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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 764
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 825
Gots: 205 | 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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for the opportunity to try this beer!

A-Pours with the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer-which is a very dark brown. Body is opaque, viscous, and black allowing no light to shine through. Head fades to about 1/2 finger and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is big, rich, deep, and dark. Dark chocolate, anise, licorice, dark fruit, and a good dose of alcohol astringency.

T- Flavor is awesome and much better than the smell. I'm getting a lot of toffee, an unidentified sweetness, and the typical RIS flavors of licorice, anise, dark chocolate, and dark fruit with a mild to moderate roasted malt backbone. A nice surprise for the finish is a woody component of oak is added to the already developing flavors. Great, complex.

M- High carbonation and a very thick- smooth and creamy body. No presence of alcohol in the mouthfeel.

D-This is a great imperial stout and another great brew by Midnight Sun. Solid and offers all the characteristics of a great stout. Definitely in my top 10 stouts overall.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of Chelsea1905
4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12.7% 22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours very black, near molasses, the head is ruby-brown, but disipates quickly and leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells a little like barndy, dark fruit, and black olives.

This had aged a little so the taste initially wasn't that overwhelming. Nice dark roast, bit of wooden barrel and booze in there too.

Very good mouthfeel and drinks well. Very nice offering overall

Chelsea1905, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of JoeySchlitz
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been looking forward to trying this one for little while now - have not been disappointed by a Midnight Sun beer yet. Based on the label notches, this was brewed and bottled the 1st week of August, 2009.

A: A strong pour results in a 1/2" dark chocolate sudsy head - picture a liquid hershey bar fresh from the espresso bar frother. That quickly dies down to a circle at the edge of the glass with some swirls in the middle. The beer is jet black with zero light even at the edges - it looks like used motor oil from a 92 Caprice that has never been changed.

S: After it warms up the strongest and initial dominant flavor is of the barrels. Following that is a good dose of bourbon mixed with a medley of molasses, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, some brownies and an earthy roasted malt.

T: Much more chocolate here than in the nose. It's mixed with a little bit of coconut sweetness as well as some bourbon alcohol notes. There is a slight bit of buttery diacetyl flavor which mellows out the alcohol, allowing it to play second fiddle to the flavors that were mentioned in the smell. It reminds me of a barrel-aged Expedition stout - very refined and smooth and well balanced. Also reminds me of Parabola but with much less heat and more drinkable.

M: I'm pretty sure that this is the thickest stout that I have had. It really is a mouthful. Swirling it around the glass leaves a yellow-ish brown coating. I imagine that my stomach is coated in this yellow-ish brown elixir. A low, but perfect amount of carbonation provides the finishing touch.

O: This definitely lives up to Midnight Sun's reputation. Although not as complex as Abyss or as sweet as Black Tuesday (which is a good thing allowing one to drink a whole bomber with no sugar overdose) it is a fantastic beer and incredibly balanced. There is really nothing that is out of place in this well refined beer.

JoeySchlitz, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber from deliriumfest on BA. Shared at my 2nd annual birthday celebration beer fest.

Black with a small fading dark brown head. The head is damned dark on this one. Leaves a murky black liquid after it's gone. This one is thick and has some legs on it.

Aroma is molasses, roast, anise, and chocolate. Some oak barrel and bourbon poke through. This one lets you know from the get-go that it's not going to mess around.

Flavor is just crazy. Bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, red wine, lots of molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, tobacco, and anise all noticeable. So much going on here. A little sweet with a very mild tart note that I'm assuming came from the wine barrels. This is intense and very complex.

Full body with low carbonation. A little boozy and syrupy.

Overall, this is great, but it's hard to drink a lot of it. This one will really kill you. Make sure you open this with enough people to share it.

nickd717, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of aerozeppl
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

demadows went to the cellar for this one. 2008 bottling. Thanks for the share.

A: Super dark. Jet black. Very nice rich and deepcoffee colored head.

S: Oak and vanilla. A little bit of coconut. Chocolate. Roast. Little bit of oak. A touch of boooze in the back. An insanely complex nose.

T: The taste was just like the nose. That little bit of coconut I got just put this one over the top for me. This had everything you want in a Russian Imperial Stout. Very smooth.

M: Full bodied and well carbonated.

