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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 834
Gots: 225 | FT: 23
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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4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick & black like old motor oil. Little head that is dark brown & slightly purple.

Smells like dry red wine, oak, bourbon and black cherries.

This beer is oily smooth. The initial taste is red wine, bourbon & oak. Dark chocolate & molasses lingers on the pallet. The alcohol is well hidden by the complexity of the taste, but it still warms you up. As expected, the alcohol becomes more prominent as you taste & as the beer warms.

Satisfying beer. Well worth the $18 price tag if you like this style. Highly recommended.

bcerv-ca, Oct 13, 2013
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage. Tulip glass. Cheers to Jeremy's first day home.

A: Pours viscous black with a ring of reddish-brown-rust colored head. A few dots of lacing and decent enough retention.

S: Chocolate, cocoa-forward which is well supported by ample bourbon, also with vanilla bean, black licorice, a touch of roasted malt, and some cola. Barrel presence is spot on and enhances the base beer.

T: Dark chocolate. The roasted malt is a little more forward here, seemingly showcasing more of an RIS style. A little dark fruit, dark molasses, vanilla extract, and oak. Moderate sweetness, which I could see being a bit fatiguing after a full pour of this.

M: Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation, which impart a superb drinkability. A little alcohol is noticeable, esp. at warmer temperature.

O: Just a very well put together beer. Complex, delicious, and highly drinkable. Scores high on the quality to price ratio.

pmarlowe, Oct 13, 2013
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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.