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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 842
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

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

1Sundown2C, Oct 29, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to cavedave for the fantastic BIF beer. 2012 vintage, 12.7% ABV. Tasted 24 October 2014.

Pours black and thick, with a one-finger mocha brown head. Good retention and lacing. Stellar.

Smell is outstanding. Rich and sweet, but so many variations on those two themes that I keep coming back to sniff and sniff and sniff. I get molasses in one sniff, sweet bourbon in another, and deep dark malts in a third. Wow.

Taste is top-notch as well. So much going on in here. The main downside is a sharpness, a combination of the alcohol bite and the char of the dark roast. But overall, it's delicious, with incredible depth provided by the various sugars and the barrel. Tons of flavor, almost perfectly integrated - just a bit sharp on the edges, probably due mostly to the ABV.

Feel is perfect. Thick and rich, as any top-tier imperial stout should be. What sets it apart is the waves of carbonation. Starts out buzzing, tickling my tongue. Then drops down so that I can savor all the sweetness. In the finish, it fluffs up, lots of tiny bubbles helping the last bits (no, blasts) of flavor dance.

This is one of the best beers I've had in a long time. Not many barrel-aged stouts can match the depth, balance, and pure deliciousness of this.

zeledonia, Oct 27, 2014
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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.