D: An amazing beer. World class. I really enjoyed this beer a ton. Highly recommended. Thanks again to dmeadows.

aerozeppl, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black, nearly opaque, oily with a good amount of medium brown head. Huge boozy aroma, with roasted malt, red wine, bourbon, maple and wood. Very interesting flavor, alcoholic and somewhat sour, with the competing red wine/bourbon flavors, along with the roasted malt and some brown sugar. A big complex, somewhat disjointed, beer. Good, but not one I would seek out often.

emmasdad, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of ipafool
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and dark with a two finger creamy head. Nice lacing as well. Smells of oak, redwine, bourbon, espresso and roasty malt. Taste is nice and roasty no touch of the 12% found at all. Bourbon comes thru on the finish. Mouthfell is great in this beer the carbonation is spot on for the style and nice and thick. Overall this is one of my favorite stouts. I think it could head to head with the Abyss anyday of the week.

ipafool, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An unexpected late addition to the epic tasting, this arrived in Kyle's "Farewell Alaska" package that arrived on my doorstep right before the tasting started, with just enough time to get the beers to cellar temp. Thanks, Kyle!

Bottle from 2009 with 12.7% ABV

The pour is dark, viscous, and creamy. There is a dense dark foam that caps the opaque liquid in my glass. After pouring it into my snifter to get a nice swirl, lacing comes in spots and a delicate pattern.

Aromas pour forth from the mouth of the snifter, imparting red wine barrel aromas, nicely balanced with molasses, tobacco, oakey vanilla, and some slight booziness. Surprisingly, the bourbon aromas are nearly imperceptible. The molasses and tobacco really take a big roll in the flavor profile against a roasted malt foundation. Woody vanilla brings with it some of the bourbon notes that are understated and beautifully subtle. Toffee and vinous grape notes round out the flavor. Alcohol is nearly imperceptible.

Sticky and resinous and yet somewhat smooth. The feeling left on the palate is really incredible. Deep and complex, this is one of the best imperial stouts and barrel-aged beers that I have ever had the pleasure of consuming.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently making it a priority to try more Midnight Sun beers has certainly paid off with this serious Stout. If sweet, roasty, and fruity are what you're after-- search over.

Berserker begins with a silky and viscous pour, not un-like motor oil. About as dark brown as it can get without becomming black. Completely opaque. The deep tan head is short-lived, probably because of the heavy sugars and alcohols inhibit such structure. Ink-stained legging clings to the glass while forgoing any lacing. The beer falls still half-way through the glass.

The typical aromas of espresso, heavy charred grains, and deep syrups attack the olfactories. What is surprising is the complex fruitiness of red wines, plumbs, and currants. These fruity aromas give this Russian Imperial Stout a healthy dose of English Olde Ales and red wine barrels.

Flavors once again favor the roast with the bold coffee, cocoa, and acrid charred grains. Heavy sweetness of molassas, maple syrups, and malt sugars make a dramatic impact on taste but surprisingly carry away in a well-attenuated fashion in the end. Deep flavors of ripe stone fruits (grapes, plubs, berries, and currants) give an unexpected variety to the stout, but is well received- keeping the beer from suffering a one-dimentional dullness. Bourbon and rum alcohols come to mind as the sweetness and roast fall, taking the beer into a bitter and alcoholic finish.

Very rich, full, and robust up front- this is one big beer! But the low carbonation helps the beer to go from full and chewy to fleeting and drinkable in the end. Perhaps a bit astringent and vinous in the finish but the complexity and roast character is more than enough to compensate for barrel-aged tannins.

Berserker is a wonderful beer for the finale of any session. It's balance of sweet, roast, fruit, and more sweet reminds me a lot of New Holland's Night Tripper. Many thanks go out to BrewsB4Shrews for sharing this beer!

BEERchitect, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken at Greg's tasting.

A - Pours a dark black, with a reddish mocha head that recedes at a regular pace.

S - Strong chocolate and roasted malt notes. A bit boozy on the nose, perhaps bourbon?

T - Almost perfect but for the booziness. Very roasty, with notes of creamed coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate - especially the latter. A tad too much bourbon here, but I imagine this brew will be a 5 with a little more time on it, say a year.

M - Slick and heavy, but never oily. Carbonation serves this beer well!

