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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 261
Hads: 1,035
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 17.36%
Wants: 838
Gots: 281 | FT: 39
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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 aerozeppl
4.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

demadows went to the cellar for this one. 2008 bottling. Thanks for the share.

A: Super dark. Jet black. Very nice rich and deepcoffee colored head.

S: Oak and vanilla. A little bit of coconut. Chocolate. Roast. Little bit of oak. A touch of boooze in the back. An insanely complex nose.

T: The taste was just like the nose. That little bit of coconut I got just put this one over the top for me. This had everything you want in a Russian Imperial Stout. Very smooth.

M: Full bodied and well carbonated.

D: An amazing beer. World class. I really enjoyed this beer a ton. Highly recommended. Thanks again to dmeadows.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2008 Berserker. I think this came from Beerzebub. He is the man, regardless.

A - It pours black as a crow with ruby edges and is capped with a persistent film of dark khaki froth.

S - The nose is just so luxurious and decadent. Cinnamon ice cream, streusel topping, dark fruit, dates and figs, vanilla, cardamom, caramelized sugar, fudge, pipe tobacco and oatmeal are all noted. Delicious.

T - This beer tastes fantastic. Maple, molasses and barrel notes are heavily integrated, also something like chocolate-covered prunes. Some oxidation is noted; it is well-integrated though. Oak is present in appreciable quantities, however, it is subtly applied. There is a lot of dark-fruity character. As it airs out, some herbal hops come out and there is an increased sweetness on the finish. Hugely complex and very delicious.

M - The feel is a bit lighter than I expected, but it makes up for it with a silky texture and soft micro-bubbles.

O - Great stuff. Breaking news: Midnight Sun makes great beer.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of alexd3191.

Pours a brownish head atop a black impenetrable body. Not much head, considering its level of ABV; looks a lot like oil.

Dude, smells like a smore. Seriously, smells like I am roasting a smore by the fireplace. And that is good. Aromas are intense; love them.

Flavors range with so much good stuff. Plenty of chocolate, tobacco, MOLASSES, graham cracker, marshmallows, and some good smooth coffee notes. As I breath it in, exhibits a little booze, but quite minuscule. Pretty much flawless.

Mouthfeel is soft and viscous, with a marshmallow consistency caressing the palate so lovely. It's hearty, and yet so silky smooth. Wow.

Overall, this is a masterpiece of an RIS. Everything checks out, with a bit of innovation on the flavor profile. Yep, I would drink this repeatedly. With smores if I had them. :-)

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Photo of beerandcycling88
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

From tasting notes

A Pours a black color topped off with a decent brown head.

S Lots going on with molasses, some wood, and chocolate. Pretty sweet smelling.

T Follows the nose with molasses and chocolate,followed by some wine like fruit and some tobacco.

M Very smooth.

Overall this is an amazing stout that is one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of jdense
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber 2001 (!) vintage supplied by the awesome Shawn Kelso at inaugural DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) tasting in The Big, 5.21.11, multiple samples-didn't want to hog this, but what a treat!

Brown head small bubbles, slow dissipation with above average lacing over dark brown/almost jet black body, no visible carbonation, one big dark brew. A truly phenomenal and complex smelling brew, vanilla, some chocolate and coffee, dark stone fruit (figs and prunes), alcohol smell has certainly mellowed as have the hops. The taste is complex and sublime, as it warmed the beer changed character like a chameleon, a bit of cocoa nibs upfront, vanilla goodness in the middle, leading to a finish that kept changing as it warmed, truly a beer to contemplate the meaning of life and beer over. Slick and coating mouthfeel, not a lot of effervescence, no oxidation to speak of. I had a a younger vintage at my first HOTD dock sale several years ago (thanks, Akfaust), but this beer was a true tour de force, one of the best beers I've ever had. If you have the patience to cellar for this long, you will be rewarded. An amazing experience.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours viscous black with almost no head. Leaves milky coffee colored lacing.

S-Molasses, caramel, toffee, fresh ground black pepper, dulche de leche.

T/M- WOW. Smooth, gorgeous, complex. Dulche de leche, molasses, cold coffee, vanilla bean, oak. Luxurious and impressive.Full bodied with low carbonation and a rich, lush mouthfeel.

