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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 1,031
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 837
Gots: 280 | FT: 39
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005

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
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Photo of seaoflament
4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stephen for bringing this nice surprise at the 'You Bring the Cheese Tasting' which took place on July 25-26th 2009. I had this beer before, likely a 07 vintage, and wasn't too impressed with it. This bottle was a 2005 vintage and significantly better than the last time I had this beer

Poured dark, like any other imperial stout, with a quarter inch of foam and not much retention.

The nose was a combination of chocolate, oak, raisins, toasted oak, toasted malts, chocolate malts, dates, prunes, black cherries, "green" barrel aromas, vanilla, still a bit harsh with burnt notes and tannins. Still, the smell is pretty darn good and fresh for an almost 4 year old imperial stout.

Now, the taste is where this one shines. Smooth chocolate flavors upfront, coffee, sweet raisins covered in chocolate and booze, toast, caramel, vanilla, and soft oak. A bit tannic on the finish. Some flavors of black cherries develop later on. Carbonation is on the low side but very smooth and creamy on the palate.

Very tasty beer and I was surprised how well this one has aged but even more impressed that I feel it still has not peaked. I could tell Stephen has done a fine job at cellaring this beer.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a nonic 20 ounce glass. Seems the perfect vessel as I pour this viscous, thick liquid.

Head forms two fingers thick, a dark espresso color and compact and bulky in composition. I feel like I'm about to take a sip of a giant espresso really. 5

Smells of dark chocolate and oak are prominent, with some spice, faint smoke, and a touch of whiskey or bourbon. Sweetness is there but I had to look for it. 4

Tastes true to the nose, but probably richer and tastier. Initially the sweet chocolate, vanilla and caramel provide a dessert for the tongue, but the beer then veers into smokier territory. Touches of campfire and bacon meet oak and other woody flavors and that bourbon-y finish. There's a coffee flavor that wasn't so noticeable but grows more apparent and tasty. Amazingly, just when I thought I'd discovered every flavor available, I start tasting a maple bacon doughnut lingering with each sip. 4.25

It's a little lighter than medium-bodied and I wish it were a tad thicker and creamier, but it's got enough there to feel like a big beer. Sweet, spicy, smoky, and a tad boozy, it runs the gamut of sensations just like flavors. 4

A lot of layers to this beer. Plenty to discover if you can be patient, sip slowly, and take on a whole bomber yourself.

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Photo of CascadeBrews
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage poured to Dogfish Head tulip (thanks Don for sharing your glassware)

Will update again after second bottle ages:

A smooth finish on the mouthfeel that I didn't know could exist in an imperial stout, beer in general. Slight dark fruit sweetness. Prefer more bitterness and dryness (akin to Abyss). ABV was subtle on the tongue, perfect everywhere else.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of pwoods
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeOne
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2010 version. 12.7% ABV.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter a thick, black liquid with a slightly bubbly chocolate milk-colored head. Did not leave much lacing down the glass. Could have been because of the amount of time it took me to finish this ultimate sipper.

Initial (and somewhat overpowering) aroma is of molasses. After I cleared my snoot, I gave it another more gentle sniff and this time picked up the molasses (of course) but also vanilla, cocoa, and maple.

The flavor, like the aroma, is dominated by the molasses. However, the flavor is more complex than even the aroma. Here I get not only the molasses but also tobacco, dried fruit, vanilla, maple (especially on the tip of the tongue) and, strangely, mint. But it's a bit more hot than I'd like. It's really boozy.

This is silky smooth with just the right amount of carbonation to hold up all these flavors. Not sure it could be better.

The molasses becomes too much after a while and gets cloying in the end. I did let this get rather warm. Maybe if I drank it a bit cooler, I'd do better. This is to be shared.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, two finger deep brown head.

S-Slight bourbon, oak, roasted malt, some chocolate and maple.

T-Slight oak, bourbon, maple, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, nice balance.

M-Semi heavy, tad creamy not much carbonation.

O-A really good beer but the beer just can't seem to compare to the many other BA stouts out there.