D - A real treat, and must give big props to speedway for bringing this delectable dessert out of the cellar! would definitely seek out again.

NYCWheatFanSC, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of DoubleJ
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to gford217 for providing me with this beer. The time is now to drink this supposed beauty. 2009 Vintage, on to the beer:

Pours thick into my snifter. Black is the color of the now, dark tanned head which dissapears quickly....only a ring of lace remains. The aroma isn't as intense as expected. Very mellow. I can smell the maple syrup in this beer, and I should because I was trained in Quebec* to use real maple syrup on whatever I ate (*sort of). A little dark chocolate underneath those maple tones, also a little alcohol.

Mellow flavor for such a big beer style, yet still tasty. Actually, I like the taste a lot. I can taste a little oak and fruit, along with the sweet maple syrup. Unsweetened chocolate...mmmm. Touch of vanilla. Toasted marshmallow. Tobacco. Very little alcohol is tasted on the palate. 12.7% ABV? Hogwash! Medium-hevay in feel with little carbonation, just a touch light in feel for the style. There is some satisfying tobacco in the aftertaste.

Delicious! Complex, yet from a more mellow Imperial Stout. Don't hesitate to go for this if the opportunity is there.

DoubleJ, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of bret27
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

courtesy of timmcd64 from Alaska. Thanks Tim!

"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"

That's what the label says, and I couldn't agree more.

bret27, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

August 2009 Vintage, 12.7 ABV

Jet black pour into a Darkness snifter. Smallish espresso brown head slowly arose, then descended into the blackness leaving a nice ring.

Aroma of plums, molasses, Twix bars, vanilla

Touch of sweet on the nose, which I am guessing is the molasses, with some notes of plum & brown sugar. Dark organic chocolate comes through next. I get the oak in the middle, which dried this one out.

Medium to high carbonation...somewhat fizzy on the tongue. Roasted coffee bitterness. Thick & viscous with a bitter dry cocoa finish. Really gets in the way of the flavor spectrum.

I wish I would have liked this more...the dryness & med-high carbonation were downers for me.

RustyDiamond, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of illidurit
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy bret27 at Woodshop 5.0. Pours black with minor dark brown corners and leaves scotch-colored legs on the glass. Aroma is big on chocolate graham crackers and charred malts with wood and vanilla from the barrel aging. Flavor is deep and roasty with super-dark chocolate, iced coffee, ash, smoke, deep dark fruits, and a smooth bourbon character. Huge body and really flavorful. An asswhipper for sure.

illidurit, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. 2009 vintage-- 12.7% abv.

Appearance: Its completely opaque and pours viscous like syrup. The head is amazing-- dark, dark brown and with pretty good retention for the ABV. Each sip leaves a curtain of lace that gets pulled back into the beer by boozy legs.

Smell: Big sweet roasty malt. Not sharp and bitter burnt roastiness. Sweet and chocolatey, some oak, overripe fruit, a little leathery, some pipe tobacco, and slightly vinous. Interesting and different.

Taste: I'm not sure what kind of oak barrel this is aged in, but I don't taste any bourbon. Some greenish oak is tasted though. Again roasty without being overly burnt. Lots of residual sweetness and alcohol, but not anything resembling 12.7%. Less chocolate than many RISs. Finish is slightly bitter roasted malt and somewhat hot booze, followed again by sweetness.

Mouthfeel: This is quite full bodied. Viscous and silky smooth in the mouth. The carbonation provides a slight foaminess. Great.

Drinkability: I'm loving this. A little different twist on a RIS. Very nice. I'd share this, but, nah.

rapidsequence, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Rudylaw, truly a gentleman. Also thanks to James, another gentleman.

The appearance is dark black, whats new right? It has dark cherry edges and a head that is inspiring. The head on this think was almost black, it was the darkest brown I have ever seen foam on a beer. It did not stick around for a while and just ended up leaving completely, but I was awe stuck by the color of it. Incredible.

The smell was of earthy grains and sweet wines, not very strong overall though.

The taste was very unique and entirely enjoyable. Dark roasted grain that produces a earthy flavor that reminds me of chewing on black patent malt. There are very sweet cherries in the mid palate that pair with a sweet wine that is unique. I also got more than a few tastes of maple syrup, delicious. Towards the end of the bottle more of the ABV and wine characteristics take shape and present something very sweet. I like this a lot.