D-An exceptional imperial stout. Highly reccomended.

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Photo of hopdog
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with puzzl (thanks!!!). 2007 vintage.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, vanilla, chocolate, oak, light coffee, and dark fruits. Tastes of roast, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, and chocolate. Creamy and smooth body. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice.

Notes from and tasted on 7/4/07

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. oured super dark with a nice finger of head. You get that bourbon fire with that first sniff, rich chocolate as well. Taste is outta this world. Bourbon, wine, raisin, chocolate, tons of flavor.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Pours extremely dense and viscous, absolutely no light coming through this one, with a dark brown head. The taste is extremely complex, very chewy, malty, and syrupy. Hints of vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, cocoa. Midnight sun usually produces great imperial stouts, and this one is one of the best that I've tried anywhere. I eagerly await it's release every year!

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Photo of youradhere
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9/08/2012 '12 vintage
Pours thick motor oil, dank brown head that is demure and falls to leave a lingering cap. Smell is cocoa, berries, espresso, merlot. Taste is similar- sweet and dark chocolate, merlot red wine grapes, espresso in the back. Carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium-heavy. A total improvemt from last year and the year before. Bravo MS, bravo.

3/20/2011. '11 vintage
Pours black, tan whisp of a head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Taste is charred malt, coffee and chocolate, kind of like ST Choklat or a deviant Abyss with charcoal. I pick up licorice and dates, dark breads. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is heavy to high. Drink ability suffers from the thickness and char combo, but it is satisfying!

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Photo of tpd975
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge Thanks to Gillard for bringing completing a trade to bring this one from the great white north.

A: Pours a very dark black hue with a small creamy head. Very oily, it coats the glass with each swirl. The retention is low, but it does manage some spotty lace.

S: Bold chocolate aromas waft from the glass. Hints of creamy milk, vanilla, and coffee.

T: MMM good. Bold chocolate upfront, with a nice sugary sweetness, almost browine like. Roasted malt are there as well along with a dash of creamy butter milk. Light oak makes an appearence with a bit of earthiness.

M: Full bodied, rich, smooth, and creamy. What a wonderful brew.

D: If I had the chance I would put a bomber down all by myself, but this one is hard to come by, and is to be shared which I am indebted to Ryan for doing.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Frank is the man!

A- Well I would say this pours like crude oil from the AK pipeline. I had some Borris the Crusher and thought it was thick. Wow the head on this is like a clogged drain. I would say this almost looks like a super thick chocolate syrup. And talk about dark, the head is super dark brown as well. Amazing!

S- Chocolate, vanilla, anise, roasted malts and everything that is dark and tasty is having a great time in this winner from Midnight Sun. This smells like a thick chocolate pudding made over the stove. Very great smelling.

T- This is very light tasting for a thick looking beer. This has a nice woody taste mixed in with some great roasted smoky malt taste. Despite being aged in Whiskey casks there isn't a strong whiskey taste. According to Frank he said this is also aged in Cabernet barrels which is a more prevalent taste. This is a very nice and complex RIS. The aging and blending process adds very unique levels to this beer.

M- The beer is thick, but not as thick as I would have thought. It is very tasty in the mouth.

D- Oh yeah, I wish this was sold in Washington as well. I bet if Midnight Sun sold more of their beers outside of Alaska they would be very popular, this one being a top seller, after all they are brewing more as I type this.

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Photo of ipafool
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a two finger creamy head. Nice lacing as well. Smells of oak, redwine, bourbon, espresso and roasty malt. Taste is nice and roasty no touch of the 12% found at all. Bourbon comes thru on the finish. Mouthfell is great in this beer the carbonation is spot on for the style and nice and thick. Overall this is one of my favorite stouts. I think it could head to head with the Abyss anyday of the week.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into tulip. from notes

I have been waiting to get this for a long time and was finally able to land one. Thought this would be suiting for my 100th.

This pitch black beer pours with a medium, tan to straight brown head, lacing was minimal. The nose is mostly molasses with some dark fruits. Taste is incredible, molasses, maple, vanilla, oak. If taste could represent inanimate objects, this would be a log cabin. Mouthfeel is very heavy, creamy and balanced. This is a sipper but a sipper I would love to drink everyday. Amazing beer from an amazing brewery.

