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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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725 Ratings
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Ratings: 725
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 811
Gots: 192 | FT: 21
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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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%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

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
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HopsintheSack

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

02-24-2013 21:42:34 | More by HopsintheSack
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-24-2013 16:02:38 | More by Texasfan549
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 04:18:25 | More by Rutager
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ant880

New York

4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Knocking out this long-time want courtesy of huskermike12, who sent it along with a box of awesomeness in the Super Bowl XLVII Squares BIF...

A: Fairly aggresive pour into a CBS snifter produces a thick, 2-finger light brown head. Head retention is excellent, especially compared to most barrel-aged stouts that pour with little to no head to begin with. Body is deep black, which makes the pour look like a slice of chocolate cake with whipped chocolate mousse on top.

S: First sniff is HUGE chocolate with a wisp of bourbon on the tail end. Reminds me of a warm chocolate lava cake. Cant wait to dive into this.

T: With chocolate still assaulting my nose, the first sip is dominated by cocoa, followed by the slightest cameo appearance of maple and finishing with a restrained dose of bourbon. Taste definitely delivers on what the nose promised. The barrel adds the perfect amount of bourbon, complementing the chocolate without ever dominating the taste. This is like a bourbon spiked hot cocoa. Touches of coffee, molasses ad fudge throughout. The one drawback, the maple never made a reappearance after the first sip.

M: Thick as a brick. Coats the tongue, tastebuds and everything in between. Not sure if this is part of what the molasses adds, but if so, it should be a requirement for every imperial stout.

O: Loved it! The one disappointment was the absence of the maple, but I have yet to find a beer that fully delivers on the maple promise (going to have to find me some Lawsons next). Other than that, I would stockpile this if it was readily available. Going to have to steal some of my son's Nestle Quick, toss it in a coffee mug, microwave it and spike it with some bourbon to hold me over til the next time I can get my hands on some of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:17:55 | More by ant880
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - thanks to brystmar - 2012 bottle

Viscous opaque blackness in the glass with a bubbled dark brownie colored head resting on top. Thick collar of tanned retention with spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smoky and sweet in the nose, driven by a combination of maple syrup, chocolate cake and bourbon. Oak, dark fruit, coffee and vanilla bean with toffee and roasted dark malts. Warm and boozy.

Slick and sweet up front with bourbon warmth, cocoa powder and dark chocolate bark. Vanilla beans with caramel and toffee, layered on a maple syrup base. Oaky and warm with a thick, robust malt backbone. Touches of tobacco and red wine with roasted coffee beans. Multiple layers of flavor and malt continue to evolve while drinking, leading into a boozy and sweet finish.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and sticky on the tongue. I've tasted this a couple times before, but this was my first time enjoying the better part of a bottle and I couldn't be happier with this. Wonderfully deep and warm with plenty of rich bourbon and chocolate, finished off with sticky maple syrup and vanilla. I'd seek this out again in a second.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 04:16:45 | More by xnicknj
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-22-2013 19:36:17 | More by plumcrazyfx
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-22-2013 18:23:55 | More by ShanePB
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Azrael


3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

02-21-2013 04:31:09 | More by Azrael
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mmcnaughton

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-20-2013 01:54:07 | More by mmcnaughton
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VaTechHopHead


4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-19-2013 21:17:24 | More by VaTechHopHead
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adkieffer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-16-2013 16:05:59 | More by adkieffer
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ROBSTARR

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-15-2013 14:35:39 | More by ROBSTARR
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-15-2013 00:25:06 | More by aasher
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MITCHELLMPLS

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-14-2013 17:18:13 | More by MITCHELLMPLS
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KiMiRaiK

Washington

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-12-2013 04:17:17 | More by KiMiRaiK
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roblund

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

02-06-2013 15:26:42 | More by roblund
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-03-2013 18:37:30 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 725 ratings.