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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin deep mocha head on a dark brown body. Collar and some spotty lacing left.

Sweet booziness, can tell this has been in a barrel.

Very well integrated barrel aging, bourbon is faint and not in your face. Molasses pops out and believe it or not cherries come of after some 5 year aged cheddar. Would guess this at 11%abv.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth. Lower carbonation.

Good stout. We all thought it was similar to the Abyss. Would have liked the mouthfeel to be a little thicker but a minor complaint. Enjoyed the molasses/maple syrup aspect. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kan for sharing with us!

A - Pours black, mocha head, some nice lacing and retention left behind after it all settled down. A very nice-looking RIS we have here.

S - Chocolate, both dark and milk, slight dark fruit, oak, burnt sugars, some alcohol booze in there too and at 10.4%, it's going to be quite hard to completely hide.

T - Very similar to the nose. Chocolate, oak, caramel, burnt sugars, some booze. A good amount of complexity between the oak, sweetness, and alcohol notes. Very solid.

M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, light carbonation, creamy yet dry finish.

D - One glass was enough for me. A very big RIS monster. I have been looking forward to trying this and wasn't disappointed after all was said and done. I continue to be very impressed with most MS offerings, this included.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/27/11 notes. HUGE thanks to the Chicago group for sending this one in the Group BIF; this has been a huge Want of mine for a couple years. 2009 vintage, unsure of the ABV. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with light carbonation evident and one finger of dark tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass and head lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of molasses, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, raisins, wood, and very light cofee. Nose is a little sweet, but I really like it. Not getting much bourbon at all, but a reaqlly nice mix of molasses, fruit, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of chocolate, molasses and sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, some vanilla, light sweet syrup, light smokey malts, and light wood. A little sweet again but a bit of a step done from the nose.

m - Pretty light body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink, but would have liked a thicker body for a big stout and a tiny bit more carbonation. Someone at the tasting mentioned they found the 2011 version thicker, but it was pretty thin in the 09 vintage.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good stout. It looked great and I loved the nose. I would have liked more bourbon in the nose and taste, and would have liked a thicker body and more carbonation, but it was still a great beer. Would like to have this one again.

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Photo of Treebs
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Midnight Sun Chub. 2012 vintage. Huge thanks to BA mfavoino for sending this my way. Thanks Matt!

A: Jet black body with a thick and creamy dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar. Sticky sheets of lace are left on the glass.

S: Big molasses sweetness with smooth bourbon nose. Dark chocolate, oak and some nice roasted malts compliment the sweetness. The smell is delicious. Extremely impressed so far.

T: Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as nice up front. Very sweet maple syrup with some bourbon and a big roasted malt presence. The booze is a little harsh and the oak barrel isn't as well integrated as the nose would suggest. The finish is creamy chocolate and sweet molasses. Some brown sugar and vanilla notes come out as it warms.

M: Heavy bodied with a nice chew to it. Oily and viscous, definitely a sipper here. Medium low carbonation.

O: The nose was great and at the moment the barrel is a little too disjointed from the base beer. Some time will do this beer well to subside the boozy notes and harsh oak.

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Photo of maximum12
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for this 22 oz. bottle that arrived, oh, probably eighteen months ago. Seeing the insane trade value, I've been reluctant to crack it open - I've been seriously underwhelmed by Midnight Sun to date & thought multiple times about just sending it on. But hey, bourbon & maple syrup are two of my favorite things & I'll likely not get another crack at this one, so...yeah. Here we go. No vintage indicated, bottled 1st week of August of some year.

Pours straight black; being an old D&D geek, I appreciate the cool battle-axe artwork. Smell is sweet earth dropped into a bourbon snifter. I like where this madness is headed.

Berserker is a heavy-handed brew; one sip is like a bite of elvin lembas (help, I need my Monster Manual!), filling the stomach like a three-course meal. Pushing past that, there's a slow-building bourbon fire. It doesn't leap out of a chair with a +4 Short Sword, but creeps slowly out of its earthy malt shell. Lots of earthiness here. The molasses shows as an honest sweetness. Builds to a finale of bourbon, again, that suffuses the entire palate, all the way down to the digestive tract. Use of the barrel is exquisite.