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Photo of RodneyX
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is an imposing looking black beer that had a brown head that left nothing behind. Head rose up about 1/4 inch and looked good while it was there. Smell was some awesome roasted malts with great barrel flavors like bourbon, oak, and vanilla. There's even some great sweet fruit taste at the end. It's thick and viscous and there isn't really any alcohol detectable here. Really like this one and got through the bottle pretty easily.

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Photo of laminam
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The maple syrup is strong. You can smell it with every sip, and taste it with every swallow. It's a glorious melding of flavors, with bourbon taking a back seat.

After trying this beer I went out and immediately bought 4 more, I can see it aging very well over the next few years. Do yourself a favor and pick some up, or trade for some.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great stout (and if you can get it on nitro even better) from Midnight Sun. Full body with a silky feel. This his a dark pouring stout that has a pillow head. The smell of chocolate is slight. The taste is chocolate, maple syrup and bourbon with slight smoke and a roasted nutty feel. A very strong stout at 12.7 it is s defiantly a share if drinking from the big bottle. Best had from the tap at Midnight Sun!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2008 vintage split with Chris for lunch on day 3 of our epic tasting. Many, many thanks to alaskajoe for the hookup

A: Jet black with a stellar dark brown head with great retention. This is so black that even the highlights are black!

S: Pretty incredible with an exceptional balance. Dark chocolate up front with a great hint of bourbon. Great roasty character with a mild oaky and woody aroma. Creamy and exquisitely balanced with some molasses as it warms up

T: Outstanding balance. Opens up with roasted malt, chocolate, cream and a hint of coffee before a mild bourbon oak note comes through with a pleasant vanilla sweetness. Excellent balance between the sweetness and the roasty bitterness. Finishes with dark chocolate bitterness

M: Exceptional. Great body, neither too think nor too syrupy, excellent balance between flavors, perfect carbonation that's soft. Excellent finish

D: For a 12.7% ABV beer at 3PM, this is pretty stellar

**28 March 2010. This is the 2009 vintage, thanks a bunch for sharing this, Kyle.

The nose is outstanding. Molasses, licorice, wet tobacco, leather, a little caramel. A light wine and a little bourbon., a touch of alcohol. These flavors are replicated on the palate, with the licorice not as prominent. Great roast character without any grainy bitterness or burnt malt. Dark chocolate on the finish, this beer is excellent

**07 Dec 2012**
2012 release from the Belmont Station.

The nose is a fantastic blend of dusty unsweetened cocoa, roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate syrup, fudge, fruity yeast, moderate bourbon with vanilla being most prominent, this is decadent. The palate is a blend of vinous and bourbony chocolate fudge, with the roast , toasted dark wheat bread, and a little bit of fruit. The molasses lends a complex sweetness to the palate, and there are undertones of licorice bitterness as well. Medium-full in body and with low carbonation, this is thick on the palate and very enjoyable.

**21 Sept 2013**
2009 release, 12.7%ABV that I received from Kyle. Thanks, man.

This has aged gloriously. Rich fudge, chocolate, moderate vinous character, molasses, brown sugar. Fruitier than fresh bottles, and with less of a bready note. Delectable, this batch is at its peak IMO. 4.5/4.5/5

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle is notched that it was made in August "1". Which I think is 2009. The ABV is noted on the label as 12.7%. Thanks to the folks at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA. Great store and a must visit for me on all trips to the Northwest.

Wow, pours thick and luscious. A creamy tan head forms and shows some decent retention. No light getting through this black oil like colored beer. Actually more deep brown.

Aroma is heavy and of molasses, dates and dried figs.

What a great flavor. Dark chocolate with a lot of complexity just below the surface. Molasses again, vanilla with a hint of licorice. Not sure I'd call out Maple if I didn't know it was added here.
As it warms, there is a greater sense of the Oak Barrel aging. Aftertaste is like a chocolate milk shake. You would never guess this is at 12.7% abv

Nice and thick mouth feel with a very thick body. Velvet like. Almost milk shake like.

A wonderful beer to sit and enjoy. I'll have to source another bottle this fall. Excellent beer!!

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Awesome little gem I brought back from Seattle last October.

