Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
22oz Bottle split two-way
Solid brown color, deep and unfeathered. Tan head sticks with the glass and moves nicely, not cloyed.
Rich aroma, chocolate, malt, slightly booze. This was poured in a couple of ~4 oz rounds for each of us and the second pour had considerably more booze in the nose. Plum or candied plum.
Exceptional flavor. Deep with raisin base. Chocolate notes with apropriate bitterness, oak and an alcohol bite. There is also a touch or anise or another spice I can't put my finger on that rounds everything together. Missing the dark fruit/plum that is a large component of the aroma.
Viscosity is perfect. Solid body which is well carbonated. It is noteworthy that the flavor ends with a crispness often absent from RIS. Perfect or damn near it.
There is a lot going on here and it is fair to say this is in the top handful of personal favorites. Easily able to drink it over the course of a sitting and would happily enjoy it as often as I could locate another bottle. For the style it meshes an uncommon lightness in consumption with a full mouthfeel and requisite abv.
12-01-2012 21:43:18 | More by CooperEllis
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
22 oz. bottle served in a Midnight Sun Chub. 2012 vintage. Huge thanks to BA mfavoino for sending this my way. Thanks Matt!
A: Jet black body with a thick and creamy dark tan head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar. Sticky sheets of lace are left on the glass.
S: Big molasses sweetness with smooth bourbon nose. Dark chocolate, oak and some nice roasted malts compliment the sweetness. The smell is delicious. Extremely impressed so far.
T: Unfortunately the taste isn't quite as nice up front. Very sweet maple syrup with some bourbon and a big roasted malt presence. The booze is a little harsh and the oak barrel isn't as well integrated as the nose would suggest. The finish is creamy chocolate and sweet molasses. Some brown sugar and vanilla notes come out as it warms.
M: Heavy bodied with a nice chew to it. Oily and viscous, definitely a sipper here. Medium low carbonation.
O: The nose was great and at the moment the barrel is a little too disjointed from the base beer. Some time will do this beer well to subside the boozy notes and harsh oak.
11-27-2012 01:31:36 | More by Treebs
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
22oz, 2012 vintage (new bottle design)
A: Pours out a pitch black color. Half finger dark tan head that faded pretty quickly. Leaves some lacing sheets. Even in the small snifter I can see some alcohol feet here.
S: Really beautiful nose here. Lots of vanilla and oak. Molasses. Good amount of sweetness, caramel and toffee. Those flavors are dominating the roasted malts and coffee RIS flavors.
T: Up front, bitter chocolate and molasses mesh well together. As the flavors move to the middle of the mouth, you get more barrel character. Sweet notes of caramel and vanilla and toffee. Long finish, but still fairly dry on the close. BIG beer. Felt the alcohol, even though it was well integrated.
M: Full bodied. Lots of mouth coating.
11-26-2012 15:12:19 | More by inlimbo77
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
The beer pours jet black with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is a very potent maple sweetness with a touch of bourbon caramel. There is very little bitterness, but the nose isn't cloying. The taste is potent with a huge amount of oak, maple, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. There is no detectable booze at all. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and highly drinkable. It's one of the best double stouts I've had with very little to complain about it. Seek this out, it's worth it.
11-23-2012 03:54:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
3.4/5 rDev -21.7%
1621st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor, Corona, CA
App- This poured out pretty much the darkest beer I have seen before. They werent lying on the bottle. It actually poured like oil and had no light penetration and only a small 1/4" head with no lace or cling. Maybe a small ring of bubbles.
Smell- This was a bit all over the place. Upfront I get most of the molasses and the sweetness from the maple. I do get tinges of smoke, malts, oak and wood. This has a bit of a rough aroma with everything competeing and not working cohesively.
Taste- This thing was solid, but not great. The molasses I think is what throws me the most. It brings a certain sweetness and chewy candy like flavor. The oak has a lot of char and licorice behind. Big thick malts and a little bit of smoke layer well, but not integrated enough to make it super smooth. Its drinkable for the 12% but thats not the biggest flaw. Just not the best tasting BA Stout.
Mouth- I dipped my finger into this to give my son a taste and my wife said WTF is that? It was the same color on my finger. No dissapation of color. No losing of the body. Very full and viscous. The carbonation was a medium low and fairly creamy. The residual flavors are of the molasses and the oak.
Drink- This was an interesting stout to say the least. A lot going on and fairly balanced. The more I took a sip the more I realized that its just above average and not for me. I was excited to try this one and well guess I can skip the next release.
11-20-2012 16:22:30 | More by FosterJM
4.08/5 rDev -6%
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.
11-12-2012 06:12:36 | More by oline73
2.75/5 rDev -36.6%
Pours black with a small dark brown head. Little retention and a little lacing. Very sludgy
Loads of molasses in the nose. Anise, baker's chocolate, espresso and soy sauce too. Smells like it's going to be sweet...
...and it is. Sweet molasses again dominates everything. Some good dark chocolate and oaked bourbon come through a bit, but sadly are hidden in the background. The same annoying soy sauce is back from the nose too. Bourbon is restrained and in this case, I wish it weren't as the base flavors are not great.
Very thick bodied beer with appropriately low carbonation style. Alcohol % is very well hidden.
Everyone who tried this was massively disappointed. Nothing seems "wrong" about this bottle, just did not like the flavors. Too much soy sauce kind of ruined everything for me, but even outside of that, not a great fan of the base flavors.
11-05-2012 18:00:28 | More by jmarsh123
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.