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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 819
Gots: 193 | FT: 20
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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CORKSCREWFISH

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

05-08-2013 13:21:33 | More by CORKSCREWFISH
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-08-2013 01:16:04 | More by leftoverburrito
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-08-2013 00:01:32 | More by cadaugherty
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Pete27lax

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

05-06-2013 08:34:40 | More by Pete27lax
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jegross2

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-02-2013 03:48:45 | More by jegross2
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy dark chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, maple syrup, molasses, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, black licorice, tobacco, and booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, maple syrup, molasses, coffee, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, black licorice, tobacco, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Great Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. The maple syrup is a great touch.

04-30-2013 05:01:34 | More by ngeunit1
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev -7.8%

04-20-2013 15:16:10 | More by WeisGuy
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A thick opaque brown, medium bubbles on the body...pours like straight motor oil thick and the head...dark tan, rising tojust about a finger's length.

Smell: Heavy brown sugar maybe the molasses, very sticky...all you need to do is smell it once and it's with you forever

Taste: A straight blend of molasses and brown sugar, it is a little too sweet for my part. I for one am for bitterness with my stouts period. This brew lacks it and just reading the label I noticed it's just at 30 IBU's...nothing wrong with that but seriously where is the rest of the taste.

Mouth: Sticky sugar with medium carbonation. What it lacks in taste makes up for it in stickiness but depends how much if it you want. Best served with dessert.

Overall: This brew improves within time of the consumption of the glass, the proiblem is the sweetness might overwhelm some including myself. If you like imperial stouts which I absolutely love this is definitely something a little different and not for everyone. Try a glass just to try it...Salud!

04-18-2013 02:44:59 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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CelticAleMan

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

04-15-2013 22:13:54 | More by CelticAleMan
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mahak213

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-12-2013 01:57:24 | More by mahak213
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Atomicskis5

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

04-11-2013 02:04:45 | More by Atomicskis5
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Denoas

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-10-2013 23:54:24 | More by Denoas
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Pecan

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-08-2013 23:11:22 | More by Pecan
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djaeon

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

04-07-2013 19:17:44 | More by djaeon
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jpaulsen

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-07-2013 18:49:16 | More by jpaulsen
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UNCCTDawg

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-31-2013 14:51:56 | More by UNCCTDawg
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Retail1LO

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-31-2013 13:45:03 | More by Retail1LO
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-24-2013 02:58:15 | More by Sparky44
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cistercian12

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-20-2013 22:53:31 | More by cistercian12
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-20-2013 00:54:27 | More by kjkinsey
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MCain04

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev -7.6%

22 oz bottle, 2012 vintage, from trade with beergod1 - thanks man. Poured into a Half Acre snifter at cellar temp.

A: Almost motor-oil black with a very dark tan head of an impressive 2 fingers with great retention and lacing.

S: Maple is the predominant smell, a little bourbon, a little sweetness, perhaps from molasses, not much roasty character or chocolate.

T: A little bland at first, not a lot of maple or molasses. Barrel characters of oak and vanilla come in late, and a bourbon finish on the back of the tongue. Not as much malt character as I'd like from a stout of this magnitude. Aside from the bourbon taste, not too much heat. Pretty drinkable.

M: A little over-carbonated, and not as thick as I'd like. Doesn't really coat the tongue at all.

O: Definitely disappointing, maybe its just the 2012 vintage that everyone has been complaining about, but this doesn't really impress at all, tastes like a standard stout with some bourbon. Might give 2013 a try next year but won't have the 2012 again.

03-19-2013 01:03:13 | More by MCain04
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metter98

New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

A: The beer is absolutely jet black in color. It poured with a thin ring of reddish mocha bubbles around the edge of the glass that quickly died down, leaving only a faint collar.
S: Strong aromas of dark malts and bourbon are present in the nose, along with some hints of molasses.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but a little more complex with additional flavors of dark malts and chocolate.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and viscous on the palate with a low to moderate amount of carbonation. A little warming from the alcohol is noticeable in the finish.
O: The flavors of this beer are well integrated and balanced, particularly the bourbon, which does not overpower the beer and overshadow the other flavors.

03-17-2013 01:29:08 | More by metter98
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

03-17-2013 01:21:57 | More by dbrauneis
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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-09-2013 20:45:43 | More by acurtis
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mscudder

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-06-2013 05:24:23 | More by mscudder
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.