This is the 2013 Vintage, I believe. I can not find a date code on the bottle… it's 12.7% ABV, which I believe is the 2013 release. The description in the main page says it's aged in red wine and whiskey barrels, but this bottle clearly stated "oak bourbon barrels." That said, the barrel is very subtle in this beer, compared to the typical ones I have had of late. The molasses and maple syrup are also well balanced in this stout. This beer is very roasty, and has strong dark flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, and raisin.

The bourbon is coming more forward as the beer approaches room temp, but I started the bottle at 49°F.

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Photo of Matonika
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12.7% Look: blackish burgundy. Beautiful dark copper red brown head. Smell: dark grade b maple syrup mineral smell. Rich sweet bourbon smell. Light vanilla a touch spice. Also some molasses but not much. Taste: Complex. Bitter chocolate , dark stone fruit, a touch of acrid flavor like burnt coffee most likely from the molasses. Not overly sweet. But there is a perceived sweetness. Feel: small bubbles good carbonation,full bodied, Creamy. Overall: this is top 5 imperial stout I have had. Big flavor, we'll done it showcases all the aspects of it's ingredients. It grows with each degree it wa.rms up. So good I bet it will age amazing to.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A mini vertical tasting of 2005 and 2008 Berserkers...Nice.

Vintage 2005 at 10.4% abv, 22oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours opaque black with a half inch head of light brown. Zero translucency in any part of the body when held to direct light. The dense froth fell a partial skim coat, with a solid ring around the edges, and plenty of broken ropes of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with dark fudge, charred oak, red fruit, espresso syrup and mocha-laced booze. A strong vinous component steps forward, along with shades of port, sherry, and bourbon.
As the beer breaths hints of red wine and grape jam arise.

Full bodied with an extremely creamy mouthfeel. Sticky and chewy with plenty of gription. Slick and velvety.

Charred malts, oaky booze, dark chocolate, and espresso dusted fruit start the palate. A balance of wine-like vinousity and oaky bourbon come forward and linger till the end.

Finishes with a generous amount of residual chocolate, char, fudge, port, and warming bourbon.

While I try not to reference other beers in a review, I can't help but mention how much the Port-like character reminds me of Kate the Great, and the red wine vinousity reminds me of a barrel-aged Posioden. The beer as a whole tops a bottled Black Albert, although it would be unfair to compare to the Batch 0 Black Albert fresh from the tap. They are totally different beasts.
I was really surprised how the Bourbon is somewhat subdued in relation to the other qualities of the brew. There is a layered complexity in the nose and palate which is quite remarkable, and I'm sure it's from three years in the cellar.

Vintage 2008 at 12.7% abv, 22oz bottle at 55 degrees.

Pours pure black, void of any color, with a one inch head of dark brown. Super dense and thick. A partial skim coat remained on the surface for the duration, as well as webbed lacework.

Aromatics lead off with black forest batter, nougat, charred cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon.
Hints of Kahlau, blackened oak, and Hershey's syrup follow through.

Full, chewy mouthfeel. Thick, viscous, and massive bodied.

Dark chocolate, espresso-steeped embers, and light bourbon start the palate. Fudge nuggets, brownie bits, and warming booze follow through.

Finishes with lingering lush chocolate, espresso reduction, nougat, and bourbon.

Certainly a bigger version of Berserker than the 2005 in many ways. Oddly though the alcohol does not seem to be any more apparent even at 2.3% abv greater.
Thicker, fuller, and more concentrated than the 2005, but the 2005 has a complexity which the 2008 is lacking.

We'll see how the 2008 fares in a few years.

The score reflects the 2005 version, and I would put the 2008 just a couple of points below that.

Megaprops out to my bro Tim in AK for another set of off the hook brews. Thanks man!

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Photo of everetends
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that I can only thank Frank's generousity for, a random package full MS goodness is always an O face moment. I have been sitting on this beer for such a long a time and I wanted to save it. Well, I needed some cheering up and my birthday was last week so its Berserker time. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours a thick very dark black in color. Held to the light, this is nothing but darkness. No light is getting through this one at all, just pitch black. The pour got about a 3/4 finger of head that is just a really nice dark brown, cocoa color. Sadly it falls a good bit to thick ring with some wispy amoeba like formations. You get some light lace on the glass, but most of it slips back into the cap ring due to the slickness of this brew. My only bitch is that I only wish there the head was a bit bigger, more frothy and longer lasting. Otherwise, we are off to an amazing start.

