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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 240
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.76%
Wants: 835
Gots: 235 | FT: 26
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005

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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle opened on 9.10.12.
Thanks Wingshooter.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one inch dark brown head with fine bubbles, good retention.

S - Sweet molasses, wood, bourbon.

T - Sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate and oak.

D - Super thick, heavy body. Decent carbonation.

O - Sweet and boozy, thick and visious and lots of oak.

Photo of vkv822
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz : tulip
2012 vintage.

Black, with a thick, foamy brown head.

Nose and palate are quite similar, boozy bourbon oak, fudge, cocoa, faint molasses, faint dark fruit.

Medium+ body, slightly viscous, light boozy heat. Low carbonation.

A very enjoyable Imperial Stout, the maple syrup/molasses adds just a faint touch, though the main focus is bourbon barrel and cocoa.

Photo of mfavoino
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2012 vintage. 12.7% abv poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Pours a thick black with a surprisingly big brown head. Recedes to a nice rim around the glass. Great looking stout.

Smell: Big whiskey, bourbon aroma and lots of dark roasted malts. Some light chocolate and booze.

Taste: Roasted malts combine with the whiskey flavor of the barrel. Some soy, then light chocolate and maple sweetness followed by a lingering roasted malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy with a smoothness that is nice for a high abv beer.

Overall: Love the big barrel flavor and roastiness. I still like Parabola and BCBS better.

Photo of ellswrth
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer came out of the bottle like liquid black - I mean, it was so dark and heavy-looking - like a Goose Island BCBS; and the head was a deep brown finger-thick cream; left doplets of lace all down the sides

S: espresso and cocoa; some vanilla and bourbon

T: a well-made stout, emphasizing the chocolatey-ness and creaminess; hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak creep throughout; this starts with a solid roasted chocolate malt base and finishes with a bittersweet chocolate espresso flavor... there is some merlot-ish wininess to it...

M: chewy, yet slick, dense, creamy; smooth and mellow bitter; a fairly clean-finishing stout - very nice; tobacco after the fact

O: impulse buy, love stouts; can't say the molasses or maple syrup stood out too much for me, but maybe that's a good thing - maybe they were responsible for the smooth complexity of the beer overall; I would rebuy this beer... great pour and it delivered.

Photo of BeerWorld
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage bomber shared by my brother, poured into a New Belgium Globe...

A: Viscous pour, dark dense and opaque body with a very dark mocha colored head and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Molasses and bourbon qualities right off the bat, oak is pretty prominent as well, dark chocolate and rich milk chocolate, some sweet boozy alcohol but hardly any for a young 2012 bottle thats this big. Roast character is buried, sweetness is upfront.

T: You're hit with nice rich bourbon qualities and molasses sweetness right away, with notes of light vanilla and oak, and the darkest caramel you can imagine, rich chocolate notes, and the maple sweetness mixes well with the sweet boozy notes and caramel and molasses. Faint hint of licorice, and again there are really only light roasted coffee notes.

MF: Creamy and viscous mouthfeel, not quite as full bodied as I'd hoped it would be, there is a dryness on the back end that may be the alcohol.

O: Pretty awesome. Not sure how it ages (I'm sure it would mellow out just fine) but right now its drinking exactly the way I think a BA stout should.

Photo of johnnyboy76
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter, 2012 vintage

A: Pours pitch black with a finger of light brown foam on top. The beer appears quite viscous. The head recedes to a film.

S: Strong bourbon upfront with lots of molasses, dark chocolate, and licorice. I also get some roast, but it's behind a lot of sweetness.

T: Roast and dark chocolate are now upfront with quite a bit of bourbon. Dark chocolate is particularly strong. I get some sweet toffee and maple syrup in the background to balance. With a good amount of sweet flavors, the beer stays oddly on the dry side.

M: Quite thick with creamy carbonation.

O: This beer is delicious. Very complex and balanced. Intense, but drinkable.

Photo of bbadger
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of claaark13
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks for the hookup, Kyle! Poured at cellar temp into a CBS glass/snifter. 2012 vintage.

A - Pours a pitch black, nearly looking like oil as it exits the bottle. Thick, creamy, dark-tan head eventually turns into some thin lacing. Sticks very well. About as good as an AIS/RIS can look.

S - Lots of sweet oak, notes of chocolate and molasses, tobacco, roast. The oak with the combined with a brown sugar aroma are really dominating.

T - Oak, roast, sugary molasses, mild milk chocolate, tobacco, slight booze and oak re-emerge, then heavy roast...almost smoke...on the finish. I don't find as much sweetness to offset the oak as I'd expected by the description. The maple seems to act as a sweetener more than anything.

M - Thick, so very thick.

O - Good, but not great. I will need to seek out more for further investigation.

Photo of schneid
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 vintage

A: Poured a deep, deep brown, good carbonation and a nice brown head.

S: Nose is deep roasted malts, coffee, cocoa and alcohol.

T: Taste is alcohol and roasted malt upfront, midway through to the end is coffee, cocoa.
M: Mouthfeel is coating and pretty thick and hefty.

O: good and really glad I got to finally try this.
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2012 vintage

A: Poured extremely deep brown near black with a big brown cap, light lacing and a little brown ring after a few sips

S: A big roastiness, milk chocolate, maple and molasses, sweetness, booze sting and some moderate bourbon

T: Initial creaminess, Dark Lord like soy sauce with a big sweetness, milk chocolate transition into a lingering maple, light bourbon and molasses, faint wood and vanilla. Finish is a burning like spepperness, sweet sugar, bourbon, chocolate and maple

M: Big body, boozey, creamy and decadent

O: Very good. More like a bbn, chocolate covered maple bar!

Photo of youradhere
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

9/08/2012 '12 vintage
Pours thick motor oil, dank brown head that is demure and falls to leave a lingering cap. Smell is cocoa, berries, espresso, merlot. Taste is similar- sweet and dark chocolate, merlot red wine grapes, espresso in the back. Carbonation is medium and the mouthfeel is silky smooth, medium-heavy. A total improvemt from last year and the year before. Bravo MS, bravo.

3/20/2011. '11 vintage
Pours black, tan whisp of a head. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Taste is charred malt, coffee and chocolate, kind of like ST Choklat or a deviant Abyss with charcoal. I pick up licorice and dates, dark breads. Mouthfeel is thick, carbonation is heavy to high. Drink ability suffers from the thickness and char combo, but it is satisfying!

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 vintage. Poured from 22 oz bottle into 12 oz glass.

A- Pours thick, black with a 1 finger dark brown head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- Huge molasses aroma with some roast. Not much else on the nose.

T- Roasted malts, chocolate, heavy molasses bitterness (faint soy sauce-like)

M- Medium body and carbonation. Thinner feel than expected.

O- Just ok for me. Had high expectations for this beer and it didn't do much for me. To molasses forward.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of phingdong
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.