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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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783 Ratings
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 834
Gots: 213 | FT: 22
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 drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the November Baltimore Area BA tasting. Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

Appearance: The beer pours a very dark brown color with some red at the edges when the light hits it. There is a half finger of tan head that leaves a ring around the pour.

Smell: Sweet and roasty up front. I'm getting some bourbon and maple syrup. The roasted malt also adds some dark chocolate to the mix. Very smooth.

Taste: This is a very smooth imperial stout. I'm getting roasted malt and dark chocolate. The sweetness from the malt also contains some dark fruit and a maple syrup notes. The finish is a but burnt and reminds me of coffee.

Mouthfeel: The body is thick and syrupy with tingly carbonation and a finish that is a bit slick.

Overall: I thought this was a very nice combination of flavors. Very smooth and well blended. I liked the maple syrup note.

oline73, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

mendvicdog, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

mdfb79, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of beernads
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

beernads, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Rochefort10nh, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

oriolesfan4, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +15.2%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

drewone, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage generously shared by shadowane.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without a hint of lighter color when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy dark mocha head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic splotches and chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with hints of roasted coffee bean, silky chocolate, honey, molasses, bittersweet dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar. Slightly leathery with some earthy oak tannis as well as some faint vanilla. The barrel character is evident but not over powering in the nose letting the other scents shine through.

Chewy medium body that's on the fuller end with a slightly dry, bitter hop presence and a very roasted malt character. Deep roasted flavor up front with silky bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal. This is countered by a nice creamy lactic presence, that along with the molasses and honey, adds complexity and fullness to the palate. This gives this beer it's viscosity and sweetness and compliments the earthy oak very nicely. The ABV is excellently masked with little to no heat making it incredibly quaffable. There is subtle heat and warmth in the finish but it's very faint. It's unbelievable that this beer is 12.7%. would have guessed under ten percent. Insanely drinkable at this strength.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer and thought that it was much more complex, flavorful and drinkable than the 09 Kate the Great which was also opened tonight. Highly recommended!

corby112, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #350 for me! I brought this one to our Stout Day event. 2009 bottle shared with a whole bunch of people.

A - Pours midnight black with a nice pillow of one and a half finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, licorice, tobacco, chocolate, and even some dark fruits. This one pretty much runs the gamut of dark aroma's with no one crowding out the others.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of coffee, dark fruits, licorice, tobacco, and some very faint booze. The flavors work very well together with nearly perfect balance. The finish is mostly dark roast but it doesn't linger on the pallet for very long.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, rich, feel that rally compliments this ones flavors very well. Very nice feel throughout.

O - I have been wanting to try this one and when I got this bottle in the Easter Bunny BIF I couldn't have been happier. It has a ton of flavor and it really works well. Good stuff for sure.

orangesol, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to hopdog for sharing this beauty. 2007 version...
Appears black with caramel brown edges and a dark tan head. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of raisins, cocoa, vanilla, mocha, and oak.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a peanut flavor that is also standing out in the complex flavors.
Mouthfeel is smooth, chewy, raisiny, bourbony, and outright beautiful. This one is a winner. Seek it out.

weeare138, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Thanks to Orangesol for busting it out at a recent tasting. Poured into a sampler glass, this brew appears black in color with a dark tan head across the top. As it fades, spots of lace stick to the glass and a light swirl revives a finger of strength back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is all over the dark brew spectrum. Notes of dark fruity quality like raisins or plums bring out the focus on alcohol while some deeper earthy noted are also evident. Licorice and tobacco come out more as the brew warms up.

The taste is dark and fruity with more indications of raisins and plums or prunes focusing on the alcohol side of things. More sips reveal more flavoring that is dark and roast grain. A bit of licorice and earthy tobacco follow through into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to full bodies brew with a light level of carbonation that really exaggerates the feel. It is well balanced and enjoyable for it's strength and something I wouldn't mind having again. While I'm not the biggest fan of dark fruity character in RIS brews, this one packed enough depth another character to not let it get distracting. Thanks again Nate for sharing.

stakem, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

wrightst, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2012 Edition

A: Pours an opaque and thick jet black in color with very light notes of visible carbonation and some dark reddish brown highlights. The beer has an eighth of a finger tall dark reddish mocha head which quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: The beer has a moderate to strong aroma of chocolate and bourbon with some lighter hints of oak and vanilla. There are moderate notes of molasses and maple syrup sweetness. Light notes of roasted malts.

T: Upfront there are some light notes of roasted malts with some molasses and maple syrup sweetness. On top of the malts, there are some moderate to strong flavors of rich dark chocolate and bourbon with some lighter notes oak and vanilla. Light hints of cocoa with some hints of alcohol towards the finish. Light lingering bitterness.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a great beer to finish the evening and matches very well with dessert - in our case some brownies made with Sea Legs Baltic Porter. This is really rich and you can detect the alcohol but I'm going to enjoy sipping on it a while longer. The bourbon is well integrated into the beer and the flavors in the beer match really well.

dbrauneis, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A: Poured a deep, deep brown, good carbonation and a nice brown head.

S: Nose is deep roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and alcohol.

T: Taste is alcohol and roasted malt upfront, midway through to the end is coffee, cocoa.
M: Mouthfeel is coating and pretty thick and hefty.

O: good and really glad I got to finally try this.
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2012 vintage

A: Poured extremely deep brown near black with a big brown cap, light lacing and a little brown ring after a few sips

S: A big roastiness, milk chocolate, maple and molasses, sweetness, booze sting and some moderate bourbon

T: Initial creaminess, Dark Lord like soy sauce with a big sweetness, milk chocolate transition into a lingering maple, light bourbon and molasses, faint wood and vanilla. Finish is a burning like spepperness, sweet sugar, bourbon, chocolate and maple

M: Big body, boozey, creamy and decadent

O: Very good. More like a bbn, chocolate covered maple bar!

barleywinefiend, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

duceswild, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of mothman
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

09 Version

Poured into large tripel karmetiet (sp) glass.

Pours about 1/4 finger of burnt orange/red tan head. Color is oil black. Very nice looking beer. Very great head retention.

Aroma: Damn, this is smelling fine. Grapes, chocolate, raspberries, cherries, roasted malts, caramel, vanilla, toffee, oak. Just awesome.

Taste: Wow, the -bal aging has done wonders here. Chocolate, roasted malts, grapes, cherries, coffee, vanilla, and oak. Everything goes together so well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, and rich. Full bodied. Nice and chewy. A fine amount of carbonation. Ends with a roasted malt feel that brings out a touch of heat.

Overall, a sipper, but a fine sipper at that. This beer is simply amazing. Different with the barrels that were used, but I couldn't get enough of this. I highly recommend this one.

mothman, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

DoubleJ, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%

Black body with a half inch of thick beige head. Wonderful aroma with bourbon, maple syrup, dark fruits, oak, wine tannins, vanilla. Delicious and every bit as complex as the aroma promised. A joy to sip and savor. What a fabulous beer. World class.

Huhzubendah, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.