S: As soon as I popped the cap on the bomber, I could smell this thing. Just a huge aroma that fills the area effortlessly. First thing that hits me is a nice and boozy whiskey aroma. its just enough to let you know its there but it doesn't over power like whiskey tends to do. Behind that comes some nice molasses and chocolates. Heavily roasted malt brings a touch of bitterness to the nose but very light. Really good oak and vanilla starts contributing to this nose. There is a touch of a boozy fruit presence that cuts the heavy sugar sweetness a bit. Other notable scents are a touch of leather and a bit of a light nuttiness (pecans maybe).

T: Oh this is quite fuckin fantastic. Lots of nice, heavily and dark roasted malts coming out. Has a nice sweetness to it but also a light smokiness that plays well of the next flavor. That flavor is the whiskey. Light and sweet, but still good and boozy. After that getting some good chocolate, molasses, and just a touch of espresso. Some plum starts to peak through a bit, which compliments so well. There is also a touch of a grape like quality (deep red wine almost), the bottle says nothing about wine barrels but it seems like that might be going down in here. Good amounts of vanilla and oak poke through toward the end. This is great but I think it is slightly lacking in comparison to the nose.

M: Good and full in body, nice and heavy but still easy drinking for the size. Nice and viscous, I mean good and thick. Still slick and smooth, almost pillowy at times. Carbonation is light, allowing this brew to have some good weight. ABV is big in the flavor but not huge in the feel. Just a wonderful, slow building heat in the belly. The ABV doesn't wreck the palate at all. Aftertaste is a touch of grape and some roasted malty goodness.

D: For being a fuggin HUGE beer, this is easy drinking. The snifter emptied much faster than I ever wanted but its still a great thing. Sure I don't have another bottle, but the enjoyment factor of this experience is top notch. I might have found my new favorite RIS. Its just so damned good and well crafted. Just so well put together and everything sits just where it should be. The aroma is the show stopper for me, just amazing. Frank, you are a great man and a lucky bastard for having this around you each year. Stellar beer that derserves some more recognition.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by myself tonight, bought at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pours a dark oily black, with a very small quarter inch mocha head, and no lacing.

Smells great, a good amount of bourbon, dark fruit, red wine, tobacco, and chocolate. No maple or molasses.

This tastes amazing, really complex and different from the typical barrel-aged stout. This has a really large amount of tobacco, some bitter dark Belgian chocolate, nuts, bourbon, vinous red wine, plums, other dark fruits, and the slightest hint of earthy, not sweet, maple. It's got a sticky flavor that could very well be the molasses. There's a lot going on here, and I like all of it.

This is fairly thick bodied, very stick and full in the mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. Drinkable despite the size and ABV- which appears to be almost 13%.

This is excellent. First beer from Midnight Sun, and clearly one of their best.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 release. 12.7% abv. Aged in whiskey and Cabernet barrels and blended. Released 10/3/08

Pours a deep dark thick black with a huge two layer dark tan head that lingers awhile and leaves very nice lace.

Nose is all roasted malt, slight coffee and some chocolate, alcohol, more roasted malt. A slight bit of smoke.

Taste follows. Big big sweet malt profile, with slight coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol. Smoke is present, but very slight, roasty sweetness dominates here. The barrel aging is done very very well here, as it often is at Midnight Sun. The Cabernet barrel taste comes through very noticeably towards the end, but whiskey is dominant throughout most of the taste. Very complex, and very interesting. Very smooth. Good but not overwhelming bitterness rides on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick, and viscous. Would like to see just a touch more viscosity actually, but quite good here. Carbonation is just right. Silky. Smooth.

Drinkability is very very good, especially for this years gigantic abv. Goes down way too easily, quite dangerous.

Overall a very enticing RIS. A great blending of flavors, and an incredible drinkability. I cant wait to see what a couple years will do to this batch. The alcohol heat is already so tame for the abv. A great job of barrel aging here, not too strong, but right where it should be. Certainly one worth seeking out, priveleged to have this one on hand.

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 261 ratings.