, but it isn't too detracting. Sweet bourbon notes. Medium full bodied, a little oily up front, but doesn't finish too sweet. Lingering caramelly chocolate flavors.

O - What a great beer. Nice stout body with very pleasant bourbon barrel characteristics. I wish this beer was easier to find as I'd be drinking a lot more of it.

domtronzero, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an oil-can thickness with a massive mochachino thick head. Sticky lacing edge the glass and leave a creamy coating where the head once was.

S: Aroma of a thick roasted stout. Rich coffee, smoked malts and a long lingering molasses aroma with bourbon and oak really keying in once it has warmed to room temperature.

T: Just as thick as it looks, the body of this is thorough. There is not lingering over sweetened malt flavor as Ten Fidy has however the body is just as thick with much more complexity. I do not feel like I will be getting diabetes from this glass of imperial stout either, which is always a plus. Smoked campfire malts with a roasty edge. Slightly gritty with a bit of grassy Autumn leafy hops. The end is slightly ashy, possibly the only downside here on this beer. Hints of maple syrup and molasses, oak hints in the middle of my tastebuds.

M: Thick and a mild to moderate level of carbonation.

O: Overall, this is a solid stout with a lot of complexity. It may have taken three years for me to find one of these, but I highly recommend trying this one!

alpinebryant, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of afksports
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Holy cow the Ravens are drinking a crazy good beer! I'm beating the Chiefs in the fourth quarter with CooperEllis. Next up is a 2010 Dark Lord from Three Floyds, but this baby from Midnight Sun may stay more interesting than this NFL beatdown that's happening at the moment.

While the Chiefs lose, this beer pours a black and viscous body with a brown almost purple lacing that clings to the glass like Spiderman. Not a heady pour, but that may be due to the oak barrel aging. Otherwise this baby is sexy as hell. It's smell is a little subdued. Dark fruits, raisins, chocolate, malts and booze. The taste is ridiculous, with the smell really coming alive. It's also got the oak of the aging, and a huge warm wallop on the palate.

I'm loving how it feels in the mouth, and it's tasty like an exceptional dessert. My only complaint is the bottle's gone too soon. Thanks to my trading partner for hooking this up from Alaska. It's exceptional.

afksports, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of GeezLynn
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 bottle.

A: Out the bottle like black crude. Dark brown head settles to the glass edges. High abv. shows.
S: Dense maltyness, licorice, tobacco, and a little fruitiness. A little earthy.
T: loads of black androasted malts. Shows more coffee than chocolate. Molasses is assertive. Easily discernible red-wine fruitiness melds nicely with the malt kind of like a dark chocolate-covered raisin. Light sweetness, with alcohol is barely discernible for 12+%.
M: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy. Good mouth-coat, although carbonation is a bit prickly.

Fantastic beer, though not your typical American imperial stout with the assertive fruit and wine attributes. Very interesting, yet very drinkable for the abv. Only weakness for me was the carbonation/mouthfeel, but this is a beer I’d grab at any opportunity.

GeezLynn, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.51/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

12.7%

This is yet another Alaskan gem from the gentlemanly scholar known as AKBelgianBeast, thanks Sir Francis! Berserker? Well, there's no other word to describe this stout than pure coal black. I think light is actually afraid of the oil like black body of this beast. Two fingers worth of one of the darkest heads on planet earth formed on the pour and eventually fell to a skimming. A quick swirl brings it back easily. You know how chocolate milk looks when it's poured with the bubbly top? Well, that's Berserker's head for you. There's a good amount of stick left behind as well .

The nose on this giant beer is insanely complex. Roasty malts on the verge of being charred start things off but licorice, cocoa powder, and blackstrap molasses (in that order) follow closely behind. The bourbon is there but sweetly mild (or is that mildly sweet?). Faint vanilla here and there with sweet earthy sweet hints of cabernet wafting through in the back. Oak is poking its head out with a soft mingling vanilla character. This beer is a complexity bomb, without a doubt.

The flavor actually manages to outshine the nose, I don't know how but it does. Where to begin? Roasty malts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, yada, yada, yada...This beer is a never ending evolution of flavor. The bourbon comes up front, the cabernet on the swallow and both add a touch of sweetness that keeps the roastiness in check. Oak manages to refine it as a whole to make it an absolute pleasure to imbibe. It's tough for me to do this brew justice. I barely ever give away 5s (especially for flavor) but this stout deserves it. Wow!

The mouthfeel is insanely good. Somehow it's so incredibly smooth and airy yet creamy and slick. Again, I can't even bring myself how to get into the descriptors. The body leans toward the heavy, obviously and the alcohol is barely noticeable. How do they do that?

For a beer of this strength the drinkability is amazing. No noticeable alcohol and this bomber is disappearing like I'm a fish. Berserker is one dangerously drinkable beer (cliché? Yes).

Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? Not a whole lot I guess. This beer isn't even gone yet and I'm already fantasizing about the next. Thanks for this gem Beast, you da man!

Reviewed: 1/17/09

joe1510, Aug 19, 2013
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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.