The mouthfeel was perfectly carbonated and sat on the palate very well. It was not too thick, and for the flavors that were involved was perfect.

The drinkability was good, but a dessert or after dinner beer is best used to describe this one. There was a bit of an astringency that was brought up from the cherry and wine notes that was interesting, but distracted from other things going on. Very glad I got to try this one.

J

Jmoore50, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and thick with a small, short lived very dark tan head.

Scent of strong molasses, dark fruit, potent tobacco, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. An extremely rich, robust scent, the alcohol thins it a bit.

Taste of strong molasses, dark fruit, earth, tobacco, anise, dense oak, caramel, and alcohol. Very rich and heavily flavorful, a must try for lovers of the style.

Mouthfeel is dense as hell and heavy with a very small, smooth bite of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blinfolded, I would probably have tagged this as Stone's Russian Imperial Stout, which isn't a bad thing, since I think that is an outstanding beer, as well. Nice, bold roasted malt with a substantial hops backbone to cut the malt. A little oily in the mouth. The label reminded me of my Molly Hatchet-listening days many moons ago. If only I'd had the good sense to drink beer like this back then.

Brent, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of billab914
4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage poured into my Stone RIS glass. pours a thick pitch black with a modest dark mocha colored head. The head clung to the sides of the glass and laced nicely on the sides.

Aroma is bold with coffee, chocolate and molasses all coming through. It has some sweetness coming through as well in the form of maple and vanilla. Slight alcohol present as well. The combination of the molasses, maple syrup and oak aging really come together well making for a very nice smelling and complex aroma.

Taste hits you at first with a coffee, chocolaty, roasty and burnt malt flavor. The burntness of the malts and the coffee definitely come through more then most of the Imperial stouts I have had. It also has hints of dark fruit, wood, vanilla and a slight alcohol bite in the finish. Like the nose it's both complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel is thick and heavy with low carbonation. I can't really say anything negative about the mouthfeel, I love the thick heavy imperial stouts. Drinkability is very good. It's pretty easy drinking for nearly 13% and the fact that it's delicious doesn't hurt either.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, it definitely set itself apart from most imperial stouts I have had so far. I wish this was easier to get, but I'm glad I got to try it.

billab914, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage, 12.7 abv. Poured from a bottle courtesy of screamforme into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer pours a thick, viscous black, one of the blackest beers I have ever seen. There is a dark mocha head that reveals more carbonation than expected. As the head fades to a tight ring there is a slight amount of oily lacing on the glass.

The smell is rich dark chocolate, freshly roasted expresso, dark fruits (cherries and raisins), bourbon, tobacco and sharp tones of molasses. There is also a maple syrup sweetness that backs all the components nicely.

The flavor is full of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and chewy dark fruits. The dark cherry qualities really shine as they pair with the maple syrup sweetness, they balance out the roasted and bitter flavors of chocolate and coffee. This is not the most complex imperial stout I have ever had, but it is one of the better tasting ones for sure.

The mouthfeel is as thick and viscous as the beer looks, but the beer is also more carbonated than most at this high an abv. The flavors are very well balanced, there is a nice dry finish and the alcohol adds a nice component to the flavors and provides a nice warmth in the belly. This is a great imperial stout.

rpstevens, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a duck rabbit snifter.

Big thanks to gford217 for this secret santa want.

A - Pitch black. Viscous crude oil black. Tiny bit of some of the darkest head Ive ever seen on a beer that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet molasses and maple with a hint of bourbon. Raisins, black cherries, and a little bit of chocolate. Doesn't explode out of the glass, but nicely complex.

T - Starts out feeling sweet with a lot of dark fruity maple. That gives way to bittersweet chocolate and some bourbon alcohol heat. Finishes surprisingly dryer and leaves a pretty bitter aftertaste. As this breathes a bit the bitterness gets more muted.

M - Nicely coating mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Pretty spot on for a RIS.

D - Definitely some booze heat here, but there's enough going on that I keep going back for another sip, then another, then another. Deceptively drinkable.

At first I was a little turned off by the bitterness in the aftertaste, but after half a snifter, and letting it breathe a bit, this was a really nice sipper. Definitely top notch.