Interesting beer. I'm not keen on the 'dirty' feel I get off all the Midnight Sun beers, but it works much better with this dark, heavy, menacing brute of a brew. Excellent.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7% 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours very black, near molasses, the head is ruby-brown, but disipates quickly and leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells a little like barndy, dark fruit, and black olives.

This had aged a little so the taste initially wasn't that overwhelming. Nice dark roast, bit of wooden barrel and booze in there too.

Very good mouthfeel and drinks well. Very nice offering overall

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 2008 vintage, courtesy of alaskajoe, a fine trader and a standup gentlemen who threw in some great extras when he was forced to postpone his end of the trade that brought this beer to me because of an illness. This is my "2 years on BA" anniversary beer, and even though the actual anniversary was yesterday, this was the first opportunity I had, so here goes. Poured in to a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a huge, thick, chewy black, oily and slick, with a mildly aggressive pour yielding a head approximately one inch high. The head is one of the darkest I've ever beheld on a beer, a deep, intensely-hued cocoa, darker than I can in good faith refer to as "tan." Burned tan? Let me pull out the color wheel. The lovechild of sienna and russet, perhaps. Regardless, though the color is intense and impressive, the retention leaves a little to be desired - the finger has faded to a few random patches of surface dusting inside two minutes, and the collar is almost nonexistent. The carbonation on this one is evident from the get go, with plenty of relatively (for the style) fast and fine carbonation racing up the sides of the snifter. The lacing is similarly lacking in the retention department

Aroma: Tons of gentle light juicy fruits, cranberries, blueberries, and prunes melding with spicier licorice, a mild hop bitterness, and a smooth, slight alcohol burn. The malts are wide ranging, from dark toffee to burnt coffee.

Taste: Complex and varied. Bittersweet cocoa and toast dominate up front, though they're blended with the most surprising aspect of this beer - the fruits. This one's full of light, fruity notes that generally end a bit of a sour, cleansing quality, but individually present some cherries, prunes, and fainter raisins, as well as a definite tannin-like quality. But let's not forget the other end of the spectrum. Beyond the cocoa and toast mentioned above, there's plenty of earthiness, anise, faint smoke, and even some char. The light and the dark compliment each other surprisingly well, and somehow manage to cover up about 95% of what I would expect would be the average amount of spicy heat you'd get out of a beer that is 12.7% abv, as the 2008 vintage of Berserker indeed is.

Mouthfeel: A surprising amount of carbonation on this one, and a relatively thin body to boot. This is not the thick, viscous, oily beer I had thought it would be up above based upon the appearance, and even after the carbonation calms down, it's still a relatively moderately-bodied brew.

Drinkability: This one was fantastic at first sip, then sort of slipped a little, and really came back in to its own as it hit room temperature. This is about as good as it gets (drinkability-wise) at 12.7%, and it doesn't show anywhere. Amazing with sharp cheddar, solid on its own, I'm thrilled to have the chance to try this one. Though it had its drawbacks - the body to a degree, the high abv%, the head retention - it really shined in others.

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Photo of Moose90
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours as black as night, thick and viscous, extremely dark and rich. There is a nearly black, very dark dark brown colored head that forms and leaves behind some thick, sticky, consistent lacing, just remarkable, have not seen many beers appear this thick.

S — Smells of roasted, charred, dark malts, very deep, roasted and complex. Little bit of licorice and cinnamon almost.

T — Deep coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, anise, licorice, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, char, dark and roasted.

M — Full bodied, ridiculously long finish.

O — Great overall, a truly epic BA Stout, this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of bret27
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

courtesy of timmcd64 from Alaska. Thanks Tim!

"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"

That's what the label says, and I couldn't agree more.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Perfectly black. Only a bit of brown highlights when held to the light. Head is rich and thick, but no lacing :-(

S- Tons of dark fruits and alcohol. A hint of grassy hops in the back, which is overridden by the fruity, cherry, port-like malt character.