Tiklmelmo, Jan 09, 2010
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4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, 2008 vintage, courtesy of alaskajoe, a fine trader and a standup gentlemen who threw in some great extras when he was forced to postpone his end of the trade that brought this beer to me because of an illness. This is my "2 years on BA" anniversary beer, and even though the actual anniversary was yesterday, this was the first opportunity I had, so here goes. Poured in to a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a huge, thick, chewy black, oily and slick, with a mildly aggressive pour yielding a head approximately one inch high. The head is one of the darkest I've ever beheld on a beer, a deep, intensely-hued cocoa, darker than I can in good faith refer to as "tan." Burned tan? Let me pull out the color wheel. The lovechild of sienna and russet, perhaps. Regardless, though the color is intense and impressive, the retention leaves a little to be desired - the finger has faded to a few random patches of surface dusting inside two minutes, and the collar is almost nonexistent. The carbonation on this one is evident from the get go, with plenty of relatively (for the style) fast and fine carbonation racing up the sides of the snifter. The lacing is similarly lacking in the retention department

Aroma: Tons of gentle light juicy fruits, cranberries, blueberries, and prunes melding with spicier licorice, a mild hop bitterness, and a smooth, slight alcohol burn. The malts are wide ranging, from dark toffee to burnt coffee.

Taste: Complex and varied. Bittersweet cocoa and toast dominate up front, though they're blended with the most surprising aspect of this beer - the fruits. This one's full of light, fruity notes that generally end a bit of a sour, cleansing quality, but individually present some cherries, prunes, and fainter raisins, as well as a definite tannin-like quality. But let's not forget the other end of the spectrum. Beyond the cocoa and toast mentioned above, there's plenty of earthiness, anise, faint smoke, and even some char. The light and the dark compliment each other surprisingly well, and somehow manage to cover up about 95% of what I would expect would be the average amount of spicy heat you'd get out of a beer that is 12.7% abv, as the 2008 vintage of Berserker indeed is.

Mouthfeel: A surprising amount of carbonation on this one, and a relatively thin body to boot. This is not the thick, viscous, oily beer I had thought it would be up above based upon the appearance, and even after the carbonation calms down, it's still a relatively moderately-bodied brew.

Drinkability: This one was fantastic at first sip, then sort of slipped a little, and really came back in to its own as it hit room temperature. This is about as good as it gets (drinkability-wise) at 12.7%, and it doesn't show anywhere. Amazing with sharp cheddar, solid on its own, I'm thrilled to have the chance to try this one. Though it had its drawbacks - the body to a degree, the high abv%, the head retention - it really shined in others.

CrellMoset, Jan 07, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer.

Pours black with a dark brown head. Very attractive. The aroma is toasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. You also get some vanilla. The flavor is strong on the oak aging, with oak and vanilla being prominent. You get a little bit of bitterness as well. Medium mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured an opaque pitch black with a little bit of very dark tan head. It smelled like molasses and brown sugar, with some sweet bourbon and milk chocolate and cream and raisins. It tasted like caramel and molasses and brown sugar, with some roasted coffee and cream and maple, and a bit of milk chocolate and alcohol. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste with slight alcohol warming. Overall this had a great scent and taste with good body. However, the alcohol was a bit noticeable, which combined with the bold taste to make this a sipping beer. I didn't notice much oak taste, and it was much sweeter than most stouts. But this was still a fantastic brew that will probably improve with further age. (I forgot to check if this was the 10.4% or 12.7% version.)

Pencible, Dec 31, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Unclejedi for sharing this bottle.

22oz. brown bomber poured into a taste glass.

A: Deep black that lets very little light in. Good sized dark mocha head on the pour, a bit spritzy but retains. Some lacing.

S: Nice light alcohol with plenty of rich barrel flavors. Vanilla takes a back seat to big molasses and alcoholic dark fruits. A nice smoky line going on.

T/M: The alcohol is a bit bigger in the mouth but not huge. The barrel is nice and bit but still on the lighter side on the vanilla, which is a nice change of pace. More smoke and molasses with some tobacco and plenty of dark fruits. Body is full with low carbonation.

D: Definitely a slow sipper but very inviting.

pwoods, Dec 28, 2009
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 764 ratings.