T- Initially malty with dates, then drops almost immediately to tons of burnt malt and roasted grain character, which interacts with the hops for a fairly bitter finish. Alcohol comes in just a bit at the end... yummy.

M- Thick, chewy, medium-low carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish.

D- Very good. Like a lighter version of dark lord, dare I say it.. not as good, but still... I'll have it every chance I get.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Bottle at Brouwer's cafe.

Appearance. Pours thick and black with a skim of tan head.

Smell. Molasses, wood, black licorice, rum and dark malts with a little fudge.

Taste. Chocolate fudge and molasses, toasted wood and licorice root, dark and maybe lightly smokey malts.

Mouthfeel. Full body, maybe on the lower side. Boozy warmth and low+ carbonation.

Overall. Nice big stout. Didn't get much maple, but very tasty and lots of molasses.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer shared by someone at a recent tasting. Poured into a snifter. Beer is black but brown at the edges and forms moderate and broken head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Overall the carbonation appears low.

The aroma is mostly sweet with only a hint of alcohol.

Beer is medium bodied and has a combination of chocolate and sweetness in the front half, a slight tinge of alcohol and overall a mild bitterness from chocolate and roast. Beer finishes slightly dry that accents the bitterness of the beer overall. It is very drinkable though, the bitterness does not overpower the more delicate flavors in the front, there is no real aftertaste, if it were drier I believe there would be a problem with this much bitter, but it seems well composed.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz, 2012 vintage (new bottle design)
Mini snifter

A: Pours out a pitch black color. Half finger dark tan head that faded pretty quickly. Leaves some lacing sheets. Even in the small snifter I can see some alcohol feet here.

S: Really beautiful nose here. Lots of vanilla and oak. Molasses. Good amount of sweetness, caramel and toffee. Those flavors are dominating the roasted malts and coffee RIS flavors.

T: Up front, bitter chocolate and molasses mesh well together. As the flavors move to the middle of the mouth, you get more barrel character. Sweet notes of caramel and vanilla and toffee. Long finish, but still fairly dry on the close. BIG beer. Felt the alcohol, even though it was well integrated.

M: Full bodied. Lots of mouth coating.

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Photo of claaark13
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the hookup, Kyle! Poured at cellar temp into a CBS glass/snifter. 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a pitch black, nearly looking like oil as it exits the bottle. Thick, creamy, dark-tan head eventually turns into some thin lacing. Sticks very well. About as good as an AIS/RIS can look.

S - Lots of sweet oak, notes of chocolate and molasses, tobacco, roast. The oak with the combined with a brown sugar aroma are really dominating.

T - Oak, roast, sugary molasses, mild milk chocolate, tobacco, slight booze and oak re-emerge, then heavy roast...almost smoke...on the finish. I don't find as much sweetness to offset the oak as I'd expected by the description. The maple seems to act as a sweetener more than anything.

M - Thick, so very thick.

O - Good, but not great. I will need to seek out more for further investigation.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- The glass had no head when I received it but after swirling it around a bit, a dark beige, almost burnt umber foam is revealed. The body is an opaque dark chocolate black. No real lacing is left behind.

Nose- Not much going on at the moment but it really is too cold. After I swirl it a little, roasted notes appear but they are subtle. After some time, the bitter ends of dark chocolate start to show.

Taste- Initially, this is much like the nose. Chocolate with some sour notes starts to emerge. The sweetness is a little cloying. A considerable amount of heat but this begins to diminish. So far, it is a solid imperial stout that has failed to distinguish itself. Dark chocolate starts to dominate with a moderate coffee bitter finish balancing that. Hints of raisins and cherries. Some molasses and brown sugar. Don't really notice much maple syrup. There is underlying saccharine quality that hints at red wine. Shows at lot more complexity and balance as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Heavy bodied with a fair amount of carbonation for the style. Some chewiness and a bit of grit that suggests oatmeal though I do not believe that is an ingredient.

Drinkability- Solid imperial but if it's comparable in price to Parabola, I would just get some Parabola. Fairly easygoing and the heat complements the flavor profile and texture well.

Overall- Worth a try but I wouldn't dent your wallet or trade away your valuables for it

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Photo of Phelps
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major thanks to ejyoung, who popped this bottle at a recent Cooters tasting. Poured into a Russian River tulip.

Burnt brown, completely opaque. The head is thin and the color of cinnamon, rising and fading within seconds. A bubbly ring of lace remains.

Espresso, chocolate/raspberry syrup, molasses, honey. A rich, spicy aroma. Burnt toast in the background.

Oh, that’s good. Different, too. Maybe it’s the result of the different barrels used, but it’s hard to pick out individual barrel flavors. Begins with butter, toffee, toasted oak and red grapes. The swallow brings a bigger wine-soaked blast with vanilla. The wine-aging contributes quite a bit here. Lighter notes of molasses, dark chocolate. Fairly sweet throughout, with nary a hint of booze. A little bitterness and roast on the sides of the tongue.

Thick, a lot of residual sugar here. Creamy medium-full, light massaging carbonation. Alcohol numbs the tongue, but that’s the only hint of it. Very nice blend here. Very drinkable for its strength.

A quality stout. Interesting blend of flavors. The wine adds something, as does the molasses.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to gford217 for providing me with this beer. The time is now to drink this supposed beauty. 2009 Vintage, on to the beer:

Pours thick into my snifter. Black is the color of the now, dark tanned head which dissapears quickly....only a ring of lace remains. The aroma isn't as intense as expected. Very mellow. I can smell the maple syrup in this beer, and I should because I was trained in Quebec* to use real maple syrup on whatever I ate (*sort of). A little dark chocolate underneath those maple tones, also a little alcohol.

Mellow flavor for such a big beer style, yet still tasty. Actually, I like the taste a lot. I can taste a little oak and fruit, along with the sweet maple syrup. Unsweetened chocolate...mmmm. Touch of vanilla. Toasted marshmallow. Tobacco. Very little alcohol is tasted on the palate. 12.7% ABV? Hogwash! Medium-hevay in feel with little carbonation, just a touch light in feel for the style. There is some satisfying tobacco in the aftertaste.

Delicious! Complex, yet from a more mellow Imperial Stout. Don't hesitate to go for this if the opportunity is there.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

A - Pours a wonderfully dark, rich, motor-oil black with a lacing of russet head. Really looks phenomenal.

S - Subtle, spicy, alcohol esters. Faint bourbon, moderately sweet vanilla. Mild, salty burned-ends. Caramel as it warms. I found the nose was fairly subdued; I had to work quite hard to pick out these notes.

T - I was worried I was going to find this overly sweet as I did with Barfly, however if anything I found the maple syrup and molasses influence lacking. Same with the bourbon barrel. In truth I didn't get enough of any of the elements on the label which would distinguish it from a regular imperial stout. It's also surprisingly bitter given its 30 IBUs. This would have been a great counterbalance though if we'd got more maple, or other sweet influences like vanilla or coconut. Tobacco on the finish.

M - It is decently thick, yet at the same time a little fizzy. I'd like it a little slicker and thicker.

O - I didn't pick up much in the way of chocolate although some may find coffee. Not much smoke or peat either, although there's definitely roasted-to-the-point-of-burned malt. The whole thing just tastes burned to me: the sweetness and the maltiness. I'm somewhat disappointed in this as a $20 beer from a brewery with such a good rep.

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Photo of Odysseyalien
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The initial smell with this brew was kinda' strange...metallic-like, if you will. Maybe that's the molasses used in brewing.

Oh yes...the molasses...and maple syrup. You can taste those notes as you sip away. I can clearly distinguish the two. As this delicious beverage warms, the flavors become even more amazing.

The head on this beauty was small to medium. It lays a nice thin head even roughly 10+ minutes in my tulip.

The mouthfeel reminds me of Ten Fidy. I love Ten Fidy! This brew has it's own personality and struts it with true charm and delight. That metallic smell I mentioned at the beginning is nothing. Truly a work of art I wish I could share with others. I wish I had more of these to age.

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.